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Nearby: Philadelphia man admits to heroin and fentanyl distribution in West Virginia

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A Philadelphia man was sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison for distributing the deadly drugs fentanyl and heroin in West Virginia the U.S Department of Justice announced last week.   

Richard Gaines, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has admitted to opioid distribution, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced last week Gaines, age 45, pled guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl.” Gaines admitted to possessing  heroin and fentanyl in June 2017 in Berkeley County, federal officials said in a release. 

Gaines faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant, said prosecutors

These charges are the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep.  This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in “hot spot” areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby reducing drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths, and identify wholesale distribution networks and sources of supply operating nationally and internationally.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, and the Martinsburg Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

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Local Lawmakers Want to Expand DNA Sampling in Criminal Cases

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Last week a group of Bucks County Republican lawmakers with local authorities held a press conference to discuss changes they said need to be put in place regarding the collection of DNA from potential criminals.

State Senator Frank Farry state Rep. K.C. Tomlinson, Rep. Joe Hogan, Rep. Kristin Marcell, Rep Labs, joined First Assistant District Attorney Ed Louka, Bucks County Sheriff Fred Harran, Chief of Lower Southampton Police Department Ted Krimmel, and local law enforcement officials at Comic Collection, in Feasterville to discuss the importance of DNA technology in Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice System.

Specifically legislation the legislators  are working on would expand the number of DNA samples in the criminal justice system by requiring post-arrest testing of anyone charged with a felony or certain misdemeanors.  This sample-taking would be much like the established process of taking an arrestee’s fingerprints.  Nineteen states currently collect post-arrest DNA samples.

The press conference highlighted the impressive work by the Lower Southampton Police Department in an investigation of a violent robbery at Comic Collection in September 2022, where a DNA match led to the charging of two Michigan men 18 months after the crime.

It will also in mind the importance of conviction integrity served by advanced use of DNA identification. A sample can prove the innocence of someone else who has been incorrectly accused or convicted and imprisoned for a crime when the DNA ends up matching someone.

SB988, and its companion bill HB2030, would also expand the collection of DNA samples for those offenders convicted of criminal homicide, which under Pennsylvania law are their own classification of crime and technically not classified as felonies. This legislation would close that loophole and require collection of DNA samples from these offenders to solve other cold case murders and crimes.

 

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Updated: Bucks 9-1-1 Call Center Under Cyber Attack, Investigation launched

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Updated: 7:15 am Tuesday January 23: 

In response to a request for comment Bucks County Spokesperson James O’Malley included a message sent out to police, fire and EMS chiefs, as well as local Emergency Management Coordinators, adding that the county has no further comment at this time. The message is below in its entirety in italics:

The Bucks County Department of Emergency Communications is investigating a cybersecurity incident affecting the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.
 
All phone systems and radio systems remain operational, and all calls for service from the public are being received and dispatched to first responders without delay. All incidents are being documented using a backup system.
 
The CAD system has been offline since Sunday afternoon, and there is currently no projected timeframe for restoration. County IT is working to assess the issue and restore CAD service. The County has engaged state and federal partner agencies to assist in our response and investigation.
 
Automated resources powered by the CAD system will be unavailable for the duration of the outage.
 
Additionally, the County’s access to CLEAN and NCIC databases has been temporarily disconnected.  
 
We are requesting that radio communication be kept to essential transmissions only. We cannot field requests for incident times and suggest that responders attempt to maintain their times as best they can.
 
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

 

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The Bucks County Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD) has been down for more than 24 hours, multiple sources told Lower Bucks Source.

Sources said the reason for the system going offline is due to a cyber attack.

An email to county officials was not immediately returned late Monday night.

The CAD system went down, sources said, late Sunday afternoon.

911 Dispatchers use CAD, a source familiar with its inner workings said, to input and broadcast specific location information on incidents. The information goes to first responders helping to facilitate the  units dispatched to a given incident.  Part of the CAD network in Bucks County is linked to License Plate Reader (LPR) system which police departments use to check on motorists, sources told LBS Monday.

Officers are now taking down information with pen and paper.

A source with knowledge of the system being down said so far there have been no major issues in terms of communications, and it’s been “relatively quiet” in terms of major incidents in the county.

But how long can this keep, the source was asked, and they couldn’t respond with a concrete answer.

What is apparent is first responder services are being held hostage by cyber attackers, two sources said, and little to no information about the downed system is out there.

Versaterm’s Computer Aided Dispatch system (vCAD) for Police, Fire & Emergency Medical Services went live approximately two years ago.

Bucks County 911 Pennsylvania now supports more than 130 independent agencies, together responding to more than 600,000 calls for services each year, including 40 individual law enforcement entities, 60 volunteer and combination fire departments, and 17 emergency medical services, as well as a number of County-based and State-based agencies, says a Versaterm press release.

According to Diamond IT,  attacks of 911 call centers have been a growing and emerging problem over the last 10 years. 911 call centers have become a symbol of rescue and hope. But since 2014, that very symbol of safety has come under attack in cities such as Baltimore, Atlanta and Seattle, says one report from the cyber security firm.

Sources did say the full weight of the Federal Government is part of the cyber attack investigation, as of early Monday morning.

The  9-1-1 operations center is based in Ivyland Borough, and handles calls for municipal police departments, fire companies, and EMS squads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucks County Domestic Relations Top 10 Most Wanted

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If you have, or you know someone who has, an active Domestic Relations Bench Warrant, you must call the Domestic Relations Warrant Unit at 215-348-6843.

Here is the current top 10 domestic relations most wanted

caldwell

DOB: 12/13/1979
Sex: Female
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 144 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue

Last Known Address: Southampton, PA

DOYNE BW

DOB: 9/11/1981
Sex: Male
Height: 5’8″
Weight:  150 lbs
Hair: Bald
Eyes: Blue

Last Known Address: Morrisville, PA

Drago

DOB: 5/1/1996
Sex: Male
Height: 6’2″
Weight:  200 lbs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Last Known Address: Bristol, PA

Feehan

Donald T. Feehan

DOB: 10/01/1974
Sex: Male
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hair: Bald
Eyes: Blue

Last Known Address: Levittown, PA

Hammond

Michael Hammond

DOB: 4/26/1986
Sex: Male
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 255 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Last Known Address: Levittown, PA

Meyer

Michael Meyer II

DOB: 7/17/1987
Sex: Male
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Last Known Address: Levittown, PA

 

Nickum

Bryan Nickum

DOB: 7/23/74
Sex: Male
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Last Known Address: Doylestown,

thornton

Ian T. Thornton

DOB: 4/23/1973
Sex: Male
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel

Last Known Address: New Hope, PA

Vincent Vitelli

Vincent Vitelli

DOB: 6/29/1989
Sex: Male
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

Last Known Address: Bensalem, PA

Harry P. Wallace, Jr.

DOB: 8/12/1968
Sex: Male
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue

Last Known Address: Bristol, PA

If the defendant does not appear at a scheduled Domestic Relations event, a bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.  The Bucks County Sheriffs will apprehend the defendant. Every attempt is made to notify plaintiffs when defendants are apprehended.

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