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COLD CASE: Troopers Find New Leads In PA Woman's 1997 Murder COLD CASE: Troopers Find New Leads In PA Woman's 1997 Murder
Cold CASE: Troopers Find New Leads In PA Woman's 1997 Murder State police say they are making progress in their investigation of Patricia Woll's homicide.  Woll, 43, was living on River Road in Damascus Township, Wayne County when her house caught fire on Aug. 28, 1997.  She was found dead inside after firefighters beat the blaze. A "detailed investigation" led state police to declare the fire an arson and Woll's death a homicide.  "Several new investigatory leads and evidence have been uncovered and are activity being pursued by investigators," said troopers in a release on May 31. Authorities did not describe the new evidence. …
ARSON: 6 Alarm Fire Hollows Out Warehouse In Central PA: Police (PHOTOS) ARSON: 6 Alarm Fire Hollows Out Warehouse In Central PA: Police (PHOTOS)
Arson Burns Stewartstown Furniture Factory: Police (Photos) A suspicious fire led to some water and power shuts in York County as it ripped through an abandoned warehouse and factory, authorities announced on Saturday morning.  The arsonist is suspected to have started the blaze at Stewartstown Furniture Factory located at 13 Mill Street sometime between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on April 27, according to the York County Southern Regional Police.  YCSRP along with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal are investigating the "massive warehouse fire in Stewartstown Borough" as they "believe the fire may be suspicious in nature and h…
Ex-PA Political Candidate Kills Husband By Burning Him Alive: DA Ex-PA Political Candidate Kills Husband By Burning Him Alive: DA
Ex-PA Political Candidate Kills Husband By Burning Him Alive: DA A former political candidate has been convicted in connection with the murder of her husband — a former chief deputy sheriff of Dauphin County — Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo announced on Thursday. On March 14, Evelyn Henderson (known as Evey Zigerelli when she ran for office in the 1990s) was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated arson in connection with the death of her 84-year-old husband Carmen Henderson, according to the April 4 release by the DA's office.  Authorities first learned of Carmen's death when Evelyn called 911 claiming he had "set himsel…
ARSON: Landlord Breaks Into Tenant's Home Starting Fire, Police In Central PA Say ARSON: Landlord Breaks Into Tenant's Home Starting Fire, Police In Central PA Say
Arson: Landlord Breaks Into Tenant's Home Starting Fire, Police In Central PA Say A Central Pennsylvania landlord broke into a tenant's home and minutes after police cleared the scene he returned to set the home on fire, authorities explained in a release on Sunday, March 24.  Ronald Frisbee III, 28 of Akron Borough, broke into the home he rents out at 312 S 10th Street around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, according to the West Earl Township Police Department. Officers with the department were called to the home for a "civil issue" at that time. Supposedly, Frisbee "was unhappy with his tenants after a washer and dryer machine was allegedly broken by the tenants,…
'High Occupancy Arson' At East Petersburg Apartments, Police Say 'High Occupancy Arson' At East Petersburg Apartments, Police Say
'High Occupancy Arson' At East Petersburg Apartments, Police Say An apartment complex caught fire in Lancaster County due to arson on Thursday night, police announced the following morning. Officers with the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department were called to a "suspicious fire" at the apartment complex located in the 2400 block of Franklin Drive in East Petersburg at 8:54 p.m. on March 7,  The fire started on the second floor, Manheim Township Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 5423 explained. The suspected arsonist was: "an adult male resident purposely set the fire and was last seen running from the home. Police were able to l…
