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Police charge man with daytime burglaries

Middletown police arrested a man on Tuesday, Aug. 19 in connection with three home burglaries that were allegedly committed in broad daylight in the eastern end of town. goodheckphoto8 27 14Eric Heck

Acting Chief Sgt. James Bennett said that Eric Heck, 30, no address given, may also have been involved in other home break-ins in the borough that have not been solved or even reported yet.

According to court documents filed by police, Heck allegedly stole rings and a set of military dog tags from a residence in the first block of North Race Street. He also allegedly stole Army citations and medals and other items from a second residence in the first block of Adelia Street.

Police say that Heck smashed the window of a third residence in the 500 block of Linden Street, but it is not known if anything was taken from that house.

Bennett said that Heck was not from Middletown and was not previously known to police here. After arresting Heck, police learned that he was wanted by state police for escaping from a corrections facility in Harrisburg. Bennett said Heck may be from Perry County, although the chief said he’s not sure of that.

In what sounds like a textbook example of neighbors being the eyes and ears of police, officers said they were alerted to the burglaries just before noon Tuesday by an onlooker who reported a man acting suspiciously.

Two Middletown officers – joined by a police officer from Lower Swatara Twp. who was in the area and heard the call – confronted Heck as he came around the side of the Linden Street home carrying a yellow bag, police said.

Heck dropped the bag and ran, jumping a fence and heading toward Emaus Street, according to the court documents. Upon seeing the officer from Lower Swatara cutting him off from the south, Heck doubled back toward Linden.

The chase continued back across Emaus and over the railroad tracks heading into the park, where Heck was tackled by the Lower Swatara officer. It took that officer, a Middletown officer, an officer from Royalton police and a dose of pepper spray to bring Heck under control and handcuff him, police said.

In the course of the fracas, the Lower Swatara officer and the Middletown officer both suffered minor injuries.

Heck was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and released.

Police have charged Heck with three felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of criminal trespass, two felony counts of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count each of escape, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Heck was arraigned and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 29 before District Judge David Judy.

Bennett said police are still investigating why Heck allegedly stole the items and what he planned to do with them. According to the court documents, Heck had taken a “large” amount of pills and didn’t even know where he was when he woke up on Tuesday morning.

Bennett said the daytime burglaries are a reminder that all Middletown residents should be vigilant when it comes to protecting their homes and possessions.


The chief advised all residents to lock all their doors and windows, and to lock the doors of their vehicles. Residents should take any other prudent precautions to deny entry to a burglar, such as putting their lights on a timer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:34

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Rapper charged for Facebook video

A Hummelstown man was arrested after he posted a rap video on Facebook that threatened to shoot another man at the Fuzzy Few Carnival in Schaffner Park, borough police said.

Laron Darnell Wilson Jr., 21, of the 200 block of N. Duke St., was arrested on Friday, Aug. 8 after police received calls from Facebook users who reported the video, said Chief Charles Dowell.

“Basically, it was a rap made by [Wilson] claiming he had a gun and was going to go to the carnival and commit a crime,” Dowell said. “He didn’t say why in the video.”

No weapon was found on carnival grounds, and there was no threat to the public at any time, police said.

Wilson was charged with terrorist threats and making false identification to law enforcement officials. He was arraigned before District Judge Dominic Pelino and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, Aug. 27 before Pelino.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:42

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Middletown Police News: 08/20/14

 

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. 

Assault investigation

A 25-year-old Harrisburg man was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat and suffered multiple facial injuries during the early morning of Aug. 11 in the 300 block of Hoffer St., Middletown, police report.

The victim told police he had fallen asleep in his ex-girlfriend’s residence but was awakened after being struck in the face. Police said the victim claimed he had passed out after being struck, and regained consciousness to discover he was laying on a sidewalk on Hoffer Street.

Police said they were notified about the victim by Penn State Hershey Medical Center while he was undergoing treatment for multiple fractures to the left side of his face at the hospital. Officers interviewed the victim at the hospital.

A suspect has been identified, police said.

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 18:36

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 08/20/14

 

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
Jason A. Brandt, 41, of the first block of Thoroughbred Dr., York Haven, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, careless driving, failure to keep right and not signaling when turning, police report.

The charges were filed after Brandt’s 2007 BMW 328I was stopped in the 400 block of Richardson Road at 2:55 a.m. on July 27 after it straddled the middle of the road, police said.

Brandt had an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath and spoke with slurred speech, police said. Following sobriety tests, he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 15 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Errol E. Bedford, 25, of the first block of Locus Dr., Elizabethtown, was charged with DUI, DUI-high rate of alcohol, careless driving, operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and having no evidence of emission inspection, police report.

