Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mahanoy City Woman in Custody After Leaving Children in Car with Over 100 Bags of Heroin

A woman from Mahanoy City is in Luzerne County Prison after leaving her children in a car for over 20 minutes with over 100 bags of heroin and other drugs.

According to Hazleton Police, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, around 5:17pm, Hazleton Police responded to the One Stop at 419 S. Poplar Street on a caller reporting a female in the bathroom of the EZ Stop for 20 minutes and not coming out.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2 year old female and a 9 year old male in the back seat of a unattended silver Honda Accord bearing PA registration.

The officers spoke with the vehicle owner, Nicole Paskovich, of Mahanoy City, who stated that she was unsure how long she was in the bathroom and interviewed other witnesses at the location that stated Paskovich was in the bathroom for 20 minutes.

Investigation revealed that Paskovich informed she utilized 3 bags of Fentanyl while in the bathroom. Paskovich also admitted to having heroin in her vehicle, which was 105 bags of Heroin and a small amount of Methamphetamine as well as an uncapped needle, which were recovered in the vehicle.

Paskovich was taken into custody immediately and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor as well as multiple narcotics charges.

The children were taken into protective custody and placed with Children and Youth Services. 

Paskovich was arraigned Wednesday morning by Magisterial District Judge Daniel O'Donnell and committed to Luzerne County Prison on $10,000 cash bail.

In a statement from Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale, he stated "“We will never accept this type of behavior in our City that endangers the welfare of children and the illegal possession of narcotics.”

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