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A Landisville woman has again violated terms of her parole/probation for contacting the victim of a child sex-abuse conviction.
On Friday, a Lancaster County judge found Rikki Salzman – also known as Rikki Straley – was in violation of a court order regarding the 2014 conviction of institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.
Also, in a separate charge, she was ordered to be tried on a felony count of failure to register as a sex offender.
In August 2014, Salzman was sentenced to periods of house-arrest, parole and probation for sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy at a Millersville placement home.
Salzman, now 33, was banned from having contact with the boy, and required to register as a sex offender, under Megan’s Law.
A week after the sentence, a parole officer discovered the victim was staying at Salzman’s home. Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely found her in violation of parole and jailed her for several months.
On March 18, a police officer found Salzman with the victim. She has been at Lancaster County Prison since then.
On Friday, Judge Knisely again found Salzman in violation of parole/probation terms, according to Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield, lead prosecutor. She will be sentenced after a background check is completed in about two months.
Regarding the failure-to-register charge, Salzman didn’t register a vehicle with police, as required. West Hempfield police Officer Robert Bradfield filed charges.
District Judge Miles Bixler, at a preliminary hearing Friday, ordered Salzman face the charge in Lancaster County Court.
A serial burglar will spend up to 20 years in prison for four Lancaster County burglaries, in which he stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry and electronics.
David D. Vasquez broke into homes in Akron, Lititz, Manheim and Manheim Township in early 2011 and stole over $60,000 in valuables, including wedding rings and diamond jewelry.
He left behind crucial evidence at each home: blood droplets from injuries he apparently sustained breaking into windows.
Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely recently sentenced Vasquez, now 24, to 4 to 20 years in state prison.
As part of sentence, Vasquez was ordered to pay the victims what they lost in the burglaries.
Assistant District Attorney Trista Boyd, lead prosecutor, told Judge Knisely the victims lost valuables, but more importantly, their sense of security and safety in their own homes. Even five years later, Boyd told the judge, the crimes weigh on the minds of the victims.
Following the February and March 2011 crimes, police found blood at all four homes. In the Lititz case, blood drops were found on a wedding invitation. The intruder had stolen wedding rings from that home.
The blood was sent to a lab for DNA analysis. Eventually, it matched DNA collected from a crime scene in Canton, Ga. The DNA was traced to Vasquez, who had lived in Georgia before moving to South Queen Street in Lancaster.
Vasquez pleaded guilty in February to the Lancaster County crimes.
Police from Akron (Sergeant Dale Putt), Lititz (Detective John Schofield), Manheim (Sergeant Aaron Szulborski), and Manheim Township (Detective Brian Freysz) filed charges.
A Lancaster man was convicted of third-degree murder, and other charges, regarding a 2014 shooting at a city bar that killed 54-year-old Barry Diffenderfer.
Lamar D. Clark also was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault, 11 counts of reckless endangerment, and a felony firearms charge.
Lancaster County Judge James Cullen will order sentence on July 8. Judge Cullen set Clark’s bail at $1 million, which wasn’t posted.
Clark, 29, faces a maximum 20-to-40-year sentence on the third-degree murder charge.
The jury deliberated about 3 hours over two days before deciding the case Tuesday morning at 11.
Upon hearing the verdict, Clark leaned back and looked up.
Testimony concluded Monday morning, the sixth day of Clark’s trial over the Nov. 7, 2014, shooting at Shenk’s Café on East Chestnut Street.
On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman and defense lawyer Randall L. Miller then gave closing arguments. After that, County Judge James Cullen instructed jurors on the law to apply during deliebrations, before excusing them to do so.
The panel started deliberations about 4 p.m.
Diffenderfer, a bystander who was seated at the bar, was killed by gunfire.
In opening statements and closing arguments, Fetterman told the jurors the shooting was first-degree murder.
The defense has suggested Clark fired in self-defense.
During trial, Fetterman, along with Assistant District Attorney Andrew LeFever, called numerous witnesses, including several individuals in the bar that night. None of them testified to a dispute or instance of Clark being threatened by anyone at the bar.
Lancaster city police arrested Clark near the bar, shortly after the shooting, when they came upon him nude on Chestnut Street.
Lancaster city police Detective Stanley Roache filed charges.
Two men are wanted fugitives in connection with a Philadelphia-to-Lancaster heroin operation.
Warrants were issued for the arrests of two Philadelphia men – Carlos Rivera-Diaz, 36, and Angel Luis Arroyo, 24 – after an April 19 traffic stop in Lancaster city uncovered 4,000 bags of heroin, valued at about $40,000.
Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives had been investigating the two men, performing surveillance of suspected illegal drug activities.
On April 19, the detectives and a city police officer stopped a Honda Civic in the 400 block of Dauphin Street. Rivera-Diaz and Arroyo were inside the Honda.
With a search warrant, the detectives found about 4,000 bags of heroin in hidden compartments in the vehicle.
Detectives believe the men had been trafficking heroin to Lancaster for sales.
Rivera-Diaz’s last known address is 3325 Hartel Ave.; Arroyo’s is 6604 Keystone St. – both in Philadelphia.
Both are charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy.
If anyone knows the locations for these fugitives, please contact police or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous.
A special event permit was issued to Strasburg-Heisler Library to hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser on the Library’s grounds, 143 Precision Avenue, Strasburg, on Sunday, May 22, 2016, serving from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pete’s BBQ will be on-site selling chicken from their smoker trailer to benefit the library and its programs. Outdoor seating will be available.
“Friends of Angels” non-profit organization applied for a special event permit to hold the third annual KAT’S 5K FAMILY RUN/WALK on Saturday, 05/07/2016, rain or shine. The event will be headquartered in Wesley United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 46 West Main Street, Strasburg. The race kicks off at 8:00am and should be wrapped up by about 1:00pm, traveling over Franklin and South Jackson streets in the borough, and extending into Strasburg Township on Bunker Hill and Twin Elm roads. Expects some road closures and delays in this vicinity, and please plan your daily travels accordingly.
On April 28, 2016 at 0027 hrs an NHPD Officer was inside the Sheetz at 698 W Main St in EARL TWP when Jason Umble, age 19 of New Holland entered the store. The NHPD Officer recognized Umble and was aware Umble had an outstanding warrant from PSP Greensburg in Westmoreland County. The NHPD Officer approached Umble who provided a false name and date of birth to the Officer. Umble was given another chance to provide a correct name and date of birth at which time he again identified himself with a false name and date of birth.
On 5/2/16, an overnight theft from a coin operated machine was discovered at the Highland Car Wash. A coin operated vacuum machine was forcibly pried open. An undetermined amount of cash was stolen from the machine. Damage to the coin machine was estimated at $300.
On 5/2/16, a counterfeit $100 bill was presented at the BB&T Bank in Rockvale Square by a Hispanic female asking for change. The fraudulent bill was confiscated by the bank after it was determined to be counterfeit. The female left the bank prior to police arrival.