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Middletown Police News - 9/3/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Middletown Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent 

unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Notice of sex offender registry

Police report they received the following notices from the Pennsylvania State Police in reference to Megan’s Law notifications: Craig M. Jordan, 56, who was convicted of incest, has listed a primary residence in the first block of Mill St.; Derick C. Pennington, 30, who was convicted of aggravated indecent assault, has listed a primary residence in the 200 block of Scott Ave.; and Jeremy M. Hetrick, 42, who was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, has listed a primary residence in the 400 block of S. Lawrence St.

 

Hit and run crash

A Middletown resident’s vehicle was struck while it was parked at a business in the 400 block of E. Main St. on Aug. 24, police report.

One door on the vehicle was caved in, police said. No damage estimate was reported.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-558-6900. Information may also be given anonymously at www.pressandjournal.com.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:04

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police - 8/27/14

 

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.

 

DUI charge

Melissa H. Billy, 34, of the first block of Davis Dr., Middletown, was charged with DUI, DUI-controlled substance (four counts), DUI-highest rate of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and disregarding lanes of traffic, police report.

 

The charges were filed following Billy’s arrest at 1:05 a.m. on July 27 at Fulling Mill Road and Airport Drive after her 2003 Saturn L200 was traveling erratically, police said.

 

Marijuana was found in her vehicle, police said. Alcohol was found in a breath sample taken from Billy that was analyzed with a portable breathalyzer, police said.

 

Following sobriety tests, Billy was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to determine the possible presence of intoxicants, police said. Results of the tests were not reported.

 

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept.15 before District Judge Michael Smith.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:21

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Middletown Police News - 8/27/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Middletown Police Department. 

Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Assault charges

Jared M. Walter, 29, of the 300 block of Hoffer St., Middletown, was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault after a Harrisburg man was beaten around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9, police report.

 

The 35-year-old victim told police he had fallen asleep in his ex-girlfriend’s residence but was awakened after being struck in the face. Police said the victim claimed he had passed out after being struck, and regained consciousness to discover he was laying on a sidewalk on Hoffer Street.

 

Police said they were notified about the victim by Penn State Hershey Medical Center while he was undergoing treatment for multiple fractures to the left side of his face at the hospital. Officers interviewed the victim at the hospital.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:15

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Police charge man with daytime burglaries

Middletown police arrested a man on Tuesday, Aug. 19 in connection with three home burglaries that were allegedly committed in broad daylight in the eastern end of town. goodheckphoto8 27 14Eric Heck

Acting Chief Sgt. James Bennett said that Eric Heck, 30, no address given, may also have been involved in other home break-ins in the borough that have not been solved or even reported yet.

According to court documents filed by police, Heck allegedly stole rings and a set of military dog tags from a residence in the first block of North Race Street. He also allegedly stole Army citations and medals and other items from a second residence in the first block of Adelia Street.

Police say that Heck smashed the window of a third residence in the 500 block of Linden Street, but it is not known if anything was taken from that house.

Bennett said that Heck was not from Middletown and was not previously known to police here. After arresting Heck, police learned that he was wanted by state police for escaping from a corrections facility in Harrisburg. Bennett said Heck may be from Perry County, although the chief said he’s not sure of that.

In what sounds like a textbook example of neighbors being the eyes and ears of police, officers said they were alerted to the burglaries just before noon Tuesday by an onlooker who reported a man acting suspiciously.

Two Middletown officers – joined by a police officer from Lower Swatara Twp. who was in the area and heard the call – confronted Heck as he came around the side of the Linden Street home carrying a yellow bag, police said.

Heck dropped the bag and ran, jumping a fence and heading toward Emaus Street, according to the court documents. Upon seeing the officer from Lower Swatara cutting him off from the south, Heck doubled back toward Linden.

The chase continued back across Emaus and over the railroad tracks heading into the park, where Heck was tackled by the Lower Swatara officer. It took that officer, a Middletown officer, an officer from Royalton police and a dose of pepper spray to bring Heck under control and handcuff him, police said.

In the course of the fracas, the Lower Swatara officer and the Middletown officer both suffered minor injuries.

Heck was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and released.

Police have charged Heck with three felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of criminal trespass, two felony counts of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count each of escape, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Heck was arraigned and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 29 before District Judge David Judy.

Bennett said police are still investigating why Heck allegedly stole the items and what he planned to do with them. According to the court documents, Heck had taken a “large” amount of pills and didn’t even know where he was when he woke up on Tuesday morning.

Bennett said the daytime burglaries are a reminder that all Middletown residents should be vigilant when it comes to protecting their homes and possessions.


The chief advised all residents to lock all their doors and windows, and to lock the doors of their vehicles. Residents should take any other prudent precautions to deny entry to a burglar, such as putting their lights on a timer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:34

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Rapper charged for Facebook video

A Hummelstown man was arrested after he posted a rap video on Facebook that threatened to shoot another man at the Fuzzy Few Carnival in Schaffner Park, borough police said.

Laron Darnell Wilson Jr., 21, of the 200 block of N. Duke St., was arrested on Friday, Aug. 8 after police received calls from Facebook users who reported the video, said Chief Charles Dowell.

“Basically, it was a rap made by [Wilson] claiming he had a gun and was going to go to the carnival and commit a crime,” Dowell said. “He didn’t say why in the video.”

No weapon was found on carnival grounds, and there was no threat to the public at any time, police said.

Wilson was charged with terrorist threats and making false identification to law enforcement officials. He was arraigned before District Judge Dominic Pelino and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, Aug. 27 before Pelino.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:42

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