16-Year-Old Charged In Homicide Of Sixth Grade Teacher; Watch Press Conference Replay

Lancaster City police are still investigating the possibility that Marcus Anthony Rutter, 16, had an accomplice in the robbery and killing of Nicole Mathewson.

As of 2 p.m., police had not announced the arrest of a second person in connection with Mathewson’s death, which was discovered Monday morning in her home in the 700 block of North Franklin Street.

Lt. Todd Umstead would not confirm or deny whether police are looking for a second person.

He would only refer to a police news release, which indicated officers were investigating the possibility that Rutter had an accomplice.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/year-old-charged-in-homicide-of-sixth-grade-teacher-watch/article_41fc7300-8524-11e4-9b7e-5f5dc7dd1e76.html

16 Arrested – Mostly For Drugs – In Northwest Lancaster County Sweep

Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday in a sweep of northwest Lancaster County by a host of law enforcement agencies.

The arrests were the result of a year-long undercover operation, according to Elizabethtown Borough police.

Here’s who was arrested and their charges:

•Jeffrey Myers, 37, of Elizabethtown, charged with one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance by. Myers was arraigned before District Judge Jayne Duncan and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/arrested—mostly-for-drugs—in-northwest/article_f3320066-8193-11e4-8184-9b9b354b3a04.html

RRTA, Berks Transit Merger Complete

It is the state’s largest transit merger, and it is now official.

Lancaster County officials and Red Red Rose Transit Authority leaders took a little trip just over the Berks County line Thursday morning to meet with their Berks counterparts — and celebrate a transit consolidation nearly a year in the making.

They have established the new South Central Transit Authority to oversee both the Lancaster-area RRTA and the Berks Area Regional Transit Authority.

The RRTA name and logo on buses, as with BARTA in Berks, will not change, and the public may not notice much of a difference, transit official David Kilmer said Thursday, “We’re on a good track, and ready to move forward,” said Kilmer, who was named executive director of the new SCTA, which will oversee operations of both RRTA and BARTA.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/rrta-berks-transit-merger-complete/article_dc4c0840-817c-11e4-b535-1b031a28a372.html

Tax Baseline Set For Lancaster CRIZ Program

After gathering tax information from business owners this summer, Lancaster now has a starting point for for a program it hopes will jump-start downtown development.

Known as the CRIZ for short, the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program will allow Lancaster to redirect some state and local tax money toward redevelopment within the zone’s boundaries.

Lancaster identified 736 businesses in its CRIZ. All of them were required to file CRIZ tax reports by June 15.

Just under half did so: 366, to be exact, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/tax-baseline-set-for-lancaster-criz-program/article_adf6ae9c-80c2-11e4-a79f-97b4bba5b725.html

Inch Of Snow Possible Tuesday As Temperatures Seesaw

Autumn today, winter tomorrow.

Monday should see afternoon highs of around 57 degrees, which is probably enough to clear away the remaining shreds of snow.

Although unusually warm for the season, the day will be wreathed in clouds, and a midday shower is likely.

But temperatures will drop to 31 Monday night, and that’s where they’ll stay. Tuesday temperatures aren’t expected to climb above 33.

In fact, it’s possible we’ll see up to an inch of snow Tuesday, although less is likely.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/inch-of-snow-possible-tuesday-as-temperatures-seesaw/article_dfffefaa-7953-11e4-a096-af439967278f.html

Exel To Close New Holland Parts-Supply Operation, Idling 97 Workers

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exel will close its parts-supply operation in New Holland at year-end, idling all 97 workers, a notice filed with the state says.

The 300 Diller Ave. operation is being shut down because Exel’s contract to provide parts to CNH Industrial is expiring.

CNH Industrial has decided to bring that activity in-house, said Exel spokeswoman Lynn Anderson.

Exel is trying to place the affected workers at another Exel facility in York, she said.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/exel-to-close-new-holland-parts-supply-operation-idling-workers/article_7792e96a-6f42-11e4-a18b-679e760c6626.html

Spring House Brewing’s $2M Lancaster City Project To Be Completed In Spring

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next May or so, Matt Keasey will be able to take his foot off the proverbial brake.

That’s when Keasey will no longer need to ration how much of his Spring House Brewing beer he sells to his wholesale distributors.

By then, Spring House Brewing’s new city brewery and brew pub will be operational, replacing a smaller brewery in Conestoga.

