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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Verdict: Man Convicted of 1st-Degree Murder for 'Assassination' of Columbia Man

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A Lancaster County jury deliberated about 30 minutes Thursday before convicting a man of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of 36-year-old Parrish Thaxton.

Mario Casanova-Lanzo, 42, faces a mandatory, life-in-prison term when he stands for sentencing ...

Sept. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 19, 2018

Neighbor Complaints Lead to Task Force Sting of Couple Dealing Heroin

Morris Stash

An Ephrata couple is charged with dealing heroin after the Lancaster County Drug Task Force – in response to neighbor complaints – raided an apartment.

The Drug Task Force raided an apartment in the 1000 block of Henn Ave. and found 127...

Sept. 19, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Verdict: Man Convicted in First Human Trafficking Trial in Lancaster County

DominicRoach

A New Jersey man was convicted this week of all counts regarding a human trafficking ring he operated last year involving two women and numerous hotels in Lancaster County.

A Lancaster County jury on Wednesday afternoon convicted 37-year-old Dominic Roach ...

Sept. 14, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Lancaster County Overdose Death Rate Down, but Overall Overdose Reports Up

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which offers some encouragement in that fewer people are dying here from overdose.

However, a recent research project from our office shows the number of overall overdose incidents reported to a 911 dispatcher is up.

We submitted this editorial to LNP, whic...

Sept. 11, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 5, 2018

Inmate Sentenced to 57 Years of Supervision for Second Conviction of Sex Abuse

BrianMorningstar

A prison inmate already serving years for sex abuse of a child was recently sentenced to additional time – 57 years of supervision - for abuse of two other children.

Brian T. Morningstar, now 45, was sentenced in 2014 to 8 to 20 years for sex abu...

Sept. 5, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 4, 2018

GUILTY: Man Convicted of Beating Inmate at Prison Following 2017 Trial

TomasMatthews

A prison inmate already serving decades was recently convicted of brutally beating an inmate last year at Lancaster County Prison.

The victim survived after two brain surgeries and other treatment from the attack by 39-year-old Tomas Matthews.

The beating h...

Sept. 4, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Judge Jails Man with 'Absolute Lack of Remorse' Over Pistol-Whipping Teen

JeremyAlston

A man will serve up to 12 years in prison for pistol-whipping a teen’s face after showing up at a pre-arranged fist fight with a gun.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely cited Jeremy Alston’s “absolute lack of remorse&rd...

Aug. 31, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 30, 2018

Man Charged with Using Email Hack to Scam Millersville Man of $70K

JeremiahKonfor

An Indiana man is charged with scamming a Millersville man of $70,000, posing as a titling company and requesting funds in a wire transaction to close on a property.

Millersville Borough police Det. Sgt. Jason Scott charged 30-year-old Jeremiah Kumyitatah ...

Aug. 30, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 29, 2018

Cases Moving Faster in Domestic Violence Court; Many Resolved Within 2 Months

LadyCrop

Over 800 cases have been placed in Lancaster County’s Domestic Violence Court since its launch a year ago, and officials say those cases are getting immediate attention leading to quicker accountability of the offender and enhanced protection of...

Aug. 29, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 28, 2018

DA: Pa. State Police Justified in Shooting at Fleeing Man in April; No One Struck

JohnAnderson

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has determined Pennsylvania State Police troopers were justified in shooting at a fleeing man in April when the man attempted to strike police with his vehicle.

The incident happened around midnight on April...

Aug. 28, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 27, 2018

Worley & Obetz ex-CEO and ex-Controller Charged in $1 Million Scam

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The former CEO and controller of a Manheim-based energy business are charged with years-long misuses of company funds covering the CEO’s personal credit debt.

Northern Lancaster County Regional police on Monday charged Jeffrey B. Lyons, former CE...

Aug. 27, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 23, 2018

District Attorney’s Office Review of June 28 Tasing Incident Completed

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has completed his review of a June 28 incident in Lancaster city that involved an officer deploying a Taser on a man on South Prince Street.

First, we must note our review of the incident focused on whether ...

Aug. 23, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 22, 2018

Sheriff Leppler, DA Stedman Collaborate for Project to Combat PFA Violations

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The Lancaster County Sheriff and District Attorney are continuing a project aimed at providing direction and resources to individuals served with protection-from-abuse orders - in efforts to prevent potentially criminal reactions. 

Sheriff Chris L...

Aug. 22, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 21, 2018

Verdict: Ephrata Man Convicted of All Charges for Sex Abuse of Girl

DakotaSweigart

An Ephrata man was recently convicted of all charges for sex abuse last year of a 15-year-old girl.

