Rostraver man sent to jail, faces new drug charges
A Rostraver Township man on probation for a drug conviction is accused of throwing a stash of suspected heroin as he ran from Monessen police.
And a North Charleroi woman is facing charges for her role in the alleged drug case.
Monessen police arrested Timothy L. Gilchrist, 27, of 413 Matty Drive, and Kelly Walker, 37, of 579 Highland Ave., about 1 p.m. Monday on Rostraver Street.
Gilchrist reportedly got out of a white vehicle and walked to a residence known for drug activity in the 1000 block of Rostraver Street, according to a criminal complaint filed by Lt. Michael Kelemen.
Police allege Walker was driving the vehicle and waited for Gilchrist in the 900 block of Rostraver Street.
Chief John Mandarino and Officer Rebecca Shrader allegedly attempted to stop Gilchrist after he left the residence. Shrader chased Gilchrist as he ran toward Walker's vehicle.
Police claim Gilchrist threw 17 stamp bags of suspected heroin, labeled “Lucy,” into the driver's side window. The bags landed on Walker's lap, according to the complaint.
Gilchrist and Walker are each charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. Gilchrist is also charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Gilchrist was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen and sent to the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township in lieu of $50,000 bond.
He faces a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. Sept. 5 before Dalfonso.
Walker was released and the charges were sent to her via postal summons. She is scheduled to appear before Dalfonso for a preliminary hearing 10 a.m. Sept. 26.
Gilchrist pleaded guilty in January in Westmoreland County Court to use/possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to one year of probation.
A bench warrant was issued for his arrest Aug. 14 after he failed to complete a court-ordered inpatient drug treatment program. Gilchrist allegedly admitted to using heroin July 21, according to county court records.
On Tuesday, Judge Debra A. Pezze revoked his probation and sentenced him to a minimum of 60 days in jail. The judge also ordered Gilchrist to participate in a drug and alcohol program at the county jail.
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