Pennsylvania

Jessica Smith of Chester County, Pennsylvania has been charged with conducting an online fraud, collecting money from people to help her cope with a medical crisis – a crisis that doesn’t exist. Authorities say this case proves once again how difficult it can be to distinguish between a legitimate crowdfunding event and a scam. Where once again, people with big hearts fall victim to those banking on their generosity.

Despite the woman’s screams for help, nobody appeared to come to her aid. A man who did not wish to be named, heard the woman’s cries from inside his home and checked the camera at the front of his property after the incident.

He added: “I have daughters, so I hope they catch him because that’s not cool. Trying to snatch up young girls out there.” Kate Gonsalves, who lives nearby said she was appalled that the woman’s echoing screams appeared to go unheard. She applauded her quick-thinking, saying “I think she did everything right”.

A Pennsylvania man broke the law when he pretended to point a gun at his neighbor, using his thumb and index finger to create the shape of the weapon, an appeals court has ruled. Stephen Kirchner was convicted of disorderly conduct last fall, but appealed the decision. This week an appeals court upheld his conviction, ruling that pointing a “finger gun” is in fact a criminal offense in this case. The incident occurred in June 2018 and involved neighbors with a history of bad blood. When Kirchner and another neighbor, Elaine Natore, walked past Josh Klingseisen out mulching in his backyard, Kirchner made eye contact with Klingseisen, “then made a hand gesture at him imitating the firing and recoiling of a gun,” according to court documents. The gesture was caught on Klingseisen’s surveillance cameras, which he had installed due to ongoing confrontations with Natore. At the time, Natore had a “no contact” order against Klingseisen.

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Horrifying video seems to have caught the moments when police say a man identified as Michael Baker pointed a gun at a Lyft driver.
A camera inside the driver’s car was recording when just 30 seconds earlier, another gun was put to the driver’s head.
“At the moment, I didn’t realize if they were real or not until after the situation when I went back and looked at the video,” said the driver, who did not want be identified.
Police say the incident happened when the driver went to pick up a passenger on Howard Avenue Friday night.
“I think it was 100% set up because of the way it went down,” the driver said.
The driver, who has been with the ride-sharing company for nine months, has had the camera inside his car since he started picking up passengers. He says he uses the camera as a safety measure.
“It’s not a requirement,” he said. “It’s my personal belief if anything good should come out of this is that Uber and Lyft should provide you with a dashcam.”
He said he has no plans to quit his ride-sharing side job. He said he shared the video to keep other drivers safe.
“There is no point of robbing a Lyft driver or Uber driver whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t carry cash.”
Baker was arrested Saturday and faces charges of robbery and assault.
Police are still working to identify the second suspect seen in the video

A Florida woman is facing multiple charges for an alleged fraud attempt at a Newtown Township bank, police said.

Officers from the Newtown Township Police Department were dispatched to the TD Bank located at 1 West Road on July 19 for the report of a woman attempting to withdrawal $2,500 in cash from a closed debit account that was not hers.

Police arrived and arrested the female, identified as Kristy Renee Taylor, 38, of Coral Springs, FL.

Police in Pennsylvania have identified two suspects accused of stealing $21,000 worth of Victoria’s Secret underwear last month.

Lower Allen Township police said Aida Melcado, 18, and a minor identified as ‘BC’ were behind the theft of 2,000 pairs of underwear from the Victoria’s Secret store at the Capital City Mall near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 7.

Authorities said Melcado and BC were identified and arrested during a drug investigation in Virginia’s Fairfax County on April 18

Melcado and BC entered the Capital City Mall Victoria’s Secret at about 3 p.m. that day, police say. They were carrying two large, black shopping bags and talking on cell phones. They allegedly removed panties from a display table and drawers in the store, placing them in the bags. BC acted as a lookout while Melcado took the panties, police say.

The suspects took 375 hipster panties valued at $3,937.50, 375 cut thongs valued at $3,937.50, 1,000 thongs valued at $10,500, and 250 raw-cut hip-hugging panties valued at $2,625.00. The total loss to the store was $21,000, according to police.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Melcado, and juvenile charges have been filed against BC, police say.