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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1991 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 12/13/17

Raiders cage CD East

The Blue Raider boys began their 1991-92 basketball season by splitting a pair of games with Division I sister schools Central Dauphin and C.D. East last weekend at home. …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1991 edition of the Press & Journal


Raiders cage CD East

The Blue Raider boys began their 1991-92 basketball season by splitting a pair of games with Division I sister schools Central Dauphin and C.D. East last weekend at home.

Friday, the Raiders won their season opener by tipping East, 61-51, and then dropped a tense 67-64 decision to Central Dauphin on Saturday evening. The win and loss gave the Raiders an opening record identical to last year’s start.

Against East on Friday, Middletown trailed the Panthers by one point at the end of the first period but climbed to a 34-28 advantage at halftime. The M-town defense put the clamps on their guests to open the second half, limiting the Panthers to just eight points in the third period, as the home team erected a 48-36 lead.

Although the Panthers outscored the Raiders 15-13 in the final segment, the sizable advantage held and Middletown cruised to the 10- point win.

Dave Grabuloff s 17 points led the Raiders, who placed three other starters in double figures. Kevin Welsh finished with 12 while Terry Martin added 11 and Omar Parker had 10.

The results were not the same against Central Dauphin the following night as the Raiders fell victim to some late mistakes, several unfavorable calls and some clutch foul shooting down the stretch by CD.

The Raiders watched a five-point lead evaporate in the final four minutes of the game as the Rams cashed in on Middletown’s miscues and fouls.

In all, the guests sank 12 of 16 free throws during the last three and a half minutes of the game to key the come-from-behind victory. But the outcome was not decided until Martin’s three point attempt bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer.

Despite a poor shooting performance, the Raiders led 14-11 after the first eight minutes. The Rams ran off the first six points of the second quarter to take a 17-14 lead and the two teams battled to a 32-32 stalemate at the half.

The Raiders used a 7-2 run in the opening two and a half minutes of the second half to open a 39-34 advantage. After the Rams cut the lead to two, Grabuloff turned a pair of steals by Matt Barnoski and Martin into back-to-back break-away dunks to fire up the local crowd.

But Central Dauphin came right back to cut the lead to a single basket, 47-45, at the end of the third period. Martin’s second trey of the fourth quarter gave the Raiders a 55-50 lead with 4:28 left in the game, but from that point on the sweet smell of victory turned sour for the locals.

It started when Parker missed two foul shots and Brett Myers was called for a holding foul and a technical foul on a quick whistle by the official. CD’s Brett Cassell coolly dropped in all four free throws easing the Rams into a one point lead at 56-55.

Grabuloff’s jumper at the 2:50 mark switched the one-point edge to Middletown’s favor, but the Rams responded with a six-point run to take the lead for good. Grabuloff’s triple pulled the Raiders to within one point, 65-64, with five seconds left in the game but Jeremiah Henry hit his third and fourth straight free throws with four ticks left to lock up the win.

The loss wasted a game-high mark of 24 points by Grabuloff and 16 tallies by Martin.

Rash of church burglaries may be linked

Authorities say they are trying to piece together a series of church burglaries in Londonderry and Lower Swatara townships that may have been committed by the same man.

Gusztav Feher, 37, of the 7200 block of Union Deposit Road, Hummelstown, was charged with burglary last Saturday night after he allegedly tried to break into Geyer’s United Methodist Church, 1605 Geyer's Church Road, Londonderry Township.

Although State Police in Harrisburg would not reveal the details of their investigation, they announced that they will try to connect Feher with the recent rash of crimes in the community.

Trooper reports note Feher was confronted by the Rev. Thomas H. Sanagorski last Saturday around 6:30 p.m. The minister had been working inside the church, he said, when he heard a loud banging coming from another part of the building. When he went outside to investigate, he allegedly found Feher standing at the bottom of a concrete stairwell by an entrance to the church.

