Catching Up on the News The following is a look at local news events during the week of March 31.
DRUG RING AT F&M HATE CRIME IN E-TOWN? SHOOTER ACQUITTED ALERT TO ARSON NURSE APPEALS COPYCAT KILLER? THE COMMONS TOUCH CHANGES IN STORE TAKE THIS JOB ... SWEET DEAL SOURS
Former Lancaster resident Donna Essis-Danfora, 49, of York, and her son, Wadie Danfora, 23, a former Franklin & Marshall College student, sold illegal painkillers on the F&M campus in 2012 after purchasing prescriptions from Dr. Claude Fanelli, 56, formerly of Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, according to a grand jury report released Thursday. They and nine others were charged.
Elizabethtown College is investigating more than a dozen recent incidents of racial and anti-gay slurs on campus to determine whether they constitute hate crimes, it was reported Friday.
Carl Dixon Jr., 28, of Lancaster, was acquitted Thursday of shooting at city police Officer Michael Hagen on Sept. 28, 2011, on East Chestnut Street.
County fire and police officials suspect arson may account for five fires in buildings in Lancaster, Manheim Township and West Hempfield Township between Feb. 25 and March 31, it was reported Tuesday.
Imprisoned nurse Joy O'Shea Woomer, 53, was in county court Friday to appeal her third-degree murder conviction in the death of patient Brent Weaver, 11, in 2002, saying she was limited in presenting vindicating testimony during her 2010 trial.
Adam Lanza studied the massacre at the Nickel Mines schoolhouse prior to his killing rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, it was reported Wednesday.
Dozens of East Petersburg residents, hoping to retain the borough's small-town feel, asked borough council Tuesday not to approve demolition of the Village Commons store and office complex to make way for Dollar General and Advance Auto Parts stores.
Construction of a Sheetz convenience store at Route 741 and Barbara Street will get under way this month after 12 years of planning for Millersville Commons, it was reported Tuesday. Larry and Faye Helicher have sold downtown Lancaster's TMB clothing store to customers Shane and Kaitlin Behmer, it was reported Wednesday. And the 140,000-square-foot Flower and Craft Warehouse in Blue Ball, a regional attraction, is closing, it was reported Thursday.
Manheim Central School District Acting Superintendent Fred Cummins resigned immediately after learning he he was not hired for the permanent position, it was reported Wednesday.
At Pepperidge Farm in Denver on Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Joe Pitts and Pat Toomey, Republicans, decried "corporate welfare" and called for phasing out a sugar support program that food manufacturers say increases the cost of their products. On Saturday it was reported Warwick and Donegal parents have been contacted by scammers trying to collect a "sugar tax" on children's online school cafeteria accounts.