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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - June 18, 2015, Indiana, PennsylvaniaBy Joe Mandak associated press Pittsburgh eight of 15 chinese citizens indicted in a conspiracy to take College Entrance exams on behalf of others or to have their tests taken so they could obtain student visas pleaded not guilty before a Federal magistrate wednesday. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh allege they scammed tests run by educational testing service and the College Board such As the Scholastic aptitude test or sat for More than $ 5,000 per exam. The alleged scheme involves tests administered in Pittsburgh and its suburbs since 2011. Some of the defendants eventually enrolled in out of state schools though investigators and defense attorneys have refused to Supply specifics. Two students arraigned wednesday were enrolled at Virginia tech and a third is accused of having someone else take a test whose results were sent to northeastern University. Mistakes were clearly made and they re probably going to end up paying for them said defense attorney Lyle Dresbold who represents Yue Zou 20, of Blacksburg a. Zou and her Boyfriend and co defendant Youdong Zhang 21, were listed As students wednesday on Virginia techs website. Zou is studying finance and Zhang general engineering at the school where officials did not immediately comment on their status or the test related charges. Zhang allegedly sent a photocopy of Zous passport to a Pittsburgh Man Han Tong 24, a hons identified As a test taker before another woman arraigned wednesday Dunlin Sun 24, of Berlin pa., took sat and English language tests while posing As Zou according to the indictment. These Arentt bad people Dresbold said. They just wanted to get an education. They just wanted to get ahead. But u. S. Attorney David Hickton said the Pittsburgh investigation is just part of an ongoing investigation spurred in part by concerns that people from China and other asian countries have been impersonating others or otherwise cheating on the tests. Thatus a Federal Issue Hickton said because if that student status is obtained fraudulently then that student visa is obtained fraudulently. Nowhere is it accepted that you can cheat or lie your Way into a College and thatus what this Case is about Hickton said. Attorneys for Tong considered a Central figure in the charges filed so far and several other defendants declined comment. Robert Mielnicki the attorney for Sun said she contests the allegations but declined to elaborate. The Only other attorney who spoke was Gary Gerson who represents Gong Zhang 23, also of Pittsburgh. He allegedly took an English fluency exam in april 2013 for another person not named in the indictment. Two others scheduled for arraignments wednesday had their court appearances postponed two others have yet to be scheduled for arraignments and three others charged have yet to be identified As their names have been redacted in the mail and wire fraud indictment announced late last month. The others arraigned were Ziyuan i 25, of Boston who allegedly paid $ 5,990 to have an unspecified test taken for him Siouan Zhao 24, of Revere mass., who allegedly had Tong take an English fluency test with results sent to northeastern University singling Peng 19, of Watertown wis., who allegedly wired $ 5,600 to an unspecified new York Bank account for a test taken in his name. Trooper has first overdose save with Nalo Xone Uniontown a a Pennsylvania state trooper has used the anti overdose substance Nalo Xone to save an overdose patient for the first time since gov. Tom Wolf announced that state police would Start carrying the drug. The incident was announced by the state police tuesday but actually occurred on Friday in Fayette county. Troopers from the Uniontown area Barracks found a Man lying on a Lawn who appeared to have overdosed. Capt. Harry Keffer the commander for troop a which includes the Barracks said the trooper administered the drug before paramedics arrived and the patient immediately became conscious and communicative. Ages office defends driving of seized Mercedes Sun Harrisburg a the Pennsylvania attorney generals office is defending an arrangement that allows a top administrator to drive a Mercedes Sun seized in a drug Case As his state issued vehicle. The Pittsburgh Tribune review reported that the office spent about $ 6,000 to repair acting chief of staff Jonathan dec Kerbs 2006 Mercedes r 350. Spokesman Chuck Ardo says having Duecker drive a seized vehicle saves Money compared to leasing a car for $ 400 a month from a state Fleet. Duecker is the former head of the attorney generals offices Bureau of narcotics investigation. Hers driven the Mercedes for More than a year. Ardo says Duecker is still intimately involved with narcotics investigations making the arrangement of under a state Law restricting use of vehicles seized in drug cases to use in drug investigations. No death penalty sought for Soldier in murder Case Allentown a a Pennsylvania prosecutor says he wont seek the death penalty against a Soldier accused of conspiring with his teenage Girlfriend to kill her Mother. The Easton express times newspaper reported Lehigh county District attorney Jim Martin said there Are no factors supporting capital punishment in the Case of army pc. Caleb Barnes 21. Barnes and Jamie Silvonek 14, were arraigned separately wednesday in the March stabbing death of Cheryl Silvonek 54, who was killed in the driveway of her Home near Allentown. Prosecutors charged the teenager As an adult citing text messages they said detailed her role. Defense attorney John Waldron wants the Case sent Back to juvenile court. The Indiana Gazette state thursday june 18, 2015 Page 5 266 s. 7th st., Indiana wow. Cook chiropractic. Com Cook chiropractic 724 465 9160 try decompression disc therapy Quality care through the newest equipment & technology available. C Are Quality t y therapy you tired of living in p est n pain Chir Opra or. Scott r. Cook get smart and save hundreds with Farmers my counts 4992 Richmond re Rochester Mills a 15771 Pardee Farmer agent. Com Richard Pardee 724 286 3220 your local agent wow. Walnut medical. Com Faug hts g c a Garden Center go Indiana 50 Airport Road Wolf leaders meet on budget by Mark Scolforo associated press Harrisburg a meeting Between gov. Tom Wolf and senior legislative leaders ended wednesday without a breakthrough on pennsylvanians unfinished budget with just two weeks left in the states fiscal year. The democratic governor emerged from the hour Long meeting in the Capitol with senior lawmakers to say he was hopeful he could reach an agreement with the Republican controlled House and Senate. I think were still working still making Progress Wolf said in a Brief Exchange with reporters. Were still having conversations. Negotiators Are juggling several complicated issues including proposals to increase school spending slow rising Public pension payments privatize the states liquor and wine sales and Cut school property taxes. The state has a structural deficit of about $ 1.2 billion. Senate president pro tempore Joe Scarnati r Jefferson said liquor privatization was the focus of the meeting. Scarnati said afterwards that he and his fellow republicans want a counterproposal by Wolf to a House passed measure that is pending in the Senate. We clearly have joined liquor and pension Reform As two pre requirements for us to begin discussing the other lines in the budget he said. We cant have a substantive conversation on anything else until we take these two major issues apply what would be significant dollars for the deficit apply those and then have a conversation about How to fill the rest of the Hole that would be left. He said the Senate is very close to a Deal with the House on liquor privatization but would prefer to have a product that the governor can sign. So far Wolf has focused on modernization of the liquor stores rather than privatization and Scarnati said the governor has Given him no indication that his position has changed. More Money for Public education is the main Issue for democrats said House minority whip Mike Hanna d Clinton. We Are going to continue to insist that any final agreement has to take into consideration our top priority and i believe its also the governors top priority Hanna said. If we dont get something that includes some real serious conversation about education investment then there Isnit going to be an agreement the governor can sign. Hanna said he viewed As a positive sign the fact that republicans had not begun moving toward passage of their own budget Bill without the support of Wolf and other democrats. The fact that the Republican leaders have indicated they re not prepared to Jam through their own budget this week clearly indicates that they re willing to talk about All of these issues Hanna said. Wolf has said his priorities Are getting More Money to Public schools through a tax on natural Gas drilling in the Marcellus shale formation a budget built on sustainable revenues rather than Stopgap fixes and reductions in the widely hated local property taxes that fund schools. Briefs Gazette wire services 8 plead not guilty in test scheme

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