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Man sentenced for stealing jewelry from his neighbor to buy heroin

A Middletown man who pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry from his neighbor to buy heroin has been sentenced to four to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison.AnthonyMichaelValleAnthony Michael Valle

According to borough police reports, Anthony Michael Valle, 25, of the first block of North Pine Street, stole at least $7,000 worth of jewelry from a woman next door who had n Valle a key to her residence so he could let her dog out while she was away. The thefts occurred between June 20 and July 9. Police verified that Valle sold some of the jewelry at two pawn shops in Harrisburg.

Valle on Oct. 11 pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and was sentenced to county prison by Judge Richard A. Lewis. He was also sentenced to five years’ probation, to be served after Valle is released from prison, after pleading guilty to criminal trespass/breaking into a structure.

Valle will be eligible for work release while in the county prison. The sentence also calls for Valle to pay $8,758 in restitution to the victim.

— Dan Miller

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:08

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Someone tried to buy a $4,300 mattress with a fire department Visa credit card

Data from a credit card issued to the Lower Swatara Township Fire Department was used to attempt to fraudulently purchase a several thousand dollar mattress, police report.

Lower Swatara Township police investigators were notified by fire department officials that an attempt was made to purchase a Tempur-pedic mattress Sept. 16 and have it delivered to an address in Philadelphia. The mattress had a pricetag of $4,344.94.

Police said a letter was sent to the fire department thanking it for purchasing the mattress via a Visa credit card.

Investigators reported the credit card’s bank was able to stop payment on the purchase and therefore cancel the entire transaction. Police added the attempted fraud was turned over to the mattress company’s fraud department for further investigation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:52

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Police and courts roundup: Shots fired, scam

The following items are based on a log of incidents reported by Middletown Police Department for the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 5. Police reported a total of 73 incidents for the week, most of a routine nature.

Home improvement scam

A homeowner in the first block of Caravan Court might have been bilked out of $700 as a result of a home improvement scam, police say.

On Oct. 4 the victim contacted a home improvement company that had left a flier on the victim’s door. The victim called the company, entered into a contract for home improvement work, and paid a company representative $700 to start the job.

Police say the check was cashed the next day but no work was ever started. A phone number listed for the company in Dover was disconnected. An investigation continues, police said.

Piggy bank stolen

A piggy bank containing about $700 was reported stolen from a residence  of the Dogwood Building in the Village of Pineford. The break-in was reported to police on Oct. 3 and is being investigated.

Shots fired

Police shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, responded to a report of four to five gunshots being fired in rapid succession in the area of the Redwood Building in the Village of Pineford. Police checked the area but found nothing to substantiate the report.

From the Lower Swatara Police Department:

Public drunkenness citation

James P. Kamau, 43, of the 30 block of N. 13th St., Harrisburg, has been cited for public drunkenness, police report.

The case stems from an Kamau’s actions at the Congress Inn, 1000 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard, on Sept. 25. Police said the accused was creating a disturbance outside of the inn’s main office of the business. The arresting officer said Kamau’s actions prompted police to investigate the possibility he was under the influence of intoxicants.

Kamau was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was processed and released.

From the office of District Judge David Judy:

Domestic assault

A Middletown man is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly striking his girlfriend during two incidents on the same day on Sunday, Oct. 2, once as the victim was attending to the couple’s 1 1/2-year-old child, police said.

The victim sustained injuries to her nose and above her left eye socket, police said. The alleged assailant, Tarek Hassan Elfawal, was treated at Harrisburg Hospital for a half-inch cut on his forehead, police said.

Elfawal, 34, of the 200 block of West Main Street, was arraigned before District Judge Paul T. Zozos on Oct. 2 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and DUI.

He was released from Dauphin County Prison after posting $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 31 before District Judge David Judy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:31

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New police officer comes on board

NewCopPress And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Adam Tankersly takes the oath of office from Mayor James H. Curry III to become Middletown's newest police officer during borough council's Oct. 4 meeting. The addition of Tankersly, who is part-time, brings to full authorized strength the Middletown Police Department with 11 full-time officers and six part-time officers. Right of Tankersly is Middletown Police Sgt. Richard Hiester; seated at far right is Middletown Finance Director Bruce Hamer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:23

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Three home burglaries reported on Foxianna Road

State police are investigating three recent home burglaries on Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township.

The three burglaries – in the 2100 block, 1700 block and 2400 block of Foxianna – were reported from Thursday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 28, said Tpr. Robert Hicks, a spokesman for the state police.

"We don't know if these burglaries are related, but we are investigating that possibility," he said.

"We ask that people be vigilant and take note and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area," Hicks said. "People should never leave their homes or cars unlocked."foxiannard


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:07

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