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.
A Harrisburg man escaped police while he was being placed into custody after an officer discovered a warrant had been issued calling for the man’s arrest, police said.
Jerome K. Buckner, 38, of the 1000 block of Whitehall St., was the driver of a 1998 Chevrolet sedan that was stopped at the Giant Foods Store in the MidTown Plaza at 3:05 a.m. on July 23, police said. Police said they stopped the car because it had a flat rear tire, a bald front tire and no lights operating on its license plate.
The investigating officer discovered that a warrant for trespassing, filed by Swatara Twp. police, had been issued calling for Buckner’s arrest, police said. Buckner fled on foot while police were attempting to handcuff him.
A foot chase ensued, but officers lost sight of Buckner in the 300 block of Vine St. when he jumped a fence, police said.
Four other people in Buckner’s car were released.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:23
Charges filed against a Middletown woman who allegedly left her two children unattended in her SUV while shopping at a beauty supply store were bound over to Dauphin County Court.
District Judge Michael J. Smith found that all charges, including two counts of endangering the welfare of children, making false reports and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, filed against Ashley Orris, 30, will be held for court during a preliminary hearing on Friday, July 25.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:07
An arson fire in the back yard of a residence in the 100 block of Ann Street on Monday, July 21, could have been much worse if not for quick action by neighbors, Middletown police say.
Police say the fire was set by a 9-year-old boy who lived on the second floor of the residence. The boy told police he was playing with a lighter that he had found when he dropped it onto a mattress in the yard, igniting the mattress.
Before firefighters arrived, two neighbors – 59-year-old Barry Burney and a 14-year-old boy – had put out most of the fire using a garden hose, police said.
Acting Middletown Police Chief Sgt. James Bennett said damage from the fire “could have been very serious” if not for the neighbors intervening.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:04
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Written by Noelle Barrett
A section of fence at the Penn Ridge horse farm was struck by a vehicle and damaged, police said.
Police believe the incident in the area of Longview Drive and Cockley Road took place shortly after 6 a.m. on Jan. 13.
Investigators said a second electric fence remains intact. The owner is assessing damage. Police believe dense fog conditions at the time may have been a factor in the incident. . .
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 19:51