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Court Roundup: York County man charged in pharmacy robberies

  • By Andrew Carr, The Sentinel
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A York County man charged in the robberies of two Cumberland County pharmacies and another in Dauphin County faces arraignment in Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas July 25.

Vernon S. Ness, 25, of Manchester, was arrested by Hampden Township Police following the April 23 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Carlisle Pike and Sporting Hill Road. He was charged with one count of robbery and sent to the Cumberland County Prison on $150,000 bail. The next day he was charged by West Shore Regional Police in connection with a second robbery on April 22 at the CVS Pharmacy at the West Shore Plaza in Lemoyne. Police said Ness allegedly approached the pharmacy counter and showed employees a note demanding prescription drugs.

Ness is also charged with felony robbery by Harrisburg City Police in connection with a third robbery Sunday at the Rite Aid at 1941 Derry Street in Harrisburg. He remains in prison on $25,000 bail.

Ness waived the Cumberland County charges to county court in a hearing Wednesday in front of Magisterial District Judge Paula Correal.

• A Carlisle man charged with burglary and drug paraphernalia possession waived several of the charges against him to higher court. Steven J. McCartney, 25, was charged with felony burglary, felony conspiracy to burglary and misdemeanor receiving stolen property in relation to a burglary in the 600 block of North College Street on April 15.

The victim in the incident told police McCartney had arranged to meet him at a store at a certain time and when he failed to appear, the victim returned home to find a door was pried open and that he was missing two laptop computers, a DVD player, Wii wires and prescription medications.

McCartney was arrested April 25 on the charges and found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle. He pleaded guilty to the possession charge and waived the burglary charges to county court during hearing with Magisterial District Judge Jessica Brewbaker Wednesday. He is free on $10,000 unsecured bail and due to be arraigned in county court July 25.

• A Mechanicsburg man facing felony heroin distribution charges will appear in county court July 25 following a preliminary hearing Monday.

David S. Irvin, 23, was charged with two counts each of felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, felony possession of a firearm prohibited, felony possession of an altered firearm, misdemeanor tamper with evidence, one count of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug parpahernalia on March 15.

Police said members of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force and the Mechanicsburg Police Department searching his home March 15 found Irvin attempting to flush two bags of suspected heroin down the toilet. Police said 60 bags of suspected heroin wrapped in six bundles were found along with a handgun with the serial number scratched off. Irvin is prohibited from owning a handgun due to a prior offense, police said.

He was arraigned on March 16 and held on $25,000 cash bail, which was posted two days later.

The charges were held to Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas after a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Brenda Knepper.

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