Charges of Welfare Fraud against the mayor of Meadville were dismissed in Magisterial Court after an 11:00 hearing yesterday. Jaime Kinder was accused of lying about her household income in 2019 and charged with a misdemeanor count in August. The hearing was to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to go to trial for the fraud case; the court docket shows Mayor Kinder was assessed a fee and court costs and then the case was dismissed.
The office of Mercer County’s Coroner, John Libonati, released information about the victims of last week’s deadly Delaware Township fire. The fire was reported at midnight on Thursday night and investigators discovered the remains of five individuals on Friday. Four victims have been identified as Elizabeth Seltzer and three of her children; her son Jordon and her daughters Paisley and Ainsley. The fifth victim is an adult and work to identify their body is ongoing. Investigators are also still attempting to determine a cause of death for all five victims and a cause for the fire.
Police in Venango County are reporting a 70-year-old man was injured by an accidental shooting. The Seneca resident who was not named in the report suffered a broken bone in his hand from a 9mm pistol round and the report states he is expected to make a full recovery.
The Crawford County Courthouse closes on Monday and will remain closed for two weeks until October 10th while workers perform upgrades on the building’s ventilation system and remove lead contaminated paint. Courthouse services will still be available during this time, but will be temporarily moved to other locations; Voter Services will be temporarily housed in the Public Safety Building on 632 Pine Street in Meadville; Human Resources, Finance, the Public Defender, and County Treasurer will be located at the Judicial Center next to the Courthouse; the Planning Office, County Auditor, GIS, Register and Recorder, and Assessment office will be relocated to Dillon Center on 18360 Technology Drive in Meadville.
In State News, PennDOT is experimenting with the concept of mobile driver’s licenses. Mobile driver’s licenses would be digital files accessible on a smartphone, tablet, or similar device that could substitute for physical credentials, but would require a change to state law to implement.