Blog Posts in September, 2011

  • Drive-By Shooting

    || 27-Sep-2011

    Wilkes-Barre Drive-By Shooting. Cities have been plagued by gun violence for years and have left police and investigators baffled as to the means to prevent and stop the violence. A common form of intimidation and gun violence used by criminals has been drive-by shootings. Drive-by shootings allow the assailant to leave the scene quickly as well as to prevent the identification of the shooter by ...
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  • Traffic Stop Could Lead to Drug Charges

    || 27-Sep-2011

    When a police officer stops a motor vehicle during a traffic or speeding violation, it is important for the driver to remain calm and to be respectful with the officer. Suspicious activity and behavior of the driver or passengers inside the car may provide the officer probable cause to search the vehicle. Although the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable ...
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  • Attempted Kidnapping

    || 27-Sep-2011

    State Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping. Kidnapping is the crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by either force or by fraud, or seizing and detaining a person against his or her will with an intent to carry that person away at a later time. The purposes of kidnapping are often to gain a ransom, to facilitate the commission of another felony, to terrorize or hurt the victim ...
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  • Employee Steals from Gentex Corporation

    || 21-Sep-2011

    Theft involves the unlawful taking of another's property and is one of the highest invasions of property rights. In some cases, a person you know and trust may take what is rightfully yours without any warning or indication. The most vulnerable victims of theft crimes often are employers who trust their employees to carry out their jobs honestly. Employees handle large sums of money and ...
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  • Felony Weapon Charges

    || 21-Sep-2011

    Felony Charges. A convicted felon found in possession of a firearm faces serious criminal charges regardless of the intended use or lack of use of the weapon. Longer sentences and heavier fines apply to convicted felons found in possession of a firearm when the weapon is loaded or is involved in the commission of another criminal offense. Statutes banning the unlawful possession of a firearm by a ...
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  • Wayne County Arsons

    || 19-Sep-2011

    Third Arson in One Month in Wayne County. Arson is a serious crime classified as a felony under most statutes, punishable by severe imprisonment or even death where a fire has been intentionally deadly. Many jurisdictions impose prison sentences commensurate with the seriousness of the criminal intent of the accused. A finding, therefore, that arson had been committed intentionally would result in ...
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  • Scranton Bar Stabbing

    || 19-Sep-2011

    Scranton Police Search for Suspect in Bar Stabbing. Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction of bodily harm upon another. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault and usually involves some object used as a weapon and/or an intent to cause serious bodily injury to the other person. The object need not be a knife or gun, but could be any object used to inflict bodily harm upon ...
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  • Scranton Woman Assaults Neighbor

    || 10-Sep-2011

    Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction of bodily harm upon another. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault and usually involves some object used as a weapon and/or the intent to cause serious bodily injury to the other person. Weapons lead to more severe criminal charges and increased jail time. There often are defenses or justifications for assaulting another person such ...
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  • Bank Robbery

    || 6-Sep-2011

    Robbery is the taking of another's property by use of force or intimidation and is a very serious and troubling crime. Victims of robbery are often frightened and rattled by the severe invasion of their personal well being as well as by the deprivation of their valuable property. Banks are historically a very common target due to the nature of a bank holding large quantities of money. Banks ...
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