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Please Be Aware of Our New Method For Providing the News - Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Serious Injury Crash, Moulstown Rd., Heidelberg Twp. - Friday, June 06, 2014

 On Thursday, 06-05-2014 at 2:42 pm, two vehicles collided in the 6600 blk of Moulstown Rd. Heidelberg Twp. causing very serious injury to the lone occupant and driver of a 2004 Mercury Sable; the driver is Roseanne Baublitz, 72 YOA, Hanover, and was flown by medical helicopter to York Hospital.  Baublitz was entrapped in the vehicle for approx. 30 minutes while a crew from Porters Fire Dept. freed this person.  Initial evidence indicates this vehicle crossed the center line at a sharp curve in the roadway in a westbound direction, and directly into a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Shane A. Stevens, 36, also of Hanover, that was traveling in an eastbound direction at the time of the crash.  That driver suffered minor injuries and was also alone at the time of the crash. 

The roadway was closed for approx. 2 hours.  Penn Twp. Fire assisted in the rerouting of traffic.

The investigation continues.  Anyone who has information regarding the crash is asked to contact Ofr. Nik Johnson at 717-225-1333 ext. 112.

 


Former North Codorus man found guilty of numerous child molestation charges - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Stephen Noel Jessee, 45 YOA, Westgate Drive, West Manchester Twp., PA, was found guilty by jury trial today. The charges are related to offenses committed against a  juvenile. When most of the incidents occurred, (2006-2010), Jessee lived in North Codorus Township.

 

Charges:

Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (Child - less than 16 YOA)

Statutory Sexual Assault (Child – less than 16 YOA)

Aggravated Indecent Assault (Child – less than 16 YOA)

Indecent Assault (Child – less than 16 YOA)

Corruption of Minors

 


Women Holds Subject at Gun Point as he enters her Home - Friday, March 28, 2014

 On 03-26-14, a 31 year-old female resident in the 7700 blk. of Glenville Rd., Glenville, PA (Manheim Twp.) was in her home when a person unknown to her began to kick in her front door.  She reacted by retrieving a pistol that she owns and one that she trains with on a regular basis.  She also called York County 911 and advised what was occurring, fearing a burglary was in progress.  The W/M subject who was at her front door eventually kicked in her front door and entered her home.  She was the only person at home at the time. 

 She leveled the firearm at the subject and told him not to come any closer.  He obeyed her order.  An officer arrived 4 minutes after the call was made.  The officer found the W/M suspect on the front porch of a neighbor’s home.  That subject is Cory R. Gootee, 19, of Stewartstown, PA.  An in depth interview with the suspect revealed that just prior to his confrontation, he had been at a neighbors home and had left to smoke a cigarette.  He became disoriented as to which home he had come from, and believed that he had been locked out of the residence where he had come from.  The story was plausible and the victim only wanted the more minor charges levied in the case as well as the repair to her door.

 It is believed that intoxicants may have been involved as for the reason that the suspect becoming disoriented.  The female resident performed vey well under a trying situation.  She was well trained with the handgun and knew the laws that govern the use when defending herself.  Criminal Mischief charges have been filed against the male suspect.    

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident - Rt. 216 near Allison Mill Rd - Manheim Twp. - Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Southwestern Regional Police Department is investigating a single vehicle accident that claimed the life of Joshua L. McMillion of Hanover, PA. McMillion was 21 years old.

Just before 1am on Sunday, March 23, 2014 McMillion was traveling east bound on Blooming Grove Road (Rt. 216) approaching Allison Mill Road. McMillion failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. He ran off the road, causing his 1998 Chevy S-10 pick up truck to over turn several times before coming to a final rest against some trees near a creek. McMillion was ejected from the vehicle.

Just prior to McMillion's accident, Southwestern Regional officers were at the scene of suspected DUI accident on Sinsheim Road, Manheim Twp. A vehicle matching that of McMillion's came thru the scene and clipped the rear of the vehicle involved in that accident. Officers were unable to pursue that striking vehicle as they were in the process of detaining the other driver.

Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact Officer Nikolas Johnson at (717) 225-1333 ext 112.

 


Fatal Vehicle Crash in North Codorus Twp / Stoverstown and Bentz Rd
Fatal Vehicle Crash in North Codorus Twp / Stoverstown and Bentz Rd - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 At 3:00 pm, on 02-12-14, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Stoverstown Rd. and Bentz Rd., North Codorus Twp.  One of the three persons involved was killed in the crash.  The two other occupants were taken to York Hospital.

 A 2001 Ford Windstar van was eastbound on Stoverstown Rd.  The vehicle was driven by Chad McWilliams, 42, of Red Lion.  A 1997 Ford Explorer was northbound on Bentz Rd.  The investigation indicates that this vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign in the northbound direction and collided with the Ford Windstar.

 Driving the Ford Explorer was Brandon Krichten, 32, of Dover, and the front passenger was Ronald Smith, 31, of Spring Grove.  Both occupants in this vehicle were ejected from the vehicle and were not wearing seatbelts.  Krichten was killed instantly.

 At this time, the injuries of the other two persons involved in the crash appear to be non-life threatening.  Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Ofr. Nik Johnson, at 717-225-1333 ext. 112.                                                    photo credit / Mark Walters-The Evening Sun

 


Two Persons Killed in Traffic Crash on SR 116 in Heidelberg Twp. - Sunday, January 19, 2014

 UPDATE: (01-20-14) The two persons that were killed in the vehicle crash on 01-19-14 on SR 116 in Heidelberg Twp. are identified as husband and wife:

Driver:  Roy Kline Jr, 86 YOA and passenger: Lorraine Kline 85 YOA, both of Hanover, PA.  They were traveling in the couples 1998 Subaru.

 The driver of the tractor is a 17 year old male who resides near the scene of the crash.  The investigation is continuing as to exactly what occurred in the crash.

