Taking Action

The Attorney General Taking Action section demonstrates the continuing effort led by General Josh Shapiro to making Pennsylvania a better place to live.

September 19, 2019

AG Shapiro: Two Arrested for Gun Straw Purchasing in Columbia County

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced two felony arrests in Columbia County after an investigation into a report of shots fired uncovered multiple straw purchased firearms. On Wednesday, Lester Armstrong, 48, of Bloomsburg, was charged with multiple counts of Persons Not to Possess Firearms and Criminal Conspiracy. Paula Brooking, 41, of Bloomsburg was charged with multiple counts of illegal Transfer of Firearms, Criminal Conspiracy, and Unsworn Falsification.

AG Shapiro Sues to Block Anticompetitive Megamerger of T-Mobile and Sprint

September 18, 2019

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a lawsuit to block the anticompetitive megamerger of telecommunications giants T-Mobile and Sprint. Attorney General Shapiro is the 18th attorney general to challenge the merger, adding to the forward progress of New York, California, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

AG Shapiro Charges Former Washington County Police Officer for Sexual Assault

September 18, 2019

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges against a former Monongahela Police Officer for using his position as a police officer to have unwanted sexual contact with a woman while he was on-duty and in a police vehicle. Dustin Devault, 47, of Monongahela, Washington County was charged on Tuesday with Indecent Assault, Official Oppression, and Obstructing the Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function at the recommendation of the 43rd Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

AG Shapiro Charges PA State Senator for Possession of Child Pornography

September 17, 2019

HARRISBURG- Attorney General Josh Shapiro tonight announced charges against Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Folmer for possession of child pornography. The investigation began as a result of a CyberTip reporting that an electronic service provider, Tumblr, discovered that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using their application. The investigation led to the home of Michael Folmer in Lebanon, PA.