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Bond reduction denied in drug case

November 30, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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A Butler woman's latest drug-related case is keeping her in Butler County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.

District Judge William Fullerton denied a bond reduction request for Melissa M. Cammisa, 36, who appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Monday.

Cammisa is charged with felony drug sales and misdemeanor drug and paraphernalia possession, related to a controlled buy set up in December.

Public defender Kimberly Hudak said Cammisa has a criminal record, but the $100,000 bond seemed high for a controlled buy involving eight stamp bags of heroin, which was lab tested and also contained fentanyl.

“I think the bond at $100,000 is excessive,” Hudak said. “I'd like for it to be cut in half.”

Assistant District Attorney Laura Pitchford argued against the reduction, using Cammisa's criminal record to make her point. She said the record she had in court is 16 pages long.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.