Lancaster New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 11, 1983 · 34
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, October 11, 1983
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32 UNCASTER, PA., NEW ERA TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 1, 1983 State Trying to Return $31.5 Million to 114,000 Pennsylvanians f. Rfflainiy wuniftoaiinis Klave Fwg,M:ini Msmk Acceuniiisl By JANET KELLEY New Era Staff Writer j : Wouldnt "it be nice to learn I ; you have a couple of thousand dol- i lars stashed away in a forgotten bank account? A number of Lancaster Coun-tians apparently do have some money waiting for them although it might be considerably less than a thousand dollars. County persons and businesses are among thousands the state is trying to track down who have apparently forgotten $31.5 million in inactive bank accounts. So far, the largest reimburse- ment more than $32,000 went to William Tweed, a Chester County man in his mid-60s. His account had been untouched since 1974. Tweed, a resident at the Coatesville Veterans Hospital, had numerous bank accounts and forgot where some of them were, a hospital spokesman said . The state revenue department has started an advertising campaign in Pennsylvania newspapers to locate the owners of the money, which was turned over to the state as the result of a change in Pennsylvania law. Until this year, the accounts did not revert to the state until they had been idle for 21 years. But a new law shortened that period to seven years. The shorter time makes it easier to locate account holders since their paths arent as cold, Revenue Secretary James Scheiner said. If the owner isnt found, the state keeps the money. However, the state places the money in its General Fund and sets no deadline on when the money can be reclaimed. In most cases, Scheiner said, the 114,000 owners of the money have forgotten about their accounts. The state has already returned $2 million to about 6,000 people since the new rules took effect last April. - , The campaign will feature newspaper advertisements listing the names of account owners and including, a toll-free telephone number to call for more information. In addition, each state legislator will be given a complete list of constituents names who have . inactive bank accounts. A complete list of Lancaster County accounts will be printed in the New Era later this week, but . those persons with unclaimed accounts and Lancaster County addresses are: Alexander, Russell Edgar, 244Vi E. Lemon St.; Allethia Communications Co. Inc., Akron; Arndt, Marlin Harvey, Elizabethtown Rl; Basher, Amy V., 573 Locust St., Columbia; Berry, Basil, 335 Main St., Landisville; Bill Reeds Garage, 402 S. Prince St.; Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, care of National Rolling Mills, Man heim. Booth, Ben S. Jr., 2207 Columbia Ave.; Botto, Charles F. Jr., 113 Yale Ave.; Boy Scout Troop 268, care of Linda A. Krow, 11 Fresh Meadow Drive; Boyer, Jonathan H., 246 S. Reading Road, Ephrata; Brandt, Robert A. or Jane E., care of Robert A. Brandt Jr., 1135 New Holland Pike; Brinton, C.C., care of attorney Louis S. May, 49 N. Duke St. Bunting, H.S., care of Mary A. Bunting; Bur-key, Walter H. or Mary E., 613 Janet Ave; Central Detective & Canine Security; Chang, Soon Han, 43 S. Second St., Columbia; Coulson, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson C., 2803 Terry Lane; Dennis W. Hevener, 2732 Brookfield Drive; Diem D.L. and Lloyd J., 400 Lincoln Ave., Lititz. EPAC, L.E. Cunningham, treasurer, 527 N. Pine St.; Eckman, Jacob Jr., New Providence; Eshbach, Elizabeth Ann, Millersvilie Rl; Flosser, Joseph C., 148 E. Cottage Ave., Millersvilie; Foster, Ellen E., 1407 W. View Orive; Freider, Fred J. or Grace P., Quarryville Rl; Fryberger, Wilbert J., care of Epter Nursing, 128 W. Main St., Mountville. Gallagher, Marguerite, 103 W. Main St., Stras-burg;(Glicks Body Shop, 502 S. Seventh St., Akron; Gonzalez, Christobal Santiago or Herminio. 518 S. 15th St., Columbia; Groff, Harry M., care of Flora Groff, 5 E. Locust St., Ephrata; Gunselman, Michael, 1631 Gudia Lane; Habecker, Connie, "care of Grace W. Shank, 402 W. Bainbridge St., Elizabethtown. Hahn, James G., 403 W. Orange St.; Hamp, Richard J., 415 S. Hillcrest Ave., Quarryville; Heisterkamp, Charles A. or Diane, 1949 fine Drive; Hempfield School District; HublevJSyl vania, 1520 Harrisburg Pike; Hunsbefger, Florence E., 831 State St.; IBPOE of W Softball League Eastern District of Pennsylvania .cre of Robert Anderson Sr., 620 Juniata St. Jennings, Mary Gray, 1047 Olde Hickory Road; Keystone Chem Corp., 313-317 E.. Fulton St.; Kiely, Emma C.,care of Lawrence E- Stengel, 8 N. Queen St.; Kreider, Lynn Bernell and Blessing, Betty Lou, 515 S. West End Ave.1? Laird, Beatrice, 814 Columbia Ave.; Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital; Larsen, Terry R., 16 Country Drive, Leola. Lausch, Daniel, 36 Harvest Road; Major Wall Systems Inc., 58 N. Duke St.; Marley, Marie D., See COUNTIANS Page 25 On E Petersburg Agent Insurance Complaints Reach 1 75 By JOHN M. HOOBER III New Era Staff Writer The Department of Insurance has received more than 175 complaints from customers of suspended East Petersburg insurance agent Vincent A. Caseardo, department officials reported last week. The complaints, according