by Jonathan Weaver
While local law enforcement officials have arrested a local man for allegedly dealing heroin January 11, police are on the lookout for another as well.
Friday, Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi announced the arrest of 32-year-old Mark Dongilli.
According to criminal complaints filed by ARMNET agents, agents conducted a controlled purchase of heroin at a residence along State Route 85 in Cowanshannock Township. The complaint alleges another male involved – 30-year-old Jesse Nolder – directed a confidential informant to meet with Dongilli at the address and that Nolder directed Dongilli to provide the confidential informant with stamp bags of heroinThe sale was performed January 11 as Nolder – who is believed to be avoiding law enforcement officials – directed.
Both are charged with possession of a controlled substance, felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony delivery of a controlled substance, criminal used of a communication facility, criminal conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On January 12, agents attempted to locate Dongilli and Nolder at the residence when agents and Armstrong County deputies observed a six-year-old boy on the porch of the residence in the frigid temperatures and pouring rain, cold and wet. Agents found the residence to be locked and no one to answer the door.
The child’s mother was contacted and arrived at the residence about 30 minutes later. It was at this time that the mother advised police that Dongilli and a 28-year-old Kittanning woman – Kayla Schreckengost – were to assist in getting the child from the bus and escort him to the residence. However, upon the mother allowing agents to enter the residence, police found Dongilli and Schreckengost passed out on the basement floor..
Schreckengost told agents she was injecting suboxone – a prescription drug used for treatment of opioid drug dependence – into her neck. She and Dongilli accepted responsibility of the child.
Dongilli and Schreckengost face felony charges with endangering the welfare of the child.
According to online court documents, Schreckengost is also suspected of felony burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking for an East Franklin Township incident at the end of December 2016.
Both are incarcerated in the Armstrong County Jail – Dongilli being held on $30,000 cash or property bond.
Preliminary hearings in the felony endangerment case are scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Daniel George in Rural Valley Tuesday afternoon.