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Ephrata Robbery
Tuesday September 24th 2013

 IN EPHRATA, POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY WHERE A FIRE-ARM WAS STOLEN.  IT HAPPEND IN THE 500 BLOCK OF RIDGE AVENUE IN EPHRATA TOWNSHIP SOMETIME DURING THE DAY ON MONDAY WHILE THE RESIDENTS WERE AT WORK.  POLICE SAY SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE REAR DOOR OF THE HOME, TAKING CASH, ELECTRONICS AND A HAND GUN.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE.

W Cocalico Church Theft
Tuesday September 24th 2013

IN WEST COCALICO TOWNSHIP, SOUND EQUIPMENT WAS STOLEN FROM A CHURCH.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED SOMETIME BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 19TH AND THE 22ND AT THE INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH.  13-HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF GOOD WERE TAKEN.  EAST COCALICO POLICE ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO GIVE THEM A CALL AT 717-336-1725.

Lititz Stabbing
Monday September 23rd 2013

IN LITITZ, A 15 YEAR OLD BOY FACES CHARGES OF AGGREVATED ASSAULT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RESISTING ARREST.  LAST THURSDAY AFTERNOON, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE 300 BLOCK OF WEST ORANGE STREET.  POLICE SAY THE BOY DAMAGED PROPERTY, AND STABBED A PERSON WITH A PENCIL. WHEN POLICE TRIED TO TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY, HE RESISTED AND ATTEMPTED TO BITE ONE OF THE OFFICERS.  HE WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASED TO HIS MOTHER AND IS ON JUVENILE PROBATION.

Back In Session
Monday September 23rd 2013

THE SENATE AND HOUSE FLOORS ARE ONCE AGAIN FILLED WITH LAWMAKERS.  MONDAY MARKED THE START OF THE FALL LEGISLATIVE SESSION.  SENATOR BRUBAKER IS ONE OF THE POLITICIANS BACK TO SESSION.  HE SAYS HES READY TO TACKLE SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES.  TOPPING HIS LIST ARE THE TRANSPORTATION BILL, PENSION REFORM AND LIQUOR PIVATIZATION.  WHILE IT COULD TAKE SOME TIME TO PASS ALL THREE, HE SAYS TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF NOW.   IN JUNE, BRUBAKER ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2014, BUT HE WILL CONTINUE HIS CURRENT TERM.  THE FALL SESSION ENDS, IN EARLY DECEMBER.

Healthy PA
Monday September 23rd 2013

THE SECRATARY OF AGING WAS IN LANCASTER MONDAY TO TALK ABOUT THE HEALTHY P-A INITIATIVE.  THE PLAN AIMS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE OPTIONS FOR ALL STATE RESIDENTS.  IT'S BEEN DUBBED CORBETT-CARE AND THE SECRATARY OF AGING BRIAN DUKE WANTS TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE PROGRAM.  "I always love to be out with our citizens around the Commonwealth to share good information with them about the governors commitment, about what we're doing at the department of aging, how we are helping fellow citizens each day."  MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GOVENORS PLAN IS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING'S WEBSITE.  YOU ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BRANCH OF THE OFFICE OF AGING TO GET MORE HELP UNDERSTANDING THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION.

Denver Thefts
Wednesday September 11th 2013

POLICE ARE REPORTING A SERIES OF THEFTS IN DENVER.  LAST FRIDAY, IN THE 500 HUNDRED BLOCK OF SOUTH FOURTH STREET, 340 DOLLARS WORTH OF ITEMS WERE STOLEN FROM TABLES PLACED IN FRONT OF A HOME.  THE ARTICLES WERE MEANT FOR AN UPCOMING YARD SALE.  ON THE SAME DAY, 330 DOLLARS WORTH OF ITEMS WERE STOLEN IN A SIMILAR FASHION IN THE 600 BLOCK OF PINE STREET.  THEN ON MONDAY, SEVERAL BLANK CHECKS AND 600 DOLLARS IN CASH WERE STOLEN FROM A HOME IN THE 500 BLOCK OF WALNUT STREET.  ANY ONE WITH INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE INCIDENTS IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE

Electronic Cigarettes
Wednesday September 11th 2013

A NEW TREND IS QUICKLY GAINING ATTENTION.  ONE STATE SENATOR IS PUSHING FOR NEW LEGISLATION TO BAN THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO MINORS.  IT MAY LOOK LIKE SMOKE BUT IT'S ACTUALLY WATER VAPOR.  THEY ARE E CIGARETTES AND MOST CONTAIN SOME LEVEL OF NICCOTINE. RAYMOND MEDINA, OWNER OF VAPOR CAFE IN EPHRATA, EXPLAINS HOW THEY WORK.  "People use them as an alternative for smoking. We do create liquids that have nicotine levels for the average pack a day smoker so to speak and we go all the way down to zero so it can be used as something to slowly wean yourself off of nicotine and cigarettes totally."

