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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Drug Task Force Charges Head of Cocaine Trafficking 'Enterprise'

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The Lancaster County Drug Task Force arrested an upper-level dealer after a lengthy investigation that uncovered nearly a kilogram of cocaine, quantities of heroin and cash, and stolen handguns.

Detectives called Jordan Luis Morales’ trafficking an “enterp...

Nov. 12, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Fentanyl Dealer who Tried to Flush Stash Jailed up to 10 Years

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A Lititz man will serve up to a decade in prison for dealing fentanyl and cocaine – despite his efforts to flush the drugs when detectives raided his apartment.

Miguel Vializ was convicted at a nonjury trial in August of two felony drug-dealing c...

Nov. 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 7, 2019

'New Beginning': Victims of Sexual Assaults Watch as Serial Rapist is Jailed Decades

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A sentencing judge called serial rapist Tony Cruz a “fraud” for continuing to deny his guilt and accuse the victims of making false allegations.

A survivor’s mother called Cruz a “monster” for stealing the innocence from six girls who were abused as pre-te...

Nov. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 4, 2019

VERDICT: Lancaster Man Guilty of Sexual Abuse at City Apartment; Sentencing Upcoming

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A Lancaster man was recently convicted of all counts regarding sexual abuse of a pre-teen girl several years ago at a city apartment.

Teddy Bernard, 50, will be sentenced in January following a background investigation.

A local jury deliberated for several ...

Nov. 4, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 1, 2019

Ephrata Man Jailed for Setting his own House Ablaze, Prompting Emergency Rescue

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An Ephrata man will serve at least nine years in prison for setting fire to his own house – risking the lives of first responders who rescued him from a bedroom.

Michael T. Matthews will serve 9 to 27 years in prison for felony aggravated arson a...

Nov. 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 28, 2019

VERDICT: Man on Probation for Child's Drowning Now Convicted of Raping 2 Girls

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A Manheim Township man already serving a probation term regarding his daughter’s death was convicted this week in Lancaster County Court of raping two pre-teen girls.

A local jury convicted 47-year-old Geoffrey Bussard of all counts Wednesday aft...

Oct. 28, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 25, 2019

Judge: Property, Weapons Ban for Man who Threatened Shooting at Retirement Home

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A New Holland man was sentenced to three years of probation – and a property ban - for threatening to bring a gun to a local retirement community after he was denied volunteer work at the facility.

Mark Wingerd, 66, was convicted at trial last mo...

Oct. 25, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 24, 2019

'I Finally Feel Free Now': Girl's Abuser Jailed up to 25 Years

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An Akron man will serve up to 25 years in prison for years of sexual abuse against a girl.

Shamgar Itwaru, 43, pleaded guilty in August to eight felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the abuse between 2012 and 2018.

On Monday, Lancaster County Judge Jeffe...

Oct. 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Man Charged with Stabbing 3 People on Coach Bus in Lancaster County

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A man is charged with stabbing three people Monday night inside a coach bus on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Rapho Township.

Pennsylvania State Police charged 31-year-old Philip Giletto with several offenses, including two counts of attempted homicide, rega...

Oct. 23, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 21, 2019

Drug Task Force Offers Insight to Educators on Meth, Fentanyl, Marijuana Trends

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The drug trafficking landscape is always evolving, as many drug dealers respond like legitimate entrepreneurs to supply and demand trends to maximize their profits.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force tracks that changing climate while also paying attenti...

Oct. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 18, 2019

GUILTY: Man Convicted of Pointing Gun at Motorist During Lane Change at Routes 72-283

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A Manheim man was convicted at trial this week of pointing a gun at a motorist when he believed the victim changed lanes too closely behind him last year in Manheim Township.

Ronald Shirley Jr., 30, was found guilty of three misdemeanors following a nonjur...

Oct. 18, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 16, 2019

DA’s Office Distributes over 7K Medication Lockboxes as Project Winds Down

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is distributing its last remaining prescription medication lockboxes – a giveaway initiative aimed at educating residents and raising awareness of prescription drug abuse.

Sarah Fritz, com...

Oct. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 11, 2019

VERDICT: Woman Guilty of Leaving Toddler in Running Bath Water; Girl Sustained Brain Injury

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A Lancaster woman was convicted this week of causing her daughter’s permanent injuries when the child nearly drowned in a bathtub in 2008 – her mother having left her alone to smoke marijuana.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 32-year-o...

Oct. 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 8, 2019

Man, 71, Jailed at Least a Decade for Years of Sexual Abuse of Girl

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A Manheim Township man will serve at least a decade in prison for years of sexual abuse of a pre-teenage girl.

Thomas Irwin, 71, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault and several other felonies.

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Oct. 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 7, 2019

Citizen’s Online Chat Leads Police to 34YO Man who Tried to Meet ‘Girl’ for Sex

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A Delaware man is charged with arranging to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex, then driving to Lancaster County for the meeting to find a man had posed online as the girl.

Pennsylvania State Police charged 34-year-old Michael David Towner with nine felonies ...

Oct. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Jury Deliberates 15 Minutes to Convict Man of Threatening to Stab his Probation Officer

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A Columbia man was convicted this week in Lancaster County Court of threatening to stab his probation officer.

