George R. Winkelman

George R. Winkelman

A Johnstown man, who is awaiting trial for strangling a woman, was charged on Tuesday with endangering the welfare of a child after he overdosed on drugs in the presence of a 6-year-old child, authorities allege.

City police charged George R. Winkelman, 42, of Oakhurst Homes, with one misdemeanor count.

According to a criminal complaint, someone called 911 to report a drug overdose in an apartment at Building 35 at 2: 45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police and West End EMS found the front door open and could hear someone's shallow breathing. They found Winkelman sitting in a chair surrounded by drug paraphernalia, including a needle, a burnt spoon, razor blades, knives, a rubber band and three empty stamp bags and a child.

EMS personnel administered Narcan to revive Winkelman. Cambria County Children and Youth Services was contacted. Winkelman was arraigned by on-call District Judge John Prebish, of Cresson, and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

In the earlier case, city police said a 33-year-old woman told them that on Aug. 27 she visited Winkelman's apartment and found him intoxicated and sitting with his dog.

She attempted to leave but Winkelman allegedly choked her and pushed her against the refrigerator.

Winkelman allegedly held a knife to her throat and said, "How about a slice your throat and mine," a criminal complaint said.

The woman fled the apartment.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.