SINCE MANY OF THE E-LIQUIDS CONTAIN NICCOTTINE, MOST STORES REQUIRE PURCHASERS TO BE 18-OR ABOVE HOWEVER IT'S NOT YET A FEDERAL LAW.  THAT IS WHY SENATOR TIM SOLOBAY INTRODUCED SENATE BILL 10-55 TO KEEP MINORS OUT.   THIS STORE OWNER SAYS IT JUST MAKES COMMON SENSE.  "We have children of our own.  We do not want to have any kids starting something that they don't already have. It is meant for someone who is already a smoker and adult, somebody who is able to make those adults decisions."

FOR NOW, THESE E-CIGS ARE AN OPTION FOR THOSE  WHO WANT TO QUIT SMOKING AND AT AN AVERAGE OF 80-DOLLARS, SWITCHING TO VAPOR WILL SAVE MONEY TOO.

 

Penn Twp Quick Ticket
Wednesday September 11th 2013

 

PENN TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD CITE REPEAT OFFENDERS FOR NOT KEEPING THEIR PROPERTY MAINTAINED.  THE CURRENT SYSTEM GIVES PROPERTY OWNERS A NOTICE OF VIOLATION FOR POORLY KEPT PROPERTIES, AND A TIME FRAME TO FIX IT.  IF THE PROBLEM OCCURS AGAIN, THE PROCESS STARTS OVER.  BUT THIS NEW PROPOSAL AIMS TO TICKET REPEAT OFFENDERS.  PENN TOWNSHIP MANAGER DAVID KRATZER EXPLAINS THE REASON FOR THE CHANGE.  "It's extremely time conusming to send certified letters to offenders that r already aware of requirements but simply choose to ignore them.  So we;re trying to utitlize our time in an efficicent and effective manor by virtue of the quick ticket."  A "QUICK-TICKET" CITATION WILL BE ISSUED AFTER THE FIRST WARNING IF RESIDENTS HAVEN'T CLEANED UP THEIR PROPERTY.  IF APPROVED THE TOWNSHIP'S CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WILL ISSUE VIOLATIONS FOR UNCUT GRASS LONGER THAN 6 INCHES, TRASH ON LAWNS, OR OTHER RUNDOWN AREAS OF THE PROPERTY.

 

Church Burglary
Tuesday September 10th 2013

A CONGREGATION IS COMING TOGETHER AFTER A BURGLARY AT A LOCAL CHURCH.  SOMETIME SUNDAY NIGHT, POLICE SAY THE NEW HOLLAND EVANGELICAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WAS BROKEN INTO AND RANSACKED.  EMPLOYEES ARRIVED AT THE CHURCH THE NEXT MORNING TO FIND ITEMS STOLEN, DAMAGED DOORS, AND THE OFFICES RANSACKED.    PASTOR RAY VORAN SAYS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH CAME TOGETHER, TO PUT EVERYTHING BACK IN ITS PLACE.  HE SAYS HE THINKS THE THIEVES WERE LOOKING FOR MONEY. A FEW ITEMS WERE TAKEN, SUCH AS ELECTRONICS. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION, POLICE ASK THAT YOU GIVE THEM A CALL..

Denver Meeting
Monday September 9th 2013

RESIDENTS WERE BROUGHT UP TO SPEED ABOUT THEIR POLICE COVERAGE AT MONDAY'S DENVER BOROUGH MEETING. LAST WEEK EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR WEST COCALICO AND DENVER TO MAKE A DECISION TO OCTOBER 31-ST.  EAST COCALICO'S BOARD WILL PROVIDE NUMBERS ON THE COST OF LAW ENFORCEMENT NEXT WEEK.  IT ALSO TOOK SEVERAL STEPS IN THE DIRECTION OF FORMING A REGIONAL POLICE FORCE.  BORO MANAGER MIKE HESSION SAID, "we're happy we're getting items we asked for, and that they considersed and approved a regional police force. We want a say in our police coverage and to be a part of the board to have say in service, budget, etc, everything that would impact what we normally do here."  A JOINT MUNICIPALITY MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT MONDAY WHERE EAST COCALICO WILL PRESENT A REPORT THAT DETAILS THE FINANCES OF A COCALICO REGIONAL POLICE FORCE.  HESSION HOPES TO RECEIVE THE REPORT BEFORE HAND TO LOOK OVER IT AND PREPARE ANY QUESTIONS DENVER MAY HAVE.

