Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in Nine Counties

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HARRISBURG (May 5, 2016) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Bedford, Carbon, Crawford, Delaware, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Somerset and Warren counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighters’ relief associations, which receive state aid from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.

In 2015, $65.94 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to 1,915 VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

The full audit reports for VFRAs with findings are available online using the links provided below, others are available online at:

Allegheny County

Clairton VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: insufficient bond coverage.

Bedford County

Hyndman VFRA – No findings

Carbon County

Tresckow VFRA – No findings

Crawford County

Fellows’ Club VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: insufficient bond coverage.

Delaware County

Haverford VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County

Pioneer Fire Co. No. 1 VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for four findings: failure to secure ownership interest in a jointly purchased vehicle, failure to maintain a Pennsylvania sales tax exemption number, failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster and unauthorized expenditures.

Schuylkill County

Donaldson VFRA – No findings

Newtown VFRA – No findings

Somerset County

Scalp Level and Paint Borough VFRA – No findings

Warren County

Scandia VFRA – No findings

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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.



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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.



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A Kennett Square man was convicted Monday afternoon of third-degree murder for killing his girlfriend last year in a Millersville University dormitory.

Gregorio Orrostieta, 20, strangled and beat to death 18-year-old Karli Hall during a Feb. 8, 2015 dispute inside Bard Hall dormitory.

Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder verdict. The jury returned its verdict Monday at 3:40 p.m., after about an hour of deliberations.

Orrostieta didn’t react to the verdict. He sat with his head slightly bowed.

Sentencing will be held in a few months. Orrostieta faces a maximum 20-to-40-year sentence.

The panel of 10 men and 2 women listened to more than seven days of testimony before starting deliberations Monday just after 2 p.m.

Attorneys gave closing arguments Monday morning before County Judge Donald Totaro instructed the panel on the law to be applied during deliberations.

Assistant District Attorneys Susan Ellison and Christopher Sarno sought a first-degree murder conviction.

They presented evidence and called witnesses to indicate Orrostieta beat and strangled Hall to death, then watched music videos and browsed social media, before calling 9-1-1.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday, with the final witness being Millersville University police Chief Pete Anders.

Other witnesses included:

– A forensic pathologist who performed Hall’s autopsy and testified she was beaten numerous times in numerous areas and strangled, likely by bare hands.

– MU students, who testified to hearing noises and sounds of a struggle coming from Hall’s dorm room around the time of her death.

– Acquaintances of the couple who testified to their tumultuous relationship.

– A detective who analyzed Orrostieta’s cellphone and found he watched hip-hop videos and browsed Hall’s Facebook page prior to calling 9-1-1.

Orrostieta’s defense team starting calling witnesses Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors then called rebuttal witnesses into Monday.



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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.



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Philadelphia-to-Lancaster heroin operation; 4,000 BAGS OF HEROIN SEIZED IN LANCASTER CITY; 2 FUGITIVES SOUGHT

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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.



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Residents of Lancaster County and everywhere should be aware of an ongoing telephone scam where callers pose as Internal Revenue Service agents.

There have been numerous reports across the county of calls demanding money as payment regarding tax bills.

Police aren’t aware of anyone who has been a victim of the scam and provided payment.

Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call from some claiming to be with the IRS, should contact their local police department. Do not send payment.



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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.



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Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:30am to 1:00pm

“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.


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The NLCRPD filed criminal charges of False Identification to Law Enforcement after the defendant, identified as SAMUEL HUNTER AYRES, age 24, provided members of the NLCRPD with a false name and date of birth. Once proper identifiction was determined, it was discovered that AYRES had an outstanding arrest warrant. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lancaster County Prison.


Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department

Arraignment Date:

Sunday, May 1, 2016


In Lancaster County Prison


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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.


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MAY 2, 2016

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Monday, May 2, 2016 (All day)


East Lampeter Township Police Department


Highland Car Wash
91 Glendale Dr
Lancaster, PA 17602

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.


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Monday, May 2, 2016 – 12:45pm


East Lampeter Township Police Department


BB&T Bank
35 S. Willowdale Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602

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.


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On 2/22/16 and 3/8/16, the male suspect pictured in the attached surveillance photo stole Cointreau liquor from the Bridgeport Wine & Spirits store.  The suspect stole multiple bottles of Cointreau liquor on each occasion, and can be seen concealing a liquor bottle under his coat on the surveillance photo.  The suspect is described as a short Hispanic male, 25-35 years of age.   Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to submit a tip or contact East Lampeter Twp Police Officer Nate Westerman at (717) 291-4676.

Wine & Spirits Store
1622 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602

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