May 13, 2013 – White Jewelers Arrests – York Township
York Area Regional Police Investigators announce the arrest of an additional subject in the Attempted Homicide/Armed Robbery at White Jewelers 204 St. Charles Way in York Township on July 12, 2012.
Timothy N. Forbes Jr. of Allentown, PA was taken into custody by members of the Allentown Police Department and agents from the Allentown Office of the FBI. Charges against Forbes include; Attempted Homicide, Conspiracy, Robbery, Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.
York Area Regional Police Investigators obtained a warrant for Forbes this week after an extensive investigation involving the New York City Police Department, Allentown Police Department, FBI Harrisburg, FBI Allentown and U.S. Marshalls. That warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge, Scott E. Laird. Forbes awaits extradition back to York County.
Jamell Smallwood of Bronx, New York and Allentown, PA was previously arrested in July 2012 for his part in this incident and remains in custody. Recently, state charges against Smallwood have been withdrawn in lieu of a Federal Indictment.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible in the future. Anyone with information is asked to contact York Area Regional Police Detective Trent Buschman at 717-741-1259.
May 8, 2013 - Bank Robbery - Red Lion Borough
At approx. 1016 hours York Area Regional Police units were dispatched to a report of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank, Center Square, Red Lion, PA. The suspect entered the bank, walked up to a teller and presented a note demanding money. The teller complied with the demand and the suspect left the bank on foot. Investigation revealed that the suspect possibly walked north on North Main St. and crossed to the west side of the street prior to First Ave.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, approx. 30 years of age, approx. 5' 11", thin build, wearing a three quarter length black or navy blue wind/rain coat with a hood, dark jeans, colored sneakers and sunglasses. The suspect had the hood up over his head while in the bank.
Anyone with information is asked to contact York Area Regional Police Sergeant Weyth Barley at 717-741-1259.
May 6, 2013 - Domestic Assault/Stabbing - Windsor Borough
On May 3, 2013 at approx. 8:10 pm, York Area Regional Police responded to a report of a domestic assault involving a knife in the first block of West Main Street in Windsor Borough. Upon arrival officers took 49 year old Israel Morales-Alvarado into custody without incident. The actor's 37 year old wife was taken to York Hospital for injuries sustained in the incident. There were other people in the residence at the time of the incident but, no one else was injured.
April 3, 2013 Daytime Burglary - Yoe Borough
On April 3, 2013, York Area Regional Police took a burglary report in the first block of North Main St. in Yoe Borough. This burglary occurred during daylight hours and involved forced entry into a rear door. Electronic devices and jewelry were taken.
Residents are reminded to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity/persons and call 911 immediately if seen.
April 4, 2013 Armed Robbery - Red Lion Borough
On Wednesday 4/03/13 at approx. 2254 hrs, York Area Regional Police Officers responded to the report of an Armed Robbery that occurred at the Turkey Hill Store located at 346 W. Broadway Red Lion, PA.
The actor is described as a dark complected white or light complected black, skin tone male, possibly hispanic, 6 feet tall with a thin build. The actor was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, black belt, dark shoes and a white covering over his face possibly a tee shirt. The actor did display a black handgun and was last seen fleeing on foot to the rear of the store.
No one was hurt during the incident and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact York Area Regional Police, Detective Sergeant Wyeth Barley at 717-741-1259.
March 26, 2013 - Bank Robbery, York Twp.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 1408 hours a medium complected/possibly middle-eastern male entered the M&T Bank located at 2055 South Queen Street, York Pa 17403 within York Twp. and passed a note demanding money. He approached the bank from the south side off Hollywood Drive and entered the bank. He approached the teller and presented a note demanding money. He received money and then left the bank on foot exiting through the same door and ran toward the Queensgate Shopping Center. He crossed over Hollywood drive and fled to the area to the rear of Nittany Pizza ans Sweet Frog's in the Queensgate Shopping Center.
The actor is described as being medium build, 5'7" - 5'9", dark hair, wearing a black jacket with a Phila. Eagles insignia on the front left chest, black fleece style beanie hat, dark running pants and dark colored sneakers. Any information, please contact our station at 741-1259.
March 14, 2013 - Thefts From Vehicles, Windsor Township
Residents of Chapelwood Estates in Northern Windsor Twp. (area of Locust Grove Elementary School) have reported thefts from vehicles during the overnight hours of March 12th and 13th. Many other residents in the area reported their vehicle glove compartments had been gone through. Some items taken were, GPS units, a set of Cleveland Golf Clubs, flashlight, knives, a firearm and cash. Residents are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious, remove all items of value from parked vehicles, secure all doors to their residences/sheds and MAKE SURE ALL VEHICLES ARE LOCKED, no matter if they are parked along the street or in their driveway. Anyone with information on these thefts are asked to contact York Area Regional Police at 741-1259.
March 6, 2013 Citizen Police Academy
The Citizen Police Academy session scheduled for Wednesday 3/06/13 has been canceled. The next session will be held on Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the main parking lot at York County Prison located at 3400 Concord Road York, PA.
March 6, 2013 School Bus Accident - York Township
On march 5, 2013 at approx.3:55 pm, Officers from York Area Regional Police Department responded to an accident involving a School Bus carrying 45 Leader Heights Elementary students and a passenger vehicle driven by a York Township woman. The accident occurred when the school bus was entering Indian Rock Dam Rd from Wise Rd. near the Leader Heights Elementary School. The bus struck the passenger car in the passenger side causing damage to both vehicles. Fire, and EMS units responded to assist York Area Regional officers. Two students were assessed by EMS on scene as a precautionary measure. There were no injuries as a result of the collision. Leader Height's Elementary School Principal responded as well as supervisors from the bus company. The bus driver was entering from a road controlled by a stop sign. Preliminary investigation indicates that the bus driver failed to ensure of clear distance after proceeding from the stop. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact Off. James Hess Jr. of the York Area Regional Police Department at; 717-741-1259 ext. 485.
March 6, 2013 Aggravated Assault Arrest - York Township
On March 4, 2013, Adrianna Martinez appeared in front of District Magistrate Scott Laird for arraignment on charges of Solicitation of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Solicitation of Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, and two counts of Simple Assault. These charges stemmed from her involvement in an incident, which occurred on September 16, 2012 at the Royal Farms Store located at 2605 South Queen Street, York Township. Benjamin Blair, the boyfriend and co-defendant of Martinez, was arrested for assaulting two subjects, due to an alleged road rage incident that occured nearby on South Queen Street.
March 3, 2013 - Bank Robbery, York TownshipFebruary 25, 2013 - Structure Fire - York Township
On Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 1408 Hours a medium complected/possibly middle-eastern male entered the M&T Bank located at 2055 South Quenn Street, York, PA 17403 within York Twp. and passed a note demanding money. He approached the bank from the south side off Hollywood Drive and entered the bank. He approached the teller and presented a note demanding money. He received money and then left the bank on foot exiting throught the same door and ran toward the Queensgate Shopping Center. He crossed over Hollywood Drive and fled to the area to the rear of Nittany Pizza and Sweet Frog's in the Queensgate Shopping Center.
The actor is described as being medium build, 5'7" - 5'9", dark hair, wearing a black jacket with a Phila. Eagles insignia of the front left chest, black fleece style beanie hat, please contact YARPD (#741-1259) with any information.
On Thursday February 21, 2013 at approx. 1543 hrs, York Area Regional Police responded along with fire equipment to the scene of a structure fire at 2420 Brillhart Station Rd. for purposes of conducting a fire origin/cause investigation. Trp. Brad Dunham, PSP-York Fire Marshal also assisted in the investigation.
The investigation revealed that the origin of the fire was in the center of the front (north corner) bedroom. Further investigation into the cause revealed that the fire started where an oscillating heater, which was in use at the time of the fire, came into contact with nearby combustible items and ignited them. The fire then spread throughout the residence and also into an adjoining storage building.
Cause: Accidental Fire.
Total Loss: $100,000.00 (Structure: $50,000.00 / Contents: $50,000.00)
FEBRUARY 19, 2013 - STABBING/ASSAULT - WINDSOR TOWNSHIP
On November 26, 2012 York Area Regional Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing/assault along the 3000 block of Cape Horn Rd. in Windsor Township. One subject was transported to the hospital for treatment at the time of the incident.
After a thorough investigation it has been determined that no other person assaulted or stabbed the alleged victim as was reported at the time.
February 7, 2013 - Drug Collection Unit
York Area Regional now has a MEDRETURN drug collection box in our front lobby. Please stop by and turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal anytime during administration hours (8:00-5:00) Monday thru Friday.
The collection box will accept:
-prescription, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over the counter medication, vitamins, samples or medications for pets.
The collection box will not accept:
-hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, inhalers, needles, medication for a business or clinic, ointments/lotions/liquids or aerosol cans.
February 7, 2013 Found Property - Windsor Township
On January 31, 2013 police responded to the Giant parking lot at Windsor Commons Shopping Center off Cape Horn Road for found property. An honest citizen had found money in the parking lot and called 911. It was determined that a large sum of money was found blowing throughout the parking lot due to high winds. Witnesses reported observing people jumping out of their cars to grab the money and then driving away. The owner of this money has been identified. The owner accidentally dropped the money when exiting their vehicle. The police would like to return as much, if not all, of the money back to the owner. If you are in possession of this money or know someone who is, please contact Officer Paul Steinfelt with York Area Regional Police at 717-741-1259.
February 1, 2013 - Citizen Police AcademyFebruary 1, 2013 - Thefts of Vehicle Airbags, York Township
*The York Area Regional Police Department will be conducting its 4th Citizen Police Academy on Wednesday, February 27, through May 1, 2013 from 7:00-9:00pm.
*Learn the basics of the Police Department Operation like: Arrests, Traffic inforcement, K-9, Use of Force, Criminal Investigation. Plus, tours of the York County 911 Center, York County Jail, York County Forensic Lab and Central Booking.
*Contact the York Area Regional Police Department for openings and to obtain an application. This class is open for the first 35 qualified applicants, who are 18 years or older.
Between January 29, 2013 at 2100 hours at January 30, 2013 at 0630 hours, the airbags from the steering wheel of four vehicles were stolen—a 2005 Honda Accord, a 2007 Nissan Versa, a 2009 Nissan Altima, and a 2011 Nissan Altima. The vehicles were parked in a parking lot of an apartment complex, which is located less than one mile from Interstate 83. Entry to the vehicles was gained by breaking out a window from the vehicles. Anyone with information about this is asked to contact Officer Michael Zinn of the York Area Regional Police Department at 717-741-1259.
February 1, 2013 - Corruption of Minors, York Township
On February 1, 2013 at 10:30 hrs, Matthew Mickey Meckley age 34 of Dover is scheduled to turn himself in to York Area Regional Police at Magisterial District Judge Scott Laird's office located at 2756 S. Queen St. Dallastown, PA 17313 on one count of CORRUPTION OF MINORS.
This charge stems from an inappropriate relationship between Meckley, who was a Spring Grove High School Health and Gym teacher and a 17 year old female student at Spring Grove High School. This relationship turned sexual in nature and occurred during the early months of 2011. The specific incidents that resulted in this charge occurred at Meckley's residence which at the time was in York Township.
This investigation continues and anyone with additional information should contact Detective Donald Hopple with the York Area Regional Police at; 717-741-1259.
January 23, 2013 - Recruitment Night
On January 23, 2013, the Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium is having a recruitment night at the York Fair Grounds in the Toyota Center from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.The Consortium is represented by thirteen Police departments which include: Springettsbury Township Police, Spring Garden Township Police, York Area Regional Police, Southern Regional Police, West Manchester Township Police, York City Police, Southwestern Regional Police, West York Borough Police, Hanover Borough Police, Penn Township Police, Northeastern Regional Police, Stewartstown Police and Wrightsville Police.Each Department will have equipment and officers on site to answer questions concerning their department and profession.Some of these Officers may also represent our York County Forensic Team, York County Drug Task Force and the York County Quick Response Team, all of which will have equipment out to view and be available answer questions for interested applicants.We will have two K-9 demonstrations at 7:00 & 8:00 in the main Hall and other demonstrations throughout the night.
The MYPTC encourages our local media to attend and view our website at for more information.
October 26, 2012 - Departmental awards
The following departmental awards were presented at the York Area Regional Police Department on Friday October 26, 2012. Chief Thomas C. Gross made these presentations in addition to other awards to be made at the Red Cross Heroes event in November. A blood drive for department members was also conducted in additional to an annual meeting of employees prior to the Awards Ceremony.
