2012-07-05 / Police Reports


Pa. Man Charged With $5.4 Million Medicare Fraud Judge OKs Philadelphia Orchestra’s Bankruptcy Plan

Ring Stolen

A 39-year-old Needmore woman told state police investigators she was the victim of a theft that occurred on Saturday, June 23. A gold diamond ring that had been placed on the woman’s kitchen table was reportedly stolen between 5 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Anyone having additional information concerning this case should immediately contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717- 485-3131.

Attempted Burglary Repor ted

Burglars tried to break into 1819 Wooden Bridge Road in Taylor Township between May 26 and June 27, state police said. A garage door was damaged during the attempted burglary at the home of a 43-year-old Three Springs woman. Anyone with further information pertinent to this incident is asked to call state police Trooper Falkosky at 717-485- 3131.

Driver To Be Charged

Charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are pending against a Mc- Connellsburg man.

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks said charges against Hakeem Lowery Jefferson, 22, are pending further investigation into a recent twovehicle collision at the intersection of Fulton Drive and Great Cove Road.

Police stated on June 15 Jefferson’s 2012 Jeep Patriot rear-ended a 2008 Toyota Scion driven by Justine Nicole Shasserre, 20, also of McConnellsburg. Shasserre was attempting to make a right-hand turn at the intersection when the crash occurred at 4:05 p.m.

Jefferson was transported to Fulton County Medical Center following the accident. Police did not say if the involved drivers were wearing seat belts or suffered injuries.

Access-Device Fraud Reported

The account information of four F& M Trust customers was used to purchase merchandise in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and West Virginia, state police reported. The theft and access-device fraud are believed to have occurred between May 22 and June 7.

Traffic Safety Checkpoint Conducted

Three troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg recently conducted a traffic safety checkpoint along North Clear Ridge Road near the Hustontown Firehall. During the checkpoint held June 25 between 9:35 a.m. and 9:55 a.m., troopers stopped 18 vehicles and issued five warnings.

One Cited For Bad Checks

A charge of writing bad checks is to be filed against 49-year-old Trixy Ann Murray of Heavenly Acres Ridge Road, Mercersburg. Murray, state police reported, allegedly penned a bad check in the amount of $ 20 to Southern Fulton Elementary on April 4. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard.

Needmore Man Arrested For Perjury

A Needmore man was arrested in late May for making false statements while testifying at a court proceeding overseen by Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh on November 29, 2011.

According to charging documents, during the court hearing 49-year-old Robert Stanley Painter Jr. allegedly testified under oath he did not attempt to run from officers in Frederick County, Md., on two occasions. Painter reportedly denied fleeing the scene on foot, running through a swamp, the involvement of tracking dogs or seeing a helicopter in the air.

Painter was arrested for and charged with perjury and false swearing. A preliminary hearing in the matter was held last Monday and all charges were bound over for county court.

DUI Arrest

Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg made a driving-under-the-influence related arrest along North Clear Ridge Road. Police alleged they saw Tyler Ryan Gelvin, 29, of Hustontown, driving erratically near the Hustontown Firehall on Sunday, July 1. During the 1:15 a.m. traffic stop, police determined Gelvin was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cabin Burglarized

A cabin along Breezy Knob Lane in Taylor Township was burglarized between June 27 and June 29. The owner, who is from New Holland, Pa., told state police the burglars forced their way into the cabin and stole approximately $3,700 in personal possessions. Among the items now missing are tools, a lawnmower and a television. Anyone having further information pertinent to this break-in should contact state police Trooper Carper at 717-485-3131.

Debit Card Found

A PNC debit card was found along Route 16 at the Citgo gas station in Mc- Connellsburg Borough on Friday, June 29, at 6 a.m. The owner of the card may claim the found item by calling state police Trooper Remeikas at the McConnellsburg barracks at 717-485- 3131.

Money Taken From Golf Course

Money was stolen from a cash box located at Great Cove Golf and Recreation in McConnellsburg between 3 p. m. and 3: 30 p. m. on Wednesday, June 27. The box had been in the area of the swimming pool when the cash was taken. Anyone with additional information linked to this case is urged to contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Two Cited For Use Of Illegal Fireworks

Two 20-year-old McConnellsburg men will be cited by state police for igniting illegal fireworks at Cloverleaf Court in McConnellsburg. The incident involving Caleb Miller Koons and Shane Douglas Singer reportedly occurred on Saturday, June 30, at 10 a. m. Charges against the duo will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Jeep Runs Into Embankment

A Wood, Pa., woman was not injured when her eastbound 2005 Jeep Liberty crashed into an embankment along Waterfall Road. State police said the crash involving 44-year-old Tammy L. Duvall occurred just west of the intersection of Quarry Hill Road on June 18. Duvall reportedly lost control of the Jeep as she rounded a curve in the Dublin Township roadway at 8:10 a.m. She will be cited by state police for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities say a suburban Philadelphia man scammed Medicare out of more than $5.4 million by billing the program for unnecessary ambulance service.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 35- year- old William Hlushmanuk of Churchville has been charged with health care fraud and conspiracy. They say he's also known by the name Bill Le.

According to an indictment, Hlushmanuk used a straw owner to start Starcare Ambulance because his criminal record made him ineligible.

The indictment also alleges that between 2006 and April 2011, Starcare fraudulently billed Medicare for transporting kidney dialysis patients who did not medically need ambulance service.

A phone number for Hlushmanuk could not be found. It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A judge has approved the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy reorganization plan, ending more than a year of uncertainty about the renowned symphony's future.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Eric Frank says he hopes the plan approved Thursday allows the orchestra to “continue to perform for audiences for many years to come.”

Under the plan, the 111- year- old symphony will shrink from 105 musicians to 95 and cut their pay by about 15 percent. The orchestra will also get a break on its rent from the Kimmel Center.

In April 2011, the symphony became the first U.S. orchestra to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Orchestra Chairman Richard Worley tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that there's still work to do, most notably reviving stagnant ticket sales and boosting the confidence of donors.

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