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Police warn of phone scam in Middletown

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Middletown police are warning residents of a phone scam that was attempted recently involving a recorded message claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

Residents have told police that they received a call and, upon answering, a recorded message from a scammer claiming to be from the IRS concerning a "dire problem'' with the resident's taxes.

The message provides a call-back number, police said.

The call is a scheme to entice residents to send money or provide personal information that can be used to access your private bank accounts, police warned.

If you receive such a call, do not provide personal information, police warned.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:52

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iPhones taken from delivery facility


A number of iPhones valued at $3,396 were stolen from a FedEx facility in Lower Swatara Twp. between Jan. 8 and Feb. 4, township police said.

A security specialist with FedEx called Lower Swatara police to report the thefts on Thursday, Feb. 4. No other details were reported by police.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:25

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Lower Swatara Police News 2/10/16


Charged with theft

Nicki J. Krall, 37, of the 300 block of N. Railroad St., Palmyra, was charged with theft by unlawful taking involving an incident on Jan. 27 that began at the Congress Inn in the 1000 block of S. Eisenhower Blvd., police report. 

Police allege that Krall took a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica owned by a Palmyra man while she shared a room with him at the local motel. The man claimed his cell phone and wallet also were taken, police said.

The man’s car was tracked by a GPS system to Harrisburg, then to a residence in Penbrook, where it was found, police said. An individual at the Penbrook residence said Krall had given the car to him in Harrisburg, police said.

Charges against Krall were filed with District Judge Michael Smith on Feb. 1, according to court records. A warrant was issued for Krall’s arrest, police said.


Charged with giving false ID to law enforcement

Deneene Harris, 20, of the 200 block of S. Chestnut St., Ambler, was charged with giving false identity information to a law enforcement officer following a traffic stop at 12:46 p.m. on Jan. 19 at West Main and Lawrence streets, police report.

Harris was a passenger in a 2015 Hyundai Sonata that was stopped because the car’s headlights were not on after dark, police said. Harris gave police a false name but subsequently provided her correct name, police said.

A preliminary hearing is set for March 2 before District Judge Michael Smith.


Cited after domestic disturbance

Bradley T. Phillips, 19, of the 1000 block of Hearthstone Lane, Middletown, was issued a citation for harassment following an incident at 7:47 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the 2000 block of Powderhorn Road, police report.

Phillips grabbed a 16-year-old Middletown resident and threw her onto the ground, slammed her into a vehicle and threw her into a vehicle, police said. Phillips left scene prior to police officers’ arrival but subsequently came back and spoke with officers, police said.

The victim told police she did not require emergency medical services. Police also noted they did not see noticeable injuries.


Disorderly conduct citation

Luis A. Ayala, 21, of the 1000 block of Zarker St., Harrisburg, was issued a disorderly conduct citation following an incident at 1:37 a.m. on Jan. 31 at West Harrisburg Pike and Meade Avenue, police report.

Ayala was a passenger in a 2005 Nissan Altima that was stopped because of a faulty headlight, police said.. After police smelled an odor of marijuana from the car and spoke with the occupants of the car, Ayala told police he had marijuana in one of his shoes, police said. 

Noting the cooperation of Ayala and others in the vehicle, the investigating officer opted to issue a non-traffic citation of disorderly conduct related to possession of a small amount of marijuana against Ayala, police said.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:57

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Steelton woman files suit after fall on ice

A Steelton woman has filed a lawsuit against the Steelton-Highspire School District and officials of a youth basketball league that claims she was injured after falling on ice near Steelton-Highspire Elementary School in 2014.

Jame Clair’s attorneys filed the suit in December in Dauphin County Court against the district and Joe Albert, Mike Albert and Eddie Albert, who are affiliated with the Steelton Midget Basketball League. Clair is seeking $50,000, the suit says.

Clair fell near an entrance of the school on ice Jan. 5, 2014 and suffered three fractures in the lumbar spine, according to the complaint. Clair continues to suffer pain and impairment, the complaint said.

The lawsuit alleges the district and basketball league did not salt or melting agents on the walkways, nor did it post signs of the dangers of ice on the walkways.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:58

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 2/3/2016

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.

Simple assault, harassment charges

Kenneth W. Ortiz, 58, of the 1000 block of N. Third St., Harrisburg, was charged with simple assault and harassment following a domestic disturbance at 4:23 p.m. on Jan. 16 at a residence in the 100 block of Willow Farm Lane, police report.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:37

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