Officer Adam M. Cohick</b>
In accordance with General Order 04-02-09, and upon the recommendation of the York Area Regional Police Department Awards Committee was commended for his performance in regard to the following incident. On May 6, 2012, at about 3:23 a.m., he responded along with Officers James Hess and Laura Wilson to a call of a break in at a business on Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township. There was evidence of a forced entry andas he was checking the business, a suspect was seen inside by Officer Hess and the suspect then ran outside where he was apprehended by Officer Wilson and Cohick. Further investigation resulted in numerous charges filed against this burglar possessed stolen items and burglar tools and was also stealing to support his heroin use. The sergeant noted that officers responded quickly, worked as a team, properly established a perimeter, apprehended the suspect, and coordinated additional officers to ensure safety and search for additional suspects and evidence. Officer Cohick ’ s actions and teamwork resulted in a major felony arrest and qualify for the Chief ’ s Commendation for excellent performance.
Officer James E. Hess, Jr.</b>
In accordance with General Order 04-02-09, and upon the recommendation of the York Area Regional Police Department Awards Committee was commended for his performance in regard to the following incident. On May 6, 2012, at about 3:23 a.m., he responded along with Officers Laura Wilson and Adam Cohick to a call of a break in at a business on Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township. There was evidence of a forced entry and as he was checking the business, he saw a suspect inside and commanded him not to move at which timethe suspect then ran outside where he was apprehended by Officers Cohick and Wilson. Further investigation resulted in numerous charges filed against this burglar who possessed stolen items and burglar tools and was also stealing to support his heroin use. The sergeant noted that officers responded quickly, worked as a team, properly established a perimeter, apprehended the suspect, and coordinated additional officers to ensuresafety and search for additional suspects and evidence. Officer Hess actions and teamwork resulted in a major felony arrest and qualify for the Chief ’ s Commendation for excellent performance.
Officer Laura T. Wilson</b>
In accordance with General Order 04-02-09, and upon the recommendation of the York Area Regional Police Department Awards Committee she was commended for her performance in regard to the following incident. On May 6, 2012, at about 3:23 a.m., she responded along with Officers James Hess and Adam Cohick to a call of a break in at a business on Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township. There was evidence of a forced entry and as she was checking the business, a suspect was seen inside by Officer Hess and the suspect then ran outside where he was apprehended by Officer Cohick and Wilson. Further investigation resulted in numerous charges filed against this burglar who possessed stolen items and burglar tools and was also stealing to support his heroin use. The sergeant noted that Officer Wilson responded quickly, worked as a team, properly established a perimeter, apprehended the suspect, and coordinated additional officers to ensure safety and search for additional suspects and evidence. Her actions and teamwork resulted in a major felony arrest and qualify for the Chief ’ s Commendation for excellent performance.
Officer Joshua J. Crimmel</b>
In accordance with General Order 04-02-09, and upon the recommendation of the York Area Regional Police Department Awards Committee he was recognized for his performance in regard to the following incident. On September 18, 2012, at 3:25 a.m., he was dispatched to a call of a man with a gun on Henrietta Street in Red Lion Borough. When he arrived, he spotted a suspect with a rifle who immediately fled as Officer Crimmel identified himself, gave chase and commanded him to drop the gun. Crimmel was able to overtake this individual and fire his Taser and immediately handcuff him as he was incapacitated from the Taser. The suspect dropped his rifle and was also disarmed of a pistol. The 24 year old suspect had been threatening people in an apartment and was arrested on multiple charges and it was later determined that the two weapons were replicas of an AR-15 and a 1911 pistol. Officer Crimmel ’ s actions upon discovery of an apparently armed individual who fled were exemplary under conditions that presented a high risk to himand also may have required deadly force. Even in hindsight, this individual posed a grave risk and his judgment, use of a less lethal weapon, and actions and commands used to quickly and safely take him into custody hereby qualifies for the Police Department Medal of Distinction.<b>
Officer Adam M. Cohick</b>
In accordance with General Order 04-02-09, and upon the recommendation of the York Area Regional Police Department Awards Committee he was commended for his performance in regard to the following incident. On May 6, 2012 he responded to a call of a Cardiac Arrest at Windsor Acres in Windsor Township. As he arrived he encountered an unresponsive middle aged woman on the ground with her father looking on. Officer Cohick attached his AED and followed the proper procedures that resulted in a delivery of shocks to the victim. This resulted in successfully restarting her heart and she was transported by emergency medical personnel to the hospital where she eventually left after approximately two weeks. The victim and doctors all concur that his actions in using the AED were the only thing that prevented her from dying. Officer Cohick ’ s performance qualifies for the department Award for Life Saving and he is to be commended for his response and his actions in saving the life of this woman who stated that if it were not for him, her two boys would be growing up without a mother.
October 4, 2012 - Retirement
Chief Thomas C. Gross announced the retirement today of Lieutenant Paul C. Redifer. Lt. Redifer was the Operations Commander of the Department and served as second in command and was instrumental in the transition during the formation of the regional department in 2000. "He was the rock solid backbone of this department", according to chief Gross. Redifer joined the Windsor Township Police Department on May 22, 1983 and retired from the York Area Regional Police Department on October 4, 2012 after over 29 years of service. Lt. Redifer was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and also was a certified Firearms Instructor and Polygraph Operator. He served as the Coordinator of the York County D.U.I Enforcement program for over twenty years and was the recipient of numberous letters of appreciation and Departmental awards including three Chief's Commendations. Lt. Redifer previously held the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant in the Windsor Township Police Department where he also served as acting Chief prior to the implementation of the regional department. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on March 5, 2001 and was a member of the York County Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the international Association of Chiefs of Police.
October 3, 2012 - Suspicious Persons Incident
On Tuesday October 2, 2012 at approx. 1050 hrs, York Area Regional officers were dispatched to White Manufacturing Jewelers Located at 204 St. Charles Way in York Township for a report of suspicious persons. Officers arrived a short time later and encountered 2 of the subjects exiting the UPS Store which is located beside the jewelry store in the shopping center. Those individuals were later identified as 19 yr old Deaundre Tyreak Blount and 26 yr old Harold Antwan Dorman, both from the Washington, DC area. Blount gave officers false information as to his identity. Sometime later witnessess pointed out a third individual as being involved and when officers attempted to identify him, that subject fled on foot through the parking lot. Officers gave chase, the subject was reaching for something in his waistband, looking back at the officers and tripped over a curb. The individual fell to the ground and dropped a handgun in the process. Officers took the subject into custody and secured the handgun. This individual was later identified as 35 yr old Johann Bernard Campbell also of the Washington, DC area. No one was injuried in these incidents. The subjects were all transported to Central Booking to confirm their identities.
Campbell was charged with; Possession of Firearm Prohibited, Person Not to Possess/Use Firearms, Firearms Not To Be Carried Without a License and for being a Fugitive From Justice out of the state of Virginia. He was wanted for a parole violation stemming from a robbery conviction.
Blount was charged with False Identification to Law Enforcement for this incident and was wanted by Lancaster City Police for an August 15, 2012 theft from Ream Jewelers in Lancaster, PA.
Both Campbell and Blount were later arraigned at Central Booking. Dorman was released once his identity and no warrants for his arrest were confirmed. The investigation as to what they were doing in the area of St. Charles Center is continuing.
September 14, 2012 - York Area Regional Police Promotions
The following promotions were announced today by Chief Thomas C. Gross, following approval at the September 13, 2012 meeting of the York Area Regional Police Commission. These promotions are the conclusion of a testing process conducted under the auspices of the York Area Regional Police Civil Service Commission. All of the candidates are well qualified veterans of the department and will be assigned to fill several vacancies that have occurred due to recent retirements.
Tobin L. Zech was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and will be assigned as the Department’s Operations Commander and second in Command. “Toby” Zech was hired by the department in 1993 so he has completed 20 years service this January. He was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and has been active as a firearms instructor, and currently is a trained motorcycle officer and oversees the acquisition and outfitting of the department vehicles and communication equipment. He has completed Police Supervisory training, Incident Command, and F.B.I. Leadership training and in addition to training as a firearms instructor, he is a certified pistol and rifle armorer. Lt. Zech has received numerous department awards including three Chief’s Commendations, and the Red Cross heroes award and Respect for Law Award. He also served as a Field Training Officer and a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Lt. Zech is a United States Marine veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm.
Timothy L. Damon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will be assigned as a Squad Supervisor. Sgt. Damon was hired by the department in July of 2002 and has completed ten years of service. He was promoted to Corporal in 2009 and currently serves as a firearms instructor, Taser instructor and defensive skills instructor in addition to his duties as a squad supervisor. Sgt. Damon is also a member of the York County Quick Response Team and has been extensively trained in tactical skills and active in numerous high risk deployments. He has received numerous awards including two Chief’s Commendations and several recognitions for his participation in tactical situations. Sgt. Damon has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University.
Peter C. Montgomery was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will be assigned as a squad supervisor. Sgt. Montgomery was hired in January of 2002 and has completed ten years of service with the department. Sgt. Montgomery has received several department commendations and numerous letters and appreciation awards from members of the community for his work. For the last three years Sgt. Montgomery has coordinated the Department’s crime prevention programs and instituted several new programs and events including National Night Out, the Volunteers in Policing Program, Witch Watch, and has coordinated the Citizen’s Police Academy. He has formerly received the Respect for Law Award and this year was recognized as the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Governor Corbett. Pete is formerly a bicycle officer and is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Joel M. Good was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and will be assigned as a squad supervisor. Sgt. Good was hired as an Officer in January 1999 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2004. Sgt. Good is currently assigned as a squad supervisor and Acting Sergeant. He has initiated and instructs in the use of the Department’s Taser weapons and as a Firearms Instructor and also is a bicycle officer and oversees the bicycle unit. Sgt. Good has been recognized with several awards including two Chief’s Commendations. He has received Police Supervisory and Police Executive training and also attended the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Command institute. Sgt. Good has an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and has almost the full number of credits required for a Bachelor’s degree from York College.
September 11, 2012 - Windsor Township - Robbery
On 9/11/12 at 0156 hours, a male entered the Rutter's Farm Store at 791 Delta Road armed with a black revolver and demanded all the money from the cash register. A female accomplice jumped the counter and loaded a backpack with multiple packs of cigarettes. During the robbery, the male actor demanded a wallet from a custumer. Once the clerk gathered the money, the female jumped back over the counter and as they exited, the male apologized for the inconvenience.
The male actor was described as: white, approximately 5'10"-6'0" slim build, wearing a hood sweatshirt with a face or skull printed on top. He also wore a black mask covering his face, long sleeve shirt, light blue jeans and black converse type shoes with thick white sole.
The female actor was described as: white, approximately 5'5"-5'7" slim build, wearing black pants, turquoise colored hooded sweatshirt with white lettering across the chest. The hood was over her head with a light colored mask covering her face.
Anyone with information please contact Detective Buschman at 747-0716 ext: 227
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - White Jewelers armed robbery/shooting (additional)
On Thursday July 12, 2012 at 1028 hours, the York Area Regional Police Dept. was dispatched to White Jewelers located at 204 St. Charles Way, York, PA 17402 within York Twp, York County, PA, for an armed robbery that had just occurred. York County Control advised responding units that shots were fired and a shooting victim was on scene.
1032 hours, officers entered the business and observed the victim/store owner on the floor of the business behind a jewelry case bleeding profusely. He told the officer he had been shot three times. Emergency Medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported him to a local hospital for his injuries. It appeared, he had been shot in the left arm, chest, and stomach.
Investigators interviewed a witness who was on the sidewalk outside of the jewelry store, when the robbery occurred. He told investigators, two black males entered the jewelry store and with in a short time came back one came back out and told the driver he needed help inside. The driver who was also a black male got out of the light green Hyundai Elantra (Pa. Reg. DHR-5331) and entered the store. He heard gun shots and then saw the three subjects exit the store and get into the vehicle and leave the area traveling south on St. Charles Way.
A short time later a York Area Regional Officer located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Powder Mill Apartments on Dew Drop Rd. The vehicle was still running but was not occupied. A neighbor at that location advised the responding officers, he witnessed four black males pull up in a black Chevrolet Impala (PA Reg#HXH-7313) and park next to a the light green Hyundai. He watched as they left in the Elantra and a few minutes later, returned and got back into the black Chevrolet Impala and fled the area. A records check indicated the Impala was registered to a female who lives in Allentown, PA.
Investigators watched the jewelry store surveillance video and observed the actors enter the business and confront the store owner. During the confrontation, one of the actors shot the owner three times and also shot one of his accomplices as he exited from the back room.
At 1824 hours, York Area Regional Detectives received a phone call from an FBI Agent stating one of the actors was in a Bronx Hospital as a shooting victim, who had been shot in the stomach. The subject was being interviewed by NYPD. The subject was not being cooperative with the officers as how he got shot. Futher investigation by York Area Regional PD, Allentown PD, NYPD and FBI as resulted in additional warrant issued in this case.
