Most people understand that there is little to no reality on reality TV shows, including the show "Amish Mafia" on the Discovery Channel. However, when the actors of such reality shows leave the set, true life does begin. According to online reports, Esther Schmucker, the love interest of the Amish Godfather persona Eli on the show, was the victim of stalking and a domestic violence assault from a former boyfriend.
Common sense tells a person that he should not do something to draw the attention of the police if the person is engaging in criminal activity. According to a recent online article, a man was stopped in Centre County after he was found riding a stolen, full-sized John Deere tractor from the Pleasant Gap Uni-Mart, where he had just stopped for a sandwich at approximately 1:30 a.m. The man was stopped as he was heading back towards Jacksonville Road. Driving a stolen tractor is the wee hours of the morning is obviously not a good way to avoid suspicion.
The Pennsylvania State Police routinely stop people that are traveling on interstate 80 for various traffic violations, such as speeding, driving in the left lane, or failure to use a turn signal. In some of those traffic stops, the police discover evidence of drug possession or possession of drug paraphernalia. In a recent Centre County case, the police stopped a man for speeding during the early afternoon, and the trooper claimed that the man was visibly shaking and that the car smelled strongly of perfume.
In what is a somewhat routine fact pattern in Centre County, a traveler on interstate 80 was stopped for a relatively minor traffic violation but a search of the person's vehicle ultimately led to the discovery of drugs. In this particular case, the Pennsylvania State troopers stopped a man for speeding and decided to only issue a warning. In what has become routine in these cases, the troopers had the man exit his vehicle and walk to the back of the car so the officer could explain the warning. After issuing the warning and telling the man that he was free to leave, the police immediately started to question the man about his travel plans, and the trooper questioned the man as to whether or not he had previously been arrested or was currently trafficking drugs. The man denied that he had a prior criminal record and also denied that he was transporting controlled substances. The trooper then asked for consent to search the car, and the man responded "if you want to." The troopers searched the car and found approximately 12 pounds of marijuana. The man was arrested and charged with a felony charge of Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana, 35 P.S. § 780-113(a)(30), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 35 P.S. § 780-113(a)(32), and misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, 35 P.S. § 780-113(a)(16).
Many people are guilty of getting behind the wheel of a car after having consumed too much alcohol at some point in their lives and could have been charged with driving under the influence had they been pulled over. For anyone that is pulled over and arrested for DUI, he or she is often transported to a local hospital for a blood draw, then taken to a processing center for fingerprinting and mugshots, and then the person is released. Upon being released, the person generally calls a family member or friend to pick him or her up from the police station or processing center.
According to a State College newspaper, some Christmas day shoppers at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart in Centre County appear to have forgotten that the Christmas season is the time for giving and not taking after they were charged with Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. Maybe they thought that the "giving" portion of the season meant that the store was supposed to give the merchandise them by allowing them to take the items without paying for them. Regrettably, taking items without paying is theft.