Heroin Overdose Leads to Whitefish Bay Drug Bust

A 19-year-old Whitefish Bay man and a 20-year-old West Allis man have each been charged with possession of narcotics.

A 19-year-old Whitefish Bay man who overdosed on heroin and his friend who fled the scene with heroin and paraphernalia are both facing charges in connection with the incident.

Patrick Kottke, 19, of Whitefish Bay and Aaron Schultz, 20, of West Allis have each been charged with one count of possessing narcotic drugs. Kottke has been charged with possessing oxycodone, and Schultz has been charged with posssessing heroin. If convicted, each man faces a maximum sentence of $10,000 in fines and 3 1/2 years in prison.

Whitefish Bay police responded to the 800 block of Glen Avenue at 5:44 p.m. Friday to assist Kottke, who had overdosed on heroin, according to a criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Courthouse. Kottke had been doing heroin at his parents' house with Schultz, who fled the scene after calling 911.

Schultz told police that he and Kottke did a hit of heroin at a dealer's house, then drove to pick up new needles and pick up another friend, the complaint said. Once they arrived at Kottke's house on Glen Avenue, Kottke did more heroin and the three men smoked marijuana.

Kottke later told police that Schultz prepared the heroin and "shot" him up with heroin because he could not locate his own veins. Kottke stated that he had picked out a large chunk of the heroin asking Schultz for a "little more" as he did not want to "wake up" after taking the hit. After taking a hit, Kottke laid back in his bed and his eyes began to roll back. Schultz started calling friends to see if anyone had Narcan – an opiate antidote – but was not able to find anyone, according to the complaint.

After calling 911, Schultz ran southbround through yards on Glen Avenue and Lake Forest Avenue. A firefighter ran after him and caught him in the 800 block of Lake Forest Avenue. After a struggle, firefighters and police officers were able to place him in custody.

When searching Schultz, officers found a brown paper bag containing eight hypodermic needles, 16 alcohol wipes, a blue rubber tourniquet, a cell phone, a digital scale and a used hypodermic needle containing a small amount of brown liquid, the complaint said. In his pocket, officers found a small amount of heroin folded up in a piece of paper.

Kottke, meanwhile, was unconscious on his bed, but became alert after North Shore Fire Department paramedics administered Narcan. Kottke was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee for treatment.

NSFD also found a 500 mg Oxycodone pill next to Kottke on the bed. Kottke told police the pill did not belong to him, although he admitted to illegally obtaining the drug in the past.

After a fatal overdose in Ozaukee County earlier this month, Ozaukee County Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Galbraith and supervisor of the drug task force said that drug use in southeastern Wisconsin is at an all time high.

"I don't think there's any question in my mind from the amount of information that I review during my course of duties of supervising our (drug task force) that the use of heroin and the potential for heroin overdose deaths is the worst I’ve ever seen it," he said.

Kottke will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17 for a preliminary hearing; Schultz is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 for his preliminary hearing.

