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Man sentenced for stealing jewelry from his neighbor to buy heroin

A Middletown man who pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry from his neighbor to buy heroin has been sentenced to four to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison.AnthonyMichaelValleAnthony Michael Valle

According to borough police reports, Anthony Michael Valle, 25, of the first block of North Pine Street, stole at least $7,000 worth of jewelry from a woman next door who had n Valle a key to her residence so he could let her dog out while she was away. The thefts occurred between June 20 and July 9. Police verified that Valle sold some of the jewelry at two pawn shops in Harrisburg.

Valle on Oct. 11 pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and was sentenced to county prison by Judge Richard A. Lewis. He was also sentenced to five years’ probation, to be served after Valle is released from prison, after pleading guilty to criminal trespass/breaking into a structure.

Valle will be eligible for work release while in the county prison. The sentence also calls for Valle to pay $8,758 in restitution to the victim.

— Dan Miller

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:08

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Someone tried to buy a $4,300 mattress with a fire department Visa credit card

Data from a credit card issued to the Lower Swatara Township Fire Department was used to attempt to fraudulently purchase a several thousand dollar mattress, police report.

Lower Swatara Township police investigators were notified by fire department officials that an attempt was made to purchase a Tempur-pedic mattress Sept. 16 and have it delivered to an address in Philadelphia. The mattress had a pricetag of $4,344.94.

Police said a letter was sent to the fire department thanking it for purchasing the mattress via a Visa credit card.

Investigators reported the credit card’s bank was able to stop payment on the purchase and therefore cancel the entire transaction. Police added the attempted fraud was turned over to the mattress company’s fraud department for further investigation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:52

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Police and courts roundup: Shots fired, scam

The following items are based on a log of incidents reported by Middletown Police Department for the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 5. Police reported a total of 73 incidents for the week, most of a routine nature.

Home improvement scam

A homeowner in the first block of Caravan Court might have been bilked out of $700 as a result of a home improvement scam, police say.

On Oct. 4 the victim contacted a home improvement company that had left a flier on the victim’s door. The victim called the company, entered into a contract for home improvement work, and paid a company representative $700 to start the job.

Police say the check was cashed the next day but no work was ever started. A phone number listed for the company in Dover was disconnected. An investigation continues, police said.

Piggy bank stolen

A piggy bank containing about $700 was reported stolen from a residence  of the Dogwood Building in the Village of Pineford. The break-in was reported to police on Oct. 3 and is being investigated.

Shots fired

Police shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, responded to a report of four to five gunshots being fired in rapid succession in the area of the Redwood Building in the Village of Pineford. Police checked the area but found nothing to substantiate the report.

From the Lower Swatara Police Department:

Public drunkenness citation

James P. Kamau, 43, of the 30 block of N. 13th St., Harrisburg, has been cited for public drunkenness, police report.

The case stems from an Kamau’s actions at the Congress Inn, 1000 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard, on Sept. 25. Police said the accused was creating a disturbance outside of the inn’s main office of the business. The arresting officer said Kamau’s actions prompted police to investigate the possibility he was under the influence of intoxicants.

Kamau was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was processed and released.

From the office of District Judge David Judy:

Domestic assault

A Middletown man is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly striking his girlfriend during two incidents on the same day on Sunday, Oct. 2, once as the victim was attending to the couple’s 1 1/2-year-old child, police said.

The victim sustained injuries to her nose and above her left eye socket, police said. The alleged assailant, Tarek Hassan Elfawal, was treated at Harrisburg Hospital for a half-inch cut on his forehead, police said.

Elfawal, 34, of the 200 block of West Main Street, was arraigned before District Judge Paul T. Zozos on Oct. 2 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and DUI.

He was released from Dauphin County Prison after posting $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 31 before District Judge David Judy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:31

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New police officer comes on board

NewCopPress And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Adam Tankersly takes the oath of office from Mayor James H. Curry III to become Middletown's newest police officer during borough council's Oct. 4 meeting. The addition of Tankersly, who is part-time, brings to full authorized strength the Middletown Police Department with 11 full-time officers and six part-time officers. Right of Tankersly is Middletown Police Sgt. Richard Hiester; seated at far right is Middletown Finance Director Bruce Hamer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:23

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 9/28/16

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.

Drug-related charges

Shawn P. Glennon, 27, of the 100 block of A Lane, Harrisburg, has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police report.

The charges were filed following an incident at 4:21 p.m. Aug. 30 at his home, when police were assisting service of a warrant to him by Steelton Police. 

Glennon was questioned by police after they smelled an odor of burnt marijuana in the home after which he admitted to having smoked marijuana, the arrest reported noted. Police said a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.