Soot-Covered Woman Arrested For Ephrata Public Works Arson: Police Soot-Covered Woman Arrested For Ephrata Public Works Arson: Police
Soot-Covered Woman Arrested For Ephrata Public Works Arson: Police A 70-year-old with a criminal record was caught near the scene of a literal dumpster fire at Ephrata Borough Public Works on Friday, the police announced Monday, Feb. 12.  Ruth Brumbach was seen walking while intoxicated into traffic on Church Avenue in front of the Public Works building within an hour after the fire was discovered at 10:47 a.m. The smoke and flames were spotted coming from a dumpster behind the Ephrata Borough Public Works building located at 300 Church Avenue, Ephrata Borough on Feb. 10, according to the area police.  Brumbach was identified by "prior poli…
Arson Sends Mount Joy Resident To Lehigh Burn Unit: Police (PHOTOS) Arson Sends Mount Joy Resident To Lehigh Burn Unit: Police (PHOTOS)
Arson Sends Mount Joy Resident To Lehigh Burn Unit: Police (Photos) A person has been transferred to the Lehigh Burn Unit following an act of arson at a home in Mount Joy on Sunday, police say.  Emergency crews were called to 617 Anderson Ferry Road for a house fire around 3:38 p.m. on Feb. 4, the Susquehanna Regional Police detailed in a release on Monday.  The address is the home of Donegal Fish & Conservation Association, according to its website. Daily Voice has reached out to the association for a comment on the arson and was sent the following statement: "This is a non-profit organization. We run a trout nursery program on the…
Lebanon Man Burnt Down Former Employer's Business, Prosecutors Say Lebanon Man Burnt Down Former Employer's Business, Prosecutors Say
Lebanon Man Burnt Down Former Employer's Business, Prosecutors Say A Lebanon man is accused of setting fire to a mechanic's shop where he used to work in Willow Grove, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.  Sean Gahagan, 56, is charged with arson, risking catastrophe, burglary, and related counts, prosecutors said in a release.  Investigators said Gahagan stopped by his former employer, JG Transmissions at 616 Davisville Road, on the morning of Dec. 29 looking for work. He was turned away and left the shop, authorities said.  Around 8:45 p.m. that night, firefighters were called to JG Transmissions and found the bui…
Accused Arsonist Wanted On Attempted Homicide Charges In Chambersburg Accused Arsonist Wanted On Attempted Homicide Charges In Chambersburg
Accused Arsonist Wanted On Attempted Homicide Charges In Chambersburg A 38-year-old Chambersburg convict on probation is wanted for an arson and double homicide attempt, area police announced on Wednesday.  Nelson Enrique Rodriguez-Charlotten set a home on fire in the 100 block of South Third Street following a heated argument on Dec. 27, 2023, Chambersburg Police detailed in the release on Jan. 23.  He "set the residence on fire while it was still occupied," the police said.   No injuries were reported but the home was damaged according to the police.  Nelson Enrique Rodriguez-Charlotten is wanted on the following charges police sa…
ARSON: Drunk PA Convict Tried To Burn Down Burlington Coat Factory ARSON: Drunk PA Convict Tried To Burn Down Burlington Coat Factory
Douglas Frock Charged For Burlington Coat Factory York Arson A York County man has been charged in connection with arson at the Burlington Coat Factory, police announced on Jan. 4. 2024. Douglas Edward Frock, a 60-year-old York City native, is accused of attempting to burn down the Burlington Coat Factory located at 420 Town Center Drive, York on Dec. 18, 2023, as detailed by West Manchester police in a release.  He was supposedly drunk at the time of the arson attempt and this was during the store's open business hours.  His motive was not released, so Daily Voice reached out to the court for more information and has yet to hear back…
