Woman waives hearing on drug, endangerment charges

Staff writer

A Franklin woman accused of keeping numerous drugs and an explosive device inside her residence waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Charges against Traci Straw, 28, will now be bound over for further proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said that on Oct. 3, Franklin police were dispatched to Straw’s apartment on Dale Avenue where a probation and parole agent had reported a violation.

The agent said he found a small amount of marijuana and a prescription pill believed to be Vicodin, the complaint said. Straw had not been prescribed the medication, according to the complaint.

A search warrant was granted on the home, and police found numerous drugs including unprescribed narcotics, suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and an improvised explosive device, the complaint said.

The marijuana and methamphetamines were found in plain view and could have been reached by Straw’s 7-year-old child, the complaint said.

Straw was charged with felony counts of risking catastrophe and weapons of mass destruction – unlawful possession or manufacture. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of make repairs/sell offensive weapon, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and nine counts of possession of controlled substance, in addition to 20 ungraded counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

She remains in the Venango County jail on $15,000 bail.