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Assault reported near Union, Emaus; Craigslist meeting leads to theft : Police and Courts Roundup

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Assault reported at Union, Emaus

Middletown police are investigating an assault that was reported in the first block of North Union Street just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

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Assault reported near Union, Emaus; Craigslist meeting leads to theft : Police and Courts Roundup

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Assault reported at Union, Emaus

Middletown police are investigating an assault that was reported in the first block of North Union Street just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Police said the victim, a 36-year-old man, was walking from Karns on South Union Street to his residence on Spring Street when he was hit twice from behind at the base of his neck.

The victim identified as suspects three teenage black males, who he said fled south behind a building on the southeast corner of East Emaus and South Union streets.

The man could not say which of the three had hit him.

The victim told police that nothing was stolen from him, and that the assault was unprovoked. He said he did not recognize any of the three.

Police said the victim did not have any obvious injuries and did not require medical treatment at the scene.

Police described the three suspects as one being shorter than the others and wearing all black. Of the two taller suspects, one was wearing sweat pants and the other a blue running suit.

A witness also reported seeing the three suspects running south in the same area as the victim described, police said.

Lost debit card, lost funds

A Middletown resident told police that $530 had been transferred out of her bank account after she had lost a debit card on New Year’s Eve.

The victim told police she had canceled the card to the bank on Jan. 2. The theft was reported to borough police on Jan. 25.

Graffiti on Spruce Street

Offensive graffiti was reported spray-painted on the downstairs basement door of a rental property in the 700 block of Spruce Street in Middletown.

The incident was reported to borough police at 3:50 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Craigslist meeting leads to theft

Items were reported stolen from inside a Middletown apartment Jan. 25 by a victim who said he had invited in a person he had met through Craigslist.

The victim told police he had invited the man to his residence in the 100 block of Brown Street in order to sell him an Xbox video game system.

The victim told police he went into the bathroom and came out to find the suspect gone as well as a 3-by-3-foot red lock box. The box contained $80 in cash and an identification card and a bank card. The cards were no longer valid, the victim told police.

The theft was reported to police at 12:37 p.m.

Drone reported stolen

Middletown police Jan. 24 received a report of a Mavic 2 Zoom drone being stolen from the owner’s truck.

The man told police the drone was stolen just before Christmas. He was not sure if the drone was stolen from the 200 block of North Union Street or from where he was in Lancaster, as he had been working in both locations at the time, police said.

No estimate of value was provided; however, amazon.com lists a Mavic 2 Zoom drone with related equipment at $1,175.

Money taken from account

A Middletown woman told borough police Jan. 23 that money had been withdrawn from her bank account after she had reported her wallet being stolen in December.

The victim reported three separate withdrawals from her account totaling $95.88.

Four doses of Narcan

Middletown police were dispatched for a heroin overdose in the 700 block of North Spring Street at 3:07 p.m. Jan. 22.

Police said residents called 911 after giving the person four doses of Narcan.

The man came around but refused treatment from emergency medical services and did not go to the hospital, police said.

Items stolen from apartment

An estimated $750 in items were reported stolen from an apartment in the 100 block of East Emaus Street in Middletown between 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 19.

The items included a 40-inch television, end table, entertainment stand, food and clothing, police said.

Police believe the items were taken by someone whom the victim had allowed to move in with him.

Unlocked vehicle entered

An unlocked vehicle was entered in the 100 block of Aspen Street and items inside reported “scattered throughout,” but nothing was taken.

The incident was reported to Middletown police at 11:42 a.m. Jan. 20.

Unauthorized purchase

A Middletown resident told police that someone had used her debit/check card without her permission to make a $13.77 purchase from amazon.com Jan. 15.

The incident was reported to borough police shortly after 3 p.m. on Jan. 18.

Hershey woman charged with DUI

Middletown police charged a Hershey woman with DUI after police said she was seen crossing over and driving on the double yellow lines in the middle of the road while eastbound in the 300 block of East Main Street at 12:48 a.m. Jan. 15.

Hannah Beth Valent, 34, of the 100 block of Crescent Drive, showed signs of being impaired from alcohol and could not successfully complete field sobriety tests, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Blood was drawn from Valent at the Dauphin County Central Booking Center, but results of the draw were not reported by police.

A preliminary hearing for Valent is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Assault charge withdrawn

A charge of indecent assault was withdrawn during a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing for a Middletown man regarding a domestic incident that borough police say occurred in the 100 block of East Emaus Street on Jan. 4.

While that charge was withdrawn during the hearing before District Judge David Judy, the defendant, Theodore Albe Verbinski, 30, still faces a misdemeanor charge of simple assault, according to online court records.

Verbinski waived the simple assault charge during the hearing, and is to be arraigned on the charge in Dauphin County Court on April 19.

Broomstick, table leg beating

Police charged a Middletown man with aggravated assault for beating a man during an incident in the 400 block of Spruce Street at about 2:15 p.m. Jan. 31.

Geary B. Laughman, 62, of the same address, beat the victim with a broomstick and then with a table leg, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Laughman at one point picked up a broken broomstick and told the victim he would drive it through his heart, police said.

Laughman was arraigned before Night Court District Judge Steven M. Semic and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and terroristic threats.

He is listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 19.

Laughman already faces multiple charges after leading State Police on a high-speed chase from Swatara Township through Highspire and into Middletown on Dec. 11.

Laughman at one point was going more than 100 mph after running a stop sign on 2nd Street in Highspire, police said. He nearly crashed into parked vehicles before coming to a stop in a yard on Mattis Avenue.

Laughman waived a Dec. 31 preliminary hearing before Judy and is to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 8 on all charges related to the Dec. 11 incident, including fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, driving an unregistered vehicle, displaying a plate card in an improper vehicle, DUI while under suspension, failing to maintain required financial responsibility, failure to keep right, disregarding a single lane of traffic, running a stop sign, failing to use turn signals, speeding, careless driving, and reckless driving.