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Final vote to scrap wards tops Middletown council's agenda for Tuesday Sept. 6

Borough council's 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by what could be the last meeting of the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers.

Council earlier this year decided to dissolve the authority, which was created by a previous council in 2012.

Here is the draft agenda for council's meeting on Sept. 6:


Draft agenda for Sept. 6 2016 meeting of Middletown Borough Council

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 17:55

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Driver damages entrance to Sunset Park

Sunset CrashDamageWEBPress And Journal Photo by Louise Sukle -- PA State Police took a driver into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence following an accident that damaged the brick entrance wall to Sunset Park Aug. 20. Cost to repair the damages has been estimated to be $3,000.

A driver veered off South Geyers Church Road and his vehicle struck the brick entrance wall at Sunset Park, police said.

Carlos Jarvis IV, 25, of Bainbridge, was driving south when he failed to the curve to the left, and he drove about 200 feet on the grass before his 2002 Saturn hit the entrance wall at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, police reported.  

Pennsylvania State Police took Jarvis into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the police report filed in the case. Jarvis was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. 

The wall damage will cost about $3,000 to repair, said Steve Letavic, Londonderry Township manager. 

“One of our public works employees cleaned the bricks off the roadway and made the area safe to drive,” Letavic said. The township will file an insurance claim regarding the damage, he added.

The accident also caused minimal damage to the nearby flowerbeds and turf, which the township staff will repair. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:59

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Mtown Boro Cops Looking For Burglary Suspect

White male, 40's, wearing jeans and black shirt



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Middletown Police are actively searching for a burglary suspect they say is loose in the area of Ann and Wilson streets, specifically between Wood and S. Catherine streets.

In a Nixle alert released by the local department at 12:35 a.m. Sat., July 30 police noted the suspect is believed to be a white male, in his 40's, wearing blue jeans and a black muscle type t-shirt. The suspect possibly has a mustache, the announcement also noted.

Police said the suspect entered a garage and stole tools. The extent of loss was not noted nor was it noted if the garage had been locked.

Police are urging residents to take precaution and to secure their homes' doors and windows and to lock out buildings on  properties, as well as vehicles. 

Police are asking residents to report all suspicious activity in or around their homes to them by calling 911. The department's non emergency number is (717) 902-0706.


Last Updated on Saturday, 30 July 2016 08:31

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Baltimore man nabbed in burglary in Middletown Borough

Middletown Police arrested and charged a Baltimore man in connection with a burglary and attempted burglary of two homes on the north side of Middletown.

Diehl Michael 6 23 16Michael C. Diehl, 22, has been charged with burglary for his role in the break-in Fri., June 17 of a home in the 1000 block of Plane St. An HP laptop computer and an iPad with an estimated valued of more than $1,000 were reported stolen from the residence.

Police also charged Diehl with criminal attempt burglary for an attempted burglary of another home located in the 1000 block of Cypress Street.

 Diehl has also been charged with two unrelated drug offenses, intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement officer, police said.

 “An alert citizen provided real-time information to the 911 center of the location of the suspect and another male that led to their detention and investigation early Wednesday morning (June 22),” said Middletown Police Chief John Bey. “She recognized the one male from an alert provided during a neighborhood canvas by patrol officers, and called immediately. Information developed by interviewing these suspects led police to a residence in the 1100 Block of Cypress Street, where a search warrant was served on the residence and police recovered numerous items of stolen property.”

Bey said police were further assisted in their investigation after viewing a video provided by a neighbor. Bey said the home surveillance tape showed Diehl attempting to break into the Cypress St. home on June 17.

6 17 16 BurgrlaryMtownDiehl was arraigned June 22 before District Judge Raymond Shugars and held at Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 1, at 9 a.m. before District Judge David Judy in Royalton.

Bey said the accused had been staying at a residence in the 1100 block of Cypress St.

This is a fine example of the ability of alert citizens helping police to bring a successful conclusion to a crime spree in their neighborhood,” Bey said. “The Middletown Police Department thanks all those who helped with this case and provided tips that we diligently followed up on.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:43

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Cupcakes and clocks?

Almost 100 years ago, the Mothers Congress Circle, a charitable organization, sold cupcakes to help raise money to buy the clock. The town clock, located at the corner of N. Union & Emaus streets in Middletown, PA, returned on June 15, 2016 after an extensive restoration.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:59

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