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Blair County District Attorney and Drug Task Force announce recent drug bust in the Tyrone area

At a Thursday morning press conference, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, Randy Feathers, Regional Director from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Tyrone Police Chief Joseph Beachem, and a number of law enforcement officials from various local police departments presented information on a recent Blair County drug bust.
More than 50 local police officers are in the process of capturing 27 alleged drug dealers operating in the Tyrone area of Blair County and 19 of the suspected drug dealers are from the Tyrone area. Seventeen of the 27 suspected drug dealers have been caught. The other suspects were from Altoona, Bellwood, Duncansville and Tipton. Also, one of the suspects, Lemmel Myers, was a mid-level dealer from Brooklyn, New York.
“The arrests today are the fruits of a continued cooperative drug enforcement campaign in Blair County involving all of the local departments, the Blair County District Attorney’s office, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics,” District Attorney Richard Consiglio said yesterday. “Drug sales and all the drug related crime and violence will not go unchecked on the streets of Tyrone or any other community in Blair County.”
Consiglio added that the arrests are the result of a four month long investigation by the Blair County Drug Task Force, led by the Tyrone Police Department and Bellwood Police Department. This investigation, which mainly focused on street-level drug dealers and mid-level suppliers from the northern end of Blair County, but did not focus entirely on northern Blair County.
Both Consiglio and Randy Feathers from the Attorney General’s office thanked Chief Beachem and the Tyrone Police Department, along with officials from the Altoona, Bellwood and Duncansville Police Departments for their cooperation. They also thanked everyone involved with the ‘Operation Our Town’ program. Information provided to the Blair County ‘Push Out the Pushers Hotline’ was also used to help identify suspected drug dealers during this investigation.
Tyrone Police Chief Joseph Beachem stated, “The Tyrone Borough Police Department will continue to fight hand and hand with the Blair County Drug Task Force to rid our streets of drug dealers and make our area safe.”
Consiglio said that the strong effort that has been made to get drugs off the streets in Blair County has been successful. He stated that there is still a lot of work to be done as far as the local dealers are concerned. However, Consiglio feels the mid-to-upper level dealers and suppliers in Blair County that come from the large cities, such as New York, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are becoming leery about doing business in Blair County.
“Their profits are down and they know they’ll spend a lot longer in jail,” Consiglio said when speaking about the dealers.
The following suspects were arrested. Listed are the charges against them.
• Tessa Shutt, of Altoona, address unknown. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (heroin).
• Travis Batts, of 619 North 11th Street, Bellwood. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession, 1 count conspiracy (heroin).
• William Hampton, Jr., of 604 Sylvan Circle, Tyrone. Charges include 2 counts theft, 1 count delivery, 1 count possession, (Oxycontin), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Karen Hampton, of 402 Washington Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count conspiracy (Oxycontin), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Christy Mengel, of 604 Sylvan Circle, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count conspiracy to commit theft (Oxycontin).
•‑Jerry McCahan, of 411 North 11th Street, Bellwood. Charges include 1 count conspiracy to commit theft (Oxycontin).
• Chandra Taylor, of RD 5, Box 130, Kingdom Street, Tipton. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (heroin), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Connie Weidlich, of 1 Main Street, Bellwood. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy (morphine), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Rae Detwiler, of 1 Main Street, Bellwood. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy (morphine).
• Jake Hampton, of RD 4, Box 82, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (heroin/cocaine), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Timothy McElwain, of 1310 Blair Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession, 1 count conspiracy (crack cocaine).
• Terri Ramsey, of 1310 Blair Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (crack cocaine), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Laura Shortridge, of 1368 Washington Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (marijuana).
• Billie Jo Mickey, of 1368 Washington Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (marijuana).
• Lemmel Myers, of Brooklyn, New York. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (heroin).
• Ted E. Mills, of 1568 Logan Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count conspiracy (vicodin), 1 criminal use.
• Robert Smith, of 1568 Logan Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (vicodin).
The following ten suspects have arrest warrants issued for them and have not yet been captured. Listed below are the charges against them.
• Richard Fritz, of 1058 Washington Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (fentanyl), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Daniel Fink, of 7 East 14th Street, Tyrone. Charge includes 1 count delivery (marijuana).
• David Brower, 2 Stewart Street, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 2 counts possession (marijuana).
• Jason Neil, of 2257 Columbia Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession, 1 count conspiracy (vicodin), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Randy Osterhout, no address given. Charges include 2 counts delivery, 2 counts possession, 1 count conspiracy (heroin), 2 counts criminal use of a communication facility.
• Brian Osterhout, of RD 5, Box 642, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (heroin).
• Joshua Flick, of 126 Willow Drive, Duncansville. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count possession (vicodin), 1 count criminal use of a communication facility.
• Brian Morrisey, address unknown. Charges include 2 counts delivery, 2 counts possession (marijuana), 1 counts criminal use of communication facility.
• Brittany Guida, of 1062 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (heroin).
• Matthew Kelly, of 1062 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tyrone. Charges include 1 count delivery, 1 count conspiracy, 1 count possession (heroin).
All of the defendants will be arraigned in Tyrone and appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. They will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio’s office.