Woman nearly dies of heroin overdose

Charges have been filed against 33-year-old Heather Marie Shollenberger after she allegedly gave heroin to another woman who nearly died of an overdose right after ingesting the drug, city police said.

When officers arrived at Shollenberger’s home at 2248 Mosser Ave. about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, 36-year-old Jennifer Michael was “in full cardiac arrest,” Patrolwoman Brittany Alexander said in an affidavit.

“After several doses of Narcan were used, Michael regained consciousness,” Alexander said, referring to the drug that is often used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

Michael, who was rushed to a local hospital and later discharged, told officers that Shollenberger and a mutual friend had picked her up at an undisclosed location. When questioned, Shollenberger admitted that the three went to the 700 block of West Fourth Street, where Shollenberger met her drug dealer, who goes by the name “Money,” Alexander said.

After Shollenberger bought a $50 bag of heroin from the dealer, the three friends returned to Shollenberger’s home, where Shollenberger distributed the heroin, which almost killed Michael, Alexander said.

Jailed automatically that night in the Lycoming County Prison on a state parole violation, Shollenberger was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and related offenses. She was recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail.