Live Coverage of the Carlos Ramos-Diaz Murder Trial

A fistfight between two men at a York party on Dec. 30, 2013, led to the shooting death of 19-year-old Carlos Ramos-Diaz, according to York City Police.

Now, Ruben Delvalles-Vincente, 30, is on trial in York County Common Pleas Court for first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy. His co-defendant, Victor Gamalier Martinez-Raices, 22, has waived his right to a speedy trial. Charges remain pending against him.

Follow live coverage of the trial below beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20.

According to police, Ramos-Diaz was shot around 2 a.m. at a family birthday party in the 1000 block of East Philadelphia Street.

Delvalles-Vincente

Delvalles-Vincente

Investigators were told by witnesses that Ramos-Diaz and Delvalles-Vincente got into an argument and Delvalles-Vincente pulled a gun. Ramos-Diaz grabbed Delvalles-Vincente’s arm and started punching him in the face.

The owner of the home grabbed the gun and told the men to leave before handing the gun to Martinez-Raices.

The fight continued outside and Ramos-Diaz’ girlfriend told police she saw Martinez-Raices hand the gun back to

Martinez-Raices

Martinez-Raices

Delvalles-Vincente, who then shot Ramos-Diaz several times.

York County Chief Deputy Prosecutor David Sunday and deputy prosecutor R.J. Fisher are representing the commonwealth.

Kevin Hoffman is counsel for Delvalles-Vincente and George Marros is counsel for Martinez-Raices.

Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI is presiding.

Live trial coverage also can be followed at yorkblog.com/docket/ or on Twitter @RickLeeYDR.

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York County crime watch 1/16

Take a look at what’s been going on in York County district courts.

District Judge Robert Eckenrode:

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Live Coverage of the Robert Carl Yeager Child Rape Trial

Robert Carl Yeager is on trial in York County court for allegedly abducting a 7-year-old neighbor girl through her grandmother’s living room window, taking her to his nearby trailer, raping her and then returning her through the same window.

The girl later told police that Yeager, who she identified by his forearm tattoos, threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about the assault.

Robert Carl Yeager

Robert Carl Yeager

Follow live coverage of Yeager’s trial below.

Yeager had been offered a plea agreement of 10 to 20 years in prison in May 2014 in exchange for a guilty plea to rape of a child. With no action on that offer, Monday, a jury was seated to hear his case.

The alleged victim told Northern York County Regional Police that she was asleep on a recliner in her grandmother’s Paradise Township trailer around 4 a.m. June 24, 2013, when a man pulled her out through the window. She said he covered her eyes and mouth and that she was unsure where she was taken.

After the alleged assault, her attacker reportedly told her he would kill her “mom, sister and grandma” if she told anyone.

Upon her return to her grandmother’s trailer through the same window, she immediately woke her grandmother and told her what allegedly had happened, police stated.

Trial coverage also is available on Twitter @RickLeeYDR and yorkblog.com/docket/

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York County district court crime watch 1/8

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

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr:

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr. crime watch

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr's crime watch


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Newberry Township Police officers sworn in

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Bortner, Gross and Schaeffer.

On December 31, Newberry Township Police Officers Dean Bortner and Heather Schaeffer were sworn in by District Judge Scott Gross at his office. For more information on the department, click here.

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Wrightsville Fire & Rescue – 2014 Year-End Video

Here’s a year-end video for the Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company, showing some of the highlights of the emergencies the company responded to last year. Thanks to the company for crediting Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin. For more information on the fire company, click here.

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Live coverage of the Smallwood/Pierrelouis double homicide trial

Dejerek Basil Smallwood and Laquan Anderson Pierrelouis go to trial this week in York County Common Pleas Court for the Nov. 23, 2013 homicides of Braydon Aldinger  and Derek Ferree.

Pierrelouis

Pierrelouis

Smallwood

Smallwood

Aldinger, 23, and Ferree, 26, were gunned down in an alley off West Mason Avenue after an altercation with Smallwood and Pierrelouis, according to York City Police.

Police initially characterized the shootings as drug-related. However, other sources have said that Aldinger and Ferree were just trying to help a friend.

Ferree

Ferree

Aldinger

Aldinger

Follow live coverage of the trial below or @RickLeeYDR or yorkblog.com/docket/.

