The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 30, 2012

Pa. man allegedly poached deer in chronic wasting disease area


Associated Press

YORK — Authorities say a central Pennsylvania man illegally killed three deer in an area with special hunting restrictions related to a deadly neurological disease.

The state game commission says 28-year-old Michael Moffitt is also a convicted felon forbidden to possess a firearm who dragged the deer’s carcass across a York County elementary school campus on Tuesday.

Moffitt was reportedly being held on $75,000 bail after admitting killing the deer during interviews with his attorney present. The attorney’s name wasn’t immediately available.

Investigators say Moffitt killed the deer in Manchester Township. Deer harvested there must be taken for testing for chronic wasting disease.

The neurological infection can’t be transmitted to humans but is deadly to elk, moose and deer.

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Police: W. Pa. woman stole $20,000 necklace

SEWICKLEY – A western Pennsylvania woman was arrested after police say she stole a $20,000 necklace while cleaning a Pittsburgh-area home.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/WyCSE6 ) reports Thursday that 28-year-old Jessica Gale Cox of Coraopolis has been charged with felony theft and receiving stolen property.

Police say a woman in the Sewickley Heights neighborhood reported that the necklace was missing after Cox cleaned her home, and Cox allegedly took the necklace to a Pittsburgh pawn shop and received $225 for it.

Cox is being held in Allegheny County Jail, unable to post $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4.

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Baby dies after 911 call from Pa. day care

STROUDSBURG – Police say a 3-month-old baby is dead after being found unresponsive at a northeastern Pennsylvania day care center.

Stroud Area Regional Police say the child was transported to a hospital Thursday night and pronounced dead. The death has been termed suspicious and is under investigation.

Investigators say the Monroe County day care facility is state certified.

An autopsy is planned for Friday.

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License plate leads police to W. Pa. luring arrest

MCKEES ROCKS – A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on attempted luring and other charges after police say a 15-year-old girl resisted his aggressive request to get in his vehicle, took down his license plate number, then followed him with her mother when they happened to see his vehicle the next day.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 51-year-old David Andrews, of Beaver Falls.

Stowe Township police tell WPXI-TV (http://bit.ly/WxX7Sr)that the man approached the girl before noon on Sunday as she was walking home and that he drove away when she rebuffed his requests and threatened to call police.

On Monday, the women followed the man to his job when they happened to see the license plate, and then contacted police.

Police Chief Matthew Preininger says “The girl’s mother did the right thing.”

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Settlement for women denied mortgage insurance

PITTSBURGH – A federal judge in Pittsburgh has approved a class action settlement for women who say they were denied mortgage insurance just because they were on maternity leave, or pregnant.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/TxQgtL ) reports Friday that 34-year-old Carly Neals and other women settled with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp., a Milwaukee-based firm picked by a lender to back loans. Neals lives in Pine, just outside Pittsburgh.

The paper says the settlement will result in payments that could reach $500,000 to 20 women who encountered similar problems with Mortgage Guaranty during pregnancy or maternity leave. A related lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice was settled in May.

Mortgage Guaranty vice president Dan Stilwell says the firm didn’t admit fault in the settlement, but will clarify its underwriting guidelines.

 

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