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Posted on: July 9, 2020

July 8 Protest Event in Manheim is Peaceful, Without Arrests

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We are providing an update on a protest event that happened Wednesday (July 8) in Manheim Borough.

The demonstration began at 4 p.m. and lasted until about 7:30 p.m.

Approximately 60 to 70 people participated in peaceful demonstration while marching around ...

July 9, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

District Attorney
Posted on: June 22, 2020

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

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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 19, 2020

DA Heather Adams Joins Area Prosecutors Call for Police Hiring Reforms

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From Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office:

Today, Pennsylvania District Attorneys from Centre, Dauphin, Lancaster, Franklin, and York counties formally joined the coalition formed by Attorney General Shapiro to end the practice of law enforceme...

June 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: June 18, 2020

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

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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

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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

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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: June 1, 2020

Our Comments on the Death of George Floyd and Protests in Lancaster County

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Police officers, like all public servants, are held to a high standard of performance – as they should be. They have chosen a profession like no other and have sworn to protect and serve everyone – regardless of who they are, what they...

June 1, 2020

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

With Schools Closed, Who Can Kids Talk to About Abuse at Home?

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Social Distancing and at-home confinement present challenges for children in abusive environments.

With schools closed and in-person contact with friends and relatives limited, some kids could be searching for someone to speak to about at-home problems.

Hom...

May 29, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 14, 2020

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

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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 10, 2020

No Prosecution of Citations Issued Pursuant to Stay-Home Orders and Business Closures

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office will not prosecute citations pursuant to the Disease Prevention and Control Law regarding violations of state-mandated stay-at-home orders and closure orders of “non-essential businesses....

May 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Information Sought on Activities Involving Man Charged with Abusing Children

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The investigation of a New Holland man recently charged with sexual abuse of six children is ongoing.

Law enforcement officials would like to hear from individuals with information about 51-year-old Gustavo Rendon’s contact with children.

Other in...

May 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: May 7, 2020

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

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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

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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: May 1, 2020

Many Resources in Lancaster County to Combat Mental Health Troubles Heightened by COVID-19

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While the COVID-19 emergency has had widespread impact on the physical health of those infected, the pandemic’s impact on mental health has also been rampant – while perhaps not as noticeable.

Stay-home restrictions effect people differ...

May 1, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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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

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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: April 24, 2020

We Served 3,670 Victims in 2019, when $2.2 Million Restitution was Collected

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Our mission is to advocate for crime victims, preserve public safety, and seek justice for all.

This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a recognition of those impacted by crime and a time to inform the public about victims’ ri...

April 24, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Police Justified in Firing at Man who Fled at 130+ MPH, Struck Occupied Cruiser

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed a May 6, 2019, incident in East Hempfield Township that involved two Pennsylvania State Police troopers firing at a fleeing suspect in a vehicle, after the suspect nearly struck one of...

April 23, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force Summit, DTF Auction Deferred Due to COVID-19

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The COVID-19 emergency has prompted changes in events planned for May in Lancaster County: the Crime Prevention Summit and the Drug Task Force Public Auction.

- The Crime Prevention Summit, scheduled for May 15 at the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 building, has b...

April 20, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Safety Coalition Cameras Keep Rolling in Lancaster During COVID-19 Emergency

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Cameras positioned at nearly 200 locations in Lancaster city continue to roll during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Lancaster Safety Coalition, a non-profit organization that oversees and operates the cameras, has modified in-office and work-from-home operati...

April 17, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Providing Gun During Confrontation that Led to Shooting

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 20 years in prison for providing a gun for a shooting last year in the city.

Farhad “Bang Out” Wahidullah was with a group of males who confronted a man on Campbell Avenue on July 28, 2019.

The group exch...

April 15, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 13, 2020

BEWARE: Scammer Claims to be an 'Officer' Wanting to Meet in Person

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A scam has been reported involving a caller demanding to meet up for service of papers.

A local resident received multiple calls from an individual claiming to be a “Lancaster County officer.”

The caller said told the resident to meet th...

April 13, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 8, 2020

WARNING: Scammers Targeting Stimulus Payments; What to Watch For

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A developing phishing scam is targeting individuals expecting a stimulus payment due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Residents SHOULD NOT provide bank account or direct deposit information to anyone contacting them through social media, email, or via text messa...

April 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 6, 2020

SERT, Drug Task Force Seize Stolen Guns, Charge 2 in Raid at Lancaster Home

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The Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team assisted the County Drug Task Force in a raid this week at a city home that uncovered two stolen pistols, ammo, and several ounces of marijuana.

A man and a woman were arrested during the early-morning o...

April 6, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Many Lancaster County Police Departments Taking Non-Emergency Incident Reports Online

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Several Lancaster County police departments are using CRIMEWATCH’S online reporting system for non-emergency incidents – such as a damaged vehicle, lost/stolen wallet or act of vandalism.

The online reporting system was implemented in r...

April 3, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Lancaster County’s 1st Responders Work Hundreds of Calls Daily

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While many people are away from work amid business closures and the limiting of in-office staffing, emergency responders in Lancaster County have not missed a beat.

Good thing, because our safety and health depends on their great work.

Police, EMS crews, fi...

April 1, 2020

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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 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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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

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

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

District Attorney
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

District Attorney
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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