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He’s charged with DUI twice in one day

A Middletown man was arrested for DUI twice in one day on Sunday, Feb. 22 by two different police departments after two separate hit-and-run accidents, according to court records.

And the arrests came while Richard F. Pennington Jr., 49, was scheduled to enter a plea in Dauphin County Court on another DUI charge that occurred in Swatara Twp. in 2014, police said.

The Feb. 22 incidents involving Pennington occurred just five hours apart, according to criminal complaints filed by Lower Swatara Twp. and Middletown police.

The first happened just before 3 p.m. when Middletown police say Pennington drove a silver Dodge Durango into a house and fled the scene, according to the court records. Police found him at his home in the 200 block of State Street, according to the records.

Then just before 8 p.m., a silver Dodge Durango struck a vehicle at West Harrisburg Pike and Ann Street, then continued down Ann into Middletown, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.

The borough police officer who had arrested Pennington told township police through Dauphin County 9-1-1 that a vehicle matching the Dodge Durango had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run in Middletown, police said. Township and borough police both went to Pennington’s home, where township police arrested him for DUI. Pennington was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bond.

Besides DUI, Pennington also faces charges of driving under suspension and hit-and-run from both Lower Swatara and Middletown police, court records show.

A preliminary hearing on the Lower Swatara charges is set for Wednesday, March 4 before District Judge Michael Smith.

A preliminary hearing on the Middletown charges is set for Wednesday, March 25 before District Judge David Judy.

Pennington is scheduled to enter a plea on the 2014 DUI charge in Swatara Twp. on Friday, March 20 in county court.

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


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:32

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In 10 minutes, thief takes items from her parked car

She was quickly dropping off her child at a Lower Swatara Twp. daycare center - but in those few minutes someone grabbed her laptop computer and cell phone from her parked car and ran off.

The theft occurred between 8 and 8:10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the parking lot of the Discovery Kids Childcare Center in the 1000 block of Oberlin Road, according to Lower Swatara police.

The victim, a township resident, told police she spent no more than 10 minutes in the center.

Taken were a Dell laptop valued at $900 and a Samsung S4 phone valued at $600, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:01

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Hummelstown bank robbed


An unidentified man robbed the Fulton Bank on West Main Street in Hummelstown around 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, Hummelstown police said.


The robber approached a teller window, demanded cash and fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.


No weapon was displayed, police said.


Police described the robber as a light-skinned male, approximately 5-7 to 5-9 in height with a medium build.

The suspect was wearing a black Nike jacket with a hood and a Nike symbol over the left chest, jeans, black sneakers, white shirt, grey knit hat, black face mask and black gloves.


Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-566-2555.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 16:30

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Highspire man rams wife’s SUV after leaving marriage counseling session, police say

A Highspire man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife and drove his car into the back of her SUV after a joint marriage counseling session in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 20, police said.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:53

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Middletown Snow Emergency

Word is expected soon on the status of a snow emergency in Middletown that was declared by Mayor James Curry at 11 p.m. yesterday.

“By issuing the emergency, we can ensure the roads are clear for Borough and PennDOT crews, ” said Curry, in declaring the emergency.

Curry said parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and tickets will issued for any and all vehicles in violation of those restrictions.

During a declared snow emergency, parking restrictions go into effect to facilitate the removal of snow from Borough streets. During such an emergency, it is unlawful to park on the north side of designated east-west streets or on the east side of designated north-south streets, unless otherwise indicated.

Once the snow stops and it has been removed from those parking areas, parking there becomes permissible as long there is no interference with the Borough snow removal crews and no interference with traffic during the remainder of the emergency.

Residents needing an off street place to park can use the lot behind Borough Hall.

Following is a complete list of designated snow emergency route streets and parking restrictions in Middletown.

Name of Street



Adelia Street 


From Emaus Street to East Main Street 

Ann Street 


From Swatara Creek west to Grant Street 

Catherine Street 


From Emaus Street north to Main Street 

Emaus Street 


From Adelia Street west to Wood Street 

Grant Street 


From Ann Street to Wilson Street 

Main Street 


From Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue 

Roosevelt Street 


From Vine Street west to Union Street 

Union Street 


From Ann Street to Park Circle Road 

Union Street 


From Ann Street to its southern limits 

Vine Street 


From Water Street to Aspen Street 

Water Street 


From Vine Street to Catherine Street 

Wilson Street 


From Grant Street to and over the overhead bridge to Main Street 

Wood Street 


From Susquehanna Street north to Emaus Street


Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 15:37

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