Posted on: September 15, 2017

Incident Friday Morning in Mount Joy Ends Peacefully

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Law-enforcement officials, including a Lancaster County SERT unit, responded Friday morning to an incident in Mount Joy Borough.

Police were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of South Plum Street about 7:50 a.m. for a report of a male who indicated he ...

Sept. 15, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Fugitive Flees During Warrant Service in Christiana; Deputy Fires, No One Struck

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There is an ongoing investigation regarding an incident Thursday in southern Lancaster County. Preliminary indications are as follows:

A Gap man fled law-enforcement officials who tried to serve him with a warrant Thursday afternoon in Christiana.

The wante...

Sept. 14, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Man, 82, Jailed at Least 14 Years for Sex Abuse that Went on for Years

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A Millersville man will serve up to 46 years in prison for sex abuse of two girls that happened for nearly 10 years.

Joseph J. Madonna Jr., 82, was recently sentenced to 14 to 46 years in prison, in accordance with Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely&...

Sept. 14, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 13, 2017

Verdict: Columbia Man Convicted of Attempted Murder of Police Officer

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A Columbia man was convicted Wednesday in Lancaster County Court of attempted murder of a local police officer.

A local jury found 18-year-old Marquell Rentas guilty of counts of: attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, conspiracy, assault of a law-...

Sept. 13, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 13, 2017

DUI Driver Sentenced to Prison, Probation for High-Speed Crash that Injured Passengers

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A Lancaster County jury is deliberated the fate of a Columbia man charged with shooting at police officers last summer.

Marquell Rentas, 18, was tried this week on multiple counts of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police offi...

Sept. 13, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 12, 2017

3 Charged after Detectives Find Cocaine, Heroin, Stolen Guns at 4 Lancaster County Locations

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A two-year investigation resulted in arrests of three “upper-level” drug dealers from Lancaster County and one of the area’s larger cocaine seizures in recent years.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, assisted throughout th...

Sept. 12, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Leola Couple Charged with Selling Fentanyl-Heroin Bags to Man who Fatally Overdosed

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A Leola couple is charged with selling heroin containing fentanyl to a Warwick Township man who died of an overdose in April.

Northern Lancaster County Regional police charged Kevin B. March and Jessica L. Faus on Monday with felony counts of drug delivery...

Sept. 11, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed up to 8 Years for Robbery with Threatening Note

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A Lancaster man will serve up to eight years in prison for robbing a Manheim Township bank last year.

Lancaster County Judge James Cullen sentenced Martell T. Byrd to 4 to 8 years in prison, plus 2 years of probation, regarding the Aug. 16, 2016, robbery a...

Sept. 11, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Drug Dealer Charged with Fentanyl Sale that Caused Elizabethtown Man's Death

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An Elizabethtown man is charged with selling fentanyl last week to a man who died minutes later.

Tyler S. Bobola, 21, is charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death regarding an Aug. 31 sale of heroin – which was actually pure fentanyl.

A...

Sept. 8, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Guilty: Jury Convicts Denver Man of Exposing Himself to Pre-Teen Boy

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A Denver man was recently convicted in Lancaster County Court of exposing himself to a 9-year-old boy – his second such conviction in recent years.

A local jury recently convicted 62-year-old Lewis Martin Martin of counts of indecent exposure and...

Sept. 6, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: September 5, 2017

Parole Granted for Inmate who Murdered Woman at Lancaster City Playground

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A prison inmate was granted parole Tuesday from a life sentence for killing an 18-year-old woman on a Lancaster city playground in 1992.

Ricardo Cruz was 13 when he shot and killed Debbie Rivera at Carter MacRae Elementary School on March 9, 1992. He was c...

Sept. 5, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 31, 2017

Updated Information on 3 Deaths from 2 West Hempfield Area Shootings

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West Hempfield Township police, with assistance from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, continue investigations into two incidents that involved fatalities.

Following the Wednesday afternoon discoveries of three deaths at two locations, much ...

Aug. 31, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 30, 2017

GUILTY: Terre Hill Man Convicted of Beating, Strangling and Threats with Pistol

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A Terre Hill man was convicted of severely beating a woman last year and holding a gun to her head while threatening to kill.

A Lancaster County jury on Tuesday convicted 27-year-old Zackery J. Zerbe of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assa...

Aug. 30, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 29, 2017

Ephrata Man Sentenced for Having Thousands of Child-Porn Images on Laptops, Tablet

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An Ephrata man will serve up to 10 years in prison for having thousands of child-pornography files on his electronic devices.

Craig D. Allen, 52, pleaded guilty Monday in Lancaster County Court to eight felonies regarding an investigation that started last...

