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Will Alleged Chop Shop in Orwigsburg Implicate Innocent Customers?

Orwigsburg police report they arrested a man believed to be running an automotive chop shop out of a local garage on Thursday, October 13. Although this may be good news for local car owners feeling nervous after a recent rash of thefts, it could prove worrisome for innocent folks who might have unwittingly benefited from… Read More »

U.S. Marshals Service Captures Scranton Shooting Subject

The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced that its Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect in a daylight shooting in Scranton, PA. Nyriq Johnson, 21, was at liberty for just one day before Deputy U.S. Marshals, task force officers, and members of the Scranton Police Department located and arrested him without incident. Johnson is charged with… Read More »

Ephrata Dad Allegedly Admits Supplying Heroin to Teen Daughter

The father of a 16-year-old Ephrata, PA girl who overdosed on heroin has admitted to buying the drug and giving it to his daughter, according to the police complaint. Kerry Lynn Long, 35, also of Ephrata, was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession with intent… Read More »

Youth Pastor’s Affair with Teen Results in More Than 160 Charges

A 35-year-old youth pastor in New Paris, PA, whose seven-month-long affair with a 15-year-old student resulted in her becoming pregnant, now faces more than 160 charges of sexual assault. Wesley Blackburn, a married father of five and youth pastor at the Faith Brethren Bible Church, reportedly confessed the relationship to his wife and asked for… Read More »

Does a Prosecutor or Criminal Defense Lawyer have an obligation to ask for a STAY of Civil Action pending a resolution of Criminal Charges?

The answer should be obvious, YES. However, this is far from the reality. In fact the prevailing opinion from DA’s is: “It’s your headache”. Even more frightening is the fact that more than a few Prosecutors and District Attorneys are not even aware of the fact they have both the standing and authority to walk… Read More »

They didn’t read me my Miranda Warnings…

I receive a number of calls from potential clients who start their narrative off by making the above statement. From the sound of their voice they are hoping that they won the lottery or found a magic bullet to make everything that happened after they made a statement disappear. Unfortunately, it is rarely that simple…. Read More »

The Consequences of Parole Violations in Pennsylvania

After being released from prison, an individual goes through a reintegration period called parole. During that time, parolees have certain conditions they must meet before being deemed ready to fully re-enter society. In a sense, the parole period acts as a test, and only by meeting all of the requirements can a person pass. Parolees… Read More »

Could a Misdemeanor Conviction Impact a Green Card Renewal?

If you are a U.S. immigrant living in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and are convicted of a crime, it could affect your immigration status. This is especially true if your green card is up for renewal sometime soon, as the presence of a criminal offense on your record could be reason enough for your application… Read More »

What Does the Department of Homeland Security Do on a Daily Basis?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was founded just over a decade ago as a means of making the United States more secure domestically. The DHS works with various state, local and tribal governments, first responders, community groups and other entities to counter any domestic threats the country faces and to respond to and recover… Read More »

DUI and Alcohol-Related Crash Statistics in Pennsylvania

Although the frequency of alcohol-related driving offenses and crashes has declined somewhat in recent years, drunk driving remains one of the more common legal issues in Pennsylvania. The following are some statistics related to DUI in the state from 2013, the most recent year for which there is complete data: Crashes involving the use of… Read More »