Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Council president says no to "opt-out" on Knox Box ordinance

At last night's borough council meeting, Council President Kelly Murphy read from a prepared statement expressing his opinion that the so-called "Knox Box ordinance" should not contain a provision to opt out. At recent meetings, business owners and others had asked that such a provision be considered. Murphy's full statement can be heard at Columbia News, Views & Reviews HERE.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Scenes from Sunday's River Baptism

A river baptism was held at Columbia River Park on Sunday, August 12.
Here are a few photos of the event:

Columbia Spy reported on previous baptism ceremonies HERE and HERE.

Minnick, Mark Anthony - LOITERING/PROWLING | Columbia Borough Police Department

Mark Anthony Minnick

On 8/4/18 at approximately 10:01am the Columbia Borough Police Department received an email from a resident from the 300 Block of  Union Street which included a video of  a male, later identified as Mark Anthony Minnick, who attempted to take out the light bulb by his door around 9:42pm on 7/14/18.  The Officer contacted the resident on 8/6/18 and informed him that Minnick had been arrested for a similar incident and that charges would be filed against Minnick for loitering and prowling for this incident as well.  Charges were completed and filed on Minnick..
Arrest Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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THEFT FROM A VEHICLE - 900 BLOCK OF PLANE STREET | Columbia Borough Police Department

On 7/21/18 at approximately 7:44am the Columbia Borough Police Department was dispatched to the 900 Block of Plane Street for a vehicle break-in not in progress.  Upon arrival the Officer spoke with the victim who stated that her black Ford Escape had been broken into sometime between 12:30am and 7:44am.  She explained that her driver's side door was ajar when she went to get into her vehicle and that a pink Planet Fitness bag was missing from her front passenger seat.  The bag contained a black faux leather wallet containing her driver's license, credit and debit cards, her social security card, a Nintendo Switch (valued at approximately $300) and a Mario Odyssey game (valued at approximately $60).  Anyone with information regarding this break-in should contact the Columbia Borough Police Department at 717-684-7735 or text LANCS to 847411.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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THEFT FROM A BUILDING | Columbia Borough Police Department

On 8/3/18 at approximately 3:00pm a resident of the 400 Block of N. 5th Street contacted the Columbia Borough Police Department in reference to a theft not in progress.  The resident stated that a PlayStation 4 game console (approximate value $500), a controller and a Madden 18 football game were stolen from his residence. Anyone with information as to this theft should contact the Columbia Borough Police Department at 717-684-7735 or text LANCS to 847411.

Friday, August 3, 2018

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A resident of the Borough contacted the Columbia Borough Police Department to express concern regarding teenagers with notebooks/notepads going door to door collecting donations for a local basketball organization.  The resident was told by the basketball organization that they have not authorized anyone to collect donations on their behalf.  Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the Columbia Borough Police Department at 717-684-7735 or text LANCS to 847411.


Queen, Amy Renae - MULTIPLE WARRANTS | Columbia Borough Police Department

Amy Renae Queen
On 8/13/18 at approximately 8:13am an Columbia Borough Police Officer, on patrol in an unmarked car, observed Amy Queen who was known to the officer as have multiple warrants against her.  The Officer had Lancaster Countywide Communication run information on Queen and found that there were 10 warrants out for her arrest.  The Officer took Queen into custody, transported her to the Columbia Borough Police Station for processing and placed her in a cell until the Sheriff's Office arrived to transport her to the Lancaster County Prison.
Arrest Date: 
Monday, August 13, 2018
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Mural installation has begun at Eastern Drillers

 This is what the full mural will look like.

