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Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. — Fayette County funeral home director is facing charges for allegedly stealing $284,000 from clients -- mostly seniors -- who pre-paid for their own funerals.
Stephen Kezmarsky, III, 50 was arrested and charged with taking the money from 51 clients for funeral expenses at the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, officials said.
HAPPENING NOW: AG @JoshShapiroPA announces 84 felony charges against Fayette Co. funeral home director Stephen Kezmarsky, who allegedly stole $284K in prepaid funeral expenses from clients. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/TFI7P7Uc09— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) January 22, 2018
Instead of putting the money in escrow accounts as required by law, Kezmarsky is accused of misappropriating the money by mixing the funds with his business and personal accounts, officials said.
Investigators said Kezmarsky used the funds for business expenses and for personal use, including purchasing airline tickets and alcohol.
Kezmarsky is also accused of filling out applications for funeral insurance policies for clients, but never sending the money or applications in for processing.
Kezmarsky and the funeral home filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and the funeral home has since been sold.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
COBB County, Ga. — An adolescent psychologist who was the head of a mental health and therapy firm in downtown Atlanta allegedly molested at least one girl and posted recordings of it online.
Jonathan Gersh, 37, has been in Cobb County jail since Valentine’s Day without bond on several felony charges of child molestation and child pornography, jail records showed Tuesday afternoon.
Because of his job, police said they believe there might be more victims.
Homeland Security agents contacted Cobb detectives on Feb. 6 about a possible incident in the county, cops said.
A police warrant indicated that federal law enforcement authorities became aware of Gersh because of a photo he posted of himself molesting a nine-year-old girl.
The girl was identified by her mother, the warrant said.
Gersh has been licensed to practice psychology in Georgia since April 2011, according to the secretary of state’s website.
Georgia business records show that Gersh became involved with Intown Psychological Associates about that time. The medical practice offered psychological testing, counseling and therapy.
The business submitted its annual registration as recently as Jan. 27, 2018, records show. But its website is down.
A cached version of the now-defunct website shows Gersh as the clinical director, listed at the top of the staff page.
His bio said he received his training in the San Francisco area before relocating “back to his hometown, Atlanta, and has been practicing in the downtown area since 2007.”
It goes on to describe his focus: “Gersh works with adolescents, adults, and families with a focus on depression, anxiety, and various other psychological phenomenon that prevent individuals from maximizing their potential. Working on transitional issues with young adult and professionals are also strong areas of interest.”
No one was immediately available at the office and, as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, no one had responded to a request for comment. The medical practice’s Facebook page is also down.
Its main office is listed as being in an office building at 501 Pulliam St. SW near the former Turner Field.
The year-old version of the website also lists offices in Marietta on Roswell Road and Conyers on Commercial Street.
The alleged crimes happened in an unincorporated part of Cobb sometime between January and October of 2017, the warrant said.
“Parents of potential victims are encouraged to contact the agency with jurisdiction in which any crime may have occurred,” Cobb police said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
KENT, Wash. — A man assaulted a bikini barista in Kent, Washington, and attempted to rape her after buying a drink early Tuesday morning, according to police.
At 4:45 a.m., police responded to the Hottie Shots Espresso stand after a 30-year-old barista reported the incident.
The barista, a Bonney Lake, Washington resident, told police that the assailant came to the coffee stand window on foot and ordered a drink. While the barista was making the drink, investigators say the assailant climbed through the window and held her at knifepoint.
Police say that during the assailant's attempt to sexually assault the barista, he noticed vehicle headlights of a customer pulling into the drive-thru and fled the area.
Investigators describe the assailant as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with darker hair and lightly colored facial hair. Police also say he may have fled in a dark sedan with black rims.
Police also say the assailant was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black baseball hat with a brown bill. The suspect is also described by police as appearing "to have an earring in his left ear, and possibly a Bluetooth device in his right ear."
“I know that the public can help us identify this guy. It is a priority for us to get him off the streets as soon as possible before he terrorizes someone else,” Detective Melanie Robinson said in a statement.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.
Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.
The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.
“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.
State Dept: Pence planned to meet with North Koreans to "drive home the necessity" of abandoning nuclear/ missile programs, but North Korea pulled out "at the last minute."https://t.co/CdVuTVpoZA— Axios World (@AxiosWorld) February 21, 2018
News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.
“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."
Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.
From the State Dept: Pence agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics -- North Korea cancelled at the last minute pic.twitter.com/mVuSTDuUB6— Matt Marohl (@mattmarohl) February 21, 2018
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:29 PM
SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. — A 67-year-old man died Monday after he fell from a 500-foot cliff in California while trying to help his dog, who was partway down the cliff, according to multiple reports.
The man, who was not identified, had been hiking with his dog when it went over the edge of a cliff at Thornton State Beach, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The dog became stranded partway down the cliff, KGO reported. The man attempted to help his dog, but slipped and fell from the cliff, according to the news station. Officials with the CHP said the section of cliff from which the man fell was about 500 feet tall.
With the help of a CHP helicopter, first responders found the man in grave condition. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.
Thornton State Beach Assist
**CHP Helicopter H-32 Assists North County Fire Authority with Fall From Cliff**At approximately 1130am, CHP Helicopter H-32 was requested by the North County Fire Authority to respond and assist them with a man who fell from a cliff. H-32 responded and arrived over the scene in San Mateo County. The man had been hiking with his dog when it went over the edge of the cliff at the top of Thornton State Beach. The man tried to help his dog back to safety when he, in turn, fell from an approximate 500 foot section of the cliff and onto Thornton State Beach. North County Fire Fighters made their way down to the mans location and located him in grave condition. H-32 landed on the beach approximately 100 yards from where the man landed. The H-32 crew flew the man to a nearby parking lot that was being used as a rescue staging area. Unfortunately, due to the height of the fall, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The man’s dog was recovered by emergency personnel and is being reunited with its family unharmed. The San Mateo County Sheriff Office of the Coroner will be conducting an investigation into his death and media inquires regarding his identification should be directed there. Normally we don’t post incidents that involve body recoveries, however this particular incident generated many media inquiries so a post was necessary. State Parks CaliforniaCHP - San FranciscoGolden-Gate-NationalparkAmerican Medical Response - San Mateo CountyNationalpark-ServicePosted by CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations on Monday, February 19, 2018