Warrant sweep nets $5K for Manchester MDJ office

Liz Evans Scolforo

A warrant sweep Tuesday netted more than $5,000 in overdue court costs and fines for the East Manchester Township magisterial district judge office.

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District Judge Robert Eckenrode said it was his office manager, Kandi Flinchbaugh, who alerted him to a growing backlog of outstanding warrants.

"We decided a warrant sweep would be a good idea," he said, because similar sweeps have worked well for other York County district judges. "This is the first one we've done out of our office."

Eckenrode, who took office in 2014, said officers from Northeastern Regional Police, Wrightsville Police and Hellam Township Police participated, as did seven state police units and numerous state constables. Columbia Police also assisted, he said.

His office, located at 202 Rosedale Drive, serves East Manchester and Hellam townships, as well as the boroughs of Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf and Wrightsville. It also handles traffic citations for portions of Interstate 83 and Route 30, Eckenrode said.

Many of the traffic defendants are from out of the area, he said.

The numbers: During Tuesday's sweep, nearly 60 warrants were served in York and Lancaster counties, and about $5,300 in fines and court costs were collected, Eckenrode said. Many of those warrants were for traffic and non-traffic citations going back to 2013, he said, adding he was pleased with the results.

"I thought if we got half of what what we did, it would have been successful," Eckenrode said.

Three people were arrested on active felony warrants, including Donald Mims Jr., the judge said.

Mims, 28, of 606 E. Market St., was arraigned on charges including drug delivery resulting in death and committed to York County Prison on $750,000 bail, according to court records.

Northeastern Regional Police allege Mims sold fentanyl to Dustin Lee Graves, who was found dead in an East Manchester Township home the morning of Aug. 5. Graves, 31, served in the Army for six years, including in Iraq as a Calvary Scout in the 116th Infantry from 2006 to 2007, according to his obituary.

Eckenrode said his office opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and remained open until 7 p.m.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.