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Lower Swatara Police Reports: Overdose death, hit-and-run report

Overdose investigation

Police report a township resident died even though officers administered an anti-overdose drug twice.

Officers were called to a residence off Swatara Park Drive on Feb. 2 to investigate a report of an overdose victim. One of the three officers gave the victim two injections of Naxolone. The resident was transported to an area medical facility where she subsequently died, police said.

 

Hit-and-run report

The owner of a 2011 Cadillac told police his vehicle was damaged when it was sideswiped while parked in the 100 block of A Lane.

Police believe the hit-and-run took place between Jan. 29 and 31. The victim told police the passenger’s side of his car was damaged. No estimate to repair the vehicle was noted.

Police are asking anyone who may information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

 

Underage drinking citations

Citations for underage drinking were issued to William Ellis, 19, of Elton, Maryland, and Dennis Yeoman, 18, of Easton. The case stems from an investigation of a noise disturbance at an apartment complex in the 200 block of West Main Street at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 5.

Police said they were called to investigate a loud party but only found the teens at the scene. Officers confiscated numerous containers of beer and disposed of it in a sink at the apartment.

 

Cash stolen

Police were called to an apartment in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike to investigate a report of theft of $460 in cash on Feb. 2.

The victim claimed the cash was last seen in the apartment’s kitchen, a common area shared by the victim and two others. It is believed the theft took place during the evening of Feb. 2. Police said there was no evidence of forced entry to the apartment. 

 

Assault, harassment charge

Norman Anderson, 46, of the 1000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown, has been charged with simple assault and harassment following a disturbance during the evening hours of Jan. 31, police report.

The incident has been classified as a domestic disturbance. Police was Anderson was taken into custody by investigators and transported to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Police reported no other details.

Court records note Anderson was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on Jan. 31 and sent to Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $10,000 cash bail. A preliminary on the case had been set for Feb. 9 before Smith.

 

Warrant issued in car theft

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Harrisburg man in connection with the theft of a car even though the vehicle was returned to the victim the same day it was reported stolen.

Charges of theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a vehicle have been filed against Kurt Newkam, 53, of the 100 block of State Street, police said. The charges stem from allegations Newkam took a 2006 Ford Fusion from a home in the 100 block of Park Drive on Feb. 1. Charges were filed even though the car was returned by a relative of Newkam. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:41

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Man charged with entering Black Horse Grille from his room above, taking $200 and beer

JamilAbdussalaammugshotMiddletown police have arrested a man and charged him with breaking into the Black Horse Grille at 101 E. Main St. between 2 and 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Jamil Abdussalaam, 67, who was living in a room above the restaurant, is seen on video taking $200 from a cash register, stealing two six packs of beer from a cooler, and trying to break into a dart game/machine, police said in a criminal complaint filed with District Judge David Judy.

The video also showed Abdussalaam breaking into the basement of the business by tampering with the storm cellar doors, according to police. 

Abdussalaam was arraigned before Judy on Jan. 27 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking.

Abdussalaam remains in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to the online prison list. Abdussalaam waived his preliminary hearing on Feb. 6, and he is to be arraigned in county court on April 7.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:22

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Lower Swatara police cases sent to county court, including several guilty pleas

District Justice Michael Smith reported the following dispositions in cases filed by Lower Swatara Township Police. 

 

Waived

The following cases were waived into the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas:

• John Hayes, 63, of Cumming, Georgia, was charged with DUI on June 2. 

• Andrew Cibellis, 24, of the 200 block of Red Fox Lane, Harrisburg, was charged with DUI, DUI-controlled substances (two counts), and DUI-high rate of alcohol on Nov. 27.

• Stephanie Wilkerson, 55, of the 1000 block of Wintertide Drive, Harrisburg, was charged with misdemeanor theft for an incident in September.

• Caryn Lubic, 26, of the 1000 block of Georgetown Road, Middletown, was charged with two counts of DUI controlled substance and a single count of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 or greater with a suspended license Oct. 14

• Mark Zeiders, 48, of the 1000 block of North Union Street, Middletown, was charged with simple assault on Nov. 5.

