Posted on: September 23, 2016

Inmate's DNA Matched Evidence Found at 2014 Rape Scene in Lancaster City


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

Posted on: September 23, 2016

DA: Fatal Stabbing in Lancaster on Sept. 7 was not Random; Charging Decision Forthcoming

Lancaster city police

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

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court Ruling Leads to Shorter Sentence for Inmate who Abused 13-Year-Old Girl


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

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Lancaster Man Jailed for Raid that Uncovered 'Molly' and 3 other Drugs

Israel Padilla

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

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Another Prison Term for Pequea Sex Offender who Again Breaks Court Order

Frederick Townsend

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

Posted on: September 16, 2016

East Lampeter Man Jailed 3 to 10 Years for Collection of Child Pornography at Hotel

Steven A. Brown

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

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Investigation Underway of 9-Year-Old Student who Reportedly had Gun at E-town School


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

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Gun Charge Added in Lancaster Home Invasion where Occupants Fought Back

Alberto Merced

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

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Judge’s Verdict: Man Flashed Female Jogger at Lancaster County Park

Junie Vasquez

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

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Substitute Teacher to County Court on Allegations of Sending Lewd Photos to Student


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

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Columbia Raid Uncovers $15K in Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, Loaded Gun


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

Posted on: September 8, 2016

Peach Bottom Mother Charged in Infant's Death; 2nd Child to Die while Sleeping

Jessica M. Harper

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

Posted on: September 7, 2016

2-Year-Old Boy Survives Drinking Pipe Cleaner when Mother Left Him Alone


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

Posted on: September 6, 2016

12 Charged in Ongoing Meth/Heroin-Dealing Sting in Eastern Lancaster County

Harlan S. Martin

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

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Lancaster Man Caught Again with Child Pornography Jailed up to 30 Years

Phillip Fisher

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

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Jury Convicts Ephrata Woman of Working while Collecting Welfare

Kay L. Bryan

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

Posted on: August 30, 2016

East Petersburg Man Sentenced for Sending Lewd Photo to 15-Year-Old Girl

Luis A.D. Smith

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

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Lancaster Man Gets No Break from 20-Year Sentence for Repeated Child Abuse

Samuel Santiago

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

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Serial Burglar Broke into 5 of his Neighbor's Homes in Lancaster Township Spree

Gary L. Hollow Jr.

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

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Shooter who Targeted Cops in Columbia Cursed Police as he was Arrested

Marquell Rentas, Trenton Nace

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

Posted on: August 25, 2016

How Survivors of Lancaster County Homicide Victims are Coping with Tragedies


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

Posted on: August 23, 2016

'Upper-Level' Meth Dealer Jailed on $3.5 Million Bail after Raid in Narvon

Meth seized from Marion Griffin's home

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

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Judge Orders State Prison for Lancaster Teen Robber who Cited Fame as Bad Influence

Temar Boggs

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

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Longest Sentence Yet for East Lampeter Hotel Burglar with 18 Prior Convictions

Willie Robertson Jr.

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

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Tipline Open for Animal Cruelty Reports in Lancaster County; Countywide Training Underway

Court Order

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

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Sex Offender's Megan's Law Order Trimmed; Could Impact Other Cases

Thomas Lutz-Morrison

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

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Ephrata Man Jailed, Under 20 Years of Supervision for Beating Infant Daughter

Edgardo L. Reyes

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

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Couple Charged in NYC-to-Lancaster Heroin Operation; $12K Supply Seized

Kenneth Williams, Danasia White

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

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Sweeping Changes Announced in Animal Cruelty Enforcement in Lancaster County; Charges in Libre Case


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

Posted on: August 10, 2016

Serial Burglar Targeted Churches, Schools in Berks and Lancaster Counties

Zachary A. May

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

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Lancaster Man's 4th DUI, 10th Suspension Charge Costs at Least 3.5 Years in Prison

Michael D. Williams

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

Posted on: August 8, 2016

Jury Convicts Man of Extorting $15K from Lancaster Business Owner, Targeted at Random

Decee Karngbaye

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

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Judge Jails 'Irretrievably Depraved' Killer of Elementary School Teacher

Marcus Rutter

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

Posted on: July 28, 2016

East Lampeter Police Seeking Information on Man Charged in Child Pornography Case

Steven A. Brown

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

Posted on: July 27, 2016

Judge Orders Max Sentence for Man who Murdered Millersville University Student

Gregorio Orrostieta

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

Posted on: July 26, 2016

100-Year Sentence Upheld in Shooting of 5 People in Lancaster

Mark Galloway

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

Posted on: July 25, 2016

Man who Murdered Mistress Denied Claim that Hair Evidence Would've Acquitted

Alphonso Sanders

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

Posted on: July 22, 2016

VERDICT: Columbia Woman Convicted of all Counts in Racially-Charged Shooting at Parking Lot

Ashley Curry

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

Posted on: July 22, 2016

Lancaster Father Sent to State Prison for Beating 11-Day-Old Daughter

Keith Dorsey

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

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Conestoga Man to State Prison for 1,500 Child-Pornography Photos

Michael V. Leonard

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

Posted on: July 20, 2016

Landisville Woman Jailed up to 9 Years for Repeated Contact with Sex-Abuse Victim

Rikki Salzman

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

Posted on: July 18, 2016

No Relief for Lancaster Twp. Man who Claimed Murder of Mother of 5 was Self-Defense

Carrington Joseph

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

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Lancaster City Brothers Charged with Dealing Stamped Heroin


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

Posted on: July 14, 2016

Driver Convicted in East Lampeter DUI Car Crash that Killed Woman

Patricia Halgash

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

Posted on: July 14, 2016

Narcan Stabilizing Overdose Deaths in Lancaster County after Statewide Increase in 2015

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

Posted on: July 12, 2016

Solanco Man Denied Relief for Bringing Knife to School; Pa. Court Defines 'Lawful' Possession

Andrew Goslin

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

Posted on: July 12, 2016

Serial Sex Abuser Jailed for Decades for Crimes Against 7 Lancaster County Females

Trevor Wimer

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

Posted on: July 11, 2016

No New Trial for Man who Kidnapped Mount Joy Family, then Plotted Judge's Kidnapping

Anthony M. Davis

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

Posted on: July 7, 2016

Man who Opened Fire inside Lancaster Bar, Killing Bystander, Jailed up to 87 Years

Lamar Clark

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

Posted on: July 6, 2016

Lancaster Murderer Denied Relief - 31 Years after Sentenced to Life in Prison

Garey Thomas

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

Posted on: July 6, 2016

Residents' Complaints Lead to State Prison for Ephrata Couple Dealing Heroin


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

Posted on: July 5, 2016

Elizabethtown Man Jailed at Least 10 Years for Repeated Abuse of 13-Year-Old Girl

David Ringer

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

Posted on: June 2, 2016

DA Details Lancaster County's Heroin Crisis: Trafficking, OD's, Drugged Driving on Rise


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

Posted on: September 21, 2016

National Adult and Family Literacy Week

National Adult and Family Literacy Week

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...

Posted on: September 20, 2016

County and Court Offices closed Monday, October 10

Government Center

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.

Additional Info...
Posted on: September 14, 2016

Evening Commissioners' Meeting in Colerain Township

Colerain Township

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...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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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...