Written by Eric Wise
She kept them out of her house, but the would-be home invaders got in her head.
Shannon Peiffer was taking care of her two babies, 1 and 2 years old, on March 15 when two men, dressed in black, ran up to her Lower Swatara home and tried to force their way inside at 10:43 a.m.
Peiffer saw them running through the yard to her door and rushed to lock it. “I was fighting with the man at the door trying to push his way in the door,” she said.
After it was locked, she whisked the children to a back bedroom. “I just wanted to get us somewhere separate, away from the living room,” she said. Peiffer then summoned Lower Swatara Twp. police, who responded in three minutes.
The men were gone when police arrived, said Det. Robert Appleby, of the Lower Swatara Twp. police.
“I haven’t slept since,” Peiffer said.
Peiffer said she was unsure why the men were trying to get into her home at the 100 block of Park Drive in Lower Swatara Twp. “I would assume they were here to hurt me,” she said.
She was also unsure why she would be targeted. “I am not involved in crime,” she said. “I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.”
There were no other similar incidents in the area, Appleby said. The men did choose this home, which suggested it was targeted, possibly for burglary or retaliation, he said.
“It’s still open,” he said. “We do have some suspects.”
Peiffer said the men did leave footprints at the scene, and she has an idea about the identity of one of the men.
“We have some evidence recovered from the scene waiting to come back from the (Pennsylvania State Police) lab,” Appleby said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:10
Written by Eric Wise
Lower Swatara Twp. police will soon be carrying naxolone, a remedy for a person suffering an accidental overdose, after the Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners voted on Wednesday, April 20 to move forward on obtaining the medication and training their officers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:08
Written by Eric Wise
A Steelton man was arrested and charged with allegedly attempting to lure two girls into his car as they walked to Steelton-Highspire Elementary School on Friday, April 15, according to Swatara Twp. police.
Police charged Eliud Montanez-Castro, 34, of Steelton, with luring a child into a motor vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition. He was arraigned on Friday, April 29 before District Judge Michael Smith in Dauphin County Night Court and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Montanez-Castro also was charged by Steelton police on Tuesday, April 26 with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in an unrelated incident, according to court records.
A preliminary hearing on all charges is scheduled for June 2 before District Judge Kenneth Lenker.
Montanez-Castro stopped his Ford Focus by the girls walking to school and attempted to give them a can of Coke, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Swatara Twp. police. During the conversation, he reportedly called one of the girls “Mommy.”
The girls declined and hurried off to school, where they reported the incident to school administrators, according to the affidavit. The girls later identified Montanez-Castro from a photo lineup, the affidavit said. The affidavit also describes a second incident in which another girl reported that a man, later identified as Montanez-Castro, approached her and another student on foot, called her “Ma” and asked that they come to him and speak with him. The students were alarmed and left, the affidavit said.
Montanez-Castro’s girlfriend told police that she believed he was the one named in a police report of the luring incident, according to the affidavit. The girlfriend told police her son had accused Montanez-Castro of molesting him, and that the couple had left New York following allegations against him regarding the sexual assault of a neighborhood boy and girl, the affidavit said.
Steelton police charged Montanez-Castro on April 26 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was discovered when police responded to a domestic dispute at the 300 block of Locust St., according to a criminal complaint filed in court. In the criminal complaint, the arresting officer said Montanez-Castro admitted a cigar wrapper filled with marijuana was his.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:39
Written by Jim Lewis
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
Written by Dan Miller
A tractor-trailer hauling water overturned on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Wednesday morning, June 24.
The 1998 Mack truck overturned onto its passenger side as the driver tried to turn left onto Vine Street from the Interstate 283 East ramp at about 8:30 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.
The driver, identified by police as Jesse A. Saulnier, 39, of Dover, received minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. Saulnier was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, police said.
No other vehicles were involved. The tractor-trailer was hauling water, which spilled onto the roadway just outside Rutter's. The right lane of Vine Street heading toward Hummelstown was closed for about an hour until workers could set the tractor-trailer upright and tow it away.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:57