PA Doctor Set Fire, Left Antisemitic Flyers At Elderly Woman's Home: Police PA Doctor Set Fire, Left Antisemitic Flyers At Elderly Woman's Home: Police
PA Doctor Set Fire, Left Antisemitic Flyers At Elderly Woman's Home: Police A Montgomery County woman is accused of carrying out a harassment campaign that ended with attempted murder, according to authorities.  Dr. Amy Cohen of Narberth was arrested on multiple felony charges last Friday, Dec. 1, and held in lieu of a $5 million bond, said Lower Merion police in a release.  Investigators said Cohen was targeting the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend's new partner when she allegedly left racist flyers outside a Lower Merion home on Nov. 24.  The leaflets, police said, used antisemitic language and specifically threatened the homeowner's granddaughters…
PA Arsonist Lights Her Bed On Fire, Displacing 20 Neighbors, Hospitalizing Child: Police PA Arsonist Lights Her Bed On Fire, Displacing 20 Neighbors, Hospitalizing Child: Police
PA Arsonist Lights Her Bed On Fire, Displacing 20 Neighbors, Hospitalizing Child: Police A 30-year-old woman has admitted to starting a fire that spread throughout 12 apartments — displacing 20 of her neighbors, and leading a child to be hospitalized — the Ephrata Police Department announced on Thursday.  Savanna Ashley Parsons, "has been admitted to police that she had rubbing alcohol and a lighter on her bed prior to the fire starting and that she was alone in her apartment when the fire started. It was determined that the fire broke out in the area of her bed," as stated in the police release.  The police claim she "intentionally" started the fire that broke out at…
2 Broken Thumbs Down: Gambino Family Hothead Nearly Torches Jersey Shore Restaurant, Feds Say 2 Broken Thumbs Down: Gambino Family Hothead Nearly Torches Jersey Shore Restaurant, Feds Say
2 Broken Thumbs Down: Gambino Family Hothead Nearly Torches Jersey Shore Restaurant, Feds Say Life imitated art when a reputed Gambino crime family captain threatened to burn down a Jersey Shore restaurant, then went to a service station across the street and tried to buy and fill a plastic gas can, federal authorities said. In what could’ve been a scene from any number of modern-day mob movies, Joseph Lanni of Staten Island became a walking cliché, the Justice Department said in announcing an organized-crime takedown that stretched all the way to Sicily. Lanni and fellow Staten Islander Vincent “Vinny Slick” Minsquero “became belligerent” after being asked to leave Roxy’s Bar and G…
Hershey Woman Sets Fire To Porch In Hummlestown, Police Say Hershey Woman Sets Fire To Porch In Hummlestown, Police Say
Hershey Woman Sets Fire To Porch In Hummlestown, Police Say A 49-year-old Hershey woman was caught burning down someone's porch in Hummelstown, police announced Wednesday, Sept. 27.  Tiffany Kay Look was arrested the evening after a patrol officer saw a front porch on fire in the 500 block of West Second Street at 12:58 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Another officer joined the patrol officer and together they "were able to extinguish the flames preventing the fire from spreading into the house," as stated in the release.  Officers soon figured out that this fire was an act of arson and that gasoline was the accelerator used. Neighbors share…
3 Fires At PA Mayor's Due To Angry Neighbor's Arson Attempts: Affidavit 3 Fires At PA Mayor's Due To Angry Neighbor's Arson Attempts: Affidavit
