Monday, November 23, 2020

Today is Columbia baseball player Jimmy Sheckard's 142nd birthday


Nell M. Bohnart and John Hibberd A conveyed 368 S. Third St. to Raymond Valentin Nieves and Raymond Valentin Nieves for $60,000.

Frank J. Doutrich conveyed property on Ironville Pike to Barbara Jane Moyer and Walter H. Sikorski Jr. for $135,500.

Kathleen F. Hodgen, Jean E. Kreiser and Jean H. Kreiser conveyed property on a public road to Sarah E. Dohren for $156,000.

Harry L. Oakes conveyed property on Lawrence Street to Neighborhood Properties Solutions LLC for $63,000.

Warrant issued for Columbia man: Rodriguez, Isaiah Manuel - Criminal Attempt-Homicide and 3 additional charges | Lancaster Bureau of Police

On Saturday November 21, 2020 at approximately 2319 hrs. Officers from Lancaster Bureau of Police, Platoon A, responded to the 1st blk. N. Mulberry St. for a large fight. Additional callers to 911 reported that shots had been fired and that at least one person had been shot.  The first Officers on-scene located a 41 year old male suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. Officers used 1st Aid kits to administer life saving efforts to the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital by EMS. There, he underwent emergency surgery and is currently in critical but stable condition.  Officers spoke with witnesses and gathered information about what had happened leading up to the shooting. Information obtained from witnesses was that there was a party on N. Mulberry St. A fight broke out amongst those at the party. One person involved in the fight left, retrieved a gun and returned to the scene of the fight. The suspect fired shots, striking the victim several times. The suspect fled the scene prior to Police arrival. The suspect and victim are known to each other and this was not a random act of violence.  The scene was processed for evidence by Officers, Detectives and Evidence Techs. Possible video surveillance locations were canvassed.  Any new information on this investigation will be disseminated through supplemental press releases.  

*****UPDATED INFORMATION 11/23/2020*****  
The suspect in this shooting investigation was identified as Isaiah Rodriguez M/26 LKA: 600 Third St. Columbia, PA 17512 After consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, charges were approved. Det. Odenthal filed a Criminal Complaint against Rodriguez, charging him with Criminal Attempt-Homicide (F1), Persons Not To Possess (etc.) Firearms (F2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2) and Possessing Instruments of Crime (M1). A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Isaiah Rodriguez.  

Anyone with information on this investigation or the current location for Rodriguez is asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3300 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.

Docket No.:  MJ-02202-CR-0000256-202 Date Issued:  Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 8:04am Reference ID:  2011021751 Warrant Type: Criminal Charges: Criminal Attempt-Homicide Persons Not To Possess (etc.) Firearms Recklessly Endangering another Person Possessing instruments of crime Issuing Authority:  02-2-02 Holding Dept:  Lancaster City Bureau of Police Source:  Lancaster Bureau of Police


Sunday, November 22, 2020

About Town 11/22/2020

 This week's photos of Columbia

A window watcher at Third Street Vintage

As well as a bird waiting to be fed -
Waiting and waiting and waiting

A helping hand is always welcome.

Another haircut crisis may be coming during the second wave of COVID.

Blunder thou further towards the season.

What are the charges?

The saga continues.

Long vehicles blocking intersections:

Onward and downward!

For those who want to sit back while they pedal.

A new mausoleum arrived at the Holy Trinity Cemetery this week:


Tis the season

More of the Market House:

See what $2 million+ can buy.

Take a good look.
You're paying for it.

A political message at a taxpayer-funded project.
This has gotta be a NO-NO.

Looks like that sign on the blacktop worked.

Still there -
Year after year after year

Big boat complete with solar panel

Meanwhile, down at Floyd's

Friday, November 20, 2020

Gingerbread House Display moved to Borough Hall


To avoid any possible future COVID 19 restrictions, the Gingerbread House Display will be moved from the Market House to our Borough Hall.

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting - November 24, 2020


Download the 183-page council packet HERE.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday's COVID-19 update: Lancaster County sees 250 new positive COVID-19 tests over 24 hours

Pennsylvania has broken another record for positive COVID-19 cases with another 6,339 residents testing positive for the virus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The additional cases brings the state's overall total to 281,852 cases.

Of the 6,339 positive cases reported, 250 were from Lancaster County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The county's total case count is now 12,853.


Pa. health secretary expands mask order, urges hospitals to prepare for surge in COVID-19 cases -

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said she is expanding the state's order on wearing masks to cover all outdoor and indoor areas.

In a news conference Tuesday, Levine said the mask order requires wearing face coverings at schools, stores, businesses, gyms, doctors offices, public transportation and anywhere food is packaged or served. Essentially, the order calls for wearing masks when leaving your household.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Agenda and Administrative Approvals - Historic Architectural Review Board Meeting - November 18, 2020


Download the 34-page HARB packet HERE.

