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Posted on: November 20, 2020

‘One Pill Did It’: Dealer Sentenced for Fentanyl Pill that Caused Fatal Overdose

Hector Valentin Nazario

A Lancaster man will spend at least 6½ years in prison for selling a fentanyl-laced pill to a man who fatally overdosed last year in his East Lampeter Township home.

Hector V. Nazario recently admitted in Lancaster County Court to selling pills ...

Nov. 20, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 17, 2020

‘Danger to the Community’ Jailed up to 40 Years for Violent Store Robberies

TimothyJenkins

A Columbia man will serve up to 40 years in prison for a pair of violent store robberies this year – crimes that were solved when police from two departments collaborated to trace a getaway vehicle then discover the robber’s disguise i...

Nov. 17, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Information Sought About Tuesday Evening Pedestrian-Vehicle Collision in East Earl

PoliceLights3

Police are investigating a vehicle collision Tuesday evening in East Earl Township that seriously injured a pedestrian.

An eastbound vehicle – a gray Saturn sedan - struck a woman who was on the road in the 1000 block of Main Street (Route 23) abo...

Nov. 12, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 9, 2020

VERDICT: Man Convicted of Rape – Months after Pleading Guilty to Assaulting 2 Women

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An Elizabethtown man already on probation for indecent assaults of two women was recently convicted of raping a woman last year at his home.

A local jury convicted 24-year-old Justin M. Burke of eight offenses, including felony rape, following a four-day t...

Nov. 9, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 6, 2020

DUI Driver Sentenced to State Prison for Injuring 2 in High-Speed Crash

Walker Michels

A Downingtown man who was drunk and under the influence of marijuana when he drove more than twice the speed limit and caused a head-on crash in Caernarvon Township will serve at least three years in prison.

The July 6, 2019, crash seriously injured a man ...

Nov. 6, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Drug Task Force: Upper-Level Dealers Charged for $100K Stash of Cocaine, Fentanyl

Soto Ramirez Stash

A Lancaster city couple was recently arraigned in County Court for allegedly dealing cocaine and fentanyl in an “upper-level” drug operation, according to detectives.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force raided a home in the 300 block o...

Nov. 5, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: November 3, 2020

JUDGE: Lancaster Man Charged in Double Murder is Not Competent for Trial

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A Lancaster man charged with killing his sister and niece last year is not competent to stand trial, a Lancaster County Judge ordered on Thursday.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro ordered that 57-year-old James Sterbinsky be transferred to Norristown S...

Nov. 3, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 29, 2020

SILENT WITNESS: Honoring and Remembering the Lives Lost to Domestic Violence

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As Domestic Violence Awareness Month approaches its end, let us not forget the many lives lost to partner/spousal violence and how lives can be saved going forward by speaking up and taking action on the victims’ behalf.

Four women are killed every day acr...

Oct. 29, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Preliminary Hearing: Neighbor Confrontation Led to Fatal Shooting on Lancaster City Porch

GeraldoRosario

Investigators testified this week that Geraldo Rosario confronted a neighbor earlier this month and, as a result, the neighbor was shot to death.

Rosario, 57, was ordered to face counts of criminal homicide and reckless endangerment in Lancaster County Cou...

Oct. 26, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 23, 2020

‘Callous’ DUI Driver who Caused Fatal Crash in 2014 Denied Appeal Relief

PatriciaHalgash

A Florida woman who was intoxicated during a fatal crash six years ago in East Lampeter Township will not have her conviction overturned.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently denied Patricia Halgash’s appeal, meaning Halgash’s 2016 ...

Oct. 23, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Local Officials, Feds: ‘Free and Fair Election’ On Tap for Lancaster County

Heather1

The election process in Lancaster County will be fair and efficient, and those involved in voter intimidation crimes or violent civil unrest will be prosecuted.

Those were the messages relayed Monday morning when local and federal officials gathered in Man...

