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Posted on: October 18, 2019

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


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


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


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


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.


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


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

District Attorney
Posted on: October 2, 2019

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Over 100 Volunteers Now Serving on Youth Aid Panels Across Lancaster County


Nine volunteers became members of Youth Aid Panels this week and will begin serving alongside law enforcement in three Lancaster County communities.

The volunteers were honored as certified members at a graduation ceremony Tuesday at the Lancaster County C...

Aug. 23, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 21, 2019

Pa. Court: Jury Acted on Evidence when Returned Death Verdict for Man who Killed Mother and Daughter


A Lancaster County man convicted of killing a woman and her daughter because they were potential witnesses in his pending sexual assault case was granted no relief this week from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The appellate court found nothing to overturn...

Aug. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Repeat Offender Jailed up to 30 Years for Sexual Abuse of Lancaster County Child


A registered sex offender was recently jailed up to 30 years for his second conviction of illegal contact with a child.

Justin M. Mayfield, 37, pleaded guilty to several felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor and failure to register under Megan&...

Aug. 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Purse Vendor Jailed for Groping Customer at Root's Country Market


A New York man was sentenced to prison for groping a woman last year at Root’s Country Market.

Zhong Wu Shan was escorted from Lancaster County Court in handcuffs Wednesday when he was sentenced to one to 23 months in prison for misdemeanor indec...

Aug. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Man Sentenced for Role in New Jersey-to-Lancaster Fentanyl Trafficking


A Lancaster man will serve up to 30 years in prison for his role in a large-scale fentanyl/heroin operation – and he could be facing additional penalties.

Antonio J. Rivera, 28, was on state and federal parole when he was charged last year in the Lancaster...

Aug. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2019

1 in 5 Criminal Cases Enter Diversion Programs for Charge Reductions, Expungements


An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:

A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s)....

Aug. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 5, 2019

Deadly 'Fake' Prescription Pills Seen Across U.S. are Pure Fentanyl


Fake prescriptions pills – which are actually pressed fentanyl tablets – recently caused four overdose deaths in a day in California.

The pills have also made their way to other parts of the country, including Lancaster County.

The pure ...

Aug. 5, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Shorty Melendez's Survivors Hoping Public Info, DNA Brings Break in Unsolved Murder Case


Christina Reichard can still feel the heat of July 3 – 17 years ago.          

Lancaster city residents were on their porches, in the streets and on the sidewalks, excitement of the approaching holiday...

July 10, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 9, 2019

More Prison for Woman who Gave Birth in Bathroom; 'Cherished' Baby Living with a Family


A Berks County woman will serve at least a few more months in prison for endangering her newborn child by giving birth in a Warwick Township bathroom.

Emmanuella Osei, 24, was sentenced Monday morning in Lancaster County Court on a felony count of endanger...

July 9, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 1, 2019

'Living Hell': Jury Convicts Man of 25 Charges for Sex Abuse of Children


A Lancaster Township man was convicted Friday of more than two dozen charges regarding sustained beatings, sexual abuse and imprisonment of four children.

Donald A. Moyer, 63, will be sentenced after a background investigation is completed in a couple mont...

July 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 2, 2019

Man Sentenced for Strangulation of Pregnant Woman - his 2nd Conviction for Beating a Woman


A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for beating a pregnant woman last year – a violation of his probation for a prior conviction of assaulting another woman.

Luis A. Betemit, 25, pleaded guilty to felony strangulation, aggravated ...

May 2, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 10, 2019

How School Resource Officers and Youth Aid Panels are Helping our Students


What qualifies as effective and successful is subjective when discussing police practices at Lancaster County school districts – no district’s student body is like any other, so there is a variety of approaches employed across the coun...

April 10, 2019

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