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Police used DNA evidence to connect a state prison inmate to a woman’s rape – apparently committed at random on a Lancaster street in 2014.
The inmate, now 20, is charged as a juvenile with numerous crimes, including felony rape and robbery, regarding ...Sept. 23, 2016
Lancaster city police, in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office, continue to investigate the Sept. 7 fatal stabbing at Beaver and Conestoga streets.
Hiram Calderon, 20, died as a result of the stabbing.
Here is an update ...Sept. 23, 2016
A state-prison inmate convicted of repeated sexual abuse of a Lancaster County girl got relief from his sentence Wednesday in Lancaster County Court.
Matthew B. Wolfe, 22, was serving 10 to 20 years for abuse of a 13 year-old-girl in 2012.
His case ...Sept. 22, 2016
A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in state prison for dealing four substances found during a city raid in March.
Lancaster Drug Task Force detectives found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and “Molly” on March 2 at Israel Padilla’s apartment on East...Sept. 20, 2016
A Pequea Township man convicted of child sex abuse will serve another prison term for again breaking court orders.
Frederick Townsend was sentenced in 2014 to 1 to 2 years in prison, plus 5 years of probation, for abusing a girl at his wife’s daycare i...Sept. 19, 2016
An East Lampeter man will serve at least three years in state prison for keeping a large collection of child pornography.
Steven A. Brown, 63, pleaded guilty Thursday to five felonies in exchange for a 3-to-10-year prison term, in accordance with a ple...Sept. 16, 2016
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is in consultation with Northwest Regional police about reports that a student brought a firearm Wednesday to Bear Creek School, of Elizabethtown Area School District.
As of Thursday afternoon, no charges...Sept. 15, 2016
A Philadelphia man charged with entering an elderly Lancaster man’s home with a ruse, then menacing him with a gun, will face charges in Lancaster County Court.
Alberto Merced’s burglary plot on Aug. 19 was foiled when the elderly occupant of a Wabank ...Sept. 15, 2016
A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday of exposing himself to a female jogger last year at Lancaster County Park.
Lancaster County Judge James Cullen convicted Junie Vasquez of misdemeanor indecent exposure after a morning of testimony in a non-jury tri...Sept. 14, 2016
A Strasburg woman is facing charges in Lancaster County Court for sending nude photographs of herself to a male student in 2014.
Mattie Jo Evans, 26, waived a preliminary hearing Friday; in turn, District Judge William Benner ordered Evans face these c...Sept. 13, 2016
A charged crack cocaine dealer had $15,000 in drugs, a pistol, and cash at his Columbia home during a recent raid.
Duane Lester Fields, 43, was ordered Thursday to face charges in Lancaster County Court regarding the July 28 raid of his South Fourth St...Sept. 9, 2016
A Peach Bottom woman caused her infant son’s death in July, when the boy suffocated as he slept, according to charges filed Thursday.
Pennsylvania State Police charged 28-year-old Jessica Harper with criminal homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and end...Sept. 8, 2016
A Quarryville mother is charged with leaving her young children alone in a barn in July when her 2-year-old son drank pipe cleaner.
The 2-year-old sustained life-threatening internal burns on July 26, according to doctors who treated him at Lehigh Vall...Sept. 7, 2016
A dozen eastern Lancaster County drug dealers were recently charged and targeted in an ongoing County Drug Task Force sting.
The 12 individuals are charged with dealing methamphetamine or heroin; nine were arrested and arraigned in recent weeks.
Two...Sept. 6, 2016
A Lancaster man will serve at least 15 years in prison after he was caught, for a second time, with a collection of child pornography.
Phillip Fisher, 57, was on probation and under Megan’s Law from the first conviction when a probation officer visited...Sept. 1, 2016
A Lancaster County jury convicted an Ephrata woman Tuesday of welfare fraud for collecting cash assistance payments while working in 2011 and 2012.
The jury deliberated about an hour Tuesday morning before convicting 60-year-old Kay Louise Bryan of a m...Aug. 31, 2016
An East Petersburg man admitted Monday in Lancaster County Court to sending a lewd photo to a 15-year-old girl.
Luis A. D. Smith, now 19, will serve 6 to 23 months in prison, followed by 5 years of probation, in accordance with a plea agreement arrange...Aug. 30, 2016
A Lancaster man who had his original 20-year prison sentence for repeated rape of a child will not serve a single day less, a Lancaster County judge ordered Friday.
Samuel Santiago will serve 20 to 40 years for the 9-year cycle of abuse – the exact sam...Aug. 29, 2016
A Lancaster Township man admitted to targeting five of his neighbor’s homes in a burglary spree earlier this year.