Agenda and Documents - Columbia Borough Council Budget Meeting - November 19, 2020



Sharon Ho Pei Pei conveyed property on Third Street to Cash Flo LLC for $80,100.

The estate of Mary Elizabeth Minnick, the estate of Mary L. Minnick, the estate of Mary E. Minnich and the estate of Mary E. Minnick conveyed property on Concord Lane to Stonewood Homes LLC for $43,000.

John W. Crawford III conveyed 121 S. Eighth St. to John B. Germer for $1.

Kevin E. McMullen conveyed 353 Poplar St. to Cory Eby for $154,000.

Donald L. Hanes conveyed 529 Union St. to Timothy J. Merrill for $95,000.

Douglas G. Sigman and Donald M. Sigman conveyed property on Avenue G to Rookie Properties LLC for $175,810.

Joan Myers conveyed property on a public road to Joan Myers and Louvonne Kay Kline for $1.

Tabitha A. Sinopoli conveyed 41 Bethel St. to Adam C. Greenya for $65,550.

Zachary R. Rineer and Kimberly M. Rineer conveyed 951 Chestnut St. to Andrew Myers and Morgan Bright for $240,000.

Todd M. Lightcap Jr. and Meredith L. Lightcap conveyed 345 Walnut St. to Destiny Anna Lightcap and Todd Michael Lightcap Sr. for $119,900.

Timothy B. Funk conveyed property on Blunston Street to Dumkopf LLC for $500,000.

Vivak J. Patel conveyed property on Plane Street to Erta K. Jones and Annette C. Gerrick for $153,000.

‘Danger’ Who Wore Wig, Disguise in Violent Store Robberies Jailed up to 40 Years | Lancaster County District Attorney's Office

Timothy Jenkins

A Columbia man will serve up to 40 years in prison for a pair of violent store robberies this year – crimes that were solved when police from two departments collaborated to trace a getaway vehicle then discover the robber's disguise in a Dumpster. 

Timothy Jenkins was sentenced Friday to 16 to 40 years in prison for the Jan. 5 robberies at Turkey Hill stores in West Hempfield Township and nearby Columbia. Jenkins, 53, displayed a knife during both robberies, assaulted the clerks and knocked them to the floor. Jenkins has an extensive criminal history which includes a robbery conviction that resulted in lengthy prison and parole terms. 

"The emotional trauma you have placed on people is unacceptable, and not easily remedied," Lancaster County President Judge David Ashworth told Jenkins. "You are a danger to the community." Jenkins pleaded guilty to counts of robbery, simple assault, and related charges in exchange for the prison sentence. He faces an additional prison sentence – likely at least four more years – when he is sentenced for violating state parole, according to testimony. 

First Deputy District Attorney Travis S. Anderson said the crimes were solved with fine police work from West Hempfield Township and Columbia departments. The robber's "elaborate disguise" was found in a Dumpster at Jenkins' workplace, FDDA Anderson said. Columbia police Officer Daniel Bell and West Hempfield Township police Detective Sgt. George Brace filed charges. 

On Jan. 5, the Turkey Hill at 342 Chestnut Street, Columbia, was targeted first. About 40 minutes later, the Turkey Hill at 1199 Prospect Road was robbed. The robber took cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets. 

At sentencing, Jenkins asked FDAA Anderson to apologize to the victims for "the trauma I put them through." President Judge Ashworth said, "It is one thing to apologize, but there are some things you just can't fix." 

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

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

About Town 11/15/2020

This week's photos of Columbia

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Pop-up cat keeping an eye on things

Tis the season . . . already?


Mannequins at 420 Locust

T-shirt and guitars on Locust

Geltz Gotz Goodeze on Locust

Easy chair on Locust
(Some assembly required)

Wearing a mask protects you and others.
(Even a cow knows that.)

And if you don't wear one, you might have to walk.

Bagged meters at the Avenue H municipal lot

Window issue at Columbia Presbyterian

Yep, it's FALL.

Open door policy at the Owls?
(No, not really)

Moss in the cracks


More leaves

Well, a rose can't last forever.

Here's how it looked last week.

Another vivid sunset

Turning everything orangeish

Be a river giver.

3,510 lbs of food was collected in Columbia for the food bank by the girls scouts, frontier girls, boy scout troop 35, cub scout pack 35, and other volunteers over the past two Saturday mornings.

The banks of Shawnee Run are greener since completion of the restoration project a few weeks ago.

Here's how it looked in October.

Hold on tight - The year's not over yet.

Wreaths Across America

The winners

Is there a steal in Wrightsville?

The last gasp?

A look around the Market House this week:


Farm equipment passing through

Meanwhile, down at Floyd's: