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Craig Stedman, District Attorney
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced Thursday recent happenings in the unsolved murder of Lindy Sue Biechler, found killed in her Manor Township home in 1975.
Biechler was 19 when she was stabbed to death in her Kloss Drive apartment. She was stabbed multiple times on Dec. 5, 1975, after returning to her home from a grocery store.
A group of Lancaster County School Resource Officers and school administrators recently gathered to discuss threat assessment, what prompts students to perpetrate targeted violence, and how to reach students who might be in turmoil.
Deb McCoy, a Student Assistance Program Coordinator for CompassMark, led the conference at CompassMark’s new facility on Santa Barbara Drive.
McCoy presented reports from federal agencies that incorporated prior acts of targeted violence.
An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:
A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s).
In many instances, that opportunity comes in the form of a diversion program: a second chance prosecution path that involves a tailor-designed set of requirements for the offender.
Changes are likely pending for probation and parole procedures in Pennsylvania.
How transformative those changes are depends on how legislators vote on bills that address supervision terms and when they should end, treatment programs as part of supervision, and funding sources.
Lancaster County now has ten certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) – police investigators trained to detect drivers impaired by drugs.
The effects of drugs are not as easily recognizable as with alcohol, so DREs are crucial in investigating and prosecuting drug-involved DUI charges.
What qualifies as effective and successful is subjective when discussing police practices at Lancaster County school districts – no district’s student body is like any other, so there is a variety of approaches employed across the county for student behavior issues.
However, we strongly feel with School Resource Officers (SRO) and Youth Aid Panels (YAP) available to nearly every district there are evolving policing techniques and available disposition paths that are being utilized.
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