Category Archives: Pittsburgh Conspiracy Lawyer

30 Arrested and Indicted in Major #HeroinBust #Pittsburgh

In a major bust, authorities have dismantled an alleged gang which is said to have sold millions of dollars worth of heroin in Pennsylvania.

Various members of the alleged gang, which authorities say called itself “Bricks-R-Us” (B.R.U.), were arrested this week in Monroeville. According to U.S. Attorney David Hickton, the group sold vast quantities of the drug from Newark, N.J. to Pittsburgh, and also in Armstrong and Cambria counties.

Agents arrested 30 people in an early morning and afternoon sweep on Thursday, and are continuing to seek 14 additional individuals. The raids involved over 200 police and law enforcement agents representing dozens of local, state, and federal agencies. Several of the defendants are said to be minors under the age of 18.

The recent explosion of deaths of people who have used heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful and extremely dangerous narcotic, has resulted in increasing crackdowns by Pennsylvania authorities.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

Lawrenceville Marijuana Grow-house Burglary Bust Leads to Three Arrests. #Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police allegedly discovered a large marijuana grow in the city this week, in a bust which resulted in three arrests.

Pittsburgh police allege that a marijuana grow operation, containing over 300 plants, was discovered in Lawrenceville. Police say that the grow was located in a commercial building, at the intersection of Davison Street and Urbana Way, on the second floor. Apparently police were led to the grow as a result of an early morning 911 call on Thursday, which reported a burglary in process at the location.

Upon arrival police allegedly encountered two suspects, ages 30 and 31, burglarizing bags of marijuana from the building, and a third suspect, age 34, waiting in the area as the getaway driver.

The men face various charges, including possession with intent to distribute, burglary, and possessing instruments of crime.

Police say that an investigation is ongoing to determine who was growing the marijuana.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

#Pittsburgh Police Make Four Arrests in Alleged Beaver Co. #MethLab Case

Police in Beaver County took part in the raid of an alleged meth lab in the county this week, leading to four arrests.

Franklin Township police, working with Pennsylvania State Police, arrested four suspects Wednesday who are alleged to have been running a meth lab out of an area home. According to a local resident, the raid involved SWAT vehicles and approximately 30 to 35 officers. The raid, which was conducted at 123 South Hazen Avenue, allegedly netted three men and one woman, all in their 20s and 30s.

The neighbor says that he found the house suspicious due to high levels of activity at all times of the day and night.

Police have not released the names of the accused or the charges they face. Most likely, some, if not all, will face felony charges of possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

 

Pittsburgh Area Mom and Her Three Teens Arrested on Drug Charges

A Pittsburgh area mother and her three teenage children were arrested on drug related charges.

The 50 year-old mother, along with her 17 year old son and two teenage daughters, were at all their home near the intersection of Huxley and Sutherland Streets when Zone Six narcotics detectives arrived on the scene with a search warrant. Police say that the mother was involved in the drug trade, and had involved her three teenage children. Inside the home police allegedly found cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, as well as $2000 in cash. Police also say they recovered an unknown quantity of firearms at the residence.

The bust comes as a result of increased anti-crime efforts by police in Zone Six. The area has reportedly seen an increase in crime over the past several weeks, including multiple shootings in the West End.

At the time of this posting, the Mother and her children were awaiting a Preliminary Hearing to Contest the charges lodged against them.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Two Women Charged with Hoagie-Fundraiser Scam in Carrick

Two Pittsburgh area women were recently arrested on charges that they fraudulently offered local residents the opportunity to purchase hoagie sandwiches, which were to be delivered at a later time. It turns out that the offer was a complete scam.

Police allege that a 27 year-old Pittsburgh woman went door to door in Carrick, pre-selling hoagie sandwiches to residents for $6.00 a piece. It turns out that the woman, who told the residents that she was selling the sandwiches as part of a fundraiser, was allegedly perpetrating a scam. Police also allege that a 31 year-old area woman was also involved in the scheme. In all, approximately just 100 sales were made.

