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Lancaster City Boil Water Advisory Lifted: LCHS Stadium Area

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As of Friday June 8th, 2018 at 7:25 AM, the boil water advisory is lifted for customers residing at:

• 103, 115, 117, 121, 203, 205, 200, 202, 204, 208, 225, 227, 229, 237, 243, 245, 251, 253, 255, 257, 244, 246, 250, 252, 256, 259, 319, 260, 300, 310, 314, 316, 318 Pleasure Rd.
• 114, 116, 206, 218, 232, 109, 111, 209, 210, 211, 221, 236, 240, 248, 311, 315, 317 Forney Rd.
• 1350, 1346, 1340, 1336, 1351, 1341, 1331, 1321, Clearview Ave.
• 655 Stadium Rd Catholic High School Stadium.
• 1304 Rosemont Ave.
• 1309, 1305, 1301, 1308, 1304, 1300 Crown Ave.
Your water is safe to drink and we have lifted the boil water advisory.

We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected and you are no longer required to boil your water.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Run the cold water faucet or water fountain for 2-3 minutes. Flush out any automatic icemakers. Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 115 degrees and run water softener through a regeneration cycle.

For further information, please visit the City of Lancaster website at or call the Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 291-4816.

Notice provided by the City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water

Public Water Supplier ID#: 7360058

SoLanco High School Graduation This Friday at 7 p.m To be broadcast on YouTube

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By: Keith Kaufman, Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District


The bleachers at the Solanco High School football field will be filled with jubilant family, friends and supportive community members Friday evening to celebrate as seniors in the Class of 2018 receive their diplomas. The graduation ceremony will be broadcast on Solanco YouTube Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Here is a list of the seniors in the Solanco Class of 2018.

Distinguished Speaker David Lehman, Solanco Class of 1964, will speak to graduating seniors about how vision, persistence and hard work are key ingredients to success in life.  “Go out and work hard, stick with it, and always think positively about the future of the world, your country, your family, and especially yourself.” Lehman is a recent inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and he is a leader in the oil and gas exploration industry.

Class valedictorian Sophie Plechner, salutatorian Abigail Nelson, and class president Tori Delp will also address their graduating classmates.


Congratulations and best of luck to the Solanco Class of 2018!


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At 831 PM EDT, local law enforcement reported flash flooding on the
northern side of the City of York.  in central York County. Up to
two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is already

Additional rainfall amounts of one half of an inch to two inches are
possible in the warned area. The heaviest rain will move over
Marietta, Manchester and York through 9 PM EDT.

If you received heavy rain yesterday, and again earlier today,
there will be flooding very close to you.

Some locations that will experience flooding include...
York, Dover, Millersville, Mount Joy, Columbia, and Weigelstown.


Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Never drive into moving water.


Flood Advisory

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Flood Advisory

Flood Advisory
National Weather Service State College PA
538 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

Lancaster PA-York PA-
538 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2018

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for...
  Central Lancaster County in south central Pennsylvania...
  East central York County in south central Pennsylvania...

* Until 730 PM EDT

* At 535 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
  thunderstorms developing over the area. This potentially heavy
  rain, combined with saturated ground from torrential rain last
  night will lead to urban and small stream flooding.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  East Petersburg, Millersville, Willow Street, Lancaster, Columbia,
  Mount Joy, Leacock, Mountville, Bareville and Smithville.


A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or
ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.


LAT...LON 4010 7612 3990 7614 3989 7654 4010 7661



Lancaster County Auto Dealer Convicted in Tax Fraud Case

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Harrisburg, Pa. — A Lancaster County auto dealer recently was found guilty of fraudulently filing a personal income tax return and sentenced to two years of probation, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced today. A jury found Mena Samir Dous, of Elizabethtown, guilty of the charge following a two-day trial last week.

“Misrepresenting one’s income to avoid paying taxes is a crime,” Hassell said. “It is our job to ensure that state revenues are not shortchanged by tax evasion, and that law-abiding citizens in the business industry are not facing unfair competition from those who break the law.”

Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller found Dous guilty of an additional six summary offenses in a non-jury trial. Those charges stemmed from operating without the proper license, deceptive advertising of vehicles and engaging in unprofessional conduct. Dous was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on each summary offense and file an amended tax return within 30 days.

