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Truck plows into mobile home; police break up underage party: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 6/13/18

An alert neighbor helped township police break up a party at an area home that involved numerous teenagers and subsequently ended in the filing of numerous charges against four people.

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Truck plows into mobile home; police break up underage party: Lower Swatara Police Roundup


An alert neighbor helped township police break up a party at an area home that involved numerous teenagers and subsequently ended in the filing of numerous charges against four people.

Police were called to a home on Riverview Drive shortly after 5 p.m. June 3 to investigate individuals believed to be trespassing at the residence while its owners were not at home. A neighbor contacted the homeowner about the incident and was given permission to contact police.

The homeowner subsequently gave police permission to enter and search the residence, police noted. Police said that one of the homeowner’s children was at the residence at the time.

At the scene, police took into custody and charged four area residents. Items classified as drug paraphernalia were found in the home as well as evidence that alcoholic beverages were consumed there, police noted.

District court records state that charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, criminal trespass and corruption of minors have been filed against Shane Clendenin, 20, of the 300 block of Ulrich Street, Middletown; Brian Kelly, 20, of the 200 block of Deleon Avenue, Middletown; James Lake III, 20, of the 300 block of North Pine Street, Middletown; and Mary Manning, 19, of the 300 block of South Seventh Street, Steelton.

They were arraigned before District Judge Lowell Witmer on June 3 and released after posting unsecured bail of $10,000 each, court records noted. The four are scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on June 13 for a preliminary hearing.

Police also noted three teenagers, all 15 years old, were at the home and questioned by officers. No report of charges filed against the teenagers was noted.

A cardboard record of car’s sale

A Harrisburg man’s claim that his sales transaction was on a piece of cardboard failed to persuade township police that his 2002 Hyundai Elantra was in compliance with the law.

Dallas Davis, 50, of the 1000 block of Boas Street, was detained and charged with fraudulent use of a license plate, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, displaying a license plate improperly, three counts of failure to have documents of sale of vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records noted.

Police stopped Davis at 12:29 a.m. June 2 after a registration check on his car showed the license plate on his car did not match his vehicle. Police found the vehicle failed to have valid inspection and emission inspections as well as insurance. Davis was found to be in possession of an item of drug paraphernalia, police said.

During an interview with police, Davis reportedly said he had recently purchased the car for $150 and as proof handed officers a sales record written on a piece of cardboard.

Police eventually had Davis’s car towed; he was released after being informed of the charges that would be filed against him.

He is scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on July 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Truck plows into mobile home

Richard Carroll Jr., 62, of the 1000 block of Charcoal Road, Harrisburg, suffered cuts to his face and other injuries after his 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 rolled down an embankment and smashed into a mobile home in the 100 block of Jo-Lee Drive at 6:40 p.m. June 1, police report.

According to an incident report, the residents of the home contacted authorities about the crash and said while they were not injured, the driver of the vehicle had been hurt.

Police report Carroll was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered after he struck his truck’s windshield. Police said Carroll complained of pain in his hip and leg.

Reportedly the local chapter of the American Red Cross was called to assist the family because of the damage to the mobile home.

Firefighters said the residence’s electric panel and other utilities were damaged when the truck struck the wall of the home’s kitchen. Details about the damage and cost to repair were not noted.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and Carroll.

Scammed for $2,500, for starters

A township resident told police June 1 that she was a victim of fraud that initially totaled $2,500 but could increase by several hundred dollars.

Police said the victim had registered to be a “mystery shopper” and received a letter of acknowledgement on May 29 from the Vindale Professional Survey and Research Group and a check for $2,880 from the Amoco Federal Credit Union, Texas City, Texas.

The victim reportedly followed instructions to deposit the check in her bank account, purchase $2,500 in gift certificates from an area Walmart and send copies of the certificates to the research group. Police said the resident was informed she could keep the $380.

But the township resident discovered that after she had deposited the $2,880 check, her bank account showed a negative balance of $2,500 and the gift cards she had purchased had been cashed.

Police reported the victim’s account had been flagged as a suspected scam but not before $2,500 had been successfully withdrawn from it.

Investigators reported the victim stands little chance to recover the money. They disclosed more bad news noting she is facing a $5-per-day fee to be paid to her bank until the $2,500 that she had deposited is placed back into the bank account.

Driver hospitalized after crash

Police report a township resident was hospitalized after he was found unconscious and lying outside of his car after a one-vehicle crash.

According to police, Shelby Miller, 29, of the 400 block of Hollywood Drive, drove a 2001 Honda CRV over a pedestrian sidewalk and struck a wall and stairway at a business in the 3000 block of Fulling Mill Road at 5:23 p.m. May 30.

Witnesses reported seeing an unconscious man lying outside of the driver’s side door of a vehicle. Miller was unresponsive but breathing when found by officers, police said. He was transported to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by emergency medical services.

The investigating officer said the crash and Miller’s involvement in the incident remain under investigation.