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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Our Team of Advocates is Available to Support Victims during COVID-19

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Our office is aware of the impact of isolation presented by the COVID-19 emergency.

That impact can be particularly difficult for people who are victims of crime.

We have a team of advocates available to support victims – and that continues during...

March 27, 2020

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

All 27 Departments Aboard Task Force for Lancaster County-Wide Police Coverage

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A Lancaster County-wide plan is in place to ensure police services will continue if a department has a staffing shortage that impacts public protection.

In response to COVID-19, District Attorney Heather Adams established this week the Lancaster County Reg...

March 25, 2020

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lancaster County-Wide Police Task Force Ready if a Department Becomes Hindered by COVID-19

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A Lancaster County-wide plan is in place to ensure police services will continue if a department has a staffing shortage that impacts public protection.

In response to COVID-19, District Attorney Heather Adams established this week the Lancaster County Reg...

March 20, 2020

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

UPDATE: Closings, Restrictions at Lancaster County Courts Through April 14

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In response to COVID-19, Lancaster County’s President Judge signed an order March 18 suspending many court proceedings in the county through April 14.

Generally, the Lancaster County Courthouse (at 50 North Duke Street) and district courts are CL...

March 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: March 13, 2020

College Students Litigate in Lancaster for Mock Trial Tournament

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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

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Man Jailed for Having Child Pornography; Tried to Process the Photos at CVS

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An East Hempfield Township man will serve up to 10 years in prison for having lewd images of a teenage girl, then threatening to post the photos on Facebook when she stopped talking to him.

Raymond McClenaghan was caught trying to have lewd photos of a chi...

March 10, 2020

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Man Decides to Plead Guilty to Rape - After Victim Testifies at Trial

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A Lancaster man on trial this week for raping a woman decided to plead guilty after 2½ days of testimony.

Kenny Padilla-Pineda pleaded guilty to rape and related counts after a local jury heard testimony from the victim and other witnesses.

Lanca...

March 6, 2020

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Elizabethtown Woman Sentenced for Strangling to Death her 4-Month Old Daughter

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An Elizabethtown woman will serve up to 20 years in prison for suffocating her infant daughter, found unresponsive in an apartment in July 2018.

Candace Parrow, 25, previously pleaded no contest guilty but mentally ill to 3rd-degree murder and related coun...

March 5, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: March 3, 2020

The ‘Ultimate’ Guide to Voxer, Tellonym and Other Apps Teens are Using

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This information was included in the March 2020 newsletter distributed by the Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force. View the newsletter and SUBSCRIBE here: http://bit.ly/3alUMar.

We present this as a release of information so parents and c...

March 3, 2020

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Pa. Court: No Relief for Man who Participated in 2007 Killing of Ray Diener

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A state prison inmate will get no break from a Pennsylvania appellate court for taking part in the murder of Ray Diener, a humanitarian killed on his front porch during a random robbery in 2007.

Emru Kebede, now 29, is one of four individuals convicted in ...

Feb. 28, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Repeat Sex Offender Jailed up to 30 Years for Breaking Probation from 1988 Sentence

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A repeat sex offender was sentenced to his longest prison term yet for a recent probation violation stemming from a 1988 conviction for abusing eight boys.

Kevin Portello was a student at Lancaster Bible College decades ago when he contacted and abused the...

Feb. 26, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Superior Court: First Human Trafficking Trial Conviction in Lancaster County Will Stand

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The first human trafficking trial conviction in Lancaster County history will stand, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ordered.

Dominic O. Roach filed for relief from his conviction and 18-to-36-year prison sentence for trafficking two women from Ne...

Feb. 25, 2020

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

'Evil and Perversion': Rapist Jailed up to 63 Years for Abuse of 2 Girls

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A Manheim Township man will serve up to 63 years in prison for years of abuse of two girls, behavior that the sentencing judge called “disgusting and evil.”

Geoffrey Bussard was sentenced Friday to 29½ to 63 years regarding h...

Feb. 24, 2020

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Conoy Township Man to Trial for DUI, Pound of Marijuana - While on Bail for Drug-Dealing Charges

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A Conoy Township man was ordered to stand trial after an officer testified Wednesday about the man’s suspended license and nearly a pound of marijuana found in his vehicle in January.

