Posted on: December 2, 2016

Four Lancaster County Police Officers Honored as Top Guns for DUI Arrests

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Four Lancaster County police officers were recently honored as “Top Guns” for their efforts to combat impaired driving.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman was a keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s 37th annu...

Dec. 2, 2016

Posted on: December 1, 2016

No Relief for Convicted Murderer who Claimed Self-Defense in Lancaster Drug Deal Shooting

Stefon Landing

A convicted murder will not get relief on a self-defense claim regarding his conviction for killing a Lancaster father in a 2015 drug deal.

Stefon Landing, 22, was convicted of 3rd-degree murder and related charges for fatally shooting 22-year-old Devonte ...

Dec. 1, 2016

Posted on: November 30, 2016

Lancaster Judge Increases Bail after New Charges Filed in Burglary-Sex Abuse Case

Devin Harmon

A man charged with a break-in and brutal beating of his girlfriend is charged with additional crimes, including felony assault and sex abuse and threatening the victim so she would not speak with police.

Also, Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro increased...

Nov. 30, 2016

Posted on: November 30, 2016

Fingerprint Leads to Masked Robber's Conviction for Hold-up at Lancaster Family Dollar

Edgardo Alfaro-Rodriguez

A Lancaster County jury convicted a man Tuesday of robbing a city store at gun point last year.

The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before convicting 20-year-old Edgardo Alfaro-Rodriguez of felony robbery.

Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wils...

Nov. 30, 2016

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving Checkpoints Uncover DUI, Drugs, Warrant - and Many Uber Drivers

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Many party-goers heeded warnings and did not drive intoxicated on Thanksgiving Eve, according to local officials who coordinated sobriety checkpoints in Lancaster city and other enforcement operations over the holiday.

Police encountered numerous Uber and ...

Nov. 29, 2016

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Lancaster Woman Swallowed Heroin when Caught Trying to Pass to Prison Inmate

Maria C. Rosa

A Lancaster woman is charged with trying to transfer heroin to a Lancaster County Prison inmate during a visitation last week.

Maria Rosa, 45, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor for the Nov. 14 incident, which was interrupted by the Lancaster C...

Nov. 22, 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

Posted on: November 16, 2016

Guilty: Jury Convicts Man of Shooting, Trying to Change Victim's Testimony with Letter

Omar Colon Jr.

A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday afternoon of shooting toward a man in Ephrata, then attempting to sway the victim’s testimony with a letter from prison.

A Lancaster County jury convicted Omar A. Colon Jr. of felony counts of carrying a firearm wi...Nov. 16, 2016

Posted on: November 16, 2016

Burglar Jailed up to 23 Years for Targeting Neighbors in Lancaster Township Spree

Gary Hollow

A Lancaster Township burglar will serve up to 23 years in prison for targeting five homes in his Lancaster Township neighborhood.

Gary Lee Hollow Jr. stole jewelry, cash, and electronics in the January spree on Chadwick Circle and Judie Lane. He lived ...Nov. 16, 2016

Posted on: November 14, 2016

State Prison Inmate Gets Additional Sentence for Rape of 2nd Girl

Phillip Langley

A Lancaster County man already in prison for rape of a girl was recently sentenced to an additional prison term for sex abuse of a second victim.

Phillip Langley, 38, was sentenced in 2013 to 10 to 20 years in prison for rape of an 11-year-old girl.
...Nov. 14, 2016

Posted on: November 10, 2016

Lancaster Man Sent to State Prison for 3rd Cocaine-Dealing Conviction

Travis L. Short

A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine, which police found last year at his city home.

The latest conviction was Travis L. Short’s third for drug-dealing offenses. He has served prison sentences, including a stat...Nov. 10, 2016

Posted on: November 9, 2016

Coatesville Man Faces Lancaster Victim's Family at Sentencing in Drug-Deal Killing

Andre Shelton

A Chester County man was sentenced Monday in Lancaster County Court for fatally beating a Lancaster city man last year at a Lancaster Township housing community.

