Police: Woman posed as doctor on phone

A city woman has been charged with attempted theft by deception for allegedly trying twice to obtain a prescription of the painkiller Ultram unlawfully, according to Old Lycoming Township police.

Marcella C. Saltsman, 20, of 1400 High St., attempted to obtain the prescription on Dec. 6 and Dec. 12, police said. Each time she called in the prescription using the medical doctor’s telephone line, in essence identifying herself as either a doctor or member of the medical staff, police said.

Saltsman has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James H. Sortman.