• Jared Zogby, 24, of the 500 block of West Market Street, Marietta, charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol and driving a vehicle with no rear lights on Oct. 29.

• Michael Schmitt, 29, of the 1000 block of Buehler Road, Olney, Maryland, was charged with DUI and violating open containers law on Oct. 13.

• Makhan M. Zwally, 26, of the 100 block of West Emaus Street, Middletown, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, disregarding lanes of traffic and speeding on Sept. 11

• Gerald E. Jivens, 44, of the 10 block of North Union Street, Middletown, was charged with DUI, failure to have insurance, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with suspended registration and violating open containers law on Sept. 9. 

• Michael S. Patterson, 32, of the 100 block of Brick Church Road, Newville, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate or alcohol, driving without a license and disregarding lanes of traffic on Aug. 20.

• Hannah B. Valent, 31, of the 100 block of Crescent Drive, Hershey, was charged with DUI-controlled substance, careless driving and failure to keep right on Aug. 5.

• Marcia L. Perry, 41, of the 50 block of West Granada Avenue, Hershey, was charged with DUI on Aug. 25

• Kelly J. Shellenberger, 45, of the Woodbyne building, Village of Pineford, Middletown, was charged with DUI and driving without rear lights turned on June 26. A charge of DUI-high rate of alcohol was withdrawn.

• Michael G. Breinich, 72, of the 1000 block of Woodridge Drive, Middletown, was charged with DUI and disregarding lanes of traffic on Aug. 2.

 

Not guilty

• Paul D. Wagner, 45, of the 1000 block of Powderhorn Road, Middletown, was found not guilty to a charge of harassment filed following an incident Aug. 9.

 

Guilty pleas

• Karisha Seidel, 30, of the 80 block of South Main Street, Dover, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal trespass and theft. A charge of burglary was lowered to criminal trespass and a charge of theft was lowered to a misdemeanor charge. The case stemmed from an incident Dec. 7.

• James P. Kamau, 43, of the 30 block of North 1st Street, Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to a citation for public drunkenness on Sept. 25.

• Ryan P. Myers, 34, of the 100 block of Liberty Park, South Fork, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a charge of giving false identification to police officer on Sept. 17.

 

Held for court

• Shawn P. Glennon, 27, of the 100 block of A Lane, Harrisburg, is to face charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after both were held for action in county court. 

The case involves an incident Aug. 30.

• Charges of DUI, careless driving and driving an unregistered vehicle were held for action in county court against Mario C. Bologna, 42, of the 2000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown. Bologna was arrested Sept. 2.

 

ARD completed

• Kaylee H. Berstler, 18, of the first block of Heatherland Road, Middletown, successfully completed an advanced rehabilitative program relative to a citation for underage drinking. The case stemmed from an incident Sept. 5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:00

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Lower Swatara Township Police News: Credit card fraud, tires slashed

Not my credit card

A township resident told police that someone bought $1,500 in gift cards with a Walmart credit card in her name. The victim told police she had not applied for and does not have a credit card account with Walmart. 

Police believe the victim’s personal information was fraudulently used to apply for the account with Walmart in November 2016.

The purchase of the gift cards took place in North Carolina. The victim became aware of the incident when she received a bill for the gift cards, after which she contacted local police on Jan. 16.

Investigators said the victim did not incur any monetary loss. 

 

2 tires slashed

A resident of the Campus Heights Apartment complex told police that someone slashed two tires on his 2009 Infiniti sometime between 2 and 10 a.m. Jan. 21.

The car was parked at the complex in the 200 block of West Main Street. 

Loss was estimated at $200 to $300 per tire.

Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 717-939-0463.

 

DUI charges

Laura Guerrier, 21, of the 200 block of West Main Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI and DUI-highest rate of alcohol.

The case was filed following her arrest Jan. 1 on the Airport Connector at West Harrisburg Pike. According to the arresting officer, she was driving a 2001 Toyota that was stopped at a traffic signal and a passenger was seen hanging out of the car vomiting. 

