Posted on: March 24, 2017

District Attorney Reviewing Materials in Jan. 24 Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City

Here is the latest update on the investigation of the Jan. 24 incident in Lancaster city that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Jose E. Rodriguez:

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman very recently received the bulk of the investigative mate...

March 24, 2017

Posted on: March 22, 2017

Death Penalty Notices Filed in February Killings of Lancaster Brothers


The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office intends to seek death sentences upon conviction of two Lancaster men charged with killing two brothers last month in their city home.

On Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson filed ...

March 22, 2017

Posted on: March 22, 2017

Judge Convicts Woman of Concealing Shooter, Scolds Those who Work Against Police


A Lancaster woman was convicted Tuesday of helping a man charged with shooting a child avoid police for months after the May 2015 shooting.

Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker found Monea A. Mitchell guilty of felony hindering apprehension, fo...

March 22, 2017

Posted on: March 21, 2017

Lancaster Man Charged on 3 Felony Dockets after 5 Kilos of Cocaine Seized


A Lancaster man is facing numerous charges regarding an investigation that uncovered 5 kilograms of cocaine, 470 bags of heroin, and a quantity of marijuana.

Nathan M. Santiago, 31, has charges in Lancaster County Court in connection to a December search t...

March 21, 2017

Posted on: March 20, 2017

Pa. Court: No New Sentence for Serial Robber Serving up to 70 Years


A state prison inmate serving decades for a spree of armed robberies in Lancaster County in 1996 will get no relief from his sentence, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

Shane D. Shivers was 16 when he was charged as an adult with numerous robberie...

March, 20, 2017

Posted on: March 16, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed for Being Drunk, Driving 90+ MPH in Fatal Crash


A Lancaster man will serve at least four years in prison for being drunk and speeding when he caused a 2015 crash that killed a man.

Adgery Negron-Alvarado pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while DUI and related counts regarding the Nov. 15, 2015, crash...

March 16, 2017

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Shooting Man who Called him ‘Young Bull’


A Lancaster man will serve at least a decade in prison for shooting another man in Lancaster – because the victim called him a “young bull.”

William A. Clark, 23, recently pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and related counts for...

March 13, 2017

Posted on: March 10, 2017

Verdicts: 2 Repeat DUI Offenders Convicted after Lancaster County Crashes


A pair of repeat drunk drivers were recently convicted after separate trials in Lancaster County Court.

William John Russell, 43, and Benuel Nabozny, 33, were found guilty of DUI and related offenses, and will be sentenced after background checks are compl...

March 10, 2017

Posted on: March 10, 2017

Man Jailed for Shooting Incident in Ephrata, Trying to Sway Victim's Testimony

Omar Colon Jr.

A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for shooting toward a man in Ephrata, then trying to persuade the victim to lie in court.

Omar A. Colon Jr. was convicted last year of felony counts of carrying a firearm without a license and solicitatio...

March 10, 2017

Posted on: March 9, 2017

Christiana Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin, Meth, and Weapons Charges

Dustin A. Marrion

A Gap man is facing numerous charges after a traffic stop in Christiana uncovered quantities of heroin and methamphetamine, along with altered weapons and an explosive.

Dustin Allen Marrion, 32, was arraigned Thursday morning on eight charges - including t...

March 9, 2017

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Lancaster Dealer Charged in Large Heroin Seizure, Man's Overdose Death

Joseph Colomba

A Lancaster man is facing several charges regarding a large seizure of a heroin and a fatal overdose last year in East Hempfield Township.

Joseph Colomba, 18, is charged with three felonies – drug delivery resulting in death, possession with inte...

March 8, 2017

Posted on: March 7, 2017

DA Stedman Empanels 5th Grand Jury for Unsolved Homicides, Major Crimes


Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has empaneled an investigative grand jury, the fifth-ever in the county, to hear testimony in unsolved major crimes.

The grand jury – which has subpoena power, but not indictment ability - will begin hearing...

March 7, 2017

Posted on: March 6, 2017

Heroin Dealer Convicted of Having Drugs, Stolen Pistol at Storage Locker

Jose L. Gonzalez

A Lancaster man was recently convicted in county court of several charges regarding a heroin-dealing operation uncovered last year.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright convicted 42-year-old Jose “Coco” Gonzalez of having over 16 grams...

March 6, 2017

Posted on: March 3, 2017

Latest Update on Investigation of Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City

We are providing another update on the status of the Jan. 24 incident in Lancaster city that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Jose E. Rodriguez.

We are doing so to keep the public informed as much as we can without jeopardizing the integrity of the inv...

March 3, 2017

Posted on: March 1, 2017

Ephrata Man Jailed at Least 6 Years for Selling Fatal Heroin-Fentanyl Batch

Ramon Beachy

An Ephrata man will serve up to 15 years in prison for selling heroin last year which led to a man’s fatal overdose.

Ramon Beachy pleaded guilty Monday in Lancaster County Court to felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death and criminal use of...

March 1, 2017

Posted on: February 28, 2017

Lancaster County Pastor and Teacher Sentenced in Abuse Allegation Case


A Lancaster County pastor and teacher were recently sentenced in county court for the treatment of a toddler at a church daycare.

Robert Donald Smith, 44, was a pastor and Cynthia A. Ebersole, 62, was a teacher when the incident happened Nov. 16, 2015, at ...

Feb. 28, 2017

Posted on: February 27, 2017

Lancaster Dealer Admits to Heroin Sale that Caused 23-Year-Old Man's Death

Darien Jacobs

A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for several crimes, including the sale of a fatal batch of heroin to a man who died in his city apartment in October 2015.

Darien M. Jacobs, of Sassafras Terrace, pleaded guilty to felony drug delivery re...

Feb. 27, 2017

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Update on Threats Incident Involving Manheim Township School District

We are restricted by the Pa. Juvenile Act in what we can release. However, we can state appropriate charges have been filed.

 What happens going forward will be determined by a judge in the juvenile court process. The charged individual is presume...

Feb. 22, 2017

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Repeat Burglar to State Prison for Stealing Power Tools in East Earl Township

Kevin Conover

A Berks County man convicted of breaking into a garage and taking a snowblower, chainsaw, and other items will serve a state-prison sentence.

Kevin Conover was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 2 to 4 years in prison for the Oct. 6, 2015, bur...

Feb. 22, 2017

Posted on: February 21, 2017

‘Menace to Society’ Jailed up to 40 Years for Second Knife Attack in Lancaster

Israel Polanco-Cano

A Lancaster man will serve up to 40 years in prison for stabbing a woman at least 15 times – his second conviction regarding violence with a knife.

Israel Polanco-Cano, 35, was convicted at trial last year of attempted murder and aggravated assault r...

Feb. 21, 2017

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Motorist Fatally Shoots Himself after Man in Occupied Vehicle is Wounded on Route 283

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A Delaware man shot and killed himself Sunday evening inside a vehicle on a Manheim-area road.

Police believe the deceased man was involved in a shooting incident minutes earlier on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a Lancaster w...

Feb. 20, 2017

Posted on: February 17, 2017

98 Percent of Lancaster County's Repeat DUI Offenders on SCRAM did not Have a Drink


Repeat drunk drivers in Lancaster County wearing alcohol-detection anklets rarely have a drink, recently-released data shows.

In fact, only 11 of more than 500 individuals who wore SCRAM anklets under the county’s DUI Repeat Offender Program (DRO...

Feb. 17, 2017

Posted on: February 15, 2017

Police: Man in Jeep Attempted to Lure Girl Tuesday in Manheim


Police are seeking information on an attempted child luring Tuesday afternoon in Manheim.

A high-school aged girl told police she was in the first block of West Ferdinand Street between 3 and 3:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man in a Jeep Patriot. Th...

Feb. 15, 2017

Posted on: February 14, 2017

Lifer who Threatened to Kill Lancaster Woman, then did, Denied New Trial

Kevin Souffrant

An inmate serving life for killing his ex-girlfriend four years ago will not get a new trial, a local judge has ordered.

Kevin Souffrant, now 39, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2014 for what a local prosecutor called “savage assault and ...

Feb. 14, 2017

Posted on: February 13, 2017

Judge: No More Chances for Lancaster Serial Burglar Sent to State Prison

Michael C. Haynick

A Lancaster city man will serve up to 9 years in prison for burglaries last year at six area businesses, including a donut shop and bar.

Michael C. Haynick, 31, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony counts of burglary and related char...

Feb. 13, 2017

Posted on: February 10, 2017

Pa. Court: No Relief for Lancaster Man Serving Life for Killing Roommate

Vandy Blankenship

A Lancaster man serving life in prison for killing his roommate in 2014 will get no relief from a Pennsylvania appellate court.

The state Superior Court denied Vandy Blankenship’s request that his interaction with police following the incident be...

