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Man charged after fight sparked by online post

Middletown police say a dispute that started online on Facebook led to a fight and charges of aggravated assault being filed against a borough man on Monday, Aug. 25.

 

Aaron Knoll, 25, of the 300 block of Caravan Court, was also charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was released from Dauphin County Prison after posting $25,000 bail.

 

Police said that Knoll was among an estimated 15 people who were involved in a fight that broke out in the area of Adelia Street and Frey Avenue shortly after 3 p.m.

 

The dispute stemmed from Facebook postings in which the victim had posted LOL – “laugh out loud’’ – in response to other postings, police said.

 

The victim was treated at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and released. 

 

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 before District Judge David Judy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:28

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College student loses $3,350 in scam

 

A Penn State Harrisburg student was scammed out of $3,350 by a con artist who claimed he was a police officer with a warrant for the student for failing to pay taxes, police said.

 

The 18-year-old, a resident of the Campus Heights Apartments in the 200 block of W. Main St., received a telephone call on Sept. 4 from the unidentified man, who told the student to obtain a pre-paid card and provide him the ID numbers to satisfy the warrant, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.

 

The student purchased a Vanilla Prepaid Card and placed $2,350 on it, police said. The man instructed him to place an additional $2,000 on another card, but the student did not have enough money to do so, police said.

 

The student was able to place an additional $1,000 on another card, however, and provided the ID numbers to the scammer, police said.

 

The student became wise to the fraud scheme after he called a phone number provided by the con artist to check on the status of the fake warrant. The phone number he was given was for the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State Police, township police said.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:26

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Middletown Police News - 9/17/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the 

Middletown Police Department. Please be aware 

all those charged/cited are presumed innocent 

unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Phone scam reported

 

A 73-year-old Middletown woman was targeted in a telephone scam involving a con artist posing as a public defender, but discovered it was a fraud when she contacted a friend, police report.

 

The woman received a phone call on Sept. 4 from someone who claimed he was a public defender – and that he needed her to send him $3,000 to get her grandson out of jail, police said.

 

The woman contacted an acquaintance to help, and together they discovered that the call was not legitimate, police said.

 

Police are warning area residents to be aware of the scam and are urging residents to call them at 717-558-6900 to report any similar incidents.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:23

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 9/17/14

 

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.

 

DUI charge

 

Johnathan R. Meatley, 29, of the 1000 block of Country Club Road, Camp Hill, was charged with DUI-controlled substance (two counts), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, police report.

 

The charges were filed following an incident at 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 14 in the 2000 block of Fulling Mill Road.

 

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Meatley was stopped because of faulty lights, and an officer smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car, police said. A small amount of marijuana was found in one of Meatley’s socks during a search, police said.

 

Police said they discovered that Meatley’s license had been suspended and a traffic warrant had been issued against him by Harrisburg police.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:19

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 9/10/14 - 7/23/14

 

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.

 

Assault reported

 

A 23-year-old Penn State Harrisburg student was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center after  he was beaten at a party in the Campus Heights Apartments in the 200 block of W. Main St. at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, police report.

 

Campus police reported the incident to township police, who are attempting to contact the student about the incident.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:58

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