HARRISBURG — The Department of Revenue today issued a warning to Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
The department has received information this week that the scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller starts the call by saying the recipient’s application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been approved. The caller then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account. That’s followed by a request for the recipient’s banking information.
“We want the public to be aware of this scam and know that the Department of Revenue does not make unsolicited calls requesting banking information,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We know that criminals are always looking for new ways to take advantage of Pennsylvanians, which is why it is critical for everyone to protect their financial information and be extremely cautious when they receive unsolicited phone calls.”
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is a program that annually provides property tax and rent relief to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. Last year nearly 572,000 people received more than $253 million through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Since the program’s inception in 1971, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief.
SHAMOKIN — Theresa Marie Powell, 52, of 268 Doutyville Road, was charged by Trooper Justin Bieber with two driving under the influence misdemeanors and summary counts of turning movements and required signals and careless driving related to a April 28 incident.
Powell was pulled over by police in the area of South Market Street for making a turn without using a turn signal. Police said there was an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Powell, who allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.
Powell was unable to perform a field sobriety test in a satisfactory manner and submitted to a blood draw, the results of which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.162%.
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP — Rachael Scicchitano, 26, of 866 W. Center St., Paxinos, was charged by Trooper Dominic Picerno with two misdemeanors of driving under the influence and summary counts of driving on roadways laned for traffic and careless driving.
Police were dispatched for a disabled motorist at Reading Turnpike Road and Route 61. Picerno said Schicchitano showed signs of impairment and agreed to a blood test, the results of which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.137%.
SHAMOKIN — Heidi McCarthy, 26, of 510 N. Eighth St., was charged by Patrolman Scott Weaver with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
According to Weaver, on June 3 police were called, along with county mental health personnel, for McCarthy, who went with police to the station to wait for a mental health worker to arrive. A search of her purse uncovered a glass smoking pipe and a bag with white residue, police said.
COAL TOWNSHIP — Shane Michael Latshaw, 26, of 310 S. Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Patrolman Gregory Hoffman with two misdemeanors of driving under the influence and a summary count of careless driving related to an April 13 incident.
Hoffman responded at 12:37 a.m. to a vehicle in a ditch off of Bear Valley Road. Latshaw allegedly showed signed of impairment and was unable to successfully complete a field sobriety test. He consented to a blood draw, the results of which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.192%.
SHAMOKIN — Christine Russo, 37, of 510 N. Eighth St., Apt. 2, was charged by Patrolman Brandon Cohick with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia in relation to a June 4 incident.
Cohick reported going to Russo’s apartment after receiving information a wanted female frequently visits her. He was granted permission to enter the home and check the bathroom, where he allegedly found drug paraphernalia on the back of the toilet.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Trooper Jordan Judson, of state police at Stonington, arrested Cody Troutman, 30, of Dalmatia for theft of vehicle parts on the premises of A&L Diesel, 4417 Route 225, Dornsife. According to police, on April 1, Troutman entered the property illegally and stole Grand Prix tires on black rims valued at $50.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP — State police at Stonington report that between Saturday evening and Sunday morning someone broke into Schiano’s Ice Cream on Route 147. Forced entry was reported through the rear door of the business and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Logan Spiece at 570-286-5601. The investigation is ongoing.
LITTLE MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — Mark Jones, 30, of Coal Township, was arrested and charged with harassment and physical assault by Trooper Jordan Judson, of state police at Stonington, for punching a 14-year-old male in the arm with his fist after getting into a verbal argument with the victim’s girlfriend.
COAL TOWNSHIP — The Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office filed a charge of furnishing drug free urine against Kennard Burto Baker III, who is now housed at the Northumberland County Jail. According to probation officials, Baker came into their office on Wednesday for a drug test and was found in possession of a plastic bottle, which Officer Dave Wondoloski suspected to be a false urine sample.
Baker then admitted to Wondoloski that he attempted to skew the test results, a press release from the district attorney’s office stated.
The charge has been filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey.
MOUNT CARMEL — Due to rainy weather, swim lessons at the Mount Carmel Community Pool will be postponed until July. For details, call Jake Spade at 570-975-6493 or stop by the pool.
KULPMONT — Mayor Nicholas Bozza has announced traffic and parking restrictions for the annual car cruise scheduled for Sunday. Beginning at noon, no travel will be permitted from the 600 block of Fir Street to and including the 900 block of Fir Street. Also starting at noon, parking will be prohibited from Ninth and Chestnut streets all the way to Ninth and Fir streets (both sides of the street) and along Chestnut Street, from the 500 block to and including the 1400 block. Vehicles not removed from any area posted “No Parking” will be ticketed. Areas posted should remain free of travel and parking until the cruise is completed. The Motorcycle Fun Run starts at 2 p.m.