Oct. 22, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Testimony: Shell Casings, Bag of Blood Were at Home of Man Charged with Double Homicide

EzequielAlmodovarNEW

Police found several shell casings, a bloody towel and stains, and a bag of blood at Ezequiel Almodovar’s home on July 28, 2020 – the same day two men were found shot to death and burned in a truck on a Lancaster County farm lane.

Almod...

Oct. 21, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Lancaster City Police Officer’s Use of Force on Sept. 13 was 'Justified'

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is announcing the findings from an investigation of a police-involved shooting Sept. 13 in Lancaster city.

Ricardo Munoz, a 27-year-old city man, was killed by a Lancaster city police officer who fi...

Oct. 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 13, 2020

VERDICT: Man Guilty of Hiding in Insulation of Attic to Avoid Felony Warrant

JoelSantiago

A West Lampeter Township man was convicted Tuesday of hiding from police – in his grandfather’s attic – while officers searched for him to serve a felony arrest warrant last year.

A local jury deliberated about 30 minutes befo...

Oct. 13, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Pa. Superior Court: Man Must Pay $459K Restitution for Child’s Brain Injury

DanielDeleon

A Mount Joy man must pay nearly half a million dollars in restitution costs regarding his conviction of endangering an infant who sustained a brain injury three years ago, a state appellate court recently ruled.

The infant was under Daniel D. Deleon’s care...

Oct. 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Elizabethtown Man Arrested, Charged with Years of Sexual Abuse of Girl

JosePerez

An Elizabethtown man is charged with years of sexual abuse of a girl, beginning when she was 11 years old.

Jose H. Perez was arrested and arraigned Sunday on numerous charges, including felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

I...

Oct. 7, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Domestic Violence Exists in Every Neighborhood, So We Must All Do Our Part

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Domestic violence is prevalent in every city, town, and neighborhood – our office handles hundreds of domestic/partner violence cases across Lancaster County every year.

Unfortunately, some cases involve deadly acts of abuse. Before many of those...

Oct. 2, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Man Jailed for Retaliating Against Witness by Painting Threats on University Buildings

RobertDWilliams

A Millersville man will serve up to 10 years in prison for spray-painting threats on several Millersville University buildings as a form of retaliation against a witness in a prior criminal case.

Robert Dale Williams pleaded guilty Monday to felony retalia...

Sept. 30, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 28, 2020

12 People Charged with Drug Dealing in Binns Park Have Felonies Held for Court

VictorSaez

Twelve people recently had felony charges held for court regarding drug dealing offenses in Binns Park in downtown Lancaster.

All twelve people are charged in connection with an undercover operation earlier this month by Lancaster city police’s S...

Sept. 28, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Court Rules Ex-Teacher Who Abused Students Must Register for Life as Sex Offender

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A former high school teacher serving years in prison for sexual abuse of two students must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, an appellate court recently ruled.

Christy L. Smith is serving 14 to 28 years in prison for sexual abuse of two ...

Sept. 23, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Riot Charges Against 3 People Held for Court after Preliminary Hearing Waivers

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Five people charged with crimes in Lancaster city after a police-involved shooting on Sept. 13 were scheduled for preliminary hearings Monday.

Four of those people – three men and a woman – waived preliminary hearings on various charges...

Sept. 22, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Judges Modify Bail for 9 Individuals Charged with Arson/Riot Offenses in Lancaster City

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Nine people charged with crimes regarding riotous activities earlier this week in Lancaster city had their bail modified Thursday by a Lancaster County Judge and Magisterial District Judge.

Several of the charged individuals filed petitions for reconsidera...

Sept. 18, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2020

The Purpose of Bail, and the Bail Process for those Charged with Arson/Riot Offenses

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We present this information to clarify and correct some of the statements/comments being circulated regarding bail amounts set for those charged with arson and riot offenses this week in Lancaster city.

First, we find it crucial to inform the public of the...

Sept. 16, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Our Comments on the Violent and Riotous Acts in Lancaster City

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office wishes to assure community members, leaders, and business owners that the criminal acts that occurred Sunday night and overnight in Lancaster city are being investigated and that those who perpetra...