Dous was criminally charged in April 2017 after investigators determined he failed to report the income from the sales of 21 vehicles in tax year 2015. He also was accused of engaging in deceptive business practices while a licensed salesman for FKS Auto Export, Inc., a Dauphin County-based used car dealership.

Investigators found that Dous deceptively advertised used cars owned by the dealership on Craigslist and Facebook, and sold the vehicles from his home in Elizabethtown without the proper license to do so. They also alleged that Dous advertised the vehicles as private sales in violation of the law.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Criminal Tax Investigations. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

Secretary Hassell thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Revenue’s investigators for their thorough investigation that led to the charges. He also thanked Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Alexander Egner for successfully prosecuting the case.

Wolf Administration Joins in Tree Planting Event to Kick Off “Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership” to Improve Water Quality

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 Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today joined in a streamside tree planting event at a farm in Lancaster County to kick off a local, state, and federal partnership to plant 10 million trees to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding participated in planting about 100 trees along Little Chiques Creek. They were joined by farm owner Rodney Garber, EPA Region 3 Administrator Cosmo Servidio, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker, Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson, Future Farmers of America students, and a host of water conservation organizations.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation coordinates the “Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership,” supporting the effort with federal and private funding as well as some of more than $800,000 in state funding provided to the foundation from the DEP Growing Greener Plus and Environmental Education Environmental Justice Grant Programs and the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program.

The goal is to plant 10 million trees by the end of 2025 to help Pennsylvania make significant progress in reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment levels in streams and rivers.

“We’ve all seen fast-moving uniformly brown water in streams after a rainstorm, and many people have come to take it for normal,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s not. It’s sediment—literally the earth beneath our feet—eroding from banks to damage water quality and aquatic life.

“With 43 counties in the Bay watershed, Pennsylvania faces a great challenge to restore local water quality and help farms, towns, businesses, and residents make changes to prevent further pollution. The only way to meet the challenge is to combine innovative ideas with committed partnerships, as the Keystone 10 Million Trees initiative demonstrates today.”

“When we look at solutions for some of our conservation challenges, such as managing stormwater from very heavy rain events, having clean drinking water, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife, it turns out that trees are the answer,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are excited to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and many other partners on this movement to plant trees along streams and in communities across Pennsylvania.”

“A farm is the perfect place to kick off this initiative,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “Prosperous farms and a safe, abundant food supply depend on clean water, and a clean water supply depends on strategic farm management practices like forested buffers. Pennsylvania’s farmers are key to clean water for our region and we are pleased to support them as stewards of our resources.”

While the partnership will plant trees throughout Pennsylvania’s part of the Bay watershed, special emphasis is placed on five southcentral counties, where land is under intensive agricultural use, which collectively put more than 30 million pounds per year of nitrogen pollution into local waters.

Trees will also be planted in parks, on municipal properties, and on private properties. Trees are cost-effective tools to filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing streambanks, and improving soil quality.

By the end of April, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership will plant more than 30,000 trees at over 50 locations.


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At 9:16 p.m., on Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Manheim Township Police were dispatched to the Lancaster Airport at 500 Airport Road for a report of intoxicated persons who were attempting to fly an aircraft from the airport.  The call originated from employees of a business at the airport.  Officers responded to the airport and located Seth Osei Dapaah, M/41, of Upper Marlboro, MD, sitting in the pilot’s seat of a 1974 Piper Cherokee 180 fixed-wing single-engine aircraft.  The engine of the aircraft was running.  Two (2) other persons (passengers) were with Dapaah.

Officers instructed Dapaah to shut down the engine and exit the aircraft; he complied.  In speaking with Dapaah, officers detected bloodshot and watery eyes, as well as a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath.  A bottle of liquor was found inside the aircraft.

Dapaah was given a series of field coordination tests which he was unable to perform due to listen, comprehend, and follow instruction.  Dapaah was arrested for Flying While Impaired and transported to the Manheim Township Police Department.  The two (2) passengers were taken to an area hotel.  Officers attempted to obtain a breath sample, to determine BAC, from Dapaah after he was notified of the penalties for refusal.  Dapaah refused to provide a breath sample for the officers.  He was then transported to Central Arraignment, where he was later released on $10,000 unsecured bail.  The investigating officer later notified the Federal Aviation Administration and advised them of this incident.  No crash occurred and no persons were injured as a result of this incident.

