Friday, February 15, 2019

Surveillance video from parking garage fight, Columbia man injured; Police seek IDs of persons in video | Lancaster Bureau of Police

*****NEW INFORMATION  2/15/2019*****

Investigators have reviewed surveillance video from the Penn Square Parking garage related to the fight/ assault that occurred 2/10/2019. The victim in this case remains in stable but critical condition at the hospital. 

Please review the attached video and see if you can help us identify (3) unknown suspects and (3) unknown eyewitnesses. 

The video is attached here and can also be viewed on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/skdTW0i6-9I

*****ORIGINAL INFORMATION RELEASED 2/11/2019*****

On Sunday February 10, 2019 at approximately 0131 hrs. Officers from Lancaster Bureau of Police Platoon B responded to the area of Penn Square Parking Garage at 20 E. King St. for a report of an injured person.

Responding Officers located a 25 year old male resident of Columbia Borough on the ground. The male was unconscious and unresponsive. Officers saw that the male was bleeding from a head injury.

The male was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers spoke with people that were in the area as well as people that had contacted 911. Officers were told that there had been some type of fight or altercation inside the garage. Police received information that the victim had been involved in the altercation and that as a result of that incident, the victim was possibly pushed or fell from a height of approximately (25) feet onto the ground below.

Detectives are conducting additional follow-up investigations. They are also reviewing surveillance video from multiple sources in the area.

The victim in this incident is in critical, but stable, condition.

 Detectives have developed information indicating that there were a number of people in the area when the incident occurred and that there are individuals who likely have information about this incident, as well as what led up to the altercation. Detectives are seeking information from those witnesses.

As of the time of this release, no one has been taken into custody and no charges have been filed. 

Anyone with information on this case are asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police Det. Eric McCrady at 717-735-3359 mccradye@lancasterpolice.com 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 and do not have to give their names.

Date: 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Reference ID: 

1902010788

 


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/lbop/19659/post/surveillance-video-fight-assault-20-e-king-st-21019-attempt-id-suspects-and-witnesses

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Follow-up: Pennsylvania drug-bust alligator now behind bars | pennlive.com


The alligator found inside a South Coatesville, Pennsylvania, home during a February 8 drug bust has been moved into the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware.

MORE:

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/02/pennsylvania-drug-bust-alligator-now-behind-bars.html

Columbia man one of three charged in drug bust; police find alligator in the kitchen

(Left to right) Aki Gathright, Irvin "Gotti" Hawkins and Tyrone Jackson are accused of dealing drugs out of a Chester County home where they kept this alligator.

Detectives executing a search warrant for drugs found an alligator in the kitchen of a Chester County home last week.
Irvin "Gotti" Hawkins, 31, who rents the Gibbons Avenue home; Aki Gathright, 35, of Philadelphia; and Tyrone Jackson, 40, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, were charged with drug dealing counts.
MORE:

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Alligator-Kitchen-Coatesville-Drug-Bust-505846071.html

Rules of Decorum? Council president clashes with resident at meeting


Soon after borough council passed rules of decorum, the council president broke those rules by using an expletive and telling a resident to "knock it off."

At the February 12 Columbia Borough Council meeting, Council voted unanimously to adopt protocols and rules of decorum for public meetings, with minor changes. A copy of the draft document is HERE, and one particular aspect of the document is notable:



A little over half an hour later after the vote, however, decorum gave way to emotion, when resident Frank Doutrich began this exchange as he commented on borough finances:

Doutrich: "It looked to me like John [Novak] and Todd [Burgard] is the only two was awake at the budget."

Council President Kelly Murphy: "You know what, Frank, that's really . . . that's uncalled for, and I'm not going to listen to that . . . that's . . . If you want to give your opinion, that's fine, but to sit there and say the others didn't think about it, that's just bullshit, so just knock it off. I get tired of it."

Doutrich: "What did I say wrong?"

Murphy: "You're - you're accusing everybody else of . . ."

Councilman Cleon Berntheizel: "Of sleeping. "

Murphy: "We're the only two that, they're the only two paid attention. [Councilwoman Pam Williams interjects, but is unintelligible on the recording. ] You have no idea how hard that position is."

Doutrich: "I guess I meant that, Pam."

