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Lower Swatara Twp Police News - 8/31/16

Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. 

Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

Bike stolen

A resident of the 10 block of Donald Avenue reported to police the theft of a mountain-style bicycle from his home Aug 22.

The royal blue Huffy bicycle was purchased in June and cost $130. It has silver lettering, a black seat and black handlebars. It was in a carport attached to the house.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Charges against teenager

Timothy V. Norment, 19, 400 W. Main St., Middletown, has been charged with public drunkenness, defiant trespass and underage drinking, police report.

The case was filed following Norment’s actions at Campus Heights apartments, 200 block of West Main Street, at 12:38 a.m. Aug. 21. Police were contacted by a security guard at the complex and told of an individual who was acting disorderly and refused to leave the area after being told to do so several times.

Police said Norment was uncooperative when questioned and kicked the door and bars on the window of a police cruiser.

He was arraigned Aug. 21 before District Justice William Wenner and released on his own recognizance, records noted.

Norment is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith for a preliminary hearing on the charges Sept. 9.

DUI charge

Michael J. Schmitt, 29, of Onley, Maryland, was arrested and subsequently charged with DUI, simple assault and two counts of harassment, police report.

The case stemmed from an investigation of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 100 block of C Lane at 8:05 p.m. Aug. 20. Police said Schmitt and a township resident became embroiled in a disturbance after which he left the scene driving a 2005 Hyundai Accent. Police stopped the vehicle and said Schmitt spoke with slurred speech and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. 

He was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center after performing sobriety tests and gave blood samples to be tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

The accused was arraigned before District Justice William Wenner on Aug. 20 during which time $10,000 monetary bail was set. Records noted Schmitt was sent to Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post bail.

Schmitt is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith for a preliminary hearing on the charges Sept. 7.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:51

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Man in prison allegedly had credit card used improperly

If you have to go to jail and need someone to use your credit card, make sure it’s someone you can trust.

David Thomas of Middletown learned that lesson the hard way.

Thomas had asked his neighbor, John L. Payne Jr. of South Lawrence Street, to use his credit card to pay the rent and other bills while Thomas was in Dauphin County Prison from March 20 to May 1, 2016, according to court records filed by Middletown police.

After getting out, Thomas noticed “a lot” of money had been spent from his credit card account that Thomas had not approved — over $1,600, as it turned out. Payne allegedly made unauthorized purchases using Thomas’s card from convenience stores, grocery stores, a movie theater and other businesses, Thomas told police when he reported the alleged thefts May 4.

Payne paid Thomas back about $200 but refused to pay anymore, leading Thomas to go back to police on July 14 and request they file charges against Payne.

Payne was arraigned July 20 before District Judge David Judy and charged with access device fraud and theft by deception. Payne was released on his own recognizance.
A preliminary hearing was continued before Judy on Aug. 22 and rescheduled for Oct. 3.

—Dan Miller

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:32

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‘Serial’ burglar now facing numerous charges

Police filed charges against a man called a “serial” burglar for thefts in Lower Swatara Township in July. ramos manuel

Manuel Alexis Ramos, 32, formerly of Harrisburg, was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief in the township, in addition to charges filed elsewhere.

Ramos is charged in connection with a burglary where the front door of a home in the 700 block of Fulling Mill Road was forced open and the door frame cracked July 24. He is accused of stealing a laptop computer, a trumpet and a chest containing a record collection. Dozens were taken, including 16 that are considered obscure, said Detective Robert Appleby from Lower Swatara Township police. 

He is charged in a second incident in which police said he entered an unlocked Balls Lane home on July 20 and took an Xbox One game system, controller and game.

A witness said she saw an unfamiliar man with a backpack walking near the area of the Balls Lane theft on that day. 

“She said, ‘He had mean eyes,’” Appleby said. “She was able to pick him out of an 8-photo array.”

Ramos faces six counts of burglary for incidents in Lower Paxton Township on July 18. He also faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief for a June 18 incident in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County. He is charged with burglary, conspiracy/burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief/damage property and conspiracy/criminal mischief for June 20 incidents in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County. 

Ramos is being held in the Dauphin County Prison. He faces charges for more than 40 burglaries from 2013 to this year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:26

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Borough police now carry overdose treatment

Middletown borough police officers have been carrying the anti-opioid drug naloxone since Aug. 1, although they have not had to use it. 

Naloxone, also known by its trade name Narcan, reverses an overdose from heroin or from another opiate by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.

Department policy now mandates that all police officers sign out a naloxone kit before going out on patrol, said Police Chief John Bey. 

The policy was developed with help from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office. Middletown police officers took computer-based training approved by the DA’s office on the use of naloxone.

Bey also had members of South Central Emergency Medical Services come to the department to give some “hands-on” training.

No Middletown police officers have had to use naloxone yet, but “eventually it’s going to happen,” Bey said.