3 Fires At PA Mayor's Due To Angry Neighbor's Arson Attempts: Affidavit A spat between neighbors has led to multiple arson attempts at a Pennsylvania mayor's home.  Diane Louise Oberdick, 69, of the first block of South Water Street, Spring Grove Borough is accused of setting fires at the borough mayor's home, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice. Oberdick bizarre behavior appears to have started back in June with three fires on her own street. She was on June 2, 2023, for those incidents.  In July she was spotted at Mayor Beverly R. Hilt’s home this time littering garbage in front of the mayor's garage door with a note reading, "move…
Criminal Past Revealed About Pennsylvania Man Accused Of Assaulting Ranger On Appalachian Trail Criminal Past Revealed About Pennsylvania Man Accused Of Assaulting Ranger On Appalachian Trail
Criminal Past Revealed About Pennsylvania Man Accused Of Assaulting Ranger On Appalachian Trail UPDATE: David Edward Browne, 27, of Shippensburg, is in Pennsylvania State Police custody as of 10:46 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. According to Trooper Frazer he was taken in without further incident following the fires on the Appalachian Trail and the alleged assault of a ranger.  Daily Voice readers claim he was found near Interstate 81. Traffic was delayed on I-81 in Cumberland County, as Daily Voice reported, but readers also told us there were helicopters and a drone circling the area over Perry and Cumberland counties Friday morning.  David previously lived in Martinsburg, West…
Escaped Murder Suspect Recaptured: PA Couple Call 911 After Catching Michael Burham 'Camping' Escaped Murder Suspect Recaptured: PA Couple Call 911 After Catching Michael Burham 'Camping'
Escaped Murder Suspect Recaptured: PA Couple Call 911 After Catching Michael Burham 'Camping' The alleged killer who escaped from a Pennsylvania county jail over a week ago has been recaptured authorities say.  Michael Charles Burham broke out of the Warren County lockup using a makeshift rope of prison bedding on Friday, July 7, 2023, Warren City police have said.  The final leg of the manhunt began with a call to the Pennsylvania State Police tip line of “a suspicious individual” in Conowingo Township around 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, Lt. Col. George Bivens said in a press conference later that same evening.  WARREN COUNTY - As the search for Michael Burham continues, PSP a…
Escaped Murder Suspect Might Have Outside Help, PA State Police Say Escaped Murder Suspect Might Have Outside Help, PA State Police Say
Escaped Murder Suspect Might Have Outside Help, PA State Police Say The alleged killer who escaped from a Pennsylvania county jail last week is still on the run, and state police believe he may be getting assistance from "one or more" area residents.  Michael Charles Burham broke out of the Warren County lockup using a makeshift rope of prison bedding on Friday, July 7, Warren city police have said.  He was being held on arson and burglary charges and is also the prime suspect in the Jamestown, New York killing of 34-year-old Kala Hodgkin on May 11, according to police in that city.  I met such a sweet girl i got to call friend over 18 years ago and n…
PA Dad Of 3 Who Killed Wife, Burned House Down Learns His Fate: DA PA Dad Of 3 Who Killed Wife, Burned House Down Learns His Fate: DA
PA Dad Of 3 Who Killed Wife, Burned House Down Learns His Fate: DA "He lied since day one," Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa said of Carlos Montalvo-Rivera.  The 55-year-old Lancaster liar who concocted a wild story "that intruders broke into the home, killed his wife, and set fire to it out of retaliation for the victim’s brother, who had cooperated with the DEA in an unrelated case," was sentenced on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, according to a release by the Lancaster County District Attorney's office.  Montalvo-Rivera has been sentenced to "life in prison – plus 20 years – for deliberately setting fire to his family’s home a…
Hospital Arsonist Bending Over Fires Identified By Police In Spring Garden Twp. Hospital Arsonist Bending Over Fires Identified By Police In Spring Garden Twp.
