Bellwood woman’s bail modified

Babcock accused of hindering apprehension

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise on Friday modified the bail of a Bellwood woman who was recently charged with hindering the apprehension of an alleged drug dealer.

In June, Courtney L. Babcock, 38, barred police from entering a Bellwood apartment where she lived with several other people when officers wanted to know if alleged drug dealer Christopher Feudale was inside.

Feudale was charged with having a role in the drug trafficking ring supposedly led by Damon “Fat Cat” Devine.

Police were at the Babcock apartment with a warrant for Feudale’s arrest on the charge of dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Police interviewed several people in the apartment in their search for Feudale, and each told a different story about the suspect’s whereabouts.

When drug task force officers were denied entry, they contacted Blair County Assistant District Attorney Peter Weeks, who authorized a search warrant.

Police, upon entering the apartment, eventually found the suspect in a cupboard covered with blankets.

They arrested Feudale and another man on June 19.

Babcock at the time was on $25,000 unsecured bail, having been charged in January with delivery and possession of methadone.

On Friday, Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio asked Kagarise to revoke her bail and commit her to prison.

Babcock’s Hollidaysburg attorney, Ed Zang, told the judge that she needs medication and questioned whether she would receive it while in prison.

Consiglio indicated the prison would provide the necessary shots required by Babcock, but the defense was concerned that she could not receive the medication without a monthly visit to her doctor, and he said prison officials would not provide transportation to the doctor’s office.

Kagarise compromised in making his decision.

He denied the request to revoke her bail but modified it to $25,000 at 10 percent, which meant Babcock had to come up with $2,500 in cash to be set free.

She was taken into custody while attempting to obtain the necessary cash.

Bail is normally imposed to ensure that a suspect appears at future court proceedings.

Zang pointed out it was unlikely Babcock would flee rather than appear in court, stating that she is a Blair County native and said that despite facing two criminal charges, she is not likely to receive a substantial sentence in prison on either charge.

Consiglio disagreed, stating she could receive “state time” on the drug offense.

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