Murphy: "You have no idea . . . "

Williams: "[unintelligible] . . . that was a terrible decision to make."

Murphy: "You have no idea how hard that decision was to make and how many days and how many people I've talked to as well."

Doutrich: "You're right,  I didn't, I don't know that, because I didn't get the financial reports to back that up."

An important parallel to note is the recently decided US Supreme Court case LOZMAN v. CITY OF RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA in which a council president had citizen Fane Lozman removed from a public meeting essentially because she didn't like the content of his comments. Lozman was subsequently arrested and briefly jailed. The incident, which occurred in 2006, can viewed below, beginning at 0:31.



Lozman challenged the council's actions and ultimately prevailed at the Supreme Court after a 12-year legal battle. The Miami Herald published this article on the outcome of the case, which states, in part, "Lozman became consumed with his First Amendment fight for people like him who are thrown out of public meetings for needling elected officials."

Although the exchange at Tuesday night's meeting did not escalate to the level of removal or arrest of a citizen, the case should serve notice to public officials who attempt to push back on citizens speaking out at such meetings. (One hurdle for citizens, however, is that they must prove the municipality acted with animosity.) At the very least, Columbia Borough Council failed to follow its own rules of decorum.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Public Forum To Discuss Trails - March 16 at Columbia Crossing | TownLively

The hopes, wishes, and, yes, gripes of trail users will be heard at a public forum on Saturday, March 16, at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

MORE:

https://www.townlively.com/public-forum-to-discuss-trails/

Gun-toting robber hits Chestnut Street Turkey Hill Wednesday morning


On 02-13-19 at or about 0438 hrs, Columbia Police responded to the Turkey Hill at 342 Chestnut St. for a report of a robbery.  The suspect displayed a black in color handgun during the robbery.  The clerk stated that it appeared that the handgun had an orange tip on the end of the barrel.  The suspect is described as a thin white male, approximately six feet tall.  Columbia Borough Police encourage anyone with information about this case to call or submit a tip.
Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Case Status:

Case Type:


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/cases/robbery-3

Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Penn Manor, 2-hour delay


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

FREE CLASSES: SURVIVING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER & CRIME PREVENTION IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP | Columbia Borough Police Department

The Columbia Borough Police Department will host two classes on Thursday, February 21, 2019 beginning at 6:00pm at St. Peter's Catholic Church (121 S. 2nd Street, Columbia, PA).  Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey will be presenting free classes entitled "How to Survive an Active Shooter Event" and "Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship".  Each class will be 1 hour in length with a 15 minute break in between.  The public and members of churches in the greater Columbia area are welcome to attend this beneficial night of safety information.  Pre-registration is requested by contacting Dianne Carter at K9carter890@gmail.com.


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/free-classes-surviving-active-shooter-crime-prevention-houses-worship

TUES, FEB. 12 CLOSINGS

TUESDAY, FEB. 12 -
COLUMBIA, HEMPFIELD, OUR LADY, LANCASTER CATHOLIC HS, PENN MANOR -
CLOSED.

2018 Year In Review | Columbia Borough Police Department

Below are some of the statistics for the Columbia Borough Police Department for 2018.

-          The Columbia Borough Police Department handled 14,127 (Approx. 3% increase over 2017) calls through Lancaster County Wide Communications. Columbia Borough ranks as the 7th busiest police department in Lancaster County out of 29 police departments dispatched by Lancaster County Wide Communications.

 

-          Out of the top 15 most dispatched police units in the county, Columbia Borough had two units in this group. They were ranked 11th and 13th.

 

-          There was 3,157 calls directly into the Columbia Borough Police Station during hours a civilian service aide (CSA) was on duty to answer calls. This is down from last year as there is no longer a full time CSA on in the evenings.

 

-          11,901 parking tickets issued

 

-          755 traffic citations issued or filed

 

-          154 non-traffic citations issued or filed

 

-          263 criminal charges completed (this number does not reflect PFA violations filed or juvenile allegations completed)

 

-          257 accident reports completed

·         Officers also assisted with many public safety and awareness events, volunteered in town, read books to children in the schools and at the public library, assisted with the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program and participated in other events in and out of town.

