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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Armed Man Arrested, Charged after Hours-Long Standoff at West Hempfield Township Home


An armed West Hempfield Township man was arrested Sunday night after an hours-long standoff at his home.

Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) took 49-year-old Shawn Stryker into custody about 9:15 p.m., about 10 hours after police were i...

Jan. 5, 2021

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

CHARGED: Alleged Dealer Had Cocaine, THC Products, Mushrooms, Pot, $91K Cash


The Lancaster County Drug Task Force halted an upper-level dealing operation when the recent raid of a Providence Township home uncovered cocaine, MDMA, numerous THC products, psychedelic mushrooms, pounds of marijuana, and over $91,000 cash.

The Drug Task...

Dec. 29, 2020

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Man Arrested at Airport after Flying Cross Country to Attack Woman in West Hempfield Township


Police arrested a man Monday at BWI Airport – on his way back to Texas – after he traveled cross country to beat a woman in West Hempfield Township.

West Hempfield Township police charged 35-year-old Tomas Martinez-Martinez with felony counts of strangulat...

Dec. 23, 2020

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Man Charged with Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos Now Charged with Her Murder


The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announces a significant development in the investigation of Linda Stoltzfoos’ abduction and attached prosecution.

On Monday, East Lampeter Township police and Pennsylvania State Police, af...

Dec. 22, 2020

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Two Men Charged – One a Fugitive – in $100K Theft Spree of Catalytic Converters


Two men are charged, including one who remains a wanted fugitive, in a multi-jurisdictional spree of thefts of catalytic convertors in Lancaster County.

Zachery Ryan Martin, 31, and Jonathan Robert Evans, 39, are charged with targeting parked vehicles and ...

Dec. 16, 2020

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

VERDICT: Lancaster Man Guilty of Messaging 14YO Girl Online for Sexual Contact

Jyptian Grooms

A Lancaster man was convicted this week of two felonies for messaging a 14-year-old girl online to meet for sexual contact.

A Lancaster County jury recently returned guilty verdicts against 22-year-old Jyptian Grooms to counts of unlawful contact with a mi...

Dec. 14, 2020

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Man Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot During Barricade Situation in Manheim Township

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A standoff incident in Manheim Township ended early Wednesday morning with the death of a man who barricaded himself, with a woman, inside an apartment.

The man, who is not being identified at this point, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to...

Dec. 9, 2020

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Lancaster Man Charged with Kidnapping Indiana Girl, 13, and Sexually Assaulting Her

Andrew Howland

A multi-agency investigation led to a Lancaster County hotel Wednesday night where police arrested a 38-year-old man and charged him with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from her Indiana home after pursuing her online.

Andrew E. Howland, of Lancaster city, a...

Dec. 4, 2020

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

SCAM ALERT: Caller Claims to Be with Sheriff, Demands Payment for Court Dues


Residents are warned of a scam involving a caller claiming to be with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office while demanding payment.

Local officials are aware of at least one case and believe other people could be targeted.

The caller identified h...

Dec. 2, 2020

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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Drug Task Force Nabs Alleged Dealer with Fentanyl, Child Pornography While on Bail


A Lancaster County man charged over the summer with felony drug-dealing was caught twice – while on bail – with fentanyl for sale.

Justin Michael Jenkins also is charged with producing and possessing child pornography regarding material...

Nov. 25, 2020

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Man of Causing Brain Injury with Punch at Private Club


A Willow Street man was convicted this week of felony aggravated assault for seriously injuring a man with a punch last year at a private club in Lancaster city.

Matthew Gibson, 39, will be sentenced after a background investigation is completed in a coupl...

Nov. 24, 2020

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

‘One Pill Did It’: Dealer Sentenced for Fentanyl Pill that Caused Fatal Overdose

Hector Valentin Nazario

A Lancaster man will spend at least 6½ years in prison for selling a fentanyl-laced pill to a man who fatally overdosed last year in his East Lampeter Township home.

Hector V. Nazario recently admitted in Lancaster County Court to selling pills ...

Nov. 20, 2020

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

‘Danger to the Community’ Jailed up to 40 Years for Violent Store Robberies


A Columbia man will serve up to 40 years in prison for a pair of violent store robberies this year – crimes that were solved when police from two departments collaborated to trace a getaway vehicle then discover the robber’s disguise i...

Nov. 17, 2020

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

VERDICT: Man Convicted of Rape – Months after Pleading Guilty to Assaulting 2 Women

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An Elizabethtown man already on probation for indecent assaults of two women was recently convicted of raping a woman last year at his home.

A local jury convicted 24-year-old Justin M. Burke of eight offenses, including felony rape, following a four-day t...

Nov. 9, 2020

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

DUI Driver Sentenced to State Prison for Injuring 2 in High-Speed Crash

Walker Michels

A Downingtown man who was drunk and under the influence of marijuana when he drove more than twice the speed limit and caused a head-on crash in Caernarvon Township will serve at least three years in prison.

The July 6, 2019, crash seriously injured a man ...

Nov. 6, 2020

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Drug Task Force: Upper-Level Dealers Charged for $100K Stash of Cocaine, Fentanyl

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A Lancaster city couple was recently arraigned in County Court for allegedly dealing cocaine and fentanyl in an “upper-level” drug operation, according to detectives.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force raided a home in the 300 block o...

Nov. 5, 2020

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

VERDICT: Man Guilty of Hiding in Insulation of Attic to Avoid Felony Warrant


A West Lampeter Township man was convicted Tuesday of hiding from police – in his grandfather’s attic – while officers searched for him to serve a felony arrest warrant last year.

A local jury deliberated about 30 minutes befo...

Oct. 13, 2020

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