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  • Transformer malfunction cuts power to 7,800 customers across Lancaster

    A transformer problem cut electricity to 7,800 Duke Energy customers across much of Lancaster on Wednesday morning.
    The outages were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president of community affairs.
    The problem disrupted numerous businesses and government offices. City Hall went dark, and the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, were closed.

  • Belk denied bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was denied bond Wednesday during a hearing in General Session Court that revealed new details about the Aug. 18 case.
    Travis Belk, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Belk was arrested in Chester Aug. 24. A co-defendant, Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, of Lancaster was arrested Aug. 25 on one count of accessory after the fact.

  • Lancaster gets no-kill pet sanctuary

    Lancaster County will soon have its first no-kill pet sanctuary and will begin providing a safe haven to shelter pets by the end of September.
    In June, the Indian Land-based nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels, located off U.S. 521 just past Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.
    It’s a change in direction for Paws founder Gloria Davey, who had bought land in Fort Mill and planned to build a shelter from scratch there.

  • Cops using body cams on all stops

    The Lancaster Police Department has finished deploying $78,000 worth of body cameras, one for each of its sworn officers, so if you have a brush with the law, chances are it will be part of a video database, available for use as evidence.  
    The city got a $74,000 state grant to pay most of the system’s startup cost. But in return, the General Assembly attached requirements about what gets recorded and how the recordings are stored and used.

  • New connection between 2 street killings

    A Wednesday bond hearing in one of Lancaster’s recent street killings revealed a suspected connection between that case and another murder two weeks later.
    Prosecutors asserted that Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old Lancaster High basketball player killed April 26 outside Hope on the Hill, participated in the April 11 drive-by murder of Mar’Quise “Mini Me” Evans.

  • West Meeting power outage closes two county offices for the day

    A Wednesday morning power outage in the Meeting Street corridor has prompted Lancaster County to close two offices and curtail activities at a third for the day.

    The outages - impacting 7,800 customers - were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy's vice president of community affairs.

    Jiran said the outages were due to a transformer problem.

    The Lancaster County Economic Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, are closed.

  • Farm animals galore await kids in Van Wyck

    A new animal farm dedicated to children with special needs is coming alive in Van Wyck.

    Bristol’s For Joy, started by Rebecca Templeton Barrows, will have its grand opening and fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on its 20-acre location, 4707 Three Crow Rd.

    Barrows was inspired to start the farm after quickly realizing there weren’t many places that catered to Bristol, her 6-year-old daughter with autism.

    Barrows, who is originally from England, said a friend who has a similar farm in Charlotte inspired her.

  • Ceremony honors 9/11 victims, notes city’s recent trauma

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Irma’s howling wind and driving rain Monday weren’t enough to keep a group of Lancaster citizens from honoring those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Pastors from multiple local churches gathered with Lancaster firefighters and other citizens to pray for those affected by the terrorist attack 16 years ago. The crowd at the Historic Courthouse totaled about 20.

  • Woman grabs 2 sons, flees burning home in Brooklyn

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Artrise Stalk awoke to flames in her bedroom Monday afternoon at her house in Brooklyn. She grabbed her two young sons and ran out the door.
    “I was asleep, and I heard a big bang. I woke up and there were flames everywhere,” Stalk said, still shaking an hour later at her cousin’s house down the street.
    She and her sons made it out uninjured, but lost many of their belongings in the fire.

  • Firefighters join solemn 9/11 stair climb

    Eighteen Lancaster County firefighters and three guests climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    They were among 714 climbers who raised $21,000 for the families of New York firefighters who died in the attack on the 110-story World Trade Center.