Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 5
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 5

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 25, 2002
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<3ttbmna (gazette STATE Friday, October 25, 2002 — Page 5 Briefs By The Associated Press Man sentenced for insurance scam PITTSBURGH — A psychologist was sentenced to five months in prison for a scam that defrauded an insurance company of more than $31,000. Lloyd Henry Bell, 68, of Pittsburgh, defrauded Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield between 1993 and 1997 with longtime friend Deborah Benton, who pleaded guilty last month, prosecutors said. Benton used the information of a former co-worker and the worker's children to file for compensation for "services" provided by Bell, prosecutors said. Bell told his secretary to prepare invoices for treatment that never took place, they said. The reimbursement checks from the insurance company were sent to Benton's address, and she signed checks for the person whose name was on the check, prosecutors said during sentencing Thursday. Bell will also serve five months of home confinement and was ordered pay restitution of $31,312 to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on the charge of mail fraud. Benton will be sentenced in December. Old Erie brewery demolished ERIE — Demolition crews have begun to tear down most of the buildings in the Koehler Brewing complex, a signature business in Erie for more than 100 years. The red and white brew house designed by noted Chicago architect Louis Lehle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will be incorporated into a $51 million retail and commercial complex to be called Koehler Brewery Square. Lifelong residents of Erie stopped this week to watch the demolition of buildings that once housed brewing vats for the everyday man's beer "known by the collar it keeps." "There's got to be a lot of memories inside that building," said Max Miller, a Methodist minister who stopped to watch the demolition. "A lot of laughter happened inside those walls." The first brewery was built on the location in 1855, and Jackson Koehler began making beer on the site in 1883. The brewery closed in 1978 when Schmidt's of Philadelphia bought the company's brewing patents. Suburb to target utility deadbeats GIRARD — Scofflaws who continue to put off paying electric bills in Girard may soon be taking cold showers until they pay up. Girard, a suburb of Erie, will be installing a "service load limiter" on the electric meter of seriously delinquent customers soon, said borough Manager Richard Higley said. The borough sells electricity to ail residents and businesses in Girard and it is the municipality's main source of revenue, Higley said. Between 3 percent and 4 percent of the 1,300 customers in the borough are two to three months behind in their payments, he said. The device limits the amount of electricity to individual customers. "They 're probably not going to be able to run a washer or dryer," Higley said. "They're probably going to have to go to the Laundromat to do that. And you're probably not going to be able to run your electric hot-water tank." If the uncomfortable prodding works in testing, the borough may be purchasing more of the $229 devices, Higley said. Mine rules may have been violated WASHINGTON — Sen. Arlen Specter asked the U.S. Attorney in west- em Pennsylvania on Thursday to determine whether mine operators violated federal law preceding the Quecreek mining accident. On Monday, Specter attended a congressional hearing concerning the July 24 accident, in which nine miners were trapped after bre-iking into an abandoned mine filled with water. All were lifted to safety after 77 hours underground. "During the course of the hearing, we heard testimony indicating that certain federal mine regulations may have been violated," Specter wrote in a letter to U.S: Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. Miners testified during the Senate subcommittee hearing that crew leader Randy Fogle told them he had talked about the mine's condition with their mining outfit, Black Wolf Coal Co., twice before the accident. Miners testified that the mine was damp and getting wetter and that the company knew about the conditions. Calls to Black Wolf by The Associated Press on Thursday evening were not immediately returned. ATTENTION A search has been made to locate employees or contractors who worked at FISHER SCIENTIFIC in Indiana, PA at any time during the 1950's through the 1970's. 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The revamped cruise terminal in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center has already resulted in an increase in cruise ship traffic, including a visit this week from the largest cruise ship ever to call in the city. The 963-foot-long Carnival Legend, the length of an aircraft carrier, headed down the Delaware River Wednesday for a six-night voyage to Bermuda, carrying 2,100 passengers. The Legend is one of two ships using the terminal and pier this year as a place to start weeklong cruises, and five other ships have made daylong port calls. The ships carried a total of 7,130 passengers. "I think for $11.8 million, this was a great investment," said Melissa A. Grimm, director of the Delaware River Port Authority's Port of Philadelphia and Camden division, referring to the money spent on the former