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PA Dad-To-Be Sentenced For Repeatedly Abusing Toddler Until Leg Broke PA Dad-To-Be Sentenced For Repeatedly Abusing Toddler Until Leg Broke
Child Abuser Tim Freint Sentenced After Pregnancy Announced A mere two days before a child abuser was sentenced for breaking a toddler's leg and leaving bruises on "nearly every surface of this child’s body" as  Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa said  — he took to social media to announce that he and his wife are expecting a baby girl.  Timofey "Tim" Igor Freint, 30 of the 2200 block of Furnace Hills Pike in Lititz, pleaded guilty in March 2024 to Felony Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Felony Aggravated Assault of Victim Less…
SENTENCED! Etown Man Who Carried Woman's Groceries Home Then Raped Her SENTENCED! Etown Man Who Carried Woman's Groceries Home Then Raped Her
Drew Deshong AKA Carlos Cartagena Sentenced For Rape A 36-year-old Elizabethtown man has been sentenced after raping a woman he had just helped, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, May 28. Drew Deshong also known as Carlos Cartagena pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault – forcible compulsion, aggravated assault, strangulation, false identification to law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and indecent assault.  He was sentenced to serve 6 ½ to 13 years as set by Judge Dennis Reinaker…
Columbia Convict Sentenced For Fatally Shooting Mississippi Man At Manheim Night: DA Columbia Convict Sentenced For Fatally Shooting Mississippi Man At Manheim Night: DA
Tyler Wilson Sentenced For Killing Jatavis Devonte Scott Club23 may have closed nearly a year ago, but a deadly shooting at the Lancaster County nightclub will never be forgotten by a Mississippi family.  Jatavis Devonte Scott, 25 of Mound Bayou, MS, died at Lancaster General Hospital on March 19 not long after he was shot by Tyler Jamel Wilson, now 29 of Columbia, PA, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced. Wilson was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, according to the Lancaster DA's office.  Wilson "was found guilty by [a] jury of third-degree murder, persons not to posse…
Swollen, Bruised Victim Prompts Investigation Of Lancaster County Caregiver, Cops Say Swollen, Bruised Victim Prompts Investigation Of Lancaster County Caregiver, Cops Say
Swollen, Bruised Victim Prompts Investigation Of Lancaster County Caregiver, Cops Say Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a 59-year-old Lancaster County woman accused of abusing a care-dependent victim of an assisted living facility she had been working at, police said. Lori Van Ingen, of Mountville, became the center of an investigation on Jan. 3, when police learned that a care-dependent resident of an assisted living facility had come to the emergency room with bruising and swelling to her head, face, jaw, and ankle, around 9:55 p.m., Lititz police said. The victim also had tenderness in her abdomen, and one of her eyes had been swollen shut. Authorities learned t…
GUILTY: 9-Year-Old's Rapist Convicted After 30 Minutes Of Deliberation In LanCo, DA Says GUILTY: 9-Year-Old's Rapist Convicted After 30 Minutes Of Deliberation In LanCo, DA Says
Timothy Barker Convicted Of Raping Child For Years A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of rape charges after a two-day trial and 30 minutes of jury deliberations this week, authorities announced. Timothy Barker, 48, of Leola, was between the age of 40 and 44 at the time of the abuse, which began in 2018 when Barker was in a caregiving role to the victim, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said. Barker told the victim he wanted to “teach her how to use her body correctly," according to the DA's office. The victim disclosed the abuse when she was 17 and was interviewed in 2023 by the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance af…
'Black Puppies Not Selling:' Canine Killer Free On $10K Bail, LanCo DA Says 'Black Puppies Not Selling:' Canine Killer Free On $10K Bail, LanCo DA Says
John Stoltzfus Jr. Arrested For Killing Puppies A Pennsylvania man is facing charges for killing four dogs he said because they weren't selling, authorities announced. Police were called to 46-year-old John S. Stoltzfus Jr.'s Hollander Road home in New Holland on Oct. 31, 2023 for the death of four black Sheepadoodle puppies named Tammy, Terry, Todd, and Tom, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said. New Holland Police had gotten a complaint from an employee at Greenfield Puppies, which received a call from Stoltzfus asking to take the four puppies off their website because he'd put them to sleep because the "black puppi…
GOT HER! PA Mom, Accused Child Rapist, Arrested On Incest Charges: DA GOT HER! PA Mom, Accused Child Rapist, Arrested On Incest Charges: DA
