Pennsylvania Woman, Lourdes Keefe, Charged with Stabbing Neighbor Because Of Dog Dispute

| by Denise A Justin
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Lourdes Keefe, a 54-year-old West Fairview, Pa., woman was in Cumberland County Prison without bail Friday morning charged with stabbing and throwing a caustic substance on a neighbor who had a running feud with her because of noise and dogs, reports the Patriot News.

At a court hearing on Thursday, District Judge Richard Dougherty found Keefe guilty of violating the township's ordinance against allowing dogs to run at large and ordered her to pay $95 in fines and court costs. Shortly afterward, she allegedly stabbed the neighbor, Dyanne Ensminger, 60, who had testified against her in court and then doused her with an unknown caustic substance, according to the report.

Sgt. Michael Cotton of the East Pennsboro Township police said right after the dog-law hearing ended, Keefe came to the police department, complained about the judge’s ruling and said, "Someone is going to pay."

Cotton said officers were able to view the stabbing because Ensminger had installed surveillance cameras on her property in the 1500 block of Second Street because of the long-running dispute with Keefe.

He said Ensminger suffered two stab wounds to the abdomen and first- and second-degree chemical burns to her upper body. Ensminger was treated at Hamsbbur Hospital but was able to talk with officers despite her injuries. She was later released.

Police sent a sample of the substance Keefe allegedly threw on Ensminger to a lab for testing, Cotton said, adding that it appeared to be a mixture of household chemicals.

According to the surveillance video, Keefe accosted Ensminger as Ensminger returned home after court on Aug. 22 at about 7:45 p.m. He said Keefe also threatened a friend of Ensminger who was at the scene.

Colton said it appears that Keefe first tried to toss the caustic liquid into Ensminger's face but missed and hit the other woman in the shoulder.

Then Keefe stabbed Ensminger and said she was going to kill her, Colton stated.

Keefe's son, Michael Bungay, who was present, got his mother away from the scene and into a car, Cotton said.

When police responded to the incident, Sgt. Adam Shope saw Bungay driving by. He knew that Bungay didn't have a driver's license so he stopped the vehicle, according to court filings. Police said Keefe was in the back seat.

Cotton said he was securing a warrant to search the car for a long-handled knife that police believe was used in the stabbing.

Besides attempted murder, Keefe is charged with two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, and one count each of making terrorist threats and retaliation against a witness.

Dougherty denied Keefe bail pending a preliminary hearing Sept. 13, the York Dispatch reports.

Source: Penn Live, York Dispatch