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Man charged with lewdness at Middletown pool this summer gets arrested once again

A man who was arrested in July 2016 for molesting girls at the Middletown Swimming Pool is again in trouble with borough police.

Police arrested Clayton Thomas Johnson, 41, of the 200 block of South Union Street, on Dec. 28; this time for allegedly masturbating outside a laundromat near Wood Street and Witherspoon Avenue just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

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Johnson was arraigned before District Judge David Judy and charged with open lewdness, disorderly conduct, and failing to register as a registered sex offender. He remains in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail, and a hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 26.

Johnson has also been charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness by the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 28. Johnson was arraigned on the county charges by District Judge Kenneth Lenker, who set bail at $50,000. A preliminary hearing on these charges is set for Jan. 5 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Johnson on Dec. 22 had been sentenced to 11 months of probation by Dauphin County Judge John Cherry after pleading guilty to indecent exposure stemming from the July 2016 incident at the borough pool. 

Johnson had just gotten out of the county prison on Dec. 23, according to the criminal complaint that borough police filed regarding the Dec. 27 charges.

Johnson in 2005 was convicted of third-degree rape in New York State, according to an investigation completed by Pennsylvania State Police when Johnson was charged with the incident in the borough in 2016. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:24

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Hearing set for Feb. 9 in case of forced prostitution of local woman

A preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy has been set for Feb. 9 in the case of Rachel Shearer, the 21-year-old woman from Lackawanna County who is accused of kidnapping a woman from Londonderry Township who was then allegedly forced into prostitution.Shearer RachelShearer

Shearer, of Old Forge, has been in Dauphin County Prison since being arrested on Oct. 27 by Pennsylvania State Police. Her bail is set at $200,000.

According to state police records, Shearer led the 20-year-old victim into believing she was going to Myrtle Beach in late May for a weekend vacation. Instead, Shearer took the victim to a "dope house" in Knoxville, Tenn., and then to a hotel in Myrtle Beach, where Shearer and a man forced the woman into prostitution.

After three weeks the victim was able to escape by fleeing from a vehicle driven by Shearer at a gas station off Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County.

Shearer is charged with kidnapping to facilitate a felony, conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom, conspiracy to commit kidnapping to facilitate a felony, two counts of conspiracy of involuntary servitude, two counts of conspiracy to promote prostitution, and one count each of human trafficking, conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/involuntary servitude.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:57

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Two charged with raping PSU student at Pineford

Middletown police have charged two men with raping a 17-year-old female Penn State Harrisburg student during a party in the borough in October.

The victim is a student from China, according to the criminal complaint filed by borough police with District Judge David Judy.

The alleged assault occurred during a party in the Village of Pineford on Oct. 9.  The victim reported the alleged assault to Penn State Harrisburg police, who referred the case to Middletown police because the incident occurred in the borough, police said.

Police on Dec. 14 charged Yiwen Jing, 19, of the Woodcrest Building in Pineford, with rape of an unconscious victim, conspiracy to rape an unconscious victim, conspiracy to commit indecent deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious victim, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of an unconscious victim, and corruption of minors.

Jing is a student at Penn State Harrisburg, police said. He was freed after posting $25,000 bail.

Police on Dec. 14 also charged Kevin Tsai, 19, who has the same address as Jing. Tsai is charged with rape of an unconscious victim, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious or unaware victim, conspiracy to rape an unconscious victim, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of an unconscious victim, corruption of minors, and conspiracy to commit indecent assault of an unconscious person.

Tsai is a student at Penn State York, police said. Tsai was also freed after posting $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing for both Jing and Tsai is set for Jan. 5 before Judy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:48

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 12/28/2016

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.


Man stole couple’s car that he said he would fix

A Lower Swatara Township couple said their car was stolen by a man who although he claimed he would fix it, never returned it to them.

Police said a man approached the couple after they had parked their 2010 Hyundai Elantra at their residence in the 200 block of Fiddlers Elbow Road on Dec. 15, claimed their car had an oil leak and offered to repair it. The suspect’s proposition had one stipulation — that the couple were to give the suspect the car’s keys, police noted. The couple did just that, and that was the last time they saw their vehicle, police said.

After failing to have their car returned, the couple contacted police Dec. 18 to report the incident.

Investigators said they have yet to make any meaningful progress in the theft.

The victims told police the suspect was a black man wearing a black hoodie and black pants, had short hair and was 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall.

