Don’t mess with Walmart

Matthew A. Gaspin admitted he didn’t read the fine print.

So, when he got caught shoplifting a TV soundbar from Walmart in West Manheim Township on Aug. 23, 2013, he also got hit with a defiant trespass charge.

It seems that Gaspin, 25, of Gettysburg, had a previous shoplifting charge at a Walmart in Maryland.

Monday in York County court, he told Judge Craig T. Trebilcock that he thought the document he signed then only banned him from that particular Walmart.

It didn’t.

It prohibited him from entering any Walmart for life.

“I should have read it closer,” Gaspin said. “I can’t go into any Walmart in the United States.”

In exchange for his guilty pleas to retail theft and defiant trespass on Monday, Gaspin was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay restitution.

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York County crime watch

Take a look at the recent cases handled by District Judges Barry Bloss Jr., Robert Eckenrode and Scott Laird.

Judge Bloss:

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s crime watch

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CAPOC plans April walk to end child abuse

Darisabel Baez was killed in 2008 after she was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend.

Darisabel Baez was killed in 2008 after she was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend.

The Child Abuse Prevention/Outreach Committee is planning its 6th annual Walk and Family Fun Day to end child abuse.

The walk, set at Penn Park at 100 West College Ave. in York, will be 10 a.m. April 12.

The 1.2 mile walk around the city is rain or shine. Leashed dogs are welcome. There will be a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals and refreshments. According to the CAPOC Facebook page, Darisabel Baez, a 2-year-old York girl who died in 2008 after being beaten by her mother’s boyfriend, would have turned 8 this year.

The cost to participate in the walk is $10, or $15 with a t-shirt.  Continue reading “CAPOC plans April walk to end child abuse” »

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Police release video from I-81 homicide investigation

State police have released a video they hope will help bring witnesses forward in the Jan. 4 homicide on Interstate 81 in Franklin County.

Timothy Davison was fatally shot after just crossing into Pennsylvania. The 28-year-old man from Poland, Maine, was rammed by another vehicle, before that driver then got out and shot him.

“The video is being released, not so much to focus on the suspect’s vehicle, but more so to identify possible witnesses,” said Lt. Adam Kosheba, commander with Troop H in Harrisburg.

Police said they are confident several motorists saw the suspect’s car on I-81 between Martinsburg, W.Va., exit 16 and Interstate 70 in Maryland near exit 10.

“We believe that several motorists traveling in Pennsylvania along Interstate 81 south in the vicinity of Exit 3 observed the victim’s vehicle in the median and possibly the suspect vehicle in the area at the time the homicide occurred,” Kosheba said. “And as you can see in the video, there are numerous vehicles that were driving in that area during the time span of this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. Callers are eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.

Davison’s family is also offering a $10,000 reward.

Editor’s note: To explain the video, police said: It’s a short video of the suspect’s car and other vehicles in the area. The first vehicle you see in the video (traveling left to right; southbound direction on the Interstate) is the suspect’s vehicle. This video is from the Mason Dixon Auto Auction, taken at approximately 2:09 a.m. showing mile marker 3.0 on Interstate 81. This video capture is after the suspect ran Davison off the road and is retuning southbound to Davison’s vehicle, which is stuck in the median, just moments before the fatal shots were fired.

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Hearing scheduled for Dover Area teacher charged with possession of child porn


A preliminary hearing for a Dover Area music teacher charged with 661 counts of possessing child pornography has been set for April 23 at the York County Court of Common Pleas, according to District Judge David Eshbach’s office.

Eshbach, who recused himself from the case, will be replaced by District Judge Scott Laird, Eshbach’s office said.

Matthew B. Puterbaugh, 46, of the 1000 block of Conewago Road, Dover Township, was arrested and bail was set at $250,000. He posted bail March 1.

Puterbaugh’s attorney, Lancaster lawyer Russell Pugh, declined earlier this week to say how his client planned to answer to the charges.

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Work continues for new YAUFR station

yaufrYork Area United Fire and Rescue shared this photo on Facebook this week.

“Shingle work on Office side near completion, dormers framed and prepared for shingles, main water line being connected today and HVAC work started!”

Want to learn more about the new station? Catch up here.

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York County crime watch

Take a look at some of the cases handled at district judge offices around York County.

District Judge John Fishel:

District Judge John Fishel's crime watch

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Two Lancaster County men indicted on bank robbery charges

Two Lancaster County men were indicted Thursday on charges of robbing at Shillington bank, and one for attempting to rob a York County bank, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Kyle Costello, 27, and Matthew Hill, 29, both of Lancaster County, were charged with conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, armed bank robbery, carrying and using a firearm during an in relation to a crime of violence, and aiding and abetting, the release states. Continue reading “Two Lancaster County men indicted on bank robbery charges” »

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Firefighters Support Foundation not associated with local companies

Fairview Township Fire Company posted recently on its Facebook page that residents had been getting calls for donations from an organization called Firefighter Support Foundation.

The foundation is not associated with local fire companies, according to the post.

“The Fire Department conducts one fund drive via mail on an annual basis,” Fairview Township Fire Company wrote. “In addition, we may conduct separate fundraisers such as chicken bbq’s in which all personnel will be clearly identified. We appreciate your continued support and apologize for any confusion.”

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Two more plead in 2012 home invasion

Two of the four men arrested in connection with a botched home invasion in Chanceford Township in July 2012 where shots were fired but no one was injured pleaded guilty recently in York County court to some charges.
The four were accused of forcing their way into a home in the 600 block of Salem Church Road shortly after midnight on July 12, 2012 demanding drugs and money, according to police reports.
The occupants wrestled a shotgun away from one of the men and one of the intruders fired four shots into a wall.
Kamari Hall pleaded guilty to robbery Monday and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. Also last week, co-defendant, Malcolm Woolfork pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and attempted robbery. He was sentenced to three and a half to seven and five to 10 years in prison with the sentences to be served concurrently.
Another co-defendant Zachary Underwood, of Harrisburg, was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison back in January. Charges remain pending against another co-defendant Caleb Stern.
Also linked to the case is one of the victims Derreck Boyd, who faces several drug-related charges in connection to the Methamphetamine police said they found at the house. Police said Boyd and Stern are cousins.

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