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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 9, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ELDER ABUSE-INVESTIGATIONS

HARRISBURG, Pa. _ A Pennsylvania state watchdog agency is criticizing how county-level agencies investigate thousands of complaints they receive about elder abuse and how the state ensures complaints are investigated adequately. Among the shortcomings identified by the Office of State Inspector General were failures to properly investigate complaints under timelines required by state law. A six-page summary of the report says investigative practices aren’t standardized across counties and it criticizes training requirements for caseworkers who are fielding a fast-growing number of complaints. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 500 words.

KIDNAPPER MANHUNT

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ The Vermont State Police say more should have been done after a suspect later charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a New Hampshire woman was reported missing from a residential drug treatment facility. In a timeline of the disappearance of Everett Simpson released Tuesday, state police say investigators should have sought an arrest warrant after being alerted to Simpson’s Jan. 4 disappearance, sent an alert to other police agencies and issued a news release. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_POLICE STATION BREAK-IN _ Police in Pennsylvania say a woman smashed her way into a closed police station looking for an officer she’d been sexually harassing ever since he arrested her.

_WILD WEATHER-PENNSYLVANIA _ A swath of wild weather brought high winds, thunderstorms, hail and a rare winter tornado warning to western Pennsylvania, causing downed trees and damage to buildings but no injuries.

_ HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN _ A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a homeless veteran charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance.

_ SCHOOL EMPLOYEE-SOLICITATION _ An employee of a private Rhode Island school for special needs children has been charged with soliciting an underage girl on the internet for sex.

_ AMUSEMENT PARK-EXPANSION _ Hersheypark is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the park’s 23-acre, $150 million expansion project.

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