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Borough police investigating argument between mayor, spokesman


[Editor's note: This story was updated on Tuesday, July 8 with additional information obtained from the Middletown police department after the July 9 edition of the Press And Journal went to press.]

Middletown police have asked the Dauphin County District Attorney's office to investigate an alleged incident involving a heated argument between Mayor James H. Curry III and Chris Courogen, the borough’s director of communications, after a Middletown Borough Council meeting on Monday, July 7.

Police responded to borough hall when called about the incident. Middletown's acting police chief, Sgt. James Bennett, said his department eventually referred it to the District Attorney's office to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Several minutes after the council meeting ended around 10 p.m., a shouting match broke out between the mayor and Courogen that could easily be heard by everyone still left in council chambers, including several councilors and a handful of residents who had attended the meeting . . .

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