Sheriff: Meth usage on the rise in PA | WJAC

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (WJAC) — Blair County Sheriff James Ott said while heroin use in Pennsylvania has been declining slowly, meth has become more prevalent. He said the effects of the drug often present a safety risk. “The big push we’re seeing right now is the methamphetamine,” Ott said. Ott said law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania and the region have seen an uptick in meth, bringing with it a new challenge. “It certainly is coming in a strong wave and the violence is increasing,” Ott said.

Source: Sheriff: Meth usage on the rise in PA | WJAC

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Illinois Senate passes marijuana legalization bill | Government and Politics | thesouthern.com

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana.

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to pass the bill, sending it to the House for consideration in the final two days of the session. The vote was 38-17, with two Republicans joining 36 Democrats in supporting it.

“This bill is going to set the model, I believe, the gold standard for how to approach social equity issues, relating (to) cannabis legalization,” Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, the bill’s chief sponsor, said in her closing statement on the Senate floor.

Source: Illinois Senate passes marijuana legalization bill | Government and Politics | thesouthern.com

MARIJUANA IN SCHOOL: Mother admits to giving teen THC gummies, police say | WPXI

CARROLL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A woman is now sitting in jail, after admitting to intentionally giving her step-daughter marijuana gummies.

Police say Lisa Recaldini confessed to giving the 14-year-old about 10 THC gummies straight from the package.

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The girl said she ate two or three of them at night, then went to school at Ringgold the next day after eating two more.

Once at school, she was bragging and gave two gummies to a classmate.

The gummies were confiscated and sent to the state police crime lab where they tested positive for THC.


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Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said.

Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, of Pensacola, was arrested April 9 and charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, a variety of drug charges, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and a probation violation, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Another man, Eric Everett Furnans, 36, of Pensacola, was arrested Tuesday and charged with destroying evidence in the case after Ross-Celaius was taken into custody. He has since been booked on drug charges

Source: Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

TURNPIKE HEROIN BUST: Woman charged in $2 million heroin bust on Pa. Turnpike | WPXI

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. – A woman is facing charges after being caught on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with $2 million worth of heroin hidden in her SUV.

Ana Rodriguez Gonzalez was arrested along a stretch of the road in Somerset County. She is in the Somerset County jail.

The bust is the largest by the State Police TACET Team.

Source: TURNPIKE HEROIN BUST: Woman charged in $2 million heroin bust on Pa. Turnpike | WPXI