The couple’s gray car, valued at $5,000, had Pennsylvania registration plate KBT 9642.
Police have entered the vehicle in a national registry of stolen vehicles. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717 939-0463.

2 televisions and other electronics stolen

Police said loss was estimated at more than $3,700 in the burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Market Street Extended.

Investigators report several computers, two televisions and an array of accessories and electronic games were taken while the victims were at work Dec. 16. Police said the theft took place between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reportedly no sign of forced entry to the home was found. Police said the couple believes their home’s doors were locked at the time of the theft, noting they had to use keys to enter one of the main doors.

Among items stolen were Dell and HP laptop computers, an iPad, an iPhone 6, two Xbox computer systems, a Sony Blu-ray player, and two Samsung televisions (42 and 60 inches).

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Charges filed in
Dec. 12 hit-and-run

Frank L. Hadley Jr., 36, of the 5000 block of Lancaster Street, Harrisburg, has been charged with careless driving, accident involving damage to attended vehicles, failure to stop and render aid and failure to stop at a red signal, police report.

The charges were followed after police arrested Hadley for driving a vehicle that struck two cars and left the scene of the crash on Dec. 12, reports note.

According to police, the accused was driving a late model Hyundai Sonata on South Eisenhower Boulevard at Fulling Mill Road that struck a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier and a 2010 Ford Focus. Witnesses told police Hadley left the scene of the crash but was subsequently arrested thanks to information provided to investigating officers.

Police said no injuries were suffered by the occupants of any of the vehicles. Reportedly minor damages were sustained by the cars.

After being placed into custody, Hadley was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was charged. He is to face a preliminary hearing on Jan. 19 before District Justice Michael Smith.

Hauling trailer reported stolen from business

A business owner in the 1000 block of West Harrisburg Pike told police a dual axle hauling trailer is missing and believed to have been stolen.

Police said the black 1998 Pequea trailer was discovered missing on Dec. 16.

The vehicle had Pennsylvania registration plate XV 129788 on it at the time, police said. The trailer was valued at $5,000.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:38

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For first time, Lower Swatara police use naloxone to stop drug overdose

Lower Swatara police started carrying naloxone kits earlier this year to help prevent drug overdose deaths.

In October, it saved a life for the first time in the township.

At about 9 p.m. Oct. 30, a Lower Swatara resident said the girlfriend of a household resident stopped by and went into the home’s bathroom to change her contact lenses.

Soon after she entered the bathroom, people in the home reported hearing a thud, according to the first police officer to reach the scene.

The residents checked on the woman and found her on the floor near the bathroom sink with a syringe by her left foot. One of them called 911, said Patrolman Jordan Thomas of Lower Swatara police, who was first to respond.Thomas JordanThomas

When Thomas arrived, he found the woman, in her late 20s, wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans on the floor. He said he did not see any track marks on her arm.

“I noticed the victim’s eyes were still open but had a glossed-over look to them,” Thomas said. “Once I noticed the glossed-over look in the victims eyes I prepared my naloxone kit and sprayed about 1 milligram in her right nostril.”

Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. More and more law enforcement agencies are carrying it for such situations.

The woman came around in about 90 seconds, said Frank Williamson Jr., the township’s director of public safety. After Thomas used the rescue medication, an ambulance and Police Sgt. Daniel Tingle arrived at the home, Williamson said. Emergency medical personnel took control of the care as Thomas processed the scene.

“(She) finally awoke from the heroin-induced coma and appeared very lethargic and groggy,” Thomas said. “(She) was forthcoming with any questions except for who provided her the heroin.”

While this was the first time Lower Swatara police saved a person since they began carrying naloxone, Thomas said he’s no stranger to overdose calls. “It seems to occur at least once a month in the township,” he said.

Lower Swatara police previously reported that Shane Feathers died July 24 from a suspected overdose. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick ruled Feathers death was accidental by acute fentanyl toxicity, an opioid overdose.

Former Middletown resident Deborah Palermo died Aug. 8, also ruled accidental, by multiple drug toxicity, Hetrick said.

Robert Appleby, Lower Swatara police detective, said that overdose incidents have been on the rise during the last few years, with 13 calls in 2016.

Williamson reported the save to Lower Swatara commissioners, who approved the use of naloxone in May for the police and all township employees, during their Nov. 2 meeting.

“I hope this person takes this second chance to get their life together,” said Jon G. Wilt, vice president of the board of commissioners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:28

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