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West Wheatfield Township woman later died from overdose


A Westmoreland County  man who impeded efforts to help a woman who later died will have a preliminary hearing today. 


31-year-old Brandon Lee Crowe of Arnold faces nine criminal charges, all at the misdemeanor level, for his actions on March 27th, when he stood on the porch of a West Wheatfield Township home and repeatedly told police that Julie Ann Madeley was not inside.  Police had received a report that Madeley had overdosed on prescription drugs.  Crowe finally admitted she was inside and troopers forced their way in, but it was too late.  Madeley was taken first to Indiana Regional Medical Center, then transferred to UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh, where she died early the next morning.


In additon to impeding the actions of the state troopers, Crowe returned to the scene the next day and was caught taking items from Madeley’s vehicle.  He is also charged for threatening the lives of state trooper Anthony Baum Jr. and a neighboring couple.


Crowe will appear before District Judge George Thachick today (10 AM) on three counts of terroristic threats, plus obstructing the administration of law, obstructing emergency services, recklessly endangering, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, and theft.  At the time of his arrest, Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty indicated additional charges could be filed. 

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