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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 9/28/16

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-related charges

Shawn P. Glennon, 27, of the 100 block of A Lane, Harrisburg, has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.

The charges were filed following an incident at 4:21 p.m. Aug. 30 at his home, when police were assisting service of a warrant to him by Steelton Police. 

Glennon was questioned by police after they smelled an odor of burnt marijuana in the home after which he admitted to having smoked marijuana, the arrest reported noted. Police said a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.

Glennon is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 12 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Teenagers cited for 

underage drinking

Citations were issued to seven teenagers following police officers’ breaking up a party at a home in the first block of Heatherland Road at 12:49 a.m. Sept. 5.

Cited were Kaylee H. Berstler, 18, of the first block of Heatherland Road, Middletown, a 17-year-old township resident, four 16-year-old township residents and a 15-year-old township resident, police said.

Thefts from vehicles, car damaged

Five vehicles were targeted by thieves between Sept. 12 and 17. In all but one of the incidents, the vehicles were unlocked at the time.

On Sept. 17, a white gold ring valued at $25 and $10 in change were stolen from a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the 90 block of Hanover Street. The SUV was unlocked at the time of the theft.

Also, on Sept. 17, a pair of sunglasses valued at $25 and $10 in change were taken out of an unlocked 2006 Chevrolet 1500 truck. The vehicle was parked in the 1000 block of Market Street Extended.

Two vehicles parked in the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue were ransacked and $16 in change was reported stolen. Police said a 2008 Ford Explorer was parked in front of a residence while a 2005 Buick Terraza was in a residence’s driveway at at the time. It was unknown whether either vehicle was locked at the time of the theft.

The owner of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice told police someone damaged his car’s radio and ash tray sometime between Sept. 12 and 15.

Police said the car was parked at a home in the 200 block of Oberlin Road at the time of the incident. The victim said the knobs on the radio were broken off.

Police are asking anyone with information about any of the cases to contact them at 717-939-0463.

False info to police

Ryan P. Myers, 34, of the 100 block of Liberty Park, South Fork, Pennsylvania, was arrested and subsequently charged with giving a false identification to a police officer, court records note.

According to police, Myers was a passenger in a car that was stopped because of a faulty headlight on Sept. 17 in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard. Myers reportedly told police his last name was Clouser but police were unable to verify the ID. The accused subsequently admitted his real name after which police also discovered a warrant for a parole violation had been issued against him.

Myers was arraigned on Sept. 18 before District Justice Lowell Witmer at the Dauphin County Judicial Center. The accused was sent to Dauphin County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bail.

The accused is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 5 for a preliminary hearing on the charge.

Package stolen

A township resident told police a set of new battery jumper cables was stolen from his home in the 1000 block of North Union Street.

The resident told police that the cables were purchased through the Home Shopping Network and were to have been delivered by UPS but were stolen sometime on Sept. 15. Police said the victim received verification from UPS that the cables were delivered. Reportedly the Home Shopping Network will replace the stolen cables. The value of the cables was not reported. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

$150 stolen

Police said a township resident was a victim of fraud that may have cost her $150.

Investigators said the victim had made provisions to send $150 to an individual who claimed he represented Star Search Talent — an internet-based company. 

The victim reportedly had contacted the company seeking employment and was told that a background check was necessary to process her application for employment. The cost of the background check was $150, was processed via Western Union even though representatives from Western Union had expressed concerns about the transaction, police noted.

Police were called by the victim on Sept. 13, several weeks after she had received no word from the individual or Star Search. Investigators said the victim told them Western Union said the check had not been sent because the company the money was being sent to was a personal account and not a company account. The police report was unclear as to whether the victim’s money had been returned.

DUI charges

Makhan M. Zwally, 26, of the 100 block of West Emaus Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, reckless driving, disregard lane of traffic and speeding, police report.

According to the arresting officer, Zwally was stopped for driving a 2013 Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed and then spun out of control when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road on state Route 283 east at North Union Street at 2 a.m. Sept. 11.

