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Posted on: February 22, 2019

Judge: 3 to Trial for Record Fentanyl Seizure; No Bail without Proof of Funding Source

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Three Philadelphians charged in connection with a record-level seizure of fentanyl last month in Lancaster County cannot post bail without showing the money did not come from drug proceeds, a district judge recently ruled.

District Judge David Miller also ...

Feb. 22, 2019

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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Pa. Court: 62-Year Sentence Stands for Man Convicted of Firing High-Powered Rifle at Police

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A Columbia man serving up to 62 years in prison for shooting at police will get no relief from a state appellate court.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court found the punishment - 30½ to 62 years in prison – was appropriate for what Marquell Rentas did in Colum...

Feb. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 21, 2019

Non-Profit's Founder Used Club Funds for Hawaiian Trip, Bar Tabs, Amazon Purchases

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The founder of a Millersville non-profit swimming club is charged with taking nearly $40,000 from the club and using the funds for personal expenses - including a trip to Hawaii - and his other professional ventures.

Kyle Almoney, since removed by the boar...

Feb. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 15, 2019

Drug Task Force Finds Record Amount of Meth in Couch, Laundry Hamper and Vehicle Compartment

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The Lancaster County Drug Task Force recorded its largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine with a recent bust at a city home.

Detectives found over 2½ pounds of methamphetamine while executing searches of 31-year-old Johnathan Torres&r...

Feb. 15, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Lancaster Woman 1st Charged Locally under New Law Making Recordings Illegal at Pa. Courts

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A new statute recently in effect makes it illegal to record, photograph or broadcast a court proceeding – or happenings within a time or location proximity of a courtroom.

A Lancaster woman is believed to be the first charged locally with the sec...

Feb. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 11, 2019

Couple Sentenced Regarding Drowning Death of 3YO Daughter who was Unsupervised

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A Manheim Township couple pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to charges regarding the drowning death of their 3-year-old daughter.

On April 28, 2017, the girl, unsupervised, wondered out of a Farmstead Lane home and into the family’s...

Feb. 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 8, 2019

Charged Dealer Tried to Flush Fentanyl, Cocaine Stash as Drug Task Force Served Warrant

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A Lititz man is charged with felony drug-dealing after a recent raid uncovered fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana.

Miguel Vializ was attempting to flush the fentanyl and cocaine down a toilet as the Lancaster County Drug Task Force made entry into his West Le...

Feb. 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 8, 2019

Man Charged with Using Recording Device to Film Women, Child in Bathroom

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A Maryland man is charged with surreptitiously filming three women and creating child pornography by filming a child while he lived in Rapho Township.

Jason Warren Groff, 36, was arrested Thursday morning in Maryland. He is charged with 13 offenses: nine f...

Feb. 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 6, 2019

Record Fentanyl Seizure for Drug Task Force while Nabbing 3 Alleged Traffickers

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The Lancaster County Drug Task Force interrupted a major movement of fentanyl and heroin with the recent arrests of three Philadelphians in Manheim Township.

The Task Force seized nearly three pounds of heroin – in bundles ready for street sale a...

Feb. 6, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: February 4, 2019

Pa. Court: No Relief for Lifer who Wants Recorded Prison Visits, Statements Kicked from Murder Trial

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A convicted killer hoping for a re-trial will get no such relief after a Pennsylvania appellate court denied his claims.

Lucas Newnam, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder – and sentenced to life in prison - for the May 27, 2016, shooting of ...

Feb. 4, 2019

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

'Repugnant': Judge Jails Murderer for Life Plus Additional Years for Providence Twp. Killing

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A Lancaster man will serve the rest of his life in prison, but showed no remorse at sentencing Wednesday for the murder of 35-year-old Hugo Garcia-Hernandez.

While claiming innocence in a letter he wrote the sentencing judge, 50-year-old Jose Ferrufino was...

Jan. 31, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 30, 2019

24 Program Graduates Now Serving on Youth Aid Panels Across Lancaster County

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Twenty-four Lancaster County residents officially became members Monday of Youth Aid Panels in their respective communities.

The two dozen volunteers were honored as certified members at a graduation ceremony at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

The voluntee...

Jan. 30, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 29, 2019

Testimony: Driver Charged in Crash that Killed 2 Students had Struck Bus, Nearly Hit Police Cruiser

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A Mount Joy woman will be tried on two counts of third-degree murder and related charges for causing a vehicle crash that killed two local students, a district judge ordered Monday afternoon.

Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63, will face the murder charges and a n...

Jan. 29, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 25, 2019

Trainings on Cellphone, Electronics Evidence Extraction and Analysis to be Held in Lancaster

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A series of training courses hosted by digital forensics company Cellebrite will be held in comings months in Lancaster County.

The three multi-day courses will be at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Champ Boulevard in Manheim.

The cour...

Jan. 25, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 24, 2019

DA Provides Emergency Response Kits to Lancaster County Schools for Mass-Injury Incidents

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Lancaster County school resource officers are now equipped with tools for limiting damages and casualties in mass-injury situations, such as large structure malfunctions or active-shooter catastrophes.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Off...

