Portage man faces felony charge

A Portage man has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death after he allegedly supplied drugs to a man who fatally overdosed.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Ebensburg, Lawrence E. Foreman, 57, of 156 Ida Drive, supplied the “dope” that killed James P. Kovach early Saturday.

Police were called about 2:43 a.m. to the home along Ida Drive, where a drug overdose was reported.

There, Foreman told emergency responders that a woman dropped Kovach off at the home and that Kovach had been drinking, according to the complaint.

“Foreman explained that Kovach kept asking him for dope,” police said.

Foreman eventually produced a plastic bag that contained the drug and emptied it into a spoon, according to the complaint.

He added water to the drug and drew the spoon’s contents into two syringes, Foreman allegedly told police.

Kovach then shot one syringe into Foreman’s right arm before shooting the other into his own arm, according to the complaint.

Foreman allegedly told police he then went into a bedroom, where he stayed for about 45 minutes before a woman in the house told him Kovach was unresponsive.

According to the complaint, Foreman and the woman administered CPR and the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, but both were unsuccessful in reviving Kovach.

Kovach was dead by the time medical responders arrived at the home.

Foreman was arraigned Saturday on a single felony charge of drug delivery resulting in death.

He is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

As of Monday, online court documents showed that Foreman remained in Cambria County Prison, unable to post 10 percent of $50,000 bail.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.

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