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More Americans Dying from Opioid Overdoses Than Car Crashes

For the first time, Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident. According to a recent report from the National Safety Council, Americans have a one-in-103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash in their lifetimes, but a one-in-96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. U.S. […]

Sale of Prescription Drugs Can Yield Serious Penalties

It is illegal for anyone without a license to sell or give prescription drugs to another person. These drugs must come from licensed healthcare professionals — and only to people who have valid needs or prescriptions for the drug. This has become an increasingly prevalent issue throughout the United States, with prescription painkillers like Vicodin […]

An Overview of Marijuana Laws in Pennsylvania

While Pennsylvania is still lagging behind some other states in terms of legalizing marijuana, the state is not completely archaic. In 2016, the state legalized marijuana consumption for medicinal purposes. Below is a quick overview of some of the marijuana laws currently on the books in Pennsylvania: Possession: State-approved medical marijuana cardholders may possess up […]

Can Police Question a Minor About Potential Involvement in a Crime?

There is nothing preventing a police officer from approaching a minor to ask whether he or she was involved in a crime. However, just like an adult is under no obligation to answer police questions, neither is a child. A child may refuse to answer questions and request the presence of a parent or attorney […]

What is Covered in Pennsylvania’s Underage Drinking Laws?

Every state has a set of alcohol laws that regulate the distribution and sale of alcohol. In some cases, specific counties and localities set their own rules regarding hours of sale and service, but it is typically the states that address issues like underage drinking. Underage drinking laws do not just stop at minors being […]

Adults in Pennsylvania Who Let Minors Drink Face Potentially Stiff Penalties

Pennsylvania law takes underage drinking seriously, and adults in the state who let minors drink could face very serious penalties. As an example, on New Year’s Eve, police busted at least nine underage drinkers at a party in Jackson Township. There were two adults at home, who were charged with selling or providing liquor to […]

Tougher Penalties Now in Effect for DUIs in Pennsylvania

Starting in December, the consequences for repeat drunk driving offenses in Pennsylvania have become much tougher. The new legislation that was passed in October by the state’s General Assembly and then signed by Governor Tom Wolf went into effect in mid-December. The legislation created the first felony charge for driving under the influence (DUI) in […]

Law Enforcement Debating How to Handle Rising Murder Rate in Reading

Reading’s homicide rate finished 2018 at more than double what it was in 2017, a statistic that has alarmed both community members and law enforcement officers. City and county officials largely blame issues associated with drugs and gangs, but there have been differing opinions over which strategies can best resolve those issues. Reading has a […]

Data Analytics Become a Big Part of Fighting Local Crime

Local law enforcement officials recently demonstrated a new strategy they’ve been using to fight and reduce crime throughout the Reading area. The method involves the use of data analytics. While this is not entirely new to the Reading Police Department, officers have been expanding their use of data in recent months. All county departments in […]

18 People Arrested in Major Drug Bust in Reading

Law enforcement officials in Reading recently arrested 18 people in connection with a drug trafficking organization. The bust, called Operation K-O’d, was the result of an investigation that began in May, 2018 when a concerned citizen informed police of suspected drug activity at two locations in the city. Upon investigating, police discovered the distribution network […]

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