Cases continued in heroin death

TYRONE — Four of the five people charged last month in connection to the May drug overdose death of a Tyrone man appeared in court on Tuesday and had their cases continued.

Shariff A. Lucas, 29, of Altoona, is accused of supplying fentanyl-laced heroin to Angela Miles, 23, of Tyrone, and Miles allegedly sold the heroin, stamped “Ride or Die,” to 29-year-old Robert Noel. Noel allegedly bought the heroin on behalf of 24-year-old Kylar Johnson, and it was in Johnson’s apartment on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Tyrone where 31-year-old Josh Blowers died after injecting the drug, according to charges filed by Tyrone police in late November.

All four are charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death and related counts, and a fifth person, 31-year-old Christopher Tremmel, is charged with counts related to evidence tampering for allegedly taking Blowers’ cellphone from the apartment and destroying it after Blowers was found dead in the bathroom by Johnson.

Tyrone and Altoona police rounded up Lucas, Noel, Johnson and Tremmel on Nov. 20, while Miles was already in Blair County Prison on heroin delivery charges that sprang with the investigation into Blowers’ death.

On Tuesday, four of the five suspects appeared in Tyrone District Court in Tyrone for a preliminary hearing on the charges. Johnson’s court date had previously been continued until Dec. 14, and on Tuesday Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller continued all the cases until Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the request of the defendants’ attorneys.

Only Tremmel, who faces the least serious charges of the five, waived his case on to Blair County Court. Tremmel remains free after posting $30,000 cash bail.

The four other suspects remain in jail with high cash bails.