to department spokeswoman Monica OReilly, involve reports from customers who allegedly purchased insurance policies from Caseardo and later found they were uninsured because the agent failed to foward the money to the home company. The insurance department has given its files on the 38-year-old agent to the State Police White Collar Crime unit. No charges have been filed, but an intense investigation, has been launched, according to Miss OReilly and a state police investigator. Investigator Calvin Urben estimates that Caseardo owes something most likely around $20,000 in premium money. In June, Caseardo signed a consent order, similar to a guilty plea, with the insurance department and agreed to pay a $17,500 fine and make restitution. At that time, the insurance department knew of less than 30 transactions in which Caseardo failed to remit money he collected from customers. By July 9 the number had risen to 35. Two days later the department suspended Caseardo, whose office is at 5307 Main St., East Petersburg. Urben said Caseardo was suspended because he did not comply with the consent order that he previously signed. Effective July 11 he could no longer perform any duties as an agent, the investigator noted. However, Urben said Caseardo still continued to see customers. I have received some evidence that as late as Aug. 24 he took applications, said the investigator. Insurance officials said Caseardo dealt in automobile, no-fault, and homeowners insurance. As an independent agent, he could act as an agent for any insurance company with which he was licensed . Urben said a June 27 news article on Cascardos fine, generated 100 more customer complaints against Caseardo. The total now is in excess of 175, the investigator said. Urben said the complainants were customers of Caseardo who never received a policy. When they went to him, they received a bunch of double talk. Then they went to the company and found there was no record of them having insurance, said Urben. Urben said the complaints involved some situations where Cascar-do customers actually suffered losses that should have been covered through insurance policies they had paid for. Leola Agent Will Stand Trial for Theft A Lititz insurance agent, charged with taking more than $98,000 in insurance premiums, has waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial in Lancaster County Court. James R. Messersmith, 35, of 105 Hershey Road, was to have had a preliminary hearing this morning on the 48 theft-related charges brought by investigators at the State Police White Collar Crime Unit. Messersmith, who operated the J.R. Messersmith Agency, 236-A W. Main St., Leola, allegedly sold insurance coverage to 15 county businesses and one individual. ' Messersmith collected the premiums, according to police, but failed to turn over the cash to the insurance companies. He remains free on $25,000 bail. The Pennsylvania Insurance Commission said Messersmiths alleged theft is one of the largest amounts their agents have ever been called upon to investigate. Daily Lottery The winning daily lottery number for Oct. 10 is : 6-7-6. v - ' s v' New Era Photo by Richard Hertzler With woolly bear caterpillars crawling on his forehead and shirtcollar, Sam Taylor accepts the passing-of-the-bear from Mrs. Martha Krone. Her husband, the late Herb Krone, was nationally known as the woolly bear weather sage. ; Mrs. Krone Passes the Torch, to Sam Taylor The Woolly Bear, Sporting Sees Early Snow & Bleak, By ERNEST SCHREIBER New Era Staff Writer The seasons first snow will fall this month, followed by winter weather colder than an icicle on the back of the neck, the nation's woolly bear forecaster announced today. The caterpillar's head and tail are black as a hearse, and our winter will be just as bleak, said Sam Taylor, veteran woolly bear prognosticator and retired New Era journalist. Basing his forecast on the color of the furry caterpillars coat, Taylor predicted snow by Nov. 1, a green Christmas, and a whopping snowfall up to the garage door handle in March. Ive looked at a couple hundred of these critters, ana theyre almost all the same black at the ends with a brunette midriff, Taylor said. You cant mistake what they mean. This winter will be cold at the start and cold at the end. Late December will be warm, and Christmas green. Taylor, who resides at 1307 Maple Ave., learned the art of woolly bear weather forecasting at the knee of the legendary caterpillar analyst, Herbert B. Krone, who died in 1980. We walked through more woods than most deer ever do, said Taylor. Herb was tireless. He wouldnt be satisfied until he a New Sage, Cold Winter had two, three hundred wigglers. He always said if you collect just a few, a south-of-the-border tourist can fool you. Krones widow, Martha, who issued the annual forecast in recent years, passed on her late husbands copy of The Long-Lost Bear to Taylor this year. The book, printed in Lancaster in colonial days, explains the customs and practices of correct woolly bear forecasting. My husband wanted Sam to be his successor, said Mrs. Krone, who oversaw Taylors efforts this year. Hes ready now. The woolly bear, known to See WOOLLY Page 25 Over 23-Month Period $15 Million Theft from Securities Firm Probed NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of dollars may have