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Owner of Chinese eatery on N. Union sues borough in federal court, claims rights violated over lot

The owner of the HE Group Chinese restaurant has sued Middletown borough in federal court, alleging the borough has violated his right to equal protection under the law. In the suit filed Friday …

Morris remains interim Middletown chief of police after another attempt to remove him

Middletown Borough Councilor Richard Kluskiewicz again sought to remove Dennis Morris as interim police chief during council’s Jan. 15 meeting. This time, Kluskiewicz’s motion to …

Borough’s new finance director will start Feb. 3

Middletown borough has hired a new finance director to replace Kevin Zartman, who resigned Nov. 20 for a job in the private sector. Sally Canazaro, of Boiling Springs, was hired by Borough Manager …

Borough gives Bunky’s site break on water line location, could save new owner money

Middletown Borough Council acted Jan. 15 to support efforts by private investors to rehabilitate the former Bunky’s at 10-16 S. Union St. and save them money on water line …

Saylor gets promotion to master gunnery sergeant

Middletown native James C. Saylor Jr. received his promotion to master gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 1 in Cherry Point, North Carolina. The ceremony was attended by family and …

Man allegedly wielded machete; speeds reach 90 mph on turnpike: Police and Courts Roundup

State Police charged a Londonderry Township man with aggravated assault and other offenses after he allegedly wielded a rusted machete at another man during an incident in the 100 block of Joan …

Charges filed after MAHS basketball game incident: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A Harrisburg teen faces charges of simple assault and harassment following an incident at the Steel-High vs. Middletown basketball game Jan. 14. A teen told police that during the game, a group of …

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to sexual assault of teen girl

A man from Pittsburgh who Middletown police charged with sexual assault in January 2018 faces at least 10 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty in Dauphin County Court on Jan. 14. Richard David …
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Dash, Spear shine for Raider wrestlers

The Blue Raider wrestling team continued to roll last week, highlighted by championship performances from seniors Joey Spear and Arthur Dash. These seniors led their team to an important Mid-Penn …

MAHS boys basketball team falls to Rollers and Panthers

Despite showing steadily improving play in the season’s second half, the Middletown boys basketball team just can’t break the chain that is holding it back from securing much-needed wins. …

Middletown girls lose to Steel-High, East Pennsboro

The Middletown girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week and now stand at 4-10. At Steelton-Highspire (10-5) on Jan. 14, the Blue Raiders fell 67-56. Kate Fitzpatrick had 33 …

Middletown JV boys beat East Pennsboro

The Middletown junior varsity team picked up another win Friday with a 60-38 triumph over East Pennsboro. The young Blue Raiders trailed 10-9 at the end of the first quarter but got their offense …

Middletown boys basketball falls to Milton Hershey, Elizabethtown

The youthful Middletown boys basketball team is still going through growing pains and lost another pair of games last week. On Friday, following a weeklong layoff, the Blue Raiders were humbled by …

Fitzpatrick’s return from injury helps fuel Raider girls’ victory

The Middletown girls basketball team lost 38-15 last Wednesday at Northern Lebanon before rebounding with a 55-40 home win Friday against Milton Hershey. The Blue Raiders are 4-8 on the season. …

Blue Raider wrestlers take 2nd at Dutchman Duals

It was another busy, and successful, week on the mats for the Blue Raider wrestlers. The Raiders finished the week with 5 dual meet wins, 1 loss, and a second-place finish at the Dutchman Duals …

Blue Raider boys basketball gets big road win at West Perry

By Larry Etter Press & Journal Staff There’s nothing better than to start off the new year on a positive note. And that’s exactly what the Middletown boys basketball team did …
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Republican Arnold wins state Senate seat in 48th District, will replace Folmer

Middletown-area residents have a new state senator, after Republican David Arnold of Lebanon County easily defeated Democratic opponent Michael J. Schroeder to win the Jan. 14 special election held …

Man already in prison threatens to kill Lower Swatara police, charges say

A man already in Dauphin County Prison after he allegedly threatened to have a woman killed is facing additional charges after he allegedly threatened to kill a Lower Swatara police officer. A …

McQuinn, Klingensmith of LDHS recognized as Students of the Month

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently were recognized. Ryan Klingensmith is the Hummelstown Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for November. The daughter of Jenn and Don …

Lower Swatara to buy 14 rifles for police department

Lower Swatara police officers will be getting new rifles, with the department’s current ones occasionally malfunctioning due to age. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the …

Middletown council changes course, will keep meeting on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays

Middletown Borough Council is not changing its meeting dates for 2020 after all. Council by 7-0 vote during its Jan. 15 meeting decided to stick with the same schedule of public meetings it has …

What is the skill in a ‘skill game’? It’s akin to Tic-Tac-Toe, Simon Says

The “skill” involved in Pace-O-Matic skill games is that the player is presented with a puzzle game offering multiple combinations, from which the player must choose the right one to win …

Casino lobby was behind ‘skill games’ ban; council members say they didn’t know origin of proposal

Middletown Borough Council’s consideration of an ordinance to ban so-called “skill games” was prompted by a lobbying effort on behalf of a Philadelphia-area casino, although borough …
Editorials

Borough solicitor’s lack of transparency unacceptable: Editorial

What recently transpired between the borough of Middletown and the borough’s solicitor, Eckert Seamans, is outrageous and unacceptable. Members of Middletown Borough Council should be upset, …
Columnists

New monthly event will help explain key science topics to public: Susannah Gal

You know that I’m a scientist — a biologist to be a bit more specific, although that’s still pretty broad as there are many, many areas covered by biology. My research areas …

The return of fascism — Who will stand up and fight it? Lawrence Wittner

Back in 1941, the year of my birth, fascism stood on the brink of conquering the world. During the preceding decades, movements of the Radical Right — mobilized by demagogues into a cult of …

Technology grew in 2010s, but did it cost us as humans?: James E. Miller

The year-end reviews are in ... the best Netflix movies, the best food-delivery apps, the best streaming music player, the best Instagram filters, the best mindless ludic loop-powered mobile games …
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