Alen E. Erskine, 37, of Clearfield, who is accused of child endangerment and drug possession, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Glass yesterday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Erskine is charged with endangering the welfare of children, a felony of the third degree; recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor of a second degree; intentional possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are ungraded misdemeanors.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Jan. 14 at 2:38 p.m. Lawrence Township police assisted state parole at a residence on Hill Street to look for John Irwin, 35, of Clearfield who was wanted.
Irwin was found upstairs along with Erskine and Amber Johnston, 33, of Curwensville who were found on a bed with a one-year-old child.
Police also found suspected marijuana and methamphetamine in bags in the room, and in a safe, officers found suspected heroin hidden in a can of corn beef hash and two bags of suspected illegal mushrooms and $2,330 in cash.
Police also found in a box a Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol with its serial number scratched out.
Johnston said Irwin owned everything that was in the safe as well as the firearm.
The items were sent to the state police Erie Crime Lab for testing.
Erksine is currently incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $10,000 monetary bail.
Johnston has also been charged with the same offenses as Erksine and a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Erskine was represented by Leanne Nedza of the public defender’s office and First Assistant District Attorney Ryan Dobo represented the commonwealth.
Irwin is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony; possession of a firearm with manufacture’s number altered, a felony of the second degree, intentional possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are ungraded misdemeanors. Irwin’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27 before Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris.