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Boil water advisory effects about 20 households in Middletown

About 20 families who live on Wharton Avenue between Union and North Catherine streets in Middletown are being advised to boil their water after a contractor Friday morning cut a nearby water main, according to information posted on Middletown's Facebook page.


Other residents outside of this area are not impacted, the borough said. Borough crews have hand-delivered notices of the advisory to the affected households.


State regulations require the boil water advisory to remain in effect until two consecutive days of testing show that the water is not contaminated. A sample is on the way to a lab for testing, so the boil water advisory could be lifted by Saturday afternoon, the borough said.


Borough crews will hand-deliver notices to inform the impacted households when the advisory is lifted.


The water line was cut by mistake by a contractor working on the new housing complex being built for Penn State Harrisburg students near Spring Street and Wharton Avenue, the borough said.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 20:39

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He came into the Family Dollar Store on Front Street in Steelton just before closing, pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at a clerk and announced, "Give me all the phones. Nobody is going to get hurt.''

He seized a customers iPhone. Then he demanded the money from the cash registers.

He ran from the store down Chambers Street with an undisclosed amount of cash in the armed robbery, which happened just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to Steelton police.

Police and a canine from the neighboring Harrisburg Police Department searched for the suspect, but could not find him, Steelton police said.

The suspect is described as a thin black male with stubble on his face, approximately 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6 and weighing 130 to 150 pounds, police said. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and black sneakers, and a mask covered half his face.

His gun is described as a silver semi-automatic, possibly a .380-caliber handgun.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Steelton police at 717-939-9841 or Dauphin County Control after office hours at 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:46

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Borough seeks to hire up to six part-time cops


Middletown Borough Council voted 9-0 on Monday, Nov. 17 to again seek applicants for up to six part-time police officer positions.

The borough will immediately begin advertising for the positions. Resumes from applicants must be in to the borough by Dec. 15.

The borough had advertised for the positions earlier, but no one was hired.

New Police Chief John Bey recommended to council’s public safety committee that the borough start from scratch with a new round of applicants.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:45

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Lower Swatara budget freezes property tax

Taxpayers will not face a tax increase in Lower Swatara Twp. under a preliminary 2015 budget approved by the township commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The commissioners developed the spending plan, which increases spending by 4.8 percent to a total $5,395,500 for 2015.

The proposed budget is available for anyone to review at the township office before a final vote on the plan, which is scheduled for Dec. 17.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:40

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In Lower Swatara, thieves find guns in unlocked cars

A Lower Swatara Twp. resident reported a $300 semiautomatic handgun missing after it was left in a car with the doors unlocked, windows down and keys in the ignition, according to Police Chief Richard Brandt.

“I can’t remember the last time someone actually broke in a car,” Brandt said, admitting that it does happen – just not nearly as often as thieves helping themselves to items in unlocked cars.

When police questioned suspects in prior thefts from cars, the suspects admit that they check cars for unlocked doors, Brandt said. Two thieves took handguns in October among a rash of thefts from cars, all of which were unlocked, in the township.

“If people would lock their cars, they wouldn’t go in them,” Brandt said.

While there have been thefts reported in many areas of the township, Rosedale and Shope Gardens appear to be particular targets, Brandt said.

Thefts were more frequently reported in September and October, he said.

Another resident reported a Glock .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol valued at $600 and ammunition were stolen July 31 from a locked car on Lexington Avenue in the township.

Last year, police recovered five handguns stolen from unlocked cars in Lower Swatara within a week of the thefts. In those incidents, three 16-year-old boys were charged with taking the five guns. They found the guns by checking for unlocked cars, police said.

In addition to thefts from vehicles, residents have reported multiple bicycle thefts recently, Brandt said. In one case, two bikes were taken, but police recovered them and made an arrest almost immediately. 

Eric Wise: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:38

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