Area/Region News In Brief…

Farmers’ Market

planning session

Plans will be made for this summer’s Farmers’ Market in downtown Warren at a meeting planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, Second Ave.

Former vendors and those interested in being vendors are invited.

Woman accused

of selling heroin

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A woman is accused of selling heroin while a patient at a western Pennsylvania hospital, first in the intensive care unit and later from her room.

Greensburg police said an undercover informant bought $90 worth of heroin Friday from 38-year-old Lori Sullenberger, who was being treated for an undisclosed ailment at Excela Westmoreland Hospital. A police search later uncovered $3,800 in heroin, two syringes and $1,400 in her room.

Sullenberger was charged Tuesday with multiple felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges.

Excela spokeswoman Jennifer Miele said hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of Sullenberger’s room.

Also facing misdemeanor drug counts are 32-year-old Jason Bates of Youngwood and 27-year-old Robert Rearick of Greensburg. Police say they either purchased or possessed drugs from Sullenberger.

Girl, 15, to face

homicide charge

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A 15-year-old girl has been ordered to stand trial as an adult in the death of a 14-year-old boy in south Philadelphia.

Azim Chaplin was stabbed in the chest Feb. 11 and died five days later.

A judge on Tuesday ordered the girl held for trial on a third-degree murder charge. The Associated Press isn’t naming her because of her age.

Defense attorney David Desiderio sought dismissal of the charges, alleging Chaplin was stabbed after he and his friends followed and taunted the defendant and her friend for more than five blocks, throwing ice and snowballs at them.

Desiderio said Azim was confronting the girls with a six-inch stick when he was stabbed.

Last of homeless

vet’s pets available

MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The last of 27 pets rescued from a homeless veteran’s car in Pennsylvania last month is now ready for a good home.

WFMZ-TV said Dori, a 4-month-old Persian kitten, has been at the Humane Society of Lebanon County since March 1. That’s when she and 23 other cats and three dogs were found in a car parked at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

The animals belonged to a veteran who lost her home and job and had checked herself into the hospital.

The other cats – all Persians and Siamese – and the three dogs – two cocker spaniels and a dachshund mix – were adopted. Dori’s turn comes Wednesday.