Grandmother Arrested on Marijuana Sales Related Charges

A 64 year old grandmother from Saver has been arrested on charges of selling marijuana that she sourced from California.

The woman, who is said to have sold upwards of 100 pounds of marijuana, is alleged to have received marijuana in shipments of 30 to 40 pounds apiece, and then sold each pound for $3,400. Police say that a search of her house revealed almost $400,000 in cash, 64 pounds of marijuana, as well as psychedelic mushrooms and hashish. Police allege that the woman has been selling marijuana for at least five years.

After her arrest the woman is quoted as saying that her only crime was doing what she could in order to raise her children without having to draw public assistance. The woman’s daughter also came to her defense, insisting that police should focus their efforts on more serious criminals such as murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. She noted that, in her opinion, it does not make sense to put a non-violent offender in the same place as such violent people.

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.

Share and Save for a Safe #MemorialDay Weekend! #Pittsburgh #Morgantown

Winter is over and another Memorial Day Weekend is upon us!

While you enjoy time with your family, watch the parades, fireworks, take a swim or just relax while enjoying a ballgame, please take a moment to remember the many Men and Women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Please enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend, but do so responsibly: Please Don’t Drink and Drive or Text and Drive!

Many trained officers and law enforcement officials will be out and about searching for signs of impairment or other unlawful activities and will not hesitate to arrest you for a DUI, Public Intoxication, Underage DrinkingFake ID, Public Urination, Disorderly Conduct or other Traffic Offenses.

Before you leave the house or hit the road to meet friends at a bar, please take a moment to designate a driver for a SAFE evening.  Also, please SAVE these Taxi Service numbers into your cellphone before you start the festivities:

Yellow Cab, Morgantown, WV – (304) 292-7441

Yellow Cab, Pittsburgh, Pa – (412) 321-8100

JB Taxi Service – Beaver County, Pa – 724-658-1444

C & H Taxi – Charleston, WV (304) 344-4902

Greensburg, Pa – Yellow Cab – (724) 838-0700

@DubVSafeRide  – Morgantown WV – – 304-777-9996

If you plan to remain home this weekend to relax and this message really isn’t for you, please SHARE with your contacts or repost with your network so that others will have the information before hitting the town this weekend.

 

Death Penalty Decision Making Questioned

When it comes to perusing the death penalty, all cases are not created equal. Many cases which have seemed to have similar characteristics on the surface have resulted in prosecutors perusing differing strategies, in some cases the death penalty and in other cases lesser penalties.

For example, in March 2013 a suspect allegedly shot three people, killing one and injuring two others. In that case prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, but sought a first degree murder conviction instead. About two weeks earlier two men are alleged to have shot two people who had just left a bar. One was killed and the other was injured. But unlike the first case, prosecutors decided to seek the death penalty against both men in the second case.

One of the differences between the suspect in the first case and the suspects in the second case is that the first case has a white suspect, while the suspects in the second case are black. Now the attorney for the men charged in the second case is asking if race has something to do with the prosecutor’s decision to seek the death penalty against his client, and has asked Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski to force prosecutors to provide him with details on the decision making process.

Though the black suspects’ attorney cites at least two other high profile cases in which white suspects escaped death penalty cases, prosecutors insist that he has failed to show any pattern of discrimination.

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.

Commercial Pilot in Federal Custody for Sexual Assault

An Oakdale man is in federal prison as a result of an alleged visit he paid to a 15 year Ohio girl in December, which resulted in sexual activity. According to the FBI the man, who is a commercial pilot, met the girl online and traveled to West Virginia in order to have sex with her. It was not immediately clear why the girl was in West Virginia.

The accused, who is a pilot for Republic Airlines, allegedly met the 15 year old girl on a website called MeetMe.com in December. During online chatting the victim revealed to him that she was 15 years old. The two allegedly met in person and engaged in sexual activity in December, but the girl’s mother became suspicious when the girl came home early after saying she was going to stay with a friend for the night. The girl’s mother also noticed that her daughter smelled like men’s cologne. The girl’s mother then notified authorities about the situation, which led to the 28 year old pilot’s arrest.

When FBI agents raided the home of the accused on February 7, they searched his cell phone for evidence of the crime. In his cellphone the man had allegedly listed the girl as “Ohio 15,” an indication of his knowledge of her age. His text message record also allegedly indicated that he had contacted the girl for a second meeting the day before the FBI raid.

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.

 

Pittsburgh McDonald’s Worker Arrested for Allegedly Selling Drugs at Work

Pittsburgh police have announced the arrest of a Pennsylvania man in connection with a novel way of selling the drug heroin. According to police documents, the man is said to have used his job working at  McDonald’s to distribute the drug to his customers, who would come to the restaurant’s drive-through window in order to buy make the purchase.

