Feds: Hughestown Cop Sold Drugs On Duty

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When federal agents confronted Hughestown police officer Robert F. Evans Jr. on Thursday about dealing powerful painkillers while on duty and in full uniform, he told them he wanted to cooperate.

Evans admitted obtaining oxycodone pills from a friend and through a prescription, selling the pills over the past year, and driving a client to Wilkes-Barre in a Hughestown police cruiser so the client could buy illegal drugs, according to an affidavit released Friday by the FBI after agents charged the officer.

Read the affidavit

“I dealt pills with a gun on my hip,” Evans told investigators, the affidavit said.

Read more:   http://citizensvoice.com/news/feds-hughestown-cop-sold-drugs-on-duty-1.1530751

Investigators: Man Caught Dealing Heroin Along Route 209 In Poconos

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Monroe County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Monroe County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Dingman’s Ferry man has been charged with dealing heroin in the Poconos after detectives caught him selling the drug and trying to sell more, investigators said.

Steven A. Kern, 30, was spotted the night of July 18 getting into a vehicle outside a closed business on Route 209 in Smithfield Township, east of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County investigators said.

A county detective recognized Kern as the man who had sold 10 bags of heroin to undercover members of the county Drug Task Force earlier the same night, investigators said.

Detectives talked with Kern and the vehicle’s driver and determined they were planning another drug transaction in which Kern was to be the middle man, investigators said.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-n-poconos-heroin-arrest-kern-20130801,0,2253639.story#ixzz2agP6UAdd
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Police Nab 2 Suspected Drug Dealers In Columbia

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two suspected heroin dealers were arrested during an aggressive driver detail in Columbia on Friday, police said.

Columbia Borough police were conducting the detail on Route 30 East at the Route 441 overpass.

Officers stopped a silver 2012 Mazda sedan traveling 82 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said.  They discovered that Norristown police reported the vehicle as stolen on July 14.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/876213_Police-nab-2-suspected-drug-dealers-in-Columbia.html#ixzz2aIXfJM4B

Crime Fears Spark Wilkes-Barre Woman To Speak Out

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE — Her parents’ house on Gates Street is next door, yet Darla Carey doesn’t walk there by herself at night.

Car break-ins in her neighborhood, including her husband Dan’s, strangers passing by on the sidewalks and fear that crime has overrun the city have compelled her to take precautions for her safety and that of her family.

“We keep our porch lights on all night,” Carey said.  On those nights when she walks the 20 feet from her front door to her parents’, she said, “Dan walks me over.”

Carey echoes what some other people have been saying about an increase in crime and the city administration’s apparent refusal to acknowledge and deal with it.  In a David-and-Goliath moment last week, the diminutive mother of four grown children and a grandchild scolded Mayor Tom Leighton before a packed city council meeting for appearing not to care about the safety of the residents.

Read more:   http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/689201/Crime-fears-spark-W-B-woman-to-speak-out

Prostitution, Drug Arrests Made In Wilkes-Barre Sting

WILKES-BARRE — Twelve people have been charged with prostitution and drug offenses during a three-day sting operation city police conducted with state police.

The sting began Monday and ended Wednesday, with police focusing on activity on South Franklin, South Main, North Main, Sambourne, Academy, Wood and Wyoming streets and Carey Avenue, according to a press release Thursday.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news//687836/Prostitution-drug-arrests-made-in-W-B-sting

‘Drug Houses’ Seized Under Hazleton Plan

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Now that clearly sends a message that drug dealers aren’t welcome in Hazleton!

HAZLETON, PA — In addition to potentially losing her freedom, a woman arrested in a drug raid Friday also could lose her home under a new initiative of the Hazleton Police Department.

After police served a search warrant at 134 Pine Tree Road and arrested the three people inside, a city official posted a dark red sign in the front door window with the word “CONDEMNED.”

“The new idea actually has been on the books for quite some time — using the city’s nuisance property ordinance” to clean up neighborhoods, Police Chief Frank DeAndrea said at a press conference at City Hall Friday afternoon.  “And since the mayor has put code enforcement and the health department under the supervision of the police department, I thought we would attempt to take a new approach.”

When advised Thursday of the operation planned for Friday by his narcotics unit lieutenant, DeAndrea called Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and requested her view on the city condemning the Pine Tree Road house “because it’s unsafe for human cohabitation, it’s a danger to the community,” DeAndrea said.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/394624/Drug-houses-seized-under-Hazleton-plan

Pottstown SWAT Incident: Three In Custody

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN, PA — Two men and a juvenile were arrested early Thursday morning after Pottstown police and the Ches-Mont Emergency Response Team served a “high risk” warrant at a York Street apartment and found guns and drugs inside, according to court papers.

