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Steel-High reviewing emergency procedures

Parents knew police responded to something at one of the Steelton-Highspire School District’s two schools on Oct. 23, thanks to social media postings and text messages.


With the district mum on the incident, parents’ worries grew as they waited for their children and word from the school.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:22

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Elks gets insurance coverage

elkspic11 12 14The Elks Theatre will remain open after officials obtained new insurance coverage for the Elks Building. (Press And Journal Photo By Jim Lewis)

The Elks Theatre in Middletown got some good news this week.

The theater won’t have to worry about closing over the busy holiday season, as the authority that owns the Elks Building has obtained new insurance coverage for the building.

“There should not be any disruption” to the theater,’’ said Matt Tunnell, chairman of the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:42

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He came into the Family Dollar Store on Front Street in Steelton just before closing, pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at a clerk and announced, "Give me all the phones. Nobody is going to get hurt.''

He seized a customers iPhone. Then he demanded the money from the cash registers.

He ran from the store down Chambers Street with an undisclosed amount of cash in the armed robbery, which happened just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to Steelton police.

Police and a canine from the neighboring Harrisburg Police Department searched for the suspect, but could not find him, Steelton police said.

The suspect is described as a thin black male with stubble on his face, approximately 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6 and weighing 130 to 150 pounds, police said. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and black sneakers, and a mask covered half his face.

His gun is described as a silver semi-automatic, possibly a .380-caliber handgun.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Steelton police at 717-939-9841 or Dauphin County Control after office hours at 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:46

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Borough seeks to hire up to six part-time cops


Middletown Borough Council voted 9-0 on Monday, Nov. 17 to again seek applicants for up to six part-time police officer positions.

The borough will immediately begin advertising for the positions. Resumes from applicants must be in to the borough by Dec. 15.

The borough had advertised for the positions earlier, but no one was hired.

New Police Chief John Bey recommended to council’s public safety committee that the borough start from scratch with a new round of applicants.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:45

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Lower Swatara budget freezes property tax

Taxpayers will not face a tax increase in Lower Swatara Twp. under a preliminary 2015 budget approved by the township commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The commissioners developed the spending plan, which increases spending by 4.8 percent to a total $5,395,500 for 2015.

The proposed budget is available for anyone to review at the township office before a final vote on the plan, which is scheduled for Dec. 17.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:40

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