3 charged with heroin possession after 1 ODs

On the afternoon of Aug. 30, Tioga County residents Colby Pierce and Lori Jean Widnikiewicz, along with Hervey Howell Jr., of Galeton, got together and drove to Williamsport in Pierce’s van to buy heroin, according to court records.

In the city neighborhood of Sixth Avenue and High Street, the 28-year-Pierce purchased more than three dozen packets of the controlled substance, many of them stamped “Game of Death.”

Pierce, of Westfield, along with Widnikiewicz, 50, also of Westfield, and Howell, 24, then drove to a fast-food restaurant on Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township, where all three injected heroin; Pierce and Howell in the van and Widnikiewicz in a restroom, township police said.

Police and paramedics responded to the scene about 1:15 p.m. after it was discovered that Widnikiewicz apparently had overdosed, Sgt. Christopher Kriner said.

An ambulance took the woman to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where she recovered and was discharged later the same day, Kriner said.

“A hypodermic syringe was located in an outdoor trash can. Howell admitted he used the syringe to shoot up and tossed it in the can,” Kriner said in an affidavit.

Pierce had in his possession eight packets of heroin, the investigator said. The van was impounded and police, after obtaining a search warrant, discovered in the vehicle 41 packets of heroin, some in a middle console and some in Widnikiewicz’s purse, Kriner said.

Pierce, Howell and Widnikiewicz all have been charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, and all three have been sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing later this month before District Judge James H. Sortman.