New Castle News

April 10, 2013

School crossing guard arrested, then fired

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A crossing guard was arrested on drug charges Tuesday just as students were dismissed at J.F. Kennedy Primary Center.

Tracy Lynn Padilla, 47, of 709 Blaine St., was charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following her arraignment, she was released on $10,000 bond.

Padilla was arrested by detectives from the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office about 3 p.m., just before she began her shift as a school crossing guard at the primary center on the city’s North Hill.

She has since been terminated from that post.

“We felt this (arrest) had to be a priority,” said Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa. “She had young children under her care.”

We’ll have complete details in Thursday’s print edition of The News.