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THE RACE IS ON: Unofficial ballot is set for local and county offices for 2015


Middletown voters will have plenty of choices in this year's election for Middletown Borough Council.

Counting incumbents, 15 candidates are in the running for the five seats on the nine-member council that are up for grabs in 2015. The elections begin with the primary on May 19.


Incumbents seeking re-election are Council President Chris McNamara (Republican, Second Ward), and Republicans John Brubaker and Suzanne Sullivan, both of the Third Ward.


Councilor Scott Sites is not running for a third term in the First Ward, according to an unofficial ballot posted by Dauphin County.


Also not running is Councilor Michael Bowman of the First Ward, whom council appointed in January to fill the seat vacated by Thomas Handley. First Ward voters will decide who will hold Handley's seat for the last two years of his term, through the end of 2017.


In the First Ward, the new faces – some of whom have run for council before – include Democrats David Scully and Dawn Knull and Republicans Barry Goodling, Sean Vaccarino, Tom Strohm and Dana Ward.


Two of the First Ward candidates have been on council before – Republicans Rachelle Reid and David Rhen.


The Second Ward challengers include Democrat Travis Arndt and Republican Gregory Wilsbach, the borough's former electric department supervisor who resigned in July.

Wilsbach will go against McNamara, who is listed on the county ballot as a Republican after getting elected to council as a Democrat in 2011.


In the Third Ward, four Republicans are running for the two open seats. Former Council President Diana McGlone and Damon V. Suglia are competing against Brubaker and Sullivan.


Among other area municipalities and school districts; five seats are up on Royalton Borough Council, three seats on the Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners, five seats on the Middletown Area School Board, two seats on the Londonderry Twp. Board of Supervisors, and four seats on Highspire Borough Council.


Five seats are also up on the Lower Dauphin School Board, including two seats representing Londonderry Twp. and Conewago Twp.


Five seats are also up on the Steelton-Highspire School Board, and four seats on Steelton Borough Council.


At the county level, all three incumbent Dauphin County commissioners are running again. Incumbent George Hartwick III and challenger Tom Connolly, a Swatara Twp. commissioner, will run unopposed for the two Democratic nominations in the May primary, while incumbents Jeff Haste and Mike Pries will run unopposed for the two Republican nominations, setting up a contest in November's general election.


  Tim Carter is running for Dauphin County sheriff as a Democrat, while Nick Chimienti is running as a Republican.


Incumbent Republican Ed Marsico is running for re-election as Dauphin County District Attorney. No one is listed on the Democratic side.





Unofficial Dauphin County primary ballot

Middletown Borough Wards

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:10

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13-year-old boy dies in accident on E-town street


A 13-year-old boy died after he was was struck by a vehicle on East High Street in Elizabethtown after school on Monday, March 9, Elizabethtown police said.

David Weiser, of Elizabethtown, was struck at 2:55 p.m. in the 500 block of E. High St., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Lancaster County Coroner’s office.

Police identified the driver as Mary Roush, 37, of Elizabethtown.

A preliminary analysis of Roush’s cell phone showed that she was not calling, answering or texting at the time of the accident, police said.

Roush was traveling on North Chestnut Street, stopped at a stop sign and turned left onto East High Street, where the accident occurred, a police spokeswoman said.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the police at 717-367-1835.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:48

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Future of policing in Middletown and elsewhere in Dauphin County subject of public meeting at Penn State Harrisburg Wednesday

A public meeting on the possible future of policing in Middletown and in the rest of the lower end of Dauphin County will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Capital Union Building of Penn State Harrisburg.


The meeting is part of the police regionalization study being led by Dauphin County Commissioners.


During Wednesday night's meeting, a consulting firm hired by commissioners -- the Police Executive Research Forum, based in Washington, D.C. - will present preliminary results of what it has found so far.


Those results are expected to include findings that are specific to police departments in the lower end of Dauphin County - including Middletown, Highspire, and Steelton, according to county officials.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:12

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Vandals damage walls, doors at student complex


Vandals damaged walls, doors, ceiling tiles and a water line valve in the Nittany Village of Apartments – and the complex’s management is offering a month’s free rent to any college student who provides information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

Thousands of dollars of damage was done to the complex, officials said. Glass was broken in several doors, obscene words were written on walls, holes were punched and kicked in walls, ceiling tiles were knocked out and a water line valve was broken, causing water to leak in the buildings, Lower Swatara Twp. police said.

The vandalism occurred between Feb. 27 and March 2.

Most of the occupants in the complex, in the 400 block of W. Main St., are Penn State Harrisburg students.

Got a tip for authorities? You can call township police at 717-939-0463 or management at the complex at 717-944-4440.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41

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Council nixes handicapped parking revisions

If you live in Middletown and have applied for an on-street handicapped parking space – and you’re still waiting for an answer – you may end up waiting a lot longer.

Middletown Borough Council voted 5-4 on Monday, March 2 to reject revisions to the borough’s existing policy regarding on-street handicapped parking spaces.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:31

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