 

Terre Hill Fire
Friday September 6th 2013

A FIRE IN TERRE HILL DESTROYED A GARAGE BEING USED FOR AN AT HOME BUSINESS FRIDAY.  FIRE AND RESCUE CREWS FROM WEAVERLAND, MARTINDALE, FIVEPOINTVILLE AND BOWMANSVILLE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AT A TWO-BAY GARAGE ON VINE STREET.  THE STRUCTURE WAS SUPPOSEDLY BEING USED TO MANUFACTURE CANDLES.  THE 30 BY 30 FOOT WOOD STRUCTURE WAS COMPLETELY CONSUMED BY FLAMES.    NO ONE WAS INSIDE THE STRUCTURE AT THE TIME OF THE BLAZE AND NO ONE WAS INJURED.  IT TOOK FIREFIGHTERS ABOUT 90 MINUTES TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE.  THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

Tire Slashing
Friday September 6th 2013

A RAPHO TOWNSHIP MAN FACES CHARGES FOR POKING HOLES IN ALMOST 2-HUNDRED TIRES AT A USED CAR LOT IN PENN TOWNSHIP.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, 26 YEAR OLD BOBBY MILLER USED AN ICE PICK TO DAMAGE ALL FOUR TIRES ON EVERY CAR AT JOHNSON'S USED CARS ON NEWPORT ROAD.  THE INCIDENT OCCURRED BACK IN JULY.  POLICE SAY MILLER DID NOT HAVE ANY KNOWN GRIEVANCE AGAINST THE CAR DEALER.  THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE IS MORE THAT 4-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  MILLER IS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND TRESPASS.

E. Cocalico Meeting
Friday September 6th 2013

 SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DEBATE OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES.  EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS MET THIS WEEK AND TOOK SEVERAL STEPS TOWARDS FORMING A REGIONAL POLICE AGENCY.  ON WEDNESDAY, OFFICIALS VOTED TO COMPLY WITH SEVERAL REQUESTS FROM THE THREE MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO STAY WITH EAST COCALICO'S POLICE SERVICES OR CONTRACT WITH NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE.  THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE WAS THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING A MOTION TO FORM A REGIONAL POLICE FORCE WITH DENVER, ADAMSTOWN AND WEST COCALICO.   SUPERVISORS ALSO EXTENDED THE DEADLINE BY ONE MONTH FOR DENVER AND WEST COCALICO TO DETERMINE IF THEY WANT TO TERMINATE THEIR POLICE AGREEMENTS.  NOW ALL THREE MUNICIPALITIES HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 31-ST TO NOTIFY EAST COCALICO OF THEIR DECISION.  LASTLY, THE BOARD INVITED EACH MUNICIPALITY'S POLICE COMMITTEE TO A PUBLIC MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 16-TH.  A REPORT THAT DETAILS THE FINANCES OF A COCALICO REGIONAL POLICE FORCE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY THEN

Ephrata Truck Crash
Thursday September 5th 2013

A TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH IN EPHRATA CLOSED THE ROADWAY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  CREWS RESPONDED TO AN ACCIDENT IN THE 16-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST MAIN STREET SHORTLY AFTER 4 PM.  ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS ON THE SCENE, A TRACTOR TRAILER LEFT THE ROAD WAY, KNOCKED DOWN A TELEPHONE POLE, THEN COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE.  THE ROAD WAS IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN SO AUTHORITIES COULD HANDLE THE LIVE WIRES.  AS OF 9 P-M WEDNESDAY THE ROAD WAS STILL CLOSED.

Manheim Police Property
Thursday September 5th 2013

MANHEIM BOROUGH HAS HAD ITS FAIR SHARE OF STRUGGLES IN FINDING A NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS.  AFTER A RECENT PLAN FELL THROUGH, IT LOOKS LIKE OFFICIALS HAVE FOUND THE PERFECT SPOT.  THE BOROUGH HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE A ONE ACRE TRACT FOR 90-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE BUILDING THERE CURRENTLY HOUSES A LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION.  THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO MOVE POLICE HEADQUARTERS TO 45 MARKET SQUARE, BUT RESIDENTS' CONCERNS CAUSED OFFICIALS TO ABANDON THE PROJECT.  BOROUGH MANAGER MARK STIVERS SAID THIS NEW LOCATION HAS MORE ROOM FOR WHAT THEY NEED TO ACCOMPLISH.  THE PLANNING PROCESS HAS ALREADY BEGUN.  STIVERS SAID HE'S MET WITH AN ARCHITECT AND A DEVELOPER WHO WILL CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY.  POLICE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES WILL MOST LIKELY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN SEPARATE PARTS OF THE BUILDING.  AS FOR THE MARKET SQUARE PROPERTY, THE BOROUGH WOULD LIKE TO SELL IT VIA SEALED BID
 

