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Neighborhood watch group crime meeting is this week

Middletown residents interested in forming one or more neighborhood groups to address crime and other issues are encouraged to attend a meeting that will be held starting at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16 at the Middletown Area Historical Society museum at 29 E. Main St.

The meeting is an outgrowth of a series of three public meetings focusing on crime led by borough police working with Councilor Dawn Knull.

Now, the meetings have evolved to where residents looking to form one or more neighborhood groups are in the driver’s seat, said Jenny Miller, a trustee of the historical society who will help to preside over Thursday’s session.

While often billed as “crime watch” groups, the model is really more of a group that focuses on broader “quality of life” issues that impact the overall health and well-being of a neighborhood, Miller said.

For example, unattended to litter and trash and streetlights that don’t work are the kinds of things that can create an environment conducive to crime.

Plans are underway to form at least one such quality-of-life neighborhood group in Middletown, and the hope is that other such groups can be formed elsewhere throughout the borough, Miller said.

— Dan Miller

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:53

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Lower Swatara Police Reports: Overdose death, hit-and-run report

Overdose investigation

Police report a township resident died even though officers administered an anti-overdose drug twice.

Officers were called to a residence off Swatara Park Drive on Feb. 2 to investigate a report of an overdose victim. One of the three officers gave the victim two injections of Naxolone. The resident was transported to an area medical facility where she subsequently died, police said.


Hit-and-run report

The owner of a 2011 Cadillac told police his vehicle was damaged when it was sideswiped while parked in the 100 block of A Lane.

Police believe the hit-and-run took place between Jan. 29 and 31. The victim told police the passenger’s side of his car was damaged. No estimate to repair the vehicle was noted.

Police are asking anyone who may information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.


Underage drinking citations

Citations for underage drinking were issued to William Ellis, 19, of Elton, Maryland, and Dennis Yeoman, 18, of Easton. The case stems from an investigation of a noise disturbance at an apartment complex in the 200 block of West Main Street at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 5.

Police said they were called to investigate a loud party but only found the teens at the scene. Officers confiscated numerous containers of beer and disposed of it in a sink at the apartment.


Cash stolen

Police were called to an apartment in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike to investigate a report of theft of $460 in cash on Feb. 2.

The victim claimed the cash was last seen in the apartment’s kitchen, a common area shared by the victim and two others. It is believed the theft took place during the evening of Feb. 2. Police said there was no evidence of forced entry to the apartment. 


Assault, harassment charge

Norman Anderson, 46, of the 1000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown, has been charged with simple assault and harassment following a disturbance during the evening hours of Jan. 31, police report.

The incident has been classified as a domestic disturbance. Police was Anderson was taken into custody by investigators and transported to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Police reported no other details.

Court records note Anderson was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on Jan. 31 and sent to Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $10,000 cash bail. A preliminary on the case had been set for Feb. 9 before Smith.


Warrant issued in car theft

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Harrisburg man in connection with the theft of a car even though the vehicle was returned to the victim the same day it was reported stolen.

Charges of theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a vehicle have been filed against Kurt Newkam, 53, of the 100 block of State Street, police said. The charges stem from allegations Newkam took a 2006 Ford Fusion from a home in the 100 block of Park Drive on Feb. 1. Charges were filed even though the car was returned by a relative of Newkam. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:41

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Man charged with entering Black Horse Grille from his room above, taking $200 and beer

JamilAbdussalaammugshotMiddletown police have arrested a man and charged him with breaking into the Black Horse Grille at 101 E. Main St. between 2 and 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Jamil Abdussalaam, 67, who was living in a room above the restaurant, is seen on video taking $200 from a cash register, stealing two six packs of beer from a cooler, and trying to break into a dart game/machine, police said in a criminal complaint filed with District Judge David Judy.

The video also showed Abdussalaam breaking into the basement of the business by tampering with the storm cellar doors, according to police. 

Abdussalaam was arraigned before Judy on Jan. 27 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking.

Abdussalaam remains in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to the online prison list. Abdussalaam waived his preliminary hearing on Feb. 6, and he is to be arraigned in county court on April 7.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:22

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Lower Swatara police cases sent to county court, including several guilty pleas

District Justice Michael Smith reported the following dispositions in cases filed by Lower Swatara Township Police. 



The following cases were waived into the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas:

• John Hayes, 63, of Cumming, Georgia, was charged with DUI on June 2. 

• Andrew Cibellis, 24, of the 200 block of Red Fox Lane, Harrisburg, was charged with DUI, DUI-controlled substances (two counts), and DUI-high rate of alcohol on Nov. 27.

• Stephanie Wilkerson, 55, of the 1000 block of Wintertide Drive, Harrisburg, was charged with misdemeanor theft for an incident in September.

