Woman turns her life around with rehab, Jail to Jobs

Kia Williams Waller remembers her dark days of substance abuse and crime, and she never wants to return to them.

The 36-year-old wife, mother of three and grandmother of one has seen the inside walls of jails multiple times since 2008. The most recent were those of the women’s state correctional institution at Muncy in Lycoming County, just last fall.

Waller, a New Castle resident, was addicted to pain pills and has had criminal charges against her 10 times since 2008, most recently in 2013, primarily for theft and prescription-altering offenses.

Judge Thomas M. Piccione sentenced her to Muncy for an intensive drug rehabilitation program.

Today, Waller has graduated from that and an outpatient program and holds a full-time job with benefits as a machine operator at an industry in Neshannock Township.

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Man Charged in Alleged Heroin Ring

One of 12 people arrested last year in an alleged heroin ring will serve at least 8 years in a State Penitentiary.

According to Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa, Jamal Pierre Hill, 30, pleaded guilty in common pleas court Wednesday to charges of corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and solicitation of minors to traffic drugs.

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