Naval Shipyard pier and century-old industrial building. Grimm was among the officials, travel agents and other guests who toured the Legend's 11-story atrium, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, retail shops, health spa, children's playroom, a video arcade and chapel before the ship departed. Next year, the Legend and ships owned by Celebrity Cruises and Nor- Philadelphia officials have spent $ 12 million to attract cruise ships to a recently renovated cruise-ship terminal, including the largest ship to call in the city, the Carnival Legend. (AP photo) wegian Cruise Lines are slated to make 12 embarkations and five port calls, with a total of more than 34,000 passengers. That approaches Philadelphia's peak year for cruises, 2000, when Apple Vacations of Newtown Square chartered an 800-passengership, the Crown Dynasty, for a spring-to-fall season of trips to Bermuda. It made 26 cruises with a total of 36,000 pas- sengers. The ship's parent company went bankrupt in late 2001, however, and the trips stopped. Some other port cities have a head start in attracting cruise ships. New Orleans, where 500,000 passengers will embark on 163 cruises this year, has a terminal in a building put up for- its 1984 World's Fair and renovated in 1991 for $15 million. It is a magnet for tourists who like visit- ing the city, and is close to places cruise passengers want to go in Mexico and the Caribbean. Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is in a former cargo building remodeled in 1980. It is slated to serve 93 ships and 210,000 passengers this year. And the board of the Massachusetts Bay Port Authority is considering whether to go ahead with a new $12 million terminal put on hold after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Trends today give Philadelphia a chance of attracting more ships, port- officials and others in the travel business said. Especially since Sept. 11, 2001, many vacationers prefer to drive a short distance from home to board a cruise ship, rather than fly, which makes cities such as Philadelphia attractive to Carnival Cruise Lines, said Vicki Freed, Carnival's senior vice president for sales and marketing. She said Philadelphia was one of 18 U.S. ports where the company based ships. Estimates by the DRPA's port division indicate cruise ships will generate $900,000 in revenue this year for businesses such as food wholesalers that supply ships, and will pay $500,000 in wages to dock workers and employees of supplier businesses. With more ships expected next year, business revenue is expected to go up to $5.5 million, and the wages from employment should increase to $2.9 million, the port estimated. Police dispatcher accused in drug ring MONESSEN (AP) — A police dispatcher was one of 43 people arrested or being sought Thursday in connection with a drug ring and is accused of lipping off the dealers and trying to help them thwart investigators, officials said. Undercover agents began making drug buys in February from Kenneth B. Kohut, 25, and his mother out of their Monessen home, the Attorney General's office said. The ring sold large amounts of cocaine, marijuana, OxyContin and other prescription drugs, authorities said. Elaine R. Stinogle, Sr., 54, a police dispatcher for 17 years, was part of the ring and warned Kohut that one of his buyers was an informer, Attorney General Mike Fisher said Thursday. According to an affidavit, the dispatcher ran background checks on the license plate numbers of vehicles he thought were following Kohut or others in the ring. Stinogle was charged with one count each of obstruction and oppression and was held on $50,000 bond in Westmoreland County Prison Thursday. Fisher confirmed that his office had been working with an informant since February. Investigators tapped calls to Kohut's phone, which led to dozens of additional arrests, Fisher said. Between February and July, undercover agents bought everything from $50 worth of crack cocaine to $1'2,C)00 worth of powdered cocaine. Police seized approximately two kilograms of cocaine, handguns, six vehicles and 530,000 in cash during the operation, the Attorney General's office said. Kohut and his mother have been in the Westmoreland County Prison since August on related drug charges, but were re-arrested Thursday following the grand jury indictment on additional charges, Deputy Attorney General Brad I lellein said. Kohut was charged with 17 counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance along with criminal conspiracy and a myriad of other criminal counts. His mother, Kathleen Kohut, 59, is charged with a number of drug and conspiracy charges. She was being held on $1 million bond before the most recent charges were filed, said Hellein. Women's Health Screening Punxsutawney Area Hospital & Dr. R. George Cherian invite you to take advantage of our FREE mammography /pap screening Saturday, November 2nd 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling 814 • 938 • 1827 This screening will be held at the Marion Center Family Practice Office (724) 349-6ULO T rel OCAL I HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW OCT. 24-27th Support Our Local Grafters - Shop Now For Gifts SHOP DAILY 10 TO 9 - SUNDAYS 11 TO 5 Last Show Before Christmas! -SIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE" Sometimes the road to recovery is a long one We'd like to make it a little shorter. 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