Kahlil Brockington, 18, of 6504 Grays Ave., Philadelphia, Maurice Burruss, of 107 N. York St., Pottstown, and a juvenile who was not identified by police or in court records were taken into custody.

Brockington was charged with felony drug offenses and related offenses and arraigned before District Judge Scott T. Palladino Thursday afternoon.  He was sent to Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.

Burruss, who also faces felony drug and related offenses, will be arraigned at a later date, police said, explaining he has a medical condition.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20121102/NEWS01/121109961/(updated)-pottstown-swat-incident-three-in-custody&pager=full_story

What Will It Take To Make Pottstown Safe??

Less than a week after a historic meeting at Invictus Ministries, to address the recent wave of shootings in Pottstown, another shooting occurred Sunday afternoon! 

In broad daylight, a young man was shot after being “dropped off” in Pottstown’s central historic neighborhood.  This youth was evidently from “out of town”.  That raises all kinds of questions and could be another article.

With an admitted “drug war” being waged to control Pottstown, where does this leave us, the residents of Pottstown?  We were told Wednesday, that as citizens, we are not doing enough to aid police.  We need to step it up and report crime when we see it.  Okay, I will admit citizens need to be involved and help the police.  However, this situation seems to be beyond the scope of our own police department so “citizen involvement” at this juncture is fairly dangerous other than anonymous reporting of crime. 

If these “gangs” are willing to shoot someone in broad daylight it tells me they are fairly confident they can get away with it.  They are not afraid of our local law enforcement.  This brazen attitude would suggest we need to enlist additional help.  More preventive measures need to be put in place.  Telling people “if we put more police on the streets we will have to raise your taxes” is not a strategy.  Sorry, that is just lame.  If our taxes can not give us adequate police protection, we need to consider other creative solutions like outsourcing or mergers.  We need to be PROACTIVE, not reactive.

I urge our leadership to think outside the box.  People would be relieved if the State Police or other additional law enforcement professionals were enlisted to supplement our police department until this crisis is over.  What we are doing is not working.  This problem will continue until these criminals get a clear message they are not wanted in Pottstown and their lives will be made a living hell if they come here and ply their trade.  

There is no shame in asking for help!!!  Continuing to blame unarmed and untrained taxpayers is not going to solve this problem!

Other Pottstown blogs have commented on this subject as well:

http://savepottstown.com/2010/11/14-year-old-boy-victim-of-latest-pottstown-shooting/

http://codebluepulse.blogspot.com/2010/11/its-time-to-declare-state-of-emergency.html

http://sanatogapost.com/2010/11/22/reportage-and-commentary-on-sundays-pottstown-shooting/

Important Meeting Alert!!!!!

If you are sick and tired of the criminal element causing violence in Pottstown and would like to do something to make your voice heard, please read below and mark your calendar for this important meeting!

October 7th, 7:00 PM

Pottstown Diner – 99 W. King St. (corner of King and Rt.100) in the Banquet Room
 
Speaker:  Local Attorney, Adam Sager
 
Mercury Headlines:  

Shots Fired Monday in Pottstown, Two Homes Hit…

Pottstown Man Describes Shooting Home Intruder…

Pottstown Police Seek Info on Brutal Home Invasion…

Pottstown Drug Dealer Convicted of More Crimes…

We all know that this is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG

ENOUGH.  We deserve to feel safe, to keep our families safe and to enjoy our homes and neighborhoods without fear.
  
Homeowners, concerned investors, business owners and concerned renters WE CAN take back our neighborhood. Listen to Mr. Sager to find out how civil law can be used to hold criminals and slum property owners accountable for the violence in our neighborhoods.
 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:  KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!
  
DON’T MISS THIS.  If you can’t be there, be sure you send a neighbor on your block. NO, better yet…round up all the good neighbors on your block.  Spread the word and let all of your friends and neighbors know about this meeting.
 
Bring this Flyer with your name printed below and win one of two $25 Wal-Mart gift cards, in time to decorate for Halloween. A random drawing will be held at the end of the meeting.
 
A BIG THANK YOU to our Good Neighbor – The Pottstown Diner for providing us with meeting space and refreshments.  Many Thanks to Attorney Adam Sager for his time, knowledge. willingness and support.  Way to Go Neighbors!!

More Drug Dealers Off The Streets

Congratulations to the Pottstown Police Department and the Montgomery County Drug Task Force for getting at least a dozen drug dealing scum-bags off our streets!

I like Chief Flanders “spring cleaning” comment in reference to the recent arrests!  Sounds like more are to come and we applaud the efforts of our local and county law enforcement professionals in making our fair city safe for the law-abiding residents.

Keep up the good work!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.  Your car and property can be seized and turned over to the District Attorney if it is used in conjunction with drug sales!  WOOHOO!!!  Hit ’em where they live!