The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 17, 2013

Pair held for trial in drug case

Patrick Buchnowski

EBENSBURG — A husband and wife were ordered to stand trial after authorities said they had enticed three children to deliver drugs for them.

Lawrence Wholaver, 46, and Stacey Wholaver, 30, of Northern Cambria, were held for court following a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Frederick Creany of Ebensburg.

The Cambria County Drug Task Force charged the couple with endangering the welfare of children and multiple drug-related offenses.

The Wholavers were arrested after the task force received information that the two were using Stacey Wholaver’s children – ages 5, 6 and 12 – to peddle prescription pills, including the painkiller Lortab, in the northern end of the county, authorities said.

Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 19, the task force executed three controlled drug buys using a confidential informant.

Cambria County Children and Youth Services placed the children in the care of family members, drug task force officials said.

“I feel these children are also victims of these adults who put them in the situation to commit these crimes,” District Attorney Kelly Callihan said at the time of the arrests.

Lawrence and Stacey Wholaver are each being held in the Cambria County Prison on $50,000 percentage bond.

Northern Cambria Borough Police Department, the state Attorney General’s Office and Cambria County Children and Youth Services assisted in the drug investigation.

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