Sunday, August 5, 2012
As we embark on our first full week of August, let's take a look at what the top five headlines in the Patch were last month.
Here were the top five stories on Canon-McMillan Patch in July. 5. DA: County Cracks Down on Desginer Drugs 4. Local Officials React to Ruling on Marcellus Shale Legislation 3. Search Warrant Executed at Canonsburg Business 2. Council: No Parade Chairs Allowed on Pike Until July 4 and the number one most-read story last month was: 1. Young Venetian Woman Dies in Washington Crash
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Cricket store on West Pike Street in Canonsburg had this sign on the window following a raid conducted by the District Attorney's Drug Task Force and state police earlier this week.
There's a padlock on the door at the Cricket store in Canonsburg, along with a handwritten sign reading, "Temporarily closed due to power failure. Sorry for the inconvenience." The store was one of about 12 in the county raided by members of the Washington County District Attorney's Drug Task Force and state police on Wednesday. A search warrant was issued as part of a larger effort by District Attorney Gene Vittone, the state and even federal authorities to "crack down" on designer drugs such as sythetic marijuana, which was the subject of the most recent investigation. To read more about the exectution of the warrant at the Cricket store earlier this week, click here. For more information about Vittone's "crack down," click here. To read…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
In the wake of raids on a dozen local businesses selling it, Dr. Neil Capretto of Gateway Rehabilitation said that he's treated patients from Washington County—but that the problem is 'all over.'
Dr. Neil Capretto said one patient who came into Gateway Rehabilitation called the synthetic pot he was smoking “like marijuana on steroids.” In the wake of a raid of a dozen Washington County businesses that were selling the synthetic marijuana—often packaged as incense and labeled “not fit for human consumption”—Capretto, Gateway’s medical director, said the use of such “designer drugs” is on the rise. It’s not just in Washington County, either—although Capretto said he’s treated plenty of patients from the area. “It’s everywhere,” the doctor said. “It’s through most of the country now.” And it’s getting worse, he said. Right now, he said there are 140 different versions of synthetic marijuana, and each has its own “tweaked” version of …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A Canonsburg store was one of a dozen raided Wednesday.
Members of the District Attorney's Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police executed a dozen search warrants Wednesday morning on local businesses as efforts continue to eliminate synthetic marijuana products and other drugs from the community. One of them was at the Cricket store on West Pike Street in Canonsburg. The search warrants were granted following controlled buys from various retail locations in recent months by state police troopers and undercover detectives from the task force. Agents have seen a rise in the use of synthetic marijuana, K2 and bath salts, as well as the undesirable side effects that accompany them, Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said in a release Wednesday. Users of certain synthetic …