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Man charged in hit-and-run, road rage: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 9/18/19

A Harrisburg man has been charged with DUI following a hit-and-run that started as a road rage incident, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

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Man charged in hit-and-run, road rage: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Harrisburg man has been charged with DUI following a hit-and-run that started as a road rage incident, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Two motorcyclists told police that at about 8 p.m. Sept. 4 they were driving on Canal Street in Royalton when a car, reportedly driven by Ronald Lee Brown, 64, came out of “nowhere” and was driving close to one of the motorcycles.

The motorcyclist reportedly signaled that it was 45 mph and sped closer to the other motorcyclist. According to the affidavit, Brown’s car stayed close to the motorcycles as they drove up Ann Street in Middletown and onto West Harrisburg Pike.

Near the intersection of West Harrisburg Pike and First Street, Brown allegedly struck one of the motorcycles. He backed up and went around them, according to the affidavit. The motorcyclists pursued him.

Brown stopped at Turkey Hill in Highspire, and a man who witnessed the accident tried to grab the keys out of Brown’s car, according to the affidavit. Brown allegedly punched him before taking off.

He stopped on Eisenhower Boulevard, and according to the affidavit, the motorcyclist confronted him and punched him. Brown reportedly ran toward ABC Lanes.

Brown allegedly told EMS that he had four shots and two beers before driving, and in his car, police reportedly found a bottle of gin.

Brown refused to give a sample of his blood.

Besides DUI, Brown was also charged with accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, two counts of simple assault, reckless driving, following too closely, restrictions on alcoholic beverages, failure to notify police of an accident, and failure to stop, give information and render aid.

Brown’s preliminary hearing is Oct. 28.

Man charged with theft, forgery

A Middletown man has been charged with theft and forgery after police say he stole and cashed a relative’s checks.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Dewayne Anthony Gamble, 35, cashed two checks for a total of $210 between Aug. 13 and 20.

He was arraigned before Smith, and his bail was set at $1,000. His preliminary hearing is Sept. 18.

Woman tried to jump power wheel

Two Lower Swatara Township residents have been charged following an incident in the 100 block of B Lane at around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Chanita Maria Noon, 28, tried to jump “spread eagle” over two juveniles riding a power wheel in the street. Noon reportedly didn’t get over the power wheel and hit the children’s heads with her legs. The children’s heads snapped backward and, according to the affidavit, the kids had bruises on their heads.

According to the affidavit, Dirrell J. Moon, 32, later pounded and yelled outside of the residence of one of the children’s parents.

When Moon returned to his home, a man confronted him about causing problems with neighbors, and Moon punched the man in the face, according to the affidavit.

Noon has been charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of public drunkenness. Her preliminary hearing is Oct. 28.

Moon was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. His preliminary hearing is also Oct. 28.

Terroristic threats alleged

A Lower Swatara Township man has been charged with making terroristic threats and harassment after he allegedly sent a text threatening to kill a woman, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Police were called to a residence in the 500 block of Constitution Drive at about 1 p.m. Sept. 11.

Police reportedly spoke with the victim who told police that Daniel Scott Fernback, 31, had called her a “dumb b****” and threatened to kill her. According to the affidavit, the victim has an active protection from abuse order against Fernback.

He was arraigned before District Judge George Zozos, and his bail was set at $50,000. Court records indicate that it was posted.

Fernback’s preliminary hearing is Oct. 2.

Township resident victim of fraud

A township resident is out $103 following a fraud.

It was reported to police at 9:50 a.m. Sept. 11. According to police, the resident received a message from someone claiming to be from Microsoft that their computer needed to be repaired.

They were given access to the resident’s computer and $103 from a bank account. The resident was then told to buy Best Buy gift cards, at which point the resident realized it was a fraud, police said.

The suspects locked the computer and tried to open a PayPal account.

Woman cited with harassment

A township woman has been cited with harassment following an incident in the 100 block of B Lane at 7:17 p.m. Sept. 3.

According to the citation filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Rozita Noon, 31, told a woman during a confrontation, “If you do it again, I’ll end your life.”

Controlled substance charges

A Harrisburg woman, who was a passenger in a car involved in a chase at 1:04 a.m. Sept. 4 that started in Lower Swatara Township, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Vanessa B. Colon, 52, was a passenger in the car of Derek Smith, 57, of Harrisburg.

Officers tried to pull over Smith’s vehicle after it reportedly didn’t signal a turn into the entrance of Holiday Inn and Wendy’s, which led to a chase of speeds reaching 121 mph that ended when the car crashed while trying to exit Interstate 83 onto 17th Street.

Smith fled and was later apprehended. Colon, a passenger in the car, reportedly told police that she hit her head during the crash but declined EMS treatment.

Inside the car, police found crack cocaine and a scale, according to the affidavit.

Colon was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her preliminary hearing is Oct. 30.