Greensburg woman accused of toting drugs into courthouse
A Greensburg woman concealed drug paraphernalia inside a secret compartment in her leather purse and tried to carry it into the Westmoreland County Courthouse complex earlier this month, county park police said.
Rebecca Louise Everett, 26, faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday on charges of possessing a crime instrument, simple assault and prohibited acts before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
An officer who searched the bag may have been pricked by a hypodermic needle and has undergone medical treatment, police said.
Chief Nick Caesar couldn't be reached for comment, and Capt. Aaron Goughnour didn't return calls.
The secret compartment was stitched inside the inner lining of Everett's purse, according to a complaint. Police found a hypodermic needle with a brown fluid and a silver spoon suspected of being used to heat heroin in the compartment, according to court papers.
Everett walked into the courthouse extension area about 11:10 a.m. on July 10. Police became suspicious after they scanned her purse with X-rays and saw a bent metal spoon and other items they couldn't identify.
The officer then opened the purse and discovered he could not see the bottom of the bag.
Everett was taken to an office, where the spoon and needle were discovered in the compartment, according to court papers. The officer may have been stuck by the needle while removing items.
Before the search, police said they asked Everett if needles or anything else that might harm someone was inside the bag. She replied “no” several times, authorities said.
The purse contained five glassine heroin packets stamped “OMG,” police said.
Everett was on parole, and two county probation officers watched the search in the office, authorities said.
She pleaded guilty in May 2012 to a retail theft charge and was sentenced to serve 30 days to one year in prison, according to county court records.
Everett is jailed on $10,000 bond in connection with the latest case.
On July 7, a judge ordered Everett to serve the balance of her 2012 sentence after she was found to have violated her parole, according to court records.
She has been ordered to be detained until her latest case is resolved.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral
- Plenty of ‘pain’ to share, as Westmoreland County budget OK’d with $8M in cuts
- Youngwood fire department reaches out to homeless family
- Catholic Diocese of Greensburg bestows $30K to combat poverty
- Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation
- 11 Westmoreland inmates accused of setting fire put in solitary confinement
- Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes
- Demolition project at Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg moves ahead
- Sewickley Twp. to pay $10K for service breach
- Mt. Pleasant man charged with unlawful restraint
- Entrepreneurs added to Museum Shoppe