July 13, 2012 - Crime Prevention Officer of the Year Named - Officer Peter C. Montgomery of the York Area Regional Police Department was named the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officer of the Year on July 10, 2012. Governor Tom Corbett joined with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in thanking and commending Officer Montgomery in a letter and plaque presented at the Awards Ceremony. The Officer was recognized for his exceptional efforts towards educating and involving his community in effective, long-lasting Crime Prevention strategies. Officer Montgomery was also recognized with a Senate Resolution sponsored by Senator Patricia H. Vance and Michael L. Waugh and a Citation by the House of Representatives sponsored by Representative Scott Perry. Additional information is available at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency website at www.pccd.state.pa.us
July 12, 2012 - Robbery at White Jewelry store (York Township )
At or about 1028 hours; three unknown black males entered the White Jewelry store at 204 St. Charles Way, York Township. During the robbery, the owner of the store was shot three times. The three actors left in a stolen green Hyundai sedan, which was abandoned at the Powder Mill Apartments, they were observed in a Black, Chevy Impala PA Reg. HXH 7313 given to PD by a witness. The owner of the Store is at York Hospital and at this time no update on his condition. Anyone with information concerning this incident, please call the York Area Regional Police Department at 741-1259.
July 10, 2012 - Fatal accident on Craley Road, Windsor Township
At or about 1:00 pm, York Area Regional Police Department responded to a one vehicle accident on Craley Road west of Bahns Mill Road. The operator Tyler Wayne Helton from Hallam was traveling westbound when he lost control of his silver, Suzuki Grand Vitara on a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident, please notify this department at 741-1259.
July 6, 2012 - Armed Robbery
7/6/2012 at 0025 hours, York Area Regional Police Units responded to the Hardee's at 820 E. Main Street in Dallastown (York Township) for the report of an armed robbery which just occurred.
Employees were leaving the business when a white male adult wearing dark clothing with a dark colored hoody pulled tight against his face walked up with a handgun and demanded money from the group. The suspect grabbed the purse of the female employee then turned around running on foot behind the Advanced Auto Parts which is the business to the south of the Hardee's. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen during the incident. Units responded to the area and found clothing which could be connected to the robbery behind the nearby Rite Aid. No one was injuried during the robbery and it is possible the suspect could be known to employees who work at the Hardee's. The investigation is active and leads are being pursued.
June 18, 2012 - Retirement - Officer Charles M. Ruth joined the York Township Police Department February 16, 1981 after serving as an officer with the Dallastown Borough Police Department. Officer Ruth retired from the York Area Regional Police Department on June 18, 2012 after over 33 years of police service. Officer Ruth attended York College of Pennsylvania and received his police training at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Officer Ruth completed the intensive training required to become a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer in 1997 and served for 10 years as a D.A.R.E. officer in the Dallastown Schools. In 2004, Officer Ruth was assigned as a School Resource Officer in the Red Lion Junior High School and has served there for the past eight years. Office Ruth has received numerous letters of appreciation and awards including 8 departmental commendations and the department’s second highest award, the Medal of Distinction.
June 15, 2012 - Fire investigation
On Friday at or about 0223 hours; Officer Hoshauer from the York Area Regional Police Department was in the area of North Main Street in Red Lion Borough, when he smelled & noticed smoke. He searched the area and found thick black smoke coming from the multi-family residence at the rear of 22 N. Main Street. Officer Hoshauer immediately called for additional units & fire apparatus to respond to help him clear the apartments. He quickly determined the first floor was vacant and notice flames reaching the ceiling/floor of the upstairs residence. He then ran to the second floor apartment, kicked open the door and awoke the two occupants. We are very proud of Officer Hoshauer and would like to thank him for a job well done.
NOTE: This is considered accidental and has an estimated property loss is in the $40,000.00
June 14, 2012 - Bank Robbery
On Thursday at or about 0909 hours; York Area Regional Police were dispatched to the Sovereign Bank located at 880 West Broadway Street, Red Lion for a bank robbery. The actor was described as a white male 5’9” to 6’ tall with a thin build. The male was wearing what appeared to be a sleeveless black hooded shirt with a gray sweat shirt turned inside out underneath. This male also had a black mask on covering the lower portion of his face. While investigating the bank robbery 911 received two calls from citizens in the area of the bank who described seeing a gold or silver colored Honda with a loud exhaust fleeing the area of the bank. The callers advised 911 this Honda had blue tape across the Pennsylvania license plate. Anyone will information please contact Detective Buschman at 741-1259.
May 29, 2012, Recent Contractor Scams - The York Area Regional Police Department have received numerous reports of roofing scams in our area and would like everyone to beware of persons who approach unsolicited for any type of home improvement job or purchasing opportunity.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when someone comes to your door:
1.) DO NOT let anyone in your house, unless you are completely confident the person is legitimate (reason: theft). 2.) DO NOT go outside your house with the contractor/salesperson (reason: diversion burglary)
3.) DO NOT give anyone money for any work not started without a contract (reason: again theft)
Here are are some tell-tale signs to look for to detect a scam. (Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General "A Comsumer Refererence Guide for Seniors)"
1.) Cash Only: Cash, money orders or wire transfers should not be required for transactions. You should be able to use a check or credit card.
2.) Secret Plans: No one should ask or instruct you not to tell anyone about the transaction.
3.) Get Rich Quick: Any scheme should be carefully investigated.
4.) Something for Nothing: You will usually end up with nothing
5.) Haste: Be wary of any pressure to "act immediately or lose out." If something is worthwhile today, it's likely to be available tomorrow.
6.) Too Good to be True: Such a scheme is probably neither good nor true.
7.) Last Chance: If it is a chance worth taking, it should not be such a short notice that you cannot research it.
8.) Left-over Material: Left-over materials may be stolen or defective.
Please look out for eachother and call 911 if anyone attempts to scam you or your neighbors!
May 6, 2012 - Windsor Township; burglar caught in the act
On May 6, at or about 0316 hours; YAPD Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 2500 block of Cape Horn Road. The Officers arrived in the area and searched the surrounding businesses. Officers immediately noticed a door which was pryed open and a shattered window at the used car dealership. Upon checking the interior of the business, they found Christopher Cherry from Red Lion inside and placed him in custody without incident. No other subjects were found inside the business.
Christopher Cherry was arraigned on burglary and other related charges
May 5, 2012 - DUI operator crashed into residence
On Friday, May 5 at or about 2247 hours; an intoxicated driver operatoring a Ford F-250 was traveling southbound on Ironstone Hill Road and crashed into a residence. No one inside the residence was injuried and the operator was taken into custody for DUI.
April 20, 2012 - Fire Fatality Investigated
At 1134am, York Area Regional Police Department, Yoe Fire Company, Dallastown Fire Company and Yoe Fire Company Ambulance were dispatched to the parking lot of Windsor Commons Shopping Center in the 3100 block of Cape Horn Road for an individual on fire, in a vehicle, near the Giant Food Store gas pumps. Upon unit's arrival witnesses had the flames extinguished. Units began treatment on the scene and investigating the incident. The victim was flown by Stat Medivac Helicopter to York Hospital and later died from their injuries.
April 14, 2012 - Vehicle Accident in Red Lion
On Saturday, April 14th at or about 5:30 pm YAPD was dispatched to a 4 car accident on North Main Street at West Prospect Street in Red Lion Borough. The York Area Regional Police are interest in speaking to any witness to the accident. Especially, the white male operator of a blue Ford Escape, who stayed at the Rutters during the accident investigation. If you know someone who matches this description, please contact them to call Officer George McGee at 747-0716 ext: 457.
March 30, 2012 - Male arrested for theft
On Monday, 3/30/12 at or about 3:00pm, Detective Sgt. Barley from the York Area Regional Police Department observed a Maroon Chevy sedan at Sherman & Edison (York City) which was possibly involved in many thefts from the Jewish Community Center. Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, he noticed the one male wearing the same cloths as the actor in the surveillance camera from the Jewish Community Center. The occupant/actor was taken into custody, interviewed and transported to central booking for several charges.
March 5, 2012 - Threats with a weapon
On Sunday March 4, 2012; 911 received a call about a male subject threatening people with a shotgun at 122 N. Main Street, Red Lion. York Area Regional Police responded and learned that the male subject was Charles L. Burge, 26 years of age. According to witnesses he was injecting himself with Vodka. He allegedly threatened subjects inside the residence with a shotgun telling them they had 30 seconds to leave or he would shoot them. They did leave and called 911. Police made contact with Burge, who eventually exited the rear of the residence with the shotgun pointed at his chin. He refused the commands of the police to drop the gun, then retreated back into the residence. York County QRT was called and responded. Police continued to talk with Burge until he gave up and came out. Burge was taken into custody by QRT without incident. He was taken to York Hospital for treatment and will be arraigned later on simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and terroristic threats.
February 17, 2012 - Update to fatal accident
Futher investigation has determined the vehicle was stolen and alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. Officers did attempted to use the AED with CPR until medical services arrived. Investigation is still on going.
February 18, 2012 – Fatal Accident - York Area Regional Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. in York Township. A York Area Regional Police Officer was in the process of stopping a vehicle that was being driven erratically when the vehicle fled on Walnut Street leaving Dallastown Borough. Approximately 20 seconds later the vehicle left the roadway on North Walnut Street just South of Oak Road. The lone occupant of the vehicle, a 17 year old male was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. York County Coroner’s office responded and the investigation is continuing. No names are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding the accident should contact Corporal Timothy Damon.
February 13, 2012- Diversion burglary- On Saturday, 2/11/2012 at or about 1000 hours; a white male (possibly late 20's) posing as a Water Authority empolyee gained entry into a house on South Walnut Street in Dallastown Borough by stating he was checking the area for a water main break. As the actor and the elderly home owner were in the basement discussing water supply and testing the washing machine, another unknown suspect entered the home, rummaged through the second floor and stole an unknown amount of money & other personal items. If anyone had a simular type incident occur, please email or Call Officer Montgomery at 747-0716 ext:275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 6, 2012 - John Edward Ruth III - On Monday, February 6, 2011 at noon, John Edward Ruth III was arrested without incident, for the murder of Stacey J. Farmer. Farmer was found dead in his driveway located at 880 Snyder Corner Road, Red Lion Pa, 17356 on June 27, 2002 around 0320 hours. Farmer was shot in the head and died as a result of his injury.
Ruth was arraigned before District Justice Scott Laird. Ruth was incarcerated at the York County Prison.
January 22, 2012 - Armed Robbery
On Sunday at approximately 5:03 hours; a hispanic male and two white males entered the Munchkin Flea Market, 25 Grand St. Red Lion Borough displayed a black semi auto handgun and demanded money. They left the scene in a late 90's metallic blue sedan, north on Main street with approximately $435. Anyone with information, concerning this robbery contact Det. Sgt. Barely at 747-0716 ext: 239
January 20, 2012 - Citizen Police Academy - The York Area Regional Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen's Police Academy to be held Wednesdays from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. starting February 22nd, 2012 and continuing through April 25th. Applicants will have the opportunity to learn about the operations of the police department to include topics such as K9, forensics, patrol, tours and a firearms simulator. To apply or for more information, check the link on the web site at www.yapd.org or contact Sgt. Jeffry Dunbar or Officer Peter Montgomery
January 18, 2011 - Bank Robbery York Township
At approximately 9:08am, York Area Regional Police Department was dispatched to the Americhoice Federal Credit Union located at 1 Indian Rock Dam Road for a Bank Robbery. Prior to units arriving, York County 911 center gave out a description of the vehicle and actor to all surrounding departments. Within minutes, West Manchester and York City Police Department quickly located and attempted to stop the suspect. After a brief vehicle and foot pursuit the suspect was apprehended and transported to York Area Regional Police Department. More information will be released at a later time, due to continuing investigation.
January 17, 2012 - Death investigation
At approximately 2:17 pm, the York Area Regional Police Department received a 911 call from a residence in the 900 block of Snyder Corner Road in Windsor Township. York County 911 center advised responding officers the caller stated he shot someone inside the residence. Upon arrival, York Area Regional police officers made entry into the residence and found one female deceased from a gunshot wound. After clearing the residence, Officers conducted an exterior search of the property and found a male deceased from a gun shot wound in close proximity of the residence. Names of both deceased are being held at this time and Detective Sgt. Barley is conducting the investigation. There is no indication that a suspect is at large at this time.
January 16, 2012 - Update on Bank Robbery
York Area Regional Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Marvin Evison Davis for the January 13, 2012 bank robbery at the Metro Bank located at 2160 South Queen Street in York Township. York Area Regional Police with assistance of York City Police Vice and Narcotics Unit where able to identify Davis as the actor using surveillance video from the scene. Davis current whereabouts is unknown at this time. Anyone with information about the current location of Davis is requested contact 911.
