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 over $200,000 from an elderly victim. The defendant recently was located in the Dominican Republic, deported back to the United States, and now is in custody at Chester County Prison.

District Attorney Hogan stated, “This defendant was preying on elderly and vulnerable victims. His crimes are appalling and his flight was further evidence of his consciousness of guilt. We would have gone to the moon to bring this defendant to justice. We will not allow con artists to target the older citizens of Chester County.”

Downingtown Police Chief James McGowan stated, “This is an excellent example of law enforcement working together both nationally and internationally. Our officers and prosecutors worked diligently with their counterparts to bring the defendant back to Chester County to face charges. They should be commended for their professionalism and perseverance.” Read more »

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 his right wrist. His backpack contains a jelly sandwich, a Cherry Coke and a comforting pastry treat called a Duchess Honey Bun.

The Route 1 bus receives him, then resumes its herky-jerky journey through the northeastern Iowa city of Waterloo, population 68,000. He stares into the panoramic blur of ordinary life that was once so foreign to him.

Mr. Berg comes from a different place.

For more than 30 years, he and a few dozen other men with intellectual disabilities — affecting their reasoning and learning — lived in a dot of a place called Atalissa, about 100 miles south of here. Every morning before dawn, they were sent to eviscerate turkeys at a processing plant, in return for food, lodging, the occasional diversion and $65 a month. For more than 30 years. Read more »

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 indicated that she understood her rights and wished to plead guilty to one first-degree felony count of neglect of a care-dependent person.

She admitted under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Matthew Militello that she failed to provide medical care for her mother, Iva Brandt, between Sept. 26, 2012, and May 10, 2013, resulting in her mother’s admission to Corry Memorial Hospital. There, Iva Brandt was found to have stage four pressure ulcers on her tailbone, heels and hip. Stage four is the deepest type of ulcer, reaching as far as muscle and bone.

Iva Brandt died seven days later of pneumonia. Read more »

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 victim had hired Thomas to cut his lawn. Thomas then allegedly claimed he had been arrested for dumping grass clippings in an unauthorized trash bin.

Thomas then told the victim he had to pay the court costs and fees associated with the arrest, Williams said.

During the scam Thomas allegedly pretended to be the DA and used the names of several judges to convince him to hand over more money.

The victim’s family tried to tell him it was a scam, Williams said, but he continued to give Thomas money.

However, Williams said he personally told the victim it was a scam last week.

Investigators say the victim, who lived in a modest pension from 40 years of service as a government employee, may have given Thomas more than $100,000.

” fought for our country in World War II, and how is he repaid for that heroic service? He is scammed out of nearly a hundred thousand dollars,” Williams said in a statement.

Thomas was arraigned on Friday and bail was set at $750,000.

NOTE: This story aired on Channel 6 in Philadelphia and was written and published on 6abc.com

Local Senator Takes On Elder Abuse Issue

Monday February 3rd 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The number of elder abuse cases is increasing and one of Pennsylvania’s US Senators wants to do something about it.

Senator Bob Casey has set up a central web resource to protect seniors from abuse and scams. He says information from each state shows cases of financial abuse, caregiver neglect and self neglect are on the rise.

“Really disturbing when you consider what some people will do to harm seniors, we know that in our state we’ve got right around 2-million older citizens, we’re the 5th highest by population in the country.”

Casey says the latest statistics show that only one in every 14 cases of elder abuse are ever reported.

To report elder abuse you can go to the website or  call 1-800-490-8505.

Note this article was written by Kim Glovas for CBS Philly.

Falls Prevention, Assessment and Support Planning

Thursday January 30th 2014
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Falls Prevention, Assessment and Support Planning
This course will examine risk factors, prevention and response to falls in homes. Assessment and support planning for residents with mobility needs will be addressed.

This course is being offered at the following locations. Please use an online travel site for directions.

May 21,2014 (Wednesday) – This training is full.  Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Best Western
600 Wildflower Drive (RT 115)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

May 29, 2014 (Thursday) - This training is full.  Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Temple University
Health Sciences Corporate Offices
2450 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129

May 30, 2014 (Friday) - This training is full.  Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Temple University Ambler Campus
Learning Center
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

June 5, 2014 (Thursday) – This training is full.  Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Harrisburg East Holiday Inn
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

June 12,2014 (Thursday)
Ebensburg Center
Memorial Hall
4501 Admiral Peary Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931

June 13,2014 (Friday)
Holiday Inn
100 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

June 18, 2014 (Wednesday) - This training is full.  Registrations are no longer being accepted.
Four Points by Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046

June 19, 2014 (Thursday)
Days Inn Meadville
18360 Conneaut Lake Road
Meadville, PA 16335

Please register with complete information.