Original Release_____________________________________________________

At approx.. 5:00 pm on 01-19-14, a single vehicle was traveling in a westbound direction on SR 116 in Heidelberg Twp. between Iron Ridge Rd. and Jacobs Mill Rd. (three miles west of Spring Grove).

 Preliminary investigation revealed that a large Caterpillar back hoe tractor pulled from a residence in the 6400 blk of York Rd. (SR 116) into the pathway of the single vehicle.  The front of the vehicle struck the left side of the Caterpillar tractor as the tractor entered the roadway. 

 There were two occupants in the single vehicle and both died immediately at the scene.  The driver of the tractor was shaken but required no medical attention.

 As  of this time, the roadway is stilled closed as officers perform measurements to determine the particulars of the crash.  The names of the victims are not being released at this point as the notification of relatives has not been completed.  Please look to the York County Corner’s Office for updated information on the names of the deceased as soon as that is possible. 

 Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Ofr. Shaun Dickmyer at 717-225-1333 ext. 113, or through York County 911.

 

 


Traffic Crash Investigation Produces Unusual Find
Traffic Crash Investigation Produces Unusual Find - Tuesday, January 07, 2014

 On 12-01-13, Christopher Scheller, 18, no fixed address, was traveling eastbound on Old Hanover Rd. in Heidelberg Twp., when he lost control of the vehicle near Pine Dr. and slid off of the roadway and struck a tree.  An officer happened upon the crash and summoned medical personnel for non-life threatening injuries. 

 The officer found evidence that the driver may be intoxicated and responded to York Hospital to meet with Scheller.  When medical staff performed a medical x-ray of Scheller, they found “an abnormality” in his rectum.  Scheller at first did not want the object removed-  but eventually consented.  Found in his rectum were a bag of synthetic marijuana, a socket for a wrench used for smoking, four bracelets, four necklaces, and 11 ladies rings.  After the officer investigated this strange occurence, it was determined that the items were stolen from a residence in Heidelberg Twp. by the suspect. Scheller is currently in custody at the York County Prison on unrelated charges.  The following charges have been filed and docketed at MDJ Tom Reilly’s office: Theft, receiving Stolen Property, DUI, and several other charges. 

 Scheller apparently concealed the stolen items in his body as the officer was approaching the scene of the crash.

 


Victim in SR 116 Crash is from Heidelberg Twp. - Friday, January 03, 2014

 The deceased victim of the SR 116 two-car vehicle crash in Heidelberg Twp. on Jan. 2, 2014 is Kenton Fuhrman, 46, of Heidelberg Twp.

 


Fatal Crash on SR 116 in Heidelberg Twp. - Thursday, January 02, 2014

 A two vehicle head-on crash killed the driver of a school bus van.  No children were in the van.

 On today’s date, at 3:45 PM, a school transportation van was traveling westbound on SR 116 in Heidelberg Twp., just west of Iron Ridge Rd., located between Spring Grove and Hanover.  The van is owned by Jacoby Transportation.  Witnesses advised the officers that the van, for unknown reasons, veered into the other lane of travel.  The other vehicle, in an eastbound direction, was a 2007 International tractor trailer rig operated driver Shawn McCourry, 45, of Hanover.  The impact of the vehicles was head-on and caused substantial damage to both vehicles.  The driver of the school transportation vehicle was killed on impact.  McCourry not injured.  The name of the deceased driver is being withheld until family is adequately contacted. 

 The York County Coroner’s Office was on the scene.  Look to their office for confirmation of the victim’s information.  It was snowing at the time but the roadway was only wet.  Both of the witnesses advised us that the road surface and the weather did not contribute to the accident. 

 The roadway has been detoured and is still closed at the time of this release.  The heavy snow slowed the emergency crews at the scene and there was also a large amount fuel and oil from the crash that the York County Hazmat crew was in need of clearing. 

 Our investigation continues.

 

 


Driver is Located in Hit & Run School Bus Crash
Driver is Located in Hit & Run School Bus Crash - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

 

UPDATED:

On 11-01-13, the officer investigating this case filed charges on the driver that left the scene of the school bus crash which occurred on 10-24-13.  The person charged is as follows:

 Deborah A. Braham

52 YOA

East Cottage Ave., York, PA

 The charges were as follows:

Accident involving death or personal injury, Accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, Driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, drivers required to be licensed, duty to render aid/information, immediate notice of accident to police department.

 The investigation revealed that Ms. Braham struck the rear of the bus and left the scene due to her driver’s license being revoked by the State from an earlier incident.  Using the license plate obtained by the bus driver, Officers went to the home of the registered owner, a male, even though the description of the driver was a female.  No one was at home.  The insurance agency of the owner of the striking vehicle called the bus service as the owner of the vehicle had called his insurance company wanting to make a claim.   The bus service called the police department and it was at that time that we were able to determine the driver of the vehicle.  Before we were able to interview the driver, the investigating officer found out that, curiously enough, the driver had posted a photo of her wrecked vehicle and an admission on her Facebook page that she had struck the bus.  This evidence will be used against her.

 The driver has cooperated after she was identified by the officer.

 


School Bus Struck and Striking Vehicle Leaves the Scene. - Thursday, October 24, 2013

 On today’s date, at 0707 am, a Durham School Bus Services Bus containing 36 children from the Spring Grove School District, was traveling eastbound on Old Hanover Rd., near Sycamore Dr., Spring Grove, Heidelberg Twp.  The bus was enroute the schools with High School and Middle School age children, and was stopped at the rail road tracks, as per State traffic Laws,  in the village of Menges Mills. 

The striking vehicle was also eastbound and did not stop for the school bus but instead, struck the rear of the bus with the front of the vehicle.  The vehicle briefly remained on the scene, advised the school bus driver that they would return, and left the scene; never to return.  The vehicle is described as an older model, brown in color,  Chev. pickup truck and was driven by a W/F, blonde hair, 40-50’s years in age. 

