State Police Calls: Publishers Clearing House Scam, Crash Downs Power Lines

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police responded to the following incidents:

Fraud in Banks Township

Punxsy State Police investigated a Publishers Clearing House scam that occurred between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

The 69-year-old female victim was contacted multiple times via phone and asked to send various sums of money by money order to cover the expenses associated with winning a large cash prize.

Publishers Clearing House does not solicit funds prior to distributing winnings.

Police advise citizens to be mindful of anyone asking them to send money.

Power Lines Knocked Down in Pine Creek Township

According to police, around 10:18 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, a 2018 International Harvester was involved in a crash in the driveway in front of Gutchess Lumber in Pine Creek Township.

The vehicle attempted to pull out of the lot by cutting through the grassy area to the right of the utility pole beside the Gutchess Lumber pull-off.

The vehicle snagged on the guide wire which ran between utility poles, causing power lines to disconnect farther east. The vehicle came to a final rest facing south in the westbound late of U.S. 322.

U.S. 322 was shut down for approximately one hour while Penelec repaired their lines and the vehicle was removed from the road.

Bricen Towing and Pine Creek Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The name of the operator of the truck was not released.

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