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Project to fix Route 230 bridge over Swatara Creek starts Dec. 7, PennDOT says

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    Traffic across the Route 230 bridge over Swatara Creek just outside Middletown will be restricted to one lane starting Monday, Dec. 7, as a nearly year-long project to fix the bridge gets underway, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
    Temporary traffic signals were installed on Monday that will be used to restrict the bridge to one lane when the work begins on Dec. 7. The sidewalk of the bridge will be closed during construction.

    At least one lane of the bridge will stay open to traffic throughout the project, except for brief periods when the contractor will have to close both lanes. However, this is not expected to occur until spring, and even then the total closures will be scheduled for the overnight hours, said PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis.

    The $4.3 million contract awarded by PennDOT to Kinsley Construction of York includes demolishing and replacing the superstructure under staged construction, repairing the existing concrete piers and abutments, improving drainage, installing scour protection around abutments, roadway approach work, replacing guide rails and placing new pavement markings.

    In June, construction crews will shift traffic to the newly-built portion of the bridge deck, and will begin work on replacing the remaining half of the superstructure. The entire project is to be finished by the end of October, PennDOT said.

    The existing three-span, concrete-in-place, steel thru-girder bridge was built in 1941 and is considered structurally deficient, PennDOT said.

    About 6,130 vehicles a day travel Route 230, which is Main Street in Middletown.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 17:50

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Two charged with trying to fill counterfeit prescriptions

Two people were arrested by Middletown police on Monday, Nov. 23, for allegedly trying to fill fraudulent prescriptions on slips stolen from a Maryland doctor at the pharmacy in the Giant Food Store in the Mid-Town Plaza, according to police.

Alanna Nicole Dockery, 19, of Washington, D.C., and Louis Antowne Newman, of Laurel, Md., are also believed to have passed counterfeit prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy on West Harrisburg Pike in Lower Swatara Twp. and a Walgreen’s Pharmacy in York, according to records filed by Middletown police with District Justice David Judy.

The pair used prescription slips that were stolen from a doctor who practices in Hyattsville, Md., to fill prescriptions at the central Pennsylvania pharmacies on Wednesday, Nov. 11; Saturday, Nov. 14; and Nov. 23, according to court records.

Police were alerted by a Giant pharmacy employee, who observed that Dockery and Newman had passed fraudulent prescriptions for the same medication two other times in the past 10 days, using different names each time, according to court records.

A search of Dockery’s car turned up prescriptions in various names, all from the same doctor whose name appeared on the prescriptions passed at Giant, along with labels from prescription medicines believed to have been obtained at a Walgreen’s pharmacy in York, according to court records.

The Walgreen’s labels also matched bottles of drugs that were found in a backpack that Newman tried to hide behind eggs in a cooler in the Giant store and in the bread aisle after the pharmacy delayed filling the prescriptions, police said.

Police chased Dockery into the Mid-Town Pizza restaurant and arrested her there, according to court records. Officers discovered Newman at the Giant, walking with an older woman who was pushing a cart – and when Newman walked away from her for a moment, the woman mouthed to police that she did not know the man, according to court records.

Police arrested Newman in the parking lot.

Dockery and Newman are charged with two felony counts each of conspiracy to commit forgery and misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit forgery using a counterfeit mark or stamp.

Newman also faces additional charges of possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The pair were arraigned before District Judge Kenneth Lenker in Dauphin County Night Court and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond each.

A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 3 before Judy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:56

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Railroad crossing on East Main to be replaced


Traffic may be delayed on East Main Street from Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 3 as crews replace the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad crossing near the Swatara Creek.

The crossing, just west of the creek, dates back to the 1930s.

Lanes on East Main Street – or Route 230 – will be restricted during the project.

Once completed, the new precast crossing will provide a smooth ride for motorists where the tracks cross the road, said Ron Martin, a spokesman for the railroad.

The railroad planned the upgrade in conjunction with its project to replace its bridge over the Swatara Creek that was damaged in the wake of Topical Storm Lee in 2011, Martin said.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:54

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I made Newsweek: A Steelton activist finds his photo on the cover of a national magazine


A friend was the first one who clued in Markis Millberry.

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“My friend (Keontay Hodge) messaged me that she saw my picture on a magazine at Karns,” Millberry said. Before long, he heard from others, who sent him a picture of the cover of “The Year in Review,” Newsweek’s look back at the first 10 months of 2015.

It took a few days for him to track down his own copy.

Millberry, of Steelton, saw himself in a photo on the cover with Donald Trump, Pope Francis and members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

He is wearing a blue Steelton-Highspire United shirt and holding a sign that reads, “Black Lives Matter.” Another friend, Tito Valdes, a student at Dickinson School of Law, appears behind him in the photo.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:47

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Buying gifts online this holiday season? Here's how to protect those packages


The Internet has made holiday shopping so easy. Go to a web site, pick something out, hit click and the item magically shows up at your door.

    Just in time to be stolen by your not-so-friendly neighborhood Grinch.

    That happened to a woman in the 400 block of Ann Street in Middletown on Thursday, Nov. 19, according to borough police.

    A UPS package was delivered to the woman's residence just before 8:30 a.m. Someone stole the package before the woman returned home. She reported the theft to police Thursday night.

    There are a number of things you can do to prevent your packages from being stolen, says Middletown Police Chief John Bey. Here are his suggestions:

    - If possible, avoid having packages delivered to an empty house. Have items shipped to your workplace, or to the home of a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative who will be there to accept it.

    - Have the package held at the post office or delivery service for pickup. The post office, UPS, and FedEx all provide this service for free.

    - If you must have the package shipped to your home when no one is present, ask that the package be left at a side or rear door, or inside an enclosed porch, so it is less visible.

    - Take advantage of free tracking services. Having a tracking number allows you to know when a package is expected to be delivered, and when it actually has been delivered. If you see that a package will be delivered when you are not at home, some companies allow you to change the delivery time, or redirect the package to a different address. Such services can cost extra, but it is worth it if you are expecting an expensive package.

Other precautions include requiring a signature before a delivery company will release a package, insuring the contents of a package, and requesting a vacation hold if you know you are going to be out of town. More information on these various services can be obtained by going to the web site of UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service.

If your package is stolen, call the police. Also report the theft to the shipping company, and to the company you bought the package from.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2015 15:16

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