Written by Eric Wise
Burglars have recently targeted two areas of Middletown in a series of thefts, Middletown police reported.
In the southwest section of town, someone has broken into sheds and taken items — often tools — from people’s yards at night in a series of incidents, said Sgt. Richard Hiester of Middletown Police Department.
A resident of the 200 block of Wilson Street reported that someone broke into a shed and stole a saw on Saturday night, July 30.
The previous night, July 29, a resident reported that a white man, possibly in his 40s, was seen trying to take a ladder and a blue nylon bag of carpentry tools from a property near Ann and Wood streets. He may have a mustache and was wearing a black muscle shirt and blue jeans. The man dropped the items and left the scene walking east on Ann Street.
In an incident July 5, a resident reported that an air compressor, a compression tester and a fuel disconnect kit were stolen from the 300 block of South Lawrence Street.
Another incident that may be related was reported June 17 when small tools and a propane bottle were taken from the 200 block of Russell Avenue.
Hiester said a second group of burglaries of copper pipe has been reported with vacant homes in Middletown.
Copper pipes and a water meter were stolen from a home at the 400 block of Woodland Avenue on July 28. A thief took the same items from a home at the 1100 block of Vine Street in another crime reported July 25.
Copper pipes were also reportedly stolen June 25 from a home at the 600 block of east Adelia Street.
There may be additional thefts from vacant or bank-owned homes that are not monitored by their owners regularly, Hiester said.
“If anybody is aware of a vacant house nearby, keep an eye on it in case people are breaking in,” Hiester said.
Residents should keep doors and windows locked in their homes, out buildings and vehicles, Hiester said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:14
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.
Charged after two incidents on same day
Numerous charges including terroristic threats have been filed against a Middletown Borough man in connection with two separate incidents on the same day in the township.
Police report Ladhellis D. Charleston, 19, of the 2000 block of Pineford Drive, has been charged for his actions during the late morning and early afternoon of July 22.
According to court records Charleston has been charged with burglary, terroristic threats, criminal mischief and driving while under suspension. Police allege the accused broke the front door of a home in the 2000 block of Market Street Extended, threatened people in the residence at the time and drove from the scene.
A second criminal complaint filed against Charleston reports charges of terroristic threats (two counts), intimidating witness/victim and harassment were filed stemming from an incident at 12:47 a.m. also on July 22. Allegations were made the accused sent numerous texts and made several calls threatening a township resident in the case.
Hit-and-run suspect arrested, charged
Nicholas T. Hamilton, 23, of the 500 block of Willow Street, Highspire, has been arrested and charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash at 6:44 p.m. July 23 on South Eisenhower Boulevard, police report.
Court records note Hamilton has been charged with DUI-controlled substance, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, accidents involving injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to give information or render aid, accident involving damage to vehicle, failure to notify police about accident and reckless driving.
The arresting officer reported the accused was driving a 2012 VW Jetta that struck the rear of a 2015 Subaru Forrester. Hamilton left the scene of the crash but was subsequently stopped by police when he was seen driving in the same area of the crash, the criminal complaint noted. Hamilton spoke with slurred speech and was taken into custody, police said. Police added a hypodermic needle was found in the accused’s car.
Two adults, two teenagers and a child were in the car that was struck. Police said the driver of the vehicle, the teenagers and the child were taken to an area hospital after complaining of neck pain. A report about their condition was not noted by police.
Hamilton was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where coordination tests were given after which he agreed to provide blood that was tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the blood tests were not reported.
The accused was arraigned on July 23 and placed in Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $30,000 cash bail.
Hamilton is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the case before District Justice Michael Smith on Aug. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:40
The following are the dispositions in cases filed by Lower Swatara Township Police before District Justice Michael Smith.
The following cases were dismissed:
- Tera L. Chamberlain, 20, of the 1000 block of North Front Street, Newport, cited for harassment as a result of an incident on May 17.
- Joshua L. Beottcher, 19, of the 300 block of Sproul Road, Kirkwood, cited for underage drinking filed following an incident on March 19.
The following cases were waived into the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas:
- Marcus A. Adams, 28, of the 300 block of Grubb Street, Middletown, charged with simple assault and harassment on June 27.
- Stephen J. Huber Jr., 33, of the 2000 block of Cameron Mill Road, Parkton, Maryland, charged with DUI on June 9. Huber had been charged with DUI-controlled substance but that charge was changed to the DUI-first offense. Also, charges of careless driving, failure to use signals when turning, disregard lane of traffic, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to have insurance were withdrawn.
- Donald J. Weber, 50, of the 10 block of South Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, charged with two counts of theft and access device fraud for an incident in February 2016.
- Daniel V. Crognale, 49, of the 1000 block of Woodridge Drive, Middletown, charged with simple assault on May 26.
- Shaun C. Zito, 29, of the 400 block of Hollywood Drive, Middletown, charged with theft on May 20.
- Alecia M. Hain, 27, of the 100 block of B Lane, Harrisburg, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment on April 24.
- Karl D. Collins, 35, of the 1000 block of South 14th Street, Harrisburg, charged with DUI-controlled substance (three counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license on Feb. 8.
- Angela R. Lopez, 41, of the 1000 block of Eaglecrest Court, Harrisburg, charged with DUI and DUI-with blood alcohol content (0.08 to 0.1) on Jan. 31.
- Anthony F. Coleman, 40, of the 3000 block of Wakefield Road, Harrisburg, charged with DUI and failure to signal on Dec. 14. A charge of driving with a blood alcohol level 0.02 or greater while license is suspended was changed to driving with a suspended license and that charge was waived into county court.
The following entered pleas of guilty:
- Chad S. Hastings, 34, of the first block of Nelson Manor Lane, Middletown, cited for harassment on June 23.
- Catherine J. Warren, 34, of the Woodbury Building, Village of Pineford, Middletown, cited for public drunkenness on June 23.
- Jory G. Henry, 23, of the 400 block of Kelker Street, Oberlin, charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana on May 14.
- Kareem G. Riley, 20, of the 7000 block of Stephen Drive, Harrisburg, cited for underage drinking on April 1.
- Joshua A. Scholl, 24, of the 300 block of Caravan Court, Middletown, cited for public drunkenness on Feb. 12.
- Maria M. Edelman, 53, of the 10 block of Country Pine Lane, Egg Harbor, New Jersey, charged with possession of a prescription drugs by individual not registered to do so on June 19. A charge of give false ID to police officers was withdrawn.
Held for court
The following cases were held for action in county court:
- Matthew R. Hulstine, 41, of the 60 block of Crestview Village, Middletown, charged with driving with a suspended license and being involved in an accident involving an attended vehicle on May 25.
- Tyler L. Malehorn, 26, of the 300 block of Running Bond Drive, Middletown, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 3.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:25
Written by Eric Wise
Police have in custody a person of interest who might have been involved with recent daytime burglaries in Lower Swatara Township.
Those incidents could be related to similar crimes in Lower Paxton Township.
Someone entered a home in the 700 block of Fulling Mill Road sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24. The front door was forced open, the door frame was cracked and the home was ransacked. A laptop computer, a trumpet and a chest containing a record collection were stolen, said Robert Appleby, Lower Swatara Township police detective. On Wednesday, July 20, someone entered a home in the 700 block of Balls Lane, off North Union Street a little more than a mile away. They entered through an open door and took an Xbox One game system, controller and game. Appleby said it’s too early to know whether the burglaries are related, but Lower Swatara is interested in speaking to Manuel Alexis Ramos, who faces charges for 40 burglaries dating to 2013.
Lower Paxton Township police reported that Ramos was charged with six burglaries from July 15 to 22 in the township. He turned himself in July 25 and is being held on $200,000 bail in Dauphin County Prison.
Appleby reminded residents to be vigilant about keeping doors and windows locked, and to report unusual activity.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:01
State police are investigating three recent home burglaries on Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township.
The three burglaries – in the 2100 block, 1700 block and 2400 block of Foxianna – were reported from Thursday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 28, said Tpr. Robert Hicks, a spokesman for the state police.
"We don't know if these burglaries are related, but we are investigating that possibility," he said.
"We ask that people be vigilant and take note and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area," Hicks said. "People should never leave their homes or cars unlocked."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:07