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Friday, August 29, 2008

Alleged shooter in critical condition

The man accused of killing his 54-year-old daughter and then shooting himself is still in critical condition, police said Friday.

Donald Lutz, 89, allegedly shot his daughter in the head at their East Goshen home. When police arrived he reportedly shot himself in the head. Lutz was flown to a hospital in Upland where he remains, police said. If Lutz recovers, charges will be filed, police said.

See the DLN for more details.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Microtel Hearing Waived

Calvin Haines Jr. -- the 15-year-old boy accused of robbing the Microtel hotel along with another man who was killed in a shootout with police -- waived his preliminary hearing this morning. The case has been forwarded to Common Pleas Court.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Homicide, Arson Prelims Continued; Microtel Robbery Hearing Still Scheduled for Thursday

Preliminary hearings scheduled for tomorrow for the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and the firefighter accused of setting homes on fire have both been continued.

Randall R. Harner, of Girardville, has been accused of killing Debbie French while she was house-sitting in West Vincent. His preliminary hearing was continued until Thursday, Sept. 25 before Magisterial District Judge DeAngelo in North Coventry.

Pomeroy volunteer firefighter Robert Tribbett Jr. has been accused of setting homes and sheds on fire in Sadsbury. His preliminary hearing was continued until Thursday, Sept. 25 before Magisterial District Judge Nancy Gill in Parkesburg.

For another case -- the Microtel robbery that ended in a fatal shootout -- the preliminary hearing for 15-year-old CASH freshman Calvin Eugene Haines Jr., of Coatesville, (as of now) is still slated for tomorrow at 10 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge William Kraut in the Government Services Building in West Goshen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fire Fighter Arrested for Arson -- Your Reaction?

A Pomeroy volunteer firefighter was arrested for allegedly setting Sadsbury homes and sheds on fire. See today's DLN for more details. And share your reactions here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Growing Grounds

Two brothers were arrested Monday after police seized a slew of marijuana plants from in and around their Wallace home. Brandywine Regional Police said much of the marijuana was found outside along the home nestled among legitimate garden plants and landscape. See Wednesday's DLN for more details.

Over 30 arrested in intensive drug investigation

Over 30 people were arrested through a state and local drug investigation that culminated Tuesday when police from throughout the county along with county and state investigators scoured Coatesville for dozens wanted for allegedly dealing drugs in the city.

The state's attorney general held a press conference afterward at City Hall. Read the related press release here: Corbett.pdf

For more details and quotes from law enforcement, see Wendesday's DLN.

Monday, August 4, 2008

W. Goshen Chief Speaks at Capitol

West Goshen Police Chief Michael J. Carroll spoke before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Children and Youth Committee today about funding for after-school programs. Read the related press release here: CarrollRelease.pdf