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October 3, 2012

Midday briefing: Hackers got credit card numbers at Nemacolin

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FARMINGTON — State police and federal authorities are investigating computer hacking that victimized guests who made credit card purchases earlier this year at stores and restaurants in the posh Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County.

Uniontown state police barracks spokeswoman Trooper Stefani Plume says federal agencies are also looking into the thefts of credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes in May, June and July. She says it's unclear whether state police or federal authorities will file charges once suspects are identified.

The hacking did not affect the credit card numbers used by guests to check-in to the resort about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. No customers' names were hacked, either.

Police and resort officials say the credit card information was used to make fraudulent purchases elsewhere. Affected people should contact their credit card company and the resort.

Police, coroner probe body found in Fayette County woods

UNIONTOWN — State police and coroner's officials have been waiting for a forensic pathology team to take custody of a body found in a wooded area of Fayette.

The unidentified body was found about 8 p.m. Tuesday, but still hadn't been moved nearly 14 hours later because state police from Uniontown and the Fayette County coroner were waiting for the scientific team to arrive from Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how the person died or how long the body was in the area before it was discovered.

Police and the coroner expected to release more information later in the day.

Pair face parenting classes due to cockroaches

CLAIRTON — A Pittsburgh-area couple whose home was condemned due to cockroach infestation last month, can avoid prosecution for endangering their four young children if they take parenting classes for 90 days.

A Clairton district judge on Tuesday postponed a preliminary hearing on the endangerment charges until Jan. 8 to give 32-year-old Cindy Nehila and her 24-year-old husband, David Nehila, time to finish the classes. The couple's oldest child is 10.

Clairton police say the couple initially tried to blame the cockroaches on a neighboring building, but officers found filthy conditions and layers of cockroaches in the house. The bugs were so bad, they were threatening to infest the homes of neighbors, who called an exterminator.

The couple's attorney, William Helzlsouer (hel-zel-SOW'-er) tells The Associated Press, "There was a problem and that problem is being remedied."

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