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Two run for Dauphin County sheriff


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A former Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a retired Harrisburg police detective are seeking their party’s nomination for Dauphin County Sheriff in the May 19 primary.


Nick Chimienti, a 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, is running for the Republican nomination for sheriff. Chimienti spent his last seven years in the PSP in management, serving for six years as supervisor of the Troop H-Criminal Investigation Unit, and his final year supervising the PSP team at the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement at Hollywood Casino Penn National.


Timothy Carter, a retired police officer and Harrisburg Bureau of Police detective, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Carter, is a 27-year law enforcement professional and Steelton native.


Both hope to succeed Sheriff Jack Lotwick, who is retiring after five terms in office.


After retiring from PSP, Chimienti was deputized as a Court Security Officer by the U.S Marshal’s Service in 2012.  He serves the U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania, where he is responsible for the security of the courtroom, federal judges and their staff and the security of prisoners at the Federal Courthouse in Harrisburg.


“My management experience with the State Police and Courtroom responsibilities assisting the U.S. Marshal Service are parallel to the duties of Sheriff and have prepared me to continue my public service as Dauphin County Sheriff,” Chimienti said.


 Carter joined the Harrisburg Bureau of Police in 1987, assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division, and served as the city’s first community policing officer and first housing officer.


 He rose through the ranks to serve in various capacities, including an assignment to the vice unit as a K-9 handler. Promoted to detective in 2000, Carter specialized in investigating child abuse, juvenile gangs and violent crimes.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:25

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Petition seeks to strike four challengers from Democratic ballot for Middletown Area School Board


A hearing is expected to be held this week on challenges that were filed Tuesday, March 17 in Dauphin County Court seeking the removal of four candidates from the Democratic ballot for Middletown Area School Board.


The petition, brought by Michael Richards, a Democrat and school board incumbent who is running for re-election, seeks to strike from the Democratic ballot challengers Patrick Hughes, Chris Lupp, Linda Mehaffie and Dustin Green.


The next step is for a county judge to set a hearing to consider the challenges. A hearing must be held by Friday, March 20, to keep within a 10-day window under the law following the last day to circulate and file nomination papers, which was March 10, said Gordon Einhorn, a lawyer who filed the petition on Richards' behalf.


Einhorn is also a Middletown school board incumbent who is seeking re-election.

In all four cases, Richards alleges that the petitions that the candidates filed with the county to get on the Democratic ballot are invalid because the person who gathered the signatures and circulated the petitions was a Republican.


In submitting the petitions, the person who gathers the signatures – the "circulator" – must attest that he or she is a member of the same political party, according to court papers filed by Einhorn.


In Hughes' case, his petition to get on the Democratic ballot was signed and circulated by Mehaffie, a registered Republican, according to the court papers.


Lupp, Mehaffie and Green, all registered Republicans, gathered their own signatures to get on the Democratic ballot, according to the court papers.


In Pennsylvania, school board candidates can cross-file – meaning they can appear on the primary ballot of both the Democratic and Republican parties – if the candidates gather enough signatures.


Green, Hughes, Lupp and Mehaffie are all listed as candidates for the Middletown school board on the Republican ballot.


The petition filed Tuesday does not contest any of the challengers being on the Republican ballot, only their position on the Democratic ballot, Einhorn told the Press And Journal.


Five of nine seats on Middletown school board are up for grabs this year. Besides Einhorn and Richards, the three other incumbents seeking re-election are board President Barbara Layne and members Terry Gilman and Pamela Price. All five incumbents are cross-filed on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.


If the petition succeeds, only challenger Jennifer Scott would appear on the Democratic ballot along with the incumbents. Scott also has cross-filed, and will appear on the Republican ballot.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:41

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Borough Web site could be launched within a week


Middletown Borough’s new Web site will “probably be launched next week,” Chris Courogen, the borough’s communications director, told Middletown Borough Council on Monday, March 16.

Courogen said he is “in the process of debugging and finalizing” the new site.

Meanwhile, Middletown residents now can e-mail eight of nine councilors through the current Web site. The exception is First Ward Councilor Michael Bowman. Bowman has been added to council’s home page, but as of Tuesday, March 17 his e-mail linked to a former councilor.

The cell phone number of Mayor James H. Curry III has been added to the current Web site. Curry for months has been complaining at council meetings about his cell phone number not being listed on the Web site.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:08

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Man hurt in 230 accident


An unidentified man was injured badly when he was struck by a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Harrisburg Pike - Route 230 - just west of the Airport Connector in Lower Swatara Twp. around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, according to township police.

The man was lying on the road when police arrived. Police rendered first aid to the man until EMS crews arrived. He was taken to a local hospital that police did not identify.

The unidentified driver remained on the scene and cooperated with officers, police said.

Lower Swatara police were assisted by officers from Highspire, Steelton, Royalton and Penn State University along with fire companies from Middletown and Highspire.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:53

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TUMBLING DOWN: Middletown is razing a commercial building to free up open space for the downtown streetscape project


Crews working for the Borough of Middletown are ramping up demolition of the former commercial property at North Union and East Emaus Street.


The storefront property is being razed to provide open space as part of the $2.7 million downtown streetscape improvement project.


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The streetscape focuses on aesthetic improvements in the area of Union Street, from just north of Emaus Street south to Ann Street.


The area once occupied by the storefront property is to include green space, a pavilion with a roof and a large trellis - also referred to as a gazebo.


A smaller trellis/gazebo is planned for the west side of Emaus Street, across from the Elks Building. The streetscape would also include planting new trees. 


The storefront property was purchased for $325,000 in April 2014 by the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.


The property includes the McNair House just to the east on Emaus Street, however this residence is not being demolished.


Construction bids for the streetscape project will be advertised starting April 1, with contracts to be awarded by the authority in May. 


Work is to begin sometime after June 1. The authority hopes to finish the project by the end of 2015.


The commercial property is being demolished at a cost of $29,900 by SDL Construction Inc. The demolition cost is not included in the $2.7 million streetscape budget.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 11:48

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