York County district court crime watch

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


District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s crime watch

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Police: Man and woman arrested on drug charges in Lewisberry

Christopher Nauss, 22, and Kendrae Smith, 24.

Fairview Township Police arrested a man and a woman Friday during a home check by York County Adult Probation, according to a news release.

Police charged Christopher Nauss, 22 of the 100 block of Leo Court, Lewisberry, and Kendrae Smith, 24, of the 1700 block of Oakley Drive, Dover, with six counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said that at 1:50 p.m., York County Adult Probation officers were conducting a home check at Nauss’ house and found drugs. Fairview Township Police were asked to help in the investigation, according to the news release.

Officers seized more than 30 grams of marijuana, cocaine, 10 different prescription medications and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, the release states.

Both Nauss and Smith were processed and arraigned at the York County Booking Center and remanded to the York County Prison.

As of Thursday morning, Nauss was in prison on $25,000 bail and two parole violations; Smith was being held there on $5,000 bail and three parole violations.

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York County police adopt information sharing software

Twenty-one York County law enforcement agencies have adopted software called ALERT Server that allows officers to search and share relevant information, according to a news release.

“Burglars don’t pay attention to municipal boundaries,” Northern York County Regional Police Lt. David Lash said. “Before, we relied on phone communications or monthly meetings to know what was going on in other areas. Now, with ALERT Server, we are able to submit queries and mine the data and then make follow up calls, if necessary, to find out more details.”

Doug Demangone, assistant chief county detective in the York County District Attorney’s Office, said the ALERT Server can benefit officer in major investigations, including homicides, where many officers are involved.

“With the central database in ALERT Server, the officers are able to simply click on an incident report and fill in supplemental information for all officers on the case to access in real-time,” he said. “Another example is the County’s auto theft detective who uses ALERT Server on a regular basis to query for stolen material. He is able to see trends in thefts and how the vehicles were stolen helping to identify patterns and solve crimes quickly.”

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Lookingbill formally sentenced to life for murder

Joshua Justin Lookingbill was formally sentenced to life without parole Tuesday for the murder of Nakia “Nitty” Williams.
Lookingbill was convicted in January of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of the 37-year-old as well as burglary.
Lookingbill broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend in the early-morning hours of Jan. 31, 2013 and stabbed Williams to death in bed. Williams had been staying with the mother of Lookingbill’s three daughters.
Second-degree murder carries the same penalty as first-degree, but his attorney ordered Lookingbill’s mental health evaluated before the formal sentencing that happened Tuesday. The judge also wanted a pre-sentence investigation and statement from Williams’ family prior to the formal sentencing.
Read more about the conviction.

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Charges dropped in one of two rape cases against York man

One of the two rape cases against a York man has been dismissed from York County court, the man’s attorney said Tuesday.
Clarence Crespo, 34, remains in state prison after a jury convicted him on rape and other sexual assault charges related to a then 9-year-old girl. He faced an identical set of charges for another alleged victim.
But Crespo’s attorney, Jay Whittle, confirmed that prior to a hearing set for Monday, charges were dropped against his client in the second case.
Whittle filed a for a Rule 600 hearing, saying the trial didn’t happen within a prompt timeline.
But before the hearing Monday, Whittle said, the prosecution filed to drop the charges.
Crespo maintains his innocence and Whittle said he’s pursuing an appeal in the case in which he was convicted. In that case, he was found guilty of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old and misdemeanor corruption of minors.
He is serving 62 to 124 years in prison for those charges, according to court records.

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York woman pleads in 2012 shoplifting case

Tara Dobson, 23, of York, pleaded guilty to some of the charges stemming from a 2012 shoplifting where store employers stopped her on the way out.
According to court records, Dobson pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of simple assault and one each of retail theft and resisting arrest.
She was sentenced to 12 months on probation. She was also ordered to pay costs and undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations. The judge ordered her to comply with all treatments.
Springettsbury Township Police said Dobson entered the Burlington Coat Factory in the 2800 block of East Market Street and grabbed $320 worth of clothing from displays.
As she tried to leave, employees confronted her, police said. She fought with them until police arrived, and also fought with police as they took custody of her.
Read the previous coverage here.

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York County crime watch

Check out what’s happening lately in the district judge offices of Judges Robert Eckenrode, Jeff Joy and Barry Bloss Jr.


District Judge Robert Eckenrode's criminal dispositions

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York shooting victim dies at York Hospital

Update, 11:47 a.m.

York City Police continue to look for those responsible for the shooting of Vinny Reinoso, according to Capt. Russell Tschopp.

The case, since Reinoso’s death Saturday, is considered a homicide, Tschopp said.

Tschopp said Reinoso was shot at least twice and that investigators are looking for two men wearing hooded sweatshirts that Reinoso had met in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue just prior to his death.

Beyond that, there’s not a lot to go on; however, Tschopp said the case is not a “whodunit.”

We have some promising leads,” he said. “He went there with a purpose … somebody may have had a vendetta on him and he may have been lured there.”

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Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text YORKTIPS to 847411 (TIP411). Continue reading “York shooting victim dies at York Hospital” »

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Airville Fire Company prepares for upcoming mud sale

Airville Fire Company uploaded this photo to its Facebook page this week of some of the women quilting in preparation for the mud sale.

Airville Fire Company uploaded this photo to its Facebook page this week of some of the women quilting in preparation for the mud sale.

It’s almost time for Airville Fire Company’s annual mud sale.

Mud sales are popular in Lancaster County, where there is a large Amish and Mennonite population. The 2014 Airville mud sale will be 8:30 a.m. March 15 at the fire company, 3576 Delta Road.

The event features quilts, farm equipment and food for sale to benefit the fire company.

Have you ever made it out? What do you buy?

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Sign up for the American Red Cross Charity Bowl

charityIt’s just two weeks until the 19th Annual American Red Cross Charity Bowl.

Teams can register to bowl and win prizes by going to www.redcross.org/pa/york and click on the Charity Bowl banner to register.  The event is March 2 at Suburban Bowlerama, 1945 S. Queen St. in York Township.

Volunteers are still needed for this event for all sessions (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.) to do registration, distribute t-shirts/prizes and collect photo release forms from bowlers.  Volunteers also are needed to assist with 9 a.m. setup and 5:15 to 6 p.m. tear down.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Martz at 717-771-3572 or Ashley.martz@redcross.org.

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