The Latest for Berks and Lancaster 12/16


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(Undated) - Here's the latest news: Mount Joy's Donegal Schools will not be holding classes Thursday because of a reported threat. Prosecutors say a Lancaster County man will spend a decade behind bars for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine laced with hydrochloride. A Lancaster man accused of beheading and dismembering his father will stand trial for murder.

>> No Classes Thursday for Mt. Joy's Donegal School District Due to Threat

(Mt. Joy, PA) -- Mount Joy will not be holding classes Thursday. School officials say they've opted to cancel class because of a reported threat. A voicemail that went out to parents Wednesday night said that the school was mentioned in an anonymous threat and will close today to allow police to investigate. Schools will re-open on Friday with an enhanced police presence.

>>Lancaster Man Accused Of Beheading, Dismembering His Father Will Stand Trial For Murder

(Lancaster, PA) -- ALancaster man accused of killing and dismembering his father has been bound over for trial. At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, it was determined there was enough evidence for Donald Meshey Junior to face charges of homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Meshey is accused of killing his father, Donald Meshey Senior inside their West Strawberry Street apartment.  Police officers were sent to the home in August after a family member reported that Meshey Jr. had told her there was a body in one of the beds and a head in the freezer. Court records show Meshey is being held without bail in Lancaster County Prison.

>>Local Man Gets 10 Years for Trafficking Meth, Cocaine Mixture

(Lancaster, PA) -- Prosecutors say a Lancaster County man will spend a decade behind bars for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine laced with hydrochloride. The state's attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says Dillion Scott Schaffner, who's 28 and from Elizabethtown, has been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute as well as possession with intent to deliver the substances over a period of three years in York and Lancaster Counties. The arrests came after an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police.

>>Arguments on Legalizing Fireworks Heard in House, Senate Committees

(Harrisburg, PA) -- City leaders and representatives from police and firefighters' groups have gotten their chance to tell state legislators about what legalizing consumer fireworks has meant for their work loads. They say also that part of the law that gives local governments the latitude to exercise control over fireworks is not enforceable and only makes things worse for emergency responders. In Reading alone, city police said they responded to 215 fireworks-related incidents this past year. Shooting off consumer fireworks was made legal in Pennsylvania four years ago - and many think the law needs to be changed again. Sen. Judy Schwank of Reading has authored a bill to repeal legalization of personal fireworks.

>>Three More Pennsylvania 'Proud Boys' Charged in Capitol Rioting

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Federal prosecutors have unsealed charges against three more Pennsylvania Proud Boys related to the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The move comes after agents uncovered photos of the men flashing hate symbols inside a U.S. senator's office and posing on the steps of the Capitol during the riot. The three, Isaiah Giddings of Philadelphia; Brian Healion of Upper Darby; and Freedom Vy, of Philadelphia, were arrested Friday. They have been charged in federal court in D.C. with unlawful entry on restricted buildings or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.


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