The bus driver alertly obtained the license plate of the striking vehicle.  Other information has been provided to the department with possible suspect information but that person has not contacted the police department as of this date and time.  The video equipment in the bus does capture the visual and audio impact of the crash.  There was a substantial amount of impact from this crash.

 Many of the students reported bumps and bruises; one student did seek medical attention for a non-life threatening injury.  Anyone who was a witness to the crash is asked to contact Ofr. Holly Jackson, at 717-225-1333 ext. 114, or York County Dispatch at 911.

 


Train - Car Collision
Train - Car Collision - Tuesday, October 08, 2013

 The Southwestern Regional Police Department is investigating a collision involving a York Rail Co. train and a Ford Ranger being driven by John Brenneman of Spring Grove, PA. Brenneman was east bound on Route 116 approaching the rail crossing at the Route 116 - Ambau Road intersection. The train was approaching the crossing from the west. Brenneman turned onto Ambau Road. Thinking he could beat the train, Brenneman failed to slow down. Realizing at the last second he wasn't going to make it, he hit the brakes. Failing to stop in time, the front of Brenneman's truck was clipped by the train as it passed. Brenneman was not hurt. His truck received moderate damage. No damage was reported by York Rail.

Please remember to use caution when crossing railroad tracks, especially at those crossing without mechanical gates or flashing lights. Trains need a lot of time and distance to stop and they have

 


Crime Prevention & Open House - Thursday, September 19, 2013
The department will open its doors to the public on Wednesday September 25, 2013 beginning at 6:30 pm. At 6:30 and again at 7:30 we will provide an hour long segment of crime prevention ideas for burglaries to the home and business, identification theft prevention techniques, and any other areas of interest. Information will also be presented on region specific crime trends and also the many ways to use our new web site; whether you want to provide us information on community concerns and to receive information about what we are doing in your community.

The visitor can also tour the police station and view equipment during that time. Officers and Volunteers will be available throughout the station to talk about the regional officers’ job and the police profession.

No sign-up is needed. This is a great way to better know about one of your most important community resources. The department serves the Townships of Heidelberg, Manheim and North Codorus and the Borough of Spring Grove.
 


Giant Python Snake Located
Giant Python Snake Located - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 At approx 1100 hrs. on this date, a PennDOT road crew called York County 911 in regard to a large snake that they located while working.  When the officer arrived just off the roadway on West College Ave, York, North Codorus Twp., he found a 10’ reticulated python coiled up in a hollow log.  Knowing that the reptile was not a native animal and would be in peril in colder weather, the officer and the PennDOT crew corralled the snake into a receptacle without incident and transported it to the station.  The animal can be a very agitated and aggressive species when warmed but was described as docile due to the cooler mid 60’s weather.

We contacted the non-profit organization, Forgotten Friend, Inc., Reptile Rescue and Education, of Lancaster County, and they agreed to take possession of the snake.  Jesse Rothacker, pres., arrived around 3:30 today and did find the animal to be in relatively good health. Our department had received several calls in the past two weeks regarding a large snake in the roadway near where it was eventually located.  This species of python grows to be some of the largest snakes in the world.  We have had no calls of anyone advising us that they lost or misplaced a python.

The attempt will be made to return the snake to the lawful and competent owner if that is possible.  Otherwise, the rescue organization will place the snake up for adoption.  As a reminder, it is a crime to release exotic non-native animals into the wilds of PA.  

Please email the Reptile Rescue to inquire more about the possible adoption at info@forgottenfriend.org; or contact Ofr. Dennis Brillhart at 717-225-1333 ext. 108.

 

 


Driver Identified in Fatal Heidelberg Twp. Crash that occurred Sunday - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 The York County Coroner’s Office has made a positive identification on the person that was killed in the fatal single vehicle crash on 08-25-13, 0320 AM, 6300 blk. of York Rd. (SR 116), Heidelberg Twp.

 The deceased person is Jason Allen Neff,  40 YOA, 100 blk., Baltimore St., Hanover, PA.  The cause of death was “Blunt Force Trauma and Thermal Injuries.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tank Truck Rolls Over in Heidelberg Twp.
Tank Truck Rolls Over in Heidelberg Twp. - Monday, August 26, 2013

 On 08-26-13 at 0505 am, officers responded to the intersection of Old Hanover Rd. and Iron Ridge Rd., Spring Grove, Heidelberg Twp. for a tanker truck and trailer that had rolled over onto its side.

 The eighteen wheeler was eastbound on Old Hanover Rd. when it attempted to proceed right onto Iron Ridge Rd.  The right rear trailer wheels went off of the roadway and down a decline.  The weight of the trailer then shifted and pulled the entire truck off of the roadway on the SW corner of the intersection.  The vehicle nearly rolled completely over and came to rest on its left side.  The vehicle came to rest in the yard of the residence at 708 Iron Ridge Rd.

 The vehicle was carrying 5500 gals of roadway tar.  The tar needed to be off-loaded before the vehicle could be righted; which turned out to be a very long and slow process.  The roadway was not reopened until  1:00 pm. The driver, Roy T. Varner, 60 YOA, Orrstown, PA, was taken to York Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The owner of the truck is DL Martin Trucking of Shippensburg, PA  Porters Fire Co. assisted with safety issues and traffic control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fatal Single Vehicle Crash - Heidelberg Twp. - Sunday, August 25, 2013

 Officers responded to a single vehicle crash with a fatality this morning at 0320hrs. The accident occurred in the area of the 6300 blk York Road (SR 116). The vehicle, a BMW '3' series was traveling west on York Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control after failing to safely negotiate a turn in the roadway. The vehicle left the road and struck a tree that was in the front yard of 6352 York Road. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed within minutes. Porters Fire Co. responded to extinguish the blaze and no other damage was done to the property other than to the tree.  

 
The driver (the only occupant of the vehicle) has not been positively identified yet as his remains were burned beyond recognition. We do believe, though that at this point we have been in contact with a family member of the driver.  Presumably the deceased/driver is a 40 year-old male and a resident of Hanover, PA.  The name of the driver will be released by the York County Coroner’s Office.
 
