Drug overdoses suspected in 2 deaths in PTC Tuesday


UPDATED 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Two young men found unresponsive at an Ardenlee subdivision home Tuesday morning may have died from drug overdoses, according to a Peachtree City Police news release Wednesday afternoon.

No foul play was involved in the deaths, according to Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

Police later Tuesday arrested five other people for misdemeanor marijuana violations

in connection with a search at the home at 246 Clifton Lane in northwestern Peachtree City.

Police identified the fatalities as 24-year-old Peachtree City resident Joey Corvino, Jr. and 26-year-old Richard Deraney, Jr., of Fayetteville, according to Peachtree City Police spokesman Lt. Mark Brown.

“A preliminary investigation has revealed that the two males have possibly suffered from a fatal drug overdose; however, the investigation is still ongoing,” said Brown.

The 911 call on Aug. 9 had responders initially believing that only one male was involved, Brown said.

“Upon arriving on scene, the responding officer determined that there were actually two white males unresponsive. CPR was initiated by a family member as well as the responding police officers. Peachtree City Fire Department personnel transported both males to the Fayette Piedmont Hospital where they were later pronounced deceased,” said Brown.

The two bodies have been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for autopsies to determine the cause of death, Brown said. The results of the autopsies and toxicology reports are not expected for several months, Brown added.

“As a part of the death investigation, a search warrant was initiated at the residence. Subsequent to a search of the residence, several drug related items and building code violations were discovered,” said Brown.

Brown said five people were arrested subsequent to the search. Those included Clifton Lane residents Timothy Ruberg, Andrea Ruberg, Benjamin Ruberg, 26 and Chelsea Markowitz, all for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Also arrested was Sara E. Ruberg, 24, also of Clifton Lane, for obstruction of an officer and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, Brown added.

Brown said Fayette County Animal Control has been asked to investigate the living conditions of the various animals that were located in the residence.

Peachtree City Police Code Enforcement Officers responded and issued a “Notice of Violation” for multiple building code violations. This notice has a time frame in which the owners have to abate the property maintenance code violations, Brown said.

According to county property records, the property is owned by Timothy and Andrea J. Ruberg. A woman, age 24, from that address was listed on a Fayetteville arrest report Aug. 2 for DUI.