 

The employees of the Columbia Borough Police Department would like to thank the citizens, businesses, as well as the visitors of Columbia Borough for the continued support of their police department.

 

Additional statistics for the county can be found at the following link.

http://www.lcwc911.us/public-resources/annual-reports


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/2018-year-review

Monday, February 11, 2019

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting, February 12, 2019



The complete 69-page council packet can be downloaded HERE.

Masonry contractor requesting variance for Front Street building



Living Stones Masonry LLC is requesting special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to produce exterior stone veneer products at 53 North Front Street, according to a letter (shown above) taped to the door of the address. The letter also gives notice of a Zoning Hearing Board meeting on February 27 to consider the request.

53 North Front Street

Columbia man is critical after falling from parking garage during fight; police seek info

On Sunday February 10, 2019 at approximately 0131 hrs. Officers from Lancaster Bureau of Police Platoon B responded to the area of Penn Square Parking Garage at 20 E. King St. for a report of an injured person.

Responding Officers located a 25 year old male resident of Columbia Borough on the ground. The male was unconscious and unresponsive. Officers saw that the male was bleeding from a head injury.

The male was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers spoke with people that were in the area as well as people that had contacted 911. Officers were told that there had been some type of fight or altercation inside the garage. Police received information that the victim had been involved in the altercation and that as a result of that incident, the victim was possibly pushed or fell from a height of approximately (25) feet onto the ground below.

Detectives are conducting additional follow-up investigations. They are also reviewing surveillance video from multiple sources in the area.

The victim in this incident is in critical, but stable, condition.

 Detectives have developed information indicating that there were a number of people in the area when the incident occurred and that there are individuals who likely have information about this incident, as well as what led up to the altercation. Detectives are seeking information from those witnesses.

As of the time of this release, no one has been taken into custody and no charges have been filed. 

Anyone with information on this case are asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police Det. Eric McCrady at 717-735-3359 mccradye@lancasterpolice.com 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 and do not have to give their names.

Date: 
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Reference ID: 
1902010788

Case Status:

Case Type:

Case Region:




https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/lbop/19659/cases/fight-20-e-king-st-male-injured-result-fall-during-fight-sunday-2102019

Columbia Schools Early Dismissal Monday, Feb. 11


Hempfield SD Early Dismissal Monday, Feb. 11


Library to close at 4 p.m. Monday, February 11

A message from Lisa Greybill, Director of Columbia Public Library:

"Good morning!  The Columbia Public Library is closing Monday the 11th at 4 PM.  NO Preschool Pals; NO community Bible study today.  Stay tuned for updates...the weather may get worse!  :( "

2018 Fire Report now available on Columbia Borough Fire Department website


The 2018 Annual Fire Report is now available on the Columbia Borough Fire Department website. (January 2019 is also available.) The website also includes previous annual and monthly reports. The reports can be accessed HERE.

Columbia Borough Meetings - Week of February 11, 2019


Sunday, February 10, 2019

About Town 2/10/2019

This week's photos from around Columbia
(Click/tap on photos for larger, clearer images.)


Don't put this stuff away just yet.
(More snow on the way?)

Hood ornament on a hearse

 There's the hearse now.

 Even before this week's big announcement about Colonial Metals, we noticed the sidewalk there had been cleared in anticipation of something (?)

 Nabbed one!

 Support the arts in Columbia.

 Rustic simplicity?
(Bootleg Antiques)

 Much bamboo growing and growing

 What's that doing there?

X really does mark the spot.
But what spot?
Markers like this appear on various sidewalks in town, mostly near intersections on Walnut Street.

 Photo event at the Take Away Refuse building

 According to Wikipedia:
"Lane splitting is riding a bicycle or motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction. ... Lane splitting means riding between two lanes of vehicles, while filtering can also refer to using space on the outside edge of same-direction traffic."


 The crossing to Columbia Crossing

 Large beer can with contents removed

 So why is all that debris piled in Shawnee Run at Route 462?

 Downhearted

 Maybe someone didn't like the sign.

 You can try it, but you might face charges later.

 Free mattress in Avenue I

Another sign of impending snow?



And now for a short history lesson...








And ... far too many photos of last week's river conditions...









































Bridge rehabilitation is projected to begin in 2022 - and not a moment too soon.