A Lancaster County jury returned a guilty verdict to three felonies and a misdemeanor regarding Dakota J. Sweigart’s conduct on April 28, 2017.

At ...

Aug. 21, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 20, 2018

Man Held in Contempt for Cursing at Judge Prior to Burglary Conviction at Trial

Darrell Fields

A man jailed for cursing at a Lancaster County judge on the eve of trial is facing another sentence for being convicted at the trial of burglary.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against Darrell Fields on Aug. 14 after hearing two days of testimony abo...

Aug. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 17, 2018

Task Force Finds Large Stash of Heroin, K2 and Stolen Pistol in Vehicle, Hotel Room

RothmillerDUO

A six-month investigation resulted in the arrest of an upper-level dealer recently caught in Lancaster County with nearly 1,000 bags of heroin and a large stash of synthetic cannabinoid K2.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force also found a stolen pistol an...

Aug. 17, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 15, 2018

Drug Task Force Nabs Man with Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana and Stolen Pistol

CarpenterStash

An East Lampeter Township man is charged with having several illegal substances and a loaded, stolen pistol when the Lancaster County Drug Task Force raided his home Monday.

Damien Carpenter-Krister, 27, is charged with three felonies and related counts re...

Aug. 15, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 13, 2018

Elizabethtown Woman, 23, Charged in Suffocation Death of her Infant Daughter

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An Elizabethtown woman is charged with killing her infant daughter, who was found unresponsive last month at her home.

Elizabethtown police on Monday charged 23-year-old Candace Parrow with homicide, aggravated assault and strangulation regarding the July ...

Aug. 13, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 13, 2018

Man Charged with Homicide in Beating of Teen at Elizabethtown Borough Park

DavidSkalla

A man was charged Friday with homicide regarding the death of a 16-year-old boy who was beaten at Elizabethtown Borough Park on Aug. 6.

Elizabethtown police charged 24-year-old David M. Skalla for punching Blake Shearer several times after Skalla confronte...

Aug. 10, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Verdict: Jury Convicts Parolee from Robbery of Having Pistol with Scratched Serial Number

KennyMurph

A Lancaster man was convicted this week of illegal possession of a pistol, which he had while on parole for a robbery conviction.

A Lancaster County jury found 24-year-old Kenny Murph guilty of a felony count of persons not to possess firearms.

First Assist...

Aug. 9, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 6, 2018

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Lancaster Man of Having Bulk Cocaine in Taxi

DwayneRoss

A Lancaster man was recently convicted of felony drug-dealing for having cocaine when he was driving a taxi last year in East Lampeter Township.

A Lancaster County jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before convicting 37-year-old Dwayne J. Ross on Aug. 2...

Aug. 6, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Hit-Run Driver who Caused Crash with School Bus-Full of Students Jailed up to 20 Years

JamesIrvin

A Lancaster man who caused a multi-vehicle crash last year that tipped a school bus carrying 14 students will serve up to 20 years in prison.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely sentenced James P. Irvin III, 48, to 5 to 20 years in prison regarding his c...

Aug. 3, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Columbia Man Jailed up to 12 Years for On-Street Beating of 62-Year-Old Man

RandyHoward

A Columbia man who was a “primary participant” in the brutal beating of a 62-year-old man last year will serve up to 12 years in prison.

Randy Howard, 22, pleaded guilty this week to felony counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy re...

Aug. 3, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 2, 2018

Willow Street Man Charged with Attempting to Solicit Sex from Teenage Girl

WayneRhodes

A Willow Street man is charged with attempting to solicit sex from a teenage girl, sending the girl lewd messages and a photograph earlier this year.

Millersville Borough police charged 49-year-old Wayne R. Rhodes with felony counts of promoting prostituti...

Aug. 2, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 31, 2018

Up to 12 Years in Prison for Man who Fired 5 Shots During Street Robbery

EliasBrown

A Lancaster man will serve up to 12 years in prison for firing a gun while robbing a man last year on a city street.

Elias R. Brown, 21, pleaded guilty in May to felony counts of robbery, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm without a license regard...

July 31, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 25, 2018

Drug Task Force Finds Bulk Meth and 'Date Rape Drug' at Manheim Township Home

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A Manheim Township man is charged with felony drug-dealing regarding recent seizures of bulk methamphetamine and a “date rape drug.”

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, following a surveillance operation, raided a home in the 2100 blo...

July 25, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 24, 2018

E-town Man Jailed up to 20 Years for 100+ Oxy Pills Found after Purse-Snatching in Lancaster

JohnRLong

An Elizabethtown man will serve up to 20 years in prison for having over 100 Oxycodone pills after police arrested him for a purse-snatching in Lancaster city.

