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June 2014 Archives

Teen charged in head-on crash

A Pennsylvania teenager has been charged in a car accident that resulted in the death of a 65-year-old woman. The driver, a 19-year-old woman, was driving on Route 145 in North Whitehall Township on April 12 when she allegedly crossed over the yellow lines and into the path of oncoming traffic. Her vehicle hit the older woman's car. The vehicle contained one passenger, a minor. All three people were hospitalized after both drivers had to be pried out of their vehicles by emergency crews.

Man attempts to grab trooper's firearm after DUI arrest

Getting arrested for drunk driving can be a frustrating situation due to the consequences associated with this crime. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, upon a first offense, those arrested for drunk driving may be required to pay a $300 fine, participate in a year of probation and attend alcohol safety school. For every additional DUI arrest, the penalties increase. For example, after two or more DUIs, drunk drivers may be charged with anywhere from 10 days to two years in prison, the requirement to pay a fine worth several thousand dollars and may have to use an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for a year.

Man admits pornographic relationship with minor online

Many people in Pennsylvania believe that what they view, post, or who they interact with online is completely private. However, this is not always the case. For instance, in Pennsylvania viewing or receiving child pornography is a crime that is punishable on both the state and federal level. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, under federal law, images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment and are considered illegal contraband. This includes any images that are viewed or created online or taken and then uploaded to the internet or another electronic device.

Head-on collision takes the life of Pennsylvania man

On June 12 in Jefferson Township, a 23-year-old man from Bernville was driving a Volkswagen north on Route 183 around 2:30 a.m. According to police, he was traveling at a high rate of speed. Witnesses that happened to be driving behind the Volkswagon stated that he was weaving and driving off of the roadway. At one point, he overcorrected when re-entering the highway, crashing head-on into a southbound vehicle. A 43-year-old man from Bernville was driving the other vehicle, a 2013 Ford F-150.

Men accused of forging documents using stolen identities

Identity theft is a crime which authorities in Pennsylvania take very seriously. However, penalties vary depending on the value of the stolen property. For example, according to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if the total value of stolen property is $2,000 or more, it is considered a third-degree felony punishable by up to $15,000 in fines and seven years in prison on the state level. Identity theft crimes will also be considered a felony in the third degree, regardless of the value of the property, if the actions were part of a criminal conspiracy.

Blind woman files suit after falling on uneven sidewalk

A Philadelphia woman claims that she was injured in a 2012 incident due to the negligence of a construction crew and filed suit on June 5. According to the report, the woman, who is blind, stated that the construction crew that was working on a sidewalk failed to properly block or rope off the section that was under construction.

Injured worker agrees to $16.3 million settlement

A 47-year-old construction worker who lost his leg while working on a renovation project at a landmark Philadelphia building has recently agreed to settle his lawsuit against four defendants, including the project's general contractor. The workplace accident also left the man confined to a wheelchair with a crushed left foot. He claims that he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder. The man will receive $16.3 million according to the terms of the settlement, which was announced on May 28.

Man arrested in Pennsylvania for keeping heroin in his car

Drug crimes are punishable on both the state and federal level. In particular, possession of drugs, like marijuana, prescription drugs and other narcotics, is a crime that is associated with consequences in Philadelphia like fines, jail time and the possibility of a permanent criminal record.

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