“It’s difficult,” said Keasey, the founder, brewmaster and co-owner.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/spring-house-brewing-s-m-city-project-to-be-completed/article_26864ea2-6b75-11e4-84f5-87894514c58c.html

5 Important Questions About BB&T’s Purchase Of Susquehanna Bancshares

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As LancasterOnline reported Wednesday, Lititz-based Susquehanna Bancshares is being bought by North Carolina banking company BB&T.

So what does that mean if you’re a Susquehanna customer?

Here are five important questions and answers about the $2.5 billion deal.

Q: What happens to Susquehanna’s 245 banking offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia, including the 30 offices in Lancaster County?

A: All Susquehanna branches will be retained, although they will be renamed BB&T. No branches are being closed because the Susquehanna and BB&T branch networks do not overlap.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/important-questions-about-bb-t-s-purchase-of-susquehanna-bancshares/article_cb08e0b2-6b3d-11e4-9d29-bff9821ae372.html

Whole Foods Market Coming To Lancaster

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whole Foods Market is on its way to Lancaster County.

But shoppers who have been waiting a long time to read a sentence like that could have to wait three more years before they actually walk through the doors of the natural and organic food grocer.

Whole Foods Market announced Thursday that it has signed a lease for a 40,000-square-foot store in the Shoppes at Belmont, a mixed-use development planned at the corner of Fruitville Pike and Route 30.

“The people in and around Lancaster have been asking for a Whole Foods Market for some time now — and we’re excited to make it a reality,” Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president, said in a press release.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/whole-foods-market-coming-to-lancaster/article_ecfe3a06-65c4-11e4-b17e-0017a43b2370.html

Lancaster General Health Looking At Joining U. Penn Health System

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Lancaster General Health, the organization that serves about three-fourths of Lancaster County’s health care market, is looking at becoming part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

LG Health and the Penn system, UPHS, have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore “a consolidated relationship,” the two organizations said Tuesday.

If those explorations bear fruit, LG Health would combine with UPHS, becoming a member organization, LG Health CEO Tom Beeman told LNP.

He called Penn a “world-class strategic partner” that shares LG Health’s values and has complementary strengths.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-general-health-looking-at-joining-u-penn-health-system/article_cf339d20-5ecd-11e4-bd68-0017a43b2370.html

DCED Awards $938,000 For More Northwest Gateway Cleanup

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The state on Tuesday awarded a $938,000 grant for further cleanup of the Northwest Gateway site at the northern edge of Lancaster city.

The Department of Community & Economic Development’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program funds went to EDC Finance Corp.

EDC Finance will put the money toward assessing and remediating about 27 acres, formerly home to the Dillerville Rail Yard.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/dced-awards-for-more-northwest-gateway-cleanup/article_257a742c-5958-11e4-b1df-001a4bcf6878.html

Large-Scale Batteries Are Integral In Shift To Renewable Energy

At Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County, the secret ingredient in its ice cream is wind.

Along with conventionally derived power used to make its sweet treats, the dairy is the sole customer of a nearby wind farm, built in 2010, that provides 25 percent of its electricity.

“That’s honestly all we need,” said company spokeswoman Andrea Nikolaus.

Relying on wind for bigger operations, or to power the grid, is a different matter. As critics of renewable energy are quick to point out, the wind doesn’t always blow — or it does when customers don’t need it — and the sun doesn’t always shine on solar panels.

Read more: http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6805730-74/battery-energy-power#ixzz3GhmVa9jx
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Lancaster Is Google’s 2014 eCity For Pennsylvania

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Editor’s note:  Just another reason to love Lancaster :)

Lancaster is known for its local foods and crafts, and in recent years, those traditional products have begun to be offered in a new way: online.

The Lancaster community on Thursday was recognized for taking business into the digital world.

It was named the “digital capital” of Pennsylvania and recipient of Google’s eCity designation.

For the second year, the internet search giant has recognized a community in each of the 50 states. Last year, Exton, in neighboring Chester County received the award.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/google-names-lancaster-its-ecity-for-pennsylvania/article_32d60764-555a-11e4-8ea5-0017a43b2370.html

Police: Clay Twp. Shooting Of 23-Year-Old Brett Simmons Appears To Be Drug Related

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The fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Clay Twp. man during a home invasion that also left his father seriously wounded appears to be connected to the drug trade.

Chief of Northern Lancaster regional police David Steffen said Wednesday morning that the ongoing investigation shows the shooting was not a random attack.

