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Middletown hires two codes officers


Middletown has two new code enforcement officers – one full-time, the other part-time – with a third on the way.


Borough Manager Tim Konek hired both officers following Middletown Borough Council’s 9-0 vote on Aug. 18 to add one full-time and two part-time codes enforcement officers.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:08

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Alligator caught in local store

It must have sounded like a joke when police received the call: an alligator was running loose in the produce section of the Giant Foods store in Middletown.


It was no joke. It was true.


There it was, among the carrots and lettuce – a small alligator. When police arrived at the store around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, employees had caught it and placed it in a box.


How did it get there?


A shopper apparently let it out of her purse, according to Middletown police. The shopper, Angela Fertig of Middletown, theorized that the alligator – its name is Rexie, a family pet – was placed in her purse by her 3-year-old son without her realizing it.


When Fertig opened her purse at the store, Rexie climbed out, Fertig said.


A Middletown police officer returned Rexie to Fertig, who identified him.


No alligators were harmed in the telling of this story.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:03

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DA clears councilor in tree payment


Middletown Borough Council President Christopher McNamara has been cleared of any wrongdoing related to an allegation made by a former borough employee that McNamara had misappropriated borough funds used to pay for a resident’s tree trimming.


Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico confirmed on Wednesday, Sept. 3 that his office has completed its investigation of the allegation by former electric department supervisor Greg Wilsbach, and that no criminal charges will be filed. Marsico said his office would not be referring the matter elsewhere.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:13

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Nissley sentenced to 10-20 years in state prison

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Shortly before a Dauphin County judge sentenced former Lower Dauphin School Board member Rodney Nissley on Thursday, Aug. 28 for sexually assaulting a child, his victim spoke in the courtroom.

At times, the teenage girl’s voice quavered. In other moments, she looked directly at Nissley.

“Rodney, you’re a sick person,’’ she told him, making eye contact with him. “You used me for personal gain.’’

Judge Andrew H. Dowling sentenced Nissley to 10 to 20 years in state prison for the 10 charges for which a jury found him guilty in March . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:24

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A day for HEROES

Local Memorial Day events honor heroes

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On Memorial Day, we remembered the men and women who died serving our country in wartime. We honored their sacrifice with parades, laid flowers on their graves, hung flags from our porches to celebrate the freedoms for which they fought.

In Middletown, veterans’ organizations held a parade Monday, May 27, led by grand marshal Karl Krodel, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a ceremony at Middletown Cemetery that featured student John Hursh’s reading of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,’’ prayers and speeches, and patriotic music by Middletown Area High School’s Blue Wave band.

It ended with a salute, a benediction and “Taps,’’ played by a high school bugler.

Hummelstown also hosted a parade, while Highspire hosted a Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park.

At Arlington National Cemetery, 220,000 flags were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers. Memorial Day began soon after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the conflict, but eventually was extended to honor all those in the military who died defending the U.S.

bandPhotos by Beth Moore Baker

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:57

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