Flying While Impaired is a Misdemeanor 2 which may be enforced by any municipal police officer within their jurisdiction in this Commonwealth.  The law states that any person who acts or attempts to act as flight crew of an aircraft in this Commonwealth, commits an offense if they are under the influence of alcohol, under the influence of a controlled substance which affects the individual’s faculties in any way contrary to safety, when the alcohol concentration in the individual’s blood or breath, as measured within two hours of the time of operation, or attempted operation, is 0.02% or more, while under the influence of any combination of a controlled substance and alcohol which affects the individual’s faculties in any way contrary to safety, or within eight hours after consumption of “liquor” or a “malt or brewed beverage” as defined in section 102 of the Liquor Code.  A person who commits the offense of Flying While Impaired shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to all of the following:

– Pay a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000
– Imprisonment for not less than 72 consecutive hours
– Undergo evaluation for substance abuse and, if the evaluation indicates substance abuse, to undergo treatment ordered by the court

A person who refuses to who refuses to submit to a test requested or required shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000.  A law enforcement officer investigating a violation of this law shall report to the Federal Aviation Administration the name of the individual and the results of the individual’s chemical test administered, including if the person refused.


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A Lancaster man with multiple convictions for drug-dealing will serve up 11 years in prison for his latest crimes: cocaine sales while under police surveillance.

Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. sentenced Rhamin Turner to 5½ to 11 years.

Turner, 44, was convicted of six felonies at trial last year regarding sales Turner made from April to June 2016 in Lancaster city and Lancaster Township, while under police surveillance.

One of the sales was in a parking lot at Hand Middle School on South Ann Street, Lancaster.

Assistant District Attorney Amber Czerniakowski, who won the conviction, said at sentencing that Turner continues to be a public-safety risk when not in custody. Turner has prior drug-dealing convictions.

Lancaster city police filed charges.

Columbia Man Charged With Aggravated Assault, Prohibited offensive weapons; Stabbed Mother’s Boyfriend

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Austin OsborneOn 04-19-18 at approx. 12:35 AM the Columbia Borough Police were called to 100 blk. of Bethel St. for an assault that just occurred. Upon arrival officers were advised that Austin Osborne (21) of Columbia, had stabbed his mother’s boyfriend and pulled his mother down from the front steps of the house when he left the scene. The victim told police that Osborne pulled a knife on him after a verbal altercation between Osborne and his mother. Osborne told the victim “I’m going to stab you” and then stabbed the victim in the back. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. Osborne was located in the area of 8th St. and Walnut St. and taken into custody. Osborne told police “If I stabbed him, he deserved it” and “I like stabbing people”.

Osborne was taken to central arraignment and committed to Lancaster County Prison.


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Two men will face homicide charges in Lancaster County Court after preliminary hearings this week regarding separate killings.

Both men are at Lancaster County Prison without bail.

Wilberto Melendez, 41, is charged with killing William Earl Cooper Jr., 31, on Oct. 27, 2017.

Cooper sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found dead on a sidewalk in the 300 block of South Marshall Street.

Melendez was arrested in York County on Feb. 14.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson called two Lancaster city police detectives to testify of witness statements and other evidence that led police to Melendez.

District Judge Jodie E. Richardson ruled enough evidence was presented to bound the case to county court.

Lancaster city police Detective Robert Whiteford filed charges. Melendez is also charged with intimidating a witness and two felony firearms charges. Anderson upgraded one of those firearms charges to a first-degree felony.

– Raymond L. Brown, 28, is charged with repeatedly shooting 26 year-old Adan Sepulveda on March 24 in the first block of West Farnum Street.

Brown waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon, appearing to sign paperwork, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson. District Judge Adam Witkonis then ordered the case to county court.

Brown called 911 after he shot Sepulveda, who was found on a sidewalk and later pronounced dead at a hospital. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, to the head and torso.

Lancaster city police Detective Aaron Harnish filed charges.

Melendez and Brown are presumed innocent.