“We’re highlighting that nothing at all in this investigation suggests an element of randomness,” Steffen said.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/police-clay-twp-shooting-of–year-old-brett-simmons/article_fd43904c-4eee-11e4-9626-001a4bcf6878.html

New Details Emerge About Lancaster Men Named In Pornographic Email Scandal

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A Lancaster County man, who formerly worked in the Attorney General’s office under Gov. Tom Corbett, reportedly forwarded 30 sexually-charged emails he received as part of an office porn-swapping scandal.

The file on Richard Sheetz — one of four released publicly to various media outlets by Attorney General Kathleen Kane Friday — showed that the East Hempfield resident received scores of the sexually-charged emails. And on about 30 occasions he passed them on.

The information released by Kane’s office contains no direct evidence of whether the emails were opened by any of the eight former Corbett staffers named thus far, according to PennLive. The emails were released in response to media requests.

Sheetz, who was executive deputy attorney general directing the criminal law division under Corbett, now works in the Lancaster County district attorney’s office. He has not responded to several messages left at his home and office.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/new-details-emerge-about-lancaster-men-named-in-pornographic-email/article_b617160c-4d69-11e4-949a-001a4bcf6878.html

Woman Killed, Man Burned In 2-Alarm House Fire In Northern Lancaster County

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An elderly woman was killed and an elderly man burned in a two-alarm fire that destroyed a home in northern Lancaster County Friday morning, officials reported.

A person had been reportedly trapped in the 12:30 fully-involved blaze at 1280 Texter Mountain Road in Reinholds, West Cocalico Township, a county dispatch supervisor said.

An 87-year-old woman died in the fire, an investigator said.

Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Robert Granzow pronounced her dead at the scene. County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said an external exam of her body will be done later Friday morning.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/woman-killed-man-burned-in–alarm-house-fire-in/article_4d8de686-4ab9-11e4-ab4a-0017a43b2370.html

New Website Allows Customers To Shop Downtown Lancaster Businesses 24/7

Editor’s note:  We think this is a great concept and we like the fact that so many merchants are already on board.

About 30 businesses in downtown Lancaster have banded together and created a way for customers to have more access to their products.

The new website https://shoplancaster.net/ gives anyone unfettered access.  Save on gas, parking and time.  If you are busy, don’t live in the area or don’t have access to transportation, but enjoy shopping online, then this site is for you!

The website is easy to use, you can shop by vendor or type of product etc…

Just create an account and start spending!

Clay Township Fatal Home Invasion Suspects’ Descriptions Released

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More than two days after a home-invasion shooting that left a Clay Township man dead and his father critically wounded, authorities released descriptions of two suspects, who remained at large Sunday afternoon.

One is described as a young adult male, 5’9″-5’11” and of average build, according to a Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers release late Sunday afternoon. The other is a young adult male with dark eyes, blonde hair, about 5’9″ and of average build.

The men, both masked, entered the home James Simmons, 44, was renting at 580 Clearview Road. Police responded about 11:05 p.m. Thursday.

Brett J. Simmons, 23, was found dead in the back yard of the property; James Simmons was found on the second floor.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/clay-fatal-home-invasion-suspects-descriptions-released/article_40900294-4752-11e4-8da0-001a4bcf6878.html

No Arrests Yet In Clay Twp. Home-Invasion Killing; Father Still Alive

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed and his father shot and injured in a Clay Township home-invasion shooting Thursday night.

Brett Simmons, 23, died from an apparent gunshot wound, according to county coroner Stephen Diamantoni. An autopsy will be performed Monday morning.

Police have provided few details.

Saturday morning, officials did confirm that no one has been charged. Also, they said, Simmons’ father is alive at an area hospital.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/no-arrests-yet-in-clay-twp-home-invasion-killing-father/article_44b91bc8-452a-11e4-981e-001a4bcf6878.html

The New Holland Fair Opens Wednesday

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Folks in eastern Lancaster County have only a few days to recover from the dizzying carnival rides and deep fried Oreos of the Ephrata Fair before the action shifts to New Holland.

The 87th New Holland Farmers Fair opens Wednesday in the 100 blocks of East and West Main Street.

The four-day fair opens with the annual Spectacle of Bands parade, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/the-new-holland-fair-opens-wednesday/article_c82d973e-450e-11e4-b693-001a4bcf6878.html

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