A motorist who passed the accident scene just after it occurred, stated that this car passed him, driving in the same direction, at a high rate of speed just moments before the crash. 
 
Please provide any additional information on the crash to the investigating officer,  Nik Johnson at 717-225-1333 ext. 112.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Spring Grove Man Arrested in Aggravated Assault with a Knife
Spring Grove Man Arrested in Aggravated Assault with a Knife - Friday, July 26, 2013
On 07.25.13 at 525 pm, officers responded to 128 S. Main St., Spring Grove, “The Office Pub and Grill,” for a call in regard to a subject threatening an employee with a knife inside the business.

The subject, Zachary T. Taylor, 23 YOA, a resident of the 100 blk. of S. Main St., Spring Grove, had entered the business and was warned about not being properly attired. In response, Taylor pulled a “survivalist type” knife from a sheath on his belt and threatened the employee with the knife. He then left the business and went to the rear of the business and proceeded to slash tires and deflate them on three vehicles parked at that location.

Upon the officers’ arrival, they were directed to a residence across the street from the business where the suspect had forced his way into a home of an acquaintance. Once inside a struggle ensued with the residents. Officers’ made contact with the suspect as he left this home. As the officers approached him, he removed another knife from his belt with his right hand. Another struggle ensued with the officers as they attempted to take the knife and the suspect into custody. The suspect kicked and “head butted” the officers. Two of the officers received minor injuries.

Taylor was transported and booked into York County Central Booking with the following charges:
Aggravated Assault F2
Prohibitive Offensive Weapons M1
Terroristic Threats M1
Simple Assault M2
Resisting Arrest M2
Viol. of a Controlled Substance M
Criminal Mischief S


Anyone with additional information involving this investigation is asked to contact Officer Bryn Lindenmuth of the Southwestern Regional Police Department, at 717-225-1333 ext. 104. 


New Police Officer Hired
New Police Officer Hired - Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Southwestern Regional Police Department is proud to announce the hiring of a new officer to the department. On July 1, 2013, Nikolas A. Johnson, 29 years of age, was hired and is currently in the department’s field training program, riding with another officer. Due to Nik’s previous police experience, he will undergo a shortened program and will be released from the program after a two (2) month period.

Officer Johnson graduated from the Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, PA, class of 2002, and later from the Baltimore City Police Academy. Nik was a Baltimore City Police Officer for almost three years. Earlier this year, he went through the arduous hiring process with Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium with 700 other candidates. Our department then interviewed dozens of those candidates and Officer Johnson was selected.

Officer Johnson is married with two sons. His wife is a school teacher in the Dover School District.

This brings the police department up to a full complement of allowable officers; 14. 


Spring Grove National Night Out Against Crime
Spring Grove National Night Out Against Crime - Thursday, July 25, 2013
On Tuesday, August 6, from 6-9 pm, the Nationally renowned program, “National Night Out / Against Crime” will occur at a location in our area.

Spring Grove – 213 N. Main St., at the Spring Grove Area C&MA Church

The events are designed to:
1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
2. Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit; and
4. Send a message to criminals letting them know that communities are organized and care about their neighborhoods.
The police department will provide information on how to keep up with the incidents in their neighborhoods and how to stay connected with their police department through texts, web site, and email messages.
The Spring Grove location will have a bounce house, games for the kids, entertainment, and there will be ten (10) organizations that will have a table set up with their information and free hot dogs and drink for everyone. 


Drug Arrest After Undercover Operation - North Codorus Twp. - Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Southwestern Regional Police Department had been getting consistent complaints from residents in the neighborhood of the Colonial Gardens Complex, Noss Rd., York, North Codorus Twp., regarding an individual that appeared to be selling illegal drugs.  Many cars would approach him as he stood on the street in that community and after a short conversation, the cars would then leave the area.

Surveillance was done in the area and confirmed the residents’ concerns.  Ofr. Bryn Lindenmuth, SWRPD, who is assigned to the York County Drug Task Force, requested assistance from this group.  After additional follow-up and investigation, an undercover purchase was made of marijuana from the suspect on July 2, 2013. The suspect was arrested a short time after the purchase in the area of Patriot St. in the community.  Arrested was B/M, Darrell Lee Banks, 25 YOA, 3500 blk. of Armory Ln., York, PA.  A search warrant was performed at the defendant’s residence and additional drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia was located within the home.  The suspect was formally charged on July 11, 2013 at MDJ Reilly’s office in.

 


Scrap Metal Theft in Heidelberg Twp. - Photo of Suspect
Scrap Metal Theft in Heidelberg Twp. - Photo of Suspect - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

 

UPDATED - - - - - Photo Produces Theft Suspect – Within weeks of the photo being released by the media, several callers contacted the investigating officer and provided a name of the person in the photograph.  The suspect was identified as Stephen M. Drieslein Jr., 38 YOA, no fixed address in PA.  The investihgating officer, Mike Matthews attempted to locate the suspect without results.  The officer has filed a warrant for his arrest for a theft charge, an M3 rating .  The suspect  has done the same crime in several other areas to include Maryland.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

On July 3, 2013 at 0630 am, in the 6400 blk. of York Rd. (SR 116), Spring Grove, Heidelberg Twp., a suspect was observed by a property owner loading used water heaters onto the suspect’s truck.  The owner/victim owns a scrap metal business and the value of the used water heaters is for scrap metal.  The owner/victim had been victimized by two other similar thefts recently and on this occasion, installed surveillance camera to capture the suspect’s photograph.

The suspect is described as a W/M, 6’ tall, 270 lbs., wears glasses, balding, and drives a blue Ford F150 pick-up truck.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in this theft is asked to contact the Southwestern Regional Police, via investigating Ofr. Mike Matthews at 717-225-1333 ext. 110, or by contacting York County Communications at 911.

