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Lower Swatara Township Police News: Radiators, batteries stolen

Flat tires lead to charges

A Georgia resident who allegedly drove his car throughout Highspire with two flat tires was arrested and subsequently charged with DUI.

Police report John Hayes, 63, of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged after police found his 2017 Ford Fusion parked in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant on West Harrisburg Pike. Both front tires on his 2017 Ford Fusion were flat and apparently the car had been driven that way for some distance. Police were told to be on the lookout for a car that was being driven by someone under the influence of intoxicants. 

Hayes reportedly had an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath and was given field coordination tests. Hayes was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he refused to provide a blood sample to determine the possible presence of intoxicants. Police charged Hayes and released him after he posted bail. 

He is to be present for a preliminary hearing on the charge Jan. 18 before District Judge Michael Smith. 


Radiators, batteries stolen

Police report three aluminum truck radiators and 20 to 30 car and truck batteries were stolen from Peifer Construction Inc., in the 1000 block of Eisenhower Boulevard, on Jan. 3. 

The items were valued at $600. The items were to have been scrapped.

Investigators said they are reviewing surveillance videos. A male suspect was caught on video. Police said he was wearing a dark hooded jacket, tan pants and dark shoes or boots.

If you have information, call 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:56

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5 enter county judge race

Five candidates are in the race for Dauphin County judge, including one very familiar name.

Voters in 2017 will elect three new county judges. One will replace Judge Bruce Bratton, who resigned in  August 2016. The two others are to replace Judge Bernard Coates Jr., who died in 2015, and to replace Judge Todd Hoover, who stepped down from the county bench in May 2016 and who died in August 2016. Each term is for 10 years.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico announced his intent to run earlier this month. He has been district attorney since being elected in November 1999. He first joined the district attorney’s office in 1988. He supervises a staff of 25 attorneys, 30 support staff and 13 detectives. As an assistant district attorney, he handled many homicide and drug prosecutions. His trial experience includes about 100 jury trials and numerous appearances in non-jury proceedings. 

Also running is another member of the district attorney’s office. Michael Rozman of Steelton is a prosecutor and has worked in a supervisor capacity since 1994. He served as Steelton Borough Council president in the 1990s. Before becoming a lawyer, Rozman worked in the family business, the Rozman Bros. furniture and appliance store in Swatara Township.

Lori K. Serratelli of Susquehanna Township is a Dauphin County judge who is running for retention. Gov. Tom Wolf appointed her to the bench in June 2016 to fill the vacancy that was created by the death of Coates.

Serratelli before becoming a county judge had 38 years of private law practice and specialized in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and employment discrimination. She serves in the Family Law Division of the county court of common pleas.

Royce Morris, an attorney who lives in Swatara Township, also announced his candidacy. A partner in the firm of Goldberg Katzman in Lower Paxton Township, Morris has practiced law for more than 25 years in state and federal courts and has represented clients in more than 200 trials. 

Morris was appointed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association to a committee tasked with making recommendations on revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct. He was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett to the state Commission on Sentencing from 2011 to 2015.

The fifth candidate is Jeffrey McGuire of Harrisburg, a partner in the firm of Cipriani & Werner. Since 2005 McGuire has been certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy,.

A certified mediator and arbitrator, McGuire serves in both capacities for private parties as well as through the Better Business Bureau and the Pro Bono Mediation Panel of the U.S. Middle District Court. He is a former senior hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:04

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Man charged with lewdness at Middletown pool this summer gets arrested once again

A man who was arrested in July 2016 for molesting girls at the Middletown Swimming Pool is again in trouble with borough police.

Police arrested Clayton Thomas Johnson, 41, of the 200 block of South Union Street, on Dec. 28; this time for allegedly masturbating outside a laundromat near Wood Street and Witherspoon Avenue just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

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Johnson was arraigned before District Judge David Judy and charged with open lewdness, disorderly conduct, and failing to register as a registered sex offender. He remains in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail, and a hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 26.

Johnson has also been charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness by the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 28. Johnson was arraigned on the county charges by District Judge Kenneth Lenker, who set bail at $50,000. A preliminary hearing on these charges is set for Jan. 5 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Johnson on Dec. 22 had been sentenced to 11 months of probation by Dauphin County Judge John Cherry after pleading guilty to indecent exposure stemming from the July 2016 incident at the borough pool. 

Johnson had just gotten out of the county prison on Dec. 23, according to the criminal complaint that borough police filed regarding the Dec. 27 charges.

Johnson in 2005 was convicted of third-degree rape in New York State, according to an investigation completed by Pennsylvania State Police when Johnson was charged with the incident in the borough in 2016. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:24

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Hearing set for Feb. 9 in case of forced prostitution of local woman

A preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy has been set for Feb. 9 in the case of Rachel Shearer, the 21-year-old woman from Lackawanna County who is accused of kidnapping a woman from Londonderry Township who was then allegedly forced into prostitution.Shearer RachelShearer

Shearer, of Old Forge, has been in Dauphin County Prison since being arrested on Oct. 27 by Pennsylvania State Police. Her bail is set at $200,000.

According to state police records, Shearer led the 20-year-old victim into believing she was going to Myrtle Beach in late May for a weekend vacation. Instead, Shearer took the victim to a "dope house" in Knoxville, Tenn., and then to a hotel in Myrtle Beach, where Shearer and a man forced the woman into prostitution.

After three weeks the victim was able to escape by fleeing from a vehicle driven by Shearer at a gas station off Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County.

Shearer is charged with kidnapping to facilitate a felony, conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom, conspiracy to commit kidnapping to facilitate a felony, two counts of conspiracy of involuntary servitude, two counts of conspiracy to promote prostitution, and one count each of human trafficking, conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/involuntary servitude.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:57

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Two charged with raping PSU student at Pineford

Middletown police have charged two men with raping a 17-year-old female Penn State Harrisburg student during a party in the borough in October.

The victim is a student from China, according to the criminal complaint filed by borough police with District Judge David Judy.

The alleged assault occurred during a party in the Village of Pineford on Oct. 9.  The victim reported the alleged assault to Penn State Harrisburg police, who referred the case to Middletown police because the incident occurred in the borough, police said.

Police on Dec. 14 charged Yiwen Jing, 19, of the Woodcrest Building in Pineford, with rape of an unconscious victim, conspiracy to rape an unconscious victim, conspiracy to commit indecent deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious victim, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of an unconscious victim, and corruption of minors.

Jing is a student at Penn State Harrisburg, police said. He was freed after posting $25,000 bail.

Police on Dec. 14 also charged Kevin Tsai, 19, who has the same address as Jing. Tsai is charged with rape of an unconscious victim, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious or unaware victim, conspiracy to rape an unconscious victim, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of an unconscious victim, corruption of minors, and conspiracy to commit indecent assault of an unconscious person.

Tsai is a student at Penn State York, police said. Tsai was also freed after posting $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing for both Jing and Tsai is set for Jan. 5 before Judy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:48

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