Andre M. Shelton will serve 14 months to 5 years in prison on a misdemeanor count of invol...Nov. 9, 2016

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Couple Charged over Abuse of 4-Year-Old which Included Burns, Beatings, Force-Feedings

Danielle L. Miller

A Quarryville couple is in custody on charges regarding repeated abuse of a 4-year-old boy, who was beaten and punished for months, primarily by the woman charged.

Danielle L. Miller, 31, is charged with 8 felonies for a 4-month period of abuse which i...Nov. 7, 2016

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Police: Ephrata Man Sold Fatal Batch of Heroin to Woman who Died in her Car

David Crockett Jr.

An Ephrata man is charged with selling heroin to a Denver woman who died in September of an overdose.

David E. Crockett Jr. sold 40-year-old Tammy Givler a quantity of heroin which Givler used on the morning of Sept. 27. Police found Givler deceased th...Nov. 4, 2016

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Verdict: Lancaster Man Guilty of Attempted Murder for Stabbing Woman Over 20 Times

Israel Polanco-Cano

A Lancaster man was convicted Thursday afternoon of stabbing a woman over 20 times last year in Lancaster city.

A local jury convicted Israel Polanco-Cano of felony counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, following a two-day trial before C...Nov. 4, 2016

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Latest Appeal Fails in 1979 Murder Case when Elderly Lancaster Siblings were Left for Dead

John Askew

A state prison inmate who has served nearly 30 years of a life sentence for the killings of two elderly Lancaster siblings has failed on his latest appeal.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court this week denied John A. Askew’s latest request for relief, find...Nov. 4, 2016

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Lancaster County Veterans Court has its Largest-Ever Graduating Class

Flag ceremony from 2015 graduation

Lancaster County Veterans Court had its largest-ever graduating class at a recent ceremony where eight men officially completed the program.

County Judge Jeffery Wright presides over Veterans Court, a specialty court which allows offenders with a servi...Nov. 2, 2016

Posted on: November 1, 2016

Life Term Upheld in 2002 Robbery-Killing in Lancaster City; Brothers Shot

Ricardo Morales

A Lancaster man serving life for a 2002 murder will get no relief from his sentence after an appellate court denied his claim that trial witnesses were swayed by “secret” guilty-plea deals.

Ricardo Morales, now 38, was convicted of second-degree murder...Nov. 1, 2016

Posted on: October 31, 2016

Student Charged with Putting Bleach in Pregnant Girlfriend's Water to Harm Baby

Theophilous Washington

A 20-year-old man is charged with deliberately putting bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water in an attempt to harm the unborn child.

Theophilous Washington, a Millersville University junior from Washington D.C., is charged with a felony count of at...Oct. 31, 2016

Posted on: October 28, 2016

DA Stedman's Full Statement on Release of Information in Hennessey Case

Following is District Attorney Craig Stedman's complete statement regarding the investigation of injuries sustained by Hennessey, a young pit bull:

We are again extremely disappointed that case-sensitive material, including names and other pertinent fa...Oct. 28, 2016

Posted on: October 27, 2016

Shoeprint Leads to Lancaster Stranger Burglar's Conviction, State-Prison Sentence

Samuel Sanchez

A Lancaster man will serve at least 4 years in prison for targeting two occupied city homes, at random, for burglaries in April.

Samuel Sanchez entered one home – on Virginia Avenue – and fled from the other on Buchanan Avenue when occupants saw him tr...Oct. 27, 2016

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Case of Mother Charged in Infant’s Sleeping Death Headed for Lancaster County Court

Jessica Harper

A Peach Bottom woman will be tried in Lancaster County Court for allegedly causing her infant son’s death in July.

Jessica Harper, 28, waived a preliminary hearing Oct. 20 on counts of criminal homicide, involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child...Oct. 26, 2016

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Cellphone, Surveillance Evidence Linked Delaware Cousins to Lancaster Man's Killing

Kareem Ross

A Lancaster man was killed last year in a Lancaster Township store parking lot over $90 worth of “lean,” a cough syrup-based concoction, according to district court testimony Monday.

Kareem Ross, of Delaware, was one of two men who robbed 19-year-old J...Oct. 24, 2016

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Ephrata Father in Court for Felonies for 16-Year-Old Daughter’s Overdose

Kerry J. Long

A 16-year-old girl had turned blue and was not breathing after taking a dose of heroin supplied by her father, according to testimony Friday in a Lancaster district court.

