Man at scene of 'overdose' charged
An Arnold man was arrested this week because police said he hindered their efforts to enter an Indiana County home where they found an unresponsive woman who died the next day.
Brandon Lee Crowe, 31, was charged on Wednesday after a state police trooper was sent to the West Wheatfield home of Julie Madeley, 39, to check on her welfare, according to court records.
When the trooper arrived at the Climax Road home, he spoke with Crowe and asked him “numerous times” if the woman was in the home, court records show.
“Crowe lied and said she was not in the residence,” court documents state. “After a couple minutes, Crowe admitted that he knew she was in there.”
When the trooper finally forced his way inside, he found Madeley unresponsive, “suffering from an overdose of prescription drugs,” according to records.
Madeley was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center in White and later transferred to UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Oakland, where she died at 4:36 a.m. Thursday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.
Her autopsy was completed on Thursday, but results were not available, according to a spokesman.
It is not known why police were summoned to the home, and state police in Indiana did not return a call seeking additional information.
After Madeley was taken from the home, police told Crowe to leave the residence and not return, according to records.
But a few hours later, Crowe tried to take items valued at $1,000 from the area, police said.
Crowe then threatened the lives and families of three people, including a state trooper, court records state.
He is charged with making terroristic threats, obstructing administration of law, recklessly endangering another person, obstructing emergency services, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and theft.
Crowe was placed in Indiana County Jail in lieu of $50,000 straight bond on Thursday.
He faces a preliminary hearing on April 2 before District Judge George M. Thachik.
Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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