Strube, James Andrew - (1) count Persons prohibited from possessing firearms (F2) and 4 additional charges | Columbia Borough Police Department

James A. Strube
James A. Strube, a 22 year old with a last known address of Marietta, PA was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 11, 2018 after a vehicle pursuit.  Strube was operating a white 1994 Honda Civic in the area of N Second Street and Cedar Street around 3:15 am and failed to stop at the stop sign.  Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop and Strube fled on Rte 30 West into York County.  He then exited north at the Wrightsville exit onto Cool Springs Road.  The pursuit went up to Grand Manor Drive in Hellam Township where Strube jumped from a moving vehicle and fled on foot into yards.  The Honda he was operating drifted down a hill towards other homes and struck a fence before coming to a stop.  A firearm was observed on the front passenger seat by additional officers arriving to assist.  Strube was located in a field north of where he fled on foot by a K9 Officer and his dog and failed to comply to verbal commands.  He was subsequently bitten by the dog.  He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.  At the time, Strube was supervised by Lancaster County Adult Probation and detained in Lancaster County Prison after his discharge from the hospital.  Police recovered a sawed-off shotgun from the vehicle along with drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Charges were completed for Persons Prohibited from Possessing Firearms, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, Prohibitive Offensive Weapons, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and several traffic violations. Columbia Borough Police were assisted by West Hempfield Township Police, Hellam Township Police, Lower Windsor Police, a Manheim Borough K9 Unit, Northwest Regional Police K9, York County Sheriff's Office K9, and PA State Police helicopter.  He will be arraigned on charges early in the week.  All Parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

About Town

This week's photos from around Columbia...

River Baptism

Morning in Rotary Park

In the window at Burning Bridge Antiques - 
Google tells us this is a Biedermeier painting, a style popular in the first half of the 19th century.

Making a new friend over by the Lloyd Mifflin House on Walnut

The media descend on the committee.
(At last Wednesday's legislative committee meeting that included discussion of the Knox Box issue)

Forgotten work table?


At the site of the proposed animal shelter

Big chunks of concrete were turned into little stones.

There's a big pile there now, but what will it be used for?

This partial wall is the only thing left besides the roof and framework. 

A long shot

Outside machines at Keystone Cap, relics from a former era 

Follow your bliss - and there it is.
(Well, someone's anyway)

Did the operator who ran this machine feel bliss?

The beauty of rust

The proverbial ton of bricks, which some people's Karma will cause them to be hit with.

Well-decorated porch

Low flier sporting the presidential seal

Off on its way to...where?
(Probably HIA)

There's that green heron again - looking for breakfast

Bagworm cocoons 

Wildflowers at River Park

Good seat, nice view

He's still there, near 4th & Chestnut 

The School District Administration Center formerly a church, at 5th and Chestnut

The Elks Club on Chestnut

A grand old house, now apartments, further down on Chestnut

The Owls Club, also known as the Columbia Fraternal Association, at 3rd and Chestnut

The former Poplar Street School, then an art gallery, now for sale, at 3rd and Poplar

That's one small step for a crow...

...one giant leap for crowkind.

Later, over in Avenue I

Another low flier

Mowing at 4th & Locust 

Hey, isn't that the Market House sign?

Piling up in Avenue I

Oh great, more apartments 

What's that on the wall?
No, it's not a key lock box.

It's for reading water usage.

Bird on a wire - barbed wire, that is

Lights are being installed at Rotary Park.

Obelisk with lights at the Veterans Memorial Bridge

Canine Corps keeping the alleyways safe

Looking like a giant yellowjacket, STAT MedEvac

Speaking of wasps and the like, here's a hornet's nest - hopefully abandoned - on the 300 block of Walnut

The Pledge, created by a Socialist 

Snazzy mail truck 

Down Up Down Up

Decisions decisions 

Metal stars such as this one appear on several brick homes in town.

They are functional can help secure a bulging wall, according to the article HERE.

This guy is warning people about a fire, but he's carrying a flaming torch.

Fancy gate

Decorative stars? But not like the ones shown above.

Workin' on the railroad 

Well, quack!

Reflecting but not necessarily reminiscing

New speed bump at the high school

Abandoned vehicle up near Kleen-Rite

Flagger Force forgot their sign.

Abandoned van on Bank Avenue?

No license plate, but the key's in the ignition 

Might not get too far with that flat, though 

Not to mention the expired inspection sticker 

Down at Tollbooth Antiques, a space to keep your brews - or departed relatives

Someone didn't like the flasher.

Time for a second look at these signs?

May be time to look at this one, too - if you can find it

A jumble of wires

Were they formerly inside this box?