District Judge Randall Miller ordered 29-year-old Shane M. Win...

Feb. 21, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 20, 2020

VIEW THE RECORDS: Drug Forfeiture Transactions Available Online

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Our office has made public purchase receipts and other documents regarding drug forfeiture account transactions from 2017 through the end of fiscal year 2018.

The documents are available in a searchable database via DropBox.

You can view the documents HERE....

Feb. 20, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Love Your Dog Month: Licensing Your Dog Supports Cruelty Law Enforcement

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February officially became Love Your Dog Month at a recent ceremony in Lancaster to promote the importance of proper licensing and cruelty law enforcement.

Having your dog licensed every year not only protects your own pet, but also helps mistreated dogs a...

Feb. 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 18, 2020

District Attorney’s Office Continues Brochure Project to Decrease PFA Violations

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Lancaster County’s Sheriff and District Attorney are continuing a project to educate those served with protection-from-abuse orders and ultimately decrease illegal reactions to the orders.

District Attorney Heather Adams recently provided Sheriff...

Feb. 18, 2020

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

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

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 25 years in prison for providing fentanyl to Lancaster County Prison inmates, causing one of them to die of overdose last year.

Christopher Franco-Robles, 21, placed the fentanyl in a trash can outside the prison, where an ...

Feb. 13, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Man Sentenced for Lying to Police in Homicide Investigation; 3 Charged in Killing

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A Lancaster man was sentenced Thursday to state prison for lying to police about a homicide investigation, then calling and tipping off one of the charged killers.

Daniel F. Pineda, 22, previously pleaded guilty to two felony counts of hindering apprehensi...

Feb. 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 7, 2020

Lancaster County Crime Prevention Summit Set for May 15 at IU13 Building

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This information was included in the February 2020 newsletter distributed by the Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force. View the newsletter and SUBSCRIBE here: http://bit.ly/372qyae.

The fourth annual Lancaster County Crime Prevention Summi...

Feb. 7, 2020

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Courthouse Companion Dog Tresi in 2019: Comforted Child Witnesses and Attended Court Hearings

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Courthouse Companion Dog Tresi interacted with about 250 people last year, serving as a calming presence in emotional meetings, hearings and other court-related functions.

Tresi has been under the care of the District Attorney’s Office since earl...

Feb. 5, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Man Ordered to Trial for Woman’s Death in Fire at Lancaster City Home

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A Lancaster man was ordered Friday to face homicide and related charges in Lancaster County Court regarding a house fire in 2010 that killed Olga Sanchez, who was found dead in a second-floor bedroom of her North Plum Street home.

Carlos Montalvo-Rivera, S...

Feb. 3, 2020

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Lancaster Woman Sentenced for 'Terrible' Abuse and 'Torture' of 2-Year-Old Girl

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A Lancaster woman will serve up to 16 years in prison for burning and beating a toddler – making video recordings of some of the abuse.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright called the acts of 20-year-old Kamika Bowman “as terrible as a...

Jan. 30, 2020

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

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

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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

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

4 Women, 1 Man Graduate from Lancaster County Mental Health Court

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Five individuals battling mental illness found support and a path to recovery in a Lancaster County specialty court after being charged with crimes.

Four women and a man graduated Wednesday from Mental Health Court, earning certificates and reductions or e...

Jan. 24, 2020

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Repeat Offender Sentenced for DUI Involving Fentanyl, Morphine and Meth

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A repeat offender was recently sentenced for being under the influence of methamphetamine, fentanyl and morphine while driving on a DUI-related suspended license.

Kelly Lynn Fieni, 56, also possessed quantities of those substances – along with he...

Jan. 23, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 22, 2020

State Prison for Men who Brought 'Staggering Amount' of Fentanyl to Lancaster County

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Two Philadelphia-based drug suppliers were recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court to state prison for trafficking thousands of bags of fentanyl.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said Joshua Flores and Jacob Delmonte brought a “stag...

Jan. 22, 2020

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Prosecutor, Two Detectives Honored by F.O.P. for Investigation of Christy Mirack’s Murder

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The Fraternal Order of Police recently honored a Lancaster County prosecutor and two detectives for their investigative work in the murder of Christy Mirack, a 25-year-old schoolteacher killed 27 years ago in her East Lampeter Township home.

