A few residents have expressed concerns recently with the climate at the Park Ave. playground in Tyrone. One midday afternoon, teens were spotted at the playground with a vape and overheard talking about how “high they were” from it, and commenting, “at least it’s not heroin.”

The concerns are certainly valid in light of an April 1 incident that occurred near the local park. Tyrone resident Corey Matthew Wagner, 23, is charged with two felony counts for prohibited acts, two misdemeanor counts for corruption of minors, and a misdemeanor for prohibited acts followed the alleged overdose of two 12-year-old girls who had been at the Park earlier that day.

Between 4 and 5 p.m. April 1, Tyrone Police arrived at a residence on Blair Ave. to find a visibly intoxicated 12-year-old female being treated by EMS. She was transported to Penn Highlands Tyrone for her intoxication level. Police were informed that a second 12-year-old female had already been transported to the local hospital by her parents due to her level of intoxication. A Tyrone Police officer met with the second juvenile at Penn Highlands Tyrone and found her to be heavily intoxicated.

Police interviewed the first female April 3. She reported that she had been at the Park Ave. playground with her friend. As they were leaving, Wagner reportedly walked by, approached one of the girls and had a conversation. During the conversation, Wagner allegedly asked if the girls were hungry and said he had brought a cookie and some cereal. They told Wagner that they were hungry, and he handed them a package that appeared to be Captain Crunch cereal and a Nutter Butter cookie. The items were meant to be shared.

The two girls ate the items, which led to them not feeling well. One girl reported to police that at no point did the defendant state that there was a drug contained within the food and she had never been intoxicated to that extent before. She reported that she had not used marijuana in the two months prior to the incident.

On April 4, police interviewed the second female. She reported that the two girls had been walking on Park Ave. when a male approached and began speaking to the other girl, who was given “candy,” which was meant for the girls to share. The girl reported that she did not know that the food was a marijuana edible. The girls ate the items as they walked along Park Ave. on the way to a relative’s house. One recalled feeling odd and passing out at the house. She told police that she had not used marijuana in the past.

Medical records from Penn Highlands Tyrone indicated that both girls were treated at the local hospital for intoxication. Both had marijuana in their blood. According to the police affidavit, Wagner provided the girls a controlled substance that day, in the form of edible marijuana food items.

A felony warrant was issued by the Tyrone Police Department and Wagner was arraigned Friday afternoon on several charges in District Court before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. Wagner was committed to the Blair County Prison with bail set at $25,000 straight cash. A preliminary hearing is set for May 24 at 10 a.m.

Julie White can be reached at jwhite@thedailyherald.net.


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