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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 12/28/2016

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.


Man stole couple’s car that he said he would fix

A Lower Swatara Township couple said their car was stolen by a man who although he claimed he would fix it, never returned it to them.

Police said a man approached the couple after they had parked their 2010 Hyundai Elantra at their residence in the 200 block of Fiddlers Elbow Road on Dec. 15, claimed their car had an oil leak and offered to repair it. The suspect’s proposition had one stipulation — that the couple were to give the suspect the car’s keys, police noted. The couple did just that, and that was the last time they saw their vehicle, police said.

After failing to have their car returned, the couple contacted police Dec. 18 to report the incident.

Investigators said they have yet to make any meaningful progress in the theft.

The victims told police the suspect was a black man wearing a black hoodie and black pants, had short hair and was 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall.

The couple’s gray car, valued at $5,000, had Pennsylvania registration plate KBT 9642.
Police have entered the vehicle in a national registry of stolen vehicles. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717 939-0463.

2 televisions and other electronics stolen

Police said loss was estimated at more than $3,700 in the burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Market Street Extended.

Investigators report several computers, two televisions and an array of accessories and electronic games were taken while the victims were at work Dec. 16. Police said the theft took place between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reportedly no sign of forced entry to the home was found. Police said the couple believes their home’s doors were locked at the time of the theft, noting they had to use keys to enter one of the main doors.

Among items stolen were Dell and HP laptop computers, an iPad, an iPhone 6, two Xbox computer systems, a Sony Blu-ray player, and two Samsung televisions (42 and 60 inches).

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Charges filed in
Dec. 12 hit-and-run

Frank L. Hadley Jr., 36, of the 5000 block of Lancaster Street, Harrisburg, has been charged with careless driving, accident involving damage to attended vehicles, failure to stop and render aid and failure to stop at a red signal, police report.

The charges were followed after police arrested Hadley for driving a vehicle that struck two cars and left the scene of the crash on Dec. 12, reports note.

According to police, the accused was driving a late model Hyundai Sonata on South Eisenhower Boulevard at Fulling Mill Road that struck a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier and a 2010 Ford Focus. Witnesses told police Hadley left the scene of the crash but was subsequently arrested thanks to information provided to investigating officers.

Police said no injuries were suffered by the occupants of any of the vehicles. Reportedly minor damages were sustained by the cars.

After being placed into custody, Hadley was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was charged. He is to face a preliminary hearing on Jan. 19 before District Justice Michael Smith.

Hauling trailer reported stolen from business

A business owner in the 1000 block of West Harrisburg Pike told police a dual axle hauling trailer is missing and believed to have been stolen.

Police said the black 1998 Pequea trailer was discovered missing on Dec. 16.

The vehicle had Pennsylvania registration plate XV 129788 on it at the time, police said. The trailer was valued at $5,000.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:38

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For first time, Lower Swatara police use naloxone to stop drug overdose

Lower Swatara police started carrying naloxone kits earlier this year to help prevent drug overdose deaths.

In October, it saved a life for the first time in the township.

At about 9 p.m. Oct. 30, a Lower Swatara resident said the girlfriend of a household resident stopped by and went into the home’s bathroom to change her contact lenses.

Soon after she entered the bathroom, people in the home reported hearing a thud, according to the first police officer to reach the scene.

The residents checked on the woman and found her on the floor near the bathroom sink with a syringe by her left foot. One of them called 911, said Patrolman Jordan Thomas of Lower Swatara police, who was first to respond.Thomas JordanThomas

When Thomas arrived, he found the woman, in her late 20s, wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans on the floor. He said he did not see any track marks on her arm.

“I noticed the victim’s eyes were still open but had a glossed-over look to them,” Thomas said. “Once I noticed the glossed-over look in the victims eyes I prepared my naloxone kit and sprayed about 1 milligram in her right nostril.”

Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. More and more law enforcement agencies are carrying it for such situations.

The woman came around in about 90 seconds, said Frank Williamson Jr., the township’s director of public safety. After Thomas used the rescue medication, an ambulance and Police Sgt. Daniel Tingle arrived at the home, Williamson said. Emergency medical personnel took control of the care as Thomas processed the scene.

“(She) finally awoke from the heroin-induced coma and appeared very lethargic and groggy,” Thomas said. “(She) was forthcoming with any questions except for who provided her the heroin.”

While this was the first time Lower Swatara police saved a person since they began carrying naloxone, Thomas said he’s no stranger to overdose calls. “It seems to occur at least once a month in the township,” he said.

Lower Swatara police previously reported that Shane Feathers died July 24 from a suspected overdose. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick ruled Feathers death was accidental by acute fentanyl toxicity, an opioid overdose.

Former Middletown resident Deborah Palermo died Aug. 8, also ruled accidental, by multiple drug toxicity, Hetrick said.

Robert Appleby, Lower Swatara police detective, said that overdose incidents have been on the rise during the last few years, with 13 calls in 2016.

Williamson reported the save to Lower Swatara commissioners, who approved the use of naloxone in May for the police and all township employees, during their Nov. 2 meeting.

“I hope this person takes this second chance to get their life together,” said Jon G. Wilt, vice president of the board of commissioners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:28

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Police: Apartment complex manager changed locks, then stole items

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An apartment complex property manager has been charged with burglary and theft following an incident at the complex in the 1000 block of North Spring Street on Dec. 7, according to Lower Swatara police.

Karisha Seidel, 30, of the 80 block of South Main Street, Dover, Pennsylvania, has been charged on allegations she stole several handbags, an array of makeup and pairs of shoes from an apartment, police reported. In addition, investigators allege Seidel also changed the locks to the apartment without the renters’ knowledge, thereby preventing them from entering the residence.

Police said the renters enlisted the aid of a maintenance worker when they were unable to get into their apartment. The renters gained access to their residence, noted that numerous items were missing and subsequently contacted police. Investigators reportedly found the alleged stolen items in the back seat of Seidel’s car, confronted her and placed her into custody.

Seidel was arraigned before District Judge Steven Semic on Dec. 7 during which time unsecured bail of $10,000 was set.

Police added the items taken from the apartment were returned to the victims.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:19

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Three home burglaries reported on Foxianna Road

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."foxiannard


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:07

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Tractor-trailer overturns on Vine Street, driver receives minor injuries

A tractor-trailer hauling water overturned on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Wednesday morning, June 24.

The 1998 Mack truck overturned onto its passenger side as the driver tried to turn left onto Vine Street from the Interstate 283 East ramp at about 8:30 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver, identified by police as Jesse A. Saulnier, 39, of Dover, received minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. Saulnier was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, police said.

No other vehicles were involved. The tractor-trailer was hauling water, which spilled onto the roadway just outside Rutter's. The right lane of Vine Street heading toward Hummelstown was closed for about an hour until workers could set the tractor-trailer upright and tow it away.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:57

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