Posted on: October 20, 2016

DUI Driver who Caused Fatal East Lampeter Crash Jailed, Scolded for Lying at Trial

Patricia Halgash

A Florida woman will serve up to 15 years in prison for being intoxicated during a 2014 crash in East Lampeter Township that killed a woman and seriously injured a man.

Patricia Halgash will serve 4 years and 3 days to 15 years in state prison regardin...Oct. 20, 2016

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Testimony: Burglars Broke Into Trop Gun Shop, Stole 9 Firearms; 2 Men Ordered to Trial

Parrish Valentine

A Williamsport man will face numerous felonies in Lancaster County Court regarding the theft of 9 guns during a May burglary at Trop Gun Shop in Mount Joy Township.

A preliminary hearing for Parrish M. Valentine was held Tuesday afternoon before Distri...Oct. 19, 2016

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Mother Scolds Woman for Role in Manheim Township Drug Deal that Killed Son

Christine Richardson

A Lancaster woman recently pleaded no contest for her role in an arranged drug deal last year in Manheim Township that ended in a man’s death.

Christine L. Richardson pleaded to three felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the Oct. 5, 2015, drug deal ...Oct. 18, 2016

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Willow Street Man Admits to Being Robbery Getaway Driver in Car that Crashed

Kervin Perales

A Willow Street man pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to serving as getaway driver last year after a Strasburg store robbery that ended in a fiery vehicle crash miles away.

Kervin Perales, 24, will serve 4 to 10 years in state prison, in ...Oct. 17, 2016

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Teen Fugitive Wanted for High School Football Game Shooting Nabbed in Lancaster

Stephon D. Brown

A teenager wanted in connection to a shooting last month at a high school football game in York was arrested Friday in Lancaster city.

Fifteen-year-old Stephon Damieen Brown is charged with 2,007 offenses regarding the Sept. 9 shooting in a parking lot...Oct. 14, 2016

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Charged East Petersburg Mother Smoked Marijuana During Pregnancy and Prior to Infant's Death

An East Petersburg woman is charged in connection with her infant daughter’s asphyxiation death in April.

Kayla Marie Breniser, 27, is charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child regarding the April 14 death of the mo...Oct. 13, 2016

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Jury Convicts Lancaster Man of 3rd DUI in 4 Years; Faces Prison Term

Maurice D. Williams

A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday of his third intoxicated driving offense since 2012.

A Lancaster County jury returned a guilty verdict at 5:30 p.m. following a single-day trial regarding Marcellus D. Williams’ arrest on March 18.

On that morni...Oct. 12, 2016

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Columbia Woman Jailed up to 16 Years for Shooting Woman in Racially-Fueled Incident

Ashley Curry

A Columbia woman will serve up to 16 years in prison for shooting a woman in a racially-charged incident last year in Columbia.

Ashley Curry will serve 6 years and 2 months to 16 years in prison regarding trial convictions of felony aggravated assault ...Oct. 11, 2016

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Manheim Man Jailed up to 7 Years for Child Pornography Photos and Videos

David Gruel

A Manheim man will serve years in state prison for downloading child pornography, which he told police he had done for years.

David M. Gruel, 43, was sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 2½ to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to several felony...Oct. 11, 2016

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Home-Invader Serving Decades for Lancaster City Woman's Stabbing Denied Relief

Elswart Bodden

A state-prison inmate serving decades for stabbing a Lancaster city woman numerous times during a lengthy home invasion in 2014 will not be a getting a new trial, an appellate court ruled.

Elswart Bodden, serving 37 ½ to 95 years for the brutal attack,...Oct. 7, 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Mother Appears in Court Over Charges Regarding Toddler who Drank Pipe Cleaner


A Quarryville mother appeared in district court Thursday to waive a preliminary hearing on allegations that she left her 2-year-old son alone when he drank pipe cleaner.

The boy sustained life-threatening internal burns on July 26 when he ingested the ...Oct. 6, 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Judge: Lancaster Man with 12 Convictions a 'Threat' Because he Continues to Steal

David M. Springer

A Lancaster man’s latest theft – his 12th conviction of stealing from a store – will cost him time in prison and parole and probation terms.

A local jury convicted David M. Springer in June of taking a $4.49 bottle of Advil from a Lancaster Township Gi...Oct. 6, 2016

Posted on: October 5, 2016

GUILTY: Felon Convicted of Having Loaded Gun while Hiding at Manheim Twp. Apartment

Frank Bailey III

An Elizabethtown man was convicted in Lancaster County Court of illegal possession of a firearm, which police found stashed in a shoebox.

The local jury convicted 31-year-old Frank Bailey III on Sept. 28 of a felony count following a two-day trial befo...Oct. 5, 2016

Posted on: October 4, 2016

State Prison for Robber who Showed Lancaster Restaurateur Beheading Photos in Extortion Plot

Decee Karngbaye

A New Jersey man will spend at least 7½ years in prison for robbing and extorting $15,200 from a Lancaster County business owner.

