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Middletown police to step up efforts to catch speeders

 

Police will be stepping up efforts to control speeders in the areas of East Main, Hoffer and Spring streets and Wharton Avenue.

 

The additional patrols were prompted by requests by residents about speeding motorists and the volume of traffic on those streets, police said.

 

A resident in the area of East Main and Hoffer streets told police that more than 200 cars – many of them speeding – pass his area at times, police said.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:08

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Police merger study to be finished by spring

A study on whether to combine some or all of the 17 municipal police departments in Dauphin County should be completed by spring, county officials said.

 

The Dauphin County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 10, selected the firm of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) from Washington, D.C. to complete the study for the county.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is providing most of the $95,000 cost for PERF to do the study, the county said. The commissioners authorized $12,000 from the county toward the study, and another $10,000 is coming from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office.

 

PERF will work with the 18-member Dauphin County Police Regionalization Committee, a committee that is studying the regionalization of local police departments.

 

The committee is led by District Attorney Ed Marsico and Commissioner Mike Pries. Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioner Nick DiFrancesco and Hummelstown Police Chief Charles Dowell are also members.

 

The committee includes representatives from local law enforcement, elected officials, and unions. Middletown has no direct representation on the committee, according to the listing of members on the county Web site.

 

A public meeting will be held before the end of 2014 to share preliminary findings of the police regionalization study, the county said.

 

In May, the Dauphin County Chiefs of Police Association voted unanimously in support of studying the feasibility of police regionalization.

 

The county quoted Marsico and Pries in a press release as saying that the study is only the first step in the process. Any consolidation would happen only with the support of the municipalities involved.

 

The county said that PERF has almost 40 years of experience in working with law enforcement.

 

The first step in the study will be to gather information about the police departments in the county before making recommendations about how joint departments may be formed, Dr. Craig Fraser, the PERF project manager who will oversee the study, said in the county’s press release.

 

“We’ll look at what is in place now and we’ll be asking people what they would like to see regarding policing in Dauphin County,” Fraser said. “We want to gauge whether a single regional police department or some combination of agencies might work to promote effectiveness and efficiency.”

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:18

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 10/1/14

 

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.

 

Guns stolen

 

Two bolt-action rifles were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of B Lane, police report.

 

The owner of the rifles believes the theft took place some time between July 16 and Sept. 15. The guns had been stored in a safe that was outside of a home in the 100 block of B Lane, police said.

 

The owner no longer lives in the area and had gone to the residence to retrieve her guns, police said. She contacted police after discovering the guns were missing.

 

The two rifles, a Savage 30-06 caliber rifle and a Remington 243 caliber, are valued at $600. Police were given the guns’ serial numbers and entered them into a registry of lost or stolen weapons. The Dauphin County sheriff’s office was also notified of the theft.

 

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

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:55

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Middletown Police News - 10/1/14

 

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.

 

DUI charge

 

Bradley A. Miller, 24, of the first block of Ann St., Middletown, was charged with DUI-controlled substance (four counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, police report.

 

The charges were filed following Miller’s arrest at 11:25 p.m. on July 4 after a traffic stop in the 400 block of E. Main St. Police said they found heroin and drug paraphernalia during a search of a 1995 Ford Taurus that Miller was driving.

 

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29 before District Judge David Judy.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:50

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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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