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Some charges dropped in nursing home assault case

Monday April 21st 2014
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Prosecutors agreed Wednesday to drop two counts of simple assault against a nursing home employee who allegedly held an elderly patient down by the arms and put a pillow over her face. A misdemeanor charge of neglect against Tanya L. Harlos, employee at Guardian Elder Care Center in Nanticoke, was bound over to the...
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Franklin-area financial adviser accused of stealing more than $180K from 97-year-old

Wednesday April 16th 2014
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VERNON TOWNSHIP — An elderly Meadville woman’s financial adviser has been charged with stealing more than $180,000 worth of her money over a nearly three-year period. David E.A. Seagren, 69, of 455 Wendy Way, Franklin, was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Rossi on more than 50 felony charges filed by Meadville Police....
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West Philly couple charged in abduction, robbery of elderly woman

Friday April 4th 2014
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A WEST PHILLY couple is accused of kidnapping an elderly woman and draining her bank account Monday, police said. And it may not be the first time they’ve allegedly preyed on such a victim. Vickson Korlewala, 57, and Lorpu Korlewala, 51, were arrested today and charged with robbery, kidnapping and related offenses after the...
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Elder abuse on the rise

Monday March 31st 2014
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(part 1 of a 5 part series “Coming of Age”) Snow, freezing rain and harsh winds buffeted the house on River Road in Tinicum. When the power went out, some people flicked on generators to keep the essentials going — heat, hot water. Others drove to the homes of family or friends who had...
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Two Middle Paxton Twp. women accused of neglect of 88-year-old woman

Thursday March 20th 2014
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Two Middle Paxton Township women are facing charges for the neglect of an 88-year-old relative, who investigators say was living in a home full of rotten food, trash and animal excrement, which resulted in serious injuries. Dauphin County investigators filed charges against two Middle Paxton Township women after an 88-year-old relative was found to...
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Dauphin County man stole $30K from his grandparents to feed heroin habit, state police say

Thursday March 20th 2014
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A Berrysburg man was arrested Wednesday after state police said he stole $30,000 from his grandparents to feed his heroin habit. Robert Lawrence Behney, 35, of the 100 block of West Main Street, is charged with three third-degree felonies, which include two counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Police allege that Behney, who...
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International Fugitive Returned to Chester County for Prosecution

Thursday March 13th 2014
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PRESS RELEASE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE OF CHESTER COUNTY Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that defendant Jack Mayer, who fled Chester County criminal charges to hide in Europe and the Dominican Republic, has been captured and returned to Chester County. The defendant was charged in 2011 by the Downingtown Police Department with stealing...
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The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse (Toil, abuse and endurance in the heartland)

Thursday March 13th 2014
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WATERLOO, Iowa — A man stands at a bus stop. He wears bluejeans, cowboy boots, and a name tag pinned like a badge to his red shirt. It says: Clayton Berg, dishwasher, county sheriff’s office. He is 58, with a laborer’s solid build, a preference to be called Gene and a whisper-white scar on...
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Corry woman admits neglecting mother, 86

Tuesday March 4th 2014
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A Corry woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Erie County Court to charges that she neglected her 86-year-old mother to the point that her mother was hospitalized with the type of pressure sores that reach muscle and bone. Valli J. Brandt, 54, said little in the hearing before President Judge Ernest J. DiSantis Jr. She...
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DA: Suspect in elder scam claimed to be DA

Friday February 28th 2014
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DA: Suspect in elder scam claimed to be DA

PHILADELPHIA – February 24, 2014 (WPVI) — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said a man has been charged with scamming an elderly World War II veteran by, in part, pretending to be District Attorney Seth Williams. Shelton Thomas, 47, is accused of stealing more than $95,000 from the 93-year-old victim. According to Williams, the...
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