Marijuana Arrest
Thursday September 5th 2013

A LOCAL MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER POLICE SAY THEY FOUND MARIJUANA PLANTS AT HIS HOME.  EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP POLICE WERE RESPONDING TO A HOME ON GALEN HALL ROAD FOR AN INCIDENT WHEN THEY FOUND MARIJUANA PLANTS.  POLICE SAY THEY FOUND 11 PLANTS GROWING IN THE BACK OF THE HOME.  55 YEAR OLD ROBERT PENNYPACKER IS CHARGED WITH 11 COUTNS OF MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA.  AN OFFICER SAYS THE PLANTS WERE MEANT FOR PERSONAL USE, NOT DISTRIBUTION...

Pornography Charges
Thursday September 5th 2013

A FORMER MANHEIM TOWNSHIP GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IS FACING CHARGES FOR POSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS 52 YEAR OLD RICHARD RUSSELL OF NEW HOLLAND WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF POSSESION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.     THE CASE IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE INTIATIVE TO COMBAT THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE OF CHIDLREN.  RUSSELL WAS A FIFTH GRADE COUNSELOR AT LANDIS RUN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL AND THE FORMER YOUTH MINISTER AT GRACE FAMILY CHURCH IN NEW HOLLAND.  HE FACES A MAXIMUM OF 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

New Holland DUI
Wednesday September 4th 2013

A NEW HOLLAND COUNCILMAN IS FACING D-U-I CHARGES AFTER POLICE SAY HE ALLEGEDLY  HIT A VEHICLE AND LEFT THE SCENE.  TODAY NEW HOLLAND POLICE FILED CHARGES AGAINST 45 YEAR OLD TERRY GOOD. POLICE SAY ON AUGUST 17TH GOOD WAS ALLEGEDLY DRIVING DRUNK WHEN HE DID A BURN-OUT, LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK AND HIT A VAN.  HE THEN ALLEGEDLY LEFT THE SCENE.  LATER POLICE FOUND THE TRUCK PARKED IN A DRIVEWAY WITH A FLAT TIRE. TEST RESULTS SHOW THAT HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS .099.  HE IS CHARGED WITH D-U-I AND CARLESS DRIVING.  GOOD CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE NEW HOLLAND COUNCIL AND IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN NOVEMBER.

Ephrata Fire
Wednesday September 4th 2013

A WEEKEND HOME FIRE IN EPHRATA SHUT DOWN STATE STREET FOR 2 HOURS.  IT HAPPENED AT 453 STATE STREET AT AROUND 5-30 P-M ON SATURDAY.  CREWS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO A CLOSET WHERE IT STARTED.  THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE WAS THERE AT THE TIME BUT WAS NOT INJURED.  THERE IS SOME MINOR DAMAGE FROM SMOKE AND INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BLAZE WAS ELECTRICAL.  NO ONE CAN MOVE BACK IN UNTIL THE ELECTRICITY IS TURNED BACK ON

Adamstown Police Decision
Wednesday September 4th 2013

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES  THAT NEED TO MAKE A DECISION ON THEIR POLICE SERVICES.  TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE ADAMSTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING THE MOST COMMON CONCERN HEARD FROM RESIDENTS WAS THE DELAY IN RESPONSE TIME THAT COULD TAKE PLACE, IF EAST COCALICO IS NO LONGER THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT.    ADAMSTOWN IS STILL WAITING FOR INFORMATION ON THE COST OF COVERAGE FROM EAST COCALICO BEFORE IT'S DECISION,
    BUT THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT RANDY GOOD UNDERSTANDS THE COMMUNITY'S WORRY.  "We havent heard a lot of feedback, in fact this is the most people we;ve had here....its a very emotional issue, and everyone needs to collect facts and make a rational decision"  ADAMSTOWN NEEDS TO MAKE ITS  DECISION BY OCTOBER 31ST.  WEST COCALICO AND DENVER'S DEADLINE COMES BEFORE THEN.

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