John R. Long, 35, was convicted last month at a non-jury trial of felony possession with intent ...

July 24, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 20, 2018

UPDATE: Man Found Dead Hours after Fatally Shooting Woman in Mountville

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A man who killed a Mountville woman late Thursday night was found dead in a separate location Friday morning, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

West Hempfield Township police, in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney&rsqu...

July 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 19, 2018

Lancaster Man Admits to Selling Fentanyl Batch that Led to Man's Fatal Overdose

ShawnStanford

A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for selling heroin-fentanyl to a Millersville man who fatally overdosed in November.

Shawn J. Stanford, 34, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony counts of drug delivery resulting in...

July 19, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 12, 2018

Quarryville Man Sentenced to 34 Years of Supervision, Megan’s Law for Life, for Sex Abuse

MathewMorales

A Quarryville man was recently sentenced to 34 years of supervision for sexual abuse of four children.

John Lapp, 55, pleaded guilty in March to 13 crimes, including felony aggravated indecent assault of a child, regarding the behavior that spanned several...

July 11, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 10, 2018

3 Men Charged with Elizabethtown Man’s Fatal Heroin-Fentanyl Overdose

SalomeRamosRosa

The collaboration of several Lancaster County law-enforcement agencies led to arrests of three alleged heroin dealers charged with causing the fatal overdose of an Elizabethtown man.

The 37-year-old decedent overdosed on July 2 at his West High Street home...

July 10, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 9, 2018

Dealer Jailed up to 16 Years for Fentanyl Sale that Killed Elizabethtown Man

TylerBobola

A convicted drug dealer will serve up to 16 years in prison for a 2017 sale of fentanyl that killed an Elizabethtown man.

Tyler S. Bobola, 22, pleaded guilty in April to felony drug delivery resulting in death and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a c...

July 9, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Sex Abuse of 2 Girls 10 Years Ago

JuanSilva

A Reading man will serve up to 20 years in prison for sexual abuse of two girls ten years ago in Lancaster.

Juan R. Silva, 46, was convicted at trial in January of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors regarding the abuse i...

July 6, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 3, 2018

State Prison for Man who had Pistol and 225 Bags of Heroin at Lancaster Home

MiguelSaldana

A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for having 225 bags of heroin while possessing a handgun illegally.

Miguel A. Saldana, 26, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony drug-dealing, illegal possession of a firearm, and re...

July 3, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: July 2, 2018

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Lancaster Man of 7 Felonies Regarding Sex Abuse of Child

RafaelSaez

A Lancaster County jury recently convicted a man of sexual abuse of a pre-teen girl between 2013 and 2017.

Rafael Saez, 33, was convicted of eight of the nine charges filed against him regarding abuse at a Lancaster city home.

The jury deliberated about sev...

July 2, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Raymond Rowe, aka 'DJ Freez,' Charged with Killing Christy Mirack in 1992

RaymondRowe

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, along with the numerous agencies and investigators who have contributed to the case over the years, announce charges filed today in the 1992 murder of Christy Mirack.

Lancaster County Detective Chr...

June 25, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: June 22, 2018

‘Career Criminal’ Jailed up to 37 Years for 27th Conviction Since 1988

JamesThomas

A Lancaster man – deemed a “career criminal” by a judge and a prosecutor – will serve up to 37 years in prison for his latest crimes, which accounted for his 27th criminal conviction in the past 30 years.

James Fleet...

June 22, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: June 6, 2018

‘Facebook of Suspects’: New Data-Sharing System Launched for Police in Lancaster County

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More than half of Lancaster County’s police departments can now view each other’s information databases thanks to a bridge system that allows department-to-department information-sharing of people, places, vehicles and other valuable d...

June 6, 2018

District Attorney

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame Recognition

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Commissioners were honored to induct new members into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame September 13th, 2018. Each one of these citizens has voted in every general election for the last 50 years. We thank them for their commitment to country and communi...

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

County 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

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Thanks again to all those who attended and participated in our County 9/11 memorial ceremony on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018.

Lancaster County Main Website
Posted on: September 12, 2018

Letter of Commendation to Renee Christiansen

Renee Christiansen.9.12.2018

This morning Commissioners presented a Letter of Commendation to Renee Christiansen in recognition of her serving on the 2018 Geisel Award Committee through the Association for Library Service to Children. They were joined by Bonnie Young, Executive Direc...

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Lancaster County Main Website
Posted on: September 12, 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month.9.12.2018

This morning Commissioners presented a National Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation recognizing the contributions of people of Hispanic and Latino origin to the United States and to the Lancaster County community. They were joined by members of the Lanca...

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Lancaster County Main Website