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Apr 28, 2014

Wood stove ashes cause barn, woods fire in West Manheim Township

Posted:   04/26/2014 05:28:02 PM EDT

Crews worked to battle a barn and brush fire in West Manheim Township Saturday. (Shane Dunlap -- The Evening Sun)

7:45 a.m.:Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire, according to a post on West Manheim Township Police Department's Facebook page.

Several spot fires were knocked down overnight, the post states, and crews continue to "conduct mop up operations due to the large amount of smoldering hay." 

A brush and barn fire is under control in West Manheim Township Saturday. (Shane Dunlap -- The Evening Sun)

Sep 26, 2013

Police said a West Manheim couple has been charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children after witnesses reported an unsupervised 1-year-old while his father appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Charged were Robert L. Goldsmith Jr., 39, and Kimberly H. Goldsmith, 34, of Saint Georgia Drive, according to West Manheim Township Police.

Police said officers responded to a report Sunday of a 1-year-old boy and a small dog standing on the sidewalk unsupervised in the area of Saint Georgia and Malek drives.

Jun 7, 2013

Chief Tim Hippensteel joined the local force in 1988.

By MELODY ASPER

For The Evening Suneveningsun.com

Posted:   06/07/2013 11:33:39 AM EDT

In this file photo from December 2012, West Manheim Police Department Chief Tim Hippensteel, right, slaps a high five to students as they enter West Manheim Township Elementary School on Friday morning. He and Patrolman First Class David Morris were at the school to reassure students in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. (THE EVENING SUN FILE)

As Thursday night's West Manheim supervisors meeting drew to a close, township manager Kevin Null called Police Chief Tim Hippensteel to the front of the room.

"I heard a rumor that today is your 25th anniversary," said Null with a smile.

"I guess you could say that," laughed Hippensteel. "I've been married to this place for 25 years."

The supervisors and other township officials congratulated Hippensteel and presented him with two gold-plated 25-year service badges. But the surprise presentations were far from over.

As Hippensteel posed with Supervisor Chairman Harold Hartlaub for a photo, several dozen members of Hippensteel's family, friends and fellow officers quietly filled the room, quadrupling the audience that had been in attendance for the supervisors' meeting just moments before.