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Police roundup: 2 arrested for drugs, residences burglarized in borough, bike stolen from home

The following is a compilation of major incidents handled by Middletown Borough Police for the week of Oct. 19-26. Some of the information also comes from criminal complaints obtained from the office of District Justice David Judy.

Police reported a total of 132 incidents for the week, most of a routine nature.

2 arrested on drug charges

A vehicle pulled over for a nonworking license plate light and tinted windows led to the arrest of two men on drug charges by Royalton police in the first block of Keystone Avenue shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Police were questioning the driver, William Kelley, 21, of the first block of Park Circle Road in Lancaster. A second man identified as Tyler Scott Fink, 20, of the 100 block of South Eighth Street in Columbia, jumped out of the back seat and began to run.

Police chased Fink and took him into custody by using a Taser, according to arrest papers. Royalton police were assisted at the scene by Middletown police.

Fink was carrying a back pack contained 2 pounds of marijuana and a black case containing three pieces of wax paper with “shatter,” a pure form of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Fink was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on Oct. 26 and charged with flight to avoid arrest; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. 

He was freed on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Nov. 14.

Kelley was arraigned before Smith and charged with no rear lights; conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to deliver, criminal attempt to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver, and DUI. He was freed on $25,000 bail and a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 14 before Judy.

Residential burglaries

Three residential burglaries were reported to police during the week. All of the break-ins remain under investigation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, a borough police officer reported a residential burglary in the 1000 block of Vine Street. On Monday, Oct. 24, police received a report of a house break-in in the 300 block of East High Street. Also on Monday, Oct. 24, police were dispatched to a reported residential burglary in the 700 block of Adelia Street.

Domestic dispute arrest

Police charged Michael Mishinski, 26, with simple assault after Mishinski allegedly struck a woman during an argument over money at a residence in the 100 block of North Spring Street on between 7 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Mishinski was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith and placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 14 before Judy.

Bicycle stolen 

A mountain bicycle was reported stolen Oct. 23 or Oct. 24 from the rear of a residence in the 3000 block of Pineford Drive. It was last seen by the owner around 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

Fight reported

Police at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, responded to a report of a fight in the 100 block of Mill Street. However, the parties were gone upon the arrival of police and no arrests were made.

Theft at Turkey Hill

A theft from the Turkey Hill store in the 100 block of East Main Street was reported at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Police are investigating.

Aggravated assault

Police charged Timothy S. Dickson, 49, of the 100 block of Ann Street, with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person following an incident in which Dickson allegedly repeatedly struck a woman in his residence between 7 and 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. 

Dickson waived a preliminary hearing on Oct. 31 and is to be arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County Court on Jan. 6. He was released after posting $5,000 unsecured bail.

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Trucker facing charges in crash that killed two

A North Carolina tractor-trailer truck driver is to face homicide by vehicle charges in Lebanon County Court for allegedly causing an accident on Nov. 20, 2015 that killed two people from Middletown.

Andre Demorris Kennedy, 40, on Oct. 27 waived his preliminary hearing on the charges before Lebanon County District Judge John W. Ditzler. Kennedy is free on $50,000 bail, according to court records.

According to police reports Kennedy, of High Point, North Carolina, was driving a 2007 Freightliner that ran into a 2015 Toyota Camry being driven by Ralph V. Chevalier, 50; and Dawn M. Bortner, 45, in the westbound lane of Interstate 78 in Union Township.
Chevalier and Bortner were killed in the crash.

Kennedy is charged with two felony counts each of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle; two counts each of involuntary manslaughter and simple assault, and also recklessly endangering another person, speeding, careless driving, and reckless driving.

— Dan Miller

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Middletown man arrested, suspected of robbing the same Turkey Hill twice

A Middletown man was arrested following an Oct. 24 early morning robbery at the Turkey Hill store at 6300 Derry Street, Swatara Township. 

Police charged Jonathan Paul Cobaugh, 30, with robbery threat, immediate serious injury for the holdup, as well as the same charge for a second holdup three nights earlier at the same Turkey Hill.

Cobaugh entered the store at 1:51 a.m. Oct. 24, confronted the store manager with a knife and left with the money from the cash register, according to the affidavit of probable cause. 

James Romeo, store manager, then followed him to North 64th Street and helped police identify him, the affidavit states.

Cobaugh was caught in front of Rutherford Elementary School carrying $139 cash, according to the affidavit. Police said Cobaugh was missing a shoe at the time, which was located in the area where Romeo had last seen Cobaugh. 

Romeo told police Cobaugh appeared to be the same person who held up the store at 1:43 a.m. Oct. 21. 

Surveillance video confirmed that a man matching Cobaugh’s description and wearing all black clothing and a mask both times brandished a knife during the robberies, the affidavit reports. The store personnel reported $300 was taken in the Oct. 21 holdup.

Cobaugh is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail in Dauphin County Prison. 

In addition to these incidents in Dauphin County, Cobaugh faces two counts of theft of services and one count of public drunkenness related to a Feb. 23, 2015, incident that occurred in Hampden Township, Cumberland Count

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19-year-old caught entering unlocked vehicle, confesses to Lower Swatara car break-ins

Lower Swatara Township police say they caught a 19-year-old man entering an unlocked car at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the 500 block of Mountainview Road in the Rosedale complex.

Detective Ryan Gartland worked a detail that night to snare a thief who had been entering cars late at night. He caught the man in a resident’s car wearing gloves, carrying three charging cords, a paracord bracelet, a black iPod Nano, iPhone 6 and a case for glasses. He was also carrying $23 cash and $1.03 in Canadian coins.

Gartland reported that the man confessed to several thefts in Lower Swatara Township and Highspire borough.

Police said the teen suspect from Harrisburg was sent to Dauphin County Prison on outstanding warrants. 

“It’s an ongoing case because we are trying to see how many thefts he will be charged for,” said Detective Robert Appleby. 

“We have had other thefts reported since he was caught,” Appleby said. Police verified that he was still incarcerated during the time of these thefts.

Appleby said he cannot remember the last time someone broke a window or forced his way into a car. 

“They literally walk up and down streets trying door handles,” he said. 

In recent reports, Appleby said thieves have taken cash, including coins, and less traceable items while sometimes leaving phones behind. 

“Drug addicts looking for a quick fix” are often responsible for these thefts, Appleby said. 

Residents should be careful to lock their vehicles at night and are encouraged to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, Appleby said.

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Woman pleads guilty to 76 charges of taking $529,000

A Middletown woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $529,000 over seven years to support her addiction to gambling.

Diane Fabian, 66, obtained the money by creating refund checks that were to be paid to clients of the insurance agency where Fabian worked, according to court records that were filed by Lower Paxton Township police who arrested Fabian in March.

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