December 9th, 2008
01:51 PM ET

Crime Blotter: night club shooting; drug bust

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.

Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:


Lancaster Police Department


On 1 December 2008, Officer Justin Miller of the Lancaster Bureau of Police, was responding to the area of N. Pine Street and E. Lemon Street for a Robbery that had just occurred. As Officer Miller responded he observed three Subjects approach another male Male (34 years of age) within the 400 Block of N. Market Street, Lancaster, Pa. Officer Miller observed the three subjects begin to strike the male from behind about the head and face with their fists. Upon the officers approach the three subjects fled on foot.

At this time the 34 year old male identified himself as being a victim of a robbery, and identified the three fleeing males as taking his backpack with its contents. Officer Miller was able to stop and detain Manuel Taylor in a parking lot just off N Market Street, in this area Officer Miller did locate the back pack that had been reported stolen. Officer Miller did take Taylor into custody, and conveyed him to the Lancaster Bureau of Police.

Detective Michael Winters of the Lancaster Bureau of Police did charge Manuel Casimir Taylor with Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Taylor will be held at the Lancaster Bureau of Police for arraignment.

The Lancaster Bureau of Police request anyone with information related to this incident, or any other crime contact the Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717 735-3300. Callers can remain anonymous.


Wilmington Police Department

Man shot in altercation at Pharos Night Club

On Sunday December 7, 2008, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Wilmington Police responded to the Pharos night club at 340 S. Market Street in regards to an assault. There, they located a 37 year old Wilmington man suffering from what appeared to be facial and rib injuries. Additionally, he was suffering from a gunshot wound to his right knee.

The victim says he was involved in a verbal altercation inside the club and within about an hour he was assaulted. All the combatants were thrown outside. One of the assailants drew a weapon and shot him in the leg. The victim was transported to the Christiana Hospital and treated for broken ribs, a broken jaw and the gunshot wound. He is in stable condition.

The suspect was described as a black male with a full beard wearing a black and yellow sweater.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Martin Lenhardt at (302) 576-3668.


Akron Police Department

Officers arrest man wanted in West Virginia bank robbery

Around 11:30 PM Saturday night officers arrested Darin S. McClain, 25, of the 1600 block of Eastwood Ave. McClain was wanted by West Virginia State Police for bank robbery.

McClain was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Officers found a safe and other items obtained with money from the bank robbery at his residence. McClain gave officers consent to search the safe. Inside of the safe was 400 grams of marijuana and almost $7,000.00 in cash. McClain was charged with Possession of Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The West Virginia authorities have been notified.

Five males arrested in connection with robbery

Around 8:30 PM Friday evening officers responded to a robbery on Copley Rd. Two juveniles reported they were walking down Copley Rd when a red Buick pulled up to them and five males got out. The suspects surrounded the victims, patted the victims down, and took $20.00 and a pocketknife from them before fleeing.

Officers located the suspect vehicle at Delia Ave and Storer Ave. The victims were able to identify the occupants as the robbers.

All five males were arrested. Immanuel J. Jones, 19, of Orrin St was charged with Robbery and Possession of Drugs. Cameron C. Miller, 18, of Greenwood Ave was charged with Robbery and Possession of Drugs. Cornell J. Iverson, 19, of Orrin St was charged with Robbery, Possession of Drugs, and Underage Drinking. Kartel E. McGowan, 18, of Seward Ave was charged with Robbery and Possession of Drugs. Tyshawn L. Vaughn, 14, of Seward Ave was charged with Robbery.

Father and son arrested for breaking and entering

A father and son were arrested late Sunday afternoon for breaking into a vacant building located at 126 W. Bartges St. When officers responded they observed several doors had been forced open. Officers discovered Robert C. Smeal, 38, of Union St and his 15-year-old son inside the building. The two took all of the copper piping that could be scrapped from the location.

Smeal was charged with Breaking and Entering, Possession of Criminal Tools, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child. Smeal’s son was charged with Breaking and Entering and Possession of Criminal Tools.

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