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Posted on: December 11, 2018

VERDICT: Man Facing Life Term for 1st-Degree Murder of Providence Twp. Man

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A Lancaster man was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and all other charges regarding the fatal shooting last year of 35-year-old Hugo Garcia-Hernandez.

A Lancaster County jury returned its verdict Monday afternoon, finding Jose S. Ferrufino acted on...

Dec. 11, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 7, 2018

2 Ex Worley & Obetz Execs Bound for Trial on all Charges in $1 Million Scam

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The former CEO and controller of a Manheim-based energy business were ordered this week to be tried in Lancaster County Court for years-long, alleged misuses of company funds covering the CEO’s personal credit debt.

Jeffrey B. Lyons, former CEO o...

Dec. 7, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Woman Charged with Causing Crash that Killed 2 Warwick HS Students

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A Mount Joy woman is charged with two counts of third-degree murder and related charges for causing a multi-vehicle crash in October that killed two local students and injured other individuals.

Lititz Borough police, with approval from the Lancaster Count...

Dec. 6, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 5, 2018

Woman Sentenced for 'Unusually Dangerous' Robbery; Multiple Guns Pulled, Shots Fired

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A Lancaster woman will serve up to 10 years in prison for robbing a man at gunpoint, then driving at police officers who responded to the robbery scene.

Jenine Morales, 18, previously pleaded guilty to felony robbery and aggravated assault, misdemeanor rec...

Dec. 5, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 4, 2018

DA's Safety Assessment Offer to Schools: Review of Facilities for Potential Risks

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District Attorney Craig Stedman has extended a standing offer for safety-assessment consultation to any Lancaster County school – public or private.

The assessment consists of a review of school facilities blueprints and procedures, and, if requested, a wa...

Dec. 4, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 4, 2018

All 5 Charged in Kidnapping Case in Custody; Prelim Hearings Held for 3

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The five individuals charged in a Lancaster County kidnapping-extortion case are all in custody, the most recent arrest happening Friday.

Four men and a woman are charged in connection with the kidnapping of a 40-year-old Columbia man, who was held at gunp...

Dec. 4, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Woman who Posed as Vet in Dog Debarking Case Arraigned; Bail Set at $75K

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An Iowa woman has been extradited to Lancaster County where she is charged with debarking four dogs earlier this year.

Denise L. Felling, 55, was arraigned Friday morning at a district court in Quarryville. District Judge Stuart Mylin set bail at $75,000.

P...

Dec. 3, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 30, 2018

DA Review: Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting of Man who Had Gun to Woman’s Head

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Lancaster city man.

A Lancaster city police officer on Sept. 16 fired a shot that struck Ricardo Av...

Nov. 30, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 29, 2018

Ex-Denver Borough Tax Collector Charged with Stealing $21K+ in Taxpayer Funds

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The former elected tax collector for Denver Borough is charged with theft of over $21,000 in tax payments, mostly from residents and mortgage agencies.

Brian L. Weaver deposited the stolen funds in a personal account, instead of crediting them to property ...

Nov. 29, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 28, 2018

Funding Shortfall Looms for Drug Task Force as Meth Use/Dealing Spikes

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The Lancaster County Drug Task Force – which targets mid- to upper-level dealers and monitors trends in trafficking and drugs of choice – is likely facing a funding crisis in the very near future.

District Attorney Craig Stedman is aski...

Nov. 28, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 27, 2018

'Modern-Day Slavery': Man Jailed up to 36 Years for Trafficking Ring in Lancaster County

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A New Jersey man will serve up to 36 years in prison for a human-trafficking ring he operated in Lancaster County, enticing the victims with drugs and only a small fraction of the profits.

Dominic Roach was convicted of all counts earlier this year during ...

Nov. 27, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 21, 2018

Man Admits to Stealing SUV from East Lampeter Diner, Causing Death of Owner's Dog

A Chester County man will serve at least two years in prison for stealing a vehicle this summer in Lancaster County, which resulted in the death of the victim’s dog.

Bryan J. Devoe, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lancaster County Court to felony t...

Nov. 21, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 20, 2018

ADA Gonzalez Honored as Pa.'s First DRE-Certified Prosecutor

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The Pennsylvania DUI Association recently honored Assistant District Attorney Ande Gonzalez with the Impaired Driving Prosecutor Award.

Gonzalez was honored at a recent ceremony, along with five Lancaster County police officers, recognized for their effort...

Nov. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 19, 2018

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Man of Heroin-Dealing; Police Found Bags in Body Cavity

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A Lancaster man was recently convicted of felony heroin-dealing regarding a stash Lancaster city police found, most of it in a body cavity.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 37-year-old Christopher E. Miller following a two-day trial before Judge Merrill S...

Nov. 19, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 16, 2018

DUI Driver Sentenced for Causing Route 222 Crash that Killed 2 Men

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A Virginia man who was intoxicated when he crashed into a tow-emergency scene last year on Route 222, killing two men, was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court.

Anthony W. Caldwell will serve 6 to 12 years in prison for veering across a fog line in...