Police are attempting to make a list of all for women’s victims. Possible charges could include theft by deception, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Castle Doctrine Defense: Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer Obtains Acquittal on Washington County Homicide

The Pittsburgh Criminal Law firm of FrankWalkerLaw obtained an acquittal on Homicide Charges in a widely publicized Murder Trial involving Self-Defense.

The central issue was whether a decorated Afghanistan and Iraqi veteran, Brandon Thomas, was found NOT GUILTY of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Third Degree Murder or Voluntary Homicide when he shot and killed Vaughn Simonelli.  To reach their verdict, the Washington County Jury had to determine whether Mr. Thomas was justified in his actions or whether his actions were protected under the Castle Doctrine Law of Pennsylvania.

Generally, to establish the defense of self-defense, or defense of others, it must be shown that a) the slayer, or the other he seeks to protect, was free from fault in provoking or continuing the difficulty which resulted in the slaying; b) that the slayer must have reasonably believed that he [or the other he seeks to protect] was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm, and that there was a necessity to use such force in order to save himself [or the other] therefrom; and c) the slayer [or the other he seeks to protect] did not violate any duty to retreat or to avoid the danger.

If there is any evidence from whatever source that will support these three elements then the decision as to whether the claim is a valid one is left to the jury and the jury must be charged properly thereon by the trial court.

However, the case of Commonwealth v. Brandon Thomas is unique because it was the first case where the Castle Doctrine was raised as a defense in addition to the general rule of Self-Defense or Justification.

The Castle Doctrine of Pennsylvania provides that an actor is presumed to have a reasonable belief that deadly force is immediately necessary to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping or sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat if both of the following conditions exist: The person against whom the force is used is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcefully entered and is present within, a dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle; or the person against whom the force is used is or is attempting to unlawfully and forcefully remove another against that other’s will from the dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle.

In Commonwealth v. Thomas, the Defense established through witness and scientific evidence that Mr. Thomas was in his car during the time of the shooting and that the assailant, Vaughn Simonelli, was unlawfully attacking Mr. Thomas through the window of of his vehicle. Applying the law of self defense and Castle Doctrine Defense, the jury was free to presume that the Defendant’s force used against Vaughn Simonelli was lawful and accordingly found Mr. Thomas justified and acquitted him of Murder and Manslaughter charges. 

Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer Frank Walker was satisfied with the verdict and simply stated, “The jury heard the facts and found that Vaughn Simonelli attacked Mr. Thomas, Mr. Thomas retreated to his car and was attacked again by Vaughn Simonelli when he attempted to enter and attack Mr. Thomas through his car window. Mr. Thomas used whatever force was necessary to defend himself against the attack and the jury found the same.”

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

 

Leniency Sought For Former City Of Pittsburgh Employee Charged With Bid Rigging

Lawyers for a former City of Pittsburgh employee who is accused of rigging bids for city contracts have stated that they believe the accused will receive probation. The bid-rigging that was conducted by the employee was found as part of an investigation by federal authorities into the city’s operations. The defendant’s lawyers claim that the city of Pittsburgh was not “materially” harmed by the bid-rigging efforts because in the end, the city selected the lowest bidder which it always does in these situations. And the work for which it was contracted was performed according to that contract.

The defendant pleaded guilty in December of 2012 to helping to defraud the United States government out of grant money by making the claim that one of the contracting companies was a female-owned business, when it in fact was not. The claim led to a contract for the business, which saw the city pay out $327,000 for the installation of laptops into Pittsburgh police cars. The defendant herself was paid $6,000 for her efforts in helping to win the contract, by rigging the bid with the false claim about the owners of the company.

The owner of the company has pled guilty to charges of conspiracy, bribery, and mail fraud, and was sentenced last month to three years of probation. Other investigations stemming from the initial federal probe into the rigged bidding led to the discovery of indiscretions within police bureau operations, as well as the resignation of the former Pittsburgh Chief of Police.

The defendant also was charged with tapping into secret police accounts for personal use, and failure to file income tax returns, charges to which she has pled guilty.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.