The 28 year old accused is alleged to have concocted a scheme in which customers looking to purchase heroin would come to the McDonald’s drive-through and say “I would like to order a toy.” They would then go to the first window and pay for the drugs, which would be delivered in a Happy Meal box. The drivers would then leave the restaurant instead of moving forward to the second drive-through window.

The alleged scheme unraveled after the arrest of one of the accused’s customers. The 26 year old woman was stopped by police and found to have 10 bags of heroin. After an interrogation the woman notified police of the scheme. Police then used a confidential informant to make a heroin purchase from the accused, which occurred in the parking lot of the McDonald’s.

At the time of his arrest the accused was on early release from a three-year prison sentence after a possession with intent to deliver conviction. He is now facing charges including possession of heroin and delivery of heroin.

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.

Homewood Shootout Leads to 2 Arrests

A shootout in Homewood early Wednesday has resulted in the arrest of two Pittsburgh residents, police said.  A man and a woman were arrested as a result of the incident, which occurred with a police officer close enough to hear the gun shots.

Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Charles Henderson was in the Homewood area early Wednesday morning, when he heard multiple shots at about 1:30 a.m. He then noticed an SUV driving toward him with its lights turned off, and stopped the vehicle. Sgt. Henderson noticed that the car had been “involved in a gunfight,” as there were “multiple bullet wounds on the car.”

Sgt. Henderson questioned occupants of the vehicle, a man and a woman, about the incident. Upon further investigation the man was found to be wearing a military grade bulletproof vest, and was also found to be on house arrest and facing several arrest warrants in another county. The woman was found to be in possession of a firearm. Both the man and the woman were arrested in connection with the shootout.

Upon further investigation police found 21 bullet shell casings along Kelly Street in Homewood. Though several cars were hit by the shots, no one was reported injured. Police believe that there were other people involved in the shootout, and continue to search for anyone else who may have been involved.

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 School Worker Charged with Seeking Sex with a Minor

A repair man for a charter school in Pittsburgh has been arrested and charged with seeking sex from a minor.

The 62 year-old accused allegedly placed at least one ad on popular classifieds website Craigslist.com, looking for someone to engage in sexual fantasies with him. The ad, which stated that age was no barrier, came to the attention of city vice officers, who began a conversation with the man while posing as a 14 year old girl. According to police, after some time chatting, the man asked for an in-person meeting.

Police say the man tried to hide his identity by using Wi-Fi connections at businesses such as McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Police eventually lured the man to a home that he thought was the residence of the under aged girl. It was there that he was arrested.

In their investigation police will try to determine if the man has been in communication with, or has had sexual contact with any other minors. According to the police report the man has already admitted to authorities that he possesses pornographic images of children on his computer.

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 Pittsburgh Area Women Arrested For Stealing Puppy From Animal Shelter

Surveillance video at the Animal Rescue League in Homewood captured images of two 25-year-old women stealing a puppy earlier this week. The women, one from Homestead and the other from West Mifflin, were arrested and charged with retail theft after the two-month-old pit bull Labrador mixed puppy was found at the Homestead woman’s house. The puppy was reportedly unharmed and the executive director of the Animal Rescue League stated that it was being returned to the shelter by police. The West Homestead police officer who found the puppy reported that the two women entered the shelter on Tuesday afternoon around 3:30pm and walked out with the puppy under one of their coats about 20 minutes later.

After entering the shelter with a young child and writing their names on a ledger at the main kennel area – which were later deemed illegible – they informed employees that they wanted to adopt a dog. They expressed interest in the puppy that they later stole, and after employees at the shelter informed the women that the puppy would cost $300, one of the women, according to the surveillance video, distracted employees while the other put the canine under her coat. A routine inventory check was done at the end of the night and it was then that the puppy was found to be missing. It is believed that the women were looking to sell the dog.

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.

Ten People Admit To Dealing Heroin in Clarksburg and Morgantown

According to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II, ten people have admitted to dealing heroin in Clarksburg and Morgantown. Three people – one male and two females – ranging in age from 22 to 33 will appear before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull and have pled guilty to distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of Pierpont Community and Technical College. Another female co-defendant pled not guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. The defendants are from Pittsburgh, Bridgeport, Hepzibah, and Walkersville. The male defendant and one of the female defendants are in custody while another is free on bond. They all face sentences ranging from 20 to 40 years in prison.

In Morgantown, two male defendants ages 26 and 29, both residents of Morgantown, pled guilty to charges of distribution of heroin. Four more defendants – one female and three males – ranging in age from 26 to 32 pled guilty to distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of West Virginia University and the Tot Lot playground at Marjorie Gardens. Their sentences are also expected to range between 20 and 40 years. The tenth defendant, a 29-year-old male from Morgantown, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute as well as to distribute oxycodone. The suspect faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and is currently free on bond.

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.

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