Aug. 29, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 28, 2017

Police: 2 Lancaster County Women Dealt Heroin, Methamphetamine

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Two northeastern Lancaster County women will be arraigned this week on felony charges after detectives uncovered separate heroin and methamphetamine-dealing operations.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force charged Amanda Rae Pajski, 33, of Stevens, and Mor...

Aug. 28, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Conestoga Man Pleads Guilty to Assisting Wife's Suicide in January

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A Conestoga man admitted Friday in Lancaster County Court to assisting his wife’s suicide in January.

Philip M. Benight, 61, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of causing or aiding suicide, defined as an intentional aiding of another&...

Aug. 25, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Jury: Ephrata Man Threatened to Kill Woman, Told her ‘Nothing to Lose’

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An Ephrata man was convicted this week of threatening to kill a woman earlier this year, telling her he had “nothing to lose.”

A Lancaster County jury convicted 45-year-old Jason R. Troy of misdemeanor terroristic threats regarding the ...

Aug. 24, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 23, 2017

Heroin Dealer Jailed for Causing Lancaster County Woman's Fatal Overdose

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A Columbia man will serve up to a decade in prison for providing heroin that caused a Lancaster County woman’s death last year.

Robert B. Kitch, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lancaster County Court to drug delivery resulting in death regarding th...

Aug. 23, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 22, 2017

West Lampeter Township Woman Charged with Homicide in Toddler's Death

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A West Lampeter Township woman is charged with inflicting injuries that caused the May 20 death of a 2-year-old girl.

Investigators determined 36-year-old Angela M. Diaz had sole custody of the girl on May 16 when she sustained head injuries that, accordin...

Aug. 22, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Harlem-Based Heroin Dealer Arrested with Stash at Lancaster County Wal-Mart

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A Harlem-based heroin dealer was recently caught bringing bulk heroin to Lancaster County.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives arrested 45-year-old Jose L. Ulloa on Aug. 16 at the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Ephrata.

Detectives found 50 grams, nearly...

Aug. 21, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Man, 27, Died of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Friday Morning in Conestoga

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A 27-year-old man fatally shot himself during a warrant detail Friday morning in Conestoga.

Patrick G. Sensenig died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Southern Regional police, along with personnel from the Lancaster County District A...

Aug. 18, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 17, 2017

Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Route 30 Crash that Killed 2

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A Berks County man is charged with causing a four-vehicle crash that killed two people last year In Salisbury Township.

Jeffrey R. Gable, 21, of Mohnton, also is charged regarding serious injuries to a third person involved in the Oct. 7, 2016, crash on Ro...

Aug. 17, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Police: Nurse at Lancaster County Assisted-Living Home Stole Medications

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A Lancaster County nurse is charged with taking prescription medications earlier this year while working at a Christiana assisted-living center.

Kayla M. Buckwalter, 24, was charged Tuesday with 31 charges regarding thefts between April and May at Harrison...

Aug. 16, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Lancaster Man Sentenced for Heroin Sales Recorded by Surveillance Cameras

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for heroin sales that were recorded by surveillance cameras in the city.

Lancaster County Judge James Cullen ordered 57-year-old Stanley Elam serve 3¾ to 15 years for sales in January and Febru...

Aug. 15, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 14, 2017

Man, Charged after DNA Profile Match, Admits to 2014 Rape in Lancaster City

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A man has admitted to the rape and beating of a Lancaster woman three years ago in the city.

Robert R. Pitt, now 20, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to nine charges, including felony counts of rape and robbery.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffe...

Aug. 14, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 11, 2017

Mount Joy Township Man Jailed for Abuse of 5-Month-Old Child

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A Mount Joy Township man is facing several charges regarding abuse of a 5-month-old child who sustained major head injuries on June 1.

Daniel D. Deleon, 28, of Covington Court, was arraigned Friday morning for felony aggravated assault and related charges ...

Aug. 11, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 11, 2017

Domestic Violence Court Launched in Lancaster County

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Lancaster County’s Domestic Violence Court officially launched Thursday with 12 defendants appearing at its first session.

Domestic Violence Court will commence every other Thursday at the Lancaster County Courthouse and aims to provide safety to...

Aug. 11, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Leader Sentenced for 'Vile' Beating on Christmas at Lancaster Bar

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The leader of a vicious, Christmas morning 2015 assault outside a Lancaster city bar will serve at least a decade in prison.

Four men brutally beat a 30-year-old man outside Molly’s Pub on East Chestnut Street, but it was Raymond Lee III, accordi...

Aug. 10, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Man Serving Decades for Shooting Lancaster Girl 10 Years Ago Denied Relief

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A man serving up to 60 years for shooting a Lancaster girl ten years ago – in a drug-turf feud – will not get relief, an appeals court ruled.

Brandon L. McPherson, now 34, was convicted at trial of opening fire Jan. 4, 2007, at Beaver a...

