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Bond sought for Erie woman charged in killing

Posted on June 10th, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Lawyer argues evidence suggests fatal stabbing of daughter’s boyfriend was self-defense.

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Erie woman, 67, will argue self-defense in killing

Posted on May 12th, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Delores White is accused of fatally stabbing Khalil Reynolds on April 14.

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Man charged in Summit motel slaying will claim insanity

Posted on April 21st, 2020 at 8:54 AM

Ferenc Sarkozy’s defense will argue he was legally insane when he attacked a motel clerk.

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Erie man charged with selling alcohol during shutdown

Posted on April 14th, 2020 at 3:08 PM

State police accuse him of selling bottles of liquor out of an East 21st Street residence.

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Venango man jailed after incident leads to his being shot by police

Posted on March 28th, 2019 at 5:16 PM

A Venango man allegedly told police “I’ll (expletive) shoot anyone that comes down here” and “I’ll start spraying lead” at the beginning of a standoff with police and later pointed a rifle at officers as he exited the front door of a Cussewago Township residence earlier this month, according to the criminal complaint filed by police in the case.

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Crystal Meth, Heroin, Nearly $30K in Cash Seized from Erie Residence

Posted on March 26th, 2019 at 4:11 PM

Two were arrested after crystal meth, heroin, guns and thousands of dollars in cash were seized during a drug bust in Erie on Monday.

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Woman charged in west Erie stabbing

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 at 1:38 PM

One female was taken to the hospital and another female was taken into police custody following a stabbing on the city’s west side on Thursday afternoon.

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Autopsy Completed on Man who Died Following Fight in Corry

Posted on March 20th, 2019 at 4:51 PM

An autopsy was completed Wednesday on the body of a man who died following a fight in the City of Corry, but the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation, according to the Erie County Coroner.

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Man Indicted for Murder in 2014 Death of 16 Month Old in Jamestown, N.Y.

Posted on March 18th, 2019 at 2:54 PM

A Chautauqua County Grand Jury has indicted a man on murder and manslaughter charges for his role in the 2014 death of a 16 month old in Jamestown, N.Y.

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Three Men Accused of Having Sex with Twelve Animals Await Sentencing

Posted on March 15th, 2019 at 11:08 AM

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – Three Pennsylvania men accused of having sex on a regular basis with several animals will be sentenced next month.


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Stephen Sebald far exceeded my expectations. As a result of trusting in his extensive knowledge of the law & him working diligently on my case, charges were substantially reduced. He was always on call & went above & beyond in my case. Excellent defense attorney!


I was charged with theft by extortion, a 3rd degree felony which carries a possible sentence of 7 years in prison and 15,000 in fines. Against my better judgement, I took the advice of Stephen and pled guilty for a reduced sentence. Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.


Stephen is a very knowledgeable lawyer! I got a DUI with a BAC of 2.16 and walked away with only 6 months probation and didn't lose my license! I can't thank this man enough! Thank you Stephen for all the hard work you put into my case!


Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome.

MichaelErie, PA

I was in a rough spot and Attorney Sebald exceeded my expectations while being fair and upfront about the possible outcomes. I was impressed by his knowledge and navigation of the law, but also by his relationships within that community.


I have many good things to say about Mr. Hackwelder and his team. From the beginning he came to our aid last minute and were good at keeping open lines of communication with me and my family. They worked on our case up to the last possible moment and even met with me on weekends. He answered all my questions throughout the whole process, was polite and did not waste time. The case was an extremely hard one, and the legal system was a bear to work with, but Mr. Hackwelder showed up every time with lots of energy and a positive attitude. He never promised what could not be done, but our results were extremely positive, in part to his hard work and constant attention to important details. I highly recommend him and his team. Mr. Hackwelder, I believe, went above and beyond the call of duty in our unique circumstance.


Mr. Hackwelder and Mr. Sebald both worked very diligently to a resolution of a very serious case. My son was accused of a crime that would have cost him his freedom and caused irreparable harm to his reputation and his family unit. A conviction would have led to certain alienation of his rights as a father. My son, a provider and a family man was accused by a third party with an obvious agenda. Both Hackwelder and Sebald did exactly as the indicated at our first meeting. They said that this case would end up dismissed and it was. They were able to successfully demonstrate to the district attorney that there was no way that this case would be successfully prosecuted because of the lack of evidence, improper conduct and the overt agenda of the accusing party. I would not hesitate to ask Eric Hackwelder or Stephen Sebald to represent my loved ones again and you definitely shouldn't look any further.


I am more than pleased with my experience with attorney Hackwelder. He is knowledgeable and got us a great result. I would highly recommend hiring Attorney Hackwelder.


Attorney Sebald represented me in 2005 for a DUI. So when I was facing legal problems again in 2015 for getting 3 DUI's in a 5 month period due to an addiction to alcohol I knew I needed him to represent me again. Mr. Sebald truly cares about his clients. I met with him we discussed my case and what I was facing. He guided me on what I should do. He doesn't sugar coat things. Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome. I was facing some pretty serious consequences and through his advice, guidance and representation I not only was able to avoid Jail time but also get help for my problem with alcohol. I truly believe if it weren't for him I would not be where I am today. After hiring Attorney Sebald he traveled to Lycoming county to represent me for my preliminary hearing and sentencing. He called and spoke with the D.A., judges as well as other attorneys in that area. He also represented me here in Erie county for my preliminary hearing as well as sentencing. He does his research. I would strongly recommend Mr Sebald to anyone who needs legal representation.


Eric was great. Very professional and very knowledgeable of the law. Attorney Hackwelder and his partner were able to resolve my particular case quickly and to my benefit. Good job!