News Live 365: December 22nd, 2017

Car and Gun Thief Sought by Authorities

Source: Pennsylvania State Police
The State Police are looking for the suspect in the theft of a car and a shotgun. The car is a black 2017 Ford Fusion with Pennsylvania Plates PD5791K and the weapon is a twenty gauge shotgun stolen from the premises of a hunting camp in Clarion County’s Highland Township. The Clarion State Police strongly urge anyone who may have information to call immediately: (814) 226-1710.


Scrap Metal Thief Charged with Trespass

Source: Pennsylvania State Police, Franklin
Jason Urbassik of Franklin was charged by state police for trespass by motor vehicle on the property of Mineral Township in Venango County. He’s accused of removing multiple pieces of scrap metal from the facility there and forfeited the value of the scrap to the township.


State News: Woman Arrested for Theft of Thousands of Pills

Source: Press Office of PA Attorney General
A receptionist at a surgical practice in Armstrong County was arrested after allegedly writing herself and her husband prescriptions for over 17,000 pills. According the the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Susan Zoeller of Leechburg mostly used fake prescriptions to obtain around $80,000 of prescription opioids over a period of years.


Local Rep. Lee James Assigned to Important Committee

Source: Press office of Rep, Lee James
Representative Lee James who represents portions of Butler and Venango Counties has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. James who prior to public service was a banker and investment manager said in a press release “I’m pleased the people in our district will have an even louder voice in the state budget process.”


Investigation into Stolen Utility Lines Ongoing

Source: Pennsylvania State Police, Clarion
The State Police are still investigating the theft of several hundred feet of cable from utility poles along Route 66 in Paint Township. The theft happened on the 27th of August of this year, please call the Clarion Barracks at (814)226-1710.


Auditor General: State Paying to Settle Officials’ Lawsuits “Mind Boggling”

Source: Radio PA
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene Depasquale weighed in on the use of state funds to pay for sexual harassment suits; it’s “mind-boggling” and it must come to an end. This was in response to a story that broke earlier this week that taxpayer money was used to settle a sexual harassment complaint against Representative Tom Caltogirone.