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York man charged in Lower Swatara identify theft

Lower Swatara police have charged a 28-year-old York man with six counts of access device fraud and six counts of identity theft.sihee o. jamison

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sihee Omar Jamison, who is accused of using a cloned credit card linked to the account of a victim in Lower Swatara Township. He made purchases of $640 at York County businesses with the card. 

A surveillance video shows Jamison attempting to use five other credit cards that did not work before using the victim’s card, which was processed. Police were able to recognize Jamison’s face and tattoos from the surveillance video, Detective Robert Appleby said. 

“In identity theft and cyber crime, it’s rare to get an arrest,” Appleby said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence the charges happened right after the victim used the card in York County. 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 16:12

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Borough’s Labor Day event offers more than fireworks

The return of Labor Day weekend fireworks after a three-year absence is just part of what Middletown has in store for residents Saturday night.

The event has morphed into an almost day-long festival that borough councilors hope can be repeated every year from now on — with or without the fireworks.

Everything is to take place on Susquehanna Street in the area of the boat launch near Union Street, starting at 3 p.m. with a Corn Hole Tournament.

A Flag Football Tournament complete with local cheerleaders performing is to start at 5 p.m., according to information posted on the Middletown Residents United Facebook page by Councilor Dawn Knull.

A free Zumba class will be offered at 6 p.m. The day will also include a baseball-hitting contest, from 5 to 7 p.m., for children ages 5 to 12, Knull said. No advance sign-up is necessary.

If you don't want to play, you can show up for the food. Several nonprofit groups will have stands set up to sell goodies such as hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos, barbecue, french fries, chips, popcorn, cotton candy and ice pops,

The big booms will start around 9:15 p.m. with the setting off of the fireworks at the boat landing. 

This will be the first Labor Day weekend fireworks show in Middletown since 2013. The fireworks are being put on by Zambelli, the same company that put on the show to rave reviews three years ago.

The entire $18,000 cost is covered by almost $20,000 raised by the Mayoral Madness charity basketball games in 2015 and 2016.

"I'm very excited for another event that will let us celebrate our town," said Council President Ben Kapenstein. "There's a lot of negative stuff going on in the world, and sometimes it's nice to be able to just enjoy a day of activities and fireworks with our families and friends."

Highlights

3 p.m.: Corn Hole Tournament. To participate, email Ben Kapenstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 p.m.: Flag Football Tournament. To play, email James Curry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 to 7 p.m.: Baseball-hitting contest, for ages 5 to 12

6 p.m.: Free Zumba class

9:15 p.m.: Fireworks start 

Food will be available throughout from stands run by area nonprofit groups

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:41

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Residents say limit trucks, warehouses in Lower Swatara

Lower Swatara should make every effort to limit warehouses and truck traffic in future growth, several residents told the township’s planning commission Aug. 25 as the panel considered a draft roadmap for future land use.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:12

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Driver damages entrance to Sunset Park

Sunset CrashDamageWEBPress And Journal Photo by Louise Sukle -- PA State Police took a driver into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence following an accident that damaged the brick entrance wall to Sunset Park Aug. 20. Cost to repair the damages has been estimated to be $3,000.

A driver veered off South Geyers Church Road and his vehicle struck the brick entrance wall at Sunset Park, police said.

Carlos Jarvis IV, 25, of Bainbridge, was driving south when he failed to the curve to the left, and he drove about 200 feet on the grass before his 2002 Saturn hit the entrance wall at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, police reported.  

Pennsylvania State Police took Jarvis into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the police report filed in the case. Jarvis was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. 

The wall damage will cost about $3,000 to repair, said Steve Letavic, Londonderry Township manager. 

“One of our public works employees cleaned the bricks off the roadway and made the area safe to drive,” Letavic said. The township will file an insurance claim regarding the damage, he added.

The accident also caused minimal damage to the nearby flowerbeds and turf, which the township staff will repair. 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 07:35

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Homeowners group wants to buy islands from York Haven Power

Derek SlidePhoto by Eric Wise - Derek Krehling visits Shelley Island in the Susquehanna River.

