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Middletown police roundup: Man didn’t pay for TV, video game system; items taken from car

Middletown Police Department reported a total of 80 incidents for the week of Nov. 23 to Nov. 30.

The log does not include incidents police receive through Dauphin County 911, nor does it include some calls involving juveniles of a confidential nature.

The incidents for the week from the police log include the following:

• 3 reports of suspicious activity
• 1 reportable accident
• 1 reportable accident involving DUI
• 3 non-reportable accidents
• 1 abandoned vehicle
• 17 cases of police issuing a warning for a traffic violation
• 1 traffic stop resulting in the issuance of a citation
• 3 drug law violations
• 1 case of fraud/forgery
• 2 bus stop details
• 1 vehicle repossession
• 1 theft from a vehicle
• 2 cases of retail theft
• 1 other kind of reported theft
• 1 case of found property
• 1 parking violation
• 2 cases of a missing person juvenile
• 1 false alarm
• 1 case of harassment
• 2 cases of retail theft
• 1 call involving a lost animal
• 3 cases of assisting other agencies
• 1 noise complaint
• 1 disorderly conduct
• 1 case of criminal mischief

The remaining incidents are of an administrative nature, such as returning phone calls.

Theft of leased property

Police charged a Mechanicsburg man with felony theft of leased property after he allegedly leased a PlayStation 4 game system and a 40-inch Magnavox Smart TV from Aaron's Rentals on East Main Street and then failing to return the items or to pay for them.

Bryant K. Astles Jr., 36, of the 2500 block of Rolo Court, was charged Nov. 28; no preliminary hearing has been set. He owes $2,543.52, according to court records filed with District Justice David Judy.

Theft from vehicle

About $5 cash and $80 worth of cables for electronic devices was stolen from an unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 2100 block of Pineford Drive between 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, and 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, police said. There are no suspects.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:15

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Man gets 10 years in drug death

A Middletown man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to providing the heroin that officials say led to the death of a borough man on March 23, 2016.ClugstonKenneth Clugston

Kenneth Clugston, 46, also pleaded guilty on Nov. 23 in Dauphin County Court to criminal use of a communications facility, and to manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Judge John Cherry sentenced Clugston to up to two years in prison on the communications charge, to run concurrent with the sentence of three and one-half to 10 years on the drug delivery resulting in death charge, according to online court records.

Cherry sentenced Clugston to two to four years in prison on the possession charge, also to run concurrent with the drug delivery resulting in death charge.

Clugston was arrested after the death by heroin overdose of Jack Tillitson, of the 200 block of East High Street in the borough.

— Dan Miller

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:12

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 12/7/2016

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.


Car crashes, bursts into flames on Oberlin Road

Police report a Maryland resident apparently escaped serious injury when her car crashed and caught fire during an accident at 12:22 a.m. Nov. 22 in the 1400 block of Oberlin Road.
According to investigators, Hannah Kassi, 21, of the 500 block of Valley Block Drive, Silver Springs, was driving her 2013 Nissan Rogue when it went off the road, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a tree. The car burst into flames after it flipped onto its roof, police said.

Police said Kassi managed to escape from the car. Firefighters from the township quickly extinguished the fire but the car was totaled, police added.

Kassi was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment. The accident report did not report details about the victim’s condition.

Police confirmed the incident remains under investigation.

Chocolate syrup, glitter
and “googly eyes”

A resident of Lakeside Drive told police glitter mixed with either oil or chocolate syrup was poured over his car.

Police said the vandalism to the 2011 Chevrolet Impala took place some time on Nov. 25.
In addition to the liquid, police said a set of large “googly eyes” were stuck to the car’s doors.

Police were unable to report if the car had been damaged but are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-939-0463.

Theft of $3,000 merchandise from FedEx

Stephanie Wilkerson, 55, of the 1000 block of Wintertide Drive, Harrisburg, has been charged with theft following incidents at the FedEx facility in the 2000 block of North Union Street, police report.

Police reported Wilkerson had an array of merchandise sent to her residence from the local business. Investigators said the the items were mislabeled and she routed them to her home. Reportedly the merchandise was valued at $3,000.

FedEx did an internal investigation into the incidents and subsequently turned over information to township police on Oct. 31.