Glennon is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 12 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Teenagers cited for 

underage drinking

Citations were issued to seven teenagers following police officers’ breaking up a party at a home in the first block of Heatherland Road at 12:49 a.m. Sept. 5.

Cited were Kaylee H. Berstler, 18, of the first block of Heatherland Road, Middletown, a 17-year-old township resident, four 16-year-old township residents and a 15-year-old township resident, police said.

Thefts from vehicles, car damaged

Five vehicles were targeted by thieves between Sept. 12 and 17. In all but one of the incidents, the vehicles were unlocked at the time.

On Sept. 17, a white gold ring valued at $25 and $10 in change were stolen from a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the 90 block of Hanover Street. The SUV was unlocked at the time of the theft.

Also, on Sept. 17, a pair of sunglasses valued at $25 and $10 in change were taken out of an unlocked 2006 Chevrolet 1500 truck. The vehicle was parked in the 1000 block of Market Street Extended.

Two vehicles parked in the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue were ransacked and $16 in change was reported stolen. Police said a 2008 Ford Explorer was parked in front of a residence while a 2005 Buick Terraza was in a residence’s driveway at at the time. It was unknown whether either vehicle was locked at the time of the theft.

The owner of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice told police someone damaged his car’s radio and ash tray sometime between Sept. 12 and 15.

Police said the car was parked at a home in the 200 block of Oberlin Road at the time of the incident. The victim said the knobs on the radio were broken off.

Police are asking anyone with information about any of the cases to contact them at 717-939-0463.

False info to police

Ryan P. Myers, 34, of the 100 block of Liberty Park, South Fork, Pennsylvania, was arrested and subsequently charged with giving a false identification to a police officer, court records note.

According to police, Myers was a passenger in a car that was stopped because of a faulty headlight on Sept. 17 in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard. Myers reportedly told police his last name was Clouser but police were unable to verify the ID. The accused subsequently admitted his real name after which police also discovered a warrant for a parole violation had been issued against him.

Myers was arraigned on Sept. 18 before District Justice Lowell Witmer at the Dauphin County Judicial Center. The accused was sent to Dauphin County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bail.

The accused is scheduled to be present before District Justice Michael Smith on Oct. 5 for a preliminary hearing on the charge.

Package stolen

A township resident told police a set of new battery jumper cables was stolen from his home in the 1000 block of North Union Street.

The resident told police that the cables were purchased through the Home Shopping Network and were to have been delivered by UPS but were stolen sometime on Sept. 15. Police said the victim received verification from UPS that the cables were delivered. Reportedly the Home Shopping Network will replace the stolen cables. The value of the cables was not reported. 

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

$150 stolen

Police said a township resident was a victim of fraud that may have cost her $150.

Investigators said the victim had made provisions to send $150 to an individual who claimed he represented Star Search Talent — an internet-based company. 

The victim reportedly had contacted the company seeking employment and was told that a background check was necessary to process her application for employment. The cost of the background check was $150, was processed via Western Union even though representatives from Western Union had expressed concerns about the transaction, police noted.

Police were called by the victim on Sept. 13, several weeks after she had received no word from the individual or Star Search. Investigators said the victim told them Western Union said the check had not been sent because the company the money was being sent to was a personal account and not a company account. The police report was unclear as to whether the victim’s money had been returned.

DUI charges

Makhan M. Zwally, 26, of the 100 block of West Emaus Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, reckless driving, disregard lane of traffic and speeding, police report.

According to the arresting officer, Zwally was stopped for driving a 2013 Nissan Altima at a high rate of speed and then spun out of control when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road on state Route 283 east at North Union Street at 2 a.m. Sept. 11.

Zwally spoke with slurred speech and alcohol was found in a breath sample analyzed with a portable Breathalyzer, police noted. His performance of field coordination tasks prompted officer to take him into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Zwally refused to provide a blood sample to be tested for the possible presence of intoxicants, police said. He is to be present at a preliminary hearing on the charges on Oct. 27 before District Justice Smith.

Also, Gerald E. Jivens, 44, of the 10 block of North Union Street, Middletown, has been charged with DUI, failure to have insurance, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and open containers, police said.

The charges were filed following Jivens’ arrest at 12:52 a.m. Sept. 9 after a traffic stop in the 100 block of Richardson Road, police noted.

According to police, he was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 and attracted the attention of the arresting officer after its driver attempted to back into a parking space several times. A background check showed the car’s registration had been canceled due to lack of insurance, police said.

Jivens spoke with slurred speech and admitted to police that his driver’s license had been suspended, police reported. The arresting officer also said there was an open container of beer in the vehicle.

Jivens performed several field coordination tests after which he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Police said the accused refused to provide a blood sample to be tested for the possible presence of intoxicants. 

The accused is to be present at a preliminary hearing on the charges on Oct. 12 before District Justice Smith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:20

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