Recent Posts in Weapon Charges Category

  • Deadly Weapon Enhancement

    || 14-Feb-2014

    When tempers flare and physical violence occurs, people don't always realize the ramifications of their actions. What many people may view as a simple bar fight, prosecutors may view as an assault with a deadly weapon. Pennsylvania law defines different levels of "physical attacks" in terms of simple assault and aggravated assault. However, lingering behind as assault could be the ...
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  • Mistakes, Tragedy, and Death

    || 13-Sep-2013

    A prank. A gun. A tragedy. These are the sad words that will replay in the minds and hearts of the citizens of Longmont, Colorado. Last Friday, a prank went horribly wrong and left a young woman dead and a family and town in shock. A young woman snuck into a house to scare a friend and the friend reacted by shooting who he thought to be an intruder. The legal consequences of such a tragic event ...
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  • Oscar Pistorius Saga: Murder or Mistake?

    || 26-Feb-2013

    CNN reports that prosecutors in South Africa are seeking to charge Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. Pistorius stated that he fired shots into the bathroom believing that there was an intruder inside and adamantly denies any allegation that he intended to shoot Reeva. Although the shocking and ...
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  • Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms: Part 2

    || 19-Feb-2013

    As the debate rages on across the nation and on every TV and Facebook account; I have narrowed down the arguments of gun control measures into three distinct groups. Absolutists Minutemen Defenders Both "Absolutists" and "Minutemen" lack sound arguments or legal justification for claiming legislation aimed at expanding gun control is unconstitutional. The real debate lies ...
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  • Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms

    || 18-Jan-2013

    As Liberals and Conservatives continue to attack and target each others' beliefs regarding gun control, I've paused and listened to the debate to try and determine the correct tension between an individual's right to bear arms and the need for public safety. Before jumping into the legal and political analysis behind the "war for guns" or the "war against guns," it ...
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  • Teen Charged in Armed Robbery in Wilkes-Barre

    || 30-May-2012

    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 the deprivation of their valuable property. Victims of home invasion have their personal security stripped away and must re-live the fear each day within their ...
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  • Edwardsville Sunoco Robbed

    || 26-Apr-2012

    Teenagers can stray down the wrong path both quickly and without a good understanding of the seriousness of their behavior. The reckless nature of misguided or wild teens often ends with trouble with police and prison. Society, schools, and religious organizations all try to steer teens in the right direction but all too frequently are left with the gut-wrenching realization that their efforts ...
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  • Stabbing, shooting, punching. or any type of offensive contact inflicted upon another person will land the aggressor in serious legal trouble. 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 intent to cause serious bodily injury to the victim. The object ...
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  • Dunkin' Donuts Robbed!

    || 14-Apr-2012

    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 the deprivation of their valuable property. Convenient stores and diner-type establishments are historically a very common target due to the low level security ...
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  • Gunshots Fired During Fight Outside of Hanover Twp. Bar

    || 21-Mar-2012

    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 are often defenses or justifications for assaulting another person such ...
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  • Plymouth Stabbing Suspect in Custody

    || 5-Mar-2012

    Will I go to jail if I stabbed someone who attacked me? What does aggravated assault mean? Stabbing, shooting, punching. or any type of offensive contact inflicted upon another person will land the aggressor in serious legal trouble. 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 ...
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  • U.S. Marshalls Capture Machete Suspect

    || 2-Mar-2012

    What is assault? What if I use a weapon? 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 are often defenses or justifications for assaulting another person such as self-defense or defense of a ...
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  • Machete Found Near Scene of Attack

    || 15-Feb-2012

    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 are often defenses or justifications for assaulting another person such ...
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  • Gun Thief

    || 14-Nov-2011

    Weapons Stolen from Home in Susquehanna County. According to Pennsylvania statute, a person is guilty if he enters a building or occupied structure with the purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or unless the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that two black 9mm pistols were stolen from a Susquehanna ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Old Forge Gunman Arrested

    || 25-Jan-2010

    The Times-Tribune reports that Old Forge schools were shut down and several local roads closed this afternoon while police worked to apprehend an alleged gunman roaming in and out of the woods in a residential and business neighborhood near West Oak Street Cemetery. Thank goodness, Old Forge pizza production appears to have remained unaffected. In all seriousness, a man with a gun trying to escape ...
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  • Dunmore, Lackawanna County Drug Charges

    || 27-Sep-2009

    The Times-Tribune reports that when Dunmore police visited an apartment on Veterans Drive on Friday night to investigate a robbery, they did not find the alleged robber they sought, but did find drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. After obtaining a warrant, the police discovered cocaine, heroin, marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia inside the apartment. They arrested six people, ...
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  • The Times-Tribune reports that police have arrested three members of the Bloods street gang, including two West Scranton High School students, on criminal homicide charges. The three young men - ages 17, 18 and 25 - were sent to Lackawanna County Prison without bail. West Scranton High School's website states that the school "is a microcosm of the community it serves." This likely is ...
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  • Northumberland County, Hanover Township Burglary

    || 20-Aug-2009

    The Citizens Voice reports today that police are seeking two men who stole a car and crashed it into the Nimrod Haven Sporting Goods store on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township, Northumberland County, and who then stole "a large quantity" of handguns and fled. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting local police with their investigation and is helping the ...
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  • Monroe County Juvenile Crimes

    || 6-Jul-2009

    This post about Monroe County juvenile crimes is really an addendum to an earlier entry. I recently wrote about two students from Monroe County who were accused of weapons charges. While the news media contained details about the first offender, it said little about the second, as he was 15 years old, and therefore subject to the juvenile criminal justice system. When juveniles under the age of 18 ...
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  • Monroe County Weapons Charges

    || 5-Jul-2009

    This past June, two students from the Monroe County Pleasant Valley School District were accused of weapons charges. An 18-year-old student was accused of bringing a.38-caliber handgun to the high school and leaving it in a parked car. During a metal detector search, a 15-year-old student was allegedly found with a 7.5 inch knife. Though neither student committed an act of violence or even of ...
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