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Handley’s seat could be filled by Jan. 20

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A replacement for recently-resigned Middletown Borough Council member Tom Handley could be seated by Jan. 20 under a plan laid out by council President Chris McNamara on Monday, Dec. 29.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:23

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Naked man causes a stir along Main Street in Middletown early Friday

It was still barely above freezing at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the day after Christmas, in Middletown. It was cold if you had clothes on - and a lot colder if you didn't.


Nevertheless, a man wearing nothing but a pair of sneakers was seen walking down the sidewalk along Main Street at about that time of the morning.


Tom Landis saw him. Landis was driving into town from Londonderry Twp., when he saw the man standing on the sidewalk, waiting to cross the street toward Deals on Wheels.

"He was just standing there and holding a cup over his private area," Landis said. "I was kind of in shock. I thought to myself, 'am I really seeing this?'"


Other than having no clothes on, the man appeared and acted just like anyone else walking down the sidewalk, Landis said. He was heading west to east.


Landis thought about calling 911, but didn't. He figured the guy would be long gone by the time police arrived.


Landis described the man as African-American, in his 40s, with curly dark hair and a beard. He was at least 6-foot tall and weighed about 220 or so - a bit on the chubby side, Landis said. He wasn't streaking - at least not when Landis saw him.


Someone else either called Middletown police, or the police saw the man. According to eyewitness accounts, two police cruisers and an ambulance pulled into the parking lot of Grove Motors.


The folks who work at Grove looked out the window to see the man lying facedown, covered by a blanket that police had brought, with an officer standing over him.


Police cuffed his hands and his ankles. He was placed on a gurney to be put into the ambulance. He didn't seem to be hurt, and had a smile on his face as he was being put into the ambulance, said Kevin, who works at Grove Motors and asked that his last name not be used.


"That's the first I've seen something like that," Kevin said.


A customer who was in Grove said that his daughter lived across the street from Grove and that she had taken a picture of the man with her cell phone camera.


Middletown Borough Police would not provide any information regarding the incident, despite several requests for comment from the Press and Journal by phone and e-mail.


Chief John Bey through borough spokesman Chris Courogen said that the department would not provide any information until Monday.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 21:44

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Bad weather has forced the cancellation of Middletown's Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck that was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing at South Union and Ann streets.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 instead, according to the Middletown Area Historical Society.

The Douglas fir that is decorated for Christmas will be lit without a formal ceremony.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 19:54

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Another power outage in Middletown

Last week it was a bird, this week it may have been a squirrel.

In any event, Middletown residents early this morning experienced the second power outage within nine days.

Borough Communications Director Chris Courogen said the outage occurred at about 6:40 a.m. today. 

He did not immediately provide details concerning where the power loss occurred. However, a person in the borough office earlier today said the outage appeared to be concentrated in the areas of East Emaus, Race and Rupp streets.

Judging by posts to the Press and Journal Facebook page, the outage also impacted portions of East Main and Adelia streets, a portion of the 600 block of Vine Street; and parts of East Water,  Spruce, and Maple streets.

The outage lasted close to an hour and a half, as power was restored by 8 a.m., according to the Facebook posts.

Courogen said he couldn't say for certain, but suspected that a wayward squirrel may have been the culprit. Public Works Director Ken Klinepeter could not be reached.

On Tuesday July 15 borough residents and businesses lost electricity for about 90 minutes. That outage was blamed on a bird that got into the electrical equipment and led to a number of fuses being tripped.

While Middletown isn't the only place where the electricity goes out on occasion, Courogen said it does seem to be happening with more regularity of late - and that critters like birds and squirrels are a major reason why.

"I suspect that the (Middletown Borough Council) Public Works Committee will start looking" at what can be done to solve the problem, Courogen said.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:08

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Here's your chance to meet two other finalists for Middletown top cop

Middletown residents will have the chance to see – and possibly meet – the two remaining finalists to become the borough's next police chief on Monday, July 21.


Middletown Borough Council's public safety committee will interview one of the two finalists behind closed doors at 4 p.m. in council chambers at the borough hall. The closed-door session will last about 30 minutes, after which the committee will present the candidate to the public and ask the candidate several questions in open session.


Then, starting at 5 p.m., the committee will repeat this same process for the other finalist.


If you cannot be at either the 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. session, your best shot to meet either or both of the two candidates could be at about 6 p.m.


By then, the committee expects to be done with its part of the process, said Councilor Scott Sites, public safety committee chairman. So from about 6 p.m. on, the candidates will be free to meet and mingle with residents, and answer their questions – if the candidates choose to do so.


Borough residents already have the scoop on one of the three finalists, John Bey of Susquehanna Twp. Bey could not make Monday's session, so the committee interviewed Bey and presented him to the public on Tuesday, July 15.

Bey took full opportunity of the chance to meet with borough residents in council chambers after the committee was done with him.


As for the other two finalists, who will be interviewed on Monday: One is from this area, while the other is from the Midwest.


The full council will meet during its monthly committee-of-the-whole session at 7 p.m. on Monday. However, council will not act on the top cop job at that meeting, Sites said.


The target date for council to choose the next chief is Monday, Aug. 4, Sites said.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 19:46

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