Written by Eric Wise
Lower Swatara Twp. police will soon be carrying naxolone, a remedy for a person suffering an accidental overdose, after the Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners voted on Wednesday, April 20 to move forward on obtaining the medication and training their officers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:08
Written by Eric Wise
A Steelton man was arrested and charged with allegedly attempting to lure two girls into his car as they walked to Steelton-Highspire Elementary School on Friday, April 15, according to Swatara Twp. police.
Police charged Eliud Montanez-Castro, 34, of Steelton, with luring a child into a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition. He was arraigned on Friday, April 29 before District Judge Michael Smith in Dauphin County Night Court and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Montanez-Castro also was charged by Steelton police on Tuesday, April 26 with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in an unrelated incident, according to court records.
A preliminary hearing on all charges is scheduled for June 2 before District Judge Kenneth Lenker.
Montanez-Castro stopped his Ford Focus by the girls walking to school and attempted to give them a can of Coke, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Swatara Twp. police. During the conversation, he reportedly called one of the girls “Mommy.”
The girls declined and hurried off to school, where they reported the incident to school administrators, according to the affidavit. The girls later identified Montanez-Castro from a photo lineup, the affidavit said. The affidavit also describes a second incident in which another girl reported that a man, later identified as Montanez-Castro, approached her and another student on foot, called her “Ma” and asked that they come to him and speak with him. The students were alarmed and left, the affidavit said.
Montanez-Castro’s girlfriend told police that she believed he was the one named in a police report of the luring incident, according to the affidavit. The girlfriend told police her son had accused Montanez-Castro of molesting him, and that the couple had left New York following allegations against him regarding the sexual assault of a neighborhood boy and girl, the affidavit said.
Steelton police charged Montanez-Castro on April 26 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was discovered when police responded to a domestic dispute at the 300 block of Locust St., according to a criminal complaint filed in court. In the criminal complaint, the arresting officer said Montanez-Castro admitted a cigar wrapper filled with marijuana was his.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:39
Lower Swatara Twp. Police News
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.
Dirt bike stolen
A 1989 Holda CR250 red and black dirt bike motorcycle valued at $1,300 was stolen from a shed at a residence in the 200 block of Brookside Dr. on April 16 or 17, police report.
A lock securing the doors on the shed was cut to gain entry, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the burglary to call them at 717-939-0463.
Car windshield shattered
The windshield of a Volkswagen Jetta was broken on April 15 at Campus Heights, in the 200 block of W. Main St., police report.
Investigators said they are unsure if the window had been struck by a baseball or softball, noting the proximity of athletic fields in the area.
No damage estimate was noted.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-939-0463.
Truck’s bumper stolen
The bumper of a 2016 Ford F250 pickup truck was removed and stolen on April 15 or 16 in the first block of Michael Dr., police report.
The bumper was valued at $200.
Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to call them at 717-939-0463.
Angel M. Comacho, 50, of the first block of Hoke Lane, Middletown, was charged with simple assault following a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend on April 14 at his residence, police report.
Camacho punched the woman in the back of the head, face and thighs, police said. There was no report of medical attention to the woman.
Comacho was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Lindsey in Dauphin County Night Court and released on $15,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for May 12 before District Judge Michael Smith.
A township resident’s personal information was stolen to set up three credit card accounts and make more than $3,500 in transactions, police report.
Fraudulent accounts were opened to make $2,000 in purchases from Sam’s Club, $536 from Express and $1,000 from Kohl’s, police said.
About $375 in cash was stolen from on April 12 or 13 from a residence in the 200 block of Brookside Dr., police report.
An Alcatel 5054N cell phone also was missing, the resident told police. The resident told police she had loaned it to an individual with whom she had been in a relationship, but he failed to return the phone after the relationship ended, police said.
Several pieces of furniture were dumped along the tracks of the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad at the end of Fulling Mill Road, police report.
A railroad representative said trash and vehicles have been dumped at the location in the past. The railroad asked for police patrols to stop dumping.
A 15-year-old Middletown resident was been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment following an altercation on April 12 at Middletown Area High School, police report.
The teenager threatened and tried to hit another student in the gym, police said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:22
A Mechanicsburg area man was charged by police after he allegedly e-mailed nude photos of a woman with whom he had ended a relationship to her employer – the Middletown Area School District, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.
Mitchell Ness, 34, of the first block of W. Lisburn Road, Upper Allen Twp., was charged with three counts of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image, three counts of stalking and three counts of harassment, according to court records. Ness was charged on Tuesday, April 12 after the woman was questioned by district officials about the e-mails, police said. She denied sending them, and school officials contacted police.
Ness admitted he sent the e-mails because he was angry over the breakup of a relationship with the woman, police said.
A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, June 1 before District Judge Michael Smith.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 16:36
Written by Jim Lewis
State police are investigating three recent home burglaries on Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township.
The three burglaries – in the 2100 block, 1700 block and 2400 block of Foxianna – were reported from Thursday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 28, said Tpr. Robert Hicks, a spokesman for the state police.
"We don't know if these burglaries are related, but we are investigating that possibility," he said.
"We ask that people be vigilant and take note and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area," Hicks said. "People should never leave their homes or cars unlocked."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:07