Hospital Arsonist Bending Over Fires Identified By Police In Spring Garden Twp. An alleged teenage arsonist spotted on surveillance camera footage at the former UPMC York Memorial Hospital has been identified, according to police.  The girl pictured was seen bent over "one of several small fires that had been set" at the defunct hospital located at 325 South Belmont Street, Spring Garden Township at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023.  The hospital relocated to 1701 Innovation Dr, York, PA 17408 in 2019 and the property was auctioned off to a private developer in 2021, according to public records.  She was last seen riding a bicycle no…
PA Eatery Reopens After 'Technosapien' Broke Gas Lines PA Eatery Reopens After 'Technosapien' Broke Gas Lines
PA Eatery Reopens After 'Technosapien' Broke Gas Lines Stuff'D Steaks has reopened following a bizarre break-in that left the business without gas and a flooded, and damaged building. Stuff'D Steaks after the burglary Collin Matthew Potter admitted to committing.Facebook/Collin Potter (overlay); Stuff'D Steaks The police arrested 21-year-old Collin Matthew Potter after he caused "significant damage" inside and outside of Stuff'D Steaks at 2828 Horseshoe Pike on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, according to the police release and the eatery's Facebook page.  Posted by Stuff'D Steaks on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 An alarm at 6:15 a.m. alerted the S…
Ex-Con Kidnapper Gets 43 Years, No Parole, For Rape, Arson, Assault Rampage Through NJ, NY, PA Ex-Con Kidnapper Gets 43 Years, No Parole, For Rape, Arson, Assault Rampage Through NJ, NY, PA
Ex-Con Kidnapper Gets 43 Years, No Parole, For Rape, Arson, Assault Rampage Through NJ, NY, PA UPDATE: An ex-con who kidnapped and raped his ex-girlfriend in Pennsylvania, then torched a used car dealership in Paterson and rammed a stolen SUV into police cars at both ends of the George Washington Bridge was sentenced to 43 years in federal prison. Luis Figueroa, 42, first took a plea deal from the government that called for him to serve 26 years in a federal penitentiary. Then he abruptly withdrew his plea, took his chances with a trial – and lost. Federal jurors in Newark convicted Figueroa in May 2022 of kidnapping, criminal sexual abuse, illegal gun possession and assaulting…
3 Children, Dead Mom Abandoned When Dad Commits Arson In Fake Home-Invasion In PA, DA Says 3 Children, Dead Mom Abandoned When Dad Commits Arson In Fake Home-Invasion In PA, DA Says
3 Children, Dead Mom Abandoned When Dad Commits Arson In Fake Home-Invasion In PA, DA Says "He lied since day one," Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa said of Carlos Montalvo-Rivera.  The 55-year-old Lancaster liar had concocted a wild story "that intruders broke into the home, killed his wife, and set fire to it out of retaliation for the victim’s brother, who had cooperated with the DEA in an unrelated case," according to a release by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office on Friday, April 7, 2023. Really, he started the blaze to cover up a murder that he himself had committed, authorities said. Montalvo-Rivera's lies started on the night of t…
PA 'Technosapien' Makes Bizarre Facebook Post After Breaking Gas Lines At Eatery PA 'Technosapien' Makes Bizarre Facebook Post After Breaking Gas Lines At Eatery
PA 'Technosapien' Makes Bizarre Facebook Post After Breaking Gas Lines At Eatery A 21-year-old man has been arrested after breaking into a Philly cheesesteak eatery and pouring "potentially flammable liquids on the floor,"  "intentionally" breaking a natural gas line inside, and attempting arson, he admitted to officers according to police releases.  Collin Matthew Potter caused "significant damage" inside and outside of Stuff'D Steaks at 2828 Horseshoe Pike on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, according the police release and the eatery's Facebook page.  Posted by Stuff'D Steaks on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 An alarm at 6:15 a.m. alerted the South Londonderry Township police…
Dad's Throat Slit By Son Who Burned Down Grandma's House, PA State Police Say Dad's Throat Slit By Son Who Burned Down Grandma's House, PA State Police Say
Dad's Throat Slit By Son Who Burned Down Grandma's House, PA State Police Say A man convicted on charges filed in connection to burning his grandmother's house down is facing troubles with the law again, this time after slitting his father's throat with a kitchen knife, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice.  Christopher Thomas Rhone, 43, took a kitchen knife to his 69-year-old dad's throat while he was asleep on the couch in the home they share in the 6500 block of Mountain Drive at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, Pennsylvania State Police detailed in the affidavit.  The police arrived to find the dad holding a towel to his throat, w…