January 13, 2012 - Bank Robbery
Our department is investigating a Bank Robbery which occurred at the Metro Bank, 2160 South Queen Street, York Township at 0858 hours, 1-13-2012. A black male adult wearing a black Champion Hoody, with a black winter cap, black pants entered the bank and produced a note demanding money from a teller. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank and left on foot. The suspect was last seen on foot walking south on St. Charles Way towards the County Inn and Suites. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Sgt Weyth Barley or Det. Buschman at 741-1259.
January 2, 2012- Missing person report update
Emma Stein-Lowery - has been located.
January 2, 2012 - Bank Robbery - Peoples Bank 2587 Cape Horn Road, Windsor Township. At or about 11:58 hours; unknown white male entered the Peoples bank wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans. The male stated he had a gun but did not display one. The actor left in a maroon four door vehicle northbound on Cape Horn Road with an unknown amount of money. Anyone with information concerning the actor and/or vehicle, contact Det. Buschman 747-0716 ext: 227
January 3, 2012 - New Collective Bargaining Agreement - The York Area Regional Police Commission voted to enter into a 3 year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the York Area Regional Police Association at their recessed meeting of December 22, 2011. The agreement provides for raises of 1% in 2012, and 2% in 2013 and 2014. The agreement also doubles the annual deductibles for health care and increases co-pays for specialist visits and for prescriptions. A provision was also agreed to for retirees health insurance to be the same as active members and that the tuition reimbursed to an officer must be returned if they leave employment within 36 months. There was also a Voluntary Retirement Incentive made available to ten officers who are eligible to retire. The previous agreement was set to expire December 31, 2011 and pending this agreement the Commission was faced with possible furloughs of officers because of cuts in the 2012 budget. Commissioner and Board Chair Robert Kessler thanked the officers and Commissioners for their diligent work on the contract as his main concern was that there be no layoffs.
December 30, 2011 - Retirements - Chief Thomas C. Gross of The York Area Regional Police Department recognized three veteran officers on their retirement effective December 31, 2011 from the Department. Sergeant Rodney E. Varner has been with the police department for over 31 years starting as an officer with the former York Township Police Department. Varner was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1999 and Sergeant in 2001. Sergeant Varner was awarded several Commendations along with the Department Medal of Distinction and the Award for Meritorious Service. He previously served as a Firearms Instructor and Field Training Officer and was the department’s Public Information Officer and Right to Know Officer. Sergeant Varner served as the Accreditation Manager for the department resulting in Accreditation of the Department in 2008 and Re-Accreditation in 2011.
Sergeant Andrew K. Blair was hired March 10, 1986 by the York Township Police Department. He was promoted to Corporal in 1999 and Sergeant in 2002. Sergeant Blair received several commendations during his career and also served as a Field Training Officer and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. Sergeant Blair was the Head Evidence Custodian for the department and also was the supervisor of the Investigative Unit. Prior to his employment he served in the United States Air Force.
Officer Leonard R. Hoffer joined the Windsor Township Police Department on February 26, 1985 and would have completed 27 years of service this February. Officer Hoffer received numerous commendations during his career and was a Field Training Officer for many years mentoring new officers in their initial training. Officer Hoffer was a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement specialist and was one of the first officers of the department to be assigned to motorcycle patrol. He served in the United States Army prior to his employment as a police officer.
December 22, 2011 - Vehicle Vandalism - York Area Regional Police are investigating multiple incidents of criminal mischief in the Longstown area of Windsor Township. Sometime overnight 46 tires were cut by a sharp object. A total of 13 victims have filed reports. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Joel Good at phone 741-1259 extension 471.
YARPD reminds anyone noticing suspicious behavior in their neighborhood to report it immediately by calling 911 so that police officers can investigate as soon as possible.
December 10, 2011 - 3:13 p.m. - Hit and Run Accident - A single vehicle hit and run accident occurred on West Main St., east of School Place in Dallastown Borough on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 3:13 p.m. The striking vehicle was described by witnesses as a silver SUV and was being driven by a white female with blonde hair worn in a pony tail. The SUV was driving east on West Main St. and traveled off the south edge of the roadway and onto the sidewalk where it struck and sheared off a street sign and a utility pole. The SUV didn't stop at the scene and continued traveling east on W. Main St. The vehicle was damaged at the right front headlamp/corner area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer George McGee at phone 741-1259.
December 9, 2011 - Departmental Recognition Awards- The following awards were presented to officers at the meeting of the York Area Regional Police Commission on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
Officers Alan D. Stubbs and Terry L. Meyers, Jr. were presented the Medal of Distinction which is the second highest award of the department. The award was presented in connection with an incident on July 10, 2011, when the officers responded to a 911 call in York Township at Hunt Club Road. As they approached the residence they quickly ascertained that an assault was occurring. They forcibly entered the residence and confronted a man with an 8 inch butcher knife. A woman inside the residence had been wounded after being attacked. The man picked up an 18 month old child and held the knife to the child's neck. Both officers recognized the need for immediate action and as Officer Meyers held aim on the suspect with his handgun, Officer Stubbs was able to engage the suspect in conversation and convince him to put down the knife and give the baby to the mother. As the officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, a struggle ensued and the officers were able to subdue and arrest the suspect. The actions of Officer Meyers and Officer Stubbs resulted in the resolution of a life-threatening situation under conditions that required a courageous yet controlled response.
Corporal Michael S. Georgiou and Officer Curtis A. Hempfing were presented the Chief's Commendation for their excellent performance in handling a disturbance in an apartment in York Township on October 31, 2011. As EMT personnel were checking two individuals and trying to ascertain the condition of a third person, that person ran to the kitchen, grabbed a large knife and cut his wrist severely. He then raised the knife again. Cpl. Georgiou quickly drew his firearm as Officer Hempfing drew his taser and deployed it on the man. The man was immobilized enough for Cpl. Georgiou to holster his firearm. As Cpl. Georgiou grabbed the man to disarm him, he also received the effects of the taser. Those present agreed that Officer Hempfing's extraordinarly quick reaction and Cpl. Georgious's response prevented death or additional injury to the man as well as to prevent his ability to attack others within the apartment.
Detective Trent E. Buschman and Officer Michael R. Zinn, Jr. were presented with the Chief's Commendation for their excellent performance in the apprehension of of two people in connection with a credit union robbery which occurred in Lancaster County on August 10, 2011. The officers were alerted to the armed robbery which was similar to one which had occurred two weeks earlier in York Township. They proceeded to check traffic on I-83 and spotted a vehicle of the description given earlier. Only the female driver was visible, but Officer Zinn was able to spot someone in the backseat. The vehicle was stopped and resulted in the arrests of the female driver and the male passenger in the backseat. Ultimately the pair, known as the "Honeymoon Bandits" were charged by the F. B. I. for numerous robberies in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania and over $50,000.00 was recovered.
Officer Curtis A. Hempfing and Officer Christopher W. Boyce were presented the Chief's Commendation for their excellent performance in the apprehension of two people in connection with two robberies which occurred at two grocery stores in York Township on April 17, 2011. The first robbery involved one of the suspects being armed with a knife. The second robbery involved a purse being taken from a woman outside of the grocery store. Both officers displayed excellent diligence in gathering information and quickly locating and identifying the violent suspects as they drove into Red Lion Borough. Both suspects were taken into custody and the knife and purse were recovered. Their thorough investigation and actions resulted in a quick disposition of the criminal cases with both suspects receiving four to eight year prison sentences.
December 2, 2012 - Home Improvement Fraud Investigation - York Area Regional Police charged Barry Lee Marshall, Jr., 49 years old of Red Lion, PA, and doing business as Marshall Restoration, with: Theft By Deception, Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices, and two counts of violations of the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Act (all felonies of the 3rd degree). Marshall had been hired in early September 2011 to perform general home improvement work on a Windsor Township home and was paid $2500.00 as a partial payment. This work was never completed or substantially performed. Anyone who hired Marshall to perform work which was not completed is asked to contact Off. Ray Krzywulak at 741-1259, extension 476.
November 30, 2011 - Homicide Arrest York Area Regional Police announce the following development in a major crime investigation.
Shelby Lyn ADAMS, 40 year old female, 55 Ridge Ave., York, PA has been charged with
1.One count criminal homicide
2.Four counts of Forgery
3.One count of Theft by Deception
4.One count of Receiving Stolen Property
Charges filed with Magisterial District Justice JoAnn TEYRAL
On Tuesday, May 27, 2008, the York Area Regional Police began an investigation into the death of Ada Adams, a 90-year-old female who was found deceased inside her apartment located at 200 Oak Manor Drive, York Township, York, PA. The York County Coroner’s Office, in concurrence with the YARPD, ordered an autopsy. Dr. Samuel LAND, Forensic Pathology Associates Inc. performed the autopsy and reported that Ada ADAMS had died from an opiate toxicity and Ada had lethal levels of morphine in her body. The YARPD’s investigation found that Ada was not prescribed morphine nor did she have access to morphine.The YARPD’s investigation also showed in the days prior to her death Ada ADAMS discovered she was the victim of the theft of money from her bank account.Ada discussed her finding with family members, to include her granddaughter Shelby ADAMS, and resolved to go to her bank on Tuesday, May 27, 2008.Further investigation by the YARPD have led to allegations that Shelby ADAMS had forged several checks drawn on Ada’s account.Evidence in this investigation has led to allegations that Shelby ADAMS was aware of the pending forgery complaint.It is alleged by the YARPD, Shelby formulated a plan to murder Ada by poisoning.Shelby obtained morphine from her workplace and that she then purchased fast food, knowing it was one of Ada’s favorite meals, and mixed the lethal dose of morphine in the fast food.Shelby provided the poisoned food to Ada on or about Sunday May 25, 2008 and returned on Monday May 26, 2008 finding Ada was very ill Shelby then removed the fast food container.Shelby ADAMS was arrested without incident. Homicide is a ‘no bail’ offense in Pennsylvania and Shelby ADAMS is being held at the York County prison awaiting further proceedings in the York County criminal justice system.
The lead investigator in this case is Detective Kathleen BURKE and Cpl. George CRONIN of the Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the investigation.
November 29, 2011 - 12:39 am - Aggravated Assault - A 48 year old Red Lion woman was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Lion Tavern, 27 North Main St. in Red Lion Borough. An argument inside the bar between the victim and Jimmy Lee Seaks of Hollow Road, Felton (60 years of age) took place earlier. As the victim and Seaks were in the parking lot, Seaks got into his Ford F150 pickup truck and struck the victim. Seaks drove away from the scene and was apprehended by York Area Regional Police and Pennsylvania State Police at his residence. The victim suffered serious injuries to both legs and was transported to York Hospital by ambulance. Seaks was charged with two counts Aggravated Assault (felony of the 1st degree), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (misdemeanor of the 2nd degree), two counts of Simple Assault (misdemeanor of the 2nd degree), Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While DUI (felony of the 2nd degree), Reckless Driving (summary offense), Accidents Involving Injury (misdemeanor of the 1st degree), two counts of DUI, and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. Seaks was taken to Central Booking for arraignment.
November 27, 2011 - Overnight Hours - Vandalism - York Area Regional Police are investigating several incidents of vandalism to vehicles in Jacobus Borough, Dallastown Borough, and York Township. Off. David Clegg is investigating four car windows being shot out by a bb gun shortly after midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning (November 26-27, 2011) in the 100 block of North Main St. in Jacobus Borough. At 10:45 am on Sunday November 27, 2011 Off. Michelle Hoover received six similar vandalism calls. Four occurred in Dallastown Borough in the first block of S. Charles St., 100 and 200 block of S. Pleasant Ave., and the 200 block of East Cherry Lane. In York Township similar vandalisms occurred in the 700 block of S. Franklin St. and in the 700 block of Meadowview Drive. Anyone with information is asked to call Off. Clegg or Off. Hoover at 741-1259.
November 23, 2011 - Child Sexual Assault/Child Assault Investigation - Det. Donald E. Hopple, Jr. has charged William Lloyd Theobald, 50 years of age of the 700 block of Meadowview Drive in York Township, with 2 counts of Simple Assault (misdemeanors of the 2nd degree), 1 count of Harassment (summary offense), 1 count of Indecent Assault (felony of the 3rd degree), 1 count of Indecent Assault With a Person Under the Age of 16 (misdemeanor of the 2nd degree), 1 count of Corruption of Minors (felony of the 3rd degree), and 1 count of Unlawful Contact With a Minor (felony of the 3rd degree). The Simple Assault charges involve a 13 year old male victim living in the residence on Meadowview Drive and occurred on October 6, 2011. The remaining charges involve a 13 year old female victim who was visiting at the same residence and those incidents are believed to have begun in early 2011 until October 9, 2011 at that residence. Theobald was arraigned before District Justice Joann Teyral, who set bail at $35,000.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hopple at 741-1259.
