Sunday, January 13, 2013
Fear of gun control measures and safety concerns after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have triggered gun sales.
As some people push for gun control, more stringent background checks on gun buyers or reinstituting the assault weapons ban, others are doing just the opposite—buying guns for the first time, adding more guns to their arsenals or at least stocking up on ammunition. Since 2008, when Barack Obama was first elected president, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States, according to the Kansas City Star—more than were sold in almost seven years before his first election. Nationwide, more than 2.7 million of those checks were recorded for December 2012, according to statistics kept by the FBI. Since late 1998, when federal law began mandating checks for prospective gun buyers, the only other month that exceeded …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The FBI warns that internet fraud is especially prevalent during the holiday shopping season.
The following information is provided by the FBI: At this time of year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds consumers to be wary of Internet fraud during the holiday shopping season. Here are a few of the scams to look out for: The FBI's #1 tip to avoid being a victim of cyber scams: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Click here to read more from the FBI about the newest E-Scams & warnings. Click here to see which retailers are offering Cyber Monday specials. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Friday, May 4, 2012
The Condor Lane home needed to be cleared of hazardous materials after an investigation Saturday.
The Treesdale home that was investigated Saturday by a multitude of law enforcement officers for potential explosives and drugs is now safe for habitation, said Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann. "The house is safe; the neighborhood is safe," Amann said Friday afternoon while awaiting the arrival of a truck that would transport chemicals from the home in the 2000 block of Condor Lane in Pine Township. Signs had been posted on the front door of the home, which is owned by model Theresa Gaugler, that prohibited anyone from entering until a hazmat team cleaned it. Those signs were removed today. "A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location on April 28, 2012…
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating 16 bomb threats made on Pitt's campus in the past month.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is asking for the public’s help as investigators try to find who is initiating the numerous bomb threats on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus over the past month. David Hickton, who is the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said the safety of students, staff and faculty at Pitt are “a top priority” and investigators are working aggressively to stop the multiple bomb threats that are becoming a daily occurrence. He said the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Pitt police are “actively pursuing the source or sources of (the) threats,” but he would not expand on any leads investigators might have. The campus in Oakland has received at least 16 bomb threats in multiple buildings on …
Monday, September 26, 2011
U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton is among the speakers discussing violent crime and gang activity.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Hundreds of law enforcement members, school administrators, human service professionals, and community leaders from Western Pennsylvania will meet Wednesday to discuss violent crime and gang activity during the sixth annual Regional Gang Awareness Conference. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance Center on Cranberry Woods Drive in Cranberry Township. The conference goal is to enhance partnerships that effectively combat gangs and to develop methods of information sharing and case development. This year’s speakers include: The Regional Gang Awareness Conference brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and community members in the fight against violent street crime. The …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Bradley J. Schrott faces up to 10 years in prison.
A Mars man was charged earlier this month with possession of child pornography, said United States Attorney David J. Hickton. According to an indictment presented to a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Bradley J. Schrott, 28, of 100 Crowe Avenue, had still images and videos containing child pornography in his computer graphics files. Schrott faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the sentence imposed would be based on the seriousness of the offense and prior criminal history. The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Block will prosecute Schrott on behalf of the government.