Arrests Near in Card Cloning Scheme

Police are close to arresting multiple suspects as a result of a scheme to clone the new electronic fare cards which the Port Authority has issued.

In an investigation which he describes as ongoing, Detective Kevin Atkins said that at least four of the new electronic fare cards, called ConnectCards, were duplicated. He declined to comment on just how many copies were made or how often the cards were used. According to Detective Atkins police have identified several suspects who police believe are involved in the scheme, and arrests are pending.

The ConnectCards, which are part of a $41 million dollar upgrade to the transportation system, are thought to be far more secure than previous fare systems. The cards have computer chips which store fare information, and can hold value for travelers who wish to purchase a weekly, monthly, or annual passes. The cloned cards are said to be of the weekly, monthly, and annual variety.

One benefit of the new system is that it allows authorities to better detect abnormal usage patterns. Authorities believe that the counterfeit cards are being sold for a profit.

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10 Faith Leaders Arrested while Protesting UMPC

Members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network staged a protest at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday, which resulted in 10 members of the group being arrested.

The protestors arrived at UPMC with the stated intention of meeting with the medical center’s CEO Jeffrey Romoff in order to discuss ways to seek wage increases for UPMC employees. The group was refused entrance to the building, and then blocked the entrance in protest. Police were called and 10 of the Interfaith Network members were arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  They were later charged with trespassing.

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network is part of a roughly 18 month ongoing series of protests at UPMC aimed at helping employees unionize. This latest incident is likely to further fuel the protests, and one reverend with the movement has already stated the subsequent protests will be “larger than they anticipate.”

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.

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More Child Porn Charges for Westmoreland Man

A Westmoreland County man, who was already facing child pornography charges, is now facing additional charges as police continue to investigate the case.

The 36 year old suspect was originally caught in a sting by the state’s Child Predator Unit as it investigated an online network which facilitated the exchange of child pornography. After being identified and located in connection with the investigation, the suspect was allegedly found to have a remote control system in his house, which he used to activate a webcam in the room of a 15 year old girl who lived with him.  Police say that he used the webcam to record the girl undressing.

After searching the man’s computer, police allegedly found about 100 child porn videos, which resulted in additional charges. They also found evidence that the man was secretly recording the girl who lived with him. His relationship to her has not been revealed.

The man is being held on $150,000 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.

Pittsburgh Area Father Arrested on DUI in Accident that Killed Daughter

A Pittsburgh area man has been arrested for drunk driving following a devastating freak accident which killed his 12 year old daughter.

The man and his family had returned home after dropping off a boy with whom his 12 year old daughter had just gone on her first date. Upon pulling into the driveway, the man exited his vehicle in order to take a photo to commemorate the moment. As his daughter began to exit the vehicle, it began to roll backward, and the girl became entangled in the seatbelt. As the car rolled backwards it rolled over the girl, and then dragged her down the road until it struck a tree.

The incident, which occurred at about 8:00pm, killed the girl. The officer on the scene said that the father refused to submit to a Breathalyzer, but was subsequently arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

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.

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Underage Drinking an Epidemic in College Towns

Many Pittsburgh Colleges are now recognizing the rampant underage drinking epidemic spreading amongst their student body.  Some campus administrators are taking a proactive approach by educating students on the dangers of underage drinking during initial new student orientation and continue with follow up seminars and speaking engagements from criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors to reinforce the message of how damaging an underage drinking conviction can be to the career of a new college graduate.

What to do when you receive a Citation for Underage Drinking

First things first: do not plead guilty. Contact a Criminal Defense attorney at once. The longer you wait to talk with an attorney, the more witnesses disappear and the less time you and your attorney have to formulate a defense and a strategy to work for a dismissal of the citation.

Yes, a citation for underage drinking is graded as a summary offense and can eventually be expunged from your record if you are found guilty. However, do you really want to explain to future employers and loan officers the circumstances surrounding why you received the citation? Probably not. That is why it is never advisable to plead guilty to the citation without speaking with legal counsel.

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