The charges were filed following Bedford’s arrest at 2:47 a.m. on July 25 at 2:47 a.m. at a traffic stop on Route 283 and North Union Street.

Bedford was driving a 1992 Saturn in an erratic manner, police said. Following sobriety tests, he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the possible presence of intoxicants.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 17 before District Judge Michael Smith.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 18:35

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 6/25/14

 

 

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.

 

 

Held for court 

Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of corruption of minors against Robert Anderson Jr., 20, of Middletown, were held for action in Dauphin County Court. The charges stem from an incident on March 17.

Guilty plea 

Jared Hontz, 37, of Edwardsville, pleaded guilty to a citation for public drunkenness stemming from an incident on Jan. 2.

Jesse Cleland, 26, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for retail theft stemming from an incident on Jan. 24.

Amber Edwards, 22, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for public drunkenness stemming from an incident on March 22.

Paul Timler, 40, of Boiling Springs, pleaded guilty to a citation for harassment stemming from an incident on April 25.

Joseph Davis III, 18, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for underage drinking stemming from an incident on April 27.

Donald Gipe, 48, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on April 20.

Brian Erdman, 21, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on April 12.

Hunter Rowe, 23, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on April 12.

Sarah Juzwin, 20, of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., pleaded guilty to a citation for underage drinking stemming from an incident on April 12.

Aries Rodriguez, 19, of  Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for criminal trespass stemming from an incident on April 3.

 

Found guilty

Donald Claytor, 27, of Grantville, was found guilty of disorderly conduct for an incident on April 5.

Bret Zerphey, 26, of Palmyra, was found guilty of public drunkenness for an incident on March 22.

 

In ARD

Kelsey Myers, 20, of Dillsburg, was accepted into an advanced rehabilitative disposition program stemming from a citation for underage drinking. The citation was filed following an incident on April 12.

 

Attempted break-in

A homeowner told police he believes an attempt was made to forcibly enter a storage shed at his home in the first block of Hanover St.

Police said they found pry marks on the shed’s door handle.

The resident believes the incident took place some time between June 11 and 13.

 

 

 

Theft from construction site

Machines valued at more than $4,000 were reported stolen from a construction site on Fulling Mill Road.

Police said thieves cut padlocks off three storage trailers at the site of the construction of a facility for FedEx in the 300 block of Fulling Mill Road. Investigators believe the theft took place sometime on June 13 or 14.

Police believe bolt cutters were used to remove the heavy duty locks.

Reported stolen were a Jumping Jack compactor valued at $3,500 and a Honda gas-powered water pump valued at $750.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-939-0463.

 

DUI charge

Christopher J. Sweeney, 27, of the 1000 block of Colebrook Road, Middletown, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level of .02 or greater while license is suspended, disregarding lanes of traffic and failure to signal turns, police report.

The charges were filed following an incident at 2:18 a.m. on May 24 on Route 283 east at North Union Street. Sweeney, driving a 2000 Nissan Altima, was stopped for switching lanes without signaling and straddling lanes of traffic, police said.

Sweeney had an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath, police said. Following sobriety tests, he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where attempts were made to draw blood to determine the possible presence of intoxicants. When sufficient blood could not be drawn, Sweeney was taken to Harrisburg Hospital, where blood was successfully drawn. Results of the tests were not reported.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Charles B. Baumgartner, 22, of the first block of Hoke Lane, Middletown, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, failing duties at a stop sign and failure to keep right, police report.

The charges were filed following Baumgartner’s the arrest at 12:25 a.m. on June 7 on Route 283 at South Eisenhower Boulevard.

Police said Baumgartner was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry that was stopped after failing to stop at the exit from Route 283 west on South Eisenhower. The arresting officer also said the accused was driving in an erratic manner.

Baumgartner refused sobriety tests and was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30 before District Judge Michael Smith.

 

Marijuana charge

Andy J. Oxenrider, 43, of the first block of George Dr., Middletown, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and giving false ID to law enforcement, police report.

The charges stem from an incident at 6:23 p.m. on June 15 in the first block of Manny Dr. Police answered a report of a disturbance involving people fighting with a baseball bat. At the scene, police questioned several people and ultimately found the accused hiding in a closet of a home in the neighborhood. Police allege Oxenrider gave his name as Jeff J. Morgan, but when he was searched police found identification noting Oxenrider’s actual name.

Police also said Oxenrider had a plastic bag that contained a substance that was tested and shown to be marijuana. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16 before District Judge Michael Smith.



 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:30

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