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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Judges Modify Bail for 9 Individuals Charged with Arson/Riot Offenses in Lancaster City


Nine people charged with crimes regarding riotous activities earlier this week in Lancaster city had their bail modified Thursday by a Lancaster County Judge and Magisterial District Judge.

Several of the charged individuals filed petitions for reconsidera...

Sept. 18, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2020

The Purpose of Bail, and the Bail Process for those Charged with Arson/Riot Offenses


We present this information to clarify and correct some of the statements/comments being circulated regarding bail amounts set for those charged with arson and riot offenses this week in Lancaster city.

First, we find it crucial to inform the public of the...

Sept. 16, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Our Comments on the Violent and Riotous Acts in Lancaster City

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office wishes to assure community members, leaders, and business owners that the criminal acts that occurred Sunday night and overnight in Lancaster city are being investigated and that those who perpetra...

Sept. 16, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2020

'Careless, Negligent': Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 'Friend' in Columbia


An 18-year-old Columbia man admitted Wednesday to shooting and killing his friend last year in Columbia.

Antonio Acosta pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two related charges regarding the July 29, 2019, shooting of 19-year-old Nicholas J. Mill...

Sep. 11, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Lancaster Man Sentenced to State Prison for Years of Sexual Abuse of Girl


A Lancaster man will serve up to a decade in prison for sexual abuse of a girl – which the victim said she endured for years.

Louis Gianoukas, 39, pleaded guilty to three felonies and a misdemeanor regarding abuse of the girl, beginning when she ...

Sept. 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Testimony: Shotgun Found 25 Feet from Homicide Scene Linked to Denver Man


A shotgun – with a spent shell casing stuck in the chamber – was found about 25 feet from where a man was fatally shot while in his vehicle on Cats Back Road in West Earl Township, according to testimony.

That shotgun was traced to 27-y...

Sept. 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Vehicles, Power Tools, Jewelry Available at Drug Task Force Auction on Sept. 19


Power tools, jewelry, and numerous vehicles are among the items up for bid at the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Public Auction on Sept. 19.

The in-person auction will be held at Lancaster County Park with social distancing and masks required.

Up for bid ...

Aug. 28, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 27, 2020

No Relief for Double Murderer who Claims Court Process was too Slow


A man serving life in prison for the brutal killing of two Lancaster brothers will get no relief from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Joshua Proper, now 21, argued on appeal that the court process was too slow, and that his charges should have been droppe...

Aug. 27, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Federal Court: No Relief for Man who Killed Pregnant Girlfriend, Unborn Child


A federal appellate court ruled that a man serving life in prison for killing his pregnant girlfriend – and her unborn child – is not due relief from trial convictions of first-degree murder and third-degree murder.

Matthew S. Becker wa...

Aug. 24, 2020

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Human Trafficker Sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 55½ to 141 Years in Prison


A New Jersey native will serve at least 55½ years in prison for trafficking several women in the southcentral Pennsylvania area, including Lancaster County.

Barry Charles Schiff, 53, was convicted at trial last year of trafficking of persons, in...

Aug. 21, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Drunk and Drugged Driver Jailed up to a Decade for Crash that Killed Conestoga Man


A Conestoga man will serve up to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal vehicle crash last year when he was speeding while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Abraham R. Smith pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to vehicular homicide ...

Aug. 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Andrew Scheid Charged with Abuse of Corpses, Falsifying Info on Death Certificates


The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Manor Township Police Department, announce the filing of charges against Andrew T. Scheid, owner of Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home.

In recent months, police and our office in...

Aug. 14, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 10, 2020

CHARGED: Denver Man Killed Motorist in West Earl Township Early Sunday Morning


A Denver man is charged with shooting and killing a Lancaster County man Sunday morning in West Earl Township, where the two men encountered one another in separate vehicles.

Stephen John Jones, 27, is charged with homicide regarding the shooting of the 68...

Aug. 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Justo Smoker Ordered to Stand Trial in Kidnapping of Linda Stoltzfoos


A district judge saw a photo Wednesday of Linda Stoltzfoos walking to church on the day she went missing.

Stoltzfoos is seen with four other Amish females in a line across a Bird-in-Hand area road around 8:30 a.m.

Stoltzfoos never made it home on June 21; h...

Aug. 6, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 3, 2020

UPDATE: Man Charged in Killings of Two Men is in Custody; Not Eligible for Bail


An Upper Leacock Township man charged with killing two men earlier this week surrendered Friday.

Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, is charged with two counts of homicide for shooting Jonathan Rivera and Eugenio Morales-Torres Monday evening at Almodovar&rsquo...

Aug. 3, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Drug Task Force Auction Set for Sept. 19 in Lancaster County Park


The Lancaster County Drug Task Force Public Auction is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Lancaster County Park.

Social distancing and masks will be required for the in-person auction of items seized in local drug forfeitures.

A list of items up for bid is expected ...

July 31, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Man Charged with Killing 2 Men Whose Bodies were Found in a Burned Vehicle


The ongoing investigation of two bodies found Tuesday in a burned vehicle in Manor Township has resulted in charges against an Upper Leacock Township man – who, at the time of this release, remains wanted.

Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, was charged W...

July 30, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 29, 2020

CAPTURED: 2 Va. Prison Escapees who Passed Through Lancaster County Arrested in Mich.


Two prison escapees who passed through Lancaster County during nearly two weeks on the run were arrested by federal law enforcers Saturday in Michigan.

Rashad E. Williams, 18, and Jabar Ali Taylor, 20, were taken into custody without incident at a hotel in...

July 29, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Lancaster County Connection Involved in Bust of Regional K2 Trafficking Ring


Recent raids and arrests of several individuals halted a multi-county K2 production and trafficking operation that had connections to Lancaster County.

Berks County officials recently announced the results of “Operation Crystal Blue,” w...

July 27. 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 17, 2020

The Latest in 'Constant, Ongoing, Collaborative Effort' to Find Linda Stoltzfoos


The investigation into Linda Stoltzfoos’ whereabouts is a "constant, ongoing, collaborative effort," the investigative agencies said Thursday at a press briefing in Lancaster County.

Stoltzfoos, an 18-year-old Amish woman, has been miss...

July 17, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Woman Pleads No Contest, Sentenced for Crash in Lititz that Killed 2 Students


A Mount Joy woman pleaded no contest and was sentenced Tuesday for causing a multi-vehicle crash near Warwick High School that killed two students as they were leaving school in 2018.

A third student was seriously injured in the Oct. 26, 2018, crash, which...

July 15, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Father and Son Charged in Sunday Morning Shooting in Ephrata that Injured 4 Men

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An Ephrata Township man is charged with opening fire at a group of six men – wounding four of the men - Sunday night in Ephrata Township.

The alleged shooter’s father is charged with conspiring in the shooting and providing a rifle used...

July 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Man who Preyed on 'Weak and Helpless' Jailed up to 20 Years for Beating Woman, Toddler


A Lancaster man will serve up to 20 years in prison for beating and sexually assaulting a woman – and for beating the woman’s toddler because the child cried as his mother was beaten.

Luis Martinez-Colomba, 33, must also register his wh...

July 6, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Man with ‘Extensive’ Record Caught Discarding Stolen Gun Jailed up to 15 Years


A Lancaster man with prior felony convictions will serve at least 7½ years in prison for having a stolen firearm during an incident last year in the city.

Lancaster city police caught Chappell Williams discarding the gun when they responded to t...

July 2, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Stabbing 2 Men at Conoy Township Bar


A Bainbridge man will serve up to 16 years in prison for stabbing two men at a Conoy Township bar in 2018.

Peter V. Fultano, 37, previously pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault regarding the Nov. 23, 2018, incident at Bainbridge Inn, 5 Nor...

July 1, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 26, 2020

13 Lancaster County Officers Honored as ‘Top Guns’ for DUI Law Enforcement


Thirteen Lancaster County police officers were recently recognized as “Top Guns” for their DUI law enforcement efforts.

The thirteen officers made a combined 354 DUI arrests last year in Lancaster County.

“Your enforcement of D...

June 26, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 23, 2020

23 People Charged in Auto Dealer Fraud Ring Across Several States


From Pennsylvania State Police:

After a thorough and complete investigation conducted by multiple agencies, the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop J Lancaster, announced today that 23 individuals have been arrested in relation to illegal vehicle sales activi...

June 23, 2020

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Power of Attorney Charged with Stealing $248K from His Elderly Mother


An East Hempfield Township man is charged with stealing nearly $250,000 from his mother while serving as power of attorney when she was in a Lititz assisted-living community.

