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Middletown police seeking suspect for Rite-Aid robbery in June

The man accused of robbing the Rite-Aid on East Main Street in Middletown in June is also suspected of robbing three other Rite-Aids in the region, Middletown police say, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Borough police on Aug. 24 charged Joshua Iron-Lee Perry, 30, with robbery and intent to possess a controlled substance in connection with the June 9 hold-up in Middletown, in which Perry allegedly walked out with two bottles of oxycodone after giving the cashier a demand note.PERRYJoshua1

Perry was supposed to turn himself in Aug. 15 but did not. A warrant is out for his arrest, and Perry is believed to be somewhere in Lancaster County, said Middletown Police Chief John Bey.

Perry may be in the company of a woman who as of now is not a suspect of any crimes, police said. Police do not know if he is armed. Anyone with information regarding Perry or the Rite-Aid robbery in Middletown should call borough police at (717) 558-6900 and ask for the on-duty supervisor.

Besides the Middletown Rite-Aid police say that Perry is suspected of robbing three other Rite-Aids in West Hempfield Twp. Lancaster County, in Stewartstown in York County, and in Cleona in Lebanon County. In each case Perry held up the Rite-Aid pharmacies to get oxycodone, police say.

Perry has ties to Columbia, Ephrata and Wrightsville, Bey said. Middletown police are working with police in these areas to try and apprehend Perry, the chief said.

Borough police had acquired the demand note that Perry used in the Middletown Rite-Aid robbery, but police could not get a usable fingerprint from it, according to the criminal complaint filed with District Judge David Judy.

Over the next month, police received several tips about who committed the robbery, but these led to dead-ends.

On July 14, borough police learned that a man matching the description of the person who robbed the Middletown Rite-Aid had also robbed a Rite-Aid in West Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, again for oxycodone.

Two days later, police learned that a third Rite-Aid, this one in Stewartstown, York County, had been held up for oxycodone and that the description again matched the man who had robbed the Middletown Rite-Aid.

The big break came on Aug. 3, when a fingerprint lifted from the demand note used in the West Hempfield robbery was matched to Perry, who had been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police for unrelated offenses in 2015.

Perry's driver's license photo also matched the person captured in surveillance footage from the Stewartstown robbery, according to the criminal complaint.

Borough police then had several phone conversations with Perry, in which he allegedly admitted to all three Rite-Aid hold-ups and that he had gotten addicted to painkillers after injuring his back. Arrangements were made for Perry to turn himself in on Aug. 15, but he didn't show, police said.

The criminal complaint lists an address for Perry at the Pine Manor mobile home park on East Harrisburg Pike in Londonderry Township, but Perry has not lived there for some time, according to the complaint.

According to court records, Perry is to be sentenced on Sept. 6 in Dauphin County Court after he pleaded guilty to theft by deception and other charges in an offense from January 2014 unrelated to the Rite-Aid robberies.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 13:07

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Man pleads guilty to crash in which baby was rescued

A Harrisburg man responsible for a fiery New Year's Day crash in Lower Swatara Township that led to a life-saving rescue of a baby by police has pleaded guilty to all charges associated with the accident.

Franklin M. Fisher III, 38, 400 block of 19th Street, is to be sentenced in Dauphin County Court on Oct. 18, according to court records posted online.fisherphoto1 6 16

Fisher, according to police records, left a party early New Year's Day with a little boy and a baby girl in the car and ran into a utility pole near North Union Street and Longview Drive.

The car burst into flames. Township police Patrolman Patrick W. Ribec was credited with rescuing the baby girl and Fisher, assisted by police from Middletown and Royalton. The little boy had escaped from the car before police arrived.

Fisher on Aug. 16 pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children, DUI, causing an accident involving injury and not being properly licensed, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, disregarding traffic lanes, speeding, careless driving, driving while under suspension, and reckless driving.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:33

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 8/24/2016

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.


Resident is out $1,575

A township resident fell victim to a scam that cost her $1,575.
Police report the resident was contacted on Aug. 10 by someone claiming to be a police officer who said she owed an education tax to the county. The victim told investigators she complied with the caller’s instructions to purchase pre-paid cards and provide the cards’ numbers and PINs to pay the bogus debt.
Police said the victim was then transferred to another person who claimed he was an attorney and attempted to get the victim to pay $4,000 for additional taxes. It was at that point in the conversation the victim became suspicious and hung up on the callers.
Police said the number used by the suspects was found to be associated with scams involving allegations made by false representatives of the IRS and other tax-related entities.