Although a burglary had occurred at Geyer’s U.M. just two weeks before, Sanagorski said he did not immediately suspect Feher of trying to break in because of the time of day and the fact that numerous lights were on inside the church.

“I can't believe I was inside with all the lights on and he was trying to break in,” Sanagorski said. “Not only that, but he was making a lot of noise doing it. … I surprised him and he never got in.”

When the pastor asked Feher for his name, the man reportedly gave false information and explained that he was there because he needed to urinate. Sanagorski said he then told Feher he could not urinate in the stairwell and ordered him off the property.

The minister became more suspicious, however, when Feher allegedly walked across a nearby field and drove away in a vehicle with its headlights off. Sanagorski related that he got into his car and sped after Feher, catching up with him at the intersection of Geyer’s Church Road and Route 230.

The pastor then noted Feher’s license plate number and reported it to State Police, who put out an all-points bulletin, he stated. According to trooper reports, authorities later found Feher’s vehicle parked outside the Middletown Anglers' and Hunters' Association, 1350 Schoolhouse Road, Londonderry Township.

Sanagorski explained further that when he arrived at the scene to assist, seven State Police vehicles had surrounded the building. When he and a plain-clothes officer went inside. the club, the minister said, he identified Feher as the man he had seen at the church.

The suspect was later arraigned in Dauphin County night court on charges of burglary and possessing instruments of crime. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sanagorski indicated Monday that the previous burglary on Nov. 24 had resulted in a number of items being stolen from the church. A set of double doors on the lower level of the building were ruined in the act, he said, and a window also was broken. In addition, it was discovered, the old Geyer’s Church, located across the road, was also broken into, he said. Nothing was stolen in the latter occurrence.

“I feel better having [Feher] apprehended," the pastor said. "I'm just glad I was in the right place at the right time."

Lower Swatara Township Police Chief Richard Malwitz remarked that he is working with State Police in trying to establish a link between the Londonderry incidents and a series of burglaries at churches in his municipality. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 190 Fulling Mill Road, has been burglarized three times since last February, said Chief Malwitz. The most recent incident there occurred Oct. 16 between 12:01 and 7:30 a.m., totaling over $8,000 in losses and damages, he noted.

Items missing from the church on that occasion reportedly included computer equipment, a 35 mm camera, several musical instruments, cash and other items.

According to the chief, earlier occurrences at Glad Tidings included an attempted burglary between March 6 and 7 in which nothing was stolen, and an incident between Feb. 16 or Feb. 17 in which a movie projector, a cassette player and over $300 in cash were taken.

On the same night of the latter case, an additional church burglary was reported at the Church of the Nazarene, 1901 Rosedale Ave., Malwitz said. Perpetrators in this incident were only able to take $7 from an envelope which had been in the entrance area of the church, he explained.

In all instances, said Malwitz, doors in the buildings apparently were pried open and damaged with a crowbar, leading authorities to believe that the same person or persons may have committed the acts.

“There's a good possibility that all of them could be involved,” said the chief. “We have some evidence in the cases that we may be able to match through comparison.”

Harsh fiscal reality hits Londonderry board

If Londonderry Township's supervisors eventually approve a proposed 1992 municipal budget, the township may be about to enact the first real estate tax in its long history.

At its regular December meeting last Monday night, the township board tentatively endorsed a proposed and balanced 1992 budget that calls for expenditures of $1,446,637.

The budget would require imposition of a three-mill tax on real estate to fund anticipated expenditures. It would mark the first time in Londonderry’s 165-year history that the municipality has levied a real estate tax to help fund its operations.

Up until now, the township has managed to cover its operating costs from license and permit fees, fuel tax receipts and proceeds from other municipal operations. The township has not claimed its portion of the proceeds from a 1-percent tax on earned income it shares with the Lower Dauphin School District.

Headlines from the edition

• Supervisor-elect could be charged by own township

• M-town school board elects officers, changes meeting date, location

• Police say local man was drunk in wreck that killed two friends

• “Christmas In the Park” gets under way Sunday

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