Gary Lee Hollow Jr., 35, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lancaster County Court to five felony counts of burglary and related counts of theft ...Aug. 26, 2016
As gunshots sounded on a rainy early morning last month in Columbia, one police officer ducked for cover across his cruiser’s seats, another sped back in reverse, and two others on foot huddled behind parked cars.It was determined that 17-year-old Marqu...Aug. 25, 2016
Many crimes, whether they happened three months or three decades ago, have devastating, long-lasting impact - especially for those closest to the victims.
A Lancaster County-based support group is providing an outlet for those dealing with one of the m...Aug. 25, 2016
A methamphetamine-dealing operation has been halted with the arrest of a New Holland man.
Lancaster County Drug Task Force charged 43-year-old Marion “Chet” Griffin Jr. with several felonies after a recent raid and street sales that were under police s...Aug. 23, 2016
A Lancaster teenager will serve up to 10 years in prison for robbing a city store last year.
Temar Boggs, 18, racked the slide on a gun while demanding money from a clerk inside El Coqui Market, 611 North Plum St., on Dec. 17, 2015.
On Friday, Lanca...Aug. 22, 2016
A Lancaster judge told a serial burglar Wednesday a life of crime factored into his longest prison term yet for two burglaries last year at East Lampeter Township hotel rooms.
Willie L. Robertson Jr. has criminal convictions dating back to 1985, includ...Aug. 19, 2016
Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker on Wednesday signed an order vacating Susan P. Martin’s appointment as a human society police officer.
The order states that Ms. Martin “knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily agreed to the revocation...Aug. 18, 2016
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a Lancaster sex offender must register under Megan’s Law for 15 years, not for a lifetime, as was originally ordered at sentencing.
The high court’s decision opposes the state Superior Court’s prior ruling ...Aug. 18, 2016
An Ephrata father will serve up to 15 years in state prison for beating his infant daughter, causing rib fractures, a fractured pelvis, and facial injuries.
Edgardo Luis Reyes recently pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a child and other charges, ...Aug. 15, 2016
A New York couple is being held in Lancaster County on felony charges for trafficking heroin.
Kenneth V. Williams, 29, and Danasia A. White, 19, both of Bronx, N.Y., are charged with felony counts of drug-dealing and conspiracy.
The Lancaster County...Aug. 12, 2016
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced Thursday sweeping changes in the way animal cruelty will be policed and prosecuted in the county, along with the filing of charges regarding neglect of a puppy, Libre, rescued last month from a Qu...Aug. 11, 2016
A man charged with breaking into numerous churches and elementary schools in Berks County has also been charged with targeting a church in Denver.
East Cocalico Township police charged Zachary A. May on Tuesday with felony burglary and misdemeanor thef...Aug. 10, 2016
A Lancaster man's fourth intoxicated driving conviction in 4 years will cost him at least 3½ years in state prison.
Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller recently ordered Michael D. Williams serve 3½ to 7 years in prison for his latest DUI charge, whi...Aug. 9, 2016
A New Jersey man was convicted Friday of all counts for robbing and extorting $15,000 from a Lancaster County business owner, targeted at random, while beating and threatening to kill the victim and his family.
A local jury convicted 33-year-old Decee ...Aug. 8, 2016
A Lancaster teenager will serve at least 54 years in prison for robbing and killing a local elementary school teacher during a home invasion in Lancaster city in 2014.
Marcus Rutter, a 17-year-old charged as an adult due to the nature of the crimes, pl...July 29, 2016
Investigators are seeking more information in an ongoing child pornography prosecution where thousands of images were uncovered.
Steven A. Brown, 63, is charged with felony counts of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a computer.
Earli...July 28, 2016
A Kennett Square man will serve at least 20 years in prison for killing a Millersville University student last year in a campus dormitory.
A Lancaster County jury convicted 21-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta in May of third-degree murder regarding the Feb...July 27, 2016
A Lancaster man who shot five people nine years ago in the city will not get relief from his 100-year-prison sentence.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Monday that Mark Q. Galloway’s challenge of his conviction is several years too late.
Gallow...July 26, 2016
An inmate who has served 17 years of a life sentence for killing his mistress and dumping her at Muddy Run Park won’t get relief from a Pennsylvania appellate court.
Alphonso Sanders challenged his conviction, based on a recent development concerning f...July 25, 2016
A Lancaster County jury convicted a woman Friday of all counts in a racially-charged shooting last year in Columbia.
