WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

Pozonsky Case To Go To Trial
The judge presiding over the case of former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky has denied his requests to suppress evidence obtained during a search of his office. Attorneys for Pozonsky, who is accused of stealing cocaine related evidence while presiding over several criminal cases, had argued that the evidence obtained during a search of his chambers should not be allowed to be used at his trial because it was collected under an administrative order issued by Washington County President Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca and not a search warrant. A trial date for Pozonsky has not yet been set.

 

Jury Finds Man Guilty In Convenience Store Robbery
A Washington County Court jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday, before finding a Washington man guilty of robbing the Isaly's store on Jefferson Avenue last year. The jury found 24-year-old Shane Coffield guilty of robbery, terroristic threats, simple assault and theft. Coffield, who will be sentenced at a later date, could face a maximum sentence of ten to twenty years in prison. Coffield was acquitted this summer, of robbing the Uni-Mart on East Maident Street in Washington.

 

Soldier And Suspected Gunman Dead - Others Injured
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Police say a Canadian soldier who was shot as he stood guard at a war memorial in the country's capital has died. Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit says a suspected gunman also is dead. Benoit said authorities believe there were three gunmen involved in three shootings Wednesday morning, all within less than a mile from each other in downtown Ottawa. "Two others were being sought for on land," Benoit saId. The shootings happened at the war memorial, on Parliament Hill and at a nearby shopping mall. (Photo: NBC News)

Marijuana Selling Grandma Headed To Prison
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - A 65-year-old Pennsylvania woman has admitted selling hundreds of pounds of marijuana from her home but says she needed the money to raise several grandchildren after her daughter died. Candace Kelly, of Sarver, was originally charged last fall after authorities found 64 pounds of hydroponically grown marijuana and nearly $400,000 in cash at her home in Buffalo Township. Those charges were withdrawn because of problems with a search warrant. Kelly was charged again in January after a grand jury investigation. Kelly pleaded guilty Wednesday in Butler County and faces up to 10 years in prison. She told a judge she sold as much as 100 pounds of marijuana a year for more than four years. Kelly is also forfeiting $393,000 seized by the state police.

Feds Seize Counterfeit World Series Tickets & Clothes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal agents have seized phony World Series tickets worth tens of thousands of dollars, along with counterfeit Royals panties and other merchandise. Before the first game of the series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, agents for Homeland Security nabbed 126 counterfeit game tickets. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release that the tickets had a $43,000 street value. Three people from New York and one from Atlanta are charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with selling fake tickets. Authorities are urging fans who bought bogus tickets to contact police. Other counterfeit items that have been seized include T-shirts, baseball caps, cellphone cases, sweatshirts, and even baby clothes. One person suspected of selling counterfeit T-shirts is facing prosecution in Missouri's Platte County."

No Smoking Please
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The maker of Camel cigarettes is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. Starting next year, the use of cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be allowed in the offices, conference rooms and elevators at Reynolds American. Lighting up is already prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias. The use of smokeless tobacco products will still be allowed.

Scenery Hill Man Enters Plea
A Scenery Hill man, who was set to go to trial this week on charges of raping two young girls more than ten years ago, instead, pled no contest to lesser charges. Thirty-year-old Curtis Thompson, Jr., the son of District Judge Curtis Thompson, pled no contest Wednesday morning, to charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and terroristic threats. Felony charges of rape were withdrawn in exchange for the plea agreement. Thompson was accused of raping the girls, who were five and seven-years-old at the time, while he was babysitting them. Thompson, remains free on bond and will be sentenced on January 30th.

 

PA Among First To Ask Travelers To Test For Ebola
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania is among the first six states in a federal program asking travelers who've recently been to Ebola-stricken West African nations to monitor themselves for symptoms of illness. The Centers for Disease Control announced the program Wednesday. Beginning Monday people traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or New Guinea will be given information cards and a thermometer to measure their body temperatures twice a day for three weeks. They'll be asked to report the results to state or local health officials, possibly in person, by phone or video chat or through employers. The CDC says it's up to state and local officials to determine how reports are made. The state health department didn't immediately return a message. New York, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia are also in the monitoring program.

Academic Fraud Scandal Rocks UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - University of North Carolina chancellor Carol Folt says the school has fired or begun disciplinary procedures against nine employees after an investigation of an academic fraud scandal dating back nearly two decades. Folt took questions from reporters Wednesday after the release of the report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. Folt says four people are being terminated. She wouldn't say who they were. Wainstein's probe found more than 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes - enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades for research papers. The report called it a "shadow curriculum" that ran from 1993 to 2011 in the former African and Afro-American Studies department.

Red Cross Official Says Containment Possible
BEIJING (AP) - A top Red Cross official says he's confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed," as well as safe places for the dead to be buried. Elhadj As Sy spoke at a news conference today in Beijing.

Air Bag Recall Increases
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today put out a new list of vehicles, increasing the number from 4.7 million to 7.8 million. The agency urged people to get their cars repaired if they're being recalled, especially in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. The air bag inflators made by parts supplier Takata can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem. The warning covers many models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Apple Posts New Security Warning
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China. The computer maker said in a post Tuesday on its support website that it was aware of organized attacks seeking to obtain user information. It said Apple's own servers have not been compromised but the company was taking the matter very seriously. Apple's post did not mention China or provide any details on the attacks. But several news outlets reported Tuesday that some Chinese Internet users have begun seeing warnings that indicate they had been diverted to an unauthorized website when they attempted to sign into their iCloud accounts.

 


 
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