Twelve geese were discovered on April 6, and another 15 geese were found on April 8 along Simpson Ferry Road behind AMC CLASSIC Camp Hill movie theater, the Game Commission said.
There were no visible signs of trauma, so the Game Commission originally thought they may have suffered from a disease and ordered a necropsy for five of them. The necropsy, however, showed that all five birds had received a small-caliber gunshot wound.
Anyone with information or anyone who observed suspicious activity in the area on the evenings of April 5 or April 7 is asked to call the Game Commission's Southcentral Region Office at 1-814-643-1831 or the Operation Game Thief tip line at 1-888-742-8001.
It only took days for police to arrest Christopher Jaquell Williams, 27, of Harrisburg, for the Carlisle shooting death of Rhyhiem Hodge in a Nov. 12, 2017, robbery gone wrong.
Eighteen months later, however, Williams is still awaiting trial. He is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in July.
Williams went to a home in the 200 block of West North Street in an attempt to purchase marijuana, according to an affidavit of probable cause. A witness told police Williams took her hostage, placed a gun to her head and demanded money. Williams then shot Hodge, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, hip and ear, police said.
David Freed, who was Cumberland County’s district attorney at the time, said the drug deal was likely a pretext for Williams to commit robbery. Freed credited the county’s rapid DNA system with allowing police to quickly make an arrest.
Williams was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm, unlawful restraint, and recklessly endangering another person. In February 2018, prosecutors filed a notice of aggravating circumstances, which would allow them to seek the death penalty in the case.
Bail was denied in the case, and Williams is incarcerated at Perry County Prison, according to court documents. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 1:30 p.m. July 9.
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A Camp Hill man who police say sexually assaulted a customer while working at a Carlisle business has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor while avoiding a felony conviction.
Daniel L. Parsons, 46, was the store manager at GoodAll Pools and Spas on Noble Boulevard on June 14, 2017, when he assaulted a person who was trying out a hot tub, police said in May 2018.
Parsons pleaded guilty on Monday to indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, a misdemeanor, according to court documents. Other charges that had been filed, including felony rape of a mentally disabled person, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault of someone with a mental disability, and misdemeanor indecent assault without consent, were dismissed.
The customer told police he was wearing a bathing suit for a “wet test” when he complained of having back pain. Parsons told the victim he was a massage therapist and offered to help, according to police.
The customer went to a bathroom at the back of the store, where Parsons followed him, pulled off his clothes, forced him to the ground and raped him, according to an account the customer provided to police that was included in an affidavit of probable cause.
Parsons admitted meeting the customer but denied sexual contact with him, police said. He voluntarily provided a DNA sample. He was arrested after DNA from the customer’s rape kit was found to match Parsons.
Sentencing for Parsons was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in front of Court of Common Pleas Judge Jessica Brewbaker.
EAST LAMPETER, Pa. — A lengthy police pursuit that included state troopers shooting at the driver ended when the man crashed in a lumber yard and was subdued with a stun gun.
The 45-minute chase started around 3:30 a.m. Monday when East Lampeter police tried to stop the vehicle driven by a 39-year-old Coatesville man. But authorities say the man instead sped away.
Officers tried to block the vehicle in at a convenience store, but authorities say the car hit a state police cruiser and moved toward a trooper. The man then drove off as troopers shot at the car, but he soon crashed in a lumber yard in Landisville.
Authorities say the driver attempted to hit officers with a thick board, but was subdued with a stun gun.
A Carlisle man who is accused of breaking into a South Middleton Township residence early Friday morning and shooting his ex-wife had hired a babysitter to watch the couple's children while he committed the deed, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police at Carlisle.
Joel Paugh, 29, of Carlisle, has been charged with attempted murder as a result of the incident, which was detailed in the affidavit.
A man told dispatchers at 12:36 a.m. that someone had broken into his residence on Netherby Lane and shot his girlfriend, the affidavit said. When police arrived, the man told them that he and his girlfriend were in bed and heard a noise by their locked bedroom door. The man opened it.
A man entered the bedroom and shot the woman in the wrist with a handgun, according to police. The male resident then tackled the gunman, leading to a struggle. The woman retrieved some knives and both victims stabbed and disarmed the gunman.
During the encounter, the gunman fired “multiple” shots from the handgun, according to the affidavit.
After the struggle, the woman asked Paugh where their children were and Paugh said they were at home with a babysitter, according to police. A woman confirmed that she had agreed that afternoon to babysit for $200.
“(Paugh) asked (the babysitter) if he could borrow her car, which she declined,” the affidavit states. “He (said) it may take him longer because he may need to use a bike.”
The babysitter told police she arrived at 11:45 p.m. and Paugh left shortly after that.
The affidavit did not say how many children were left with the babysitter.
The gunman and both victims were taken to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
In addition to two counts of attempted homicide, Paugh has been charged with aggravated assault, burglary and recklessly endangering another person. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 15 in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan K. Day.
The father of a man murdered in broad daylight last summer in Carlisle is blasting a possible plea deal for the accused killer as “absolutely insane.”
Michael Burch, 23, of Carlisle, was killed about 3:45 p.m. June 21, 2018, in a drive-by shooting while he was walking along the first block of North Penn Street in Carlisle. Craig Ryan Hines Jr., 19, of Carlisle, was arrested for the shooting in August.
In February, prosecutors filed a notice of aggravating circumstances that would permit them to seek the death penalty.
However, Michael Burch's father, William Burch, of Philadelphia, said he participated in a prearranged phone call Friday with a prosecutor from the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, and the prosecutor asked him for his thoughts on a plea deal that would involve dropping the first-degree murder charge for a guilty plea on a third-degree murder charge.
The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is 20-40 years, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Daniel Sodus.
That isn’t long enough, according to Burch, both in terms of justice and in ensuring a dangerous criminal does not get back on the streets.
"I just don’t understand why such a bad, bad person at such a young age has a possibility of walking free,” he said.
Burch isn’t seeking the death penalty, but would like to see a first-degree murder conviction and life in prison without parole, he said.
District attorney's response
Sodus said he would not discuss potential plea negotiations in the press, and no formal plea offer has been made to the defendant. However, Sodus confirmed that he spoke with William Burch on Friday as part of his “due diligence” in meeting with victims.
Burch left the phone call before Sodus could explain details of the plea ideas he was planning to ask Burch to consider, he said.
"It was a very incomplete discussion,” he said.
Burch said he left the phone conversation after stating that he would not approve of the deal. His fiancée remained on the phone for Sodus to further discuss the possibility of a plea, he said, and Sodus confirmed.
'Just walking down the street'
In Burch’s view, the crime was especially heinous because Hines tracked his son down in broad daylight while his son was “just walking down the street.”
"He literally searched him out to shoot and kill him," Burch said.
Burch said Sodus raised the possibility that Hines would take the case to trial and be found innocent — an argument Burch characterized as “trying to scare me into agreeing with him.” A prosecutor who does his job right ought to be able to obtain a conviction in this case, he said.
"I can’t see how the district attorney would think this is a reasonable offer," he said.
Hines faces charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm, person not to use or possess a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, according to court records. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 9.