In Pennsylvania, those who are accused of certain crimes may be prosecuted in federal court. The federal court system can initiate prosecutions against people accused of violating federal laws. Crimes that violate state law but do not involve the federal government are prosecuted in state courts.
A Youngwood, Pennsylvania, man has been charged with making threats to an FBI agent over the telephone. FBI agents conducted a raid of the home the suspect shares with his parents late on Jan. 6, which led to an affidavit of probable cause to be filed in federal court the following Monday. The suspect, a former dentist, has a pattern of unusual behavior related to federal government officials and the allegedly threatened agent.
New crime statistics from the federal government show that the number of gun crimes in Pittsburgh dropped in 2010. The drop was part of an overall sharp reduction in crime in the city, which mirrored a lower number of theft and violent crimes in the United States.
Federal law enforcement authorities have made organized crime a priority over the years. One organization in particular, known as La Cosa Nostra or the mafia, has drawn the frequent and focused attention of the FBI. Amid much fanfare last week, Attorney General Holder announced that federal authorities had charged 127 individuals in 16 separate indictments who allegedly have connections with the mafia.
A man living in western Pennsylvania faces a detention hearing today amid charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding federal officers and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in New Bethlehem, about 50 miles to the northeast of Pittsburgh.
A three-year investigation by federal prosecutors, the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission is beginning to make headlines across the nation. The investigation has been focused on possible insider trading by consultants, investment bankers, hedge fund managers, mutual fund managers, and analysts across the nation. The investigation is being characterized as one of the biggest insider-trading probes ever.
David is being charged with eight felony drug counts after Pittsburgh Police raided his apartment. When he was booked on October 13, a mug shot was taken which showed no apparent injuries. However, at a preliminary hearing, eight days later, he was battered and bruised, his nose taped and his eyes bloody. His injuries were sustained while in state custody and were possibly inflicted by corrections officers.
The paper trail began in 2008, when police searched an auto-body shop in North Philadelphia. They expected to find stolen vehicles, and they did. But they also found something they did not expect. They found stockpiles of building supplies with bills from Home Depot made out to the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Needless to say, the PHA does not officially sanction chop shops, so what were these supplies doing there?