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East Smethport man found guilty of strangulation and assault with a weapon…..vandalism probed by state police in Mansfield….Legislation protecting senior citizens from scams and other crimes moves forward in state House…

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Following a one day jury trial in McKean County Monday,   46 year old Mark Carlson of East Smethport was convicted of Strangulation, Aggravated Assault, three counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (deadly weapon used), two counts Terroristic Threats (deadly weapon used), and Simple Assault. The crimes stem from the defendant’s actions on April 6, 2018  . The charges were filed by Trooper Nicholas Anderson of the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant District Attorney Ashley Shade prosecuted the case on behalf of the commonwealth.  Sentencing will occur in November.

Carlson was  jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail for a  domestic violence assault at his home located at at 20 Water Street  just before 8:00 pm Carlson had threatened to kill  his wife, 45 year old Heather Carlson and her daughter,23  year old Jada Priest with a machete and had strangled one of the victims. A one year old boy was in the house at the time. Mark Carlson left the scene before police arrived but was apprehended and committed to the McKean County Jail  after being arraigned on charges of strangulation and aggravated assault. Under new Pennsylvania law, strangulation is a stand alone felony crime.

A criminal mischief taking place last weekend on the Odell Road in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state  police, vandals intentionally broke a mailbox post into two pieces causing $50 in damage. The mailbox ix owned by a 58 year old Mansfield woman.

 Legislation sponsored by Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) to help protect older Pennsylvanians from telemarketing scams was unanimously voted out of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee this morning at the state Capitol. House Bill 1061 would help to improve interagency communication concerning suspected cases of elder financial exploitation. Specifically, Schroeder’s bill would require the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to notify the state Department of Aging of any investigations and enforcement actions taken within the purview of the PA Telemarketer Registration Act when those actions involve a consumer who is 60 years of age or older. “Under current law, the attorney general is required to submit an annual report to the General Assembly detailing investigations and enforcement actions taken in the preceding fiscal year, said Schroeder. “My proposal would ensure that such actions involving older individuals are brought to the attention of the state Department of Aging. This would enable the department to coordinate with local protective services professionals to identify and prevent financial exploitation, such as scams and sweepstakes fraud.” The Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit, created in 2006, investigates and prosecutes those who cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians. Senior citizens are prime targets for many kinds of consumer fraud including identity theft and charity, telemarketing and sweepstakes fraud. In fact, financial exploitation is the fastest-growing category of elder abuse in the Commonwealth. House Bill 1061 now goes to the full House for consideration.  We have reported on numerous such cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area over the past several months.