Aug. 10, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Christiana Man Jailed for Life for 'Premeditated' Killing of Former Roommate

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A Christiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing 26-year-old Julius Dale last year.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro called Lucas Newnam a “cold-blooded murderer” while ordering the life term.

A local jury convi...

Aug. 9, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 8, 2017

'Violent Individual' Jailed up to 70 Years for Latest Assault

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Tomas M. Matthews’ latest crime of violence could cost him the rest of his life in prison.

A Lancaster County Judge recently ordered Matthews, 38, serve up to 70 years in prison for the sexual assault and beating of a local woman in 2015.

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Aug. 8, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Former Owner of Lancaster Bar, 2 Ex-Employees Sentenced for Christmas Beating

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The former owner of a Lancaster city bar and two of his co-defendants were sentenced Monday to state prison for brutally beating a man on Christmas morning 2015.

Anthony Maglietta, 45, former owner of Molly’s Pub on East Chestnut Street, and thre...

Aug. 7, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2017

'Career Criminal' Jailed for High-Speed Chase with Baby on Board

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A Delaware man who led police on a high speed chase for 21 miles – with a baby in his vehicle – will serve up to 19 years in prison.

Ronald T. Comeger, 34, fled a June 2016 traffic stop in Manheim Township and drive at speeds above 130 ...

Aug. 7, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 4, 2017

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Christiana Man of 1st-Degree Murder for Shotgun Shooting of Former Roommate

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A Christiana man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for shooting 26-year-old Julius Dale last year.

A Lancaster County jury deliberated over four hours over two days before convicting 32-year-old Lucas Newnam just before noon on Friday.

Assistant D...

Aug. 4, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Task Force Sting Nets Crack Cocaine Dealer on Route 272 in Adamstown

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A Reading man is charged with dealing crack cocaine after a recent traffic stop in Adamstown.

Kenny Cruz, 35, is charged with possession with intent to distribute regarding the July 25 stop on North Reading Road (Route 272).

Lancaster County Drug Task Force...

Aug. 4, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 1, 2017

The History of Synthetic Marijuana in Lancaster County

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Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman recently appeared on an episode of WITF’s “Smart Talk” to discuss the history of synthetic marijuana – commonly called K2 or Spice – in our county.

Special A...

Aug. 1, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Ex-Teacher who Sexually Abused 2 Students Gets no Break on Minimum Prison Term

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A former Lancaster County high school teacher convicted of sex abuse of students got no relief from her minimum prison term at a resentencing hearing this week in county court.

Christy Lee Smith, now 39, was granted a resentencing hearing because her previ...

Aug. 2, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 31, 2017

Lancaster Man Caught Dealing "RUSH HOUR' Heroin Jailed up to 15 Years

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for dealing heroin stamped with a “RUSH HOUR” brand.

Jeffrey Hernandez, 25, formerly of Zook Avenue, was charged in 2016 after searches uncovered over 300 bags of heroin.

Police in the area investigated mu...

July 31, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 28, 2017

2 Men Admit to Providing Fatal Heroin Batches in Lancaster County Overdoses

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Two Lancaster County men recently admitted in county court to providing heroin that caused fatal overdoses.

Paul Rinear and Zachery A. Hardy will each serve 4 to 8 years in prison, in accordance with plea agreements arranged by Assistant District Attorney ...

July 28, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 26, 2017

Mount Joy Man who Abused Child Sentenced to Prison and 14 Years of Supervision

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A Mount Joy man will serve at least 2 years in prison – and 14 years under supervision – for sex abuse of a boy last year.

Bill C. Anderson, 66, pleaded guilty in March to four felonies regarding the molestation and illegal contact in F...

July 26, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Multi-County Heroin Dealer Arrested; 'Hurricane' Stamped Bags Being Investigated

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A large movement of heroin was recently halted in Lancaster County when investigators arrested a Reading-based dealer.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with Drug Enforcement Administration, stopped a vehicle July 12 that was carrying a ...

July 25, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Lancaster Man Admits to Beating Woman, Threatening to Shoot if she 'Snitched'

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 14 years in prison for the beating and sexual assault of a woman last year.

Jamell E. Prister, after the Nov. 28, 2016, assault, also threatened to have someone “shoot this house up” if the victim told p...

July 24, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Judge Jails Lancaster Heroin Dealer for 50-Year Term

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A Lancaster-area drug dealer will serve up to 50 years in prison for having a large stash of heroin and two pistols, which he possessed illegally.

Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth on Friday sentenced 26-year-old David Lausell Jr. to serve 25 to 50 yea...

July 21, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Current Mapping of Emergency Overdose Reports in Lancaster County

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office presents further visual proof of the opioid epidemic’s impact on nearly every community with our latest update to the online map of emergency overdose incidents.

