Area

News in brief from around the region

Tyrone

Video captured ‘person of interest’

State police say video surveillance captured footage shows one person who is a “person of interest” in the vandalizing of Camp Anderson in Snyder Township.

According to state police at Hollidaysburg, about 10 light fixtures at the Boy Scout camp were broken, along with many steps and benches on the property. A foot bridge was also damaged.

Surveillance footage shows a white male on the front porch of one of the buildings at 4:12 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call state police at 696-6100.

Scranton

Inmate pleads to tax scheme

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield in Huntingdon has pleaded guilty to his part in an effort to file fraudulent federal tax returns.

Jeremy Baney, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo to aiding and assisting in making false statements to the IRS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said.

U.S. Attorney David J. Freed said in a release that Baney admitted to being involved in a prison tax scheme from Nov. 17, 2009, through Feb. 25, 2012, in which he obtained names and Social Security numbers of inmates to file false tax returns or would send that information to a former inmate who would prepare and file fraudulent tax returns with fictitious wages and holdings in order to get a tax refund.

The government is alleging that Baney attempted to receive tax refunds totaling $236,407.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

Bedford

DA office conducting interviews

The Bedford County District Attorney’s Office is currently conducting interviews to fill four staff vacancies.

The four positions include a second assistant district attorney, detective, office manager and multi-disciplinary team coordinator.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Thomas said he and District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts are trying to find the “most qualified” candidates for the positions and to improve the office’s work efficiency.

From Mirror staff reports