Practical Ethics for Personal Care Homes

Thursday January 30th 2014
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Practical Ethics for Personal Care Homes
This course will provide participants with a basic overview of concepts and fundamentals of ethics. Participants will discuss strategies and solutions to some of the many ethical dilemmas that arise in caring for residents.

This course is being offered at the following locations. Please use an online travel site for directions.

March 31,2014 (Monday)
Holiday Inn
100 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

April 4,2014 (Friday)
Ebensburg Center
Renaissance Room*
4501 Admiral Peary Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931
* Building name is “Renaissance Room”

April 7, 2014 (Monday)
Best Western
600 Wildflower Drive (RT 115)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

  April 10, 2014 (Thursday)
Temple University
Health Sciences Corporate Offices
2450 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129

April 11,2014 (Friday)
Temple University Ambler Campus
Learning Center
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

April 22, 2014 (Tuesday) – This Training is Full. No Further Registrations are being Accepted.
Harrisburg East Holiday Inn
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

May 5, 2014 (Monday)
Active Aging
1034 Park Avenue
Meadville, PA  16335

May 6, 2014 (Tuesday)
Four Points by Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046

Please register with complete information.

Man charged with attempted murder for neglecting elderly mother

Monday January 27th 2014
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WEST OAK LANE Philadelphia police charged a West Oak Lane man with attempted murder Thursday, saying he starved and neglected his terminally ill mother – even going so far as cutting off the electricity that powered her oxygen tank, according to authorities.

Lionel Bullock, 56, of the 7000 block of Woolston Avenue, was also charged with aggravated assault and neglect of care for a dependent person, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.  Bullock is awaiting arraignment, she said, adding that prosecutors will request that he be held on $1 million bail.

Bullock’s 93-year-old mother, Jessie Carter, who had severe kidney and heart dysfunction, had recently moved back in with her son after living with a daughter in New York, according to police.  She had returned to Philadelphia because she wanted to die in the house she had owned for more than 40 years. Suffering from congestive heart failure, Carter moved in with her son and his teenage children around September, police said, and was completely dependent on his care.

Police said Bullock fed the woman only once a day and forbade his children from providing her with any food or water. He stole – and sometimes sold – her $7 Meals on Wheels dinners, police said.  He stopped changing her diaper and would scream curses and Bible verses at her, often calling her a sinner, they said. Read more »

Perfect prey: Elderly, sick easy targets for abusive caregivers

Tuesday January 21st 2014
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WHEN THE cop first laid eyes on Sakinah Robinson last August, he thought she was dead.

Her wrists and ankles were tightly bound to the four corners of a soiled bed. Except for a urine-soaked adult diaper, she was naked.

Sgt. William McNamee saw raw burn marks on her right shoulder, cuts, bruises and burns of varying sizes and shades on her face, chest, abdomen and legs. Her emaciated body was etched with wounds. She lay motionless, her head tilted to the side; her eyes open, but vacant.

The cop moved closer. “Hi,” she said, startling him.

“Oh, my God, she’s alive!” McNamee told his lieutenant before he cut her free.

Robinson, 37, was the perfect victim.

She couldn’t care for herself physically or financially. She was intellectually disabled with limited verbal skills, hidden from neighbors and unable to seek help. A forgotten soul. Read more »

Senate Committee Hosts Senior Care Roundtable Discussion in Abington

Monday January 20th 2014
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Abington – Jan. 8, 2014 – Experts and advocates for proper senior care today told a state Senate panel that there is more Pennsylvania can do to protect and care for its senior citizens.

“Pennsylvania’s growing population of senior citizens has earned the right to have healthy, happy retirement years,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe), who chairs the policy committee. “It is our responsibility to ensure the state’s benefit programs adequately meet their needs.”

Boscola said the purpose of the roundtable was to hear from people who work with Pennsylvania’s seniors every day and know the unique challenges they face. “It’s our obligation to shield seniors from regressive tax policies, ensure they can live safely in our communities and protect them from exploitation and abuse,” Boscola said. “Today’s panelists know what already works and what needs to be fixed. Their recommendations will help us craft policies that better meet the needs of elderly Pennsylvanians.”

Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Phila.) called for today’s discussion because lawmakers are working to revise the state’s strategic four-year plan on aging, as well as the Older Adult Protective Services Act, and she wanted public input from panelists with extensive knowledge of which programs work and which do not.

“We recognize the needs and lifestyles of Pennsylvania’s seniors are rapidly changing, and they face a series of unique and unprecedented challenges,” Washington said. “I hope we can strengthen protections, institute tougher penalties against abusers and make more resources available to our senior citizens so they can live more fulfilled lives in their golden years.” Read more »

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