So far this year there have been 33 cases in Dauphin County where an opioid overdose has been reversed by police carrying naloxone, said Stephen R. Zawisky, county senior deputy district attorney.

“Typically, EMS shows up soon thereafter and finishes the job,” Zawisky said.

The county has been moving toward all police in the county carrying naloxone. In April, Lower Swatara Township Police Department got the go-ahead from township commissioners. 

The drug is also available on-site in Middletown Area School District schools in case a student or anyone else overdoses on school grounds, following the school board approving a policy in June.

Zawisky said, as far as he knows, Royalton is the only police department in the county that has not approved its officers carrying naloxone.

Royalton officers do not carry naloxone because the department is part-time and in most cases emergency medical personnel are at the scene before police arrive, said Robert Givler, borough police chief.

In almost five years as chief Givler estimates there have been “maybe a dozen calls” involving a drug overdose of any kind in Royalton.

“I’m not saying it is not here but we are not getting calls on this,” Givler said, referring to heroin and problems stemming from opioids in general. “We do get the drugs as they are traveling through” Royalton when police do vehicle searches.”

While it’s gratifying that naloxone is now so immediately available, changes in law are needed to get people into treatment after they are brought out of an overdose, Zawisky said.

For example, now anyone brought out of an overdose can refuse medical treatment and are immune from prosecution. One change could be to condition immunity upon the person agreeing to seek treatment, Zawisky said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:22

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Suspect wanted in Middletown robbery sought in four other Rite-Aid thefts

The man accused of robbing the Rite-Aid on East Main Street in Middletown in June is on the run and suspected of robbing four other Rite-Aids in the region, including one on Sunday, Middletown police say. PERRYJoshua WEBA warrant is out for the arrest of Joshua Iron-Lee Perry, 30, who borough police on Aug. 24 charged with robbery and intent to possess a controlled substance in connection with the June 9 hold-up in Middletown. Perry allegedly walked out with two bottles of oxycodone after giving the cashier a demand note.

By the time he was charged by Middletown police, Perry already was suspected of robbing Rite-Aids for oxycodone in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County; Stewartstown, York County; and Cleona, Lebanon County, according to police. Perry allegedly held up the Cleona Rite-Aid last week, said Middletown Police Chief John Bey.

Perry is apparently continuing his spree of holding up Rite-Aids for oxycodone, even as police are trying to arrest him. On Sunday, Aug. 28, Perry allegedly robbed a fifth Rite-Aid, this one in Dover, York County, Bey said, citing information provided to him by Northern York Regional Police.

Bey said he has been told that Rite-Aid has put out a $10,000 reward for information leading to Perry’s arrest. A Rite-Aid spokeswoman did not confirm this to the Press And Journal but said the company is “working closely” with law enforcement.

Perry was supposed to turn himself in to Middletown police Aug. 15 but did not. A warrant is out for his arrest, and Perry is believed to be somewhere in Lancaster County, Bey said.

Perry may be in the company of a woman who as of now is not a suspect in any crimes, police said. Police do not know if he is armed. Anyone with information regarding Perry or the Rite-Aid robbery in Middletown should call borough police at 717-558-6900.

Perry has ties to Columbia, Ephrata and Wrightsville, Bey said, but no fixed address. Middletown police are working with police in these areas to try and apprehend Perry, the chief said. The criminal complaint lists an address for Perry at the Pine Manor mobile home park on East Harrisburg Pike in Londonderry Township, but Perry has not lived there for some time, according to the complaint.

Borough police acquired the demand note Perry used in the Middletown Rite-Aid robbery but were not able to get a usable fingerprint from it, according to the criminal complaint filed with District Judge David Judy.

Over the next month, police received several tips about suspects, but these led to dead-ends.

On July 14, borough police learned that a man matching the description of the person who robbed the Middletown Rite-Aid had also robbed a Rite-Aid in West Hempfield Township, again for oxycodone. Two days later, police learned that a third Rite-Aid, in Stewartstown, had been held up for oxycodone and that the description again matched the man who had robbed the Middletown Rite-Aid.

The big break came on Aug. 3, when a fingerprint lifted from the demand note used in the West Hempfield robbery matched Perry, who had been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police for unrelated offenses in 2015. Perry’s driver’s license photo matched the person captured in surveillance footage from Stewartstown, according to the criminal complaint.

Borough police then had several phone conversations with Perry, in which he allegedly admitted to three Rite-Aid hold-ups and that he had gotten addicted to painkillers after injuring his back. Arrangements were made for Perry to turn himself in Aug. 15, but he didn’t show, police said.

According to court records, Perry is to be sentenced on Sept. 6 in Dauphin County Court after he pleaded guilty to theft by deception and other charges in an offense from January 2014 unrelated to the Rite-Aid robberies.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:08

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