Overdose results in charges

Officers responded to report of three unconscious adults

B. Tilson

Two city men face charges after allegedly overdosing on heroin in the presence of a minor.

Brian Scott Tilson, 58, and Scott Anthony Tilson, 37, were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger Wednesday on felony charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children, as well as misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors, purchase of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Police officers responded Tuesday to a Beale Avenue residence for a report of three unconscious individuals.

A neighboring resident called 911 after an 8-year-old juvenile came to the house and asked for help.

All three unconscious individuals — two men and a woman — were administered Narcan by Altoona Fire Department personnel.

S. Tilson

One of the defendants told police that they had both used heroin, and they retrieved a bag of suspected heroin from a bedroom trash can.

The juvenile told police she had gotten into the car with Brian and the female. They went for a drive to a friend’s house to obtain pain medicine.

She stated that upon returning to their residence, the defendants went into Scott’s bedroom.

The juvenile said she went downstairs to get them water and saw the other female at the sink also getting water. According to the child, the female suddenly became unconscious and could not be woken up.

She said she ran upstairs for help but found the defendants unconscious.

The child stated she tried to use a cellphone to call 911, but the phone was dead so she ran to a neighbor’s home.

Police learned that the child had been with the defendants at their friend’s place before for pain medicine.

The three adults were transported to UPMC Altoona.

Blair County Children, Youth & Families also responded to the scene.

Both defendants were unable to post bail, which was set at $50,000 for Brian and $100,000 for Scott and were remanded to Blair County Prison.

Both men are scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones for preliminary hearings Aug. 10.


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