Alol January 11, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Sick. Sick little monkeys. I feel sorry for their parents.
Alol January 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I mean, did the 90's not happen? Did we not learn anything about the dangers and general disgusting-ness of (especially intravenous!) heroin? Why can't today's kids just smoke an eighth or so of weed and eat a bag of chips on the couch in the basement? It was good enough for my generation, and the one before that. Don't go chasing waterfalls, kids. Just stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.
AWD January 11, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I don't know these two kids but I have read that overly intelligent children are often easily bored and suffer at the hands of their peers for being different, either of which could conceivably increase vulnerability to using drugs as an avoidance coping strategy. I guess that's better than what these white nerds usually end up doing.
Alol January 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Well, then bring back the lead paint!
Sunrocket January 11, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Hard core drug addicts are not using for enjoyment. Just because you come from a good home does not mean you are wired correctly. Yes, boredom and high intelligence can have some to do with it, so can lack of parental supervision and parental empathy and untreated or misunderstood depression. Some can be chalked up to experimentation but the addiction rate with these drugs is very high. You know longer do it because you want to, you have to because the withdrawal is terrible. Parents, please know your kids, listen to them. Don't assume because you give them everything and they do well in school and have lots of good friends that they are not into drugs. Grounded kids may be casual users but will rarely go on to worse unless a link is missing somewhere, be it in their brain or something go on around them.
Paul S, WFB January 11, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Don't make any assumptions about affluence and good parenting. It's critical to know who your kids' friends are, where they're spending their time, what they're doing, and constantly talking to them about how this is a one-way ticket to a lifetime of battling an unmanageable problem that eventually ends in poverty and/or death for the user. And then hope like mad they were seriously listening and decide to leave the situation when someone gives them the opportunity to try it.
Fuzzy Dunlap January 12, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Parents-stop enabling your kids! Stop them before they turn your house into a drug house. Shouldn't the parents be charged with running a drug house?
Fuzzy Dunlap January 12, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Seriously, this cannot be the first 'crisis' to occur in this family situation. This is just the kind of activity that should galvanize the citizens in this village. Is operating a drug house (if drugs like heroin are being used, the supply is supported by selling drugs) acceptable? To the community? To the local police? To other communities who are also involved in the actions of these young adults whose illegal activities cross municipal boundaries? Older adults who allow younger adults to participate in this behavior should be held liable for their lack of responsible citizenship with consequences like civil forfeiture/seizure of their property. All Whitefish Bay residents are affected by this kind of activity. Our schools and community values are being affected. I don't want my child older child walking past a drug house on the way home from high school and I don't want my younger child crossing streets where drivers are under the influence of narcotic drugs.
Sliced January 12, 2013 at 06:40 AM
As a member of the accused graduating year I find the majority of the comments on here appalling and horribly ignorant. Fuzzy Dunlap, I have no idea what is wrong with you. To realistically say that you are worried about your children walking past a drug house is nuts is borderline hilarious. For one, we live in Whitefish Bay people. What kind of drug dealer has the means let alone capital to start a drug house in this affluent town? Not to mention the fact that if you actually would have read the article it clearly states that the two FIRST went to the drug dealers house then back to the accused. Furthermore, in a small town where one finds out if Nancy's Lexus needs an oil change, I find it near impossible for one (I mean all the moms) not to hear about a student getting solicited to purchase heroin in Whitefish Bay. Overall, before you get your panties in a bundle stand back for a second and actually think about large scale drug trafficking in an affluent suburb at a realistic level.
Sliced January 12, 2013 at 06:49 AM
As for the comments about over-intelligent nerds doing heroin is a generalization and a reasoning fallacy. What intelligent student wouldn't realize the fact that what they are doing to their bodies doesn't have long term effects and life changing repercussions. Any intelligent human would weigh the opportunity cost of doing heroin and its potential effects and opt out of it. A more reasonable explanation is one based on the challenging academics at a school like Whitefish Bay. The student sees their colleagues succeeding via hard work, yet can't see the same success upon their hard work and become academically detached. This detachment from the school system creates desire for outlets outside of school and in this case the outlet was made via drugs. Most likely through a gateway and easily accesible drug like marijuana which turned into desire for deeper outlets and bigger detachments like heroin. Overall, this detachment is created in all school systems and there shouldn't be an overreaction when things like this occur.
Good A** Brownies January 12, 2013 at 07:23 AM
As a former WFBHS student and WFB resident, I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with the aforementioned statements made by Sliced. What we have here is nothing to be taken lightly--for the sake of those involved and their health--yet should not be blown out of proportion to catastrophic measures as some people in this blog have done. Let's all sit back and think before we rise up with our pitchforks and demand some sort of revitalized war on drugs in the community. This event should not lead to the assumption that Whitefish Bay is experiencing a heroine/drug cartel epidemic. Pump your breaks people, be happy that your kids will most likely grow up and never experience the tragedies which occur in other parts of Milwaukee.
V. Norman January 12, 2013 at 03:14 PM
To "Good A** Brownies" and "Sliced" The tragedies you just mentioned DID just occur in our community! They also occurred not so long ago when that poor, drug-addicted young girl was dumped in a driveway in Whitefish Bay after leaving a drug house in (yes) Whitefish Bay! Wake up! It's happening-not just in the city, but right here, and right now. Do we just rationalize it away by saying these are just a few isolated incidences, or do we ask ourselves what our attitudes are doing to contribute to this problem? Calling these incidents insignificant and isolated might be examples of contributions, not to the solution, but to the problem.
Fuzzy Dunlap January 12, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Can anyone hear the naive arrogance contained in some of the above comments. I don't know the 'cause' of drug use. No doubt the stress for achievement can be one factor. But isn't there some sense of entitled safety in saying dangerous drug activity cannot occure in the village because it is WHITEFISH BAY. What about the comment of the Lieutenant from Ozaukee that drug activity,specifically heroin use, is at an all time high. Whitefish Bay is part of the real world not an entitled enclave insulated from the very real problems that affect the quality of life in all parts of the whole community. Do families living in less fortunate zip codes experience drug activity because they do not have access to high quality education? Drug use has consequences for all communities. It is a private torment for the families directly involved. It IS also a threat to the quality of life in the large community. Some drugs are purchased in other areas and brought back into the village. But it also will bring associated undesirable activity. In the case it is stated other individuals were brought into the village for serous drug use that could have easily resulted in a death. Finally the individuals involved were not over stressed scholars, they were young adults who have already fallen into a drugged despair. lets not rush to rationalize a very serious and dangerous problem that does not stop at community boundaries.