Jeffrey S. Weit made 237 transactions from his mother’s account, since ...

June 22, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Transfer at Prison that Caused Inmate’s Death


A Lancaster man will serve up to a decade in prison for providing fentanyl to Lancaster County inmates last year, causing one of them to fatally overdose.

Jamie Franco-Quinones, 50, and his son conspired to provide drugs to inmates – including Fr...

June 18, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Woman Jailed for Spree of Store Robberies - After Being Paroled for Past Store Robberies


A Lititz woman on parole for a store robbery spree was again sentenced to state prison – for three more store robberies, including the same store from the past spree.

Kathleen E. Moore, 52, had recently been paroled when she robbed three Lancaste...

June 12, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Dealer with Criminal History Since 1985 Sentenced for Fentanyl Sale from Parked Car


A repeat offender will serve up to 10 years in state prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin from his parked Jaguar in Lancaster – as a surveillance camera recorded the transaction.

Jose M. Valentin, 53, will serve 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison, a...

June 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 4, 2020

DNA Leads to Charges Against Man in 2 Rapes Nearly 20 Years Ago

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A Manheim Township man fatally shot himself in his home Wednesday morning when police were serving an arrest warrant regarding two rapes that happened nearly 20 years ago in rural parts of Lancaster County.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office p...

June 4, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Review of Drug Task Force Prompts Widespread Changes; $150K in Seized Funds Unaccounted For

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announces today the implementation of widespread changes in procedure and protocols regarding daily operations of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force.

District Attorney Heather Adams prioritized th...

June 3, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Police Week 2020: A Look at the Many Duties Performed by Lancaster County Officers


Police officer duties – protecting our communities and preserving our safety – have been ongoing during the COVID-19 emergency, so it is fitting that we honor our officers during National Police Week.

Police work during the pandemic dem...

May 14, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 7, 2020

SCAM ALERT: Caller Claims to be Police, Demands Money for Unpaid Tickets


Residents are warned to beware of an active scam involving a caller identifying himself as police and demanding payment.

Multiple incidents were reported this week to police and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

In one incident, a female rece...

May 7, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 5, 2020

State Troopers Justified in Firing at Fleeing Fugitive in Paradise Twp. in 2019


The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office reviewed a Feb. 19, 2019, incident in Paradise Township that involved Pennsylvania State Police troopers firing and wounding a fleeing fugitive, who was driving his vehicle in the direction of poli...

May 5, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Convicted Felon Still Wanted after Failure to Appear at Trial and Sentencing


A convicted felon who failed to appear for his trial will serve up to a decade in prison – with his sentence starting upon his capture.

William Berke III was a no show at trial in January, when a jury deliberated 20 minutes before convicting him ...

April 30, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Quarantine Can Raise Risk of Domestic Violence – But Help is Available


Stay-home orders prompted by COVID-19 raise the stress and risk levels of some individuals who might not feel safe at home.

For anyone feeling threatened or being abused at home: There is help.

Police are investigating and acting in response to reports, as ...

April 27, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: March 13, 2020

College Students Litigate in Lancaster for Mock Trial Tournament


Aspiring lawyers from more than a dozen colleges and universities recently visited the Lancaster County Courthouse for opening round action of the American Mock Trial Association’s National Tournament.

Six prosecutors from our office served as vo...

March 13, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 27, 2020

East Earl Man Jailed Decades for ‘Offensive and Evil’ Acts of Child Abuse


An East Earl man will serve at least 38 years in prison for years of sexual abuse of four pre-teenage girls, abuse which has inflicted permanent trauma on the victims who are now struggling with instinctual sexually deviate behaviors.

David S. Smucker, 75,...

Jan. 27, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 13, 2020

‘I’m the Last Person to Judge Anyone': Police Officer has Saved Numerous Lives with Narcan


Northwest Regional police Officer Frank Jones proudly took an oath to put himself in harm’s way to protect the public from those who perpetrate crimes.

In recent years those duties have expanded to bringing individuals back to life following over...

Jan. 13, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: December 20, 2019

GUILTY: Jury Finds Man Backed into Police Cruiser After Berating Sergeant over Traffic Tickets


A New Holland man was convicted this week of berating a police officer over traffic tickets, then deliberately backing into the officer’s cruiser and fleeing.

A local jury convicted 66-year-old Mark Wingerd of the hit-and-run - four months after ...

Dec. 20, 2019

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