Written by Noelle Barrett
The following is a list of cancellations, closings, delays, and other weather alerts. Check back for updates.
NOTE: This list is for Monday, Dec. 9.
Middletown Area: All schools on a 2 hour delay
Lower Dauphin: 2-hr delay; modified kindergarten
Elizabethtown: 2-hr delay; modified kindergarten
Steel-High: 2-hour delay; NO a.m. kindergarten
Seven Sorrows: 2-hr delay
Susquehanna Twp.: 2-hr delay
Bishop McDevitt: 2 hr delay
Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA): 2 hr delay (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Other Area Schools:
Central Dauphin: 2 hour delay
Dauphin County Technical School: 2 hour delay
Derry Township Schools: 2 hour delay; modified kindergarten
Harrisburg Christian School: 2 hour delay
Harrisburg City Schools: 2 hour delay
Hershey Christian School: 2 hour delay
Infinity Charter School: 2 hour delay
Londonderry School: 2 hour delay
Milton Hershey School: open at 9 a.m.; essential personnel report regular time
Sylvan Heights Charter School: 2 hour delay
Vista School: 2 hour delay
Harrisburg International Airport: The airport remains open, but check for flight delays and cancellations going in and out of Middletown. HIA recommends checking flight statuses and contacting your airline directly prior to arriving at the airport.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 03:54
Written by Jim Lewis
A Harrisburg man who led Middletown police on a high-speed chase from East Main and Pine streets to Harrisburg on Tuesday, Nov. 12 has waived charges stemming from the chase and his alleged involvement in a forgery scheme to Dauphin County Court.
Michael Evans-Turner, 30, of the 2000 block of Briggs St., was arraigned before District Judge David Judy on Thursday, Dec. 5 and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond. Officials with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole also have lodged a detainer against him.
Middletown police had attempted to arrest Evans-Turner as part of their investigation into a forgery and theft scheme, police said. The chase from Middletown to Harrisburg traveled through Lower Swatara Twp., Highspire and Steelton, and reached speeds of 125 mph, according to a police department source. Evans-Turner eventually was stopped in Harrisburg, at Cameron and Sycamore streets, police said.
No one was injured, police said.
Evans-Turner and Gina D. Holmes, 22 of the 2000 block of N. Third St., Harrisburg, a home health care worker, allegedly had taken almost $4,000 from Members 1st Credit Union in Middletown by forging checks stolen from one of Holmes' clients in Middletown, making the checks out to Evans-Turner and forging the client's signature, police said.
Police said that Evans-Turner fled when they approached him. He was driving Holmes' car, police said.
Police have obtained a warrant for Holmes' arrest. She remains at large.
Police from Lower Swatara, Highspire, Steelton, Swatara Twp. and Harrisburg, as well as state parole agents, helped apprehend Evans-Turner, according to Middletown police.
Evans-Turner faces a list of charges: Forgery, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, driving at an unsafe speed, flight to avoid apprehension, recklessly endangering another person, driving on the wrong side of the road, exceeding maximum speed limits, disorderly conduct and failure to use turning movements and required signals, police said.
Anyone with information on Holmes' whereabouts is asked to call Middletown police through Dauphin County 911 at 717-558-6900.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 14:06
Written by Daniel Walmer
Middletown Borough Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to advertise a $5.7 million general fund budget that freezes property taxes and avoids any major cuts, according to financial consultant Mark Morgan.
Specifically, the budget does not recommend cutting the borough’s police force by two officers, something that was anticipated in the 2013 budget but was never implemented.
“The general premise of this budget is that we try to make as few changes from what was occurring this year as possible,” Morgan said, so that four newly-elected council members and a newly-elected mayor can have input on making decisions after they take office in January.
The new council members will have tough decisions to make, Morgan said, because there’s a catch: The budget requires a $2.092 million transfer from the borough’s electric fund to its general fund. Since council has reduced electric rates, the borough may then have to transfer money from its Electric Stabilization Trust Fund – a one-time cash settlement that ended an electric contract with MetEd – to keep the borough-owned electric system funded, Morgan said.
That means the council that takes office in January will have to make difficult decisions about cutting expenses or increasing revenue, Morgan said. In fact, Morgan plans to encourage the new council to consider opening the budget in January to begin implementing those changes, including possibly raising water and sewer fees.
Councilor Scott Sites was absent for the vote.
A full story on Middletown’s budget will be published in next week’s printed edition and e-Edition of the Press And Journal.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:16
Written by Daniel Walmer
Penn State Harrisburg’s student population is growing, and student housing in neighboring Middletown has been growing with it. Now Middletown’s zoning ordinance will control the growth.
Middletown Borough Council passed a new zoning ordinance that limits both the location and the nature of student housing by a 7-1 vote at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 2.
The ordinance restricts student housing to certain portions of town – primarily areas in southwest Middletown that surround the borough’s commercial centers and are close to Penn State Harrisburg – that remain zoned R-2. Many of the borough’s other residential areas were rezoned to the new medium-density zone R-1a , which will prohibit student housing.
“By creating this new zone, we will essentially protect the residential character of those neighborhoods in the borough,” said Tim Konek, borough manager.
Even within the R-2 zone, student housing will be limited to certain types of buildings: “A building containing three or more apartments each containing up to four persons (who may be unrelated) and who are attending [college].”
That effectively prohibits landlords from continuing the increasingly prevalent practice of leasing residential dwellings to groups of students.
The ordinance also fixes an ambiguous definition of “group home” that landowner David Dietman had attempted to use to justify housing students in single-family homes. Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis rejected Dietman’s argument in July.
Resident Mike Bowman said the regulation of student housing is necessary to keep students safe.
“We have to keep the students safe above all things,” Bowman said.
However, Bowman would like more explanation on how council will deal with currently existing homes that are rented to students.
The ordinance has been more than four years in the making. A public hearing was held on a previous version adopted in July 2011. The ordinance was shelved after Tropical Storm Lee flooded Middletown in September 2011, but the new ordinance was largely based on the original proposal, Konek explained.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 19:53
Written by Noelle Barrett
It appears a project to transform Lytle Farm in Londonderry Twp. into a town-sized development of more than 1,600 homes and businesses is on the move again.
The township supervisors approved preliminary plans for the first phase of the project during a meeting on Monday, Dec. 2.
In 2012, the township’s Planning Commission approved preliminary plans for the first phase of the project, which would be built on the 330-acre farm along Route 230 just across Swatara Creek from Middletown. When the same plans were presented to the supervisors in July, however, they listed several concerns that had to be addressed for the project to move forward.
You can read the full story in our printed edition or our e-Edition.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 21:37