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Charges expected to be filed over 'large fight' that followed game between Middletown, Steel-High

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 12/20/17

A “large fight” that broke out after the Middletown-Steelton-Highspire basketball game on Dec. 18 is being investigated by Swatara Township Police, where the high school is …

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Charges expected to be filed over 'large fight' that followed game between Middletown, Steel-High

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A “large fight” that broke out after the Middletown-Steelton-Highspire basketball game on Dec. 18 is being investigated by Swatara Township Police, where the high school is located.

Police anticipate filing charges, after police finish reviewing video of the incident that had been provided by “multiple sources,” township Police Chief Darrell R. Reider told the Press & Journal.

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Reider would not say if the fight involved only fans, or if any players from the two teams were involved.

“It’s too early to say what was the root cause of it” until police finish reviewing the video that has been received.

Police responded to the fight in the parking lot at 8:51 p.m., according to information posted by police on their website.

There were no reported serious injuries, according to the department.

Police had received no information ahead of time indicating that there would be a problem, Reider told the Press & Journal. No extra security was on hand, beyond the detail that the school district typically provides.

“We are working with school officials to see if they need to provide any additional security” at future basketball games, Reider said. “We’re hoping this was just an isolated incident and that we won’t have any problems for the rest of the year.”

Police from “multiple jurisdictions” responded to the fight, but Swatara police are leading the investigation.

Anyone with information and/or video footage of the incident is urged to call Swatara Township police at 717-564-2550. You may also submit a tip at SwataraPolice.org.