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Pa. mayor faces drug charges in Va.



Published: Tue, March 22, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER, Pa.

The mayor of Jackson Center, Pa., and another man are facing felony drug charges in Virginia after a traffic stop in Bland County, Va.

The Bland County Sheriff’s department confirmed a deputy found approximately 10 pounds of marijuana inside the men’s vehicle after the March 15 stop on Interstate 77. The marijuana’s street value is $35,000, police said.

According to the Bland County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Charles Ferlin, 45, Jackson Center’s mayor; and Raymond Glenn Turner Jr. 50, of Grove City, Pa., were arrested and held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, Va.

Police said Ferlin was driving a 2007 Chrysler sedan north on I-77 at noon when the deputy stopped him for going 79 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Ferlin posted $50,000 bond March 16. He was allowed to leave Virginia, the General District Court in Bland County said. He could not be reached to comment Monday.

Turner was still in jail Monday, the jail said.

Both men are to appear in the court again for preliminary hearings Sept. 7.

Ferlin became mayor of the borough, which has a population of 220, in November 2009. He was a write-in candidate. His term is over at the end of this year.

According to a candidates list with the Mercer County Board of Elections, he is not running again. There are no candidates for mayor in the borough.

Borough council president Jon Ramsay also could not be reached.

Borough secretary Debbi Schiestle said borough officials have consulted with the county elections board, and Ferlin can retain his post in lieu of a conviction.

Schiestle said she knows Ferlin well, having grown up with him in Jackson Center.

She said she has not spoken with him since his arrest.

“My personal opinion: As long as he does his job as expected, I don’t have a problem with him staying on,” she said.

“As long as it doesn’t affect the borough,” she said. “If he’s convicted, that’s another story.”


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1seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Exerpt: Schiestle said she knows Ferlin well, having grown up with him in Jackson Center.

She said she has not spoken with him since his arrest.

“My personal opinion: As long as he does his job as expected, I don’t have a problem with him staying on,” she said.

“As long as it doesn’t affect the borough,” she said. “If he’s convicted, that’s another story.”

Your mayor was busted rolling with 10 lbs of tree and you do not have a problem with it? As long as he does his job? What is his job, transporting weed across state lines? Maybe your crew should roll in to Mahoning County so you can practice with the big leagues felons and office abusers we have in place.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Problems such as this could be ended by subjecting government officials to drug testing . We don't need the drug culture in leadership positions .

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3milokitty(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Seminole.......Please read the exerpt that was quoted by me. It says I DO NOT have a problem with HIM STAYING ON...it DOES NOT say that I DO NOT have a PROBLEM WITH IT. I am against drugs but until something is mandated such as Stan put it, with drug testing for government officials, we have to wait for a conviction. We are a small community of 221 residents, and people interested in municipal seats are limited. Please do not compare us with Mahoning County.

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4seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

milokitty...ahhh, I see...semantics...I get what you're saying in a sense, but why say it then? I guess you're locked into what you can or can not do, but from a readers perspective it reads like you're okay with it. Unfortunately, as you have indicated, you're stuck until the disaster runs it's course. And, my comment to come roll with the Mahoning County bandits was a nother jab at them and their stellar reputations...

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