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Stroudsburg woman arrested in heroin sting

Stroudsburg woman arrested in heroin sting

Jun 29, 2016
Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detectives arrest Melissa Mangione, 22, of Stroudsburg, at the Exxon Gas Station in Bartonsville. Mangione had been communicating with an undercover detective regarding the sale of heroin. The detective arranged to purchase a bundle of heroin from Mangione in exchange for $80.00 US Currency. Mangione and the undercover detective agreed to meet at the Exxon Gas Station in Bartonsville to complete the deal. Upon her arrival at the gas station, Mangione was arrested. A purse in her possession contained more than four bundles of heroin, prepped for sale,…

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Panelists offer abuse examples at Monroe County Elder Abuse task force

Panelists offer abuse examples at Monroe County Elder Abuse task force

Jun 21, 2016
By reporter David Pierce – reprinted from the Pocono Record 06/21/2016  The elderly are prime targets for countless financial rip-offs, panelists said last week at a Monroe County Elder Abuse Task Force forum. “They say fraud is only limited by the human imagination,” Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso told more than 50 people who attended the event at Pocono Medical Center. “It’s very prevalent here in Monroe County.” Eric Kerchner, the chief county detective in the DA’s Office, recounted scams that ranged from caretakers bilking money from their patients’ bank accou…

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New property inventory service available free of charge to Monroe County residents

New property inventory service available free of charge to Monroe County residents

Jun 21, 2016
The Monroe County Office of the District Attorney has partnered with LeadsOnline to provide a free property inventory service to Monroe County residents.  This service, known as ReportIt, is a secure, cloud-based storage service which allows registered users to easily catalog information about their valuables, including serial numbers, item descriptions, photographs, and scans of receipts.  In the event of a theft or other loss, the user can easily retrieve this information from any Internet-connected computer or cell phone and provide that information to law enforcement or their insurance co…

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Monroe County tobacco store owner pleads guilty in federal court

Monroe County tobacco store owner pleads guilty in federal court

Jun 21, 2016
From the U.S. Department of Justice: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that that Rehan A. Merchant, age 39, pleaded guilty to an Information that charged him with conspiring to commit wire fraud, and with aggravated identity theft. Merchant previously was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 10, 2015, and has remained in federal custody since his arrest. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Merchant was the owner and operator of the Cigar and Tobacco Outlet in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. The superseding information…

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Pocono Community Theater hosts human trafficking documentary

Pocono Community Theater hosts human trafficking documentary

Jun 21, 2016
Reprinted from the Pocono Record – Reporter Andrew Scott At a young age, a girl experiences sexual abuse at the hands of someone she's supposed to trust and is ignored by those who are supposed to protect her when she tries telling them about the abuse. Now damaged by the experience and feeling alone and without value, she seeks attention and affection in the wrong places and ends up meeting a man who preys on vulnerable, impressionable children like her. This man brainwashes and manipulates her with lies and gifts, telling her he's the only one who truly loves and understands her and that …

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