Written by Dan Miller
The following is a compilation of major incidents reported by Middletown Borough Police during the week of Sept. 14 to Sept. 21.
Police reported a total of 114 incidents during the week, most of a minor or routine nature involving phone calls, routine traffic stops, and parking violations.
A hit-and-run involving two vehicles was reported at the Turkey Hill convenience store in the 100 block of East Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Police said that upon arrival an “amicable agreement” was worked out between the parties and no further action by police was required.
The following arrests are based upon charges and criminal complaints filed with the office of District Judge David Judy.
A Lemoyne woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting a borough woman and her daughter at their residence in the 300 block of Vine Street between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
Shannon M. Ziemba, 44, of the 300 block of North Second Street in Lemoyne, was arraigned on Sept. 21 before District Judge David Judy and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and two counts each of simple assault and harassment.
Ziemba was released after posting $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 before Judy.
Man charged with burglary
A man whom police said left a halfway house in Harrisburg was charged with burglary after breaking into a residence in the 200 block of West Main Street shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Police said Peter Paul Malone, 51, broke into the first floor of the residence where his ex-girlfriend and their daughter were residing. Malone allegedly made threats and remained in the residence for several hours while the ex-girlfriend and daughter kept themselves locked in a room, police said.
Malone was arraigned before Judy on Sept. 21 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, harassment, and unlawful restraint. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 before Judy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:17
Written by Eric Wise
Leeann Sweitzer Witman, 51, of Hershey, is wanted on charges for allegedly filing a Lower Swatara Twp. woman’s taxes and having the refund transferred to an account for her own use.
Lower Swatara Police filed charges against Witman for identity theft, theft by deception, access device fraud, criminal use of a communication facility and computer trespass/transfer funds.
Witman offered to help the woman with her taxes while she was visiting on Jan. 28, according to the affidavit filed in the case. Police said she used a laptop computer to complete the woman’s taxes using a service called FreeTaxUSA.com, and substituted the account information for deposit.
When the resident did not receive her refund, she contacted police, and the IRS subsequently provided information about where the money was transferred, the affidavit states.
The money was transferred into an account at Metro Bank (which merged with First National Bank) that was opened nine days prior to Witman providing tax assistance, the affidavit states. The account was opened in the name of Witman’s mother, Janet Sweitzer, for whom Witman is appointed power of attorney.
The refund was deposited Feb. 10 and within a day, Witman made a $500 cash withdrawal as seen on the video surveillance at First National Bank in Mechanicsburg. By Feb. 29, the victim’s $9,080 tax refund had been spent, leaving the account with a negative balance. The account was settled and closed in April.
Police said Witman has prior convictions for bad checks, theft by deception, forgery, receipt of stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. “She’s a career criminal,” said Detective Robert Appleby, who filed the charges in the case.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 11:24
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.
A township resident thought she was on her way to getting a grant but ended being scammed out of almost $500.
The victim told police Sept. 1 her friend gave her the name of an attorney who would help her get a grant. Police said the victim contacted the attorney via Facebook and subsequently sent $488 via Instagram to cover what she was told were transaction fees to get the grant.
Police reported the money had been sent to an individual in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Details about what kind of grant and the amount of the grant were not specified in the police report.
Police told the victim they would file an official report about the incident but told the victim there was not much that could be done to pursue her loss.
Michael S. Patterson, 32, of the 100 block of Brick Church Road, Newville, has been charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate or alcohol, driving without a license and disregarding a lane of traffic, police report.
Patterson was charged after being arrested at 1:53 a.m. Aug. 20 following a traffic stop on Route 283 West at the Airport Connector.
According to the arresting officer, Patterson was driving a 2009 Subaru Legacy that was seen straddling the road’s fog line. The initial interview of Patterson turned into a DUI investigation, police said. Patterson was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center where blood was drawn and tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.
Patterson is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 6 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.
Slumped over in car
Mario C. Bologna, 42, of the 2000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, police report.
According to an arrest report, he was awakened by police when they found him slumped over the center console of a 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike at 3:22 a.m. Sept. 2. Police said the vehicle’s engine was running but its transmission was in neutral at the time.
Bologna had an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath, refused to provide a breath sample to be tested with a portable Breathalyzer and had difficulty keeping his balance.
Bologna was taken the Dauphin County Judicial Center on suspicion of DUI and refused to provide a blood sample to test for the possible presence of intoxicants.
Public drunkenness citation
Harry J. Varner, 55, of the 200 block of Penn Street, Highspire, was cited for public drunkenness following an incident at 8:12 p.m. Sept. 4 on West Harrisburg Pike at Ann Street, police report.
Police said Varner was seen walking on West Harrisburg Pike and appeared to be intoxicated. Alcohol was detected in Varner’s breath and he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was held for several hours, police noted.
$75 in quarters stolen
Police report someone stole $75 in quarters from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Mountainview Road.
Investigators said the theft from the 2013 Kia Soul took place some time Sept. 1 or Sept. 2. The victim told police the change was in cup holders in the vehicle.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.
A township resident told police numerous transactions were attempted in her Visa account.
Police report the victim had been contacted by Macy’s department store on Sept. 1, and they informed her that two gift cards, $453 and $400, were placed on her Member’s 1st credit card.
The victim also told police the card had been used for a $250 purchase at the Bloomingdale’s department store and for $150 and $50 purchases at an unnamed department store.
Police said the local credit union had been closely monitoring the account and closed it on suspicion of fraud.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:55
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
Written by Dan Miller
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:57