News Live 365: August 18th, 2022

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for help identifying two suspects who managed to steal about $3,000 of merchandise from a retailer on the last day of July. At 3:30 in the Afternoon on Sunday, July 31st, two black men entered a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Erie and obtained gift cards that they somehow activated without paying for, then used them to acquire merchandise around the store. Both suspects wore masks during the incident, but police did release photographs that will accompany this story on the News Live 365 Facebook page. Anybody with information is asked to call Trooper Brett Thompson of PSP Erie at (814)898-1641.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has entered into the mess around the sudden closure of Raccoon Refuse. Yesterday the DEP ordered Raccoon Refuse management to clean up their transfer facility in Spartansburg within 48 hours. On Monday multiple municipalities in Crawford and Erie Counties including Union City revealed that Raccoon Refuse had closed for business on short notice and that they were searching for new service providers. By Tuesday inspectors from the DEP were investigating the conditions at the transfer facility and found garbage was spilling out beyond its containment and observed broken equipment, on Wednesday they issued the cure or quit order and demanded to be provided with receipts proving where the refuse ends up within five days.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging announced the creation of a new investigative unit to specifically handle the financial exploitation of senior citizens.  The new branch is called the Financial Abuse Specialist Team or FAST. Financial exploitation has become one of the most common forms of elder abuse in the United States and ranks in the top three in Pennsylvania. If you suspect that an elderly person you know is being abused by their caretakers call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-490-8505.