Couple face drug charges

Duo were out on bail from gun theft case

Two people face charges after an overdose at a Logan Township motel, according to police.

According to Logan Township police, officers were dispatched to Room 313 at the Rodeway Inn, 1500 Sterling Street, about

2:15 a.m. Sunday after a caller reported that a woman was asking around for Narcan because a man had overdosed in her room.

When the caller suggested the woman call 911, she allegedly said the man was fine.

When police arrived at the room, they found an intoxicated 39-year-old Jammie Wertz. Officers found 41-year-old Richard Wertz in the bathroom. Police noted that Richard Wertz had received a dose of naloxone and was conscious.

AMED took Richard Wertz to UPMC Altoona, and throughout the motel room, police allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including empty heroin packs and syringes.

Police indicated drug charges will be filed against both Richard and Jammie Wertz.

The couple are currently out on bail on a felony gun theft case. According to those charges, filed by Williamsburg police, Richard and Jammie Wertz are accused of stealing a Merlin 30-30 rifle and a Remington 30-06 rifle from a relative of Richard Wertz.

Williamsburg police allege Jammie Wertz admitted she and her husband drove to a Duncansville gun shop and sold one of the rifles for $270, using her identification for the transaction.

The other rifle was sold at an Altoona gun shop using Richard Wertz’s ID, but Jammie Wertz said she never saw any of the money from that and that her husband used it to by methamphetamine.

Police said they confirmed the Marlin was sold in Duncansville, although records showed it was bought for $275 from Jammie Wertz.

Police said the gun dealer in Altoona explained both Richard Wertz and Jammie Wertz were in the store for the sale of the Remington, with Jammie Wertz telling a story about getting the rifle from a relative who had a special needs child and wanted to get rid of the firearm.

The gun was sold to the shop for $180, police noted.

Police said the Duncansville gun dealer said Jammie Wertz told him the same story and she was very convincing.

Both guns were recovered.

Richard and Jammie Wertz are scheduled to appear Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner in the gun case. They both have been free on unsecured $20,000 bonds since their arraignments in late June.


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