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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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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News: 12/21/2016

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.


Woman ignores store alarm, gets $50,000 bail

Police report a Middletown resident was placed in Dauphin County Prison after being charged with retail theft and failing to post a $50,000 cash bail.

Police allege that Ashley Morrison, 30, of the first block of Dogwood, Village of Pineford, stole numerous bottles of lotions and body wash worth $69 from a CVS store in the 1000 block of West Harrisburg Pike on Dec. 6.

Morrison left the store even though an alarm sounded. She drove from the area, after which the store’s manager contacted police. Police used video surveillance to track her vehicle and subsequently arrested her Dec. 11.

Morrison was arraigned in night court Dec. 11. District Judge Michael Smith set the $50,000 cash bail, and Morrison was placed in county prison.

She is scheduled to appear before Smith on Dec. 21 for a hearing on the charge.

Vehicle crashed, burned, driver charged with DUI

Hannah Kassi, 21, of the 500 block Valley Block Drive, Silver Springs, Maryland, has been charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and disregarding a lane of traffic.

Investigators said Kassi’s 2013 Nissan Rogue went off the road at 12:22 a.m. Nov. 22 in the 1400 block of Oberlin Road, struck an embankment, went airborne, struck a tree and burst into flames. Kassi managed to escape from her vehicle without suffered serious injuries. The vehicle was heavily damaged.

Kassi was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. A blood sample was drawn to be tested for presence of intoxicants after police smelled an odor of alcohol on Kassi’s breath. Results were not reported.

A preliminary hearing on the charges has yet to be scheduled.

Teenagers charged DUI, pot possession

Police report allegations of drunken driving and drug possession were filed against two area teenagers.

The case developed when police questioned two 17-year-olds who were in a vehicle parked at the dead end of Fulling Mill Road at 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

Police said they smelled an odor of marijuana. Officers gave coordination tests to the driver, a Londonderry Township resident. Based on the teen’s actions in the tests, he was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood was drawn to test for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

The second teenager, a resident of Hummelstown, was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was also taken to the county’s judicial center, where allegations of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were filed.

DUI charges filed after crash on Oberlin Road

Andrew Cibellis, 24, of the 200 block of Red Fox Lane, Harrisburg, has been charged with DUI, two counts of DUI-controlled substances and DUI-high rate of alcohol, police report.

The charges were filed after the crash at 3:34 a.m. Nov. 27 in the 600 block of Oberlin Road.

According to police, Cibellis was driving a 2004 Saturn Vue that struck an embankment and overturned. He told police a deer ran into the path of his vehicle and he had to swerve.
Police said they smelled an odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

Cibellis was taken to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries, police said. A blood sample was drawn and tested for the presence of intoxicants, police noted. Results of the tests were not reported.

The accused is scheduled to be present for a preliminary hearing on the charges Jan. 19 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:47

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Police: Apartment complex manager changed locks, then stole items

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An apartment complex property manager has been charged with burglary and theft following an incident at the complex in the 1000 block of North Spring Street on Dec. 7, according to Lower Swatara police.

Karisha Seidel, 30, of the 80 block of South Main Street, Dover, Pennsylvania, has been charged on allegations she stole several handbags, an array of makeup and pairs of shoes from an apartment, police reported. In addition, investigators allege Seidel also changed the locks to the apartment without the renters’ knowledge, thereby preventing them from entering the residence.

Police said the renters enlisted the aid of a maintenance worker when they were unable to get into their apartment. The renters gained access to their residence, noted that numerous items were missing and subsequently contacted police. Investigators reportedly found the alleged stolen items in the back seat of Seidel’s car, confronted her and placed her into custody.

Seidel was arraigned before District Judge Steven Semic on Dec. 7 during which time unsecured bail of $10,000 was set.

Police added the items taken from the apartment were returned to the victims.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:19

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Three home burglaries reported on Foxianna Road

State police are investigating three recent home burglaries on Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township.

The three burglaries – in the 2100 block, 1700 block and 2400 block of Foxianna – were reported from Thursday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 28, said Tpr. Robert Hicks, a spokesman for the state police.

"We don't know if these burglaries are related, but we are investigating that possibility," he said.

"We ask that people be vigilant and take note and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area," Hicks said. "People should never leave their homes or cars unlocked."foxiannard


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:07

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Tractor-trailer overturns on Vine Street, driver receives minor injuries

A tractor-trailer hauling water overturned on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Wednesday morning, June 24.

The 1998 Mack truck overturned onto its passenger side as the driver tried to turn left onto Vine Street from the Interstate 283 East ramp at about 8:30 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver, identified by police as Jesse A. Saulnier, 39, of Dover, received minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. Saulnier was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, police said.

No other vehicles were involved. The tractor-trailer was hauling water, which spilled onto the roadway just outside Rutter's. The right lane of Vine Street heading toward Hummelstown was closed for about an hour until workers could set the tractor-trailer upright and tow it away.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:57

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