GOT HER! Sarah Miller Arrested On Incest, Child Rape Charges A registered sex offender is back behind bars after allegedly threatening his grandchildren with a gun. His daughter — who is also accused of incest with her children — who was at large for weeks was arrested on May 8, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice and an updated release by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office on Friday, May 10. The warrant for the arrest of Sarah Lee Miller, also known as Sara Souder, was announced on her 35th birthday, May 8, court records show. Her last known address was in Nanticoke, Luzerne County. She was taken into cust…
Former Central PA Food Bank Employee Who Killed Neighbor's Dog Sentenced: DA Former Central PA Food Bank Employee Who Killed Neighbor's Dog Sentenced: DA
Loyna Dejesus-Osorio Sentenced For Killing Dog: Lancaster DA A woman, who according to her social media was a SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Central PA Food Bank at the time of her crimes, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced "for assaulting her neighbor and killing the neighbor’s five-month-old Chihuahua," the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said in a release on Wednesday, May 1.  Loyna Dejesus-Osorio, also known as Loyna De Jesus, was sentenced to seven years of probation for the assault and puppycide which took place in the 100 block of Old Dorwart Street in Lancaster on Sept. 25, 2022, as detailed by the DA.  The 53-year…
Montco Woman Pleads Guilty To Delivering Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl: Lancaster DA Montco Woman Pleads Guilty To Delivering Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl: Lancaster DA
Montco Woman Pleads Guilty To Delivering Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl: Lancaster DA A Harleysville woman was convicted of bringing a 56-year-old the dose of fentanyl that killed them nearly two years ago.  Valerie Benatti, 29, pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death on Wednesday, May 1, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.  Authorities said they were called to a home on the 100 block of Slackwater Road in Conestoga Township for a suspected overdose on Aug. 20, 2022. An autopsy later revealed the victim died from acute fentanyl toxicity, the DA's Office said.  Witnesses later told police that Benatti pr…
Three PA Children — Including 5-Year-Old — Raped By Federally Convicted Child Pornographer: DA Three PA Children — Including 5-Year-Old — Raped By Federally Convicted Child Pornographer: DA
George Wakeley Sexual Abused 3 Kids — Including 5-Year-Old A York man — already in federal prison for child pornography charges — was convicted of child abuse in Lititz in less than 25 minutes, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Wednesday, May 1. George Wakeley, 62 of the 3400 block of Bull Road in York, was found guilty of 17 child abuse offenses on March 18, 2024, the DA's office detailed in the release. One of the children told the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police about the abuse in 2018 "before an extensive investigation resulted in charges being filed on November 21, 2022," as stated in the release. During t…
250+ Grams of Meth, 14 Grams Of Coke, 67 Clonazepam Pills, Guns Found In Central PA Home: DA 250+ Grams of Meth, 14 Grams Of Coke, 67 Clonazepam Pills, Guns Found In Central PA Home: DA
Chene Skowronek Accused Of Dealing Meth, Coke, Clonazepam A massive drug bust was made after a man was recorded selling an undercover officer methamphetamine, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Tuesday, April 23. Chene Karma Skowronek, 44 of the 2100 block of Kramer Mill Road in Stevens, East Cocalico Township has been under investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force since he first sold methamphetamine to an undercover member in Dec. 2023, as detailed in DA's release.   Since that then, Skowronek "made multiple undercover/confidential informant purchases using pre-recorded money from the defendan…
MURDER-SUICIDE: Police ID Husband, Wife Found Dead In Penn Township Home MURDER-SUICIDE: Police ID Husband, Wife Found Dead In Penn Township Home
Penn Township Murder Suicide Diane Mark Shepherd Police have identified the couple found dead in what they say was a murder-suicide in a Lancaster County home early Wednesday, April 10. Mark E. Shepherd, 71, shot his wife Diane L. Shepherd, 63, and then himself in their home on the 300 block of Sun Hill Road in Penn Township, bringing police to the scene just after 4 a.m., Northern Lancaster County Regional Police said. The couple's extended family was inside the home at the time of the incident. They told police that they awoke to a loud domestic-related argument between Mark and Diane occurring in a separate part of the home. Multi…
Breakfast Shake Package Full of Psilocybin Mushrooms Found In Drug Dealer's Lititz Home: DA Breakfast Shake Package Full of Psilocybin Mushrooms Found In Drug Dealer's Lititz Home: DA
