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13-year-old boy dies in accident on E-town street


A 13-year-old boy died after he was was struck by a vehicle on East High Street in Elizabethtown after school on Monday, March 9, Elizabethtown police said.

David Weiser, of Elizabethtown, was struck at 2:55 p.m. in the 500 block of E. High St., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Lancaster County Coroner’s office.

Police identified the driver as Mary Roush, 37, of Elizabethtown.

A preliminary analysis of Roush’s cell phone showed that she was not calling, answering or texting at the time of the accident, police said.

Roush was traveling on North Chestnut Street, stopped at a stop sign and turned left onto East High Street, where the accident occurred, a police spokeswoman said.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the police at 717-367-1835.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:48

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Future of policing in Middletown and elsewhere in Dauphin County subject of public meeting at Penn State Harrisburg Wednesday

A public meeting on the possible future of policing in Middletown and in the rest of the lower end of Dauphin County will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Capital Union Building of Penn State Harrisburg.


The meeting is part of the police regionalization study being led by Dauphin County Commissioners.


During Wednesday night's meeting, a consulting firm hired by commissioners -- the Police Executive Research Forum, based in Washington, D.C. - will present preliminary results of what it has found so far.


Those results are expected to include findings that are specific to police departments in the lower end of Dauphin County - including Middletown, Highspire, and Steelton, according to county officials.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:12

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Vandals damage walls, doors at student complex


Vandals damaged walls, doors, ceiling tiles and a water line valve in the Nittany Village of Apartments – and the complex’s management is offering a month’s free rent to any college student who provides information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

Thousands of dollars of damage was done to the complex, officials said. Glass was broken in several doors, obscene words were written on walls, holes were punched and kicked in walls, ceiling tiles were knocked out and a water line valve was broken, causing water to leak in the buildings, Lower Swatara Twp. police said.

The vandalism occurred between Feb. 27 and March 2.

Most of the occupants in the complex, in the 400 block of W. Main St., are Penn State Harrisburg students.

Got a tip for authorities? You can call township police at 717-939-0463 or management at the complex at 717-944-4440.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41

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Council nixes handicapped parking revisions

If you live in Middletown and have applied for an on-street handicapped parking space – and you’re still waiting for an answer – you may end up waiting a lot longer.

Middletown Borough Council voted 5-4 on Monday, March 2 to reject revisions to the borough’s existing policy regarding on-street handicapped parking spaces.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:31

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He’s charged with DUI twice in one day

A Middletown man was arrested for DUI twice in one day on Sunday, Feb. 22 by two different police departments after two separate hit-and-run accidents, according to court records.

And the arrests came while Richard F. Pennington Jr., 49, was scheduled to enter a plea in Dauphin County Court on another DUI charge that occurred in Swatara Twp. in 2014, police said.

The Feb. 22 incidents involving Pennington occurred just five hours apart, according to criminal complaints filed by Lower Swatara Twp. and Middletown police.

The first happened just before 3 p.m. when Middletown police say Pennington drove a silver Dodge Durango into a house and fled the scene, according to the court records. Police found him at his home in the 200 block of State Street, according to the records.

Then just before 8 p.m., a silver Dodge Durango struck a vehicle at West Harrisburg Pike and Ann Street, then continued down Ann into Middletown, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.

The borough police officer who had arrested Pennington told township police through Dauphin County 9-1-1 that a vehicle matching the Dodge Durango had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run in Middletown, police said. Township and borough police both went to Pennington’s home, where township police arrested him for DUI. Pennington was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bond.

Besides DUI, Pennington also faces charges of driving under suspension and hit-and-run from both Lower Swatara and Middletown police, court records show.

A preliminary hearing on the Lower Swatara charges is set for Wednesday, March 4 before District Judge Michael Smith.

A preliminary hearing on the Middletown charges is set for Wednesday, March 25 before District Judge David Judy.

Pennington is scheduled to enter a plea on the 2014 DUI charge in Swatara Twp. on Friday, March 20 in county court.

Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:32

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