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York County district court crime watch 12/26

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

District Judge Jeff Joy:

Samantha C Hubbard, 2374 Glen Rock Road, Glen Rock,PA, manuf, del, possess, held for court

Kevin L Worrall, 100 Luther Drive, Shrewsbury, PA, resist arrest, held for court

Jereniah Charles Rever, 3800 Farmersville Rd, Easton,PA, theft by unlaw take, waived for court

Kelly Jo Silk, 9 Greenview Dr, Shrewsbury,PA, DUI, waived for court

Tyler C Wilson, 9439 Culcairn Rd, Huntersville,NC, access device, held for court

COLBY J TOBIAS, 17446 WEBB RD STEWARTSTOWN PA 17363, PURCHASE ETC ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE BY A MINOR, GUILTY TRIAL

RANDALL P GORMAN JR, 18904 ALDER COURT STEWARTSTOWN PA 17363, HARASSMENT-SUBJECT OTHER TO PHYSICAL CONTACT, GUILTY TRIAL

RANDALL P GORMAN JR, 18904 ALDER COURT STEWARTSTOWN PA 17363, DISORDERLY CONDUCT-ENGAGE IN FIGHTING, GUILTY TRIAL

TYQUELL A JACKSON, 255 E JACKSON ST YORK PA 17403, HARASSMENT-SUBJECT OTHER TO PHYSICAL CONTACT, GUILTY PLEA

TYQUELL A JACKSON, 255 E JACKSON ST YORK PA 17403, DISORDERLY CONDUCT-ENGAGE IN FIGHTING, GUILTY PLEA

JUAN C CRUZ JR, 255 E JACKSON ST YORK PA 17403, HARASSMENT-SUBJECT OTHER TO PHYSICAL CONTACT, GUILTY PLEA

JUAN C CRUZ JR, 255 E JACKSON ST YORK PA 17403, DISORDERLY CONDUCT-ENGAGE IN FIGHTING, GUILTY PLEA

FELISA M DIAZ-MENDEZ, 777 OAK WOOD RD NEW FREEDOM PA 17349, RETAIL THEFT – TAKE MERCHANDISE, GUILTY PLEA

CHRISTOPHER L AXE, 35 WIMBLETON WAY RED LION PA 17356, UNLAWFUL TO PARK ANY VEHICLE IN AREA DESIGNATED AS PROHIBITED PARKING AREA IN PARKS, GUILTY PLEA

BROCK M TRIMMER, 16 SPRUCE LN MANCHESTER PA 17345, DISORDERLY CONDUCT – HAZARDOUS PHYSICAL OFFENSE, GUILTY PLEA

CLARK W MILLER, 211 HALL DR HANOVER PA 17331, UNLAWFUL TO PARK ANY VEHICLE IN AREA DESIGNATED AS PROHIBITED PARKING AREA IN PARKS, GUILTY PLEA

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Candidates for the 2015 judicial race

York County voters will elect two new judges to the York County Court of Common Pleas in 2015.
The elections will fill vacancies on the bench left by retirements.

Candidates who have announced so far are:

Neil Slenker

York area attorney Neil Slenker announced his candidacy for judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 3.

From the steps of the old county courthouse, Slenker said, “I want to make a real difference in people’s lives by using the legal knowledge and experience I have garnered in nearly 20 years of practice to serve the people of this county as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

Slenker

Slenker

“As a judge, I will strive to be fundamentally fair, knowledgeable, firm, thoughtful, and compassionate – all grounded on the foundational concept of individual accountability,” he said.

Slenker, 44, is a partner in the law firm of Stock and Leader and currently serves as the firm’s vice-chair of the Business/Employment Department and as the firm’s ethics counsel.

He earned his law degree at the Dickinson School of Law and has a degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Chris Menges

Having missed a spot on the Republican ballot in the 2011 judicial primary by 457 votes, local attorney Chris Menges announced he will make another run at the York County bench.

“Over my 38 year career in law I have worked tirelessly on behalf of my clients within a system that many times ignores the Judeo-Christian morals and ethics our country was founded upon,” Menges said. “I have sat with the wife whose husband just left her, represented the husband who can’t see his children, and been with the couple who have just had their children taken and placed into foster care.”

“Because of these experiences and many more, I plan on being a voice of reason on the bench. If elected, I will ask to be assigned to family law for my entire term. I will treat everybody who comes before me justly and fairly without even a hint of discrimination and in the same way I would want to be treated if the roles were reversed.”

Menges, of Dillsburg, is a senior partner at Trinity Law, A Menges & McLaughlin Firm, York and Lancaster where he concentrates on family law.

Karen Comery

York County attorney Karen Comery announced her bid for one of the two open seats on the Court of Common Pleas on Monday from the steps of the old county courthouse.

Comery, 43, is a former prosecutor who spent 11 years in the district attorney’s office.

