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On December 17, 2014, state criminal complaints were filed in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, charging ten individuals for their alleged roles in a widespread $1.2 million corruption and bribery scheme that affected 27 federally funded maintenance and construction contracts in Pennsylvania.
On December 11, 2014, Gregory Sclafani was indicted on wire and mail fraud charges by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court, Central Islip, New York, for defrauding consumers after they scheduled auto shipments with Sclafani's company, AUSA Logistics.
On November 13, 2014, Sclafani was arrested by DOT-OIG Special Agents, U.S. Postal Inspectors, and the New York State Police.
On December 10, 2014, Elizabeth "Betsy" Pope, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pope, operator of Eastgate Laboratory Testing, a company that conducts drug testing for commercial vehicle operators and trucking companies in the Pittsburgh area was sentenced to 8 months house arrest, 4 years probation, and ordered to pay $109,000 in restitution. The sentencing followed Pope’s July 2014, guilty plea, which stemmed from an April 2014 indictment on charges of fraud.
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DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 0154 PM CST FRI DEC 26 2014 VALID 262000Z - 271200Z ...NO SVR TSTM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP MAINLY TONIGHT FROM EASTERN TEXAS INTO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. NO SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED. MINOR CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE 1630Z OUTLOOK...NAMELY TO INCREASE THUNDER PROBABILITIES ACROSS PORTIONS OF SERN OK...JUST WEST OF CURRENT PRODUCT. LATE TONIGHT UNINHIBITED ELEVATED INSTABILITY MAY ALLOW A FEW THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP WITH CONVECTION ROOTED ROUGHLY 1KM AGL. ..DARROW.. 12/26/2014 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1024 AM CST FRI DEC 26 2014/ ...SYNOPSIS... A HIGHLY AMPLIFIED LARGE-SCALE PATTERN WILL PREVAIL OVER THE CONUS INTO EARLY SATURDAY. EMBEDDED WITHIN THE LONGWAVE TROUGH OVER THE CENTRAL/SOUTHERN ROCKIES AND NORTHERN MEXICO...A LEAD SHORTWAVE TROUGH AND MID/HIGH-LEVEL JET STREAK WILL SPREAD NORTHEASTWARD FROM THE FOUR CORNERS AREA TO THE MIDDLE MO VALLEY LATE TONIGHT WHILE THE BASE OF THE TROUGH REMAINS CENTERED OVER AZ/NM. A FRONTAL BOUNDARY CURRENTLY EXTENDING NORTHEAST-SOUTHWESTWARD ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST/SOUTH-CENTRAL PLAINS WILL MAKE A SLOW SOUTHEASTWARD PROGRESSION AND REACH THE LOWER MO VALLEY/ARKLATEX VICINITY LATE TONIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY. ...EAST TX/ARKLATEX/LOWER MS RIVER VALLEY... AS DISCUSSED IN THE PRIOR /13Z/ OUTLOOK...A CONSIDERABLE CAPPING INVERSION/ELEVATED MIXED LAYER WAS NOTED ACROSS THE REGION IN 12Z OBSERVED SOUNDINGS FROM CRP/FWD/SHV/LCH IN CONJUNCTION WITH A RELATIVE ABSENCE OF LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE. NONETHELESS...PERSISTENT SOUTH-SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS IN THE LOW LEVELS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE NORTHWARD TRANSPORT OF A MARGINALLY MOIST AIR MASS THROUGH TONIGHT AS LOWER 60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS BECOME INCREASINGLY COMMON ACROSS EAST TX WITHIN THE WARM SECTOR AHEAD OF THE SYNOPSIS-DESCRIBED FRONT. ALTHOUGH THE PRIMARY UPPER FORCING FOR ASCENT WILL BE FOCUSED WELL WEST AND NORTH OF THE REGION /LAGGING THE FRONTAL ZONE/...SUFFICIENT MOISTENING/WARM ADVECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOUTHEASTWARD-PROGRESSING FRONT SHOULD SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT. THESE STORMS WILL TEND TO BE AT LEAST SLIGHTLY ELEVATED. WHILE OCCURRING WITHIN A HIGHLY SHEARED ENVIRONMENT...HAIL POTENTIAL WILL LIKELY BE LIMITED BY WEAK LAPSE RATES AND MODEST SOURCE REGION BUOYANCY WITH MUCAPE GENERALLY LIMITED TO 500-1000 J/KG.Read more