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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.


— Dan Miller

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.

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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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Middletown man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run

A Middletown man pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run accident that led to the death of a woman in Palmyra in October 2015.CollinsChadRweb

Chad Ryan Collins, 30, of the 100 block of Witherspoon Avenue, on July 19 pleaded guilty in Lebanon County Court to accidents involving death or personal injury, tampering with/fabricating physical evidence, faulting to stop and give information or render aid, and failing to notify police of accident/injury or death, according to court records. Collins had been scheduled to go on trial on Aug. 1. Instead, his sentencing is for Sept. 28 before Judge Charles T. Jones Jr.

The victim, Lisa Thomas, 52, was struck while she was walking near her residence in the 400 block of East Cherry Street in Palmyra on Oct. 21, 2015, according to court records filed by Palmyra Borough police. 

Thomas was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where she died on Oct. 30. 

The car that struck her was a black Audi sedan. Police used social media and video from the scene to find Collins. Several photographs of a black Audi sedan had been posted by Collins on his Facebook page. 

In addition, an acquaintance of Collins contacted police after a video of the black sedan taken by a camera in a police officer's patrol car was released to the media.

Police found Collins' Audi on Nov. 5, 2015, covered by a tarp and parked in the lot of a church in North Londonderry Township. 

A search found that the exterior of the car had been wiped down and the windshield had been removed and placed in a cardboard box in the trunk, according to court records.

Dried blood was found on the windshield, on the windshield frame, in the front driver's side wheel well, on the windshield wiper blades, and on glass fragments from the wiper cowl area of the car.

Collins since Jan. 26, 2016, has been in Lancaster County Prison, where he is being held on unrelated charges.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:20

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