November 25, 2011 - 11:45 am - Police Standoff - UPDATE - 8:45 P.M. Suspect at 2755 Chestnut Run Road is in custody and Criminal Charges pending. The neighborhood is open and residents may return home. Further Information contact Detective Trent Buschman. As of 5:45 pm York Area Regional Police and the York County Quick Response Team remain on the scene of a police standoff which began at 11:45 am today at a residence in the 2700 block of Chestnut Run Road in York Township. The situation began when police responded to the home after a man inside the home threatened to harm himself to a relative who was speaking with him by telephone. Residents in the area are advised to stay indoors and others are asked to avoid the area until the situation is resolved. Check with local media for updates on this situation.
November 22, 2011 - 2:35 am - Burglary of Occupied Residence - York Area Regional Police responded to a report of a burglary of an occupied residence in the 1300 block of Delta Road in Windsor Township. The occupants of the home were in bed and heard someone opening an interior door. The burglar was chased from the home and could not be located by police. Police determined the burglar entered through an unlocked door. Anyone with information is asked to contact Off. George McGee at phone 741-1259.
NOTE: All residents are reminded to lock all doors before going to bed or leaving their homes and to report any suspicious activity to 911 immediately.
November 11, 2011 - Child Sexual Assault Investigation - Det. Donald E. Hopple, Jr. charged Kevin S. Sipe, 55 years of age, of Coventry Road in York Township with Rape of a Child, Indecent Assault, Corruption of Minors, and Unlawful Contact With a Minor (all graded as felonies) for incidents which occurred in his residence between December 2010 and October 2011. Sipe was arraigned before District Justice Joanne Teyral on November 10, 2011 and placed in York County Prison with bail set at $100,000.00.
November 9, 2011 - 2:37 a.m. - Burglary Investigation - York Area Regional Police responded to a call of a possible burglary in progress at a vacant residence in the 100 block of West Main St., Windsor Borough. Off. Adam Cohick and Off. Darius Mitchell met with the property owner to enter the home and found Darrin Scott Macfarlane, Jr. (22 years of age, no fixed address) hiding in a second floor closet. Macfarlane was in the process of stealing copper plumbing pipes. He was taken into custody and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. Macfarlane was taken to York County Central Booking for arraignment.
October 20, 2011 - 3:00 pm - Bank Robbery - York Area Regional Police are investigating a bank robbery which occurred at the M & T Bank, 2055 South Queen St. in York Township at 3:00 pm. The actor is described as a light skinned black male, approximately 5 ft. 8 in. tall, bald, and had a stocky build. He was wearing a light colored long sleeve shirt, a vest with a hood, silver wire rimmed sunglasses with blue tinted lenses. He had a cellphone to his ear during the robbery and was carrying a small manila envelope. There were no injuries and no weapon was displayed. NOTE: A photo will be emailed to local news media contacts.
Third National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative
The York Area Regional Police Department is partnering with Giant Food Stores and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to remove expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications from the medicine cabinets of York County residents. This effort is to assist in the prevention of the abuse of prescription medications in our communities. The Third National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Giant Food Store at 275 Pauline Drive in York Township and at the Giant Food Store at 3175 Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township. Officers of the York Area Regional Police Department will be at well-marked collection sites within each Giant Food Store in our jurisdiction. Individuals dropping off medications will not be asked for identification and will remain anonymous. Non-controlled and over the counter medications will also be accepted. All medications collected will be turned over to the DEA for disposal. Additional information can be found at: www.dea.gov. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Off. Peter Montgomery at ph. 741-1259.
October 3, 2011 - 1:54pm - Possible Armed Subject - The York Area Regional Police Department responded to a call of a man threatening to harm himself and possibly armed with a firearm at a residence on South Duke St. near South Franklin St. in York Township. Traffic was detoured in the area until the situation was stabilized at 3:40pm when the person surrendered to police. No one was injured in the incident.
Police Alert Information - September 26, 2011 - The York Area Regional Police Department will provide instant text message or email alerts concerning important police incidents and information. The four types of information which will be posted are: Alerts, Advisories, Community Information, and Traffic. To register for this service, choose the "Alert" tab on the YAPD home page and follow the instructions.
September 16, 2011 - 5:05 p.m. - Robbery (Home Invasion) - York Area Regional Police are investigating a home invasion robbery which occurred at a Neonlight Drive residence in York Township. Off. Michelle Hoover said a female and her young child were inside the home when two men entered through the open garage. Both men were armed with handguns and were wearing black longsleeve shirts, black jeans, black boots, black gloves, and black masks covering their heads. One man was tall and thin and the other was shorter and heavier. The victims were placed in a bathroom while the robbers stole various (undisclosed) items from the residence. The two males left in the victim's 2002 gray Mercury Mountaineer, which was found a short distance away on Camp Betty Washington Road. Police believe the victim family was targeted and that this was not a random act of violence. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Trent Buschman at phone 741-1259.
September 11, 2011 - 3:06 am - Armed Robbery - York Area Regional Police responded to a robbery at the McDonalds restaurant on Lombard Rd. in York Township. The male actor was able to enter the business and was armed with a large stainless steel kitchen knife. He confronted the employees and demanded money. During a struggle one employee was punched in the face by the actor. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money into the housing development at the rear of the restaurant. The actor is described as a white male, thin build, eyeglasses, with a bandanna around the face and wearing a grey hoodie.
September 11, 2011 - 1:52 am - Domestic Dispute - Officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute in the first block of West Broadway in Red Lion Borough. A 24 year old male had been stabbed by his fiancee, Priscilla Marie Jones, age 22. Jones was taken into custody and was charged with Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person by Officer Daniel Miller. She was transported to Central Booking for arraignment.
September 8, 2011 - 1:36 pm - Bank Robbery - York Area Regional Police responded to a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 880 W. Broadway, Red Lion in York Township. A white male entered the bank demanding money from the teller. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber excited the bank and fled on foot. He was last seen heading east toward Country Club Road, Red Lion. There was no weapon displayed and no one was injured during the course of the robbery. The robber is believed to be connected to a previous robbery at the same branch in July 2011. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Officer Darius Mitchell or Detective Kathy Burke at 717-741-1259.
September 7, 2011 - Road Closures - York Area Regional Police are reporting numerous roads closed due to flooding in York Township, Windsor Township, Red Lion Borough, Dallastown Borough, Windsor Borough, Yoe Borough, Jacobus Borough and Felton Borough. For further information see the York County Control website - www.ycdes.org/webcad.
August 30, 2011 at 6:11 p.m. - Fire Investigation - York Area Regional Police Detective Donald Hopple determined that a fire at 1150 Brook Lane in Windsor Twp. was caused by an electrical malfunction in the kitchen of the home. A resident was treated at the scene by Red Lion Ambulance for smoke inhalation after she had re-entered the house attempting to extinguish the fire. Felton Fire Department, assisted by Red Lion and Dallastown Fire Departments, responded to extinguish the fire. The loss is estimated to be $80,000.00.
August 10, 2011 - 4:20 pm - Arrest of Bank Robbery Suspects - After receiving a report of a bank robbery in Lancaster County and at approximately 4:20 pm Det. Trent Buschman and Off. Mike Zinn observed a southbound vehicle on Interstate 83 at South Queen St. which matched the description of a dark gray Nissan Maxima used in other bank robberies in central Pennsylvania. The officers, in an unmarked vehicle, followed the Nissan and stopped the car with the assistance of an officer from Stewartstown Police Department near the Shrewsbury exit of I-83. A male passenger, Jason Ronald Dixon, age 44, of N. Ellamont St., Baltimore, MD, and the female driver, Shawnette Renee Fleet, age 43, of S. Marlyn Ave., Essex, MD, were taken into custody. A siginificant amount of money was recovered and a weapon was found inside the vehicle. Also assisting were units from Pennsylvania State Police and Southern Regional Police Department.
August 4, 2011 - 5:02 p.m. - Man on Bridge - York Area Regional Police responded to a call of a man standing on the overpass of Interstate 83 at the Leader Heights Bridge. At 5:04 p.m. officers found a man standing on the outside of the fenced portion of the bridge. Interstate 83 was closed in both directions as well as Leader Heights Road. Numerous fire, fire police, and EMS units responded. Officers from Pennsylvania State Police and York Area Regional Police established communications with the man and Crisis Intervention Officers and York County Negotiations Officers responded as well as the York County and York Area Regional Police Command Units. Officers talked to the man for almost two hours and he eventually came over the bridge and was taken into custody. He was taken to York Hospital for mental health evaluation.
Detective Trent Buschman 747-1259 ext.227
July 28, 2011 - 2:29pm - Bank Robbery - The York Area Regional Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the Americhoice Federal Credit Union, 1 Indian Rock Dam Rd. in York Township. The actor displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. He fled the scene in a gray, medium to full size sedan traveling north on South George St. The vehicle possibly displayed New York registration plates on the front and back and had other occupants. The actor is described as a black male, slender build, 6 ft. to 6ft. 2 in. tall, wearing a gray long sleeved T-shirt, long tan shorts, white sneakers with black laces, a dark colored baseball cap, and a white dust mask covering part of his face. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Donald E. Hopple, Jr. at phone 741-1259. ATTENTION MEDIA: Photos are available by contacting Sgt. Varner.
July 27, 2011 - 3:11 pm - Bank Robbery - York Area Regional Police responded to a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 880 West Broadway in York Township. The male actor demanded money and did not display a weapon. He is described as a white male, unknown age, 5 ft. 10 in. to 6 ft. tall, slender build, wearing a gray hooded zippered sweatshirt with the word "ROCAWEAR" across the front, blue jeans and black sneakers with red soles, and a gray knit winter cap. He covered his face with a gray scarf. The actor drove away in a burgundy 4-door sedan with tape covering the numbers of the Pennsylvania registration plate, eastbound on West Broadway toward the square in Red Lion Borough. There were no customers in the bank and none of the employees were injured. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Donald E. Hopple, Jr. at 741-1259.
July 21, 2011 - Home Improvement Scam Investigation - York Area Regional Police are investigating a home improvement scam reported by a resident of Windsor Township. A male and female were trying to sell driveway sealing/repair service. Police recommend residents to ask for references, contact other businesses for estimates, and consult the PA Attorney General's website: www.attorneygeneral.gov for additional consumer protection information. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 741-1259.
July 18, 2011 - Trent E. Buschman has recently been named to the title of Detective and is assigned to the Investigative Unit. Detective Buschman has been with the Department for nine years and previously was assigned in patrol and has spent several years on assignment with the York County Drug Task Force. Detective Buschman also served as a Bicycle Officer and has earned six departmental awards including the highest award, the Department Medal of Valor.
July 10, 2011 - 2:42 PM - Domestic Dispute - The York Area Regional Police Department was dispatched to a domestic dispute on Hunt Club Rd., York. Upon the officers arrival at the residence, the actor refused to open the door. Officers forced entry into the residence where they encountered Cemhan Dizarli, age 39, his wife and their 18 month old daughter. Cemhan Dizarli was holding his daughter to his chest with one hand and an 8" butcher knife to the back of the child's neck with the other hand threatening to cut her. Initially, Cemhan Dizarli refused officers' commands to drop the knife and give them the child. The officers were able to convince him to comply after speaking to him more. The officers were able to take him into custody after a struggle. The wife received a cut on the arm during the dispute prior to the officers entering the residence. The child was uninjured in the incident. He was arrested and booked for arraignment on the following charges: Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Terroristic Threats, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Resisting Arrest.
June 10, 2011 - Road Closure - Blymire Road between Frederick Drive and New School Lane in York Township will be closed on Friday June 10, 2011 from approximately 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the request of the Dallastown Area School District for graduation.
May 23, 2011 - 7:11 AM - Police Pursuit - Police attempted to stop a speeding vehicle which was traveling south on New School Lane near the Dallastown High School in York Township. The vehicle, a red Ford sedan, did not stop and the officer pursued the vehicle onto Honey Valley Road, South Franklin Street, and West Main Street in Dallastown Borough. The Ford turned right onto South Pleasant Ave, turned right onto Blymire Road, and stopped on Dartha Drive. The 20 year old male driver was apprehended and charges are pending. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.
**Update** Derek R. Placek, 20 years of age, of Farmington Drive, Jacobus, PA was charged with Fleeing and Eluding Police, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Speeding, and five other summary traffic offenses. These charges were filed with District Justice Teyral.
May 18, 2011 at 1:48 a.m.- Recovered Eyeglasses - Off. James Hess arrested a female who had committed several thefts from vehicles in the Windsor Borough area. Recovered items were returned to owners/victims, except for a pair of eyeglasses which no one has claimed. Anyone with information on a possible owner is asked to contact Off. Hess at phone 741-1259.
