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Middletown's downtown water and sewer line improvement project will move a block up South Union Street beginning Monday, Aug. 4 – and remain there until about Sept. 1, according to the general contractor doing the job.

South Union will be closed from Brown Street to Emaus Street beginning Aug. 4, according to a notice from Rogele Inc., the Harrisburg contractor.

Work will take approximately four weeks.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 14:11

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THE DRILL IS GONE: Big $300,000 rig is stolen from Middletown site




It’s big, black and gray and worth more than $300,000. Have you seen a drill rig stolen from a work site in Middletown?


The rig and a flatbed truck, used for work on Amtrak railroad tracks in the borough, were taken between July 11 and 14 from a staging area at Wilson and Grant streets, according to Middletown police.


The equipment is owned by L.G. Hetager Drilling of Punxsutawney.


The drill is a 2005 Acker self-propelled drill rig, gray and black in color. The truck is a 2006 International tilt flatbed truck valued at $69,500, teal and white in color with a black bed, police said. At the time of the theft, the truck had a Pennsylvania license plate, number AE17586.


A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft is expected to be offered through Crime Stoppers, police said. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Middletown police at 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:58

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SLOW DOWN? Traffic study could lead to reduced speed on Main Street


mainstreetpic7 30 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller - Main Street at the intersection of Spruce Street

Middletown police have been directed to do a traffic study on Main Street that could lead to some big changes on the street – including a possible reduction in the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph.


The study would also be a necessary first step toward implementing two other changes that are being sought by Mayor James H. Curry III. 


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:00

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Man charged with assault on infant

LehmanA preliminary hearing has been pushed back to Monday, Aug. 18 for Stephen M. Lehman Jr., 26, a Lower Swatara Twp. man who is accused of allegedly throwing a 6-month-old baby into a playpen on Sunday, July 20.

The infant suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull, according to court documents filed by Lower Swatara Twp. police.

Lower Swatara Detective Robert H. Appleby, who arrested Lehman on Wednesday, July 23, described the case as “horrific." . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:49

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FREE-WHEELING: In Middletown, an effort to share skateboarding with autistic kids

skateboardingphoto7 30 14Press and Journal Photo by Noelle Barrett - Children with autism learn how to ride skateboards at Hoffer Park.

A slight breeze rustled Andrew Taylor’s long-sleeved shirt as he glided down the macadam path, his feet planted on a skateboard. He had never ridden one before this sunny Sunday in Middletown’s Hoffer Park – yet it felt somewhat natural, and at that moment he was just like his friends, just like any other 9-year-old boy.


But Andrew is different. He has autism – though he’s certainly not alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Andrew is 1 in 68 children with autism spectrum disorder.


There are hurdles and challenges, but they aren’t barriers.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:36

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