Jan. 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 22, 2019

Judge: Murderer's Claims of Alibi, Self-Defense are Without Merit; Sentence Stands

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A convicted murderer is not allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to beating a man to death on a Lancaster city street, a Lancaster County Judge has ruled.

Dajour James, 25, is serving 14 to 28 years in prison for killing 45-year-old Charles Kronenberg IV in...

Jan. 22, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 18, 2019

Lancaster Man Charged After Drug Task Force Finds Loaded Pistol, Cocaine, Heroin, Needles

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A Lancaster man is charged after a recent raid at his home and vehicle search uncovered heroin, cocaine, cash and a loaded pistol.

Dante Felipe, 40, is at Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail regarding three felonies and related misdemeanors.

The Lancas...

Jan. 18, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 17, 2019

GUILTY: Man Convicted of Strangulation for Attack on Lancaster City Street

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A Lancaster man was convicted Wednesday of felony strangulation for the attack on his girlfriend last summer on a city street.

Jose I. Velez, 45, will be sentenced, after a background investigation, regarding the June 11, 2018, incident in the 400 block of...

Jan. 17, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 17, 2019

Police Corporal Pulls Newborn from Toilet, Performs Life-Saving CPR; Mother Charged

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A Berks County woman is charged after giving birth to an infant who police found unresponsive and partially submerged in a toilet at a Warwick Township assisted-living facility restroom.

Northern Lancaster County Regional police charged 23-year-old Emmanue...

Jan. 17, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Unsolved Homicide Unit Created to Explore DNA, Other Elements of Lancaster County Cases

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A team of local investigators will be revitalizing the reviews of years-old unsolved homicides – cold cases – with oversight from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

A prosecutor and three Lancaster County Detecti...

Jan. 15, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 8, 2019

Well-Known Entertainer Admits Killing Christy Mirack, Will Serve Life in Prison

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A Lancaster man will serve the rest of his life in prison for the killing and sexual assault of Christy Mirack 27 years ago in her East Lampeter Township home.

Raymond Rowe pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lancaster County Court to first-degree murder, rape, and ...

Jan. 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 7, 2019

About 30 Individuals Charged in 2018 with Drug Delivery-Death in Lancaster County

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At least 30 individuals were charged last year with felony drug delivery resulting in death regarding fatal overdoses in Lancaster County.

The felony charge has resulted in state-prison sentences for nearly every defendant convicted of the charge &ndas...

Jan. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 4, 2019

Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Head-On Crash on Route 30 in West Hempfield

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A man was killed and a woman injured when their vehicles collided late Thursday night on Route 30 in West Hempfield Township.

The man was driving the wrong way on Route 30 West at the time of the crash, a preliminary investigation has shown.

West Hempfield ...

Jan. 4, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 3, 2019

GUILTY: Lancaster Man Convicted of Trying to Pass Phony $20 for Burger King Meal

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A Lancaster man was recently convicted of attempting to use a phony $20 bill for a meal at a Manheim Township Burger King.

Lancaster County President Judge Dennis E. Reinaker convicted 24-year-old Joshua Marti of felony forgery following an afternoon trial...

Jan. 3, 2019

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Posted on: December 28, 2018

Killer Gets Life Sentence but Offers Survivors No Reason for Shooting on Lancaster Street

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A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the execution-style murder of a man last year.

Raymond Torres provided no reason in court Thursday for why he shot 22-year-old Austin Peters on a Lancaster city street on Dec. 10, 2017.

Lancast...

Dec. 28, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 27, 2018

K9 Bear’s 1st Year with Drug Task Force: 8,300 Bags of Heroin, 3.24 Kilos of Cocaine, 444 Grams of M

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K9 Bear, a chocolate Lab who works alongside detectives with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, had a busy first year on the job.

Since December 2017, Bear has accompanied the Task Force, mostly on search details detecting locations of narcotics.

In 2018...

Dec. 27, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 20, 2018

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Man of 1st-Degree Murder for 'Execution' on Lancaster City Street

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A Lancaster man was convicted Thursday afternoon of first-degree murder for what a prosecutor called the “execution” last year of 22-year-old Austin Peters.

Raymond Torres faces a mandatory life-in-prison term when he is sentenced Dec. ...

Dec. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Grand Jury Closed: Monthly Sessions Lead to Charges in 4 Unsolved Homicides

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An investigative grand jury that led to charges in four Lancaster County homicides cases closed earlier this month.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman empaneled the county’s fifth-ever investigative grand jury last year, with their ...

Dec. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Drug Task Force: Man Had $400K in Marijuana, Wax, Oil - and $60K Cash - in Storage Unit

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A Lancaster man is charged with numerous felonies after a Lancaster County Drug Task Force search of a West Donegal storage unit uncovered nearly 80 pounds of marijuana and wax, along with $60,000 cash.

Drug Task Force detectives, following an investigatio...

Deb. 18, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: December 17, 2018

4 More Graduate from Drug Court, a 'Journey' to Overcome Charges, Addiction

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Four individuals in recovery from addiction recently graduated from Lancaster County’s Drug Court at an emotional ceremony where they discussed their difficult journeys and embraced the judge who presided over their path.

Ryan Forbes, also in rec...

Dec. 17, 2018

District Attorney
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 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 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 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

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