May 16, 2011 - 8:14 PM - Fatal Crash **UPDATE** Off James Hess of the York Area Regional Police Department is investigating a one vehicle crash in the 2700 block of Windsor Road in Windsor Township. The crash occurred Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm. Lepree Christian, 20 years of age, was driving a 1996 Audi northbound on Windsor Road. Her passengers were her mother, Tamara Christian, 41 years of age, and Lepree's son, LaShawn Christian, 4 years of age. (The three occupants have an address in the first block of E. High St., Windsor Borough.) Lepree Christian lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway and traveled off the east edge of the road, where the passenger side of the Audi struck a large tree stump. Tamara Christian was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lepree Christian and LaShawn Christian were transported to York Hospital by ambulance for treatment of their injuries. LaShawn Christian was later transferred to the Hershey Medical Center. At 3:35am on Thursday, May 19, 2011 a Deputy Coroner from Dauphin County notified York Area Regional Police that LaShawn Christian had died from his injuries. The investigation of this accident is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Off. James Hess at phone 741-1259.
May 16, 2011 - 10:16am - Arson in High School - Officers from the York Area Regional Police Department responded to the York County School of Technology, 2179 South Queen St. in York Township for a fire within the school. School officials evacuated students and staff from the building. Det. Donald E. Hopple, Jr. investigated and determined that three separate fires were started in the cabinetmaking shop area during normal school activities. An ignitable liquid was used to start all three fires. Contents of the area were damaged from fire, smoke, and water, but there was no structural damage to the building. There were no reports of injuries. Police determined that a 15 year old male student was responsible for setting the fires and are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hopple at phone 741-1259.
May 13, 2011 - 11:57am - Armed Robbery - The York Area Regional Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Tom's convenience store, 2905 East Prospect St. at the Longstown intersection in Windsor Township. The actor displayed a large silver handgun, threatened the store's clerk, and demanded money. The actor fled in a dark green vehicle traveling north on Rt. 24 (Mt. Zion Rd.) toward East Market St. No one was injured in the robbery. The actor is described as a dark skinned black male, approximately 40 years old, 5 ft. 8 in. to 6 ft. tall, and with a husky build. He was wearing dark framed sunglasses, a dark colored bandanna with a white pin stripe (worn as a sweat band on his forehead), a light blue polo shirt with white pinstripes, and blue jeans with decorative patches covering both legs (one large patch was a circle with a star in it). Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective unit of the York Area Regional Police Department at phone 741-1259. ATTENTION MEDIA: Video may be available later today.
May 5, 2011 - Child Abuse Investigation - Det. Donald Hopple responded to a Red Lion Area School District elementary school on May 5, 2011 to investigate a report of child abuse reported by school personnel. The investigation showed that the abuse occurred at 145 South Franklin St. in Red Lion Borough earlier in the day. Gregory R. Caudill II of that address was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Simple Assault, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of Harassment. The victims, 7 and 10 years of age, live in the residence and Caudill is the father of one of the children. Caudill was taken into custody and transported to Central Booking for arraignment.
April 26, 2011 - Church Vandalism - A worker performing repairs on the steeple of the Grace Lutheran Church, 220 North Charles St., Red Lion Borough found 5 bullet holes in several of the metal panels covering the steeple. All holes were on the southwest side of the steeple and are believed to have been fired from the West High St. direction. At this time the caliber of the firearm used is unknown. The damage was done sometime between November 1, 2010 to April 26, 2011. Anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Kevin Spangler at phone 741-1259.
April 17, 2011 - 6:03 PM - Robberies - York Area Regional Police were dispatched to a robbery in the parking lot of the Shur Fine Grocery Store at 2720 South Queen St., in York Township. Two males approached a female in the parking lot. One male displayed a knife and demanded the female to turn over money and her purse. Another person drove up to the scene in a vehicle and scared the two actors away. They fled in an older model blue Chevrolet Cavalier, traveling south on South Queen St. At 6:14 PM a second robbery was dispatched with the same actors and vehicle descriptions in the parking lot of the Jerrys Food Rite at Dairyland Square in York Township. The actors drove behind the victim's parked car and stole her purse from the shopping cart as she was loading her groceries into her car. The actors then drove off. Off. Chris Boyce spotted the Chevrolet Cavalier on East Broadway in Red Lion Borough at 6:20 PM. Off. Boyce and Off. Curt Hempfing stopped the vehicle on West Broadway and took Timothy Riddle (age 28, of Manchester, MD) and Michael Gaither (age 25, of Spring Grove, PA) into custody. Riddle and Gaither were taken to Central Booking and charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Theft, and Receiving Stolen Property. Riddle was also charged with DUI. Gaither was also charged with Simple Assault and Possession of Instruments of a Crime.
April 12, 2011 - 3:26 a.m. - Fire Investigation - A structure fire was reported at 790 Sunlight Drive in York Township. Officers from the York Area Regional Police Department responded to investigate and assist the Yoe Fire Department and other local fire departments. A Cause and Origin investigation was conducted by Det. Donald Hopple and Trooper Pat McKenna, PSP Fire Marshal. The fire began in the garage near a parked Chevrolet Corvette and is being ruled an accidental fire caused by an electrical malfunction involving an extension cord. Loss is estimated at $150,000.00.
April 11, 2011 - 1:19 AM - Robbery - An employee leaving the Taco Bell restaurant at 2054 S. Queen St. in York Township was robbed at 1:19 a.m. The employee was walking to a vehicle in the parking lot and was approached by the male actor who demanded money. The actor stole the bank deposit and fled on foot to the rear of the restaurant. No weapon was displayed. The male actor is described as white or hispanic, 20 to 30 years of age, 5 ft. 5 in. to 5 ft. 7 in. tall, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. His face was partially covered by a red and white bandanna. Officers from York Area Regional Police were assisted by officers of the Spring Garden Township Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Andy Mallette at phone 741-1259.
March 17, 2011 - Annual Report
Chief Tom Gross presented the annual report of the York Area Regional Police Department to the Regional Police Commission at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The report highlights the activities of the department for the calendar year 2010 and includes information regarding crime and police calls for the municipalities served by the department and also accident and traffic enforcement information. There is information regarding department programs and personnel as well as the financial information for the year. Chief Gross mentioned some trends in the report and in particular that there was a slight increase in overall crime. The Part I crimes decreased from 1068 in 2009 to 1010 in 2010. The department responded to 29, 228 911 calls which was an all time high. The entire report is available on the department website at www. yapd.org.
Second National Drug Take Back Initiative
The York Area Regional Police Department is partnering with Giant Food Stores and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to remove expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications from the medicine cabinets of York County residents. This effort is to assist in the prevention of the abuse of prescription medications in our communities. The Second National Drug Take Back Initiative will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Giant Food Store at 275 Pauline Drive in York Township and at the Giant Food Store at 3175 Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township. Officers of the York Area Regional Police Department will be at well-marked collection sites within each Giant Food Store in our jurisdiction. Individuals dropping off medications will not be asked for identification and will remain anonymous. Non-controlled and over the counter medications will also be accepted. All medications collected will be turned over to the DEA for disposal. Additional information can be found at: www.dea.gov. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Off. Peter Montgomery at ph. 741-1259.
February 4, 2011 - 12:45 am - Arson Arrests - The following news release was prepared by Tpr. Tom Pinkerton of Troop H Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State Police:
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop H, York Station in partnership with York Area Regional Police, Southern Regional Police, Baltimore County Police, ATF, York County Detectives and the York County District Attorney's Office have arrested two individuals responsible for the rash of car fires throughout southern York County as well as Baltimore County, MD and Penn Township, York County, PA.
These car fires began in December 2009 and continued through February 4, 2011. As a result of on going investigations, today at approximately 12:45 a.m., Troop H, Troopers along with York Area Regional Police arrested Alexander Robb aged 21 from New Freedom, PA. He was arrested after setting fire to a vehicle in Windsor Township, PA. Also, later this moring Michael Allen Nalls, aged 21 from Airville, PA was arrested in connection with the car fire investigations.
Both accused were transported to District Court 19-3-01, Judge Fishel presiding. Both were given a preliminary arraignment on February 4, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. This arraignment stemmed from charges filed against the defendants by York Area Regional Police. Three complaints were filed against Robb and two were filed against Nalls for arson and related offenses. The bail for each complaint was set at $500,00 for each. Additional charges are pending by other affected agencies.
January 24, 2011 - 7:52 am - Two Vehicle Accident - Officers of the York Area Regional Police Department responded to an accident involving a school van with students onboard. The accident occurred at the intersection of Springwood Road and Penn Boulevard in York Township. A 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, driven by Joshua Mayes of Bellaire Dr., York, age 19, was stopped on Penn Blvd. at a stop sign and waiting to turn left. A 2000 GMC School Van, owned by Durham School Services, and driven by Bridget Culbreth of Eagleton Dr., Jacobus, age 39, was traveling south on Springwood Road. The School Van had 4 elementary age students from the Montessori School and Dallastown Area School District as passengers. The Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Mayes pulled into the intersection to turn left striking the front of the School Van. Yoe Ambulance and Grantley Ambulance transported the students, some of whom received injuries to York Hospital. Goodwill Fire Co. and Yoe Fire Co. assisted at the scene. Off. Sam Miles and Cpl. Tim Damon are investigating the accident.
January 18, 2011 - Citizen Police Academy - The York Area Regional Police Department is continuing to accept applications for the Citizen's Police Academy to be held Tuesdays from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. starting January 25th, 2011 and continuing through March 29th. Applicants will have the opportunity to learn about the operations of the police department to include topics such as K9, forensics, patrol, tours and a firearms simulator. To apply or for more information, check the link on the web site at www.yapd.org or contact Sgt. Rodney Varner.
January 5, 2011 - 11:19 AM - Bank Robbery/Sovereign Bank - The York Area Regional Police Dept. was dispatched to a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank located at 2690 S. Queen St. within York Township. The investigation revealed that a black male entered the bank wearing dark clothing and displayed a small dark colored handgun and demanded money. He then left the bank of foot with an undisclosed amount of money. A witness observed the subject entering a vehicle in the rear lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken located next to the bank. The vehicle was a small silver vehicle with Maryland registration plates. The vehicle fled the area toward Leader Heights Rd. A short time later the vehicle was spotted by members of the York Area Regional Police Dept. and PA State Police traveling south on Interstate 83. A brief pursuit occurred with the vehicle and eventually the vehicle was stopped in the area of mile post 6. Two subjects were taken into custody at that time and transported back to the York Area Regional Police Dept. During the pursuit money and a gun were thrown out of the vehicle as it was traveling south on I-83. Both the money and the gun were recovered by police. Anyone having further information on this robbery is asked to contact the York Area Regional Police Dept. at 741-1259.
January 4, 2011 - 12:40 AM - Arson Fire Investigation - York Area Regional Police and Red Lion Fire Company Personnel responded to a house fire at 136 West High St. in Red Lion Borough. An adult at 138 West High St. smelled smoke and contacted 911. The fire affected the neighboring residence of the duplex at 138 West High St. Both residences are rental units. Each residence was occupied by 4 people, and all 8 people were able to safely evacuate the homes without injury. All occupants were adults, except for 2 children (ages 3 and 6 years) at 136 West High St. The residence at 136 West High St. is being described as a total loss, estimated damage $140,000. The residence at 138 West High St. is being described as being partially damaged, estimated damage $60,000. YARPD Detective Donald E. Hopple, Jr. and PSP Fire Marshal Trooper Pat Mckenna are investigating. They were assisted at the scene by an accelerant detection K-9 (Loki, handler - Detective Dennis Woodring) from the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office Fire Investigation Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hopple at phone 741-1259.
December 16, 2010 - 6:28 PM - Fatal Vehicle Accident. - Officers were dispatched to Lombard Rd just east of Chandler Dr. in Windsor Twp. for a motor vehicle accident involving a deer and entrapment. There were two accidents at this location. The deer continued across Lombard Rd. into the westbound lane and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Mrs. Warner. Power was out in the area for approx. two to three hours until Met Ed could restore it. Off. James Hess and D. J. Hoshauer are investigating the accident
December 8, 2010 - Death Investigation York Area Regional Police were dispatched to the address at 213 S. Pleasant Avenue in Dallastown at 8:25 pm for a victim, Beverly Scott - Dallastown Borough Mayor, who was found by her daughter in a backyard pool. The victim was removed from the pool by responding emergency workers and transported to York Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The name has not been released by the Coroner pending additional notifications. Detective Kathleen Burke is the investigating officer.
December 5, 2010 - 4:11 PM - Fire Investigation - Fire and police personnel were dispatched to 79 West Main St., Felton Borough for a working structure fire. The fire spread to two adjoining residences. Fire departments from the area were able to extinguish the fire and there were no injuries. An investigation by Det. Donald Hopple and PSP Fire Marshal Patrick Mckenna determined that the fire was an Accidental Fire which started on the rear porch of 79 West Main St., and was caused by Careless Discard of Smoking Materials. The total loss from the fire is $400,000.00 (Structure $300,000.00 and Contents $100,000.00).
