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Insurance fraud alleged; man held on assault charge: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 8/15/18

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has charged a former Middletown man with insurance fraud, after he allegedly lied regarding the date of an accident in order to be covered by auto …

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Insurance fraud alleged; man held on assault charge: Police and Courts Roundup

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The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has charged a former Middletown man with insurance fraud, after he allegedly lied regarding the date of an accident in order to be covered by auto insurance.

According to arrest records filed with District Judge David Judy, the auto insurance policy of Daniel Charles Powe, 28, formerly of the 100 block of Wilson Street in Middletown, had lapsed for nonpayment on July 5, 2016, and was not reinstated until July 10, 2016.

Powe filed a claim for an accident that he said had occurred in Clifton, New Jersey, on July 13, 2016. However, an investigation determined that the accident occurred on July 9, 2016, during the time period when Powe was not covered by auto insurance, according to arrest papers.

Powe allegedly received a $3,057.98 payment in insurance proceeds to which he was not entitled, according to arrest papers.

Powe, now of the 3000 block of Guineveres Drive in Harrisburg, was arraigned Aug. 9 before Judy and is charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception. He was released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Aug. 27.

Man held after alleged assault

A Middletown man is in Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 bail after borough police allege he assaulted a woman during an incident in the 600 block of South Union Street on Aug. 10.

Leroy Newton Vencak Jr., 31, of the South Union address, allegedly slammed the victim’s head through a bedroom door and then slammed her head through a separate door, according to arrest records police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Vencak then allegedly placed his hands around the victim’s neck, causing her to briefly lose consciousness, attacked the woman with a small butcher knife, and threatened to kill her if she contacted police, according to arrest records.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Milton S. Hershey Penn State Health Medical Center for treatment.

Police said that when Vencak was later confronted by police in the area of Second and Wetzel streets in Highspire, he gave a false name of John and a false date of birth.

Vencak was arraigned before Judy and charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, terroristic threats, and false identification to law enforcement.

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

Vehicle damaged in hit-and-run

A 1996 Ford Windstar was damaged in an apparent hit-and-run in the parking lot of the Hetrick Center at 500 N. Union St. in Middletown shortly after 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

The side mirror of the vehicle was struck as the victim was inside the center, borough police said. A witness told police that the striking vehicle was a truck used by an area lawn care company, police said.

Hit-and-run damages vehicle on North Pine

A Honda Civic was damaged as the vehicle was parked in the 100 block of North Pine Street sometime between 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Aug. 6, Middletown police report.

The left front bumper of the car was partially torn off, police said.

Police seek clues in criminal mischief to vehicles

Middletown police are investigating a case of criminal mischief involving damage to two vehicles at two locations.

Police believe the incidents may be related, as the owners of the two vehicles are related to each other.

In one case, part of a cinder block was thrown through the driver’s side window of a 2013 red Chevrolet Cruze as the car was parked in the 600 block of Cedar Avenue.

In the second case, a novelty glass struck the driver’s side of a 2003 Silver Suzuki parked in the 100 block of Adelia Street. The rear window received minor damage, and glass shattered all over the ground, police said. The incidents were reported to police at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Middletown police Officer Keegan Wenner at 717-810-6528, or by email at kwenner@middletownborough.com.

Two guns reported missing from house

Middletown police are investigating a report of two firearms discovered missing from a residence in the 100 block of Commercial Avenue.

The guns are a .44 caliber Ruger Magnum handgun with a scope at the top, and a camouflage-pattern Mossberg pump action shotgun.

The firearms belonged to two people who lived at the house and who have since passed away, police said. Family members recently going through the house discovered that the guns were missing.

Family members had not seen the guns since 2007, police said. The pistol was registered to a man who died in 2007. The man’s wife passed away in June, police said.

Middletown police received the report of the missing firearms July 28.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-902-0706, or at 717-920-8386 after hours (non-emergency).