This online interactive ma...

July 21, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 20, 2017

Detectives Find $45K in Heroin, $26K Cash, and 'Owe Sheet' in Lancaster City Raid

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A suspected drug dealer is behind bars after detectives found $45,000 in heroin at his Lancaster city home.

Cesar Bastardo-Rosario, 26, is charged with felony drug-dealing regarding the July 11 raid at a home in the first block of West Strawberry Street.

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July 20, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Akron Man Jailed up to 16 Years for Sex Abuse of 2 Boys

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An Akron man will serve up to 16 years in prison for sexual abuse of two pre-teenage boys.

Jay E. Horning, 28, pleaded guilty in March to 10 felonies regarding abuse which happened in Ephrata in 2004 and 2006.

Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth recently ...

July 19, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 13, 2017

Jury Deliberates 15 Minutes to Convict Robber of Manheim Township Bank

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A Lancaster man was convicted Thursday in county court of robbing a Manheim Township bank last year.

A local jury deliberated about 15 minutes Thursday morning before finding 24-year-old Martell T. Byrd guilty of robbery and making terroristic threats.

Assi...

July 13, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 13, 2017

Man Jailed up to 10 Years for Selling Heroin to Undercover Cop

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A convicted heroin dealer will serve up to a decade in prison for selling heroin to an undercover police officer in Lancaster city.

Christian Woodson, 48, was convicted at trial in April of two felonies regarding the Feb. 26, 2016, sale in the 100 block of...

July 13, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 12, 2017

3 Lancaster County Men Sent to Prison for Crimes Against Children

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Three Lancaster County men were recently sentenced to prison terms after separate investigations uncovered child pornography.

The prison terms were ordered in exchange for guilty pleas to counts of possessing child pornography and related charges. Assistan...

July 12, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Detectives Find $15K in Heroin, $35K in Cash while Arresting ‘Upper-Level’ Dealer

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A Lancaster man who detectives call an “upper-level” heroin dealer is charged with several felonies regarding a series of searches and surveillance details in recent weeks.

Angel D. “Fly” Galarza, 59, was charged and...

July 11, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Quarryville Man who Sexually Abused 4 Girls Gets Same Prison Term at Re-Sentencing

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A former Quarryville man convicted of sex abuse of four girls got no break on his prison term when he appeared Friday for a re-sentencing hearing.

A Lancaster County jury convicted Michael Archacki in 2012 of 24 charges regarding sex abuse of the girls, wh...

July 7, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Convicted Killer of Lancaster Father Not Allowed Appeal to Pa. Supreme Court

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A Pennsylvania court has denied a convicted killer’s request to appeal his conviction for the 2015 shooting of a Lancaster city father of three.

Stefon Landing, now 22, was convicted at trial of 3rd-degree murder and related charges for shooting ...

July 6, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: July 5, 2017

Lancaster Judge Calls Attempted Sex Abuse Case Every Parent's 'Worst Nightmare'

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A Lancaster woman will serve up to a decade in prison for attempted sex abuse of three children in 2015.

Shelly Mattson pleaded no contest in March to seven charges, including three felonies, regarding crimes against the children, ages 3, 6, and 12.

On thre...

July 5, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: June 23, 2017

DA's Office Launches Original Anti-Opioid PSA with 2 Lancaster County Mothers

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has launched an original public-service announcement aimed at prevention of the still-escalating number of overdose deaths involving opioid abuse.

The 11-minute PSA features two Lancaster County mot...

June 23, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Family Scolds Killer of Mother and Daughter for 'No Remorse' as Judge Orders Death Sentence

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A Quarryville man was formally sentenced to death Friday morning in Lancaster County Court for killing an East Drumore Township woman and her daughter during a 2015 break-in.

Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced 40-year-old Leeton Tho...

June 16, 2017

District Attorney
Posted on: November 22, 2016

LIVE: Online Map Launched of Drug Overdose Reports in Lancaster County

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Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced on Nov. 21 the launch of an online Lancaster County-wide mapping of emergency reports of drug overdose. 

The map consists of Lancaster County-Wide Communications data, specifically emergen...

Nov. 22, 2016

District Attorney

Posted on: September 11, 2017

9/11 Ceremony

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Today we pay tribute to those lost on 9.11.01 as well as all Lancaster County first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty.  Never Forget.

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Posted on: September 11, 2017

9/11 Ceremony

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Today we pay tribute to those lost on 9.11.01 as well as all Lancaster County first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty.  Never Forget.

Lancaster County Main Website
Posted on: September 11, 2017

9/11 Ceremony

9.11.17 Wreath

Today we pay tribute to those lost on 9.11.01 as well as all Lancaster County first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty.  Never Forget.



Lancaster County Main Website