 

 

 

 


Farm Animals Stolen (Baby Chicks)
Farm Animals Stolen (Baby Chicks) - Thursday, June 06, 2013

 Sometime between the evening of Tuesday June 4 and the morning of June 5, unknown person(s) entered a chicken coop on a farm in the 6000 blk. of Cannery Rd., Hanover, Heidelberg Twp., and removed 29 peeps.

The baby chicks had been purchased only several days earlier.  Thirty chicks had been in the cage before they were stolen.  One lone peep remained after the theft. 

 Anyone with knowledge of theft is asked to call Ofr. Bryn Lindenmuth, at 717-225-1333 ext. 104, or York County Control at 911.  

 


2012 Annual Report Now Available on Web Site - Thursday, June 06, 2013

 The Police Department has been providing our four (4) municipalities a review of the many “behind the scene” details of the police department for 10 years.  It was always difficult to get the 17 page document to the community in an easy format – until now.

The 2012 document was recently placed on our web site www.swrpd.org.

 Many details are included in the report; from the crimes in individual communities to the cost of fighting those crimes. 

 Feel free to provide any input that you have regarding the information via an email, also accessible on the web site.  

 


Motorcycle and SUV collide head-on in Crash - Monday, June 03, 2013

 On 5/31/13 at approximately 7:25 pm, police responded to a two vehicle crash at 1199 Porters Road in Heidelberg Township.  Evidence at the scene revealed a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, operated by Michael Welsh, a 23 yoa male Hanover resident, was traveling south on Porters Road.  In front of 1199 Porters Road, the Blazer crossed the double yellow centerline.  At that time a north bound 2000 Yamaha Star motorcycle, operated by Kenneth Rager, a 49 yoa male Spring Grove resident, struck the SUV head on.    The operator of the SUV was not injured.  The operator of the motorcycle was injured and flown to York Hospital.  Porters Road was closed for approximately three hours due to accident investigation.The motorcyclist’s injuries were later determined to be non-life threatening.

 Anyone with additional information involving this investigation is asked to contact Officer Bryn Lindenmuth of the Southwestern Regional Police Department, at 717-225-1333 ext. 104.

 


Found: Dirt Bike Motorcycles - North Codorus Twp. - Friday, April 19, 2013

04-22.13 //////  Cancel this informatonal. THE MOTORCYCLE OWNER'S WERE LOCATED.   

On April 18, 2013, our department received a call regarding two found Yamaha dirt bike motorcycles on private property on Haar Road in North Codorus Township. The dirt bikes are being stored at the Southwestern Regional station. At this time there is no information as to ownership or registration. Anyone who has information in regard to these dirt bikes is asked to contact Officer Bryn Lindenmuth @ 717-225-1333 Ext. 106.

 


Husband and Wife Arrested for Sexual Assault - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 A husband and wife have been charged with a total of 11 felonies as a result of a sexual assault investigation.  The male, Stephen Noel Jesse, 44 YOA, of 1600 blk. Westgate Dr., York, and his wife, April Jesse, 40 YOA, 1300 blk. East Market St., York, were booked into the York County Intake Center on 04-12-13.

 The husband is accused of many instances of sexually assaulting a female who was less than 16 years of age at the time of the incident; which began in 2006 and ended in 2010.  The suspects were living together at the time in the 5600 blk of Liecheys Church Rd., Spring Grove, North Codorus Twp.  The wife is accused of knowing of the assaults and allowing them to occur over a several year time period. 

 The victim was someone that was known to both defendants.

 Both are charged with the following:

1)    Invol. Deviate Sexual Intercourse/person less than 16 YOA – F1

2)    Statutory Sexual Assault – F2

3)    Agg. Indecent Assault/person less than 16 YOA – F2

4)    Indecent Assault/person less than 16 YOA – F3

5)    Corruption of Minors – F3

 April Jesse is also charged with:  Endangering the Welfare of a Child – F3

 Anyone who may have additional information regarding this case or these defendants are asked to contact Det. Sgt. Lisa Layden at 717-225-1333 ext. 115.

 

  

 


A. Jesse
A. Jesse - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

 


S. Jesse
S. Jesse - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

 


Subject Arrested for Inappropriate Messages to a Minor
Subject Arrested for Inappropriate Messages to a Minor - Monday, March 25, 2013

 After an investigation that lasted more than seven (7) months, on January 29, 2013, charges were filed on: Ryan J. Barnes, 35 YOA, North Pine Ave., Spring Grove, PA.  The charges were as follows:

        1)    Unlawful Contact with a Minor                                          1 ct.     F3

2))    Disseminate Sexually Explicit Material to a Minor       2 cts.   F3

3)    Corruption of Minors                                                           1 ct.     F3

 The investigation revealed that Barnes made contact with a 15 year old (at the time) female, hundreds of times via either text messages or by phone calls.  The material that was sent was either sexually explicit messages, sexually explicit acts or sexually explicit photographs.

 Barnes was charged through MDJ Reilly’s Office.  He has since waived his preliminary hearing and the case has been forwarded to York County Court. 

 If anyone else has additional information on this case, they are asked to contact Det. Sgt. Lisa Layden, at 717-225-1333 ext. 115.

 


Theft of Construction Equipment - York Road, N. Codorus Twp. - Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Southwestern Regional Police Department is investigating the over night theft of a black and yellow, CAT Skid Steer and a black and red Hudson low boy utility trailer. The skid steer has an enclosed cab but the door is missing. It also has a yellow flashing light on it's roof that illuminates when the skid steer is running. The skid steer has "Cleveland Brothers" stickers on arms of the bucket. These items were taken from the York Road/Lehman Road intersection project. Anyone with information should contact Ofc. Brandy Goodling at 717-225-1333 ext. 107.

 


Heroin Dealers Arrested in Spring Grove - Thursday, March 21, 2013

 On March 4, 2013, undercover officers from the Southwestern Regional Police Department along with officers with the York County Drug Task Force conducted a drug investigation in the area of East Third Ave., Spring Grove, PA. 

