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Police: Northeastern superintendent broke into ex's home

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

Police say the Northeastern School District superintendent broke into his his estranged wife's home, threatened her and assaulted her boyfriend.

Shawn Darryl Minnich, who turned 44 on Saturday, of 30 Nursery Road in Dover Township, is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass after breaking into a structure, as well as the misdemeanor and summary offenses of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and harassment, according to charging documents filed Dec. 5 against him.

Northeastern Regional Police officers responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, to the 200 block of Poplar Lane in East Manchester Township for reports of a domestic disturbance. When they got there, they found Minnich and arrested him, documents state.

Minnich's wife and her boyfriend told officers that a little while earlier, Shawn Minnich had started banging on the front door and ringing the doorbell repeatedly, according to charging documents. Everyone in the house, including Minnich's children, moved back into one of the bedrooms toward the back of the home, police say.

So Minnich went around the back of the home and looked in through the back door, according to documents. His wife saw him and told him to leave or else she'd call the police, documents state.

He didn't, instead opting to pick up patio furniture and use it to smash through the glass door, shattering one of its panes, police say. Minnich's estranged wife and her boyfriend called 911 as Shawn Minnich went around to the front of the house and broke in through the front door, according to documents.

Dispatchers told police they heard a man yell "You're f---ing dead!" as Minnich's estranged wife and her boyfriend were on the phone with 911, documents state.

Shawn Minnich

Once inside, Minnich shoved his wife and attacked the boyfriend, choking him and punching him, police allege.

The boyfriend told police he was worried Minnich was going to try to kill everyone; Minnich's wife said much the same, according to documents.

After he was arrested, Minnich told police he was there to see his kids, and that he saw his wife and her boyfriend together through the glass door he would later allegedly smash.

Minnich told police he knows what he did is wrong, and he didn't have an explanation for breaking in, according to documents.

Online court records list attorney Farley Holt as Minnich's lawyer; Holt didn't immediately return a call for comment Saturday afternoon.

Superintendent: The Northeastern School District posted the following statement on its website: "Under the advice of our solicitor, the district has no public comment with regard to the charges filed against our superintendent. This is a personnel matter and the district remains committed to providing the best possible education to every student."

Thew district covers Conewago and East Manchester townships as well as the boroughs of Mount Wolf, Manchester, Goldsboro; it also encompasses southern parts of Newberry Township. Minnich was promoted from assistant superintendent to the top job in the school district after the 2013 school year. He had previously worked in the district as an elementary teacher and then principal at Orendorf Elementary, according to stories in The York Dispatch's archives.

Minnich remains free in lieu of $15,000 bail, according to online court records.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.