In separate ce...

Jan. 21, 2020

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Info Sought on Emaciated Horses Dropped Off at New Holland Stables

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Our office is assisting the Pennsylvania SPCA in the investigation of two horses dropped off last weekend at the New Holland Stables.

We are seeking information on who was involved in owning the horses and dropping them off at the stables.

If you have seen ...

Jan. 16, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 14, 2020

VERDICT: Man Guilty of Beating Toddler, Sexually Abusing Woman

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A Lancaster man was convicted Thursday of hitting a 2-year-old boy in the face and sexually abusing the boy’s mother – with the child present in a vehicle.

Luis Martinez-Colomba, 32, was found guilty of felony counts of aggravated assau...

Jan. 14, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 13, 2020

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

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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

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

10 Years Later: Child Rapist Jailed up to 34 Years for Abuse at Lancaster Apartment

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 34 years in prison for sexual abuse of a pre-teenager 10 years ago at a city apartment.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro sentenced 50-year-old Teddy Bernard to 10¾ to 34 years in prison regarding an October c...

Jan. 9, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 8, 2020

From the Newsletter: What do Kids See, Know and Think of Vaping?

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This information was included in the January 2020 newsletter distributed by the Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force. View the newsletter and SUBSCRIBE here: http://bit.ly/37HuZbq.

We present this as a release of information so parents and...

Jan. 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 7, 2020

'Unrepentant Career Criminal' Jailed up to 62 Years for Fentanyl Sales

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A Lancaster man will serve at least 23½ years in prison for fentanyl sales – including one that caused a Conestoga Township woman’s death in 2017.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said 39-year-old Kim Burgess is an &...

Jan. 7, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 6, 2020

'Danger to Society': Shooter, Co-Defendant in Robbery Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

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Two men were sentenced Thursday to lengthy state prison terms for a robbery in Lancaster city that nearly killed a man who was shot.

Clifton Hunter and Jovar Jackson, both 25, have violent criminal pasts and conspired on Oct. 16, 2018, to rob a man inside ...

Jan. 6, 2020

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

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

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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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Posted on: December 19, 2019

SPECIAL REPORT: Police Duties in Lancaster County Now Include Saving Lives with Narcan

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Protecting and serving the public are ever-evolving assignments for police officers trained to adapt with trending behaviors and perpetrator habits.

The outbreak of opioid addiction has prompted police officers across Lancaster County – and elsew...

Dec. 19, 2019

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Woman Sentenced for Daughter's Near-Drowning in Bathtub in 2008

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A Lancaster woman will serve at least four years in prison for causing her daughter’s permanent injuries – 11 years ago – when she left the child alone in bathwater as she was away smoking marijuana.

Jaquia Morales asked that ...

Dec. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: December 11, 2019

Felon to State Prison for Stash of Firearms, Leading Police on Chase

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A Conestoga Township man will serve up to 25 years in prison for having a stash of guns – while on bail for illegal possession of guns – and leading police on a vehicle chase this summer.

Brian Gainer, already a convicted felon, pleaded...

Dec. 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: December 3, 2019

3 Jailed for Woman's Fatal Overdose, Including 'Friend' who Provided First 'Try'

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Three people have been sentenced in Lancaster County Court for providing fentanyl-laced heroin to a woman who died – apparently using heroin for the first time.

Investigators discovered that the 30-year-old victim had wanted to “try&...

Dec. 3, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 20, 2019

What are the Most Common Causes of Vehicle Crashes in Lancaster County?

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Age, impairment, and lack of seatbelts were the most common factors in deadly vehicle crashes in Lancaster County over five recent years, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT reviewed 28,751 crashes reported in Lancaster County between 2014 and 2018 for cause fac...

Nov. 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: November 14, 2019

C.A.S.E. Unveils New Website, Window Display at Lancaster County Building

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Lancaster County Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation of Children (CASE) recently launched a new look online while also unveiling a revamped window display at the front of Lancaster County’s Government Center.

The window display fits CASE&rsq...

Nov. 14, 2019

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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: 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

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