• Caryn Lubic, 26, of the 1000 block of Georgetown Road, Middletown, was charged with two counts of DUI controlled substance and a single count of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 or greater with a suspended license Oct. 14

• Mark Zeiders, 48, of the 1000 block of North Union Street, Middletown, was charged with simple assault on Nov. 5.

• Jared Zogby, 24, of the 500 block of West Market Street, Marietta, charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol and driving a vehicle with no rear lights on Oct. 29.

• Michael Schmitt, 29, of the 1000 block of Buehler Road, Olney, Maryland, was charged with DUI and violating open containers law on Oct. 13.

• Makhan M. Zwally, 26, of the 100 block of West Emaus Street, Middletown, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, disregarding lanes of traffic and speeding on Sept. 11

• Gerald E. Jivens, 44, of the 10 block of North Union Street, Middletown, was charged with DUI, failure to have insurance, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with suspended registration and violating open containers law on Sept. 9. 

• Michael S. Patterson, 32, of the 100 block of Brick Church Road, Newville, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate or alcohol, driving without a license and disregarding lanes of traffic on Aug. 20.

• Hannah B. Valent, 31, of the 100 block of Crescent Drive, Hershey, was charged with DUI-controlled substance, careless driving and failure to keep right on Aug. 5.

• Marcia L. Perry, 41, of the 50 block of West Granada Avenue, Hershey, was charged with DUI on Aug. 25

• Kelly J. Shellenberger, 45, of the Woodbyne building, Village of Pineford, Middletown, was charged with DUI and driving without rear lights turned on June 26. A charge of DUI-high rate of alcohol was withdrawn.

• Michael G. Breinich, 72, of the 1000 block of Woodridge Drive, Middletown, was charged with DUI and disregarding lanes of traffic on Aug. 2.


Not guilty

• Paul D. Wagner, 45, of the 1000 block of Powderhorn Road, Middletown, was found not guilty to a charge of harassment filed following an incident Aug. 9.


Guilty pleas

• Karisha Seidel, 30, of the 80 block of South Main Street, Dover, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal trespass and theft. A charge of burglary was lowered to criminal trespass and a charge of theft was lowered to a misdemeanor charge. The case stemmed from an incident Dec. 7.

• James P. Kamau, 43, of the 30 block of North 1st Street, Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for public drunkenness on Sept. 25.

• Ryan P. Myers, 34, of the 100 block of Liberty Park, South Fork, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a charge of giving false identification to police officer on Sept. 17.


Held for court

• Shawn P. Glennon, 27, of the 100 block of A Lane, Harrisburg, is to face charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after both were held for action in county court. 

The case involves an incident Aug. 30.

• Charges of DUI, careless driving and driving an unregistered vehicle were held for action in county court against Mario C. Bologna, 42, of the 2000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown. Bologna was arrested Sept. 2.


ARD completed

• Kaylee H. Berstler, 18, of the first block of Heatherland Road, Middletown, successfully completed an advanced rehabilitative program relative to a citation for underage drinking. The case stemmed from an incident Sept. 5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:00

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Lower Swatara Township Police News: Credit card fraud, tires slashed

Not my credit card

A township resident told police that someone bought $1,500 in gift cards with a Walmart credit card in her name. The victim told police she had not applied for and does not have a credit card account with Walmart. 

Police believe the victim’s personal information was fraudulently used to apply for the account with Walmart in November 2016.

The purchase of the gift cards took place in North Carolina. The victim became aware of the incident when she received a bill for the gift cards, after which she contacted local police on Jan. 16.

Investigators said the victim did not incur any monetary loss. 


2 tires slashed

A resident of the Campus Heights Apartment complex told police that someone slashed two tires on his 2009 Infiniti sometime between 2 and 10 a.m. Jan. 21.

The car was parked at the complex in the 200 block of West Main Street. 

Loss was estimated at $200 to $300 per tire.

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


DUI charges

Laura Guerrier, 21, of the 200 block of West Main Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI and DUI-highest rate of alcohol.

The case was filed following her arrest Jan. 1 on the Airport Connector at West Harrisburg Pike. According to the arresting officer, she was driving a 2001 Toyota that was stopped at a traffic signal and a passenger was seen hanging out of the car vomiting. 

While questioning Guerrier and the passenger, police said they smelled an odor of an intoxicant in the car. Alcohol was found in a breath sample from Guerrier that was tested with a portable Breathalyzer.

Guerrier’s performance in field coordination tests prompted the investigating officer to transport her to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to test for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

Emergency medical services personnel were called to examine the passenger. No medical treatment was reported.

Guerrier is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.


Television stolen

A resident of a home in the 1000 block of Georgetown Road told police her 32-inch flat-screen television was stolen between 1:30 and 9 p.m. Jan. 16.

Police said no sign of forced entry was found. The Panasonic television was valued at $300.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call them at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:59

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