Entries in police blotters can be life-changing events distilled to a few dry, terse words. For those facing arrest in the Weirton area, the charges they face aren't any less important or serious because they're not blared out every hour on CNN or on the front page of the New York Times.
A recent issue of southwestern Pennsylvania's Observer-Reporter had an article on a Clarksville man arrested on child pornography charges. The Greene County man told police he had been actually trying to help law enforcement and child porn victims. He never contacted officials, however.
Other life-changing accusations in the paper include drug possession and sales, theft, illicit gambling, and more. Let's take a look at a few of the stories.
Among those facing charges in the area include the operators of a Donora club cited for allowing gambling on the McKean Ave. premises. The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement issued the citation late last month.
A 41-year-old Bethel Park woman has been charged with marijuana possession by North Strabane police. She also allegedly had Diazepam and drug paraphernalia with her when she was stopped in her vehicle by an officer.
A 37-year-old Waynesburg man faces two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to an informant in Jefferson Borough. He's also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
We don't know what will happen to the suspects in these cases, but we do know that every person should be presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty. In some situations, people have made mistakes and want their criminal defense attorney to negotiate with prosecutors for a favorable plea agreement.
Other people know that their best outcome can be found in court with a skilled Weirton trial attorney at their side.