 Officers had previous information that persons were selling Heroin to Spring Grove residents at several locations in the town.  Undercover officers purchased heroin from the two defendants that were arrested.  Defendant, Timothy Ishway was arrested at the scene at approximately 830 pm on the above date.  Defendant Eduardo Fernandez was arrested on March 16, 2013 at his home.  The defendants and their charges are as follows:

 1)    Eduardo Fernandez                        18 YOA          East Third Ave., Spring Grove, PA

            Violation of a Controlled Substance        3 cts    Felony

 2)    Timothy Ishway                    26 YOA          East Maple St., Dallastown, PA

            Violation of a Controlled Substance        1 ct.     Felony

 Both were taken to the York County Prisoner Intake Center in York. 

 If anyone has additional information to provide on this investigation, we ask that you contact Ofr. Bryn Lindenmuth, Southwestern Regional PD, at 717-225-1333 ext. 104

 


Defendant Eduardo Fernandez
Defendant Eduardo Fernandez - Thursday, March 21, 2013

 

 


Defendant Timothy Ishway
Defendant Timothy Ishway - Thursday, March 21, 2013

 

 


Purse Thief Charged - Spring Grove
Purse Thief Charged - Spring Grove - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 

On Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm, the 43 year-old female victim, a York resident,  was completing her shopping at the Spring Forge Plaza, 500 blk. of N. Main St., Spring Grove.  The victim placed her purse within her vehicle, closed her door,  and walked her shopping cart back to a cart retrieval area.   As she returned to her vehicle, she observed a vehicle pull up beside her vehicle, the suspect exited his vehicle, opened her car door, removed her purse from the front seat, reentered his vehicle with the purse and drove away.  The loss of the purse and the contents was over $800.

 The victim was able to retrieve the vehicle license plate number.  Officers tracked the vehicle to a residence in Thomasville, PA and found stolen items from within the vehicle.  The owner of the vehicle was not the suspect in the crime.  It was only recently that the suspect was actually identified by officers, as: 

Tyler Anthony Livingston, 19 YOA, Chesapeake Estates, Thomasville, PA

 Livingston is charged with:

Theft from a Motor Vehicle M1

Receiving Stolen Property M1

 Livingston failed to attend his preliminary hearing last week and the case is bound over to York County Court.

 

 


Single Vehicle Crash - North Codorus Township - Thursday, March 07, 2013

 On 03/06/2013 at approximately 801 pm,  26 year old, Erica Sanders of Aspers, Pa.,  was driving her 2004 Jeep Liberty  west bound in the 2200 block of Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove,  North Codorus Township, when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway striking a guard rail end post. The vehicle then continued approximately 100 feet off of the roadway and into a creek.  The vehicle was destroyed.

The driver was transported to the York Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Evidence at the scene indicated that alcohol was a contributor in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information into this crash are asked to contact  Southwestern Regional Police Officer Jeffrey Knouse @ 717-225-1333 Ext.-106.

 


Ejected Driver of Crashed Car is Found By Officer - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 At 0130 hrs. on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013, one of our officers was patrolling in North Codorus Twp. when he spotted a faint and distant light in a darkened field by a small stream.  The officer originally believed that it was someone who was checking their traps.   When the light did not move, the officer’s curiosity caused him to stop and venture into the field on foot.  The temperature was well below freezing and it had just begun to snow.  As he started walking to the barely visible light, he began to notice some sporadic vehicle tracks in the ground and also scattered on the ground were clothing items and items from a vehicle, to include a child’s car seat. 

The officer had walked about 150 feet when he realized the light was actually a vehicle headlight.  The vehicle was nose-down into the small stream and only one headlight was still burning.  The light was refracting off of the ice on the stream and therefore causing the light to be very dim.  The officer reached the vehicle and called out to see if there were any occupants but got no response.  He then ran back to the roadway, crossed a bridge, and went back to the vehicle, this time from the opposite side of the stream.  Again, he called out but did not hear or see anyone. 

 He did hear a faint rustling in the leaves on the opposite side of the stream but could not determine what it was from.  Hearing it a second time, he again ran back to the roadway and crossed the bridge to better investigate the noise.  This time, lying against a tree on a very steep bank of the stream, he observed the driver of the vehicle, Douglas D. Morris, 28 YOA, of Hanover.  He was unconscious and bleeding from the head.  To make matters worse, much of his clothing had been torn from his person when he was ejected from the vehicle.  In had very little clothing to protect him from the freezing temperatures and the snow. 

 Medics were summoned along with the North Codorus Twp. Fire Department.  During this time, the officer answered a ringing cell phone in the damaged vehicle.  It was a friend looking for the victim.  It was then that the officer realized that the victim was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  The officer also was then able to call a family member and advise them of the crash.  The fire department was able to remove Morris from the undergrowth and transported him to York Hospital.  As of this morning, Morris is being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit of York Hospital. 

 It was later determined that Morris was westbound on Salem Rd., Spring Grove, North Codorus Twp., near the intersection of Joseph Rd.  The vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail on the opposite side of the road, and exited the roadway on the south side.  At that point the vehicle, a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, apparently slid on its side and/or was airborne and ejected Morris from the vehicle.  It came to rest partially in the 10 foot wide stream; some 150 feet off of the roadway.  It has not yet been positively determined how long Morris was laying in the underbrush.  The investigation is still continuing.

 Our department is very pleased that Officer Dennis Brillhart was able to observe the one thing that would allow anyone to observe the crash scene, the faintly lit headlight.  He is very conscientious in his police duties and often notices things on patrol that are concerning to public safety.  This incident is another example of his work ethic.  It cannot be immediately concluded what would have occurred to the victim if the officer had not seen the crash scene.  But, in that the victim incurred serious injuries in the crash, and that he was unprotected from the severe weather, we are simply pleased of the outcome; to this point. 