An emergency medical technician (EMT) testified that the girl required four dose...Oct. 24, 2016

Posted on: October 21, 2016

No Relief for Lifer who Killed Widower in Drumore Township Home Invasion

Kyle Wunder

A state-prison inmate serving life for the murder of a Drumore Township widower will get no relief, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled this week.

Kyle “Chunks” Wunder argued to the high court that he asked his attorney to file an appeal after he was...Oct. 21, 2016

Posted on: October 20, 2016

DUI Driver who Caused Fatal East Lampeter Crash Jailed, Scolded for Lying at Trial

Patricia Halgash

A Florida woman will serve up to 15 years in prison for being intoxicated during a 2014 crash in East Lampeter Township that killed a woman and seriously injured a man.

Patricia Halgash will serve 4 years and 3 days to 15 years in state prison regardin...Oct. 20, 2016

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Testimony: Burglars Broke Into Trop Gun Shop, Stole 9 Firearms; 2 Men Ordered to Trial

Parrish Valentine

A Williamsport man will face numerous felonies in Lancaster County Court regarding the theft of 9 guns during a May burglary at Trop Gun Shop in Mount Joy Township.

A preliminary hearing for Parrish M. Valentine was held Tuesday afternoon before Distri...Oct. 19, 2016

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Mother Scolds Woman for Role in Manheim Township Drug Deal that Killed Son

Christine Richardson

A Lancaster woman recently pleaded no contest for her role in an arranged drug deal last year in Manheim Township that ended in a man’s death.

Christine L. Richardson pleaded to three felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the Oct. 5, 2015, drug deal ...Oct. 18, 2016

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Willow Street Man Admits to Being Robbery Getaway Driver in Car that Crashed

Kervin Perales

A Willow Street man pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to serving as getaway driver last year after a Strasburg store robbery that ended in a fiery vehicle crash miles away.

Kervin Perales, 24, will serve 4 to 10 years in state prison, in ...Oct. 17, 2016

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Teen Fugitive Wanted for High School Football Game Shooting Nabbed in Lancaster

Stephon D. Brown

A teenager wanted in connection to a shooting last month at a high school football game in York was arrested Friday in Lancaster city.

Fifteen-year-old Stephon Damieen Brown is charged with 2,007 offenses regarding the Sept. 9 shooting in a parking lot...Oct. 14, 2016

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Charged East Petersburg Mother Smoked Marijuana During Pregnancy and Prior to Infant's Death

An East Petersburg woman is charged in connection with her infant daughter’s asphyxiation death in April.

Kayla Marie Breniser, 27, is charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child regarding the April 14 death of the mo...Oct. 13, 2016

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Jury Convicts Lancaster Man of 3rd DUI in 4 Years; Faces Prison Term

Maurice D. Williams

A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday of his third intoxicated driving offense since 2012.

A Lancaster County jury returned a guilty verdict at 5:30 p.m. following a single-day trial regarding Marcellus D. Williams’ arrest on March 18.

On that morni...Oct. 12, 2016

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Columbia Woman Jailed up to 16 Years for Shooting Woman in Racially-Fueled Incident

Ashley Curry

A Columbia woman will serve up to 16 years in prison for shooting a woman in a racially-charged incident last year in Columbia.

Ashley Curry will serve 6 years and 2 months to 16 years in prison regarding trial convictions of felony aggravated assault ...Oct. 11, 2016

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Manheim Man Jailed up to 7 Years for Child Pornography Photos and Videos

David Gruel

A Manheim man will serve years in state prison for downloading child pornography, which he told police he had done for years.

David M. Gruel, 43, was sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 2½ to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to several felony...Oct. 11, 2016

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Home-Invader Serving Decades for Lancaster City Woman's Stabbing Denied Relief

Elswart Bodden

A state-prison inmate serving decades for stabbing a Lancaster city woman numerous times during a lengthy home invasion in 2014 will not be a getting a new trial, an appellate court ruled.

