LOCAL NEWS | NOVEMBER 20, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | NOVEMBER 20, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | NOVEMBER 20, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finalized new rules to protect Americans from illegal robocalls. The new regulations allow phone companies to block certain phone numbers that do not, or cannot make outgoing calls.  According to the FCC, there are nearly 2.4 billion robocalls made every month.  Illegal robocall schemes victimize countless individuals, including seniors, robbing them of their savings.  It is estimated that con artists steal approximately $3 billion from seniors via scams — including fraudulent phone calls enabled by illegal robocall technology.  In October, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro testified in front of the Senate Aging Committee during a hearing to examine ways to protect consumers from scams made by illegal robocalls.  Shapiro says the new rules will protect Pennsylvania consumers and seniors from scam artists who seek to steal their money.

 

A Newport man was arrested over the weekend for making terroristic threats.  Twenty-seven-year-old Jason Koontz was charged after making threats at troopers at the State Police barracks in Newport Saturday afternoon.  He was placed in the Perry County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

 

As millions of Thanksgiving travelers plan to travel by plane or by automobile, quick-hitting storms will cause slowdowns across different regions of the United States.  Nearly 51 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from home for Thanksgiving, according to AAA. This represents a small increase from 2016. New information suggests the weather pattern is much less likely to lock into a cold and stormy pattern through the Thanksgiving weekend across the Northern states. Drenching rain and locally heavy thunderstorms are forecast from the middle Mississippi Valley to the lower Great Lakes region. The same storm will race across the Eastern states from Saturday night to Sunday. Over the Appalachians and in the coastal mid-Atlantic and New England, several hours of rain are in store.

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