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

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

Barry Bloss Jr:

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York County crime watch 6/24

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

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.

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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

Get caught up with what’s been happening in district courts around York County.

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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Local mental health experts give insight into far-reaching effects of sexual abuse

With her identity protected by authorities and her privacy honored by the media, the public likely will never know if the alleged victim of Dover Area School District Matthew Puterbaugh suffered any emotional trauma from the reported sexual abuse.

Some local mental health experts were able to weigh in with their professional experience with what sexual abuse victims can encounter. Continue reading “Local mental health experts give insight into far-reaching effects of sexual abuse” »

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A much-needed (and rarely-seen) positive story

Sometimes in the news business, we get people who complain about all the negative news in the paper. I’m one of the reporters for whom that’s my bread-and-butter. I’m a crime or “day cops” reporter, so I cover a lot of fires, accidents and shootings.

But on Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do one of those rarely-seen positive stories. I was sent to the York Expo Center for the Prime of Life event — specifically, a first-of-its kind mature driving competition.

The competition, put on by the York Area Highway Safety Council, the Center for Traffic Safety, and other local agencies and organizations, is a great idea.

In a course designed by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, seniors are judged on their driving accuracy and intelligence. There’s also two other tests — written and perception.

Being there at the competition, I wondered if someone exhibited decreased skills, would the cops just take their license on-the-spot? I didn’t see anything like that happen, but wasn’t able to ask if it would, given the circumstances.

In all, it seemed like everybody had a great time, with the mood light and jovial. Nobody likes to think about getting old and losing skills, so it’s great that there are others who are concerned as well.

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York County crime watch

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

Judge Robert Eckenrode:

District Judge Robert Eckenrode's crime watch

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