Elswart Bodden, serving 37 ½ to 95 years for the brutal attack,...Oct. 7, 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Mother Appears in Court Over Charges Regarding Toddler who Drank Pipe Cleaner


A Quarryville mother appeared in district court Thursday to waive a preliminary hearing on allegations that she left her 2-year-old son alone when he drank pipe cleaner.

The boy sustained life-threatening internal burns on July 26 when he ingested the ...Oct. 6, 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Judge: Lancaster Man with 12 Convictions a 'Threat' Because he Continues to Steal

David M. Springer

A Lancaster man’s latest theft – his 12th conviction of stealing from a store – will cost him time in prison and parole and probation terms.

A local jury convicted David M. Springer in June of taking a $4.49 bottle of Advil from a Lancaster Township Gi...Oct. 6, 2016

Posted on: October 5, 2016

GUILTY: Felon Convicted of Having Loaded Gun while Hiding at Manheim Twp. Apartment

Frank Bailey III

An Elizabethtown man was convicted in Lancaster County Court of illegal possession of a firearm, which police found stashed in a shoebox.

The local jury convicted 31-year-old Frank Bailey III on Sept. 28 of a felony count following a two-day trial befo...Oct. 5, 2016

Posted on: October 4, 2016

State Prison for Robber who Showed Lancaster Restaurateur Beheading Photos in Extortion Plot

Decee Karngbaye

A New Jersey man will spend at least 7½ years in prison for robbing and extorting $15,200 from a Lancaster County business owner.

Decee Karngbaye, 33, targeted the man last year, beating and threatening to kill him and his family. A local jury convicte...Oct. 4, 2016

Posted on: October 3, 2016

DA Stedman and Pa. Sen. Toomey: Crime Victims Need More from $9 Billion Federal Fund


Crime victims in Lancaster County and across Pennsylvania should be getting a bigger slice of the $9 billion currently in a federal account – funds collected specifically for them.

Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey stressed that Monday in Lancaster County, where he ...Oct. 3, 2016

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Guilty Pleas from Woman who Robbed Same Weis Markets Store, Man who Hid Gun

Kathleen E. Moore

A Lancaster woman recently admitted to robbing a Lancaster Township Turkey Hill store, at gunpoint, twice in three days.

Kathleen Moore, 48, displayed a gun in her waistband May 1 and May 3 when she approached clerks at the store at 1204 Millersville P...Oct. 3, 2016

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Ephrata Man Gets 2nd Strike, 25-Year Prison Term for Child Pornography Collection

Todd Atkinson

A second strike will cost an Ephrata sex offender at least 25 years in prison.

Todd Donald Atkinson, 47, will serve 25 to 50 years in state prison, according to Lancaster County Judge James Cullen’s sentencing order Tuesday.

A local jury convicted A...Sept. 30, 2016

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Father Charged with Leaving Gun in Son's Book Bag, which he Brought to Elizabethtown School

An Elizabethtown man is charged with reckless endangerment for leaving his loaded gun in his son’s book bag, which the boy took to Bear Creek School earlier this month.

Northwest Regional police charged Jay Wesley Ellison, 28, of King Court, with the m...Sept. 29, 2016

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Inmate who Targeted 3 Lancaster County Girls Denied Relief over Cellphone Search


A Lancaster sex offender who preyed on three girls, physically abusing two of them, will get no relief from his decades-long prison sentence.

Timothy D. Anderson requested relief, arguing his prosecution was flawed because it involved an illegal search...Sept. 27, 2016

Posted on: September 26, 2016

3 Convicted Sex Offenders Re-Sentenced in Lancaster County Court

Thomas Becker, Daniel Work

A pair of convicted sex offenders were recently resentenced in Lancaster County Court after a state Supreme Court ruling deemed their original sentences, which involved mandatories, “unconstitutional.”

Thomas Earl Becker, convicted of sexually abusing ...Sept. 26, 2016

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court Ruling Leads to Shorter Sentence for Inmate who Abused 13-Year-Old Girl


A state-prison inmate convicted of repeated sexual abuse of a Lancaster County girl got relief from his sentence Wednesday in Lancaster County Court.

Matthew B. Wolfe, 22, was serving 10 to 20 years for abuse of a 13 year-old-girl in 2012.

