Written by Jim Lewis
They walked into Middletown Area High School after sunset, after the scuffing of students filing through the halls, the slamming of locker doors, the cacophony of banter and laughter and gossip had died. Tentative steps, as though they had walked into their own dream.
They wandered past empty classrooms, filling the vacant spaces and the silence with the characters and sounds of their memories.
Mr. Brunner, the principal, scowling as he watched them pass in a hallway, so imposing that somehow he made you feel safe.
The squadron of eager cafeteria moms, helmeted in hairnets, plopping hamburgers and vegetables and applesauce on moon-shaped plates.
Roger Miller's "King of the Road'' echoing in the gymnasium, the record Mrs. Goepfert, the gym teacher, played to teach square dancing to awkward boys and girls.
For some, it was the first time they walked into their old school in 50 years. When the Alumni Association offered a tour of the venerable school, which opened in 1963, to graduates during Middletown's Homecoming week in late October, former students seized the opportunity to return, the chance for one last look. The old school will be torn down in June, and a new school, under construction a few hundred feet away, will take its place next August.
It was a chance relive golden days of their youth. And say goodbye.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:24
Written by Dan Miller
Middletown residents could be looking at a half-mill increase in their property tax and a half-cent electric rate hike in 2016, based on a recommendation Middletown Borough Council has received from the financial consultant who prepares the town’s annual budget.
But it is far from clear whether council will support the recommendation from consultant Mark Morgan of Susquehanna Group Advisors, who wrote the borough’s Early Intervention Plan in March 2013.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:34
Written by Dan Miller
A Middletown man was arrested by borough police on Friday, Nov. 13, and charged with the stabbing that occurred outside of the Karn's Foods store on South Union Street on Nov. 5.
Kory M. Wiles, 24, 100 block of North Union Street, was arraigned before District Judge Kenneth Lenker and charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possessing instruments of crime, and possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance.
Wiles was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail.
According to court records filed by police, the victim - Hipolito Rodriguez of the 400 block of Vine Street - was approached by Wiles and asked for money. Rodriguez gave Wiles a dollar. Wiles then stabbed Rodriguez's finger with a blade of some type and fled westbound down the alley, the victim told police.
Rodriguez took off after Wiles, but Wiles got away, police said.
Police arrested Wiles after seeing video surveillance of the intersection of Nissley and Scott Avenue, showing a man matching the description of Wiles given to police by Rodriguez, walking southbound down the alley about 10 minutes before the stabbing occurred.
Upon further investigation police learned that Wiles had been released from prison on Nov. 3, and that on Nov. 6 he had asked a woman at the Rite Aid on East Main Street for a dollar. The woman did not give Wiles any money but bought food for him, police said.
Wiles gave a different version of events regarding the stabbing incident when questioned by police. He said that Rodriguez approached him and offered to sell him some Suboxone.
Wiles told police that he grabbed the Suboxone pills and fled. However, Wiles denied injuring Rodriguez or even knowing that Rodriguez had been cut.
A preliminary hearing for Wiles is set for Nov. 23 before District Judge David Judy.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 15:43
Written by Jim Lewis
Two Middletown Area High School students have signed letters of intent with colleges on Wednesday, Nov. 11 – the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors committing to play NCAA sports.
Ja'Lynn Burton-Jones, who reached the 1,000-point landmark in basketball last season, signed to play basketball at Robert Morris University, Allegheny County, a Division I school, while Brandon Harper, a member of of the baseball, boys' basketball and golf teams, signed to play baseball at Millersville University, a Division II school.
Jones, daughter of Jessica Jones, plans to major in criminal justice and minor in communications at Robert Morris. At Middletown, she has been involved in the Link Crew and Yearbook.
Harper, son of Rob and Sandy Harper, plans to major in business administration at Millersville. At Middletown, he is a member of Future Business Leaders of America. He was named most valuable player in the 2015 Big 26 Keystone Klash baseball tournament.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:22
While standing in a checkout line at Karn’s Foods in Middletown, Carl Frank Runion Sr. allegedly molested a woman in front of him, then threatened to kill the borough police officer who drove him to jail, police said.
Still, the officer picked up the $42 worth of shrimp that Runion had purchased at the grocery store and delivered it to the home of Runion’s mother – so it would not go to waste, police said.
Runion, 53, of Londonderry Twp., was arrested at Karn’s on Thursday, Oct. 29 after he allegedly sexually molested the customer standing in line in front of him, according to records filed by Middletown police with District Judge David Judy.
While being driven to a booking center, Runion allegedly threatened to kill the unidentified officer and the officer’s family, according to court records.
Runion was arraigned in Dauphin County Night Court before District Judge Raymond Shugars and charged with terroristic threats, indecent assault, public drunkenness and harassment, according to court records. He was held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 25 before Judy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:35