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Mar 15, 2022
From Mirror staff reports
Three people were arrested Thursday after police said they found drugs, prohibited firearms and a neglected child in an 11th Street residence.
Emily Elizabeth Pletcher, 29, of Altoona; Joshua Paul Dickson, 36, Petersburg; and Samantha Lee Lucas, 30, of Falls Creek, were arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.
Pletcher faces felony charges of endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dickson faces felony charges of conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a firearm prohibited and misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lucas faces felony charges of conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a firearm prohibited, flight to avoid apprehension and misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said the incident occurred Thursday when an officer responded for a welfare check on the 1100 block of 20th Avenue after a caller at a local pediatrician’s office alerted a dispatcher that a female child had called the office four times.
According to court documents, office workers spoke with the child for about 20 minutes, during which time the child stated she was home alone, then that her mother was home with her eyes closed. The child also reported having not eaten that day and that the last food or drink she had was juice the night before, according to police.
Officers determined the address provided by the child was a vacant home but discovered the correct residence by linking it to the phone number the child used to call the pediatrician’s office.
According to court documents, officers and AMED personnel entered the residence and an officer loudly announced himself as police but didn’t hear a reply. Footsteps could be heard upstairs, police reported, and the officer continued to yell until Pletcher responded, at which time the officer called her to the stairwell.
The officer said he observed marks and scabs on Pletcher consistent with methamphetamine use.
The complaint also states that a 3-year-old child was walking around the second story with a visibly full diaper.
During a safety sweep of the second floor, police saw Pletcher attempt to push a marijuana pipe off the bedside table, according to the report. Police also found a used methamphetamine pipe.
Pletcher told police no one else was inside the residence, but officers found Dickson sleeping in a bedroom.
According to the complaint, Dickson has an active parole warrant on charges of possession with intent to deliver.
In the room occupied by Dickson, police observed a glass methamphetamine pipe, tin foil, butane torches and suspected methamphetamine, court documents state.
An officer clearing the attic found a padlocked door. Once open, police found multiple bags for packaging narcotics, a soda can that had been converted into a drug concealment device, suspected packaging of narcotics, wax packets, marijuana smoking devices, rubber bands and a lock box, according to court documents.
Officers found Lucas hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet in the attic, documents state, and upon a warrant check, determined she had an active warrant for her arrest through state parole on an initial charge of possession with intent to deliver.
After a search warrant of the home was obtained, police found 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine, 4 grams of suspected fentanyl, 25 grams of marijuana, copious amounts of drug paraphernalia, prescription pills, Suboxone strips, cash of $510 in small denominations and two firearms, one of which was likely stolen, according to the criminal complaint.
Dickson allegedly told police that Lucas acquired 1,000 grams of methamphetamine at a time, and that Brandon Thompson lived in the room in the attic and could acquire large amounts of narcotics.
Lucas’s bail was set at $35,000, while Pletcher’s was set at 10% of $25,000 and Dickson’s was $30,000. None of the three were able to post bail and were remanded to the Blair County Prison. All three are scheduled to appear before DeAntonio for preliminary hearings March 23.
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