Comcast equipment
believed stolen

Police are looking into the possibility that a person claiming to be a Comcast representative stole a piece of the company’s equipment from a township resident.
A township resident reportedly told police an individual who used the name Don approached her at 5:10 p.m. Aug. 10 at her home in the 1000 block of Spring Garden Drive and took a Comcast connection box from her residence. Police said the individual told the resident that her Comcast account was overdue 50 days after which he took the box. Reportedly the individual attempted to get other Comcast equipment but was told to leave the home.
The suspect is described as a white man, 5-feet-9 inches to 6 feet tall with curly brown hair. He was wearing a fluorescent green shirt and khaki-style pants, police said.
Police are contacting Comcast as a followup to the incident. Loss was estimated at $30.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

DUI charge

James F. Hill, 45, of the 400 block of Glendale Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, has been charged with DUI following his arrest at 3:11 a.m. Aug. 14, police report.
According to police, Hill was driving a 2012 Dodge 1500 truck and stopped in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard because of a faulty light on the vehicle’s license plate. The arresting officer also said Hill spoke with slurred speech. Alcohol was found in a breath sample from the accused that was analyzed with a portable Breathalyzer, police added.
Hill was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center where blood was drawn to be tested for the possible presence of alcohol. Results of the tests were not reported.
Police said Hill was arraigned on the charge of DUI after which $2,500 unsecured bail was set by District Justice Rebecca Jo Margerum.
Hill is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charge on Aug. 24 before District Justice Michael Smith.

Sunglasses and change
stolen from vehicle

Two pair of sunglasses and loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of Farmhouse Lane.
The victim told police he believed the theft took place some time on Aug. 10. Reportedly his Acura MDX was unlocked at the time of the theft.
Police said the Oakley-brand sunglasses (one plastic, one wire-framed) were valued at $250 each. It is uncertain how much change had been stolen.
Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Suspicious person
in garage and vehicle

A resident of a home in the 1000 block of Rosedale Avenue told police he believes someone had entered his garage and rifled through one of his vehicles before running from the home.
Police believe the suspect was scared from the scene when he accidentally activated an overhead door opener in the garage on Aug. 10 at 11:46 p.m.
Investigators said the male suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans and appeared to have been carrying a backpack.
Police said while three vehicles were in the garage, only a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado appeared to have been ransacked. It is unknown if anything had been stolen.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Harassment citation

Paul D. Wagner, 45, of the 1000 block of Powderhorn Road, Middletown, was cited for harassment following an incident at 7:12 p.m. Aug. 9 at his residence.
Police said Wagner was screaming and yelling at his wife during which time he used his body to push away from her during an argument at their residence.
She was not injured.

Drug paraphernalia charge

Sheila M. Lewis, 46, of the 20 block of South 4th Street, Steelton, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police reported.
Police said items classified as drug paraphernalia were found in a room at the Congress Inn the accused had rented on Aug. 9.
Police said they were dispatched to the South Eisenhower Boulevard inn to investigate a possible overdose. They spoke with Lewis and saw the drug paraphernalia in her room.
Lewis was transported to an area health facility by emergency medical services. No report of the outcome was reported.
The accused is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charge on Sept. 22 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:10

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 8/17/2016

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.

Handgun, cash, chargers,
wallets stolen from cars

Police are investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles in the township.
Items ranging from a semiautomatic handgun to phone chargers were taken from vehicles on Aug 2 and Aug. 3.
Investigators said they have been told five to seven African-American males and females were seen walking in the areas where the incidents reportedly occurred. Police are asking anyone with any information about the incidents to contact them at 717-939-0463.


A resident of the 30 block of Nissley Street told police a Kahr .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol was stolen from his 2000 Jeep some time on Aug. 3. The silver-finished weapon was in the vehicle’s glovebox, police said. The gun, valued at $320, was entered into a national registry of stolen weapons, police said.
The victim said he typically locks his vehicle but said he has had problems with one of the door locks sticking.
Police added that numerous other items in the vehicle including chargers for cellphones were undisturbed.
In another case, a resident of a home in the 800 block of Evergreen Drive told police two chargers for an iPhone and $10 in loose change were stolen from her vehicle sometime on Aug. 2.
The theft took place while the vehicle was in a driveway at the victim’s residence. It is unknown whether the vehicle was locked at the time of the theft. There was no sign of forced entry, police added.
The chargers were valued at $65.
In another incident, two wallets, cash, reward cards and a Pennsylvania driver’s license were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 20 block of Richard Avenue on Aug. 2.
Police said they are unsure if the 2005 Ford Escape was locked at the time of the theft. The Coach and Aeropostle wallets were valued at $90. Also reported stolen was $20 in cash and several rewards cards.

