Tyrone mother receives probation

Bickel accused of overdosing, endangering child

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone mother who overdosed while in her home more than a year ago was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation on charges of endangering the welfare of children and dealing heroin.

Sheri Bickel, 36, was sentenced by Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise on Friday on the endangerment charge, stemming from an incident on Aug. 25, 2017, and for heroin sales that occurred on April 11 and 13, 2016.

State court records show Bickel was granted disposition in lieu of trial on May 18, 2017, stemming from the April 2016 drug charges.

In September 2017, a motion was filed to revoke her from the program, and she was removed from the program on Jan. 24.

Bickel appeared Friday before Kagarise with her attorney, Mark Zearfaus, for sentencing on those offenses and the endangerment charge.

The overdose, court records stated, came to light when police were sent to an apartment in Tyrone after a child asked a friend of Bickel’s “what kind of medication do people use a needle for?”

The child reported to the friend that Bickel was “out of it.”

Police went to Bickel’s home and found her in the bathroom. She did not know where her children were when contacted by police and, according to the affidavit of probable cause prepared by investigating officers, she “did not seem coherent and was unaware of her surroundings.”

She told officers she had just injected heroin into the back of her hand.

Officers reported that the child, who initially went to the home of a friend to report what was occurring, was “visibly scared and distraught” over what she saw that day.

Bickel was not jailed as result of the offenses. The judge ordered that Bickel, in addition to probation, undergo drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations.

However, she was one of 72 suspects arrested last week as part of a drug sweep in Blair County.

Bickel faces charges of delivery and possession of bath salts, theft and criminal use of a communication facility in that incident.