Zwally spoke with slurred speech and alcohol was found in a breath sample analyzed with a portable Breathalyzer, police noted. His performance of field coordination tasks prompted officer to take him into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Zwally refused to provide a blood sample to be tested for the possible presence of intoxicants, police said. He is to be present at a preliminary hearing on the charges on Oct. 27 before District Justice Smith.

Also, Gerald E. Jivens, 44, of the 10 block of North Union Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, failure to have insurance, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and open containers, police said.

The charges were filed following Jivens’ arrest at 12:52 a.m. Sept. 9 after a traffic stop in the 100 block of Richardson Road, police noted.

According to police, he was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 and attracted the attention of the arresting officer after its driver attempted to back into a parking space several times. A background check showed the car’s registration had been canceled due to lack of insurance, police said.

Jivens spoke with slurred speech and admitted to police that his driver’s license had been suspended, police reported. The arresting officer also said there was an open container of beer in the vehicle.

Jivens performed several field coordination tests after which he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Police said the accused refused to provide a blood sample to be tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. 

The accused is to be present at a preliminary hearing on the charges on Oct. 12 before District Justice Smith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:20

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Police, court report: burglary charges, Turkey Hill hit-and-run

The following is a compilation of major incidents reported by Middletown Borough Police during the week of Sept. 14 to Sept. 21.

Police reported a total of 114 incidents during the week, most of a minor or routine nature involving phone calls, routine traffic stops, and parking violations.

Hit-and-run

A hit-and-run involving two vehicles was reported at the Turkey Hill convenience store in the 100 block of East Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Police said that upon arrival an “amicable agreement” was worked out between the parties and no further action by police was required. 

The following arrests are based upon charges and criminal complaints filed with the office of District Judge David Judy.

Domestic assault

A Lemoyne woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting a borough woman and her daughter at their residence in the 300 block of Vine Street between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Shannon M. Ziemba, 44, of the 300 block of North Second Street in Lemoyne, was arraigned on Sept. 21 before District Judge David Judy and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and two counts each of simple assault and harassment. 

Ziemba was released after posting $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 before Judy.

Man charged with burglary 

A man whom police said left a halfway house in Harrisburg was charged with burglary after breaking into a residence in the 200 block of West Main Street shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Police said Peter Paul Malone, 51, broke into the first floor of the residence where his ex-girlfriend and their daughter were residing. Malone allegedly made threats and remained in the residence for several hours while the ex-girlfriend and daughter kept themselves locked in a room, police said.

Malone was arraigned before Judy on Sept. 21 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, harassment, and unlawful restraint. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 before Judy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:17

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Woman wanted for $9,000 tax return theft

Leeann Sweitzer Witman, 51, of Hershey, is wanted on charges for allegedly filing a Lower Swatara Twp. woman’s taxes and having the refund transferred to an account for her own use.

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Lower Swatara Police filed charges against Witman for identity theft, theft by deception, access device fraud, criminal use of a communication facility and computer trespass/transfer funds. 

Witman offered to help the woman with her taxes while she was visiting on Jan. 28, according to the affidavit filed in the case. Police said she used a laptop computer to complete the woman’s taxes using a service called FreeTaxUSA.com, and substituted the account information for deposit. 

When the resident did not receive her refund, she contacted police, and the IRS subsequently provided information about where the money was transferred, the affidavit states.

The money was transferred into an account at Metro Bank (which merged with First National Bank) that was opened nine days prior to Witman providing tax assistance, the affidavit states. The account was opened in the name of Witman’s mother, Janet Sweitzer, for whom Witman is appointed power of attorney. 

The refund was deposited Feb. 10 and within a day, Witman made a $500 cash withdrawal as seen on the video surveillance at First National Bank in Mechanicsburg. By Feb. 29, the victim’s $9,080 tax refund had been spent, leaving the account with a negative balance. The account was settled and closed in April. 

Police said Witman has prior convictions for bad checks, theft by deception, forgery, receipt of stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. “She’s a career criminal,” said Detective Robert Appleby, who filed the charges in the case.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 11:24

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 9/21/16

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.

Scammed $488

A township resident thought she was on her way to getting a grant but ended being scammed out of almost $500.

