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Lower Swatara Twp Police News - 12/17/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.


Drug charges

Rami M. Al-Sabeq, 18, of the 400 block of W. Main St., Middletown, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.

The charges were filed following an incident at 3:32 a.m. on Nov. 8 in an apartment at Nittany Village in the 400 block of W. Main St. Police said they smelled an odor of burnt marijuana from one of the apartments and found both marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the residence.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:40

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Londonderry man waives charges in fatal accident

A Londonderry Twp. man charged in a one-car accident in Lancaster County that fatally injured his passenger has waived the charges against him to Lancaster County Court.


Mitchell Glen Runk, 27, of the 3000 block of E. Harrisburg Pike, is charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, homicide by vehicle, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, DUI, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, involvement in an accident involving death while not properly licensed, driving without a license and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .02 or greater while license is suspended. He waived the charges on Nov. 21, according to court records.


Runk remained in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond. A formal arraignment is set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 in Lancaster County Court.


Runk was the driver of a car that veered off Route 230 in West Donegal Twp. around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, 2013, struck an embankment and rolled over, throwing him and a passenger, Annastasia Leberfinger, 20, of Altoona, from the vehicle, according to police.
Both were taken to Hershey Medical Center. Leberfinger later died from her injuries, police said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:03

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Police stopped reporting crime data to state

The Middletown Police Department apparently stopped reporting criminal offenses and arrests to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system for 2014, a possible violation of the law that could lead to the state withholding fines and crime-fighting grants from the borough. According to the UCR system, which can be accessed through the Internet, no criminal offenses of any kind and no arrests have occurred in Middletown in 2014.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:33

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 12/10/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited 

are presumed innocent unless 

proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Charged following 

domestic disturbance

 

Michael Lebo, 42, and Erica L. Plaunt, 27, both of the 100 block of C. Lane, were charged with simple assault following a disturbance at their residence at 4:59 a.m. on Nov. 28, police report.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:50

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Police charge man with theft of rigs, cargo worth $400k

A Steelton man was charged by Lower Swatara Twp. police with taking more than $416,000 worth of tractor-trailer rigs and their cargo from township businesses in 2013.

 

Terrell Quincy Bryant, 34, of the 800 block of Highland St., was charged with three counts of theft by unlawful taking. He was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith, who set bail at $50,000.

 

Police were able to tie Bryant to the thefts using cell phone records and reconstructing the path the driver took the trucks, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Smith’s office.

 

Bryant, also known as “Pooch’’ or “Poochy,’’ is believed to have taken a loaded tractor-trailer rig from the Transline depot at 2735 Turnpike Industrial Lane in Lower Swatara Twp. on Jan. 23, 2013, according to the affidavit. Bryant had briefly worked for Transline in 2012.

 

The rig was recovered six days later in the lot of the Tenax Corp. in Baltimore, the affidavit said. Surveillance video shows the driver having difficulty with the truck as it bucked and stalled out. During the investigation, “Bryant admitted he is terrible at driving trucks,” police said in the affidavit.

 

In a second incident, Bryant took the same truck from Transline on May 3, 2013, according to the affidavit. This time it was recovered at a Rutter’s store in Etters, police said. Police believe Bryant was in contact with the driver assigned to that truck by Transline, according to the affidavit.

 

In a third incident, Bryant took the tractor or rig of a truck from the parking lot of Angie’s Diner in Lower Swatara Twp. on May 22 or 23, 2013, according to the affidavit. The rig was owned by the same man who had been assigned to the truck involved in the earlier thefts from Transline, the affidavit said.

 

Police said the rig was then used to take a trailer loaded with $250,000 in alcohol from SEI Transportation at 4396 Chambers Hill Road in Swatara Twp., according to the affidavit. The truck and trailer eventually were involved in a crash on Interstate 83 near York, police said.

 

In a separate action, Swatara Twp. police charged Bryant with four counts of access device fraud, one count of forgery and three criminal attempts at access device fraud. Bryant used stolen credit card information to buy several items at the Harrisburg Mall on Dec. 22, 2013, according to the affidavit.

 

Court records said Bryant used the credit card data to purchase a Toshiba laptop computer and a Kindle Fire tablet computer at Radio Shack in separate transactions for $349.79 and $132.49, and a 16-karat gold rope, three 10-karat gold chains and a one-year warranty from Zales Piercing Pagoda for $170. 

 

Bryant also attempted to use the credit card information to make purchases at Radio Shack for $132.49 and at Cellaxs for $47.70, the affidavit said. According to court records, the owner, who is from Erie, had the card in his possession despite its allegedly fraudulent use.

 

Smith arraigned Bryant and set bail for the credit card related charges at $5,000, according to court records.

 

Eric Wise: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:12

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