Police: Woman wheeled to pot deal
A city woman allegedly didn’t let being in a wheelchair keep her from selling marijuana to a state police informant.
Stephanie McChessney, 37, of 608 10th St., Apt. 4., turned herself in Thursday to state police to face felony and misdemeanor charges, including criminal conspiracy, over the alleged sale of pot to a state police informant on two occasions in August.
Also charged with allegedly helping the wheelchair-bound McChessney sell a quarter-ounce of marijuana to an informant is Richard “Ricky” Farber, 21, a man she told Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker was her “adopted son”and lives with her.
Farber allegedly wheeled McChessney to meet the informant on the 300 block of Walnut Avenue on Aug. 23, according to court records. After the informant handed over $90, McChessney gave the money to Farber, who then ran down the street to retrieve the pot as McChessney made a phone call, police said.
In a separate incident involving a different state trooper, McChessney allegedly sold 2 ounces of marijuana to an undercover state trooper and an informant Aug. 31 in an alley by her home. Police alleged McChessney handed the trooper the pot in exchange for $380.
Both McChessney and Farber also face charges filed by Altoona police for allegedly fabricating a violation of a protection-from-abuse order in early September. Police contend McChessney stopped in at the Altoona Police Department and reported a man she had a protection-from-abuse order against had told a friend of hers on Sept. 2 that “he had a death warrant out for Stephanie,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. The friend then allegedly told Farber, but when police checked out the story, the investigator found the report to be unfounded.
McChessney’s friend told police she hadn’t talked to McChessney in about five years and said McChessney was an “habitual liar,” police said.
Auker set unsecured bail at a total of $20,000 for McChessney and $15,000 for Farber.
“I have no reason to hide, your honor,” McChessney, who is on disability because of unspecified health problems, told Auker after he was told she would be released on unsecured bail.
Farber also remains free, and both are due to appear at Central Court on Oct. 30 for preliminary hearings on their cases.