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Shots reported fired again in Easton but no evidence found

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Despite mom’s plea, judge jails Forks man who sold lethal dose of heroin

Thomas O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Daniel FisherDaniel Fisher Courtesy photo

Two mothers of addicts were in a Northampton County courtroom Monday morning.

One asked for justice for her son, who fatally overdosed on heroin.

The other asked for mercy for her once “very sick addict” son so could stay sober.

Senior Judge John Braxton opted for state prison for Daniel Fisher — three to six years — for drug delivery resulting in death related to the fatal overdose of 26-year-old Thomas O’Brien.

Braxton said said he believed in the forgiveness of sins, noting that Fisher admitted his guilt “in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

Forks man admits he provided fatal dose of heroin

Fisher, who lives in Forks Township, said the two men were friends, and Braxton said he was struck at how Fisher picked up O’Brien from work, took O’Brien to the bank and then sold him heroin.

“The priority was the greenbacks, the Benjamins,” Braxton said. “It was not helping a friend…when you took the money first, that made it just another drug deal, in the mind of the court.”

O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Facing Fisher in court, O’Brien’s mother, Shirley, sobbed as she described meeting Fisher for the first time months before her son died. Shirley O’Brien said she knew her son was using drugs, but that he didn’t want to go to rehab for fear of losing his job.

“I told (Fisher) to stay away from my son,” she said, adding she works at the courthouse and lied about having “connections.” “I thought I would scare him and make him stay away.”

After her son’s death, Shirley O’Brien said she went to the detective investigating his death and told him Fisher was responsible.

“I was out to get you, Dan,” she said. “You didn’t stay away. You should have known that I would.”

Fisher reportedly told the detectives he was expecting them because of the “O’Brien situation,” Shirley O’Brien said.

“I know people should be forgiving. But can I forgive the defendant? No. Never,” she said.

Fisher apologized in court, first to the crowd of friends and family in the courtroom to support him, and then to the O’Brien family.

“If I could change places with him, I would,” Fisher told the judge. “I never meant for anybody to get hurt in this. The only person I wanted to hurt was myself.”

Fisher said he has been sober for two years, and has worked through a 12-step program to help other addicts. He asked to avoid state prison in order to continue his work.

His mother, Joan Fisher, also asked for her son to avoid state prison. She described his dedication to staying sober and his work with other addicts. She also described drugs being available in state prison.

“I wish you would give him a chance to stay sober,” Joan Fisher said.

Firsher served house arrest for a possession with intent to deliver heroin charge. Defense attorney Phil Lauer asked the judge to give Fisher credit for that time, for his work related to drug addiction.

“I think he’s earned it,” Lauer said.

Braxton denied the request.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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At least 1 student responsible for Easton Area school threat

Easton Area Middle School went into a lockdown until the threat was found be to a “prank,” an official said.

Easton Area School District officials were continuing to investigate a threat found Friday in a boys’ lavatory, district police Chief John Remaley said Saturday.

The discovery led to a modified lockdown until a determination could be made on the viability of the threat. 

“It became very obvious early on that there was no viable threat, that it was probably student-based,” said Remaley, who is also director of safe schools for the district. 

A review of security cameras isolated at least one student responsible, but the investigation was ongoing to see if anyone else was involved in what Remaley labeled a prank.

The student identified was not immediately charged with any crime. 

“There’s a potential for it,” Remaley said. “It’s a serious matter.”

Students remained in their classrooms during the initial investigation that showed an evacuation of the Forks Township building was unwarranted, said Remaley, who credited Principal Charlene Symia and staff for being “right on top of it.”

“Our administrators and our school police took the threat very seriously and quickly worked to thoroughly investigate the situation,” Symia said in a phone message to parents Friday evening. “We have identified the student who wrote the note and the threat has been determined to have been false.

“Please be assured that at no time were our students and staff members in any danger because it was quickly determined to be a non-credible threat.”

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The incident follows back-to-back Friday threats at Bethlehem Area high schools that led to evacuations each time. Liberty High School was cleared Oct. 6, in an incident that led to charges against a sophomore and junior. Freedom High School was evacuated Oct. 13. Each involved a bomb threat found written in a restroom.

Remaley said going into a lockdown for the initial phase of an investigation can be safer for students and sow less panic among the school community, such as that caused by students texting or phoning parents to say they’re evacuating.

“Certainly if it was determined that there was any kind of potential for this thing being genuine, there are procedures in place to immediately evacuate the building,” Remaley said.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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Krystal Ogilvie, 35. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 
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