 

 

 


Unwanted Prescription Drop-Off Location - Thursday, January 17, 2013

 Our department has installed a new secure drop off box in the lobby of the police department for unwanted prescription drugs. 

 

 

The abuse of prescription medicines has surpassed that of illegal street drugs in our area.  When unused and unwanted medicines are kept in the home after an illness, they may be susceptible to use by others than what was originally intended. 

 

Residents may want to destroy these medicines but sometimes find that process difficult.  Local municipal authorities no longer recommend flushing the medicines into waste water treatment systems.   Placing them in the garbage may contaminate landfills.  These medicines may now be brought to the police station where a secure drop box is located in our lobby.  These items are then transported to the York County Solid Waste Authority for safe destruction.  There is no cost to residents for this service.  The Authority provided our department with the secure box at no cost.

 

Residents should remove their personal information from the drug containers.  Certain medicines cannot be dropped off at this location.  They include: medications from businesses, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, thermometers, and needles.

 

 

 


Pedestrian Fatality - North Codorus Twp. - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

 On 01-02-13 at 3:19 pm, W/M, Wayne H. Brennamen, 81 Years of age, of the 3300 blk. of Days Mill Rd., York, North Codorus Twp., had just walked across the roadway in front of his home to retrieve his mail from his mailbox.   He was walking back to the other side where his home is located and was in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by a westbound vehicle, a 1990 Plymouth Horizon, driven by W/F Danielle Alkin, 18 years of age, Seven Valleys, PA. 

Preliminary information and eyewitness information indicate that the crash was unavoidable by the driver of the vehicle.  A traffic crash reconstruction of the scene will follow to obtain exact information.  Any additional witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Ofr. Holly Jackson at 717-225-1333 ext. 114.

 

 

 


Corn Hauler Crash
Corn Hauler Crash - Friday, October 12, 2012

 At approx. 3:00 p.m., 10-09-12, a tractor trailer hauling corn was traveling west in the 2800 blk of Stoverstown Rd., Spring Grove, North Codorus Twp., (near SR 516) when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The tractor trailer left the roadway and struck a tree and then rolled on its side dumping it's load of corn. The driver, Donald Sunday, 61 YOA, of Dover, was able to free himself from the vehicle and was transported to York Hospital for minor injuries sustained from the accident. Vehicle owner, John Shearer of Spring Grove, was able to remove all of the corn from the roadside on the next day.  Anyone who witnessed the crash, please contact Ofr. Brandy Goodling, Southwestern Regional Police Department (717)225-1333.  The investigation is pending additional information.

 


Arrest for Scrap Metal Theft - Thursday, September 27, 2012

 On 09-26-12 at 9 pm, Officers were dispatched to a theft in progress at the Hanover Iron Works, 400 blk Gitts Run Rd., Hanover, Heidelberg Twp.

A witness observed a subject taking large pieces of metal from the exterior of the business and placing it on the back of a trailer pulled by a pick-up truck.  That witness called 911 and a description of the vehicle was placed on the police radio.  Sgt. Merwede of Penn Twp. Police, (which borders this business with Heidelberg Twp.), observed the vehicle and stopped the vehicle.  Ofr. Harrison, SWRPD, arrived soon thereafter.  After confirming that the suspect did not have permission to be at that location, and was not to posses the metals, he was charged with the following:

 Charged: W/M John Russell Lehigh, 1000 blk. Abbottstown Pike, Hanover, PA 17331, DOB 01-08-61. 

Charges include:         

Theft (Misd.)

Possession of Stolen Property (Misd.)

Trespassing (Summary)

The defendant had other large pieces of metal materials with him that did not belong to this business.  If there are others who believe that they are the victim of this type of crime, please contact Ofr. Stu Harrison, 717-225-1333 ext. 111.

 

 


Motor Vehicle Accident
Motor Vehicle Accident - Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lisa A. Myers, 26 of York, PA was traveling east bound on York Road (Route 116) at approximately 2:30am on Sunday, September 16, 2012 when she failed to notice the roadway was closed ahead of her. She crashed through the construction barricades just east of Lehman Road, continuing east bound 1/8 of a mile before entering the bridge replacement site. She then drove over a 30 foot embankment into a giant pit. Myers climbed out of the pit and walked to a nearby friend's house. Myers didn't report the accident until 10am Sunday morning. The Southwestern Regional Police Department is investigating. Representatives of the construction company reported no financial loss but stated clean up will take several hours. Myers' 2008 Toyota Prius was removed from the pit by the construction company using a large backhoe. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Officer Shaun Dickmyer at (717) 225-1333 ext. 113.

 


Motor Vehicle Accident
Motor Vehicle Accident - Saturday, September 15, 2012

Single vehicle accident closes Salem Road late this afternoon for about an hour. William Routson, 55 of York, PA was northbound on Salem Road, near Cherry when he lost control of his vehicle and hit the embankment. His vehicle overturned and came to a final rest on its side. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

 


Fatal Crash - Motorbike vs. Truck - Monday, September 03, 2012

 On Sunday Sept. 2, 2012, at approx. 1115 AM, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Seven Valleys Rd., (SR 616) and Linton Terrace, York, North Codorus Twp.  The vehicles involved were a full sized pick-up truck, driven by Keith Reed, 46, Biesecker Rd.,York, Jackson Twp., and a motorbike, driven by Larry Miller, 66 YOA Yellow Church Rd., Seven Valleys. PA.  Miller was killed in the crash.  Reed was unhurt.

The motorbike was legally being driven in a northbound direction on SR 616.  The truck was entering SR 616 from Linton Terrace when the truck struck the motorbike.  Miller was thrown from the motorbike and across the hood of the truck.  Miller was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Miller was taken to York Hospital with multiple injuries.  He was listed in serious condition as of Sunday afternoon.  His condition worsened and died at the hospital Sunday evening. 

