Archives for October 2016

INSURANCE COMMISSION BEGINS NEW SERVICE TO LOCATE LOST POLICIES

Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller alerted Pennsylvanians on Monday, that her department has begun using a new service to help locate lost life insurance policies, and announced her support for legislation that would put this consumer service into law and require insurers to conduct the searches…

COAL MINE CLEANUP FUNDING AWARDED

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced phase 2 of a coal mine cleanup project that will enhance 66 acres of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. DEP selected the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County, to receive a share of $30 million in federal funding from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement through its Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Pilot Program. Joe Bizarchik is the Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Director…

Keith Kaiser is the President of the Botanic Garden…

KANE SENTENCED

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is now a convicted felon, and headed to prison. The 50 year old Kane left a courtroom in handcuffs yesterday, after a judge sentenced her to between 10 and 23-months behind bars for corruption. Kane will also have to serve eight years of probation for violating the public trust, the law, and then lying to a grand jury. Kane was convicted of perjury and obstruction. In handing down the prison sentence, the judge called Kane a political “neophyte” who failed to ever make the transition from politician to public servant. Kane was released Monday after she posted $75,000 cash bail, and she will remain free while she appeals her conviction. Kane told the judge that she felt no more torture than to watch her children suffer and know she had something to do with it. The judge replied that her children unfortunately, were the ultimate collateral damage… casualties of her actions. He said she did it, not the court. She and her husband are now estranged and share custody of their teenage boys.

Altoona Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding Wanted Woman

The Altoona Police Department holds an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Jocelyn Baker, on charges of forgery and drug related offenses. Baker is described as being 5’1″, about 130 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is also wanted by Blair County Probation and Parole. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Altoona Police Department.

link to Atoona PD mug shot of Baker:
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Kane Faces The Music Today

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will find out today whether she will be headed to prison for leaking grand jury materials to the press and then lying about it under oath. Kane, a Democrat… is arguing that the loss of her career, law license and reputation is punishment enough. She is requesting that the judge sentence her to probation or house arrest so that she can remain home to raise her two teenage sons. Prosecutors however, are pusing for jail time, after she “repeatedly misused her official authority to advance her personal vendettas.” It’s a long fall for Kane, after President Bill Clinton stumped for her in 2012, and four years earlier, Kane helped with Hillary Clinton’s first presidential bid. Kane, who is from Scranton in the northeast corner of the state, could get anything from probation to 24 years in prison.

McQueary Takes the Stand

Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary was telling his story to jurors today in his defamation and whistleblower trial against the university. McQueary took the stand in the fifth day of testimony in the case. He’s seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims. McQueary recounted his a story about seeing his onetime colleague Jerry Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower in 2001. McQueary claims the school retaliated against him for the help he gave prosecutors in convicting Sandusky of child molestation.

Inmate Violence Targeted

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says that a recent audit of the Department of
Corrections shows that while the agency is properly recording reported inmate violence, with more than 4,000 incidents recorded in a 15-month period, the agency must assess staffing and other resources to prevent assaults and fights…

DUNCANSVILLE MAN WAIVES FELONY CHARGES

A Duncansville man allegedly overcharged some tenants of a subsidized housing complex he once managed. 38 year old Lance Conway appeared in Tyrone District Court, where he waived charges of felony theft by deception and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. The charges are related to the time Conway served as manager of the Tyrone Townhouses. That’s when investigators say he overcharged some of the people living there, and then applied those overpayments to others. His little scheme they say… was discovered when he was off work, and another employee was filling in. A tenant came in to have her Pennsylvania Department of Welfare rent verified… telling the fill-in she had been paying $187 per month in rent for the past two years. The fill-in manager then reviewed the woman’s file, and discovered her required monthly rent was actually $99 each month in April and May of 2012… and $33 per month from June 2012 until July 2013. That meant that Conway overcharged the woman more than $2,300 in rental payments. The management company then did an audit, which discovered that Conway had overcharged other tenants a total of $13,225 between April 2012 and July 2013. The overpaid money was applied to other tenants without their knowledge. Conway allegedly admitted he misappropriated money but he denied ever taking money for himself.

Trump Returns to Central PA Friday

Donald Trump is coming back to central Pennsylvania. The Republican presidential nominee will hold a rally on Friday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown. The event is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m., but doors will open three hours earlier. Trump held a rally at the Blair County Convention Center August 12th.

Wolf Recognizes Law Enforcement Efforts

Governor Wolf on Monday, thanked Pennsylvania’s law enforcement community for combating the opioid epidemic by carrying the overdose reversal drug Naloxone. There are now 17 counties that have full participation of police departments carrying Naloxone. He also encouraged other municipal police departments to carry Naloxone. Governor Tom Wolf was joined by the Pennsylvania State Police, district attorneys, capitol police officers, and other state partners….