Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hobie Crystle to speak at Columbia Town Hall this Saturday, August 3

Hobie Crystle

Lancaster Stands Up is proud to be hosting town halls with community members about the future of our criminal justice system. As a community, we have a choice that we’ve never had before. We can choose the way things have always been and continue to sentence our sick neighbors. Or, we can choose courage, and reimagine a criminal justice system that upholds our values and offers a helping hand, not a prison cell. We’ll be hearing from community members about their experiences in the criminal justice system, from everyday people to business owners to families of folks impacted by our outdated and punitive system. We have invited Hobie Crystle to speak about his vision for a criminal justice system that heals us.

Saturday, August 03, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

National Watch & Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512

At the Library - Thursday, August 1

Community takes a step toward healing after recent tragedy

Over 50 people came together Tuesday night at North 3rd and Walnut where 19-year-old Nick Mills died the night before. Pastor Angelo Rodriguez of Itlm Faith Community Church, accompanied by Pastor Dave Powers of Columbia Presbyterian, led the group in song and prayer to help heal and unify the community. Unfortunately, no borough officials attended.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

'They were best friends': Columbia mayor, neighbors react to fatal shooting | Local News |

A lone Columbia Borough police car sat outside the apartment at the corner of North Third and Walnut Streets mid-morning Tuesday.

Inside the building Monday evening, a 17-year-old shot his 19-year-old friend while holding a handgun he didn't think was loaded, according to charging documents from police.


Bikes and Slide Show at Locust Street Park/Library Wednesday, July 31

Community Vigil/Prayer Walk to be held at 3rd& Locust, Tuesday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

Antonio Acosta - Docket Sheet, Court Summary, Police Report

A 17-year boy is charged with third-degree murder regarding a fatal shooting Monday night in Columbia. Antonio Acosta, of Columbia, was arraigned Tuesday morning and remanded to Lancaster County Prison. Nicholas Mills, 19, was pronounced dead Monday night after being shot at a home in the 100 block of North Third Street. After being shot, he collapsed outside the home.

Acosta also is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is charged as an adult. The investigation is ongoing. Charges could be added or amended in the future. The charges filed at this time are based on information gathered so far. Columbia police and Lancaster County Detectives, in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, are investigating the incident. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa approved the charges. 

The victim was shot by Acosta once in the upper body. Several people were at the apartment at the time of the incident and have been interviewed by detectives. The shooter and victim were acquaintances; everyone at the home Monday night was familiar with one another. 

Here is a narrative of what took place: Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. and found the victim on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound. Police and emergency responders attempted life-saving measures at the scene. Acosta approached police and directed them to a handgun believed to be used in the shooting. The gun was in a rear room. The shooting happened in a living room. Acosta told police he pointed the gun at the victim and it went off. Acosta told police, “I didn’t mean for this to happen.” Acosta also removed a shell casing from a pocket and provided it to police. Regarding what happened before the shot was fired, a witness told police that Acosta produced a handgun and removed its magazine. A man in the home told Acosta not to play with the gun because it is not a toy, according to a witness. A witness heard a loud bang, looked up and saw the victim in pain. The victim ran out of the apartment and collapsed outside. 

Police have been interviewing individuals, analyzing evidence at the scene, and gathering other information since the 9-1-1 dispatch. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lancaster County deputy coroner. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Acosta is presumed innocent. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright Source: Lancaster County District Attorney's Office

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UPDATE: Police ID teen suspect, victim in fatal shooting

17-year-old Antonio Acosta, charged with third-degree murder in shooting incident Monday night
Police say Antonio Acosta, 17, is under arrest and will be charged as an adult in the shooting death of Nicholas Mills, 21.
According to police, Acosta was at Mills' home near North Third and Walnut streets around 8 p.m. and was playing with a handgun. Acosta told police he thought the gun was unloaded.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Shooting reported in Columbia Borough

North 3rd & Walnut

A person was shot in Columbia Borough on Monday evening, according to emergency dispatch.

[Columbia Spy video]

This website lists a DOA.

Emergency responders were dispatched to North Third and Walnut streets about 8:11 p.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communication.

State Police searched for suspects this evening.

An ambulance left the area around 10 p.m.  The coroner's office was dispatched to the scene around 10:30. Further details weren't immediately available. This story will be updated.

Deeds Recorded - July 29, 2019

Columbia Borough Meetings - Week of July 29, 2019