WANTED: Man who Skipped Trial for Illegal Possession of a Loaded Revolver



A Lancaster man – who no-showed for trial - was recently convicted of having a .357 revolver with an obliterated serial number at his city apartment last year.

William Berke III, 32, has multiple felony convictions which prohibit him from legally possessing a firearm.

Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson presented evidence to jurors that Berke had the loaded revolver, and ammunition, in and around a dresser at his apartment in the 400 block of Manor Street.

Berke did not appear for trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Berke’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local police department or submit tips via the button at the button of this page.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro will order sentence after a background investigation.

The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before deciding the case on Jan. 23. Berke was convicted of felony persons not to possess.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force raided Berke’s apartment on May 15, 2019.

Three detectives testified last week about the search and charges they filed as a result.

Berke also is charged with having a weapon with an obliterated serial number and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia. That case is pending.

Berke is presumed innocent in that case.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:00am