Nov. 16, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 15, 2018

State Prison for Dealer Found with 1.5 Pounds of Cocaine and Bulk Marijuana

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A Columbia man with repeat felony drug convictions will serve up to 15 years in prison for his latest arrest – regarding a seizure of 1½ pounds of cocaine.

Waldo Shepard, 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lancaster County Court to felony...

Nov. 15, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 13, 2018

Woman Charged with Debarking 4 Dogs in Lancaster County Arrested in Iowa

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An Iowa woman charged with debarking dogs in Lancaster County was taken into custody Friday afternoon.

Denise L. Felling, 55, was arrested by the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office about 4 p.m.

Felling is expected to be extradited to Lancaster County in...

Nov. 13, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 9, 2018

'Danger' Jailed up to 25 Years for 4 Illegal Drugs, 2 Stolen Pistols in Lancaster City

A Lancaster man with several prior felonies will serve up to 25 years in prison for his latest crimes – dealing four different illegal drugs and having two stolen guns.

Javier Gomez, 43, had quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana when...

Nov. 9, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Man in Custody, Charged with Attempted Murder for Shooting Man in Face in Penn Township

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A 23-year-old man is in custody regarding the Monday night shooting of a man in Penn Township.

Shawn Darionne Bergman is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related counts for the shooting at an apartment in the 400 block of South Main ...

Nov. 7, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 7, 2018

West Lampeter Twp. Man Charged with Assault; DA’s Office Investigated and Filed Charges

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office charged a West Lampeter Township man with misdemeanor assault regarding incidents at his home last week.

Damon Bronstetter, a Lancaster city police officer, is charged with two counts of simple assault for gr...

Nov. 6, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Inspector General-DA Team to Combat Fraudulent Use of SNAP Assistance Benefits

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is teaming with the state Inspector General against a form of welfare fraud that involves store merchants paying cash for government-assistance benefits.

Specifically, officials are seeing holders of SNAP (Su...

Nov. 2, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 26, 2018

Verdict: Akron Man Guilty in Child-Porn Case, a 3rd-Strike Conviction

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An Akron man was recently convicted in Lancaster County Court of having child pornography.

A local jury deliberated about 20 minutes before returning guilty verdicts to all counts against 62-year-old Robert M. Dennis.

Dennis, of South 9th Street, will be se...

Oct. 26, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 19, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Youth Aid Panels, a Diversion Program for Juvenile Offenders

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Volunteers are needed in Lancaster County to serve on Youth Aid Panels, diversionary programs for select juvenile offenders.

The District Attorney’s Office oversees the panels and police officers also serve alongside volunteers who assess the juv...

Oct. 19, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 12, 2018

Diversion Program Targeting Student Truancy Launched at Several Lancaster County Schools

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A diversion program aimed at reducing student truancy has been launched for this school year at several Lancaster County districts.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office offered the program as a pilot last year at Ephrata and Hempfield ...

Oct. 12, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 11, 2018

Lancaster County Drug Task Force K-9 ‘Bear’ Now Equipped with Protective Vest

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Bear, the Lancaster County Drug Task Force’s K-9 officer, is now equipped with a protective vest for searches and other operations.

A donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. fitted the bullet- and stab-proof vest for Bear, a 3½ -yea...

Oct. 11, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 10, 2018

Drug Task Force Charges Lancaster Twp. Couple with Having Meth, Marijuana, THC

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A Lancaster Township couple is charged with having marijuana and methamphetamine after a recent search.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force filed charges regarding the Oct. 1 search on Baron Drive, the culmination of an ongoing investigation of suspected ...

Oct. 10, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Judge Denies Relief Request of Man on Death Row; Calls Rapper’s Killing ‘Murder with Malice’

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A man sentenced to death for killing a hip-hop artist after a show in Columbia in 2010 has been denied his latest request for relief.

Jakeem Towles was seeking a re-trial over the May 2010 killing of Cornell “Young E-Z” Stewart outside ...

Oct. 9, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: October 4, 2018

E-town Cases to Trials after Prelims in Fatal Park Beating, Killing of Baby

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A man and woman charged in separate homicide cases will face the charges in Lancaster County Court, as ordered after recent preliminary hearings.

Elizabethtown police Detective Dustin Ryan filed charges in both cases: the July suffocation death of an infan...

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District Attorney
Posted on: October 3, 2018

Accused High-Level Dealer had 46 Pounds of Pot, ‘Wax,’ Mushrooms, $150K+ Cash

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A Lancaster man is charged with supplying large quantities of marijuana, “wax,” mushrooms and other substances following a unified effort between law-enforcement that involved multiple agencies and searches.

Brent McCracken is charged w...

Oct. 3, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 25, 2018

Repeat Offender Jailed Decades for On-Campus Sexual Assault Hours after he was Released from Prison

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A repeat sexual offender with a decades-long history of violent crime will serve up to 70 years in prison for his latest attack – the attempted rape of a Franklin & Marshall College student.

Anthony L. Rutter, 48, pleaded guilty Monday in Lan...

Sept. 25, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: August 29, 2018

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

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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

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