November 26, 2010 - 4:37 AM - Fatal Vehicle Accident. - Officers from York Area Regional Police were dispatched to a single vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Witmer Road. The vehicle was reported to have struck a utility polce causing wires to rest on the vehicle. Numerous people called 911 to report the accident. Upon arriving at the scene, the driver and a passenger were found standing beside the vehicle. The other passenger was found in the front passenger and later identified as Tre Parker. Tre Parker was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy coroner. Officers from Hellam Township and Lower Windsor Township assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. If any person has knowledge of this incident please contact Officer Darius Mitchell at 717-741-1259.
November 21, 2010 - New Officer - Officer Samuel Miles graduated in the 98th Police Academy for municipal police officers at the Harrisburg Area Community College on November 19, 2010. Off. Miles received 21 weeks of training in various law enforcement topics, including: Laws and Procedures, Defensive Tactics, Motor Vehicle Law/Accidents, Principles of Criminal Investigation, Crisis Management, First Aid and CPR, and Basic Firearms. Off. Miles was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for having the Highest Proficiency in Firearms in the class. Off. Miles is a resident of Felton, PA.
November 17, 2010 - 1:42am - Fire Investigation - Officers responded to an explosion and fire caused by a lightning strike at a natural gas substation on Springwood Road just north of Chestnuthill Road. The lightning strike is also believed to have caused a fire at a residence near the substation. No injuries were reported. Both incidents are under investigation at this time.
November 10, 2010 - 11:48 pm - Convenience Store Armed Robbery - Tom's Exxon, 2161 South Queen St., York Township. York Area Regional Police are investigating an armed robbery. The actor entered the store and displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of cash and several cartons of Newport cigarettes were stolen. The actor is a black male approximately 5 ft. 10 in. tall, 200 pounds/heavy build, and late 20s to early 30s years of age. He was wearing a black jacket and a dark blue hoodie as well as blue jeans. The actor fled the scene in a dark colored Chevrolet Caprice, 1990's model with two other occupants. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Kathleen Burke at phone 741-1259.
November 5, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. - Construction Zone Crash - 2400 block of South George St. near Clairian Drive, York Township. A flagman at the north end of a Columbia Gas work site was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured. A 1998 Isuzu Trooper with a female operator was southbound on South George St. approaching the construction zone. The vehicle struck the flagman within the work zone. Yoe Ambulance transported the injured man to York Hospital. Goodwill Fire Co. personnel and equipment assisted at the scene. The accident is under investigation. Names are not being released at this time.
October 14, 2010 - 12:15 PM - Retail Theft/Police Pursuit - York Area Regional Police officers were dispatched by 911 for a theft which had occurred at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, 910 West Broadway in York Township. The vehicle involved was reported to have driven off, traveling north on Rt. 74 toward York. Officers located the vehicle, a silver Toyota Corolla with Virginia registration plates, as it was being driven on Rt. 74 near Leader Heights Rd. The vehicle continued onto Leader Heights Rd. then southbound onto Interstate 83. The Toyota exited I-83 at the Loganville exit and continued west onto Reynolds Mill Rd., where it crashed into a landscape wall at a home in the 9000 block of Reynolds Mill Rd. The two occupants of the Toyota fled on foot and were apprehended. York Area Regional Police were assisted in the apprehension by troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police.
October 9, 2010, - 7:30 AM - Suspicious Package - York Area Regional Police and Red Lion Fire Company personnel responded to the Hardees Restaurant, 820 East Main St. in York Township for a report of a suspicious package. The package was found on the west side of the building near a door. PSP's Hazardous Device and Explosives Section was contacted and responded with their robotic equipment to investigate. The package was dismantled and found to contain various metal hardware parts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Scott Longnecker at 741-1259.
September 27, 2010 - 8:44 AM - Fire Investigation - York County 911 dispatched a fire call at 542 Crestwood Drive, Windsor Township to Red Lion Fire Dept. and York Area Regional Police. The investigation revealed that the fire started when the homeowner was reinstalling the front of the electrical/breaker box and while screwing it into the box, the screw went through the main electrical supply wire inside the box causing an electrical short throughout the residence. The residence sustained severe fire, smoke, and water damage and the loss is estimated at $150,000. There were no injuries. Investigators - Det. Donald Hopple and Tpr. Patrick Mckenna.
September 20, 2010 - 6:19 PM - Robbery - The York Area Regional Police responded to Perrydell Farms, 90 Indian Rock Dam Road for the report of an armed robbery. According to the victim and witnesses, a white male, early 20's, medium built wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blaze orange ski mask entered the business. The actor displayed a large knife and demanded money. The actor fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the robbery. There was a vehicle involved, which was a purple Toyota pickup truck. The York Area Regional Police took two suspects into custody: Bradley J. Thomas, 20 years of age, Homeland Rd., York and Corey G. Raab, 20 years of age, Ridgelyn Dr., Dallastown. Both suspects have been arraigned and committed to York County Prison. Investigator - Off. Scott E. Longnecker.
September 7, 2010 - 4:20 AM - Recovered Stolen Vehicle/Arson - A newspaper carrier reported a fire at the intersection of Stine Hill Rd. and Aldinger Dr. in York Township. Officers from the York Area Regional Police Department and firefighters from Dallastown and Yoe responded. A white 1988 Chevrolet K2500 pickup owned by Shane K. Taylor of Goram Rd. in Chanceford Township was found to be on fire. The truck was unoccupied and was reported to be stolen to the Pennsylvania State Police after the fire was extinguished. The fire has been ruled an arson and anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Darius Mitchell or Det. Donald Hopple at phone 741-1259.
September 1, 2010 - 1:35 am - Fatal Accident - Two motorcycles were traveling south on South Duke St. in York Township when one of the motorcycles struck a guardrail along the west edge of the roadway and the rider and the motorcycle separated as they slid on the roadway. The other motorcycle rider and a motorist stopped to assist. Another vehicle traveling south on S. Duke St. struck the rider and the motorcycle that were lying on the roadway. It is unknown at what point the rider was killed and the investigation is continuing. The victim is George Edward Miller, 59, of York Township.
August 29, 2010 - 11:51am - Robbery Arrest/Update - Harry J. Johnson, 31 years of age, of N. Franklin St., Red Lion, PA was taken into custody by Off. Michael Schiffhauer for the August 2, 2010 robbery of the Lion Pharmacy, 10 West Broadway, Red Lion Borough. Johnson was charged with Robbery, Theft By Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Simple Assault, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to Central Booking at the York County Courthouse for arraignment.
August 26, 2010 - 5:16pm - Attempted Robbery - York Area Regional Police officers were dispatched to the Rite Aid Pharmacy, 910 West Broadway in York Township after an alert customer noticed a male with his head and face covered by a hood and bandana enter the store. Off. Leonard Hoffer responded and took Phillip W. Seiler, 22 years old of Saylorsburg, PA into custody. Seiler was charged with Robbery, Criminal Attempt, Possession of Instruments of a Crime and Disorderly Conduct and was taken to Central Booking for arraignment. No one was injured from this incident.
August 25, 2010 - 4:17 am - Arson - Red Lion Bowling Center, 90 Martin St., Red Lion Borough. Officers from the York Area Regional Police Department responded to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the Red Lion Bowling Center. The front of a bus parked beside the building was fully involved. Responding firefighters from the Leo/Red Lion Fire Company were able to keep the fire from spreading to the building. A neighbor noticed the fire and called 911. The bus, which is owned by the Red Lion Bowling Center was a total loss, estimated at $2,000.00. The fire was determined as incendiary in nature and is being investigated as an arson. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Donald Hopple at phone 741-1259.
August 15, 2010 - 1:59 AM - Fatal Motorcycle Accident - 1100 block of Felton Road, Windsor
Township. Michael S. Myers, 36 years of age, of the first block of Main St. in Felton, PA was operating a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling south on Felton Road. For an unknown reason the motorcycle left the roadway, striking a mailbox post. Mr. Myers was not wearing a helmet. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the investigator, Off. Michael Schiffhauer.
August 11, 2010 - 2:36 PM - Fatal Motorcycle Accident - Intersection of SR 24/Cape Horn Road and Gotham Place, York Township. A 1995 Jeep Cherokee driven by Chelsie Michael of Red Lion had been at the stop sign on Gotham Place at the intersection with Cape Horn Road. Michael entered the intersection, intending to turn left to travel north. Bret Hildebrand of York Township was traveling south on Cape Horn Road on a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle which collided with the Jeep. Mr. Hildebrand died at the scene. Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigator, Off. Leonard Hoffer at phone 741-1259.
August 10, 2010 - 8:14 PM - Fire Investigation - Personnel from Windsor and Red Lion Fire Departments and the York Area Regional Police Department responded to 10 Maryland Ave. in Windsor Borough for a residential fire. The investigation revealed that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction and resulted from a mouse eating through the insulation of electrical wiring in a wall receptacle. The fire was contained to a walk-in closet in the basement. The basement sustained water and smoke damage and the estimated loss is $2,500.00. There were no injuries reported. Investigator - Det. Donald E. Hopple, Jr.
August 9, 2010 - 12:37 AM - Vehicle/Barn Fire - York County 911 dispatched a fire call at 759 Bethlehem Church Road in Windsor Township. At the fire scene, a barn and a nearby outbuilding were fully involved with fire. A stolen 1997 Subaru Legacy station wagon from McCalls Ferry Road in Lower Chanceford Township was found partially inside one of the structures and was damaged by the fire. The property is vacant and is owned by Roger Phillips of Grand Junction, Colorado. Fire equipment from Red Lion and Felton responded to the scene. Det. Donald Hopple and a PSP Fire Marshal are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hopple at phone 741-1259.
August 3, 2010 - National Night Out between 5:00-8:30 at the Dallastown Park, 50 South School Street. Come out and meet local Law Enforcement, Fire Department and EMS personnel. For more information, click here.
August 2, 2010 - Pharmacy Robbery - On Monday, August 2, 2010 at 4:15pm, York Area Regional Police were dispatched to the Lion Pharmacy at 10 West Broadway in Red Lion Borough for a robbery. The male actor demanded pain medications and threatened to shoot people inside the business. No firearm was displayed. After receiving the medications he fled on foot, running north across West Broadway and into an alley. The actor is described as a white male, in his mid 20's, approximately 5 ft. 6 in. tall, thin to medium build, shoulder length brown hair, unshaven, and wearing a dark sweatshirt, baggy jeans, and a navy blue ball cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Michael Schiffhauer at phone 741-1259.
July 22, 2010 - 2:14am - Motorcycle Crash - Mark Rohrbaugh, 46, of Appaloosa Way in Windsor Township was traveling east on Lombard Rd. west of Navajo Dr. in Windsor Township, riding a 2002 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. The motorcycle traveled off the south edge of the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole. Rohrbaugh suffered injuries and was transported to York Hospital by Yoe Ambulance. Rohrbaugh was not wearing a helmet. Anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Jason Dibble.
July 14, 2010 - 09:07am - Bank Robbery- Officers from the York Area Regional Police Department were dispatched to the M & T Bank, 750 Lombard Rd., Windsor Township for a bank robbery at 9:07am. The actor did not display a weapon, but demanded money from bank employees. He fled the bank on foot toward the east with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the incident. The actor is described as a light skinned black male, approximately 5 ft. to 5 ft. 5 in. tall, small build, in his 20's, and was wearing an oversized black hooded raincoat, large black framed eyeglasses, and gloves. Anyone with information is asked to call Off. Michael Zinn at phone 741-1259 or York County Crime Stoppers at phone 755-TIPS (8477).
July 9, 2010 - Promotions - The York Area Regional Police Department announces the following officers have been promoted to supervisory ranks. – Officer Tobin L. Zech promotion to Sergeant; Detective Weyth L. Barley, Jr. promotion to Sergeant; Corporal Jeffry W. Dunbar, promotion to Sergeant; Officer Michael S. Georgiou promotion to Corporal. Also Officer Peter C. Montgomery has been assigned as Crime Prevention Coordinator and Officer Michael R. Zinn, Jr. has been assigned to the Investigative Unit. - Contact Chief Tom Gross/ Sgt. Rodney Varner.
July 6, 2010 - STRUCTURE FIRE - 108 Heather Glen Drive, York Township. On Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 2:32 a.m., the Yoe Fire Department along with several other area fire departments and the York Area Regional Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 108 Heather Glen Drive. Upon arrival the garage area of the residence was fully involved with fire. The fire spread upwards and into the 2nd floor of the residence. PSP Fire Marshal's office and Det. Donald Hopple were called to the scene to conduct a fire cause and origin investigation. The examination revealed that the fire originated in the garage of the residence. The fire started when discarded cigarettes were placed into a trash bag and the bag was placed into the garage by the property owner. The residence sustained heavy fire/smoke/water damage. The total loss is valued at $150,000.00. ($150,000 structure/$25,000 contents).
