Written by Joe Sukle
New traffic signals were placed in downtown Middletown June 22, 2016 as part of the Borough's streetscape program. Workers labored over an hour to complete the task.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:55
Written by Joe Sukle
Middletown Police are looking for an individual who burglarized a home in the 1000 block of Plane Street, Middletown, PA during the afternoon of Fri., June 17.
Police said the burglar stole an HP laptop and an iPad some time during the early afternoon hours. The suspect was last seen heading towards Aspen Street at 2 p.m., police said
An alert sent out by the department noted the suspect is thin, with brown hair, brown mustache and a goatee. Reportedly he was wearing blue jeans and a tan hoodie.
Police said the residents not at the home when the burglary occurred although they contacted police to report the theft. It was not noted if the home had been broken into to gain entry.
The public is asked to contact police at (717) 902-0706 or call Dauphin Co. Dispatch 911 if they have any information about the incident.
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2016 06:34
Written by Joe Sukle
Middletown Police have released photographs of an individual believed to be a “person of interest” in connection with a theft investigation.
Middletown Police Chief John Bey told the Press And Journal the incident took place at a convenience store in the borough. He stressed the incident did not involve public safety.
Additional details about the case were not released by the police. “This is a minor retail theft case and the investigating officer is hoping for some assistance,” Chief Bey said. “We are in the midst of the very beginning of the investigation and don’t want to release any additional information that may hamper the case.” An officer did say no harm to the public took place as a result of the theft.
Anyone having information about the person in the photos is requested to contact Middletown Police at (717) 558-6900 or may submit an anonymous tip through Nixle at http://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5660060.
The request for assistance was released by police on Mon., June 13 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 09:02
Written by Joe Sukle
Middletown Police are looking for a white male they say was responsible for the robbery of the Rite Aid store, E. Main and Vine sts., on Thurs., June 9.
Police said the man got away with an undetermined amount of oxycodone pills.
The robber is described as male, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and thin with a reddish brown beard. He was wearing a blue hoodie, dirty blue jeans, a black baseball hat and sunglasses.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (717) 558-6900.
Police originally reported the robber approached the store's pharmacy counter with a note that requested the pills and said no one would get hurt if they were provided.
The man did not show any weapons during the robbery, and he took only the medication in the heist, not any cash, said John Bey, Middletown police chief. He said police are continuing to investigate, although they currently do not have any suspects. Bey was not sure how many pills were taken or their value.
Oxycodone, a synthetic opioid, is a narcotic pain killer that is found in several prescription drugs including Oxycontin, Percocet, Combunox and Percodan.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 08:55
Written by Dan Miller
Middletown Borough may be one of the first communities in Central PA to have a medical marijuana dispensary set up business in town.
Borough council heard a presentation Tues., June 7 from Alexander Fox Person, who wants to open the business in Middletown. A green light for dispensaries was given under provisions of Act 16, the legislation that was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year.
Person told the council he chose Middletown as the site for his dispensary because of the town’s potential for economic growth. He also cited the town’s proximity to hospitals such as PinnacleHealth and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as the large number of senior citizen communities in the surrounding area.
People 55 and older is the fastest growing demographic when it comes to demand for medical marijuana, Person said. He also noted the town is represented by Sen. Mike Folmer and Rep. John Payne, both of whom supported the legislation to provide medical marijuana.
Person currently does not have a location in Middletown for his proposed dispensary. He said the earliest that such a dispensary could open would be September 2017. The Department of Health is writing regulations to implement the new law, and it will probably be the end of the year before he can even apply to the department for permission to have a medical marijuana dispensary, Person said.
The law restricts the number of permitted medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania to 50. Each of the 50 could have up to three locations each, for a potential total of 150 dispensary locations throughout Pennsylvania.
At this time Person said he only expects to have one location, in Middletown.
In an e-mail to Middletown Councilor Diana McGlone Person said he hopes to obtain a letter of support from the borough for his plan to have a medical marijuana dispensary in Middletown. However, he did not ask for such a letter during council’s meeting, and council took no action.
Person is a 28-year old Air Force veteran from Gettysburg, who is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights at Columbia University in New York.
Assistance with ordinance for marijuana dispensaries
On a related note, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is providing Middletown and other municipalities with a “model ordinance” to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The commission is recommending that municipalities “get out in front” of the issue, Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told council.
The model ordinance will be among several items to be taken up by the borough’s new planning commission, Kapenstein said. Council earlier in the meeting appointed five borough residents to the new commission.
Among provisions of Act 16 is that a medical marijuana dispensary not be allowed to locate within 1,000 feet of a public or private school, or a day care center. Person asked that the council not adopt regulations that are any more restrictive than the provisions included in Act 16.
Once the borough clarifies where a medical marijuana dispensary can be located - and where it cannot - Person said he will find a site for his proposed dispensary. Having a specific site for a dispensary is required in order to obtain the state approval to operate one, Person told the council.
Former councilor Rachelle Reid spoke in favor of Person’s proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Middletown.
Reid said that many of her family members were stricken with cancer, and that Sen. Folmer is a cancer survivor. Her family members could have benefited from medical marijuana, had it been available, she added.
“We are the first community in Dauphin County. We need to be the first community in the state that jumps on this,” she said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 06:39