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Can council plug hole in 2015 budget?

The head of Middletown Borough Council’s finance committee is adamant that residents not see a property tax or electric rate increase in 2015.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:07

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'Die-In' Staged at Penn State Harrisburg

library12 10 14webPress And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis - Penn State Harrisburg students stage a “die-in’’ at the campus library on Thursday, Dec. 4 to protest a grand jury’s decision to reject an indictment in a recent incident where a black man died while in the hold of a New York City police officer.

Remember the sit-in? It was a non-violent protest against everything from civil rights abuses to the Vietnam War at college campuses in the 1960s.

Eleven Penn State Harrisburg students staged a new version of the protest – a “die-in’’ – at the university’s student union and library on Thursday, Dec. 4. Their mission: Protest a recent decision by a New York City grand jury to issue no indictment in the death of a black man while in the chokehold of a New York police officer who was arresting him for illegally selling cigarettes on Staten Island.

The protest began rather benignly, with participants laying quietly on the floor, occasionally chanting, “No justice, no peace.’’

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:44

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A Lower Swatara Twp. man was charged on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with stealing at least five handguns, money and electronic devices from unlocked vehicles parked in several township neighborhoods in October and November, according to township police.

Kyler Michael Kohr, 18, of the 100 block of Lake Drive was charged with 12 counts of theft from a motor vehicle, five counts of carrying a firearm without a license, 12 counts of loitering or prowling at night, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of recklessly endangering another person and one count of receiving stolen property, according to court records.

He was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith and held in Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 bond, according to court records.

The firearms that police say he took have not been recovered, police said. Police are still investigating.

Readers with more information are asked to call the Lower Swatara police and Det. Robert Appleby at 717-939-0463.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:11

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Bad weather has forced the cancellation of Middletown's Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck that was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing at South Union and Ann streets.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 instead, according to the Middletown Area Historical Society.

The Douglas fir that is decorated for Christmas will be lit without a formal ceremony.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 19:54

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Londonderry approves budget, tax increase

The Londonderry Twp. supervisors voted unanimously to approve a 2015 budget with a tax increase, just the second tax hike in 18 years. 


Homeowners will get a tax bill about five times higher than that in 2010 with the budget approved on Monday, Dec. 1.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:05

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