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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Mother Sentenced for Bringing 6-Year-old Child to Home of 3 Registered Sex Offenders

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A Lancaster woman was recently sentenced for bringing her 6-year-old child to a home occupied by three registered sex offenders.

Tabetha L. Mitchell repeatedly brought her child to the Manor Street home where her boyfriend lived, along with two other men r...

Sept. 20, 2019

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

VERDICT: Man Guilty of Decades of Sexual Abuse Against Children

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A Florida man was recently convicted of sexual abuse against four children in Lancaster County over a period of 20 years, starting in 1984.

Tony Cruz was convicted of numerous felonies, including several counts of rape of a child, following a three-day tri...

Sept. 19, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Heroin Dealers Sentenced to State Prison for Providing Fatal Batches of Fentanyl

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A pair of Lancaster County heroin dealers were recently sentenced to state prison terms for providing fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the overdose deaths of two men.

The investigations were separate and not related. Both men were determined to be dealers...

Sept. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Prosecutors File Notice to Seek Death Sentences in Double Murder Case

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Prosecutors have filed a notice of intent to seek death sentences against a man charged with killing his sister and niece in a Lancaster home in July.

James Sterbinsky is charged with two counts of criminal homicide regarding the stabbing deaths of the wom...

Sept. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 12, 2019

VERDICT: Man, 37, Sent 300+ Texts to ‘15-Year-old Girl’ in Attempts to Meet

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A Lancaster man was recently convicted of sending hundreds of lewd texts to whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl – then attempting to meet the “girl” at a location in Lancaster city.

A private citizen’s work &am...

Sept. 12, 2019

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Man Guilty of Threat to Bring Gun after Denied Volunteer Work at Retirement Home

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A New Holland man was recently convicted of threatening to bring a gun to a local retirement community and shoot after he was denied volunteer work at the facility.

A Lancaster County jury deliberated about 20 minutes before finding 66-year-old Mark Winger...

Sept. 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: September 6, 2019

DNA Evidence Yields Composites in Lindy Biechler Case - 44 Years after her Murder

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Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced Thursday recent happenings in the unsolved murder of Lindy Sue Biechler, found killed in her Manor Township home in 1975.

Biechler was 19 when she was stabbed to death in her Kloss Drive apartment....

Sept. 6, 2019

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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Fentanyl Dealer Jailed up to 15 Years for Selling Fatal Batch to Conestoga Township Man

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for providing a fentanyl-laced heroin batch that caused a Conestoga Township man’s death.

Jose O. Morillo, 30, had pleaded guilty to felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death and crimina...

Sept. 3, 2019

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

4 Takeaways: What Police, Schools and Community can do to Minimize Risk of Student Violence

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A group of Lancaster County School Resource Officers and school administrators recently gathered to discuss threat assessment, what prompts students to perpetrate targeted violence, and how to reach students who might be in turmoil.

Deb McCoy, a Student As...

Aug. 29, 2019

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

'Mind-Numbing Tragedy': Unlicensed Driver Jailed for Racing Prior to Causing Fatal Crash

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A habitual offender was sentenced Monday in Lancaster County Court for drag racing last year when he caused a three-vehicle crash that killed a teenager and seriously injured the victim’s teenage passenger.

Kristopher Martinez-Roman was driving about 65 mi...

Aug. 26, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Over 100 Volunteers Now Serving on Youth Aid Panels Across Lancaster County

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Nine volunteers became members of Youth Aid Panels this week and will begin serving alongside law enforcement in three Lancaster County communities.

The volunteers were honored as certified members at a graduation ceremony Tuesday at the Lancaster County C...

Aug. 23, 2019

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Pa. Court: Jury Acted on Evidence when Returned Death Verdict for Man who Killed Mother and Daughter

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A Lancaster County man convicted of killing a woman and her daughter because they were potential witnesses in his pending sexual assault case was granted no relief this week from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The appellate court found nothing to overturn...

Aug. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Repeat Offender Jailed up to 30 Years for Sexual Abuse of Lancaster County Child

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A registered sex offender was recently jailed up to 30 years for his second conviction of illegal contact with a child.

