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Irwin woman charged in drug sales

| Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:51 a.m.
KATELYN JONES

An Irwin woman is accused of taking money from two juveniles to sell heroin out of her Villages of Easton apartment.

Katelyn Jones, 22, allegedly took $50 a day from the two 16-year-old males, one from Penn Hills and the other from Turtle Creek.

On Wednesday, Jones and the juveniles were arrested by Westmoreland County authorities.

Jones is charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and one count of possession of a controlled substance, with township police indicating that one count is because of an alleged conspiracy.

Jones also faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of her 3-year-old daughter, who lived with her in the Irwin complex.

North Huntingdon Township police Chief Andrew J. Lisiecki said the child has been turned over to her father.

A township police news release said Jones and the juveniles were arrested after a raid by Irwin, North Huntingdon and state police and Westmoreland County detectives. The juveniles also face the same possession charges as does Jones.

Police said 14 bricks of heroin were seized as well as cash and a small amount of marijuana. Officers said the Penn Hills youth also possessed a firearm and will be charged with a firearms violation.

According to a complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Douglas R. Weimer Jr., Jones told police the juveniles paid her $50 a day to use her apartment to sell heroin.

Jones' daughter allegedly was present when Jones drove a dealer to Penn Hills to purchase the heroin.

The juveniles also are in custody but it wasn't confirmed at presstime if they're in Allegheny or Westmoreland county.

Jones was arraigned before Weimer and placed in Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $75,000. She will return to his North Huntingdon courtroom on April 24 for a preliminary hearing at 10:15 a.m. and a recovery of real property hearing at 10:30.

Weimer has seen Jones two other times after her landlord pressed charges that she had fallen behind with rent.

On Tuesday, Nicole Knapp, an agent for the owner of the Villages of Easton, filed a claim of $923.35 and sought a judgment of $1,044.90 that would include court costs.

A. Richard Nernberg, who does business as A.R. Building Co. in Seven Fields, owns the Villages and other properties in the Pittsburgh area, Ohio, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Knapp also filed against Jones in January for a $623.98 claim and on Feb. 7 Weimer awarded Knapp a judgment of $866.93. In November 2011, Knapp filed a $1,511.44 claim against Jones and later won a $1,631.49 judgment.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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