DUI charges

Kelly J. Shellenberger, 45, of the Woodbyne building, Village of Pineford, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, DUI-high rate of alcohol and driving without rear lights turned on, police report.
Police said the accused was driving a 2012 Nissan Versa that was stopped at 2:24 a.m. June 26 on South Eisenhower Boulevard at Route 283. The vehicle’s tail/brake light was not working at the time, police said.
Shellenberger had an odor of alcohol odor on her breath and failed coordination tests, police said. Blood was drawn after Shellenberger was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Results of an analysis of the blood were not reported by police.
The accused is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges Sept. 1 before District Justice Michael Smith.
Timothy A. Tatem, 27, of the 100 block of Second Street, Highspire, was arrested on June 18 and subsequently charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license (DUI-related case), disregard lane of traffic and restriction on alcoholic beverages, police report.
According to police Tatem was driving a 2004 Kia Spectra that was seen swerving on the road. A traffic stop took place at 1:55 a.m. on South Eisenhower Boulevard at the Pennsylvania Turnpike, police reported.
The arresting officer said he smelled an odor of marijuana and found marijuana in the accused’s vehicle.
Tatem was charged after being taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges Sept. 1 before District Justice Michael Smith.
Garrett J. Stallone, 22, of Lewisburg, Virginia, has been charged with DUI after being found in a parking lot of a convenience store in the 1000 block of Fulling Mill Road at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 2, police report.
The arresting officer said police were told Stallone was unconscious behind the steering wheel of a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus while the vehicle’s engine was running. In their attempt to identify the accused, police found a bloody syringe in the center console of his vehicle. Police said emergency medical personnel gave Stallone the anti-opate drug Narcan as he was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment.
The arresting officer said police secured a warrant so that blood could be drawn from Stallone and screened for intoxicants.
Stallone subsequently was discharged from the medical center and taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center where he was charged and arraigned on Aug. 3 before District Justice Michael Smith. Stallone was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Public drunkenness citation

Laura A. Torres Medina, 25, of the 600 block of North Spring Street, Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for public drunkenness following an incident at 1:14 a.m. June 26 at her residence, police report.
Police said Torres Medina was sitting on a curb outside of an apartment complex on North Spring Street and was unable to find her apartment. She was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center and subsequently released, police said.

False ID charge

Marilu Saldana Figueroa, 25, of the 1000 block of Market Street, Harrisburg, has been charged with giving a false ID to law enforcement officer, public drunkenness and violating an open containers law, police report.
The case was filed following an investigation a report of several individuals drinking in a parlking lot of a business in the 500 block of Fulling Mill Road at 10:40 p.m. July 26.
The accused was arraigned on July 27 before District Justice Michael Smith and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 7 before Smith.

Charged after crash

Michael G. Breinich, 72, of the 1000 block of Woodridge Drive, Middletown, has been charged following his involvement in a two-vehicle crash on Aug. 2 at 6:50 p.m. in the 2000 block of Spring Garden Drive, police report.
Charges of DUI and disregard lane of traffic have been filed against Berinich, police said.
According to police the accused was driving a 2001 Toyota Avalon that drifted in the lane of travel of a 2014 Audi Q5 and struck that vehicle on the driver’s side. Reportedly no one in either vehicle was injured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Police said Breinich was unsteady on his feet and officers had emergency medical services evaluate him at the scene.
The investigating officer said the accused refused to provide police with a breath sample to be tested with a portable Breathalyzer and would not permit blood to be drawn to screen for the presence of intoxicants.
Breinich is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 15 before District Justice Michael Smith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:45

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Man arrested after police said he touched pre-teens at pool

A convicted rapist from New York has been arrested and charged with lewd offenses for inappropriately touching pre-teen girls at the Middletown Swimming Pool.ClaytonJohnson WEBJohnson

Borough police responded to a call from the pool just before 3:30 p.m. July 27 that Clayton Thomas Johnson, 41, was in the pool yard taking off his clothes and inappropriately touching the girls.

The criminal complaint said Johnson was touching pre-teen female children about their heads, shoulders and legs, and that pool personnel warned him the behavior was inappropriate. He was ejected from the pool and argued with staff. A pool manager also said that Johnson was “either enticing or talking about giving the children champagne.”

Police could not say how many girls Johnson had touched, but that the pool staff acted quickly in calling police. Police said Johnson had been seen rubbing the shoulders of one girl, and that he had touched the leg of a female lifeguard.

Police said Johnson had several layers of clothes on, so he never was fully undressed when he was taking off clothes at the pool.

Officers had been alerted to Johnson the day before, when an officer witnessed Johnson acting suspiciously while in the parking lot of the 7-11 store on East Main Street at about 8:45 a.m. July 26.

A clerk told the officer that Johnson had been hanging around the store all morning, staring into the windows and at one point allegedly masturbating in the parking lot, according to court records filed by police.

Police caught up with Johnson and confronted him in the area of Union and Spring streets. 

An investigation revealed Johnson had a 2005 conviction for third-degree rape from New York State and that he had failed to register as a sex offender with the Pennsylvania State Police. The next afternoon police got the call from the swimming pool.

Police said Johnson had earlier told them he had been in Middletown for four days and was staying with his brother in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Johnson was arraigned on July 27 before District Judge Steven Semic and charged with open lewdness, unlawful contact with a minor, failing to provide accurate registration information, and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 22 before District Judge David Judy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:32

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