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Throughout Pennsylvania, a lot of effort has been made not only to investigate crimes against vulnerable adults but also to prosecute and bring publicity to these crimes. These efforts serve notice that crimes against vulnerable adults are not tolerated in the Commonwealth. PA News features articles that show the remarkable work of protective service investigators and law enforcement in protecting vulnerable adults.

Hobbled Korean War vet, wife, abducted by three women

Monday April 27th 2015
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An 86-year-old Korean War veteran and his 55-year-old wife told police they were kidnapped Thursday morning by three women who forced them to open a bank account and rent two cars for them. Shaken and unharmed but indignant, the couple on Saturday recounted the bizarre tale of their six-hour abduction ordeal. Police said five...
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Mount Carmel man withdraws elder abuse no contest plea

Monday April 27th 2015
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SUNBURY – A Mount Carmel man, who previously pleaded no contest to three criminal charges for neglecting his elderly mother and forging her pension checks totaling more than $1,150, withdrew his plea Monday morning because he claims he’s innocent of the offenses. Joseph Francis Campbell, 57, who was scheduled to be sentenced by Judge...
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Is Harper Lee killing her own Mockingbird?

Monday April 6th 2015
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In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago,...
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Chambersburg woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her mother

Thursday March 19th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Franklin County judge asked a Chambersburg woman for a better understanding of how her mother died, but the woman was unable to provide any answers. “The picture painted by the pre-sentence report, by the letters, by you … does not equal what happened in this case,” Franklin County Judge Jeremiah Zook...
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Man who conned WWII vet gets long sentence

Tuesday March 17th 2015
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A South Philadelphia man accused of conning an octogenarian World War II veteran out of his home, personal property, and two vintage cars was found guilty of fraud Friday and sentenced to 71/4 to 141/2 years in prison. The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about four hours before finding Melvin McIlwaine, 61, guilty of...
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Former finance adviser guilty on all charges of bilking elderly woman

Friday March 13th 2015
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A former financial adviser accused of stealing money from an elderly Meadville woman was found guilty on 52 theft and forgery-related charges and placed in Crawford County jail with additional bond on Thursday. David E.A. Seagren, 70, of Bradford successfully withdrew his guilty plea in February, losing his initial plea agreement with the Crawford...
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Dauphin County devotes county detective to investigation of elder abuse

Wednesday March 4th 2015
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A growing caseload of senior citizens being abused in their homes has spurred Dauphin County to dedicate a county detective to these investigations. Roxanne Snider, a former investigator in the county Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Abuse Taskforce, started in her new role in the district attorney’s office in November. “It’s something I’m really passionate about,”...
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Woman charged with stealing $11,400 from her 99 year old grandmother with dementia

Wednesday February 18th 2015
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HARRISBURG, PA(WPMT)  A Schuylkill County woman is accused of stealing $11,400 in Social Security benefits from her grandmother, who has dementia and was not capable of consenting to the withdrawals from her bank account. State Attorney Office agents charged Kelly McAlonis, 41, of Pottsville,  with one count each of Theft by Deception, Theft by...
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Pittsburgh woman accused of swindling more than $13,000 from elderly aunt

Thursday February 12th 2015
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A Pittsburgh woman accused of using her power of attorney to swindle more than $13,000 from her elderly aunt surrendered Tuesday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.  Stacey Bright, 52, was charged Feb. 6 with misuse of entrusted property and theft by unlawful taking after the district attorney’s office received a tip from Department of Aging...
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Chambersburg woman pleads no contest in death of mother

Thursday February 5th 2015
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CHAMBERSBURG >> A Chambersburg woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for allegedly criminally neglecting her mother Harriett Wolfe, resulting in her death. Linda R. Brown, 61, entered the plea agreement to the first degree misdemeanor charge to Franklin County judge Jeremiah D. Zook, a change from her original charge of first degree...
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