PA Bill Number: HB2440
Title: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firearms ...
Description: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firear ...
Last Action: First consideration
Last Action Date: Sep 9, 2020
PA Rep Andrew Lewis' 2nd Annual Clay Shoot - 09/18/2020
Hummelstown Field & Stream Association 975 Stoverdale Road, Hummelstown, PA
PA Senator Camera Bartolotta‘s 4th Annual Sporting Clay Classic - 09/18/2020
Seven Springs Mountain Resort 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion, PA
FOAC Monthly Meeting - 10/11/2020
South Fayette Township Municipal Bldg. 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA
Judge denies suppression of drugs, gun :: 08/07/2014
A Washington County judge ruled Thursday that a gun, a plastic bag containing marijuana and 45 small bags of heroin were seized legally, denying an Ellsworth man a second successful suppression hearing.
Brian A. Still Jr., 28, and his attorney, John Puskar, argued before Washington County Judge John DiSalle that the evidence seized by Washington police Sgt. Carl Martin was done so illegally without a search warrant and therefore should be suppressed.
Still was arrested in October after Martin observed a passenger in Still's vehicle preparing a blunt, which is a hollowed out cigar filled with marijuana. Upon closer inspection and smelling burned marijuana, Martin testified Thursday that he discovered a blunt in the vehicle's ashtray and later a plastic bag full of marijuana in the rear of the vehicle.
During a more thorough search, a nylon holster and a firearm were discovered under the front seat. The heroin bags were discovered on Still after he was arrested.
DiSalle denied the suppression, stating Martin had "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was ongoing."
"The officer had reasonable suspicion to approach," he said. "He was authorized to reach into the vehicle and upon further search, noticed the holster under the seat. It was reasonable for the officer to seize that."
Assistant District Attorney Jerry Moschetta said new case law also was a factor in the judge's decision. A 2014 state Supreme Court ruling determined that Pennsylvania law and federal law are the same when it comes to searches of vehicles.
"Police officers just need probable cause," Moschetta said. "They don't need search warrants."