His case ...Sept. 22, 2016

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Lancaster Man Jailed for Raid that Uncovered 'Molly' and 3 other Drugs

Israel Padilla

A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in state prison for dealing four substances found during a city raid in March.

Lancaster Drug Task Force detectives found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and “Molly” on March 2 at Israel Padilla’s apartment on East...Sept. 20, 2016

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Another Prison Term for Pequea Sex Offender who Again Breaks Court Order

Frederick Townsend

A Pequea Township man convicted of child sex abuse will serve another prison term for again breaking court orders.

Frederick Townsend was sentenced in 2014 to 1 to 2 years in prison, plus 5 years of probation, for abusing a girl at his wife’s daycare i...Sept. 19, 2016

Posted on: September 16, 2016

East Lampeter Man Jailed 3 to 10 Years for Collection of Child Pornography at Hotel

Steven A. Brown

An East Lampeter man will serve at least three years in state prison for keeping a large collection of child pornography.

Steven A. Brown, 63, pleaded guilty Thursday to five felonies in exchange for a 3-to-10-year prison term, in accordance with a ple...Sept. 16, 2016

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Judge’s Verdict: Man Flashed Female Jogger at Lancaster County Park

Junie Vasquez

A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday of exposing himself to a female jogger last year at Lancaster County Park.

Lancaster County Judge James Cullen convicted Junie Vasquez of misdemeanor indecent exposure after a morning of testimony in a non-jury tri...Sept. 14, 2016

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Columbia Raid Uncovers $15K in Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, Loaded Gun


A charged crack cocaine dealer had $15,000 in drugs, a pistol, and cash at his Columbia home during a recent raid.

Duane Lester Fields, 43, was ordered Thursday to face charges in Lancaster County Court regarding the July 28 raid of his South Fourth St...Sept. 9, 2016

Posted on: September 8, 2016

Peach Bottom Mother Charged in Infant's Death; 2nd Child to Die while Sleeping

Jessica M. Harper

A Peach Bottom woman caused her infant son’s death in July, when the boy suffocated as he slept, according to charges filed Thursday.

Pennsylvania State Police charged 28-year-old Jessica Harper with criminal homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and end...Sept. 8, 2016

Posted on: September 7, 2016

2-Year-Old Boy Survives Drinking Pipe Cleaner when Mother Left Him Alone


A Quarryville mother is charged with leaving her young children alone in a barn in July when her 2-year-old son drank pipe cleaner.

The 2-year-old sustained life-threatening internal burns on July 26, according to doctors who treated him at Lehigh Vall...Sept. 7, 2016

Posted on: September 6, 2016

12 Charged in Ongoing Meth/Heroin-Dealing Sting in Eastern Lancaster County

Harlan S. Martin

A dozen eastern Lancaster County drug dealers were recently charged and targeted in an ongoing County Drug Task Force sting.

The 12 individuals are charged with dealing methamphetamine or heroin; nine were arrested and arraigned in recent weeks.

Two...Sept. 6, 2016

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Lancaster Man Caught Again with Child Pornography Jailed up to 30 Years

Phillip Fisher

A Lancaster man will serve at least 15 years in prison after he was caught, for a second time, with a collection of child pornography.

Phillip Fisher, 57, was on probation and under Megan’s Law from the first conviction when a probation officer visited...Sept. 1, 2016

Posted on: November 30, 2016

Christmas Holiday Schedule for County Offices and Courts


County Offices and Courts will be closing at 11 am on December 23 and closed all day on December 26 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, December 27 at 8:30 am.

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Take the New places2040 Survey!

LCPC Places 2040

Places2040 is an update to the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan – a community conversation about the county’s future. Although the Lancaster County Planning Commission is coordinating this effort, it’s your plan – so we need your feedback.

Over the...Read more »

Take our new online survey and watch our new video
Posted on: October 11, 2016

Information about the 2018 Reassessment


New brochures about the 2018 County Reassessment are available on the Property Assessment Website! Click the link to find out more.

Property Assessment Website
Posted on: November 30, 2016

County Offices and Courts closed on Jan 2


County Offices and Courts will be closed on Monday, January 2 for New Year's Day Holiday. They will reopen Tuesday, January 3 at 8:30am.

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