Crime

Kathleen Kane announces 35 Blair County drug arrests

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced on Thursday the latest charges against 35 individuals accused of distributing or possessing illegal drugs in Blair County.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced on Thursday the latest charges against 35 individuals accused of distributing or possessing illegal drugs in Blair County. The Associated Press, file

Another major round of drug charges happened in Blair County on Thursday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced the latest charges against 35 individuals accused of distributing or possessing illegal drugs in Blair County.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, “the charges are the culmination of a yearlong cooperative investigation between the Office of Attorney General, the Blair County Drug Task Force and the Altoona Police Department. The investigation primarily focused on the distribution of heroin and prescription narcotics in Blair County. Cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, bath salts and marijuana were also part of the investigation.”

The AGO said Bureau of Narcotics Investigation agents worked with the Blair County Drug Task Force, the Blair County District Attorney’s Office and the Altoona Police Department on the joint investigation.

“Law enforcement officials used various tools, including surveillance techniques and undercover purchases, as they worked to file charges,” the AGO said in its statement.

The charges included:

▪ Nicolas Yohrling, 28, 112 16th St., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (heroin/cocaine).

▪ Addison Dunn, 18, 229 E. Fourth Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (LSD/molly).

▪ Carl Ruckinger, 35, 419 Third Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (suboxone).

▪ Rudaina Eltayeb, 30, 219 Willow Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

▪ Elizabeth Garner, 56, 1423 Circle Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (methadone).

▪ Samuel Hicks, 47, 2123 Reightown Road, Tyrone, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (crack cocaine).

▪ Brady Whitfield, 23, 915 South St., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Al-Jernon Smith, 26, 1403 N. Fifth St., Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (crack/heroin).

▪ Danielle Copenhaver, 29, 3023 Pine Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (suboxone/opana).

▪ David Miller, 23, 131 Sixth Ave., 2nd Floor, Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy (suboxone/heroin).

▪ Russell Grager Jr., 22, 2716 Sixth Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (tramadol/marijuana).

▪ Richard Jukes Jr., 22, 1526 Fifth St., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (marijuana).

▪ Scott Hite, 47, 233 Catfish Road, Duncansville, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (bath salts).

▪ Michael Shevenock, 45, 269 Jessica St., Hollidaysburg, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (bath salts).

▪ Clinton Colligan, 38, 609 N. Eighth Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (suboxone).

▪ Benjamen Otto, 40, 233 Broad St., Hollidaysburg, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, criminal conspiracy and false identification (bath salts).

▪ Ryan Dodson, 34, 319 Third Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (bath salts).

▪ Daniel Kelley, 58, 608 Lindsey St., Hollidaysburg, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and a violation of the vehicle code (bath salts).

▪ Cameron Mease, 26, no fixed address, is charged with one count of theft and receiving stolen property (theft of city funds).

▪ Vernon Steele, 45, 326 First Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility (oxycodone/morphine).

▪ Hakeem Johnson, 22, 5737 Race St., Philadelphia, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and endangering the welfare of a child (heroin look-alike).

▪ Tiffany Thompkins, 25, 1104 13th Ave., Apt. 1, Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (heroin).

▪ Donald Jones, 38, 1118 Sixth Ave., Altoona, is charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Michael Rupert II, 26, 2310 14th Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (heroin).

▪ Christopher Woomer, 39, 328 Spruce Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Khalil Graham, 25, 2310 Broad Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Terron Miller, 29, 1116 14th Ave., Altoona, is charged with five counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ James Rodgers, 36, 120 E. Fifth St., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Courtney Gority, 32, 1525 18th Ave., Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy (heroin/methadone).

▪ Hope Koch, 42, 1224 13th Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (crack).

▪ Wayne Weaver, 37, 722 Grant Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (oxycodone).

▪ Jerrell Smith, 28, 8025 Langdon St., 1st Floor, Philadelphia, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

▪ Kenneth O’Schea, 33, 707 Logan Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (crack).

▪ Nicole Peterson, 26, 3241 E PVB, Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia (heroin).

▪ Adam Ozio, 27, 3241 E PVB, Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia (heroin).

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