Online theft

A 73-year-old Spraggs woman fell victim to an online theft scam where she lost $2,500 in eBay gift cards while trying to purchase a 2015 Polaris side-by-side, according to state police.

Drug possession

Kevin M. Bertloff, 37, and Ashley Martin, 32, both of Nemacolin were each charged with delivery of a controlled substance, intent to posses a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Death at SCI-Greene

The state Department of Corrections reported the death of Julian Boyer, 41, in his cell on Oct. 4 at SCI-Greene. Officials said staff were making rounds at 6:15 a.m. when they found him unresponsive. State police will conduct an investigation and the Greene County coroner will perform an autopsy. Boyer was sentenced to life in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. He had been at SCI-Greene since 2017.

Crashes on the rise

PennDOT reported that 2018 brought the highest number of crashes across Southwest Pa. since at least 2009. Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties had a collective 7,056 crashes, which is a 7% increase from 2017. Jay Ofsanik, safety press officer, said the high amount of rain last year is one of the attributes to the increased number of crashes. “I don’t think people fear rain like they do snow,” he said.

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