The accused is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith on Dec. 15 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

DUI charge against
man from Marietta

Jared Zogby, 24, of the 500 block of West Market Street, Marietta, has been charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol and driving a vehicle with no rear lights, police reported.
The arresting officer note the accused was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra that was stopped at 12:17 a.m. Oct. 29 because the car’s brake lights were not operating.

Reportedly, Zogby was also driving the car in an erratic manner.

Zogby was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center on suspicion that he was driving while under the influence of intoxicants, the arrest report noted. Police said a sample of blood was drawn from the accused and tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

The accused is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith on Jan. 5 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Identify theft attempted
from purchases

A township resident told police he was a victim of an attempted fraud involving a credit card secured in his name but without his knowledge.

Police said the victim discovered $593 in fraudulent charges were noted in his credit report on Nov. 22. Police believe the resident’s Social Security number had been stolen and subsequently used to secure a credit card.

Investigators noted the purchases from Fingerhut were reportedly made to the victim’s home in the township but acknowledged the merchandise was never delivered. Police believe the purchases were made between October 2015 and 2016.

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Alleged carjacker faces more charges

The man accused of multiple retail thefts and a carjacking in Middletown now faces additional charges in Lancaster County. CarreraAlfred

Alfred Charles Carrera II, 44, of Hummelstown, has previously been charged in Middletown for threatening a woman at Hardee’s and stealing her Dodge Durango on Nov. 13. Police caught him Nov. 16 following a high-speed chase from Penbrook to Swatara Township. 

Carrera now faces additional charges from Mount Joy police concerning a Nov. 15 incident in which police pursued Carrera and his accomplice, Lisa Dawn Smith, 45, also of Hummelstown. Police stopped the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Carrera is accused of stealing items from the Mount Joy Giant store prior to the pursuit. Carrera shoplifted laundry detergent from various grocery stores with the intention to resell it, Middletown police previously reported. 

Mount Joy police charged Carrera with aggravated assault, 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of agricultural vandalism and fleeing or attempting to elude police. In addition, he is charged with retail theft/taking merchandise and receiving stolen property. 

Carrera was also cited for 10 counts of reckless driving, four failures to stop at a red signal, four instances of passing other vehicles on the left unsafely, two counts of trespass by motor vehicle and for failing to drive at a safe speed. 

Mount Joy police charged Smith with retail theft/taking merchandise and conspiracy of retail theft/taking merchandise. 

Carrera and Smith are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Dec. 15 before District Judge Scott E. Albert in Mount Joy. 

State Police filed charges against Carrera for shoplifting in South Hanover Towship, Dauphin County. Carrera was charged with retail theft/taking merchandise, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief/damaging property for a Nov. 15 incident. In connection with Carrera’s other activity, Middletown police reported that Carrera and Smith were caught on video Nov. 15 at the Giant on Route 39 in South Hanover Township.

Carrera was previously charged with theft-related charges in Middletown, Lower Paxton Township and twice in Camp Hill.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 16:51

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Alleged copper thief now charged with six more residential burglaries in Middletown

The man charged with breaking into vacant homes in Middletown to steal copper to support his heroin habit has now been charged with a total of 10 residential burglaries, according to Middletown police.

Police on Nov. 9 had arrested James J. Goodling, 43, of Caravan Court and had charged him with committing four of the burglaries from vacant homes on the north side of town on Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, and Oct. 21.

Since then police have added six more residential burglaries to the list of those that Goodling allegedly committed. According to arrest papers filed by police, these include:

• A break-in in the 500 block of North Spring Street between Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
• 600 block of Vine Street between Sept. 3 and Sept. 15.
• 100 block of Birch Street between Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.
• 800 block of Deatrich Avenue between Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.
• 1100 block of Vine Street between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3.
• 800 block of Spruce Street between Sept. 22 and Sept. 25.

Goodling may yet be charged in connection with four other copper burglaries still being investigated by police. Police are also investigating whether Goodling can be linked to a half-dozen or more unsolved residential burglaries that have also occurred in Middletown in recent months.

Goodling remains in Dauphin County Prison on $5,000 bail. His preliminary hearing has been pushed back to Dec. 8 before District Judge David Judy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:43

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