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News From District Judge Michael J. Smith - 4/23/14

The following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate Michael J. Smith.

Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

Withdrawn 

A citation for criminal mischief against Barry M. Plaunt, 33, of the 100 block of C Lane, Harrisburg, was withdrawn. The citation stemmed from an incident on Feb. 26. 

 

Guilty plea

Kevin J. Coleman Jr., 21, of the 2000 block of Swatara St., Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct that was filed following an incident on Feb. 18.

 

Jamell Holton, 27, of the 400 block of Muench St., Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief citation that was filed following an incident on Feb. 15.

 

Breonna Dabney, 18, of the 200 block of Clinton Ave., Middletown, pleaded guilty to a traffic citation for careless driving. Dabney had been charged with criminal charges of careless driving but the charge was lowered. In addition, charges of  driving with a suspended license and involved in an accident involving damage to another vehicle were withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on Feb. 9.

 

Waived

Leonard R. Harris, 33, of the 20 block of Jury St., Highspire, waived into Dauphin County Court charges of DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, DUI-controlled substance (two counts), failure to use turn signals and failure to stop when emerging from alley. Harris was arrested on Feb. 15.

 

Alexander G. Ruhl, 25, of the 6000 block of Norfolk Place, Harrisburg, waived into Dauphin County Court charges of DUI, DUI- highest rate of alcohol, DUI-controlled substance (two counts), careless driving, disregard traffic lane and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. Ruhl was charged following his arrest on Jan. 16.

Held for court

Charges of DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, driving an unregistered vehicle and disregarding lane of traffic were held for action in Dauphin County Court against Patrick R. Hughes, 24, of the 6000 block of Blue Bird Ave., Harrisburg. The charges followed Hughes’ arrest on Jan. 30.



 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 19:11

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Middletown appoints acting police chief

Sgt. James Bennett was selected to serve as Middletown’s interim police chief until a search for a permanent chief concludes, according to Mayor James Curry III.

Bennett has served on the Middletown police force since 2006, and is an Army veteran.

Curry said he hopes to have a full-time chief appointed within the next 60 days.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:17

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 4/16/14

 

 

The following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department.

Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

 

Wallet lost

An Elizabethtown resident told police she lost her wallet while she was shopping at the Sharp Shopper on March 28.

 

The brown leather bi-fold wallet contained her driver’s license, several gift cards, cash and other personal cards. A search of the store turned up nothing, police said.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:28

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Pizza delivery prank cost two teens $381

Here is the prank: E-mail a pizza order to a pizza shop and have it delivered to the target’s home. Funny?

 

Not for two Middletown teenagers. The prank cost them $381, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.

 

The teens placed two fake pizza orders – one for $262 and another for $119 – with the Pizza Hut in the 2000 block of W. Harrisburg Pike on Tuesday, March 18, requesting the pizzas be delivered to a Middletown residence.

 

When the delivery driver discovered that no one at the residence had ordered the pizzas, the police were called to investigate.

 

Police discovered that two 16-year-old students at Middletown Area High School had placed the orders by computer at the school at 8:30 a.m. and provided bogus names and telephone numbers. 

 

The students confessed and paid Pizza Hut in full, ending the investigation, police said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:15

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Delivery man beaten, robbed in Steelton

Police are seeking information on three suspects who brutally beat and robbed a Chinese food delivery man on Friday, Feb. 28 in Steelton.


The victim was delivering food in the first block of Kennedy Lane when two men beat him, knocking him unconscious, while a third male acted as a lookout, acting Police Chief John King said.


The suspects fled the area, taking the Chinese food with them, police said.


The victim, who suffered fractures to facial bones, was transported to the hospital with substantial injuries, King said.

The three suspects are described as black males between the ages of 17 and 22.

Summit Search and Rescue provided blood hounds to assist with the investigation.

“The blood hounds were able to give valuable leads,” which detectives are looking into, police said.

Anyone with information should contact the Steelton Police Department at 717-939-9841.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:22

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