News Live 365: June 8th, 2018

New Hampshire Woman Admits She Smoked Weed During Traffic Stop

PSP Meadville
A New Hampshire woman was arrested for DUI after allegedly smoking marijuana while driving along I-79. State Troopers from Meadville say 19 year old Shannon Meehan was stopped on Thursday morning for speeding when they smelled the drug’s odor in her car. They say Meehan admitted to having smoked earlier in the morning while in Pittsburgh but a search of her Jeep turned up a small amount of marijuana and what troopers described as a partially smoked blunt. She admitted smoking that too.

 

Bill to Create Redistricting Commission Reaches Senate Floor

Radio PA
In Harrisburg debate on a Bill to amend the State Constitution begins soon. Senate Bill 22 would create an amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution that creates a panel of citizens to redistrict the State after a federal census. The commission would include four democrats and republicans and three independents all selected from a pool of volunteer citizens. Part of the debate includes whether the General Assembly, the Governor, or Supreme Court should act as a tiebreaker.

 

$9.5 Million for Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

Radio PA
Anthony Wright, who spent 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a murder in 1991 is receiving a $9.5 settlement from the city of Philadelphia. He claimed he was coerced by Philadelphia PD to sign a false confession, and was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2016.

 

PSP Seeks Help with Generator Thefts

PSP Clarion
The March 27th and 29th thefts of Honda brand suitcase electric generators from a worksite in Clarion County is still being investigated by State Police. The generators were stolen from Swank Construction Incorporated by the on ramp from Route 478 to Interstate 80 in Clarion County’s Richmond Township. If you may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area please call Clarion State Police at (814)226-1710.

 

Therapist Pleads Guilty to Massive Medicaid Fraud

Office of PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro
A child behavioral therapist from Philadelphia pleaded guilty yesterday to bilking taxpayers out of more than $211,000 through medicaid fraud. LaGracia Burnett gave her guilty plea in Delaware County Court, admitting to falsifying medical records and billing the state for visits with autistic children she never saw.

 

UPMC Lawsuit May go Class Action

Radio PA
A woman suing UPMC seeks to make it a class action lawsuit. Michelle Harris Barber is one of 4,700 patients that were exposed to a nurse infected with Tuberculosis while they worked at UPMC Presbyterian. United Pittsburgh Medical Centers is offering free TB testing to any of the nearly 5,000 patients. Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria in the lungs that spreads through coughing or sneezing, most people who are exposed never get symptoms unless they have a weakened immune system.