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Jersey Shore man arrested in connection with 2020 overdose death

A Jersey Shore man has been arrested on felony charges in connection with the drug overdose death of a woman in the city two years ago, according to city police.

Tyler Moore, 31, of 805 Allegheny St., apartment 1, has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and illegal use of a cellphone, police said. Investigators allege that he provided Jennifer Berkebile with a drug “that contained fentanyl. After ingesting the substance, Berkebile died as a result of a drug overdose,” the lead police investigator said in a criminal complaint.

Berkebile, 36, died on March 31, 2020, in a room at the YWCA, 815 W. Fourth St., where she was living at the time, investigators said. “Located on the floor next to where she had been sitting were two cellphones, an uncapped hypodermic needle and a spoon with residue on it,” the investigator wrote in the affidavit.

“A data extraction was completed on one of the cellphones recovered from the woman’s room,” the investigator said, adding that “messages (on the phone) clearly showed Berkebile chatting with Moore, who then facilitated a narcotics transaction with her that led to her death.”

An autopsy on Berkebile determined that she died of “a mixed drug toxicity of fentanyl and buprenorphine,” the affidavit stated.

Arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey, Moore was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. He was held on all three charges following his preliminary hearing this week.

In mid-January 2019, Berkebile and her then boyfriend, Michael Puch, were arrested by city police for allegedly operating a one-pot methamphetamine lab in an apartment at the Newberry Estates, 2500 Federal Ave., which was discovered two weeks earlier in late December 2018. Neither Berkebile or Puch lived at the apartment.

In early April 2018, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police and paramedics rushed to an apartment in the 300 block of Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore, where Berkebile was living, and found her “unresponsive” on the floor. She was revived and arraigned months later on drug charges. At her arraignment, she told the district judge that she was “born as a heroin baby,” and had been using drugs since she was a teenager. The drug charges were later dropped.

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