Justin M. Mayfield, 37, pleaded guilty to several felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor and failure to register under Megan&...

Aug. 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Purse Vendor Jailed for Groping Customer at Root's Country Market

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A New York man was sentenced to prison for groping a woman last year at Root’s Country Market.

Zhong Wu Shan was escorted from Lancaster County Court in handcuffs Wednesday when he was sentenced to one to 23 months in prison for misdemeanor indec...

Aug. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 15, 2019

DA’s Office to Co-Host Intruder Trainings for Businesses, Faith-Based Organizations

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office will co-host a pair of trainings in September for businesses and faith-based organizations on how to minimize devastation from armed intruder incidents.

The DA’s Office and Pa South Centra...

Aug. 15, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Man Sentenced for Role in New Jersey-to-Lancaster Fentanyl Trafficking

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 30 years in prison for his role in a large-scale fentanyl/heroin operation – and he could be facing additional penalties.

Antonio J. Rivera, 28, was on state and federal parole when he was charged last year in the Lancaster...

Aug. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 12, 2019

Assistance From Public Leads to Homicide Charges in Drive-By Shooting

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Homicide charges were filed Thursday regarding the May 30 shooting death of Tyreek Gardner.

Lancaster city police charged two men with Gardner’s killing, the first of three homicides in a three-week span in the city.

In early July, the Lancaster C...

Aug. 12, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2019

1 in 5 Criminal Cases Enter Diversion Programs for Charge Reductions, Expungements

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An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:

A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s)....

Aug. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 5, 2019

Deadly 'Fake' Prescription Pills Seen Across U.S. are Pure Fentanyl

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Fake prescriptions pills – which are actually pressed fentanyl tablets – recently caused four overdose deaths in a day in California.

The pills have also made their way to other parts of the country, including Lancaster County.

The pure ...

Aug. 5, 2019

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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Man Sentenced for Spree of Lancaster Store Robberies; Displayed Gun Every Time

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 12 years in prison for robbing eight city stores, at gunpoint, over two months last year.

Rayvonne Perez-Acosta was 17 when he brandished a stolen gun to store employees, demanded money and fled with cash during the robberi...

July 26, 2019

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Man who Told 'Fantasy' Story at Trial Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Sleeping Woman

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping in a Manheim home.

Jordan A. Mayes, 24, was convicted at trial in April of four felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the June 10, 2017, incident at a ho...

July 24, 2019

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Posted on: July 22, 2019

Investigative Findings Regarding Fatal Shooting of Man at Lancaster City Home

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is announcing findings regarding an April 27, 2019, incident in Lancaster city that resulted in the death of Tony Torrellas. Torrellas was shot after entering a home in the 500 block of South Queen...

July 22, 2019

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Shorty Melendez's Survivors Hoping Public Info, DNA Brings Break in Unsolved Murder Case

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Christina Reichard can still feel the heat of July 3 – 17 years ago.          

Lancaster city residents were on their porches, in the streets and on the sidewalks, excitement of the approaching holiday...

July 10, 2019

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

More Prison for Woman who Gave Birth in Bathroom; 'Cherished' Baby Living with a Family

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A Berks County woman will serve at least a few more months in prison for endangering her newborn child by giving birth in a Warwick Township bathroom.

Emmanuella Osei, 24, was sentenced Monday morning in Lancaster County Court on a felony count of endanger...

July 9, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 8, 2019

LOCK YOUR VEHICLES: Spike in Thefts of Vehicles and What’s Inside – Most were Unlocked

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There has been a spike in vehicle thefts, and thefts of what’s inside vehicles in Lancaster County.

Law enforcement is offering simple advice to vehicle owners so they do not become victims:

LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND DO NOT KEEP VALUABLES INSIDE THEM...

July 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 3, 2019

‘Persons of Interest’ in Recent Homicides, but Investigators Seeking More Info from Witnesses

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There has been “significant progress” and “persons of interest” identified regarding recent homicides in Lancaster city, but law enforcement is asking the public to speak up and help move along the investigations.