Comery

Comery

Since leaving the that office almost three years ago, Comery has opened her own law firm in Spring Garden Township. She handles civil matters such as family law, dependency and Orphan’s Court, but specializes in criminal defense.

Comery got a dismissal of her first murder case as a defense attorney after new evidence was found that exonerated her client.

“We need judges with courtroom experience,” said Comery, who began her career in public service in 1996 as a case manager in early intervention for the York/Adams MH-IDD program. “We especially need qualified women on the bench.”

Comery pointed out that the retirements of Judge Sheryl Dorney and Judge Penny Blackwell leave only two female judges on the panel of 13.

Michael Flannelly

A judicial candidate with actual judicial experience, Michael W. Flannelly has announced he again will campaign for a seat on the York County Common Pleas Court bench.

Flannelly, who has lost three judicial bids while being highly regarded by the local bar association, was appointed to the bench bench in July of 2012 after the death of Judge Chuck Patterson.

Flannelly

Flannelly

Flannelly served as judge until December 31, 2013, hearing cases involving custody, juvenile delinquency, dependency, child support contempt, protection from abuse, indirect criminal contempt, civil motions and other matters.

Flannelly was appointed York County Solicitor in July of 2004 and has been the county solicitor continuously since then with the exception of his time on the bench.

Prior to that appointment, Flannelly was in private practice for 20 years, with a focus on civil litigation.

Flannelly, of Spring Garden Township, also volunteers for a faith-based organization that provides job-seeking skills for individuals recently released from prison.

Kathleen Prendergast

Attorney Kathleen Prendergast has announced her candidacy for judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Prendergast, 52, has been practicing law in York County for 21 years. She said she would like to expand the existing drug, mental health and veterans’ courts.

Prendergast

Prendergast

“These courts save taxpayers’ money and reduce crime by addressing the root causes of crime,” she said. “They hold people accountable for both their crimes and their recovery.”

Along with a law degree from George Mason University School of Law, Prendergast has bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in English education.

Prendergast taught at Dallastown Area High School from 1985 to 1990, received a fellowship from Congressman William Goodling in 1992 and worked with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor. She then worked as a Congressional legislative assistant before returning to York to practice law in 1994.

Prendergast is a past chair of the Family Law Section and the Woman and Law Section of the York County Bar Association. She co-chaired the 2004 Transition Team for the York County Commissioners and she was a member of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York.

In her announcement, Prendergast noted that almost all new judges are assigned to the family court division, but not all candidates have experience in that area of the law.

“Because I have been representing parents and children in family court for the past 21 years, I would be able to hit the ground running in that job,” she said.

Carl Anderson
A York native with high-level legal experience in Ohio has announced his candidacy for the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Carl E. Anderson has 30 years of experience representing small to medium sized companies and non-profit organizations, according to a news release by the Democratic Party of York County.

Anderson

Anderson

A 1971 graduate of WIlliam Penn High School, Anderson earned his bachelor of arts degree from Central State University in Ohio in 1976, a masters degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and his juris doctorate from Boston College Law School in 1981.

His experience includes being a partner at Arter & Hadden LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, before serving as chief legal counsel to Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste at the age of 34 in 1989.

He returned to Pennsylvania to serve as the Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Banking in 2003 and subsequently worked in the York-based offices for CGA Law Firm and Barley Snyder. He established his own York-based practice in 2011.

Tom Reilly

Spring Grove area District Justice Tom Reilly announced his candidacy on Friday for one of the two open spots in the York County County Court of Common Pleas.

Reilly made his announcement on the steps of the York County Judicial Center where he previously worked in the district attorney’s office as a prosecutor.

Reilly

Reilly

Reilly was elected to district court in 2011. Prior to his position as a senior prosecutor, Reilly worked as a corrections officer, a deputy warden, law clerk, and defense attorney.

Reilly also serves on York County’s Children’s Roundtable as the District Court representative – a collaborative initiative between the courts, county agencies and service providers promoting permanency, safety, and well-being for children.

Reilly said Friday, if elected, he would work to expand the county’s drug treatment court to the district court level “so that these people can get the help they need.”

On the flipside, Reilly said people “dealing this garbage to our children … will suffer the consequences of their actions” in his court room.

Reilly noted that heroin overdose deaths in York County in 2014 reached 100, triple of those in 2013. He said the county’s treatment courts are part of the solution to the drug crisis.

Along with District Justice Jeff Joy and Judge Craig T. Trebilcock, Reilly already has expanded the county’s veterans court to the District Justice level for veterans who commit summary offenses.

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Crime watch for 12/19

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

District Judge Robert Eckenrode:

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