The jury convicted Ashley Curry of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of ethnic intimidation and simple assault.
Curry...July 22, 2016
A Lancaster father was sent to state prison Thursday for beating his 11-day-old daughter last year in a city home.
Keith W. Dorsey, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony aggravated assault of a child and misdemeanor child endangerment regarding the Nov...July 22, 2016
A Conestoga man was sentenced Thursday to state prison for a large collection of child pornography that included over 1,500 photos and 45 videos.Michael V. Leonard, 32, will serve 2½ to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony counts of posses...July 21, 2016
A Landisville woman will serve at least 3 more years – and up to 9 years – in prison for repeatedly contacting the victim of a child sex-abuse conviction.
Rikki Salzman – also known as Rikki Straley - was convicted in 2014 of institutional sexual assau...July 20, 2016
A Lancaster Township man who killed his wife with more than 80 stab wounds asked a Pennsylvania Court to review his conviction as a case of self-defense.
The state Superior Court recently dismissed that claim, meaning Carrington Joseph’s life sentence ...July 18, 2016
A pair of Lancaster brothers are charged with felony drug-dealing after searches uncovered over 300 bags of heroin.
Lancaster County Drug Task Force charged Jeffrey Hernandez and Jay L. Hernandez, both 24, after the July 8 searches.
Task Force detec...July 15, 2016
A Lancaster County jury convicted a Florida woman Thursday on all counts regarding a 2014 crash in East Lampeter Township that killed a woman and seriously injured a man.
The jury deliberated about 5 hours before returning its verdict about 4:15 p.m....July 14, 2016
Lancaster County’s overdose death rate climbed faster from 2014 to 2015 than the average increase across Pennsylvania.
Drug overdose deaths increased in the state in that year by 23 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Lancaster C...July 14, 2016
A Lancaster County judge’s conviction of a man who brought a knife to a Solanco elementary school has been upheld by a state appeals court.
In upholding the conviction, the Pennsylvania Superior Court made the first precedential ruling by an appellate ...July 12, 2016
Three females told a Lancaster County judge Monday how serial sex abuser Trevor Wimer caused them a life of pain and anxiety, before the judge jailed Wimer for decades.
Wimer sexually abused seven females in all, between 2012 to 2015, luring them to hi...July 12, 2016
An inmate who argued his prison sentences for a kidnapping and a separate kidnapping plot were excessive has lost that bid and will serve up to 50 more years behind bars.
Anthony Marcus Davis, 31, was serving a 20½–to-41-year term for kidnapping a Moun...July 11, 2016
A Lancaster man will serve up to 87 years in prison for opening fire in a city bar, killing a man and wounding two other people.
Lancaster County Judge James Cullen jailed Lamar D. Clark for 38 ½ to 87 years for the Nov. 7, 2014, shooting at Shenk’s Ca...July 7, 2016
A Lancaster murderer’s request for relief from a life sentence for a 1984 shooting is too late, according a Pennsylvania court.
Garey Thomas was convicted in 1985 of first-degree murder for shooting Ricky Coward at King and Plum streets in Lancaster ci...July 6, 2016
An Ephrata couple were sentenced Tuesday to state prison for a drug-trafficking operation that resulted in seizures of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
William Ortiz Jr. and his wife Holly Ortiz each pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felo...July 6, 2016
An Elizabethtown man will serve at least a decade in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a girl, who he knew was 13 at the time of the crimes.
David Richard Ringer, 29, pleaded guilty to six felonies and a misdemeanor regarding abuse at two locations i...July 5, 2016
District Attorney Craig Stedman presented a sobering profile of Lancaster County’s escalating heroin problem at a recent town-hall meeting at Ephrata High School:
Heroin-dealing investigations have tripled since 2011.
Drug overdose deaths have nearl...June 2, 2016
The Board of Commissioners proclaimed National Adult and Family Literacy Week for the period September 25 through October 1, 2016. Commissioners Dennis Stuckey, Joshua Parsons and Craig Lehman presented the proclamation to Rich Frerichs, President, and C...Read on...
County and Court Offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 11.
The Commissioners took their weekly public meeting on the road on September 13, 2016 and held it in Colerain Township in Southern Lancaster County. The Commissioners are pictured with Township Supervisors Walt Todd and Sam Reinhart as well as Carmen Risk...Read on...
Lancaster County Commissioners proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15, 2016 in Lancaster County. Commissioners Josh Parsons and Craig Lehman present the proclamation to Norman Bristol Colon, CEO of Progreso Group and other Hisp...Read on...