Greensburg police arrested two area men Wednesday for allegedly providing a fentanyl-laced heroin dose that killed a 48-year-old woman last summer.
Julian V. Cancro, 37, of Greensburg, and Matthew T. Caughey, 46, of Youngwood, were charged with drug delivery resulting in death in connection with the Aug. 30 death of Darice R. Franke, 48.
Police were called to Cancro’s apartment on the 500 block of Highland Avenue at 4:22 a.m. Aug. 29 for a report of a woman who had overdosed. Detective Sgt. John Swank said Franke was “unresponsive” on the bathroom floor with two empty stamp bags of heroin and a hypodermic needle lying nearby.
Franke, who has lived in Greensburg and Jeannette, was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg where she died the next day, Swank reported.
An unnamed informant tipped state police about a cocaine operation in the Pittsburgh area that resulted in the arrests of five people at a parking garage in the area, according to a complaint filed in federal court.
Authorities found 14 kilogram-sized bricks of suspected cocaine in hidden compartments in the rear wheel wells of a GMC Acadia SUV they searched, according to FBI Agent Darcos Cruz, who is assigned to the state police task force.
The exact location of the Wednesday bust wasn’t detailed in court records.
According to Weirton PD, police arrested Katie A. Smith, 44, after Weirton PD executed a search warrant at North 12th St.
Police say they were able to find a small amount of methamphetamine and items indicative of the distribution of illegal controlled substances.
Smith was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.
Also, at the residence was Gary Swiger, 34, who was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.
Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.
According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.
A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.
The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man is facing several charges after police found a large amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, and a loaded weapon during a traffic stop in Bellevue.
Police pulled over Christian Nichols and Amanda Berry on California Avenue and during the process of the traffic stop, police say the two made furtive movements in an effort to hide items in the center console.
PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday after fleeing police and attempting to throw away a bag of marijuana.
Penn Hills Police originally tried to stop Davaughn Jones for not using his turn signal while turning into the Penn Hills Shopping Center from Rodi Road.
The report from an officer states that he was in a marked police car and uniform during the incident and that the Jones was looking at him through the rear view mirror. Another patrol car also pursued Jones after he sped away from the first officer on Universal Road.
Jones then got out of his car on Collins Drive and ran from the Penn Hill officers, which was when he threw a “large bag” of marijuana in a wooded creek bed.
The officers were able to catch up with Jones and arrested him. They found then that Jones had a small bag of cocaine in his possession.
Jones had a warrant for a probation violation for robbery.
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Two men have been arrested after police busted a large outdoor marijuana growing operation.
The Franklin Township Police Department shared photos on Facebook of the marijuana seized by them, the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and North Sewickley Police Department.
The post says they made a very “sizable” seizure of marijuana.
As of right now, two men have been arrested.
QUEMAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WJAC) — State police in Somerset County say 3 people were arrested this afternoon after receiving credible information of drug activity in a house along Kennedy Road in Quemahoning Township.
According to state police, troopers executed a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia and a stolen dirt bike.
The suspects include a 52-year-old man from Stoystown, a 39-year-old man from Friedens, and a 30-year-old woman from Friedens.
In a release, state police say the drug paraphernalia and the stolen dirt bike were taken as evidence.
(CNN)One Ohio county had an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county’s coroner said.“As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Ortiz said on Facebook. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, the coroner said.The last peak of overdoses that the coroner’s office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours.“The majority of overdose deaths continue to be fentanyl related,” the coroner said in the statement.
PITTSBURGH – Authorities have identified the three men who died from overdoses at a South Side apartment early Sunday morning.
According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, these are the names of the victims who died:
- Joel Pecina, 32
- Josue Serrano, 38
- Rubiel Clemente-Martinez, 32
Each man was pronounced dead by the medical examiner’s office before 6 a.m. Sunday. Four others are in the hospital after being found.
One person was taken into custody Thursday after a brief standoff when Jeannette police and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant, police said.
Police searched and found two guns, heroin, cocaine and about $800, Binda said. The man’s identity was not released.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (APKDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he is now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania, and is asking lawmakers to consider it.
Wolf’s announcement Wednesday advances his position from last December, when he signaled that he was open to taking a look at it as it gathered popularity and momentum, particularly in bordering states. Before last winter, he had dismissed the idea.Wolf, a Democrat, made the announcement while releasing a report from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana.
Wolf has long supported decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the Legislature hasn’t passed legislation to that effect, and he signed legislation in 2016 creating Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
Six people were arrested after a Pennsylvania State Police DUI checkpoint.
Damone Akeir Morton, 24, was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $20,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, drug possession, resisting arrest and related offenses.
Charges were filed Friday against five adults in connection with the raids on Pine and Good streets. Officials said a 16-year-old boy also is facing charges.
Arrested at the Pine Street home were Stefon Wilson, 21, of Pittsburgh; Takeya Shantail Woods, 24, of Jeannette; Maurice Patrick Williams, 24, of Jeannette; Jonah M. Raymaley, 28, of Penn Township; and the teen.
.The Washington County coroner released a statement, saying the woman was from Hermitage and died of a drug overdose.
The study, published today (Aug. 26) in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders in Arizona. The researchers found that one-third of participants said they had used marijuana, and nearly a quarter said they had used marijuana concentrates at least once in their lives.
Marijuana concentrates are substances with very high levels of THC(tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for the drug’s intoxicating effects. Sometimes known as “butane hash oil,” “dab,” “wax,” “crumble” or “shatter,” these concentrates typically contain three times more THC than does the dried marijuana flower.
Maria Harshey, 43, is accused of leaving drugs in the bathroom of the Jeannette district court office for her boyfriend Adam Brandonio, 45, to take back to the jail with him after a hearing, according to investigators.
Harshey and Brandonio were charged Thursday with contraband, conspiracy, drug possession and related offenses.
An Allegheny County man serving up to 23 years in prison for his role in a drug distribution ring that operated in central Westmoreland County through 2012 contends he was a victim of a botched defense.
The new lawyer for Dominick Haynes, 32, of McKeesport, during a hearing Wednesday, contended his client should have a new trial because no effort was made to present witnesses who would have convinced jurors he was not involved with the operation in which about 20 people were charged and convicted for their involvement in selling heroin in the Greensburg, Mt. Pleasant and Latrobe areas.
Westmoreland County prosecutors contend there is no basis for the appeal.
Nearly 4 tons of the drug was found among the peppers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego on Thursday
A CBP news release said officers discovered more than 7,500 pounds — nearly 4 tons — of marijuana in the peppers’ pallets.
The release mentioned CBP found a “37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeño peppers.”
Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are now higher in cities after years of being more common in rural areas, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday.
The CDC says overdose rates for urban areas surpassed rural areas in 2016 and 2017, though not by much.
The CDC found that in 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths out of every 100,000 people in urban areas. In rural areas, there were 20 overdose deaths per 100,000 people.