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Boys allegedly assaulted; high speed on Union: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 7/11/18

A Middletown man was charged after an investigation determined that he had allegedly beaten two young boys.

The boys, one 4 years old and the other 6 years old, during forensic interviews …

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Boys allegedly assaulted; high speed on Union: Police and Courts Roundup

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A Middletown man was charged after an investigation determined that he had allegedly beaten two young boys.

The boys, one 4 years old and the other 6 years old, during forensic interviews described abuse from Jan. 1, 2018, through April 29, 2018, that was allegedly caused by Aaron Hall, 37, of the 100 block of Mill Street, according to arrest papers borough police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Hall was arraigned before Judy on June 27 and charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.

He was freed after posting $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Speeding on Union alleged

Middletown police charged an Elizabethtown man after he was pulled over for speeding in the 900 block of North Union Street shortly after 4 p.m. June 11.

Austin James Fink, 23, of the 100 block of Heist Avenue, was allegedly clocked heading north at 46 mph where the posted speed is 25, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Fink also was observed twice crossing the double yellow lines in the area of Middletown Area High School, police said.

Police while searching the vehicle found marijuana and a glass pipe containing suspected burnt marijuana residue.

Fink also had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system at the time of his arrest, according to a lab analysis of a blood draw.

Fink is charged with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, exceeding the posted speed by 21 mph, and disregarding a single lane of traffic.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Aug. 20.

Pineford burglary attempt

Middletown police are seeking information regarding an attempted burglary at a residence in the Elmwood Building in Pineford.

Police said that the occupant returned to her second-story apartment after being on vacation and found pry marks on the rear balcony door and on the main entrance door.

The incident occurred sometime between June 9 and June 20, police said.

Nothing was reported missing from inside the residence, and there were no signs of entry.

Police ask anyone with information to call police at 717-902-0627 or 717-558-6900 after hours non-emergency.

Light pole damaged in hit-and-run

A tractor-trailer backed into a light pole at Vine Street and Maple Road in Middletown shortly after 8 p.m. June 18 and then drove away from the scene, according to borough police.

The tractor had Swift written on it and the Target logo was on the trailer, police said. The vehicle was last seen driving south on Vine Street toward Main Street.

The pole was leaning but had not been knocked over, police said.

Truck vandalized

A 1986 red GMC dump truck was damaged in an apparent act of vandalism in the 100 block of Ann Street in Middletown.

The owner told police that the driver’s side front window was damaged from the glass being broken sometime between 3 p.m. June 9 and 3 p.m. June 14.

The owner had the vehicle fixed, and then decided to report the incident to police after learning from neighbors of other vehicles that had been damaged in the area, police said.

Fight leads to charges

Middletown police cited two people for fighting in the middle of North Union and East Water streets after an incident shortly before 10 p.m. June 26.

Police arrived to find a crowd of about 12 people, two of whom admitted to fighting.

Police said one was a 15-year-old boy and identified the other as Darrius Jeffries, 20. Both were cited for disorderly conduct, police said.

Man charged with DUI

A Middletown man was charged with DUI after police observed him driving on North Pine Street shortly after midnight on May 7.

Khua Uk Lian, 26, of the 100 block of South Union Street, was seen driving slowly and stopping past the stop sign at North Pine and Columbia streets, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy. 

Police said that Lian could not drive in a straight line and kept swerving to the right side of the road and coming back, nearly side-swiping a car parked on North Pine Street.

A lab analysis of blood drawn from Lian at 1:50 a.m. showed he had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.155 percent, police said.

He is charged with DUI of alcohol, and running a stop sign.

Lian waived a June 18 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 7.

DUI charge after accident

A Londonderry Township man was charged after police said he struck a utility pole and a tree near North Race and Conewago streets in Middletown shortly after midnight June 12.

Borough police said that a white 1996 Ford Mustang driven by Dylan Ray Brown, 23, of the 1900 block of Light Avenue, also struck a dark blue 2013 Chevrolet Equinox that was parked on North Race Street, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy. The Chevrolet was struck on the driver’s side wheel, rending the vehicle inoperable, police said.

Brown displayed signs of impairment and admitted to police that he had consumed 12 shots of Jack Daniels before getting in his car to drive, police said.

He was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel and taken to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. His vehicle was towed due to damage.

Brown is charged with DUI, accidental damage to an unattended vehicle or property, reckless driving, careless driving, running a stop sign, driving an unregistered vehicle, and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for July 16.

Running stop sign leads to charge

A Lebanon man was charged with DUI after Middletown police pulled him over for running a stop sign on Ann Street toward Airport Drive at about 10:20 a.m. May 27.

Ronald James Stutzman, of the 300 block of New Street, failed a field sobriety test and recorded a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.147 percent on a field breath test, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police took Stutzman to the county booking center for a blood draw; lab results were not reported.

Police also charged him with running a stop sign. A July 16 preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy.

Hit-and-run on Ann Street

The driver’s side mirror of a gray 2007 Nissan Altima was damaged in a hit-and-run that occurred in the first block of Ann Street in Middletown on June 12.

The incident occurred at about noon, borough police said.

Hit-and-run on East Emaus Street

A 2018 Chevrolet van was damaged in a hit-and-run in the first block East Emaus Street.

The incident occurred between 11 p.m. June 11 and 4 a.m. June 12, borough police said.

Police say it is likely that the striking vehicle backed into the van, in that reflector pieces were recovered from the ground and from in the grill of the van.

Police seek truck after hit-and-run

The driver’s side mirror of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Ann Street was damaged in a hit-and-run reported at about 2:45 p.m. June 11.

The 2014 gray Nissan Versa was struck by a vehicle that witnesses described as a red single cab truck with a flatbed. The truck was last seen heading west on Ann Street toward Harrisburg International Airport, Middletown police said.

Former tenants trash property

Three air conditioners were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of State Street in Middletown on June 10.

The property owner had evicted the tenants, who went on to “trash” the residence and take the air conditioners, borough police said.

No estimate of value for the three units was provided.

Man charged with assault

A Londonderry Township man was in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail after State Police say that he assaulted a woman during an incident at a residence in the first block of Charles Street at about 1 a.m. May 8.

Stephen Jared Strait Jr., 27, same address, allegedly punched the woman in the head and also put the victim in a headlock, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Strait was arraigned on May 8 and charged with strangulation, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment.

Strait waived his May 29 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned on all four charges in Dauphin County Court on Aug. 3.

He was freed from county prison after posting $25,000 unsecured bail.