Arsonist 'Threatened To Kill Several People With A Knife,' Lancaster County, Police Say Arsonist 'Threatened To Kill Several People With A Knife,' Lancaster County, Police Say
Arsonist 'Threatened To Kill Several People With A Knife,' Lancaster County, Police Say A 44-year-old man with seven separate convictions over 25 years— including arson for setting the apartment he shared with his girlfriend and children on fire— pulled out a knife and threatened to kill people in Columbia, Pennsylvania, according to area police.  Charles Edward Swanigan, Jr. was arrested after witnesses told the police that he "threatened to kill several people with a knife," in the 600 block of Fairview Avenue, Columbia at approximately 10:56 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, area police say.  He was charged with two counts of terroristic threats and was held in the…
Convict Set Himself On Fire In PA Courtroom, Police Say Convict Set Himself On Fire In PA Courtroom, Police Say
Convict Set Himself On Fire In PA Courtroom, Police Say A 38-year-old man being arraigned for a misdemeanor charge set himself on fire in the courtroom when he learned he was going to be held in the County Prison for a probation violation, police explained in a release on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Stanley Tord Walden, of Willow Street, was at Magisterial District Judge William Benner's office for the arraignment on the terroristic threats charge with his family when he learned his probation officer had issued a detainer and he would be heading to Lancaster County Prison on Tuesday 21 March 2023, according to the release by West Lampeter Township …
Police ID Pair Plaguing PA Neighborhood With Explosions For Weeks, Police Say Police ID Pair Plaguing PA Neighborhood With Explosions For Weeks, Police Say
Police ID Pair Plaguing PA Neighborhood With Explosions For Weeks, Police Say Authorities in Northampton County say they have identified the pair responsible for a series of explosions in the area.  Slate Belt Regional police were called to East Laurel Avenue in Pen Argyl at 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 after residents reported hearing a large explosion, the department said in a release.  Authorities noted that they had received "numerous" similar complaints in the neighborhood "beginning several months earlier."  No suspects were in the area by the time officers arrived, so detectives returned the next day to conduct a follow-up investigation, police…
Welder Sets Former Employer's Cars On Fire Twice In One Day, Police In LanCo. Say Welder Sets Former Employer's Cars On Fire Twice In One Day, Police In LanCo. Say
Welder Sets Former Employer's Cars On Fire Twice In One Day, Police In LanCo. Say A welder who lost his job apparently wanted his former employee to feel the fire of the fury he was going through, literally— igniting multiple cars on fire, puncturing over 25 tires, and causing property damage to the Lancaster County business, authorities say.  The ex-employee, 36-year-old John Derek Hays, 36, of Akron, lost his job at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing & Heating in East Hempfield Township on Monday, March 6, 2023, according to East Hempfield Township Police. In total, 10 vehicles had the tires and two of the vehicles were completely destroyed by the fires at&n…
Arson At Shippensburg Sheetz, Police Say Arson At Shippensburg Sheetz, Police Say
Arson At Shippensburg Sheetz, Police Say A man set a Sheetz in Shippensburg on fire during a burglary on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, authorities say.  James Allen Duncan, 30, of Shippensburg, went to the closed Sheetz at 15 North Washington Street and kicked in a side door to enter around 5 p.m. on March 7, 2023, area police stated in a release the following day.  Smoke was seen billowing from the building between 10 to 15 minutes after Duncan left it, according to the police. "When the Fire Department arrived they observed Duncan walking East on Martin Ave. toward the Sheetz. Officers came into contact with Duncan at…
Two Rooms Burned In Arsonist's Blaze At Carlisle Motel: Police Two Rooms Burned In Arsonist's Blaze At Carlisle Motel: Police
Two Rooms Burned In Arsonist's Blaze At Carlisle Motel: Police A Carlisle motel was set on fire on Thursday, March 2, 2023, Middlesex Township police stated in a release the following day.  Roy Sampson, 57, of Carlise, was in a vacant room trying to start a fire when the police were called to the Diamond Carlisle Motel located at 1245 Harrisburg Pike, according to the release.  Upon arrival, officers found two vacant rooms "actively on fire." "Officers would speak to a witness and soon after would locate the suspect, Roy Sampson walking through the parking lot of the motel," as stated in the release.  Sampson was arrested at 12:48 p.m…