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Heather Adams, District Attorney
The Lancaster County Office of the District Attorney is dedicated to achieving justice and protecting the safety of our community. We thoroughly investigate, and prosecute aggressively, but fairly, criminal activity in Lancaster County. We zealously work to bring justice and preserve the rights of crime victims. Our goal is to keep Lancaster County safe by working in acquiesce with the many law-enforcement departments within the county.
Have you ever wondered what the role of the District Attorney’s Office consists of, in addition to prosecuting criminal cases?
District Attorney Heather Adams, in collaboration with MyDistrictAttorneyPA.com, has developed an educational brochure on the role of the District Attorney. The brochure includes facts about the modern-day district attorney and a list of resources for the citizens of Lancaster County.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed a February 1, 2022, incident in East Earl Township that involved three law enforcement officers firing at a suspect who entered a vehicle and accelerated toward officers, putting them in danger of death or serious bodily injury. The incident happened when members of the United States Marshals’ Eastern District Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force were serving multiple arrest warrants for 38-year-old Zachary Gilbaugh at a home in
On this National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, our office announces the launch of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF).
Human trafficking has become the second largest criminal industry in the world after narcotics trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in every country, not just developing countries, and exists in Pennsylvania and in Lancaster County.
Charges have been filed by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police on the juvenile armed with a gun who shot and injured multiple people at the Park City Center on Sunday.
District Attorney Heather Adams has concluded that no charges will be filed on the armed civilian who intervened to dissolve the situation.
District Attorney Heather Adams determined that the officer was clearly justified in firing four shots at Ricardo Munoz, as Munoz chased him with a large knife – clearly presenting a threat to the officer’s life. Read about the investigation HERE.
Lancaster County’s C.A.S.E., or Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation, has a mission to engage the Lancaster County community in protecting our children against sexual exploitation and abuse and to empower all people to speak out against offenders.
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.
Attending court proceedings can be stressful, especially for witnesses and victims.
That’s where Tresi, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Courthouse Companion Dog, does her work.
Tresi, a five-year-old Labrador Retriever, has been an employee of the DA’s office since February 2018. She has provided support for countless children and adults and attended meetings, preliminary hearings, guilty pleas, sentencings and more.
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