Timothy Jason Sherrin Hides Mushrooms In Breakfast Shake: DA Ghost guns, methamphetamine, and psilocybin mushrooms stuffed inside a protein powder breakfast shake container were all found at a Littiz's man's home by the Lancaster Drug Task Force, the district attorney announced on Monday, April 1.  Timothy Jason Sherrin, 41 of the 500 block of Greenhowe Drive, had allegedly stuffed the mushrooms in a Carnation Breakfast Essentials Rich Milk Chocolate package and had other illegal items throughout his home, as discovered during the warranted search at 2:24 p.m. on March 21, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Offic…
Bucks County Man 'Degloved' Cat's Chin, Faces Animal Cruelty Charge: Lancaster DA Bucks County Man 'Degloved' Cat's Chin, Faces Animal Cruelty Charge: Lancaster DA
Bucks County Man 'Degloved' Cat's Chin, Faces Animal Cruelty Charge: Lancaster DA A Bucks County man is charged with animal abuse after prosecutors say he badly injured a cat in Lancaster County.  Richard Swangler, a Bristol resident who "has been living in West Hempfield Township for the past several months," is being held in lieu of a $15,000 bail, said the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.  Authorities said Swangler reported a wild animal "which he believed to be a jaguar" was inside his home on the 100 block of W. Broad Street on March 3.  Officers arrived and saw bite marks on the 56-year-old's arms but found no wild animal,…
Teen Girl Killed By DUI Dad In Central PA Crash, Authorities Teen Girl Killed By DUI Dad In Central PA Crash, Authorities
DUI, Jeremy Leonard, Caused Crash Killing Kamryn Elwood, 19 A 37-year-old dad is behind bars approximately two and a half years after he caused a crash that killed a teenage passenger in his vehicle, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, March 1.  Jeremy Leonard of the first block of South Belmont Road in Paradise, was on schedule 1 drugs when he crashed a blue Honda Civic into a tree in the first block of Corner Ketch Road in Paradise Township at approximately 8:16 p.m. on July 13, 2021 — killing Kamryn Darlene Elwood, authorities detailed in several releases over the years since the crash.  …
PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA
Jason Shackelford Gets Sentenced For Killing Elaina Smith A 40-year-old registered sex offender has admitted to raping his ex-girlfriend and her daughter before killing the 12-year-old and hiding her body in a freezer, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, March. 1.  Jason Shackelford, of the 500 block of Avenue H in Columbia, PA, "admitted guilt on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child, two counts of rape, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, four counts of sexual assault, and strangulation," the DA stated in the release.  Elaina Smith of Columbia Borough was raped, strang…
VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA
VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA A Virginia man who pleaded guilty in connection to traveling to Pennsylvania to have sex with a child has been sentenced, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  Tanner Iskra, 38 of the 2100 block of Harpoon Drive, Stafford, VA, pleaded guilty in Sept. 2023 to attempted statutory sexual assault (11 years older), attempted corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility, DA Heather Adams detailed in the release.  Iskra was sentenced to 11-23 months in prison, eight years of probation, and he must register as a sex offender …
Child Found Manheim Mom Murdered, Manhunt For Husband Continues: Affidavit Child Found Manheim Mom Murdered, Manhunt For Husband Continues: Affidavit
Matthew Harrison On Run After Charged With Killing Wife Jami New details have been released about a mom's murder as a manhunt continues for her husband. ***UPDATE: MATTHEW HARRISON Was CAPTURED On Thursday evening, Feb. 8; CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL REPORT*** ORIGINAL REPORT: Matthew Scott Harrison, 48 of Manheim, originally of Hellam, is on the run after his wife was found dead by a child on Monday, Feb. 5, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice. Jami Harrison's daughter told police that her mom and her husband Matthew Harrison argued on Friday, Feb. 2, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Matthew had separated from his wi…
Infant Child Porn Among 2K+ Images Found On Pennsylvania Man Also Charged In Cold Case: DA Infant Child Porn Among 2K+ Images Found On Pennsylvania Man Also Charged In Cold Case: DA
Eric Dorwart Charged 2nd Child Assault Case In 5 Months A search warrant at the home of a man — charged in a cold case of sexual assault of two children — led the Pennsylvania State Police to over two thousand images of child pornography, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Eric Dorwart, 54, of the 500 block of Pleasure Road in Manheim Township has been charged for the second time in three months for sexually assaulting children, the DA explained.  Dorwart was matched by DNA to the cold case assault of a boy and girl on West Newport Road, Gordonville, Leacock on April 4th, 1997, acc…