 

Lawyers representing the Lake Frederick Homeowners Association have contacted representatives of York Haven Power Co. about purchasing two Susquehanna River islands, an association representative said. 

Association leaders will discuss their plans with Londonderry Township supervisors during the Sept. 6 meeting if the township grants the request to be placed on the agenda. Calls to Jim Diamond of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, one of the township’s solicitors, were not returned about whether the township would consider it.

The association would like to purchase Beshore Island and York Haven’s properties on Shelley Island, which includes the farmland in the center of the island and the 178 recreational lots that encircle most of the island, said Derek Krehling, president of the association. Bare’s Tip at the southern end of Shelley Island is owned by Rick Krehling, who operates Rick’s Campground and Marina in Goldsboro, York County. Rick Krehling is Derek’s uncle.

The group is not at a point where it has established a price for which it would buy the islands.

“They didn’t say no, but they didn’t say yes, either,” Derek Krehling said of York Haven Power. 

“So far none of the parties involved have said no. However, it is going to be an uphill battle with various regulatory bodies,” said Joshua Thompson, business manager of the association. “We will be working to take our own inventory of the island properties, prepare elevation reports and develop additional plans to achieve the compliance needed.”  

The association was formed hastily in March, when Londonderry Township announced a proposed compliance agreement with York Haven that would allow the homeowners who lease properties on the two islands to use the properties through the end of the summer in 2017. 

They would then have until November 2017 to remove their homes and other possessions, returning the properties to a natural state. 

Since that time, the association’s attorneys have drafted a business plan for them to buy the island and get properties in compliance with the township codes. 

“Our association has been hard at work on a business plan to operate the island,” Thompson said.  

Homes on the islands exhibit “widespread noncompliance” with the township’s floodplain ordinance, according to a letter from Jeff Burkhart, township zoning officer, to York Haven officials from earlier this year. 

Londonderry Township supervisors gave the homeowners a one-month reprieve in March, but they approved the agreement in April. 

York Haven’s management of the island has not allowed cabin owners to undertake projects to renovate cabins they way they would like, which has exacerbated the noncompliance issues, Krehling said. 

At the same time, the township spent about 30 years ignoring its own floodplain development ordinance until July 2014, when township officials held a meeting outlining the requirements of compliance. 

Steve Letavic, the township manager, urged the supervisors to approve the agreement with York Haven as a first step in getting into compliance because FEMA officials threatened to eliminate federal government backed flood insurance for properties within the township and prevent federal disaster assistance grants to the township.

In April, York Haven officials told the homeowners they were not free to negotiate until the threat of enforcement was removed by the township.  

In May, upon questioning from the island homeowners, the township officials said the homeowners are free to negotiate their own agreement with York Haven, as long as compliance will be achieved. 

Thompson said he hopes that the association’s proposal will be seriously considered. 

“We are dependent on the cooperation from Londonderry Township, FEMA, York Haven and other entities to make this work,” Thompson said. “We hope they will be amenable to working with us for the benefit of the area as well as our community.” 

Diamond has said the township has no power to force York Haven, as the landowner, to continue recreational leases on its Shelley and Beshore Island properties. 

If the homeowners association bought the island properties, it would be able to pool its resources to get homes into compliance, Krehling said. Homes that predate the 1980 adoption of the floodplain ordinance are exempt from its regulations, providing that the home has not been improved by more than 50 percent of its value, or it has not sustained damage in a flood of 50 percent, including cumulative losses that exceed 50 percent.

The homeowners association estimates that about 90 percent of the homes on Shelley Island predate the floodplain ordinance. Many of the homes were built or transported to Shelley Island in the years following the 1972 flood, especially from 1974 to 1978, Thompson said. The elevation of the island varies to some degree, with higher areas that have not been flooded since 1972, Krehling said.

Londonderry Township will enforce the floodplain development ordinance on all the islands, affecting about 238 other cabins on Hill, Poplar and Beech islands, but enforcement has not yet begun, according to Diamond. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2016 17:07

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