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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news:  School officials in Lancaster County say all but three school districts saw a jump in their COVID cases after the holiday break ended. Officials say the facial masking request doesn't appear to be working very well at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information about four women who reportedly stole more than 14-hundred dollars' worth of items from a store at Tanger Outlets.

>>Area School Districts See Rise in COVID cases after Holiday Break

(Lancaster, PA) -- School officials in Lancaster County say most all school districts saw a jump in their COVID cases the week after the holiday break ended. All but three districts reportedly saw an increase in COVID-19 cases from the week before classes ended. The School District of Lancaster saw by far the biggest increase out of all the districts with at least 356 cases reported in the past week compared to only 68 reported from Dec. 13 to 17. One of the few districts with the smallest number of cases was Cocalico Schools, with a decrease from 25 to nine cases.

>>Mask Mandate Not Being Well Observed at Farm Show

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Even though signs are posted outside every entry way and promoters have strongly encouraged their use, officials say the masking up at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is not being observed very well. They also say, however, that there is no official mask rule or vaccine requirement to attend. In a normal year, the Hershey-Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau estimates that the Farm Show sees about 450-thousand visitors.

>>An 18-Year-Old Lancaster Woman Accused of Stabbing Man

(Lancaster) -- A young woman has been charged after police say she stabbed a man several times during a fight last month in Manor Township. It allegedly happened while the man was moving out. Kristyle Tollefson, who is 18 and from Lancaster, is charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault in the incident. Police say it happened December 10th at a home in the Spring Manor apartment complex. Tollefson eventually admitted to police that she stabbed the victim, whose name has not been released.

>>Women Steal More than $1,400 of Merchandise from Tanger Outlets

(Lancaster, PA) -- Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information about four women who reportedly stole more than 14-hundred dollars' worth of merchandise from the Lids store at Tanger Outlets. Lids sells a variety of hats and other sports-related items. The women entered the store separately in November and each took Lids bags out of other shopping bags and asked to return items without a receipt. Crime Stoppers says while one woman returned items, the other three worked together to take more merchandise. The women then tried to return the newly-stolen items at the Park City Center Lids, using fake names and phone numbers. If you know anything about these women or this crime, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers.

>>Columbia Man Gets Up to 15 Years for Rape of 14-Year-old Girl

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Columbia man has been sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison for the 2017 rape of a 14-year-old girl. Denzel Nichols was found guilty by a jury in June . Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle sentenced Nichols early last week. Investigators say Nichols met with the victim at the Mountville Park, where he supplied her with alcohol and pot. The District Attorney's office says Nichols then drove her to a residence on Estelle Drive, where he raped her after she passed out. Assistant DA Amy Muller says Nichols needs to remain in jail to ensure the safety of the community.

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