Feb. 10, 2017

Posted on: February 9, 2017

3 Lancaster County Men Jailed in Separate Child Pornography, Child Solicitation Cases

Grear, Bunting, Diedrich

Three Lancaster County men were recently sentenced to state prison – two for having collections of child pornography and the other for attempting to solicit sex with a 6-year-old girl.

The sentences were ordered in accordance with plea agreements in ...

Feb. 9, 2017

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Bondsman Admits to Assault of Lancaster Woman, Taking her Dog During Home Visits

Michael L. Hansen Sr.

A York County-based bondsman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lancaster County Court to taking a woman’s dog during home visits in 2015.

Michael L. Hansen Sr., 50, was charged with several crimes regarding the Dec. 8 and 9, 2015, incidents at an apartment...

Feb. 8, 2017

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Shooting into Occupied Car Outside Party

Francis Dinkins Jr.

A Lancaster man will serve at least 10 years in prison for shooting two males inside a vehicle last year in the city.

Francis S. Dinkins Jr., 19, was on foot June 10, 2016, when he fired multiple shots into an occupied vehicle in the 500 block of North Plu...

Feb. 8, 2017

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Lancaster Judge Jails Inmate up to 30 More Years for 'Sadistic' Beatings of Woman

Alexander Ramos-Pacheco

A Lancaster man already serving a decade-long sentence for sex abuse of a child will serve up to 30 additional years for beatings of a woman that a local judge called “brutal” and “sadistic.”

Alexander Ramos-Pacheco, 27, was sentenc...

Feb. 7, 2017

Posted on: February 3, 2017

The Latest on Jan. 24 Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City

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Here is an update on the Jan. 24, police-involved shooting incident, which is under review by Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and Chief County Detective Kent Switzer. Jose E. Rodriguez, 18, died in the incident which happened in southeast...

Feb. 3, 2017

Posted on: February 2, 2017

Prosecutor: Man who Burglarized Elizabethtown Church Stole from his own Community

David Kuchar

An Elizabethtown man was recently taken to Lancaster County Prison for burglarizing a local church, stealing nearly $3,000 in checks, cash, and gift cards and drinking altar wine.

David G. Kuchar, of 58, was sentenced Friday in Lancaster County Court for t...

Feb. 2, 2017

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Jury Convicts Columbia Man of Rape, his 3rd Conviction of Violent Crime

Tomas M. Matthews

A Columbia man was recently convicted of raping and beating a woman in 2015.

A Lancaster County jury convicted Tomas M. Matthews on Friday of 11 counts, including felony rape and aggravated assault, after a week-long trial with Judge David Ashworth presidi...

Feb. 1, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Lancaster County Coach Charged with Sex Crimes Against 2 Girls

Danial R. Miller

A Lancaster County wrestling coach is charged with sex crimes against two 16-year-old girls.

Danial R. Miller, 24, was arraigned Friday morning on 7 counts, including 5 felonies, for crimes against the girls last year.

Miller, then assistant junior varsity ...

Jan. 27, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Judge Orders State-Prison Sentence for New Providence Man's 7th DUI Conviction

Jeff Depoe

A New Providence man is headed to state prison for his latest impaired-driving conviction – his seventh since 1993.

Jeff Depoe, 48, was charged with his latest offense after a June 6, 2015, traffic stop in West Lampeter Township.

Depoe was driving on ...

Jan. 27, 2017

Posted on: January 26, 2017

Conestoga Man Charged with Taking Wife from Care Home, Attempting Suicide with Prescription Meds

Philip Benight

A Conestoga man is charged with taking his elderly wife from a care home and attempting suicide with her earlier this week.

Philip M. Benight, 60, is charged with a second-degree felony count of causing or aiding suicide, defined as an intentional aiding o...

Jan. 26, 2017

Posted on: January 25, 2017

Judge Orders $1,500 Fine for Illegal Bald Eagle Skull Trade at Adamstown Show


A Bradford County man will pay over $1,500 in fines and costs for illegally bartering for a bald eagle skull at an Adamstown trade show in 2015.

John E. Palfreyman, 63, was charged last year with trading a river otter skull for the eagle skull, possessed b...

Jan. 25, 2017

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Investigation Ongoing into Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City; 1 Man Deceased

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There was a shooting incident early Tuesday morning in southeast Lancaster city that involved city police and a male suspect.

The male suspect, 18-year-old Jose Efrain Rodriguez, is deceased.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, and Chief Count...