 The Southwestern Regional Police Department closed the roadway for approx three (3) hours on Sunday evening to perform studies that will show a reconstruction of the crash and the particulars both before and after the crash.  The investigation continues but it appears that Reed violated the right of way of Miller’s vehicle.  The department is looking for any witnesses to the crash and they are asked to call the investigating Officer Mike Matthews at 717-225-1333 ext 110.

 

 


New Interactive Web Site - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

 We are pleased to offer new interactive and cutting edge technology on our redesigned web site - that is now available.  This new site will provide the public and the media with information regarding our department and news for this community; and will allow these groups an easy way to provide information to us.

 As of today, we have a remodeled web site that has many features that include:

 1) Press Releases are now listed here as soon as they are written; no longer will press releases be emailed or faxed out to the media as in the past.

  2) The public and the media are encouraged to sign up on the web site for “Nixel.”  Nixel is a free program that when the user signs up for the service, the recipient will receive a text and/or e-mail message whenever there is a news item that the department generates.  The messages will be a wide variety of items to include new press releases on crimes issues, road closures when there will be a substantial impact on the motoring public, alerts such as the description of lost or missing persons, or general information such as our latest release that talks about a Child ID program that will be offered at this year’s Spring Grove SeptemberFest.  This information will also automatically be placed on the department’s new Facebook page.

 3) The web site contains a section called a “Daily Log” that has a listing of every call that we respond to in our four (4) communities.  Rather than just wonder what happened in your neighborhood, this is an easy way to get the basics of the call and why officers were there.

 4) There is a listing of all officers and their phone and email addresses.

 5) There is an e-mail address called “ask an officer” to ask the department general questions about the laws and their communities.

 6) There is a way to e-mail us information about crimes or disorder and to remain anonymous.

 7) There is interesting and current information on the web that will allow residents to learn how to avoid being the victim of a crime. 

 8) There is a way to e-mail us that the resident is going away and to provide us information in case we need to contact the homeowner while they are away.

 When we decided a year ago that a new site was needed, we, like most other municipal organizations, didn’t know where the funding would come from for the site.   Businesses and residents responded with the $3,000 needed and this site has been made possible due to their generosity – at no expense to the tax payer.

 The contributors are listed on the web site and as follows: John & Patricia Warehime, Paul Miller Trucking, W.H. Cooke & Co., Exchange Club of Hanover, Kinsley Construction, Loyal Order of Moose, Stock & Leader Attorneys, F&S Yamaha & Marine, Legacy Athletic, and for his assistance in this project, web designer Joe Drahusz of BIG (Business Information Group of York).

 


Jacoby Arrest - Manheim Twp Homicide - Thursday, August 23, 2012

 On Monday, August 20, 2012 the Southwestern Regional Police Department charged Timothy M. Jacoby of York, PA with the death of Monica Schmeyer.  Ms. Schmeyer was killed in her home in Manheim Township on March 31, 2010.  Click on the link below to read the complete Criminal Complaint and Affidavit of Probable Cause.

 


Sexual Assault of a Minor - Conviction in Court - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 On 01-30-11 at 5:00 pm, police officers responded to the 1000 blk of Kraft’s Mill Rd., Spring Grove, North Codorus Twp., for a report of a sexual assault of a 12 year-old, handicapped, female.  

The investigation revealed that the mother of the victim returned home and found her daughter in bed with the suspect, w/m, Joshua A. Moran, at the time he was 35 YOA, who resided at that same residence.  The suspect was taken into custody at the scene and charged at that time.  He has remained in York County Prison since then, pending his trial which began the week of 07-09-12.

 DNA evidence linked Moran to the assault.

 On 07-11-12, the suspect plead guilty in front of Judge Trebilcock in York County Court to the following charges, prior to the trial beginning: Aggravated Indecent Assault, F1; and Corruption of Minors, M1.  The sentencing of the defendant will occur in the future.

 


Criminal Mischief - Monday, July 16, 2012

During the dates of July 12 and 13 SWRPD received numerous reports of Criminal Mischief and Scattering Rubbish.  The victims reported damage to mailboxes and windows.  The incidents occurred primarily along the roadways of Kitzmiller, Smoketown, Thoman, Ambau, Bentz, Haar, Hoff, and Stoverstown.  The items used to cause the damage included fruit, vegetables, glass jars of prepared food, and large rocks thrown from a vehicle.  The food items were stolen from a produce stand in Heidelberg Township located at the corner of Iron Ridge Road and York Road (Rt. 116).  The theft is estimated at $500.00.  Sunoco stickers were found affixed to many mailboxes and road signs where the damage occurred.   The actors are believed to be two white males.  They are to be driving a small black vehicle with a rear spoiler and a white Subaru Legacy.  Anyone with information is asked to contact SWRPD Officer Holly Jackson, 717 225-1333 ext.-114, hjackson@swrpd.org

 

 


Homicide / Suicide - North Codorus Twp. - Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Southwestern Regional Police are still on the scene of an apparent murder/suicide of a married couple.  The two persons deceased are identified as W/M James Witte, 42 YOA, who is the presumed shooter, and his wife W/F Holly Witte, 41 YOA.

 The deaths occurred in their home at 1928 Stoverstown Rd., Spring Grove, North Codorus Twp., a single family residence of the couple.  The incident began when a family member was called by James Witte at approx. 4:30 pm on today’s date.  He advised that he was at his home and that he was about to shoot his wife and then himself.  The telephone line was then disconnected.  The family member went to the couples’ home and found the couple deceased.  The couple’s 7 year-old son was not at home at the time of the incident, nor was anyone else.

The initial evidence at the scene appears to substantiate the fact that the husband killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.  The motive appears to be marital discord.

The York County Forensic Team is processing the scene as well as the York County Coroner’s Office as well as Southwestern Regional Police Investigators.  If there is anyone who has additional information on the incident, they are asked to contact Det. Sgt. Lisa Layden, SWRPD, at 717-225-1333 ext. 115.