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Dauphin Co. Sheriff warns of phone scam

NickChimienti2Dauphin Co. Sheriff Nicholas Chimienti Jr. has issued a warning about a phone scam targeting residents.    

Sheriff Chimienti has received numerous complaints over the past several weeks about scammers claiming to be from the county’s sheriff’s office (DCSO). “A former co-worker, a retired State Police Major, got a call on his cell phone from scammers stating they were from the DCSO and were investigating complaints by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to turn himself in to his local police department or call the DCSO,” Chimienti said. “The callers also leave threatening phone messages.

 “These calls are bogus and do not originate from the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office.  In various parts of the county, residents are being targeted and threatened with arrest by deputy sheriffs.  If you or someone you know receives a threatening call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s office, do not provide any sensitive information and report the call to law enforcement.”

Chimienti said the sheriff’s office does not require anyone to provide sensitive information in any telephone call, nor to purchase any kind of monetary device to avoid arrest.

Persons receiving a suspicious or threatening call or text message are recommended to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency and the DCSO at (717) 780-6590. “Anyone who has been a victim of this scam should try to record as much information as possible, such as a name, call-back number or email address, without giving any of their personal information away,” the sheriff added.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 13:52

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American flags needed at Indiantown Gap Natl Cemetery

gapflagsDauphin County Veterans Affairs is requesting donations of interment flags that will be flown at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags to pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

An interment flag is the American flag that is draped over the casket during a funeral ceremony and then folded and presented to loved ones. 

“The Avenue of Flags, which has approximately 525 flagpoles and begins at the main entrance and winds through Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, honors those men and women who bravely served our country,” said Amy Richards of Dauphin Co.

“At one time, the cemetery had hundreds of interment flags donated for use. Over the years, however, donations have greatly decreased.” 

Anyone wishing to donate a loved one’s interment flag to the Avenue of Flags may contact Dauphin County Veterans Affairs at 717-780-6356. Donated flags may be the interment flag from any veteran or active duty person. They must be in good condition and a casket flag – specifically sized at 5 ½’ x 9’. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:27

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Councilor resigns from ICDA

Middletown Borough Councilor Damon Suglia resigned from the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority on Saturday, April 30, citing “personal time constraints."suglia

Suglia’s resignation leaves the five-member ICDA with just three members: Mayor James H. Curry III and councilors Dawn Knull and Diana McGlone.

Former ICDA Chairman Matt Tunnell resigned from the authority in March.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:13

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Boro sued over record denial

Middletown has been sued in Dauphin County Court over the borough’s alleged refusal to comply with Right to Know requests filed by an attorney representing Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home, which wants to build a crematory on its property at 208 N. Union St.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:47

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Middletown council hears from three hoping to fill Wilsbach vacancy

Middletown Borough Council during its May 3 meeting Tuesday will choose from among three hopefuls to fill the Second Ward council seat vacated by Greg Wilsbach.

Council during a special meeting May 2 conducted a brief public question and answer session with the three residents who applied to fill Wilbach’s seat - Ed Egenrieder of the 100 block of Hillside Road, Leslie Givler of the 200 block of East High Street, and Ian Reddinger of the 200 block of East Main Street.

Wilsbach resigned because he has applied for the position of borough public works director. He was elected in 2015 to a four-year term.

Givler is a life-long Middletown resident who ran for council before and lost. She said she was approached by a resident to apply for the seat, and “wants to be involved.”

Reddinger is a business owner who believes his business experience would be an asset to council. He owns rental properties in Middletown and wants to be involved in the discussion now underway regarding whether to establish a mandatory inspection and licensing program for rental housing in the borough.

Reddinger planned to run for council in 2015 because he opposed then-Second Ward Councilor and Council President Chris McNamara. Reddinger changed his mind when he learned that Wilsbach was running, believing Wilsbach had the better shot and that he did not want to take votes away from him that would benefit McNamara.

Egenrieder has lived at the same address for 58 years and has been involved in the community.

“I totally believe that if you criticize then you need to get involved. You have no right to open your mouth if you are not going to help fix the problem,” he said.

Egenrieder said he did not run before because until January 2016 he had two jobs, one as president of the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) union for the City of Harrisburg. He is now retired and has the time to devote to being on council.

All three candidates were asked by Mayor James H. Curry III their opinion of the downtown streetscape, and of the decision by council and the borough authority in 2014 to lease the town’s water and sewer systems for 50 years to United Water - now Suez.

Givler said she “doesn’t like” the streetscape “but it is here.” She had worked as a secretary for the borough authority. She did not express an opinion on the lease itself, but called for “removing” the authority so that lease proceeds can go to the general fund. 

Reddinger said the streetscape has “pros and cons…I don’t think it will fit in with the rest of the town but I’m happy we are making progress.” He said he did not know enough about the water and sewer lease to give an opinion.

Egenrieder said that “the whole town” needs cleaned up, and that the $1.5 million loaned by the economic development authority to support the Tattered Flag craft brewery/distillery in the Elks Building is too much.

More of this money should have been used to benefit existing downtown businesses that instead are now suffering due to the prolonged closure of Union and Emaus streets because of the streetscape, Egenrieder said. 

While working tor the city Egenrieder said he had opposed the decision to lease Harrisburg’s parking authority to a private company.

“If a private entity can make that kind of money then why can’t the city?” he asked, comparing it to the water and sewer lease. “You really need to do your research” before making big decisions, he told the council.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:48

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