Jan. 24, 2017

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Trial Convictions for Lancaster Couple Charged with $174K in Heroin

David Lausell, Jaelle Ndamage

A Lancaster Township couple was convicted at separate trials last week in a drug-dealing operation that uncovered a half-kilogram of heroin.

David Lausell and Jaelle Ndamage each were convicted of felony-drug dealing and related counts regarding a June 201...

Jan. 23, 2017

Posted on: January 20, 2017

Police Charge East Lampeter Father and Son with Making, Possessing Child Pornography

David Mishler Sr., David Mishler Jr.

An East Lampeter Township father and his son are charged with creating child pornography and having numerous lewd images and videos at their home.

David J. Mishler Sr., 55, and his son, David J. Mishler Jr. 26, were arraigned Friday morning on several felo...

Jan. 20, 2017

Posted on: January 19, 2017

Lancaster County Outlook for Police Efforts in 2017 to Slow Opioid Epidemic

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Lancaster County law-enforcers continue to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, and for 2017, will have even more support and resources from area municipalities.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, a team of detectives that conducts proactive investigatio...

Jan. 19, 2017

Posted on: January 18, 2017

11 Years Later: No Relief for Killer of Warwick Township Couple who Wants Juvenile Consideration

David G. Ludwig

A state appellate court has denied David G. Ludwig’s latest request for relief, finding the convicted killer of a Warwick Township couple has filed too late.

Ludwig, now 29, is serving two consecutive life terms for fatally shooting Michael and Cathr...

Jan. 18, 2017

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Driver Jailed at Least 3 Years for High-Alcohol Level Fatal Crash in Pequea Township

Benjamin R. Manotti

A Lancaster man will serve at least three years in prison for being intoxicated last year when he caused a fatal crash in Pequea Township.

Benjamin R. Manotti’s blood-alcohol level was about three times the legal limit for drivers on Jan. 16, 201...

Jan. 17, 2017

Posted on: January 13, 2017

Burglar who Stole Guns, Car, and MacBook Pro Jailed up to 16 Years

Joshua Torres-Gonzalez

A Lancaster man will serve at least 7 years in prison for a spree of burglaries and thefts last year in three local municipalities.

First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen stressed in court Friday that Joshua Torres-Gonzalez stole 4 guns &a...

Jan. 13, 2017

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Lancaster Woman to State Prison for Gunpoint Robberies of Same Weis Store

Kathleen E. Moore

A Lancaster woman will serve up to 12 years in prison for robbing the same local Weis Markets store twice in three days.

Kathleen E. Moore, 48, displayed a gun in her waistband May 1 and May 3 when she approached clerks at the store at 1204 Millersville Pi...

Jan. 10, 2017

Posted on: January 9, 2017

Leola Man Jailed up to 7 Years for Selling Heroin in Fatal Overdose at Store

Marc Lacasse

A Leola man will serve up to seven years in state prison for selling heroin to a man who fatally overdosed last year in a local convenience store.

Marc Lacasse sold the fatal batch to 26-year-old Andrew Stevens shortly before Stevens was found dead Feb. 29...

Jan. 9, 2017

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Man Jailed for 'Skimming' Credit Cards, Making Buys at Numerous Lancaster Stores

Carlos Carvajal

A Lancaster County man is headed to state prison for a series of fraudulent credit card purchases he made in 2015 at numerous local businesses after stealing account data from the victims.

Carlos Carvajal, formerly of St. Joseph Street in Lancaster city, w...

Jan. 6, 2017

Posted on: January 5, 2017

17-Year-Old will be Tried as an Adult for Deadly Shooting of 15-Year-Old Boy in Mountville


A 17-year-old Mountville male will be tried as an adult for the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy this summer.

Lancaster County Judge David Workman on Thursday ordered that 17-year-old George W. Rosado face counts of misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter...

Jan. 5, 2017

Posted on: December 20, 2016

A Look at How DUI Cases are now Prosecuted in Lancaster County

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More than 2,400 cases have gone through Lancaster County’s DUI Central Court in just over a year since the program launched.

Officials say DUI cases are moving faster and more efficiently than ever before, resulting in reductions of man-hours and cos...

Dec. 20, 2016

Posted on: November 22, 2016

LIVE: Online Map Launched of Drug Overdose Reports in Lancaster County

Lancaster County Overdose Map

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced on Nov. 21 the launch of an online Lancaster County-wide mapping of emergency reports of drug overdose. 

The map consists of Lancaster County-Wide Communications data, specifically emergency d...

Nov. 22, 2016