While questioning Guerrier and the passenger, police said they smelled an odor of an intoxicant in the car. Alcohol was found in a breath sample from Guerrier that was tested with a portable Breathalyzer.

Guerrier’s performance in field coordination tests prompted the investigating officer to transport her to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to test for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

Emergency medical services personnel were called to examine the passenger. No medical treatment was reported.

Guerrier is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

 

Television stolen

A resident of a home in the 1000 block of Georgetown Road told police her 32-inch flat-screen television was stolen between 1:30 and 9 p.m. Jan. 16.

Police said no sign of forced entry was found. The Panasonic television was valued at $300.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call them at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:59

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Nixle and observant nurse help police find ‘at-risk’ missing man

Screen Shot 2017 02 01 at 12.38.30 PMMiddletown’s Nixle alert system turned out to be the key in locating a borough man who had been reported missing by his family.

A nurse at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center saw the alert that borough police had posted just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, regarding Kristofor M. Rico.

The nurse called borough police to tell them that Rico was safe at the medical center, where an ambulance had taken him after Rico had been in an accident outside of Middletown early Friday evening, Jan. 20, said Patrolman Mark Laudenslager, who was in charge of the investigation to find Rico. 

Rico’s family had contacted Middletown police on Jan. 20, saying that the 39-year-old Rico had not been seen since leaving his apartment in the borough shortly before 6 p.m. that night.

The call was initially dispatched to borough police officers Patrolman Rebecca Hulstine and Patrolman Hyung Kim.

The family was concerned that Rico was in danger, based on a text message he had sent to them. As a result, the family signed off on a document saying that Rico was “at risk,” Laudenslager said.

The document is one way police can start looking for a missing person immediately, instead of having to wait a certain amount of time for a person to be officially declared a  missing person. Police can also start searching immediately if on their own police suspect foul play is involved, Laudenslager noted.

Laudenslager had Hulstine enter into a national data base information about Rico being missing and at risk. The information reaches all kinds of police departments, including those who patrol parks.

“We also put out a be-on-the-lookout for (BOLO) message that went out from 50 to 99 miles to all other police departments” throughout the region, Laudenslager said.

The document signed by Rico’s family that he was at risk also enabled police to get Rico’s cellphone carrier to assist in locating him through his cellphone, without having to obtain a warrant. 

Police through this method traced Rico’s last known whereabouts through his cellphone to an area of Interstate 83 near Bass Pro Shops in the Harrisburg Mall.

However, police could not pinpoint Rico’s exact location because the “ping” from his phone covered a range of about 1,000 meters, Laudenslager said.

After making numerous phone calls and seemingly exhausting their efforts, police after regrouping Saturday decided to put out a Nixle alert regarding Rico. 

Each Nixle alert gets sent automatically to the devices of all borough residents who have signed up for Nixle, which has been the borough’s emergency notification system since 2013. Signing up for Nixle is free, and as of last fall about 1,200 of the borough’s roughly 8,900 residents had signed up for the service. Nixle alerts also usually get picked up and spread by the Press And Journal and other media.

Police did not reveal the name of the medical center nurse who called borough police about Rico in response to the Nixle alert. Laudenslager said he didn’t know if the woman got the alert on her own phone, or learned of it through someone else. He’s just glad she called. 

“The whole time we were looking for him he was at Hershey Med, so in that case the Nixle alert helped well,” Laudenslager said. 

Rico was missing for about 24 hours, even though it turns out he was at the medical center. However, neither his family nor borough police had any way of knowing that at the time. Police say they do not know why Rico did not reach out to his family after he was taken to the medical center. Rico is not being charged with anything, Laudenslager said.

Interim Police Chief George Mouchette said that Laudenslager was “on the phone with me consulting with me constantly through the night” regarding the Rico case. 

Mouchette ended up coming into the station to offer Laudenslager support, but the 17-year veteran had the situation under control, the chief said.

“Thank God this person was found and the officer was able to notify his family that he was safe and sound,” the chief said. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:44

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