Th...

July, 3, 2019

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

'Living Hell': Jury Convicts Man of 25 Charges for Sex Abuse of Children

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A Lancaster Township man was convicted Friday of more than two dozen charges regarding sustained beatings, sexual abuse and imprisonment of four children.

Donald A. Moyer, 63, will be sentenced after a background investigation is completed in a couple mont...

July 1, 2019

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Meet Lancaster County's New First Assistant District Attorney, Travis S. Anderson

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Lancaster County’s new First Assistant District Attorney aspires to visit the birthplaces, homes and gravesites of every United States President – he’s about halfway through the list.

Millard Fillmore’s birthplace in...

June 26, 2019

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

State Prison for Man who Hijacked Car from Strangers, Fled Police and Crashed

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A Lancaster man will serve up to nine years in prison for randomly carjacking a vehicle, nearly striking the occupants as he drove off, then fleeing police – striking a vehicle and attempting to enter homes in the process.

Stephan M. Frey, 35, wi...

June 25, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Pa. Court: No Relief for Bar Owner, 3 Other Men Serving Prison Time for Brutal Beating on Christmas

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The four men convicted of beating a man unconscious on Christmas morning 2015 outside a Lancaster bar will not get lesser sentences or new trials, according to recently rulings by a state appellate court.

The former owner of Molly’s Pub, Anthony ...

June 17, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 11, 2019

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Man of Threatening Lititz Hospital Staff, Causing Lockdown

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A Middletown man was convicted of threatening staff at a Lititz area hospital – his claims including a “biker gang” assault - causing the facility to lockdown for several hours.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 49-year-old Do...

June 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 20, 2019

FYI on State Prison Boot Camp: Who is Eligible? What is the Success Rate?

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A Boot Camp program is available to select individuals sentenced, upon conviction, to a Pennsylvania state prison.

The State Correctional Institution program is similar to the military drill-and-routine format for which it is named.

About three-quarters of ...

May 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 2, 2019

Man Sentenced for Strangulation of Pregnant Woman - his 2nd Conviction for Beating a Woman

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for beating a pregnant woman last year – a violation of his probation for a prior conviction of assaulting another woman.

Luis A. Betemit, 25, pleaded guilty to felony strangulation, aggravated ...

May 2, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 30, 2019

Marijuana: Realities about Incarceration, Impact on Drivers, Young Adults

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As the national conversation continues about legalization of marijuana, we encourage all residents, leaders and legislators to be fully informed when taking a stance on the issue.

We offer some data-supported analysis of today’s marijuana, trends...

April 30, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Repeat DUI Offender Sentenced for Leaving Scene of Rollover Crash on Lincoln Highway East

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A Downingtown man will serve up to 8 years in prison for fleeing the scene after driving intoxicated and causing a crash last year in Lancaster County that seriously injured a woman.

Mark Harvey, 29, was illegally passing vehicles on Lincoln Highway East (...

April 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 10, 2019

How School Resource Officers and Youth Aid Panels are Helping our Students

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What qualifies as effective and successful is subjective when discussing police practices at Lancaster County school districts – no district’s student body is like any other, so there is a variety of approaches employed across the coun...

April 10, 2019

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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

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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This morning, the Commissioners presented a National Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation recognizing the contributions of people of Hispanic and Latino origin to the United States and to the Lancaster County community. They were joined by members of the ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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This morning at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, the Commissioners, many other members of the County team, first responders, and families paid tribute to all of those lost on 9/11 as well as each Lancaster County first responder who has...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Presentation of It Pays to Be Fit! Wellness Warriors Awards

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At the September 4, 2019 Commissioners’ Meeting, the Board presented Wellness Warrior Awards to employees who participated in the County’s wellness program and had the highest number of gym visits in the last six months.

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Presentation of Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month Proclamation

Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month

At this morning’s Commissioners’ Public Meeting, the Board of Commissioners was pleased to present a Proclamation for the Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month – August 2019 in special recognition of the Child Support pro...

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