A local jury deliberated about 15 minutes before convicting 34-year-old Steven L. Andrews Jr. of misdemeanor terroristic threats.

Assistant Distri...

Oct. 4, 2019

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Fugitive Fentanyl Dealer Caught in Philly – Months after he Skipped Trial, Sentencing

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A Lancaster-based heroin dealer who was on the lam since his April trial was captured Friday in Philadelphia.

Angel “Fly” Galarza Sr. appeared Monday in Lancaster County Court when Judge David Ashworth formally imposed the sentence he o...

Oct. 2, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty, is Sentenced for Abuse of Puppy

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A West Lampeter Township man was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court for beating his puppy last year with a piece of wood.

Damon Bronstetter, a Lancaster city police officer at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty...

Oct. 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 25, 2019

Marietta Couple Sentenced for Beating Girl, Depriving her of Food and Bathroom

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A Marietta couple was sentenced this week to serve state prison sentences for a sequence of abuse and torture of a pre-teenage girl who was deprived of food and bathroom.

Kenneth Greenly III and Jodie Hudson-Greenly were convicted in July of also having th...

Sept. 25, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 24, 2019

Judge: Inmate’s ‘Confession’ is Possible Perjury, not Grounds for Friend’s Release

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A prison inmate’s attempt to clear his friend and fellow inmate was not a genuine confession – but rather a ploy for both men to avoid consequences, a local judge ruled.

Kalvin McCullough is serving a 38-to-76-year sentence for shooting...

Sept. 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Mother Sentenced for Bringing 6-Year-old Child to Home of 3 Registered Sex Offenders

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A Lancaster woman was recently sentenced for bringing her 6-year-old child to a home occupied by three registered sex offenders.

Tabetha L. Mitchell repeatedly brought her child to the Manor Street home where her boyfriend lived, along with two other men r...

Sept. 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 19, 2019

VERDICT: Man Guilty of Decades of Sexual Abuse Against Children

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A Florida man was recently convicted of sexual abuse against four children in Lancaster County over a period of 20 years, starting in 1984.

Tony Cruz was convicted of numerous felonies, including several counts of rape of a child, following a three-day tri...

Sept. 19, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Heroin Dealers Sentenced to State Prison for Providing Fatal Batches of Fentanyl

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A pair of Lancaster County heroin dealers were recently sentenced to state prison terms for providing fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the overdose deaths of two men.

The investigations were separate and not related. Both men were determined to be dealers...

Sept. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Prosecutors File Notice to Seek Death Sentences in Double Murder Case

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Prosecutors have filed a notice of intent to seek death sentences against a man charged with killing his sister and niece in a Lancaster home in July.

James Sterbinsky is charged with two counts of criminal homicide regarding the stabbing deaths of the wom...

Sept. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 12, 2019

VERDICT: Man, 37, Sent 300+ Texts to ‘15-Year-old Girl’ in Attempts to Meet

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A Lancaster man was recently convicted of sending hundreds of lewd texts to whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl – then attempting to meet the “girl” at a location in Lancaster city.

A private citizen’s work &am...

Sept. 12, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Man Guilty of Threat to Bring Gun after Denied Volunteer Work at Retirement Home

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A New Holland man was recently convicted of threatening to bring a gun to a local retirement community and shoot after he was denied volunteer work at the facility.

A Lancaster County jury deliberated about 20 minutes before finding 66-year-old Mark Winger...

Sept. 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 6, 2019

DNA Evidence Yields Composites in Lindy Biechler Case - 44 Years after her Murder

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Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced Thursday recent happenings in the unsolved murder of Lindy Sue Biechler, found killed in her Manor Township home in 1975.

Biechler was 19 when she was stabbed to death in her Kloss Drive apartment....

Sept. 6, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Fentanyl Dealer Jailed up to 15 Years for Selling Fatal Batch to Conestoga Township Man

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for providing a fentanyl-laced heroin batch that caused a Conestoga Township man’s death.

Jose O. Morillo, 30, had pleaded guilty to felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death and crimina...

Sept. 3, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 29, 2019

4 Takeaways: What Police, Schools and Community can do to Minimize Risk of Student Violence

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A group of Lancaster County School Resource Officers and school administrators recently gathered to discuss threat assessment, what prompts students to perpetrate targeted violence, and how to reach students who might be in turmoil.

Deb McCoy, a Student As...

Aug. 29, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 26, 2019

'Mind-Numbing Tragedy': Unlicensed Driver Jailed for Racing Prior to Causing Fatal Crash

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A habitual offender was sentenced Monday in Lancaster County Court for drag racing last year when he caused a three-vehicle crash that killed a teenager and seriously injured the victim’s teenage passenger.

Kristopher Martinez-Roman was driving about 65 mi...

Aug. 26, 2019

District Attorney

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

At today's Commissioners' Public Meeting, the Board of Commissioners presented a Proclamation for Epilepsy Awareness Month and called upon our community to recognize and encourage education to understand the effects of epilepsy.

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Mount Joy Train Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mount Joy Train Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Commissioners helped dedicate the new Mount Joy station with a ribbon cutting this morning, October 21, 2019. The project was a local, state, and federal collaboration and will help provide increased transportation access to the region.

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