A man was charged Friday with homicide regarding the death of a 16-year-old boy who was beaten at Elizabethtown Borough Park on Aug. 6.
Elizabethtown police charged 24-year-old David M. Skalla for punching Blake Shearer several times after Skalla confronted the boy about loud music being played at the East Washington Street park.
Skalla, of Elizabethtown, is in custody regarding a parole/probation matter. He will be arraigned at a later date on counts of homicide and aggravated assault. He is presumed innocent.
Multiple witnesses to the incident reported Skalla being the only one to throw punches, escalating the verbal altercation to a physical attack.
Shearer was struck four times in the face and head and eventually fell to the ground.
Shearer was being treated this week at Hershey Medical Center for head and brain injuries. He died there Friday about 2:20 p.m.
After the assault, Skalla left the park with his family in a vehicle which was photographed by a witness. That photograph led police to the vehicle, owned by Skalla’s girlfriend. Police contacted her and Skalla.
According to information gathered by police, Skalla told his girlfriend that he “blacked out” during the incident.
Elizabethtown police Detective Dustin Ryan filed charges, which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Andrew LeFever.
A Columbia man will serve up to 12 years in prison for having heroin, marijuana and a loaded pistol with a scratched-out serial number earlier this year in Manor Township.
Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro recently sentenced 28-year-old Nehemiah Kemp to 6 to 12 years in prison.
Kemp pleaded guilty to four felonies and a misdemeanor in exchange for the sentence, in accordance with an agreement arranged by Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman.
On Jan. 10, Manor Township police pulled over Kemp’s vehicle on Seitz Road.
During a search, police found a loaded Smith and Wesson .45-caliber pistol in a center console. The serial number on the gun was scratched out.
Police also found nearly 5 grams of heroin and nearly 3 ounces of marijuana, along with drug-packaging supplies and $790 cash.
While ordering sentence, Judge Totaro told Kemp he has three kids and another on the way, yet was engaged in criminal behavior.
Manor Township police Officer Colleen Tatara filed charges.
An Elizabethtown woman is charged with killing her infant daughter, who was found unresponsive last month at her home.
Elizabethtown police on Monday charged 23-year-old Candace Parrow with homicide, aggravated assault and strangulation regarding the July 16 death of the 4-month-old girl.
Parrow was arrested at her home Monday afternoon. She was arraigned by District Judge Robert Herman.
Anyone charged with homicide in Pennsylvania is not eligible for bail. Parrow is presumed innocent.
Following autopsy, the child’s death was ruled a homicide caused by strangulation and suffocation.
Police determined Parrow had sole custody of the child at her East Orange Street apartment on the evening of July 16. The child appeared healthy earlier in the evening.
Here is a narrative of the incident and events before and after:
Police responded to the apartment just after 10 p.m. and found the child unresponsive, discolored and beyond help.
The child was transported to Hershey Medical Center where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.
At the apartment, Parrow was very distraught and made statements about being “blamed again for this.” Police determined Parrow had a previous child who died out of state.
A neighbor was also at the apartment when police arrived. Parrow summoned her to come over after telling her the child was dead.
The child’s father, Parrow’s paramour, was at work from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when he left work after being notified of the incident. The paramour’s supervisor, and his time card, confirmed he was at work in that timespan, meaning Parrow was home alone with the child.
The paramour told police he had a FaceTime conversation with Parrow, about 8:30 p.m., and the child appeared healthy, as she did before he left for work.
Parrow told police that she put the child down to sleep, went to another room to do dishes and returned, about 10 minutes later, to find the child unresponsive.
An investigation revealed Parrow did not wash dishes – there were few dishes at the home and those found were dirty.
Also, Parrow’s version of what took place changed during separate interviews.
The paramour mentioned Parrow had previous issues with the child crying and Parrow would become very upset.
Elizabethtown police Detective Dustin Ryan filed charges, which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield.