York County crime watch 7/19/14

Take a look at what’s been happening in district courts around York County.

Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf:

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Firefighters have a tough job — both fighting fires and at Can-Am Games

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Firefighters work to extinguish a mobile home fire in Fairview Township on Tuesday. Fairview Township Police Officer Tim Dehoff said one of the trailer’s occupants told him he and his wife just had a new furnace installed. “He heard some popping noises and the next thing he knew, the whole ceiling was on fire,” Dehoff said. (Ted Czech — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Last week, I went out to two fires in York County — the first at a mobile home Fairview Township, and then, a couple hours later that morning, one at a home in East Manchester Township.

In both fires, rescue workers battled not only the flames, but the punishing temperatures. Joe Madzelan, a battalion chief with York Area Fire and Rescue, said the equipment firefighters carry is easily 50 pounds.

That’s no joke. Years ago, I volunteered to run the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenger event in York — which simulates some of the tasks firefighters have to do in their work. I was exhausted afterward, to say the least.

In fact, there are similar events going on all this week during the Can-Am Games as thousands of firefighters and police officers descend on York to compete. One of the events is the Toughest Firefighter event, sort of a decathlon for firefighters.

To give you an idea of the work firefighters do, here are two of my Touts from last week:

East Manchester Township fire:

Fairview Township fire:

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York County crime watch 7/11/14

Take a look at what’s been happening in District Judge Robert Eckenrode’s office:

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York County crime watch: Oberdorf and Laird

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District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf:

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York County district court crime watch 6/27

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Barry Bloss Jr:

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York County crime watch 6/24

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Robert Eckenrode:

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Live Coverage of Gregory Allen Hess’ Bail Hearing

Accused twice of trying to hire a hit man to kill someone, Gregory Allen Hess has a bail hearing today.

The first person Hess, 46, allegedly wanted killed was his estranged wife’s boyfriend. The hired hit man in that attempt turned out to be a police informant.

Following Hess’ first arrest on April 18 for soliciting homicide, he was able to post $10 million bail through a bondsman on May 30.

Gregory Allen Hess

Gregory Allen Hess

But, it turned out, he allegedly solicited a York County Prison inmate to kill the first hitman/confidential informant/now prosecution witness on the day he was arrested.

He was arrested on the second solicitation charge on June 11.

In the interim, questions arose about whether the bondsman who guaranteed the $10 million bail piece had the required assets to cover it.

Two independent York County bail bondsmen — Steve Schiding and Ed Saxe — were prepared to step in for Fabie, each posting $5 million, and allowing Fabie to withdraw.

Hess now is being held without bail on the second charge and the York County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to revoke his $10 million bail.

Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI now has called for a bail hearing, ordering all three bondsman, the DA and the defense attorney to be present.

Follow live coverage of Hess’ bail hearing below.

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Mystery of intriguing building in Springettsbury Township solved

For years, I had driven past the building in the 3200 block of Eastern Boulevard in Springettsbury Township. The outside read, “York Academy of Surgery,” but it didn’t really look large to house an entire school.

Then there was its architecture — in my unprofessional opinion, it seemed to be from maybe the 50s or 60s, and appeared to maybe have living quarters on its upper floor.

Looking closely, there lots of metalwork — including what looks like a gazebo — that has seen better days.

Turns out it was a doctor’s office that has been closed since the fall.

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York County crime watch 6/12

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District Judge Robert Eckenrode:

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s been happening in district courts around York County this week.

Judge Barry Bloss Jr.:

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