The victim told police Sept. 1 her friend gave her the name of an attorney who would help her get a grant. Police said the victim contacted the attorney via Facebook and subsequently sent $488 via Instagram to cover what she was told were transaction fees to get the grant.

Police reported the money had been sent to an individual in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Details about what kind of grant and the amount of the grant were not specified in the police report. 

Police told the victim they would file an official report about the incident but told the victim there was not much that could be done to pursue her loss. 

DUI charge

Michael S. Patterson, 32, of the 100 block of Brick Church Road, Newville, has been charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate or alcohol, driving without a license and disregarding a lane of traffic, police report.

Patterson was charged after being arrested at 1:53 a.m. Aug. 20 following a traffic stop on Route 283 West at the Airport Connector.

According to the arresting officer, Patterson was driving a 2009 Subaru Legacy that was seen straddling the road’s fog line. The initial interview of Patterson turned into a DUI investigation, police said. Patterson was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center where blood was drawn and tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

Patterson is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 6 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Slumped over in car

Mario C. Bologna, 42, of the 2000 block of Market Street Extended, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, police report.

According to an arrest report, he was awakened by police when they found him slumped over the center console of a 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike at 3:22 a.m. Sept. 2. Police said the vehicle’s engine was running but its transmission was in neutral at the time. 

Bologna had an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath, refused to provide a breath sample to be tested with a portable Breathalyzer and had difficulty keeping his balance.

Bologna was taken the Dauphin County Judicial Center on suspicion of DUI and refused to provide a blood sample to test for the possible presence of intoxicants.

Public drunkenness citation

Harry J. Varner, 55, of the 200 block of Penn Street, Highspire, was cited for public drunkenness following an incident at 8:12 p.m. Sept. 4 on West Harrisburg Pike at Ann Street, police report.

Police said Varner was seen walking on West Harrisburg Pike and appeared to be intoxicated. Alcohol was detected in Varner’s breath and he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was held for several hours, police noted.

$75 in quarters stolen

Police report someone stole $75 in quarters from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Mountainview Road.

Investigators said the theft from the 2013 Kia Soul took place some time Sept. 1 or Sept. 2. The victim told police the change was in cup holders in the vehicle. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Fraudulent transactions

A township resident told police numerous transactions were attempted in her Visa account.

Police report the victim had been contacted by Macy’s department store on Sept. 1, and they informed her that two gift cards, $453 and $400, were placed on her Member’s 1st credit card. 

The victim also told police the card had been used for a $250 purchase at the Bloomingdale’s department store and for $150 and $50 purchases at an unnamed department store.

Police said the local credit union had been closely monitoring the account and closed it on suspicion of fraud.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:55

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Police charge man with misdemeanors for touching girl in car on school grounds

A Middletown man faces two criminal charges for touching a 16-year-old girl in his vehicle outside Middletown Area High School.

Alan Scott Miller, 48, of East Water Street is charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors, both misdemeanors. 

The girl rode with Miller to Middletown Area High School on Saturday, Aug. 20, according to the affidavit of probable cause in the case. Miller parked the car between Reid Elementary and Middletown Area High schools and he “placed his hand on her knee and began rubbing it back and forth and worked his hand up to the middle of her thigh,” the affidavit states.

“(The girl) said she was wearing shorts and Miller’s hand was against her skin,” stated Detective Robert Appleby of Lower Swatara Police in the affidavit. “She said it was very awkward and uncomfortable and when Miller got to the middle of her thigh she told him that was her bad knee.” 

The girl was wearing cutoff shorts at the time, and she said Miller touched her exposed leg, not under her clothing, Appleby said. 

“She stopped him when it got to mid-thigh,” he said.

Miller admitted to putting his hand on her mid-thigh, Appleby said. 

“It didn’t appear like it was in a goofing around way,” he said. 

Later, the girl several times refused to stay alone with him in a room or to sit down beside him after he asked her to do so, Appleby said. 

The girl showed police a text from a month prior to the incident in which Miller sent her a message calling her “baby girl” with a winking emoji — a winking smiley face picture. 

Charges were filed based on the behavior within “the totality of the circumstances,” Appleby said.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:52

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