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LANCASTER – Police are investigating after shots were fired at officers in Lancaster. Around 10:13 p.m. Wednesday, two officers were handling a call in the 500 block of Lafayette Street when they heard several gunshots being fired from the area of the 500 block of Manor Street, less than a block away. The officers immediately went to Manor Street to investigate and saw two men running north on Filbert Street from Manor Street and then observed another male running from Manor Street onto Filbert Street. A third subject was carrying a handgun and continued running north and then turned west on Filbert. One of the men fired several rounds in the officers’ direction. The officers were not hurt. Police found a 13-year-old male with a gunshot wound and took a 17-year-old Lancaster male into custody. They’re still looking for at least one more person who’s on the loose. Authorities did find a handgun near the scene that was found to have been stolen. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3300.
LANCASTER – A Chester County man convicted of killing his girlfriend in her Millersville University dorm room was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. 21-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta of Kennett Square received the sentence in Lancaster County Court. He was convicted of third-degree murder in May for killing Millersville freshman Karlie Hall of Chadds Ford in February 2015. Orrostieta told authorities he got into a fight with Hall over spilled noodles, but claimed she was drinking and fell and hit her head. Prosecutors say he beat and strangled her. Orrostieta was found trying to administer CPR to his girlfriend after calling 911, but police said he was faking that and she had been dead for hours.
LITITZ (AP) – A married couple is accused of illegally possessing deer parts at their Lititz, Lancaster County restaurant after an investigation prompted by a complaint about venison being sold from a vehicle in New York City. Pennsylvania wildlife officials last week issued 15 citations against 54-year-old Shi Lu Eng, accusing her of illegally transporting deer to sell in New York. Eng and her 66-year-old husband, Chun Dwong Eng, are both charged with possession of deer parts intended for sale. Wildlife Conservation Officer Greg Graham says there’s evidence the Engs have been collecting deer parts discarded outside butcher shops for the past couple years. Graham seized hundreds of pounds of deer from the restaurant in December. Nine samples of the restaurant’s prepared food were taken, but all of it tested negative for the presence of deer meat.
SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP – York County authorities are searching for a cross dressing bank robber. On Wednesday around 9:39 a.m., officers responded to the M&T Bank at 1000 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township. A black male, between five eight and five ten, thin build, wearing a flowered dress and an orange colored wig entered the bank and presented a note demanding cash. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one at the bank was hurt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Springettsbury Township Police at 717-757-3525 or York County CrimeStoppers at 717-755-TIPS. Police believe the suspect may have been involved in several other area bank robberies.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court will decide whether lawmakers acted properly in April when it pulled a judicial retirement age constitutional amendment from the primary ballot to have it rewritten. The state Supreme Court will hear the challenge to the November ballot question filed earlier this month by two former justices and a Philadelphia lawyer. The court is giving Secretary of State Pedro Cortes until Aug. 3 to respond and is putting the case on a fast track. The plaintiffs argue the new wording will defraud voters because it does not mention that Pennsylvania already has a judicial retirement age of 70. The constitutional amendment would change that age to 75. The plaintiffs say some might assume they are voting to establish a mandatory retirement age for the first time.
LANCASTER – Police are investigating an attempted child luring in Lancaster. Around 5:45 p.m. Monday, a suspect attempted to talk to a 14-year-old girl into getting into his vehicle while she was walking in the area of Coral and Third Streets. When she refused, she started to run, but the suspect followed her for several blocks and was last seen driving north on Ruby Street from Second Street. The suspect is a black male, probably in his 40’s, very thin, about six two, and having bad teeth, wearing a t-shirt and very ripped blue jeans. The vehicle was an older model sedan, resembling a Buick Le Sabre with a gold exterior, tan interior, and very rusty rims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3300 or Lancaster City-County CrimeStoppers toll free at 1-800-322-1913. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
DRUMORE TOWNSHIP (AP) – A Lancaster County man and his two sons have been charged with molesting three girls in their home. A ChildLine tip led to charges against 50-year-old Ephraim Zook and his sons, 24-year-old Ivan and 27-year-old Daniel. They’re accused of molesting the girls from 2005 to 2009 at the Zook residence in Drumore Township. The girls were 6 to 14 at the time of the assaults. All three face a preliminary hearing Aug. 5.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The judge in PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s criminal case is considering whether to allow jurors to hear about a pornographic email scandal her office unearthed and a political ally’s statements that suggest Kane was obsessed with revenge. Kane’s trial in Montgomery County Court begins Aug. 8. She’s accused of leaking secret investigation information to a Philly newspaper in 2014 to embarrass rival prosecutors and then lying about it under oath. Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy is expected to rule on the motions before trial.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A former executive with a York County snack food company has pleaded guilty to defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million. 38-year-old Kevin Myers acknowledged that he received $651,000 in kickbacks while purchasing director at Utz Quality Foods in Hanover. Federal prosecutors say Myers received the kickbacks from 45-year-old Jonathan Haas, who owned Haas Packaging and Design when the thefts occurred between January 2010 and August 2014. Investigators say Haas submitted bogus invoices for $1.4 million in shelving and packaging products that were never delivered to Utz. When Myers approved the payments to Haas, he kicked back part of the money to Myers. Haas’ attorney says his client plans to plead guilty, but disputes the amount of losses attributed to him.