Sept. 16, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 11, 2020

'Careless, Negligent': Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 'Friend' in Columbia

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An 18-year-old Columbia man admitted Wednesday to shooting and killing his friend last year in Columbia.

Antonio Acosta pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two related charges regarding the July 29, 2019, shooting of 19-year-old Nicholas J. Mill...

Sep. 11, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Lancaster Man Sentenced to State Prison for Years of Sexual Abuse of Girl

LouisGianoukas

A Lancaster man will serve up to a decade in prison for sexual abuse of a girl – which the victim said she endured for years.

Louis Gianoukas, 39, pleaded guilty to three felonies and a misdemeanor regarding abuse of the girl, beginning when she ...

Sept. 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Testimony: Shotgun Found 25 Feet from Homicide Scene Linked to Denver Man

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A shotgun – with a spent shell casing stuck in the chamber – was found about 25 feet from where a man was fatally shot while in his vehicle on Cats Back Road in West Earl Township, according to testimony.

That shotgun was traced to 27-y...

Sept. 8, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 27, 2020

No Relief for Double Murderer who Claims Court Process was too Slow

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A man serving life in prison for the brutal killing of two Lancaster brothers will get no relief from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Joshua Proper, now 21, argued on appeal that the court process was too slow, and that his charges should have been droppe...

Aug. 27, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Federal Court: No Relief for Man who Killed Pregnant Girlfriend, Unborn Child

MatthewBecker2020

A federal appellate court ruled that a man serving life in prison for killing his pregnant girlfriend – and her unborn child – is not due relief from trial convictions of first-degree murder and third-degree murder.

Matthew S. Becker wa...

Aug. 24, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Human Trafficker Sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 55½ to 141 Years in Prison

BarrySchiff

A New Jersey native will serve at least 55½ years in prison for trafficking several women in the southcentral Pennsylvania area, including Lancaster County.

Barry Charles Schiff, 53, was convicted at trial last year of trafficking of persons, in...

Aug. 21, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Drunk and Drugged Driver Jailed up to a Decade for Crash that Killed Conestoga Man

AbrahamSmith

A Conestoga man will serve up to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal vehicle crash last year when he was speeding while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Abraham R. Smith pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to vehicular homicide ...

Aug. 19, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Andrew Scheid Charged with Abuse of Corpses, Falsifying Info on Death Certificates

AndrewScheid

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Manor Township Police Department, announce the filing of charges against Andrew T. Scheid, owner of Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home.

In recent months, police and our office in...

Aug. 14, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 10, 2020

CHARGED: Denver Man Killed Motorist in West Earl Township Early Sunday Morning

StephenJones2020

A Denver man is charged with shooting and killing a Lancaster County man Sunday morning in West Earl Township, where the two men encountered one another in separate vehicles.

Stephen John Jones, 27, is charged with homicide regarding the shooting of the 68...

Aug. 10, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: August 3, 2020

UPDATE: Man Charged in Killings of Two Men is in Custody; Not Eligible for Bail

EzequielAlmodovarNEW

An Upper Leacock Township man charged with killing two men earlier this week surrendered Friday.

Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, is charged with two counts of homicide for shooting Jonathan Rivera and Eugenio Morales-Torres Monday evening at Almodovar&rsquo...

Aug. 3, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Stabbing 2 Men at Conoy Township Bar

PeterFultano

A Bainbridge man will serve up to 16 years in prison for stabbing two men at a Conoy Township bar in 2018.

Peter V. Fultano, 37, previously pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault regarding the Nov. 23, 2018, incident at Bainbridge Inn, 5 Nor...

July 1, 2020

District Attorney
Posted on: January 13, 2020

‘I’m the Last Person to Judge Anyone': Police Officer has Saved Numerous Lives with Narcan

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Northwest Regional police Officer Frank Jones proudly took an oath to put himself in harm’s way to protect the public from those who perpetrate crimes.

In recent years those duties have expanded to bringing individuals back to life following over...

Jan. 13, 2020

District Attorney

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