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Antique necklace stolen; hotel disturbance: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 3/7/18

Police report an array of items including an antique gold necklace valued at $1,100 was stolen during a burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Brentwood Drive sometime between Feb. 18 and Feb. 20. …

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Antique necklace stolen; hotel disturbance: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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Police report an array of items including an antique gold necklace valued at $1,100 was stolen during a burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Brentwood Drive sometime between Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.

In addition to the necklace, $50 in coins and cash as well as a Techno Pavé watch and a second necklace were stolen. Investigators said all of the items were in a small safe that was taken from one of the bedrooms in the home. Total loss was estimated at $1,250.

Investigators believe one of the sons of the homeowners might have been in the home at the time of the burglary. Reportedly he told police he heard a loud noise in the home and went into a bedroom to hide. Police were called about the incident Feb. 20.

Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry.

Charged after disturbance

Johanna Markham, 45, of the 1000 block of Lumber St., Middletown, has been charged with simple assault, strangulation and harassment, police report.

Police said Markham and another female argued at their home at 8:25 p.m. Feb. 19. The disagreement involved use of a car and escalated to where Markham allegedly strangled the victim.

Police said both suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

Markham was scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 30 before District Judge Michael Smith.

2 cited for public drunkenness

Citations for public drunkenness were issued to Brandon Banks, 29, of Lusby, Maryland, and Patrick Shannon II, 29, of Coatseville, police report.

According to police, the two created a disturbance at the Holiday Inn in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard at 3:23 a.m. Feb. 18. The case report noted that they refused to leave the lobby of the inn after being told a room would not be rented to them. Police said they were inebriated and made allegations of racism to the business’s employees.

Banks and Shannon were taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where they were cited and held in custody for several hours before being released, police noted.

DUI charge after crash

Thomas J. Otzel Jr., 35, of the 1000 block of Chambers Street, Steelton, has been charged with DUI-controlled substance schedule 1, court records note. The case stems from a one-vehicle crash involving Otzel at 10:52 p.m. Nov. 15 in the area of North Union Street and Longview Drive.

According the arrest report, Otzel was driving a 1983 Buick Park Avenue and struck and damaged a utility pole. Otzel was treated at the scene by emergency medical services and transported by Life Lion to an area hospital for treatment. Police did not specify the severity of injuries. The car sustained significant damage to its front end and was towed.

Details about what led to the charges being filed against Otzel were not reported. A preliminary hearing has been set for March 29 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Drug allegations against teenager

Police report juvenile allegations of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia have been filed against a 15-year-old Middletown resident.

The case stemmed from an incident at the Middletown Area High School at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22.

According to police, the teen’s book bag was given to school personnel because a person who had the book bag said it smelled like burnt marijuana.

Reportedly a broken glass pipe, several burnt marijuana cigarettes and marijuana residue on another pipe were found in the book bag.

Police said the student’s mother was contacted and she took her child home.