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Council can reorganize, PSAB says


Officials with the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs say that Middletown Borough Council is free to reorganize anytime it wants.

During council’s Jan. 20 council meeting, Solicitor Adam Santucci appeared to advise council that it could not reorganize, other than within the mandated parameters of the Pennsylvania Borough Code.

The code says borough councils must reorganize – “organize” is the word used in the code – on the first Monday of January in each even-numbered year. In case of a holiday on the first Monday, council is to organize the following day.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 17:09

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Hummelstown bank robbed


An unidentified man robbed the Fulton Bank on West Main Street in Hummelstown around 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, Hummelstown police said.


The robber approached a teller window, demanded cash and fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.


No weapon was displayed, police said.


Police described the robber as a light-skinned male, approximately 5-7 to 5-9 in height with a medium build.

The suspect was wearing a black Nike jacket with a hood and a Nike symbol over the left chest, jeans, black sneakers, white shirt, grey knit hat, black face mask and black gloves.


Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-566-2555.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 16:30

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Highspire man rams wife’s SUV after leaving marriage counseling session, police say

A Highspire man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife and drove his car into the back of her SUV after a joint marriage counseling session in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 20, police said.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:53

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A TAXING TAX? Borough, school district disagree over per capita tax

Middletown Borough says it is losing up to $40,000 a year in uncollected per capita and occupation tax revenue, and that the Middletown Area School District is to blame.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:26

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Middletown council votes 5-3 to request McNamara resign

For the second time in two weeks, Middletown Borough Council took a vote to request that Chris McNamara step down as council president. Only this time, those seeking McNamara's ouster were in the majority.

McNamara was not present. Council Vice President Robert Louer, who presided, opened tonight's meeting by saying that McNamara was absent due to "family problems."

Councilor Scott Sites introduced a motion to request that McNamara resign and be replaced as president by Louer. Councilor Ben Kapenstein seconded the motion.

Voting with Sites and Kapenstein in favor of McNamara resigning were Councilors Anne Einhorn, Vicki Malone, and John Brubaker.

Voting against the motion was Louer and fellow Councilors Michael Bowman and Suzanne Sullivan.

The Press and Journal sent an e-mail to McNamara seeking comment. McNamara did not immediately respond.

Also tonight, Mayor James H. Curry III broke a 4-4 council tie to defeat a proposed "code of conduct" to govern council meetings. Sullivan had proposed the code toward the end of the Jan. 20 meeting. The item on tonight's agenda was to advertise the proposed code.

Curry's "no" vote defeated the proposal.



Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 21:51

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