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Man loses thousands to scam and is charged with theft

Money scams have been around for a long time, and new ways to con money out of victims are created frequently. In recent years, some scammers have formulated a scheme in which they convince victims to send them money in order to receive a larger payout of some sort. One Pennsylvania man is one of the many that have fallen prey to a scam and has recently been charged with theft due to his involvement.

The man was the treasurer of a social club when his troubles began. He was contacted by an alleged scammer and was convinced that he would receive a grant of money. In order to receive the grant, he was required to pay transfer fees upfront out of his own money. Not initially realizing it was a scam, he paid the alleged fees. Reportedly, he lost as much as $134,709.25, and in the process, he sold many possessions to continue with the fee payment.

Pennsylvania DOT clinics hope to prevent motorcycle accidents

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is concerned about the safety of motorcycle riders and has developed a series of clinics to promote their safety. The Pennsylvania DOT is concerned that motorcycle accidents can result in devastating and tragic results for a rider. It hopes that many riders will participate in the clinics to refine their skills and heighten their awareness of potential hazards.

Multiple clinics are being offered across the state and will be operated by certified instructors. Different levels of clinics are also planned to include opportunities for beginners, intermediate and expert riders. To promote participation, all clinics are offered for free, although different personal gear is required for some programs. Although most clinics require a permit or motorcycle license to participate, some beginner clinics are offered to assist potential riders to obtain a license.

Assualt charges against some Penn State fraternity students

The extremes to which some fraternities and sororities haze new members has been the focus of many news media stories in recent years. The focus is largely due to deaths that occur when hazing is taken too far by members. Unfortunately, a Penn State fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, is among one of the fraternities whose hazing may have resulted in a student's death. As many as 26 students in Pennsylvania are defendants in the ongoing case, and many have faced serious felony aggravated assault charges.

The hazing incident occurred in early 2017 and involved a 19-year-old sophomore. The sophomore attended an event held at the fraternity house where there was evidence of consumption of alcohol by many of the members and pledges. The sophomore apparently fell more than once as a result of intoxication from the hazing and suffered fatal brain injuries and internal bleeding.

Ban hopeful to prevent Pennsylvania car and truck accidents

Motor vehicle operators know that weather can and will affect the safety of the roadways. The sun's brightness and thick snow can limit visibility. Rain and ice can result in slick roads. The Pennsylvania Department of Transpiration and the governor have recognized that some highways and interstates within Pennsylvania may be more dangerous than others in winter conditions. In order to prevent future car and truck accidents, a travel ban on certain vehicles is in effect until the weather improves.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike and a long stretch of Interstate 78 have both been identified as dangerous roadways in certain weather storms. In 2007, a snowstorm impacted stretches of Interstate 78, resulting in a 60-vehicle pileup and three deaths. During the snow storm, visibility was minimal at times and the volume of snow on the roads made it difficult to drive. Recently, a windstorm resulted in a truck flipping on its side from a strong gust of wind and injured the driver.

Man arrested for drunk driving on way to court for DUI

Some circumstances in life can leave some people in a downward spiral. Some circumstances can seem impossible to recover from, including those that result in arrests. Unfortunately, drunk driving offenses are often repeated and a difficult cycle for some individuals to avoid. Despite seemingly impossible circumstances to recover from, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys can advise on the best approach to any defense even in what may appear to be a terrible circumstance. One man has recently found himself in a difficult situation when he was arrested while driving to defend himself for a previous criminal offense.

The 66-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Field sobriety tests were performed as well as a blood draw to test his blood alcohol level. Unfortunately, it was not his first conflict with the law involving a DUI.

What's the difference between a breath test and chemical testing?

Let's say a police officer pulls you over in State College, and asks you to step out of your car. At this point, you should consider yourself detained and unable to leave the scene without the officer's permission. Police officers typically only ask you to get out of your car if they think you committed a crime. In fact, if you try to exit your vehicle without the police officer instructing you to do so, you'll likely land in a heap of trouble.

If you step outside your car upon request from a police officer, the next decision you make may be whether to submit to a breath test. The hand-held devices used during traffic stops usually just check for the presence of alcohol on your breath. Any number of issues may cause a breath test device to produce false positive results. This is one reason results of such tests are often not admissible as evidence in DUI cases. However, if you refuse a breath, blood or urine test following your arrest, it's an entirely different ballgame.

Missing meatballs results in Pennsylvania man charged with theft

Criminal defense attorneys can probably attest to a wide variety of clients with an assortment of things they may have been accused of stealing. Typically, people steal things that signify wealth like money, accessories, vehicles and other objects considered of high value. One Pennsylvania man has been accused of stealing something of lesser value and is not even a permanent object. He has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing meatballs.

The 48-year-old man was reportedly spotted with red sauce on his face and clothing by the neighbor making the accusations. Upon entering his home, the neighbor claims to have found his meatballs missing. He alerted authorities that he thought a crime had been committed.


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