been stolen from Prudential-Bache Securities Inc. in a scheme involving phony claims for dividend payments from the investment firm, the FBI confirmed today. FBI spokesman Joseph Vali-quette, however, declined to comment on published reports that there were organized crime ties to the scheme. The Daily News said today , that the looting amounted to between $15 million and $16 million and involved making phony claims for dividend payments over a 23-month period. Prudential-Bache had said the FBI was looking into apparent irregularities in the investment companys stock dividend department. It said it had called in the FBI and was cooperating in the investigation . . It also said company funds, not money from customer accounts, were involved. The News, citing unidentified sources close to the investigation, said the thefts appeared to have been an inside job and some of the people involved might have connections with organized crime. Peter Costiglio, a vice president for Prudential-Bache, refused today to discuss specifics on. the grounds that the investigation was still in progress. Prudential-Bache is owned by the Prudential Insurance Co. of America. Costiglio said Monday that company auditors uncovered the problem two weeks ago and that customer accounts were not involved. He also said that any losses uncovered would not materially affect the company and would be reimbursed by an insurance policy with Aetna Life & Casualty Co. covering claims arising from employee dishonesty. According to the Daily News report, five fictitious firms were set up, opened bank accounts and submitted false claims for dividend payments to the investment firm.- The report said a section manager in the dividend department at Prudential-Bache ap- Kved the payments and juggled the ks to hide the transactions. An employee involved in processing dividefids has been absent from his job for a week, Costiglio said. He declined to identify the employee. The stock dividend department is responsible for handling dividends earned on any stocks held by the firm, either for its own account or the accounts of others. Antique Pistols, Rifles Stolen Two- Lancaster residents lost more than $1,700 worth of loot to burglars, city police reported Monday. A thief stole eight antique pistols and rifles, worth $800, from Benjamin Brookmyer, 1003 E. King St., between Thursday and Monday. City police said the thief entered the home through a first-floor window. Joseph Fink, 403 S. Prince St., lost $934.51 worth of loot to thieves who slit a screen in a kitchen window between 5:30 a.m. and 5:25 p.m. Monday. The stolen items include between $40 and $50 in pennies. Atari 5200 television game, 100 albums, and a bowling ball, police said. : Car in Lot Damaged By HitRun Driver A car valued at $3,000, was demolished Monday night on the Servoma-tion Corp. parking lot by a hit and run driver. East Lampeter Township police said the car, which was owned by the Servomation Corp., was parked in the lot at 1980 Old Philadelphia. Officer Michael Lawrence said that apparently sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight, a car exiting from Route 30 East ramp drove off the ramp, across the Servomation yard and crashed into the car. Police said the car is believed to fte a bronze or copper-colored Chevrolet. Manheim Twp. Expanding Suburban Police Bldg. To Double By AD CRABLE New Era Staff Writer The Mapheim Township Police Department building, swelled by a growing police force and accumulating boxes of evidence and records, will be doubled in size early next year. Besides storage and office space, separate facilities for females will also be a priority item in the 4,000-square-foot addition to the 11-year-old building at 1825 Municipal Drive. Bids will be let shortly with groundbreaking possibly by the end of November. Officials declined to reveal an estimate of the cost of the project because they feel it may influence bids. Manheim Township Commissioners, ,in announcing the project Monday, said they have been setting aside funds for the project for some time and that no borrowing of money is expected. In 1972, when the current building was erected, the commissioners had hoped it would serve for much longer than it has. But the police force, paralleling surging growth in the countys largest township, has grown to 32, plus nine civilian aides. Eight employees are women, who currently have no separate rest room or locker facilities. Another pressing problem has been a lack of storage space for evidence and other records that must be kept for years, in some cases. The new one-story building, to be added to the west side of the present bpilding, will include a basement for storage. We have boxes on top of boxes. Were starting to look like recluses in here, joked. police chief David E. Moore this morning, discussing -the need for more space, The commissioners also announced the hiring of Nick Nobile as the townships parks and recreation superintendent. Nobile, who formerly worked for the townships parks division, will also serve as security guard at Stauffer Park. He will be paid $16,000 and be provided living quarters in Stauffer Mansion. A Nov. 14 public hearing has been set on a request by John G. Hess .to have a 70-foot section of the Old Fruit-ville Pike given to him by the township. The family said