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.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, November 26, 2012
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. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Frank Perez Jr. shot at police during a three-hour standoff last October.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff on Center Avenue in Verona last October was sentenced Tuesday. Frank Perez, Jr., 31, of Verona has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years in prison, five years supervised release, $64,266 restitution and forfeiture of four firearms on his conviction of assaulting federal officers and violations of federal firearm laws. United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Perez. According to information presented to the court, on Oct. 4, 2011, Perez forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded and interfered with Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, through the use of three firearms, while the agents were …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said "significant progress" in the Pitt bomb threat investigation has been made.
Local University of Pittsburgh students and employees have been dealing with numerous bomb threats since February. Nearly two months later, the daily occurence is becoming a distraction, and everyone involved is hoping for a resolution. David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, issued a statement today, Wednesday, on the bomb threats that have been disrupting the Pitt community. "We have made significant progress in the investigation into the bomb threats made against University of Pittsburgh facilities," Hickton said in the statement. "While these threats may cause temporary disruption, the dedicated instructors, students and employees at the University of Pittsburgh persevere in their daily work …
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 …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Frank Perez Jr. will be sentenced on Aug. 7.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff on Center Avenue in Verona in October has pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting federal officers and violations of federal firearm laws on Wednesday. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Frank Perez Jr., 31, disagreed with the government's description of the standoff, but agreed he committed the crimes. He also told U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer that he believed FBI agents fired at him before he did. Perez was wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico. When FBI agents caught wind that he had been living in Verona for a few months, their arrest attempts led to the October standoff. According to a Department …
Monday, November 28, 2011
If it's too good to be true, it probably is, bureau says.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, the day that people who did not find all their holiday gifts over the Black Friday weekend turn to the Internet for other shopping deals. Scammers try to prey on Cyber Monday bargain hunters by advertising "one day only" promotions from recognized brands. Consumers should be on the watch for too good to be true emails from unrecognized websites. In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction …
Friday, October 7, 2011
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell ordered Frank Perez Jr. to be held without bail during a preliminary hearing on Friday. Perez is an international fugitive who is accused of shooting at FBI on Tuesday during a standoff in Verona.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Associated Press reports Frank Perez Jr. was ordered held without bond until Friday morning after government lawyers argued he was both a flight risk and a danger to the community. His initial appearance in federal court occurred Wednesday afternoon.
Frank Perez Jr., who is wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico, is in custody after an afternoon standoff in Verona on Tuesday.
An international fugitive who shot at police and surrendered after a three-hour standoff in Verona yesterday will appear in federal court today. Frank Perez Jr., 30, who is wanted on murder charges in Indiana and kidnapping charges in Mexico, will have an initial appearance at the Pittsburgh Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon. Perez is wanted for a 1999 murder that occurred in Lake County, Indiana and a kidnapping in Mexico. He also is accused of being involved with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. Perez is said to have been living in Verona with his girlfriend and a child for two months. Several residents who watched the standoff unfold on Tuesday afternoon mentioned seeing …