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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Bridges of Lancaster County

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Historical Bridges

The Lancaster County Archives collection of Bridge Dockets record the history of County-owned bridges including construction dates, court proceedings, and repairs to a variety of wooden, iron, concrete, and covered bridges that once span...

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News Flash

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 31, 2018

Lititz Crash Update: Female Driver ID Released; Investigation Status

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The female driver involved in the Oct. 26 crash in Lititz is Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63.

She has been hospitalized, not conscious or alert, since the crash; her condition is clearly serious.

Since being hospitalized, she was and is certainly not a public-sa...

Oct. 31, 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 22, 2018

Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide while DUI for Fatal Pedestrian Crash

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A Ronks motorist is charged with being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he struck and killed a female pedestrian near his home in September.

East Lampeter Township police on Friday charged 31-year-old Craig S. Gomez Jr. with vehicular homi...

Oct. 22, 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 5, 2018

Scam Alert: Be Aware of Bogus Calls Demanding Payment for Lancaster County Court-Related Fines

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is issuing a warning regarding an ongoing scam that involves callers asking for payment of fines on behalf of the Lancaster County Court system.

It appears the scam involves a “spoof&r...

Oct. 5, 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: October 1, 2018

Man, Woman Each Jailed at Least a Decade for Violent Robbery Spree

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A man and woman who teamed for a spree of Lancaster County store robberies will each serve at least a decade in prison.

Gary S. Dorsey, 57, and Tyshea Thomas, 42, recently entered guilty pleas to several felony counts of robbery and related charges regardi...

Oct. 1, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 27, 2018

Woman Surrenders on Charges of Causing 2YO Daughter's Injuries in Bathtub Incident

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A Lancaster woman is charged with leaving her 2-year-old daughter unattended in a bathtub – while the woman smoked marijuana – causing the girl to nearly drown to death and suffer permanent, debilitating injuries.

Lancaster city police ...

Sept. 27, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 26, 2018

Second Killer Jailed for Life for ‘Senseless’ Murders of Disabled Brothers in Lancaster

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A man will serve the rest of his life in prison for his role in the brutal killings of two brothers last year at their Lancaster city home.

Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth ordered that sentence Monday afternoon when 19-year-old Joshua Proper pleaded ...

Sept. 26, 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: September 20, 2018

Verdict: Man Convicted of 1st-Degree Murder for 'Assassination' of Columbia Man

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A Lancaster County jury deliberated about 30 minutes Thursday before convicting a man of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of 36-year-old Parrish Thaxton.

Mario Casanova-Lanzo, 42, faces a mandatory, life-in-prison term when he stands for sentencing ...

Sept. 20, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 19, 2018

Neighbor Complaints Lead to Task Force Sting of Couple Dealing Heroin

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An Ephrata couple is charged with dealing heroin after the Lancaster County Drug Task Force – in response to neighbor complaints – raided an apartment.

The Drug Task Force raided an apartment in the 1000 block of Henn Ave. and found 127...

Sept. 19, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Verdict: Man Convicted in First Human Trafficking Trial in Lancaster County

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A New Jersey man was convicted this week of all counts regarding a human trafficking ring he operated last year involving two women and numerous hotels in Lancaster County.

A Lancaster County jury on Wednesday afternoon convicted 37-year-old Dominic Roach ...

Sept. 14, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Lancaster County Overdose Death Rate Down, but Overall Overdose Reports Up

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which offers some encouragement in that fewer people are dying here from overdose.

However, a recent research project from our office shows the number of overall overdose incidents reported to a 911 dispatcher is up.

We submitted this editorial to LNP, whic...

Sept. 11, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 5, 2018

Inmate Sentenced to 57 Years of Supervision for Second Conviction of Sex Abuse

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A prison inmate already serving years for sex abuse of a child was recently sentenced to additional time – 57 years of supervision - for abuse of two other children.

Brian T. Morningstar, now 45, was sentenced in 2014 to 8 to 20 years for sex abu...

Sept. 5, 2018

District Attorney
Posted on: September 4, 2018

GUILTY: Man Convicted of Beating Inmate at Prison Following 2017 Trial

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A prison inmate already serving decades was recently convicted of brutally beating an inmate last year at Lancaster County Prison.

The victim survived after two brain surgeries and other treatment from the attack by 39-year-old Tomas Matthews.

The beating h...

Sept. 4, 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

District Attorney
Posted on: August 22, 2018

Sheriff Leppler, DA Stedman Collaborate for Project to Combat PFA Violations

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The Lancaster County Sheriff and District Attorney are continuing a project aimed at providing direction and resources to individuals served with protection-from-abuse orders - in efforts to prevent potentially criminal reactions. 

Sheriff Chris L...

Aug. 22, 2018

District Attorney

News Flash

Posted on: November 14, 2018

Presentation of "Stepping Up" Proclamation

Presentation of Stepping Up Proclamation

Today, with the presentation of “Stepping Up” Proclamation, the Commissioners recognized the work being done by the Lancaster County Prison, Behavioral/Health Developmental Services Department, Adult Probation and Parole, and Mental He...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

County Offices will be closed . . .

Thanksgiving

Office will reopen on Monday November 26th at 8:30 AM.

Lancaster County Main Website
Posted on: November 1, 2018

Special Evening Commissioners' Meeting. . .

There will be a Special County Commissioners’ Meeting held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lancaster County Government Center, 150 North Queen Street Annex, first floor conference room 102/104, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for the purpose o...

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