Two females are dead and a third remains in critical condition following an incident in East Drumore Township early this morning.
The unidentified suspect is in custody.
Pennsylvania State Troopers Todd McCurdy and Aaron Dykes were dispatched at 2:20 a.m. on June 11 to 877 Spring Valley Road, East Drumore, for a reported injured female. That victim, a 15-year-old female, was transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where she is in critical, but stable, condition. And later transferred to Hershey Medical Center.
Two additional females, a 44-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter, were found dead in the basement of the home.
It is believed that the suspect is known to the victims and police stated that there are no public safety concerns at this time.
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office and the Lancaster County Coroner representative were notified. This case is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop J Major Case Investigative Team.
Quarryville Borough is asking four neighboring townships to help pay for the local fire company's workman's compensation insurance.
"We've been talking about this for several years," borough manager Ken Work said last week. "We want the surrounding townships to pay their share."
The borough has been paying the entire cost of the insurance, just over $21,000 for the coming year.
They had to decide months before the National Weather Service or the Old Farmer's Almanac came out with their predictions for the winter of 2014-15.
Even before they finished plowing near-record snowfalls late last winter, roadmasters across the Southern End were being asked to order salt for the following year.
There is no good way to make that decision, said William Lamparter, supervisor for Quarryville's public works department.
A tiny, nameless tributary to the Conowingo Creek got a new bridge recently.
The Center Rd. bridge dwarfs the stream, a blue squiggle on the map narrow enough to cross with one step.
But the stream can turn into a raging torrent, East Drumore supervisor and roadmaster Jim Landis said last week.
One Southern End township is working to allow Amish residents to keep a horse on a one-acre lot while a neighboring township will mandate at least two acres for one horse.
The changes come as an increasing number of Amish residents move into homes on one-acre lots, township officials said last week. Most townships allow one or two horses, known as travel horses, to be kept on a one-acre lot if the horses are the family's only means of transportation.
Saturday's weather was nearly perfect.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures prompted many homeowners to tackle the brush and tree limbs felled by this past winter's snow and ice.
Some people decided to burn the debris, something that's legal in all nine municipalities in the Southern End. A few of the fires spread, leading to several brush fire calls for local volunteer firefighters.
Who pays to fix mailboxes damaged by plowed snow depends on where the mail customer lives and who plows the road.
The state and some townships will not compensate mailbox owners if plowed snow damages their rural delivery boxes. Other townships will either compensate the owner or fix the boxes.
Southern End townships aren't ready to follow Quarryville Borough's lead and enact property maintenance codes.
In November, borough council approved a property maintenance code that allows municipal officials to deal with everything from overgrown yards to collapsing houses.
Trucks will continue to rumble out of 1246 Robert Fulton Highway.
The address, home to East Drumore Township's road crew and municipal government for more than 60 years, was sold Friday afternoon to the owner of a trucking company.
Michael Houghton bought the property at public auction, spending $270,000 for the 1.5 acres of land and the buildings on it.
"I'm pleased to have it," he said after the sale.
Someone stole about 600 feet of copper cable from between several utility poles in the 1400 block of Slate Hill Rd., Drumore Township, between September 13 and 24, Trooper Anthony L. Holloway reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End: