Published April 12, 2013
NEW CASTLE, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania school crossing guard has been fired after the district attorney's office charged her with selling marijuana out of her home.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 47-year-old Tracy Lynn Padilla, of New Castle, who faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges including delivery of marijuana.
According to a criminal complaint, Padilla sold the drugs out of her home to undercover informants on March 7 and 13.
She has since been fired by the New Castle police from her post crossing children at the J.F. Kennedy Primary Center.
Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa says Padilla's Tuesday arrest "had to be a priority. She had young children under her care."
New Castle police Chief Bobby Salem says Padilla passed a background check before she was hired last year.