by Jonathan Weaver
A local man believed to be connected to a juvenile death in West Kittanning Borough has been summoned to court.
Toby Lee Noel, 21, of 117 1/2 Cleveland St. has been summoned on charges of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors directly connected to the death of 14-year-old Anthony Joseph Kline in West Kittanning last October.
The corruption of minors charge is a 1st degree misdemeanor and the furnishing charge is a 3rd degree misdemeanor. While monetary fine and incarceration sentences will be at District Magisterial Judge James Owen’s discretion, it is believed that Noel can face no more than a combined three years in the Armstrong County Jail.
Noel’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 9AM.
State Police Trooper Michael Kapustik issued the criminal complaint affidavit of probable cause against Noel earlier this week.
“I interviewed multiple people who were witnesses that night and who were with the victim, we pulled information from the autopsy and I sat down with the District Attorney and we figured this was the appropriate charge,” Trooper Kapustik said.
The criminal affidavit filed Monday stated that on Sunday, October 3, Kline contacted Noel to take him to a local gas station in a red Volkswagen Jetta. Noel allegedly bought Kline at least one Tilt malt beverage for Kline’s consumption on his way to meet with a 17-year-old girl in Ford City to acquire money to purchase marijuana.
Noel then allowed the juveniles to use his mobile phone to contact another juvenile to purchase the drug within a church parking lot in Worthington Borough. Once the marijuana was purchased, Noel allegedly smoked the drug with the juveniles.
Noel’s phone again was used by the juveniles to re-contact the drug dealer and purchase prescription Oxycontin pills at the Worthington Civic Center. Kline allegedly ingested two of these pills with a Tilt malt beverage, and Noel also ingested two.
According to police, Kline spent the rest of the evening with friends within Noel’s vehicle before leaving at the intersection of Central Street and April Way in West Kittanning at approximately 11PM.
Kline was found the next day within the backyard of his Cleveland Street residence. An autopsy and toxicology screen showed Kline had a blood alcohol content of .162 percent with oxycodone and THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the main ingredient of marijuana – within his blood.
Even though other persons in the vehicle were interviewed by police, Kapustik explained why Noel is the only one charged at present time.
“We can’t have corruption of minors for anyone under the age of 18, and anyone under the age of 21, can’t furnish,” Kapustik said.
This is not Noel’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested and jailed in July 2010 for Burglary and Criminal Trespass.
Kapustik has been involved in the state police investigation since Kline’s death 10 months ago.