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Former youth leader waives porn charges to county court

 

 

A former volunteer youth leader at a Middletown area church who was arrested by police for allegedly possessing child pornography has waived the charges against him to Dauphin County Court.

 

Daniel M. Tipantiza, 40,  of Harrisburg, a former volunteer at Valley Baptist Church, was charged with 122 counts of child pornography and disseminating photos of children in sex acts, according to court records.

 

He was arrested in September for allegedly uploading 61 images to his Yahoo account, authorities said.

 

Tipantiza was freed from Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 bail.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:15

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 10/22/14

 

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.

 

DUI charge

Kendra M. Shay, 19, of the 1000 block of Summerwood Dr., Harrisburg, was charged with DUI, DUI-controlled substance, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and minor with alcohol operating a vehicle, police report.

The charges were filed after a 2005 Kia Spectra that Shay was driving was stopped in the 800 block of S. Eisenhower Boulevard at 3:04 a.m. on Sept. 12 for a faulty headlight, police said.

Police said they smelled an odor of an intoxicating beverage and burnt marijuana in the vehicle. There was an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle and a substance found in the car that was tested and shown to be marijuana, police said.

Shay was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 19 before District Judge Michael Smith.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:07

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Rape charge against Middletown man held for court

A district judge sent rape and assault charges against a Middletown man to Dauphin County Court for a possible trial.

Charges against Paul E. Billow Jr., 69, of the 400 block of S. Wood St., were held for county court following a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy on Sept. 10, according to court records.

Billow is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault with someone less than 13 years of age, illegal contact with a minor, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and aggravated indecent assault of a child. He was freed from Dauphin County Prison after posting $200,000 bail.

According to a criminal complaint Middletown police filed at the time of Billow's arrest on April 4, Billow first molested the girl on New Year's Day in 2006 when she was 4 years old. The alleged molestation continued through the end of 2010, according to police.

An arraignment is set for Friday, Oct. 31 before Dauphin County Judge Richard A. Lewis.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:13

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 10/15/14

 

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.

 

 

Endangering charge

Xavier D. Vazquez, 22, of the first block of Hoke Lane, Middletown, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, driving with a suspended license, failure to notify authorities about a change in address, riding a motorcycle with an improper seat and failure to have insurance, police report.

The charges stem from an investigation of a report that a man was operating a motorcycle with an infant as passenger, police said.

Vazquez was questioned by police at 6:41 p.m. on Sept. 12 on Eshelman Street at Chestnut Alley. Vazquez admitted to police he had been riding a motorcycle with his 2-year-old nephew on board, police said.

A background check showed his driver’s license had been suspended and three warrants had been issued for his arrest, police said.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 5 before District Judge Michael Smith.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:25

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Middletown Police News: 10/15/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Middletown Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

DUI, drug charges

Anthony R. Ebersole, 20, of the 4000 block of Whitman Lane, Middletown, was charged with DUI-controlled substance (two counts), possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.

The charges were filed following Ebersole’s arrest around 4 a.m. on July 4 after a traffic stop in the area of East Main and Hoffer streets.

Ebersole was driving a 1997 Honda with a cracked windshield and inoperative tail lights, police said. Officers smelled an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and during a search of the car marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found, police said.

Following field sobriety tests, Ebersole was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

A passenger in Ebersole’s car, Stevieray M. Honeycutt, 18, of the 2000 block of Foxianna Road, Middletown, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29 before District Judge David Judy.

Cited after domestic disturbance  

Erick Perez, 36, of the 100 block of Catalpa St., Middletown, and a 16-year-old Middletown resident were issued harassment citations after a fight between the two around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the residence, police report.

Scam reported

A Middletown resident told police she was targeted in an attempted scam in which a caller told her she owed $10,000 in back taxes, police report.

The resident received the call at 7:13 p.m. on Oct. 6, police said. The resident hung up on the caller.

Police verified that the caller’s phone number was assigned to a call center.

Police are asking anyone who received similar calls to contact the department at 717-558-6900.

Harassment charge

Michael J. Gianquitto, 45, of the 100 block of N. Catherine St., Middletown, was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass after he allegedly placed several calls to a resident in the 100 block of N. Wood Street on Oct. 4, police report.

Gianquitto was arraigned and placed in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 15 before District Judge David Judy.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:27

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