Alol January 12, 2013 at 05:31 PM
This sounds like it was written by a teen who had to check the dictionary a lot: " Any intelligent human would weigh the opportunity cost of doing heroin and its potential effects and opt out of it." Um, no, not if that TEENAGER'S frontal lobe (of their brain) isn't fully developed, since everyone knows that doesn't happen at least until the age of 21--which is why they finally changed the legal drinking age in WI. Even some of the most successful students make wrong choices or have lapses in judgement or critical thinking. But yeah....apparently kids get addicted to heroin all the time, so we should all just chill out and cross our fingers that none of them die when they overdose and turn up on someone's lawn. Also, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood are very economically diverse--it isn't completely affluent; there are rich people and people of not so great means renting duplexes, and drug use doesn't discriminate. If I'm not mistaken a marijuana-growing op-house was just busted in WFB over on Hampton not long ago. So it's not out of the realm of possibility, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a student running the operation. I could totally understand you advising commenters to this blog to calm down had these kids been caught dealing weed, but heroin is nothing to mess with, and it's nothing new to these communities. It is getting worse. To call someone nuts or say it's hilarious for a parent not wanting their kid walking past a drug house is what's ridiculous.
Alol January 12, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Yes. I'm hearing that just because we live in WFB we should just relax and let our kids shoot up if they're stressed out, since they'll still be getting a good education. Which I think is really bad advice.
Sunrocket January 12, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I would have to say "Sliced" is probably quite young in body and mind. Not too many people use a lot of the phrases that you do. In any event, just the statement "large scale drug trafficking in an affluent suburb". Did you not live here several years ago when the already mentioned 14 year old girl died from an overdose? I have lived in the northshore my entire life and I am sure I am decades older than you. Drug use is nothing new in affluent areas. Who do you think has the money to purchase drugs? The affluent.
Marge on Ardmore January 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM
So let me get this right... 1 student in 1000 of the total enrollment at Whitefish Bay decides to shoot up and we now have an epidemic? FYI, this heroine shooting MAN (19 years old, not a child people) didn't even attend Bay schools past sophomore year of high school. I know this from my son who was a classmate of Patrick's. He may have been adopted as well (sorry it's true people). As far you "V. Norman", the 14 year old who you claim was dumped in a driveway a few years ago, was actually driven FROM a house in Shorewood/Milwaukee. The problems in these communities don't affect Whitefish Bay. Parents, I'd keep a strong eye out for your children hanging around in Shorewood. Once you cross the border into that wretched community, the chance for drug abuse goes up by about 45%. Overall, these outliers cannot be the source of community reform. Why don't we find a real problem to fix, perhaps the dying economy of silver spring in downtown WFB?! The liberals of our community have crept their way into village politics and our Main Street that used to be blossoming now finds itself with numerous vacancies. Lets focus on something important people.
Harry January 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Whitefish Bay will be the next Detroit
Absolutelyfabulous January 14, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Marge- You're kidding, right? You are so wrong on every front. What is your reality? All you have to do to get a glimpse of what goes on in your beloved hometown is do a search on Patch for Heroin, Drugs, Cocaine, Pot, Marijuana, Crack, Methamphetamine and good old Alcohol. Take some time to scroll and read through the stories that have littered this publication over the years. Oh, and those are just the ones who were stupid enough to get caught. The girl who was left on a driveway in WFB was a lifelong WFB resident and her dealer that night lived on Berkeley just north of Hampton. Oh, and if you don't think that drugs are rampant in WFB as well as Shorewood and the other communities, then you have some serious denial issues. I was visiting some friends this weekend and this situation came up. W/in the past couple of years, 1 kid down the block from them, Berkeley Ave just south of Silver Spring, died from a heroin/drug overdose and another just up the block overdosed as well. As for Silver Spring, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and buy up these vacant properties and you can give the spaces away for free, that would surely facilitate filling up all those empty spaces. I hope I haven't taken away any of your time from Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh.
A WFB Resident January 14, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Absolutelyfabulous has hit the nail right on the head, although you missed one more on Berkeley who gave heroin to a gal in Wauwatosa and she died. She just wasn't as pretty. He was also dealing. Don't forget about the marijuana grower (with a child in the WFB School system) on the corner of Berkeley and Hampton. Marge might not know these things because she doesn't travel to the "codfish" section of the bay. And to answer the question above. Yes after all of the above mentioned the ordinance was changed that the parents will be responsible. So the question here is, did the WFB police follow protocol and issue a ticket to the parents or did they pull their I'm a lawyers, doctor, self important person and I will sue you to the cops that they didn't enforce that ordinance that was put in place to protect the rest of us.
concerned parent April 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM
We caught this little sicko with our teenage daughter!! He has been begging her for money and trying to sell her drugs! Thank God, the little sicko is being sentenced for the felony charges on Monday! They need to lock him up and throw away the key!!!
Lyle Ruble April 09, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I raised my two youngest on the North Shore and drugs have been and will continue to be available. It doesn't matter which village or community you live in, drugs are there. Drug usage has nothing to do with SES, there is a certain percentage that will experiment with drugs and alcohol, and of that percentage a group will become drug dependent. Is the North Shore Communities in the midst of a drug epidemic; absolutely not! Have the drugs of choice changed, probably. The opiates and synthetic opiates have had a resurgence in popularity. If you follow drug usage cycles, all drugs have cycles of popularity and then fade from popularity only to reemerge as a future generation rediscovers them. People need to keep it real and not get overly excited about some well publicized incidences. Oh, and by the way; the reason people use drugs is they make you feel good! My advice is to take a 'chill pill' and effectively parent your own children, that will do more to curb drug use than any demand for community action.


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