Ephrata & East Cocalico Police Reports, November 2, 2016

By on November 2, 2016

The East Cocalico Police Department reported the following:

ASSAULT: An East Cocalico Township man is facing charges after an assault that left a woman with a fractured rib and neck, according to police.

Mark E. Buckwalter Jr., 44, of the first block of North Reamstown Road, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after the incident at his home Oct. 18.

He was committed to Lancaster County Prison the following day and released Tuesday after posting $50,000 bail, court papers show.

Police and medical personnel went to Buckwalter’s home around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 19 for a report of a woman who had been assaulted.

The 48-year-old woman said that Buckwalter pushed her to the floor and punched and smacked her in the head the previous evening, police said.

She said he then picked her up by the neck and threw her on a bed.

The victim was taken to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, then transferred to Lancaster General Hospital for additional treatment, according to authorities.

Buckwalter, who left the home before police arrived, was taken into custody later that day at his place of employment in Lititz.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16 before District Judge Nancy Hamill.

ASSAULT: Ashley M. Rivera, 25, the 400 block of South Prince Street, Lancaster, was charged with simple assault after an incident that occurred at her boyfriend’s residence at 12:42 a.m. Oct. 20. Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of North Sixth Street in Denver Borough. Responding officers spoke with the victim who stated his girlfriend, Ashley Rivera, struck him in the back of the head with a metal fan, punched him in the nose, and bit him in the shoulder. The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Rivera was taken into custody at the residence. She was arraigned in District Court and released on bail.

DUI: Jeremy F. Hussein, 27, the 300 block of North Reservoir Street, Lancaster, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence after an incident at 12:08 a.m. Sept. 23 at the intersection of Colonel Howard Boulevard and North Reading Road in East Cocalico Township. Police received multiple calls regarding a male passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, with the car in drive and his foot on the brake. The vehicle was blocking the westbound lane of travel and vehicles had to go around his car to keep traffic flowing.

Upon arrival, Officer Steve Walsh was unable to wake Hussein. The officer then used his ASP baton to brake a rear window and gain entrance to the vehicle. Walsh sustained a serious cut to his wrist requiring medical treatment. Several citizens then assisted by turning off Hussein’s vehicle. Walsh was assisted at the scene by a passerby who happened to be a nurse. Without concern for her safety, she provided first aid to the officer until additional assistance arrived.

Hussein was treated at the scene by Fivepointville Ambulance personnel. Investigating officers determined he was impaired, and he was placed into custody. A subsequent blood test indicated that Hussein was under the influence of high levels of morphine and fentanyl at the time of the test. Hussein will be summoned to appear in District Court.

The East Cocalico Township Police Department would like to thank all of the citizens who helped the officers during the incident.


Ephrata Borough Police Department reported the following:

A Lancaster County man who died while driving in West Cocalico Township Saturday night has been identified, police said.

Vincent Luta, 68, Clay Township, died naturally from coronary heart disease not related to his accident, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Monday.

Luta was driving east in the first block of West Main Street in Reinholds shortly before 6:30 p.m. when he struck a building owned by East Penn Railroad, Ephrata police said. He was traveling at a slow speed.

Efforts by emergency personnel to revive Luta were unsuccessful.

Witness statements and crash evidence supports he had a medical emergency while driving, police said.

Assisting at the scene were crews from Reinholds Fire Company, Reinholds Ambulance, WellSpan-Ephrata Medic and Northwest EMS.

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