The fire was determined to be "Accidental" in nature and the cause was "Careless Discard of Smoking Materials". There were no injuries.
July 1, 2010 - Vehicle Into Structure - Fitz Brothers Farms, 2760 Springwood Rd., York Township. Investigator -Off. David Clegg. A 2009 Honda Fit driven by Almeda Brown of Dallastown, PA pulled into the parking lot of the Fitz Brothers Farm at approximately 10:50 a.m. As she was parking, her car accelerated and struck the east wall of a barn on the property. The Fitz Brothers Farm market was open to sell produce. Strobecks Service of Yoe was able to pull the vehicle from the structure and firefighters from Yoe Fire Company were able to shore up the barn. The vehicle was also occupied by Mrs. Brown's husband, Denton Brown. Neither Mr. or Mrs. Brown were injured, nor was anyone at the market injured. Both Browns were wearing their seatbelts.
June 24, 2010 - Retirements The York Area Regional Police Department announces the retirements of three veteran sergeants who have served the community for a combined total of 108 years. Sgt Galen K Stabley has 39 years of service starting in 1971. Sgt Patrick A Gundel has 37 years of service starting in 1973 and Sgt William E Thoman has 32 years of service starting in 1978. Each of these individuals has served in numerous assignments over their careers starting in the York Township Police Department and then merging into the Regional Department. Sgt. Stabley has formerly served as an accident specialist and training coordinator and as commander of the investigative unit of the department. Sgt. Gundel has previously served as an investigator and then has also been responsible for many upgrades of the department vehicles and communication equipment. Sgt. Thoman has served as an investigator and also the department's head firearms instructor and evidence custodian. All three of these officers have supervised the development of many young officers and coordinated the response to innumerable incidents and their service to the community has been of great value. - Contact Chief Tom Gross/ Sgt. Rodney Varner.
June 9, 2010 - 1:51 AM - Home Invasion Robbery - York Area Regional Police officers responded to a robbery call at an apartment at Governors Place At Waterford in York Township. Five black males armed with firearms entered the residence. Four residents and three guests were inside the apartment. The actors stole property, money, and cell phones from the victims. Some victims received minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Area Regional Police Department at 741-1259. Investigator - Off. Michael Zinn.
June 3, 2010 POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATION - The York Area Regional Police Department has announced the graduation of Probationary Police Officer Donald E. Hoshauer, Jr. with the 97th Municipal Police Academy Class of Harrisburg Area Community College that took place at 4:00 pm at Dauphin County Technical School. Officer Hoshauer was hired from the Municipal York Police Testing and Hiring Consortium List in January of this year and his graduation brings the current compliment of officers in the department to 52. Donald Hoshauer is a 2005 graduate of Mansfield University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is from the Hamburg, Pa. area. He was administered the oath of office by Magesterial Judge John Fishel and will start his field training with the department on Monday, June 7, 2010. Contact - Sgt. Rodney Varner.
June 8, 2010 - 9:21 PM - Structure Fire - On Monday, June 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm, the Red Lion Fire Department along with several other area fire departments and the York Area Regional Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 607 Country Club Road, Apt. A, in Red Lion Borough. Upon arrival the kitchen area of the apartment was fully involved with the fire spreading upwards and throughout the apartment. Trooper Pat McKenna, PSP Fire Marshal (York Barracks) and Det. Donald Hopple were called to the scene to conduct a fire cause and origin investigation. The examination revealed that the fire originated in the kitchen of the residence. The fire started when a pan of grease was left unattended on the stove. The residence sustained heavy fire/smoke/water damage. There was also water damage to a first floor apartment. The total loss is valued at $100,000.00. ($80,000 structure and $20,000 contents). The fire was determined to be Accidental in nature and the cause was Unattended Cooking. There were no injuries.
June 6, 2010 - 12:40pm - Crash - Vehicle into a house - Police were dispatched to 295 Winterstown Road in York Township for a vehicle into a structure. Off. Michael Schiffhauer responded to investigate the crash. Walter Fourhman, 43 years of age of New Freedom was the driver and was not injured. The cause is still being investigated and anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Schiffhauer.
June 5, 2010 - 11:40pm - Vehicle Fire - York Area Regional Police responded to 870 Dietz Rd. for a vehicle fire. The fire destroyed a van and caused damage to a motorhome setting next to it. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Jason Dibble or Det. Donald Hopple.
June 1, 2010 – HOPETHAN JOHNSON HOMICIDE, 880 Snyder Corner Road, Windsor Township, May 26, 2002. A News Conference was held today at York Area Regional Police by Chief Tom Gross of York Area Regional Police along with District Attorney Tom Kearney, Acting Coroner Claude Stabley, Lt. Scott Miller of the Pennsylvania State Police, Lt. Timothy Utley of the York City Police and Trooper First Class Tom Pinkerton of the Pennsylvania State Police to announce new facts in the Johnson Case. On March 25, 2008 human remains were found near Holtwood Dam in Chanceford Township. An investigation was initiated by the Pennsylvania State Police to determine the identity of these remains. In January 2009, the remains were sent to University of North Texas for further examination. On May 4, 2010, the remains were identified as Hopethan Johnson whose body had been missing since May 2002 and DNA technology is credited with the identification of Johnson's remains. A REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS FACTS IN THIS CASE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. On May 26, 2002, Hopethan Johnson “Flex” was last seen alive. May 26, 2002, Officer John Fishel, York Area Reg. PD responded to Stacey Farmer’s house 880 Snyder Corner Road in Windsor Township for a shots fired call. On June 4, 2002, Johnson’s friend Stephanie Summers reported Johnson as a missing person to the York City Police Department. On June 18, 2002, a search warrant was executed at Farmer’s residence, 880 Snyder Corner Road, Red Lion, PA. This warrant was served by York County Detectives, York City Police, and York Area Regional Police. On June 18, 2002, Stacey Farmer admitted that Duane Frey shot Hopethan Johnson in the backyard of the 880 Snyder Corner Road residence. June 18, 2002, Duane Frey confessed he shot and killed Hopethan Johnson. Frey never told police where the body or the murder weapon was. On June 20, 2002, Stacey Farmer was arrested for Hindering the Apprehension and Tampering with Evidence in the Hopethan Johnson homicide. On April 25, 2003, Duane Frey was convicted of first-degree murder and related arson offenses in York County Court of Common Pleas. On May 19, 2003, Frey was sentenced to life in prison. On June 27, 2002, Stacey Farmer was found dead of a gunshot wound in the driveway of his home, 880 Snyder Corner Road Red Lion, PA. The investigation continues into Farmer’s death and is active and ongoing. ANYONE WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE OF THE STACEY FARMER CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT YORK AREA REGIONAL POLICE. 741-1259. AND ALSO WE WOULD LIKE TO DIRECT THEM TO CRIMESTOPPERS AT 755-TIPS
May 24, 2010 - STRONGARM ROBBERY – Sonic Restaurant, 3111 cape Horn Road. Off. Jason Dibble/Sgt. Andrew Blair. On Saturday, 5-22-10 at approx. 5:30 am, a lone male grabbed the opening shift supervisor from behind as she was about to enter the restaurant. He threatened to kill her and forced her inside the building and she gave him money. Anyone with information of if someone may have seen a suspicious person in the Windsor Commons Shopping Center that morning should call 717-741-1259
May 19, 2010 NEW FEET ON THE STREET PROGRAM - The “Feet on the Street” program was implemented in Red Lion Borough from May through July 2009 as a pilot program, funded by the Red Lion Area Business Association. It proved to be a very successful venture. As a result, York Area Regional Police Department applied for, and was awarded, a grant to implement the program again this year and to expand it throughout the jurisdiction of the YARPD. The grant is funded under The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Formula Program. The “Feet on the Street” program introduces an officer from York Area Regional Police walking downtown districts of the Boroughs, and the commercial districts of the surrounding Townships. The officer will patrol at various times during the week for a three month period beginning in May and ending in July.
Officers on foot patrol are a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach to community policing. Studies have shown that foot patrol is the most effective method of crime deterrence available to urban environments. Along with the officer's presence in the area helping to deter crime, foot patrols do even more. Acting as an ambassador-at-large, the officer will open lines of communication between the general public, business, and the police. The officer becomes integrated into the community rather than being perceived as an outside entity. By getting out of the cruiser and walking the street, the officer is approachable by children and adults alike.
Beginning May 24, 2010, watch for the “Feet on the Street” officer patrolling our communities. Stop by and say “hello”, welcoming this valuable addition to our community. Contact - Sgt. Rod Varner, Chief Tom Gross
Apr. 12, 2010 - 2:46 PM - Home Improvement scam / burglaries - York Twp / Dallastown area - Officer: Sgt Andrew Blair - PERSONS INVOLVED - Two males and a female. Male #1 - white but dark complected , mid 40's , 5'10"" , 155 lbs , dark hair and eyes. Thin build. Male #2 - white but dark complected , 50's to 60's , 5' 10"", heavier build , gray short wavy hair. Female - white, early 20's, brown shoulder length hair, good teeth. VEHICLE - Gold colored minivan, possibly a newer Chrysler. INCIDENT - These persons are going around posing as roofers or other home improvement contractors. They are very pushy and focus on elderly persons. They insist that their is a some sort of problem with the victims roof / home and that they are there to repair it. One person keeps them occupied in the living room or kitchen while the other goes through the home stealing jewelry and cash. Their clothing does not have any company names on it and they decline to give who they work for. When done their repairs they ask for all cash as payment and when the victim can't pay the full amount, they accept whatever cash they have. People should not let anyone in their home unless they KNOW who they are. ALL contractors are required to be licensed by the state and when asked, contractors should be ready to provide proof of who they are. Anyone with information on these persons are asked to contact the York Area Regional Police Dept. at 741-1259.
Apr. 7, 2010 - 9:05 AM - UPDATE TO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT - 600 block of West Broadway, Red Lion Borough - Accident Date: Apr. 5, 2010 - 6:40 PM - The four year old was standing with her father along the north side of West Broadway, intending to cross the street. Cars were parked along the roadway. The young girl stepped forward into traffic and was struck by the 1996 Saturn which was traveling west and was being driven by Courtney Hanson of Red Lion. The four year old was transported to York Hospital by ambulance for injuries to her leg. Neither Hanson, nor her passenger were injured. The accident investigation is continuing and Off. Jim Hess, an accident reconstructionist, is assisting Off. Mark Price with the investigation.
Apr. 5, 2010 - 6:40 PM - 600 block of West Broadway, Red Lion Borough - Officer: Off. Mark Price - Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Accident - A four year old girl was struck in the 600 block of West Broadway in Red Lion Borough. The child was crossing the street with one of her parents when she was struck. The driver is Courtney Hanson, 19 years old, of the 600 block of West Broadway in Red Lion. She was driving a green 1996 Saturn coupe. The police investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Off. Price at 741-1259.
Mar. 22, 2010 - 2:00 PM - Various Locations - Officers: Cpl. Damon/Sgt. Varner - The York Area Regional Police Department continues to investigate a significant number of criminal mischief incidents which occurred within 7 of the 8 municipalities served by YARPD. (These municipalities include York Township, Windsor Township, Red Lion Borough, Windsor Borough, Dallastown Borough, Yoe Borough, and Felton Borough. No incidents were reported in Jacobus Borough.) As a result of the investigation, information was received which has led to one arrest at this time. Brian Michael Loop, 20 years old, 500 block of West Broadway, Red Lion, PA has been charged with multiple counts of Criminal Mischief and Corruption of Minors. The majority of the vandalisms occurred when BBs were shot into the window glass of parked vehicles. These incidents began in February 2010 and in excess of 50 reports have been filed with police. Victims of these incidents are asked to forward copies of repair bills or estimates of damage to Cpl. Tim Damon at YARPD in a timely manner.
Feb. 28, - Armed Robbery - 301 N. Main St. Rutter's, Red Lion Borough - Investigating Officer: Cpl Damon -- Update - The investigation into the armed robberies at Rutter's lead to a suspect being identified, and arrested by this department. Joshua I. Santiago was identified as a suspect and a warrent was issued for his arrest. Santiago turned himself into the police station around 16:30 hours on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. He was charged with both robberies that occurred on Feb. 23 and 27, 2010. His involvement in other robberies is still being investigated.
Feb. 23, 11:30 PM - Robbery - 301 N. Main St. Rutter's, Red Lion Borough - Investigating Officer: Off. Mark Price -- Actor enetred the Rutter's Farm Store in Red Lion Borough, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the register. After being given the cash, the actor fled on foot to the rear of the store.