it may develop the property. Ola Fruitville Pike was abandoned by the state and turned over to Manheim Township in 1967. It is currently a through road between the present Fruitville Pike and Roseville Road, but serves no other homes except for the Hess farm. A contract to repair the accident-damaged Pinetown Bridge was awarded to the low bidder, Toews, Ayres & Huber Inc. of Lancaster. The contract calls for a sum not to exceed $52,840. The figure may be less if the township does some of the work itself. The commissioners approved a Lancaster Industrial Development Authority loan to Oregon Pike Medical Associates for construction of a new 5,000-square-foot building on a lot of the Ada N. Landis estate on the south- east side of Oregon Pike. The facility will house a pediatric office, an ear, nose and throat office and an obstetrics and gynecology office. The townships solicitor was instructed to draw up a tree ordinance designed to compel residents to remove limbs overhanging roads or that have blocked sidewalks. . The schools call every day after See SUBURBAN Page 25 Crafton Trial Reset for Nov. 2 The trial of Paul Crafton, the professor charged with impersonating teachers at two state colleges, has been postponed in Cumberland County until Nov. 2. According to the Cumberland County Clerk of Courts, the request by defense counsel was granted by Judge Harold E. Sheely today. The trial, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday with pre-trial arguments, will now start at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2. Crafton, 60, faces charges of tampering with public records and forgery in his efforts to get faculty posts at Millersvilie and Shippensburg universities. His trial in Lancaster County is scheduled to begin in January. ;; 2 Stations Out Soviet Radar Didn't Detect x rt ( Korean Jet, Source Says MOSCOW (AP) - An official source said today that the South Korean jetliner shot down by a Soviet warplane had flown in Soviet airspace undetected for more than two hours because two of three radar stations on the Kamchatka peninsula did not work. Contradicting the govern-. ments version of what happened, the source said the planes intrusion in Soviet airspace was not. confirmed until it reached Sakhalin Island, where it was destroyed by an air-to-air missile Sept. 1. The source, who spoke on condition he not be identified, also said the air defense command reacted in confusion after. .the Korean Air Lines jetliner was discovered and that Soviet commanders and pilots involved in downing the plane did not khow it was a civilian craft carrying;269 people. All aboard the plane were killed. The source also claimed that Soviet air defense commanders ordered the plane shqt down .because they had conclusive proof it was transmitting intelligence information to American spy installations. The United States and South Korea have denied the plane was on a spy mission. It was impossible to confirm independently whether the new information provided by the Soviet source was correct or if it was an attempt, after the fact, to convince a distrusting world that the Soviets did not knoi the plane was a civilian jetliner! There have been Unconfirmed reports that top air defense officials in charge at Kamchatka were .fired after tlje incident. Those Reports would appear highly likely if, as the Soviet source claimed, there was such a massive failure of Soviet adar equipment or by the people operating The new information conflicts with the scenario l$d out at a Sept. 9 news conference by Nikolai V. Ogarkov, thei; deputy defense minister and . thief of the general staff. vj; Ogarkov said Soviet radar, first began tracking the plane before it reached Kamchatka' and that four Soviet fighters were scrambled from the peninsula in a vain attempt at convincing the airliner to land and explain why it was so far off course and flying over sensitive Soviet missile installations. The Soviet general said the local Soviet defense command waited for more than two hours before it ordered the plane shot down as a last resort. The Soviets have said the entire incident was orchestrated by the United States and have insisted they were justified in destroying the plane, A radar malfunction could possibly explain a similar incident in April, 1978 when a South Korean jetliner flew for more that two hours over Soviet airspace in the far north before Soviet air defenses detected the plane and forced it to crash land. : .. . There was never any explanation then of how the intruder was able to remain in Soviet territory for so long before detection. - There was some speculation Ogarkovs claim could have been an attempt to insulate the top military leadership from responsibility for the downing of the jetliner after the Kremlin . realized the world outrage the acf had creat-ed. I" : j If.; Quarryville R4 Girl Reported Missing i v . A 17-year-old Quarryville R4 girl has been missing since about 3:30 p.m. Monday, state police report. Celia Rosa Carrigan, Parkside Drive, was last seen with her 17-year-old boyfriend in an orange Ford Pinto with black stripes, troopers learned. The girl was wearipg a Solanco school jacket and brown corduroy pants. She is five feet, ten inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair .

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