Berwick woman facing charges
A traffic stop in McAdoo Jan. 25 led to the arrest of a Berwick woman on drug related charges.
Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol at 11:37 p.m. when he stopped a silver 1999 Chrysler, with an inoperative brake light, on Route 309 (Kennedy Drive).
The driver of the car was identified as Shalyn Blankenship, 30, of Berwick. A routine records check indicated that her license had been suspended for driving under the influence. A passenger in the car was identified as Alfred Singleton of Hazleton.
Blankenship agreed to have her purse and car searched. Inside the purse was a short straw, which she told the officer was used to "snort coke." On the passenger side of the car officers found 503 blue wax paper packets stamped with a pyramid and the word "shine," and two white packets, which Blankenship admitted were packets filled with heroin.
She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a DUI suspended license, and having an inoperative brake light.