Elizabethtown Accountant Found With Child Porn 4 Times, Heads To Prison: DA Elizabethtown Accountant Found With Child Porn 4 Times, Heads To Prison: DA
Elizabethtown Accountant Phillip Miller Pleads Guilty— Again A Lancaster County accountant has pleaded to possessing child pornography — again, authorities announced on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.  Phillip Keith Miller, 64, of the 800 block of Rutts Road, West Donegal Township, is heading to prison for 18 to 36 years after his employees found the images on his work computer, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office explained in the release.  Miller was previously sentenced to serve three consecutive five-year probation sentences for possessing over 70 videos and over 500 photos of child pornography at his business located at Philip K…
PA Man Admits To Filming Child Rapes In Multiple Counties For 6 Years: DA PA Man Admits To Filming Child Rapes In Multiple Counties For 6 Years: DA
PA Man Admits To Filming Child Rapes In Multiple Counties For 6 Years: DA A man has admitted to raping a child in his care and filming it, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announce on Monday, Jan. 8.  On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Arturo Aleman, 47, of the 100 block of Green Street, Lancaster, admitted to raping a child in his care in Lancaster and Berks counties from 2016 through 2022.  When the girl was just 14 years old she "disclosed the abuse to Lancaster City Bureau of Police Detective Jessica Higgins, who began her investigation in Oct. 2022," the DA explained.  The abuse happened from when the girl was approximately 8 years old…
DNA Matches Lititz 18-Year-Old To Rape Of 15-Year-Old Girl: Police DNA Matches Lititz 18-Year-Old To Rape Of 15-Year-Old Girl: Police
DNA Matches Lititz 18-Year-Old To Rape Of 15-Year-Old Girl: Police A Lititz teen has been charged in connection with the rape of a younger teenage girl, Northern Lancaster Regional Police announced on Jan. 1, 2024.  Elyas Ryan Hoag, 18, was identified as the suspect through evidence including a DNA match, according to the police.  NLCRPD detectives began their investigation into the incident after the 15-year-old girl's rape in the first block of Apple Hill Drive Warwick Township was reported at 12:48 a.m. on April 11, 2023. The DNA samples and additional evidence was reviewed the caseby Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and the …
Girl Under 6-Years-Old Sexually Assaulted By Lititz Man, Police Say Girl Under 6-Years-Old Sexually Assaulted By Lititz Man, Police Say
Wesley Kilpatrick Charged For Sexual Assault Of Girl Under 6 A man has been charged in connection with multiple sexual assaults of a girl under the age of six, Northern Lancaster County Regional police announced on Monday, Jan. 1., 2024.  Detectives began investigating Wesley Franklin Kilpatrick, 27 of Lititz, in July 2023. That's when they "received a report of alleged sexual assault of a female under the age of 6," as stated in the police release.  The police explained that the "investigation revealed that Kilpatrick assaulted the victim multiple times during 2021 and 2022." All of the assaults reportedly took place at a home in the 900 …
PA Sex Offender Shot Dead By US Marshals Trying To Serve Warrant For Rape: DA PA Sex Offender Shot Dead By US Marshals Trying To Serve Warrant For Rape: DA
Shane Kelec Shot Dead By US Marshals In Elizabethtown: DA A man wanted on charges in connection with a violent rape in Elizabethtown Borough was shot dead in what the Lancaster County District Attorney's office is calling "an officer-involved shooting" on Thursday afternoon.  Shane Robert Kelec, 38 of the 1700 block of Stone Mill Road, Lancaster was wanted on rape and aggravated assault, among other changes for the terrifying incident that happened in the 900 block of Hedgewyck Lane, Elizabethtown, as detailed in the DA's original release. He had a firearm on him when members of the United States Marshals’ Eastern District Violent Crime…
US Marshals Kill Sex Offender Wanted For Violent Rape In Pennsylvania: DA US Marshals Kill Sex Offender Wanted For Violent Rape In Pennsylvania: DA
Sex Offender Shane Kelec Killed By US Marshals: DA A registered sexual offender with a history of abusing children and fighting — who was wanted in connection with a violent rape in Elizabethtown Borough — has been shot dead by US Marshals, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's office.  Shane Robert Kelec, 38 of the 1700 block of Stone Mill Road, Lancaster was wanted on rape and aggravated assault, among other changes for the terrifying incident that happened in the 900 block of Hedgewyck Lane, Elizabethtown, as detailed in the DA's intial release.  The rape and brutal beating happened around 8:05 a.m. on Dec…
