State High football star faces felony drug, witness retaliation charges

Noah Woods
Noah Woods

Noah R. Woods, a star State College high school football player, is facing felony and misdemeanor charges in Centre County after police alleged his involvement in theft, drugs and threats against a witness.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township and State College police departments, at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, an individual reported seeing a black male entering mailboxes near the intersection of High Point Cove and Fairchild Lane in Ferguson Township. When approached, the man was holding mail in his hands and fled along Blue Course Drive.

He was described as wearing a gray hoodie and black vest, carrying a black backpack and black duffel bag. A separate officer indicated he had handled a disabled vehicle situation earlier and cited Woods, 18, of College Township, along the Blue Course corridor, noting Woods was similar in description.

Officers were later dispatched at about 12:50 p.m. along Whitehall Road in reference to a person possibly entering a residence without permission. The officers observed a man, identified as Woods, on the back porch with a black duffel bag.

Woods reportedly told police he was helping a friend and “getting some stuff,” police said.

Officers spoke with the caller, who said his brother was taken to the hospital due to earlier drug use, police said. The caller’s mother, who owned the property, told him she believed Woods was at the house to remove illegal drugs and did not give him permission to be in the house.

The caller said after he drove by the residence, he noted the vehicle in the driveway and saw Woods coming out with the black duffel bag, police said. Woods initially denied knowing anything about mailboxes but later said he had the mail at his house in Lemont and was willing to provide it to the officers. He was taken into custody for theft of mail and the duffel bag was taken.

A search of the bag reportedly revealed a bag containing suspected marijuana, a grinder, smoking devices, digital scales, 88 Xanax pills and mail for six different people along High Point Cove, Fairchild Lane and McBath Street, police said. Woods allegedly agreed to cooperate with the Centre County Drug Task Force, and was released at about 3 p.m.

At about 4:30 p.m., officers received a call from the Whitehall Road caller stating he had been threatened by Woods. Woods had reportedly called him, saying it was his fault he was charged with felonies, that “snitches get stitches” and he better not see him around town.

When Woods reported to the police station at about 5 p.m. to retrieve his phone, he was placed under arrest for retaliation against a witness, police said. The caller also stated Woods had texted his brother in the hospital, saying his brother got him arrested and he was going to kill him.

Woods was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of retaliation against a witness and possession with intent to deliver, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by unlawful taking. Bail was set at 10 percent of $30,000.

A preliminary hearing is slated for May 24. Woods was named All-State in football and the MVP of the state East-West game in May. He committed to Slippery Rock in January.

State College Area School District declined comment.