Firefighters perform an invaluable service for thousands of communities throughout the nation, as they are willing to risk their lives in order to save their friends and neighbors in the towns in which they work. As such, these men and women often hold positions of trust and authority in the stations where they are assigned. One Pennsylvania chief and his son are now facing multiple counts of theft charges.
A woman who was employed as a clerk in charge of an employee fund at a Pennsylvania state correction facility was placed on suspension earlier in the year. She has now been formally accused of taking money from an employee fund and is facing theft charges. She presented herself to authorities and has been released on bail.
Far too often, people with substance abuse problems find themselves in legal trouble. Some critics of the criminal justice system say it's because we are focused on punishing people rather than treating addiction.