Decee Karngbaye, 33, targeted the man last year, beating and threatening to kill him and his family. A local jury convicte...Oct. 4, 2016

Posted on: October 3, 2016

DA Stedman and Pa. Sen. Toomey: Crime Victims Need More from $9 Billion Federal Fund


Crime victims in Lancaster County and across Pennsylvania should be getting a bigger slice of the $9 billion currently in a federal account – funds collected specifically for them.

Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey stressed that Monday in Lancaster County, where he ...Oct. 3, 2016

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Guilty Pleas from Woman who Robbed Same Weis Markets Store, Man who Hid Gun

Kathleen E. Moore

A Lancaster woman recently admitted to robbing a Lancaster Township Turkey Hill store, at gunpoint, twice in three days.

Kathleen Moore, 48, displayed a gun in her waistband May 1 and May 3 when she approached clerks at the store at 1204 Millersville P...Oct. 3, 2016

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Ephrata Man Gets 2nd Strike, 25-Year Prison Term for Child Pornography Collection

Todd Atkinson

A second strike will cost an Ephrata sex offender at least 25 years in prison.

Todd Donald Atkinson, 47, will serve 25 to 50 years in state prison, according to Lancaster County Judge James Cullen’s sentencing order Tuesday.

A local jury convicted A...Sept. 30, 2016

Posted on: September 25, 2016

Silent Witness Exhibits Across Lancaster County to Honor those Killed in Domestic Violence


Lancaster County will again participate in the Silent Witness National Initiative, now a national movement to raise awareness of domestic violence and honor those who were killed by a partner.

The Silent Witness exhibits will be in all 50 states throu...Sept. 29, 2016

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Father Charged with Leaving Gun in Son's Book Bag, which he Brought to Elizabethtown School

An Elizabethtown man is charged with reckless endangerment for leaving his loaded gun in his son’s book bag, which the boy took to Bear Creek School earlier this month.

Northwest Regional police charged Jay Wesley Ellison, 28, of King Court, with the m...Sept. 29, 2016

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Inmate who Targeted 3 Lancaster County Girls Denied Relief over Cellphone Search


A Lancaster sex offender who preyed on three girls, physically abusing two of them, will get no relief from his decades-long prison sentence.

Timothy D. Anderson requested relief, arguing his prosecution was flawed because it involved an illegal search...Sept. 27, 2016

Posted on: September 26, 2016

3 Convicted Sex Offenders Re-Sentenced in Lancaster County Court

Thomas Becker, Daniel Work

A pair of convicted sex offenders were recently resentenced in Lancaster County Court after a state Supreme Court ruling deemed their original sentences, which involved mandatories, “unconstitutional.”

Thomas Earl Becker, convicted of sexually abusing ...Sept. 26, 2016

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 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 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: October 20, 2016

Letters of Commendation to Prothonotary's Office and Sheriff's Office

Prothonotary and Sheriff

Lancaster County Commissioners presented Letters of Commendation to the Prothonotary's Office and the Sheriff's Office for their response in an extreme medical emergency where they provided life saving procedures to attorney Gary Krafft on October 20, 201...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Ribbon-Cutting Opening of Chickies Rock Section of Northwest River Trail

Trail Ribbon Cutting

Lancaster County Commissioners join local officials and trail enthusiasts for the ribbon-cutting opening the Chickies Rock section of the Northwest River Trail. Thanks to the Lancaster Solid Waste Management Authority for this successful partnership.
...Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Information about the 2018 Reassessment

Assessment Brochure

New brochures about the 2018 County Reassessment are available on the Property Assessment Website! Click the link to find out more.

Property Assessment Website
Posted on: October 5, 2016

Star Performer Award to Correctional Officer Jodi Wendling

Star Performer Award

The Board of Commissioners presented a Star Performer Award to Correctional Officer Jodi Wendling for her work at the Prison.

Posted on: October 5, 2016

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and 40th Anniversary of Domestic Violence Services

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation noting National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for October and the 40th Anniversary of Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County.

Posted on: September 28, 2016

5th Annual Molly Curtis Softball Tournament - Check Presentation to Make-A-Wish

5th Annual Molly Curtis Softball Tournament -Check Presentation to Make-A-Wish

Thanks to the many great County employees who made the 5th Annual Molly Curtis Softball Event a huge success!

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Letter of Commendation - 125th Year Anniversary of the Salvation Army, Lancaster Corps

Letter of Commendation-125th Year Anniversary of the Salvation Army, Lancaster Corps

At today's public meeting Commissioners honored the Salvation Army for 125 years of work in Lancaster County.

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Capital Day Proclamation

Capital Day

Did you know that on September 27, 1777 Lancaster was Capital of the United States? Last evening Commissioners were at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster to celebrate Lancaster's role in the birth of our Nation!