'I Have A IED In My Car :-)' PA Man Leaves Note At Business: DA 'I Have A IED In My Car :-)' PA Man Leaves Note At Business: DA
Pharohe Jahcovi Scott Pens Threat At Americold Logistics: DA A York man is accused of leaving a serious threat at a business, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Tuesday, Dec. 20.  Pharohe Jahcovi Scott, 22 of the 400 block of South Albemarle Street, York, was spotted on security camera leaving a note reading “I have a IED in my car,” with a hand-drawn smiley face at Americold Logistics located at 3800 Hempland Road in Mountville, as stated in the DA's release. Some employees found the note in a "public area on the business premises" around 9:07 a.m. on May 11, 2023, as detailed in the release.  The DA explained th…
PA Man Committed Incest Rape Of Child, Police Say PA Man Committed Incest Rape Of Child, Police Say
Walter Omar Hernandez-Sosof Accused Of Incest, Rape Of Child A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday on incest and child rape charges, Lititz Borough of Police announced.  Walter Omar Hernandez-Sosof of Lititz was charged just seven days after the LBPD received the report of the sexual abuse of a child in his family in the first block of Pennwick Drive in Lititz Borough. "The alleged abuse occurred over the course of several months," at the home, police said.  They immediately began to investigate. As soon as they had probable cause they arrested Hernandez-Sosof with the approval of the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.  He …
'My Son Killed My Roommate' Teen Charged With Homicide: Lancaster DA 'My Son Killed My Roommate' Teen Charged With Homicide: Lancaster DA
Brian Deante Gray Charged With Michael Pfender's Homicide An 18-year-old has been charged with homicide for killing his dad's roommate, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Wednesday.  Brian Deante Gray "just snapped" and beat his dad's roommate 68-year-old Michael Xavier Pfender to death on Monday, his father told police according to the affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice.  Gray and Pfender had been drinking and hanging out in a garage on the 1000 block of North Duke Street in Manheim Township when he beat him to death, as detailed in the affidavit.  Pfender appears to have been staying wit…
Driver On Clonazepam With BAC 2X Limit, Sentenced For Fatal High-Speed Ephrata Crash Driver On Clonazepam With BAC 2X Limit, Sentenced For Fatal High-Speed Ephrata Crash
Driver On Clonazepam With BAC 2X Limit, Sentenced For Fatal High-Speed Ephrata Crash A 31-year-old man will serve up to 20 years for killing a man while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in central Pennsylvania, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023.  Derek James Sensenig will serve a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 20 years in prison as ordered during sentencing by Lancaster County President Judge David Ashworth. He faced the possibility of a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 34, the DA explained when he pleaded guilty.  Sensening, of the 100 block of Fulton Street in Akron…
Man With 'AR' Shot By Police Officers Dies In Hospital 5 Weeks Later: Lancaster DA (UPDATE) Man With 'AR' Shot By Police Officers Dies In Hospital 5 Weeks Later: Lancaster DA (UPDATE)
Man With 'AR' Shot By Police Officers Dies In Hospital 5 Weeks Later: Lancaster DA (Update) UPDATE: A man died in the hospital in January after what police called "an officer-involved shooting" during a "domestic incident"  in Nov., the Lancaster County DA said.  William Oneill,40,  had been charged with criminal attempt homicide and related charges, for his role in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Nov. 29, 2023, in the 100 block of Hershey Avenue, but he succumbed to his injuries sustained in the shooting on January 3, the DA said in an updated release adding that, "the charges against Oneill will be withdrawn by our office." ORIGINAL: Three Lancaster Ci…
No Charges After 3-Year-Old Boy Found Shot Dead At Lancaster Campground: DA No Charges After 3-Year-Old Boy Found Shot Dead At Lancaster Campground: DA
No Charges After 3-Year-Old Boy Found Shot Dead At Lancaster Campground: DA A 3-year-old boy Virginian boy's parents will not be charged after he shot himself dead at Tucquan Family Park Campground in Pennsylvania on Oct. 20, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Wednesday, Nov. 22. "This mistake in judgment ultimately led to the child’s death but did not rise to the level of a criminal act based upon the nature and intent of the circumstances,"  DA Heather Adams explained in the release. The boy was found shortly after a shooting was reported at the camp located at 917 River Road, Holtwood, Martic Township, Lancaster County First Deputy Cor…