Law enforcement personnel reported that two separate and unrelated alleged simple assaults resulted in injuries to two Hatboro, Pennsylvania, women. In the first incident, a woman sustained shoulder injuries and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment. A 22-year-old man was charged with several different crimes including assault, harassment and drug-related offenses. The man was held in jail on $10,000 bail. In the second incident, a woman received scratches but required no medical treatment. Nevertheless, the 45-year-old suspect was charged with two property crimes, assault, harassment and violating an order of protection. He was also held at the county correctional facility on $10,000 bail.
In a June decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected mandatory sentencing laws for juveniles in Pennsylvania and other states. The highest court in the land declared that keeping juveniles in custody for life without parole for homicide convictions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment as outlined in the Eighth Amendment. Almost 2,500 juveniles are serving life sentences nationally; of these, 480, or almost 20 percent, call Pennsylvania home. The remaining juveniles reside in facilities in 28 other states. The legal decision might impact two Lackawanna County men who were convicted of violent juvenile crimes. In 1981, one man was convicted of shooting two small children and sentenced to two life sentences. The other man, a gang member, participated in an execution shooting, a robbery and another shooting that resulted in serious injuries to the victim. He also received a sentence of life in prison without parole plus several additional years.
An alleged assault and robbery in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania, has led to the arrest of three men. Police said the alleged victim told them that two of the men approached him in a convenience store to talk to him. When he left the store to walk home, he said, the two men reappeared and punched him in the face. According to reports, the men took two necklaces, a watch and an iPod from the man. The man said they then fled on foot toward a vehicle and drove away.
When it rains, it pours. A man may have thought he was pulling a fast one by allegedly packaging a white powder and trying to pass it off as cocaine. However, he was arrested this week in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, when it turned out the people he allegedly sold a white powder -- something that looked like cocaine but wasn't -- weren't actual drug buyers but undercover police officers.