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Man allegedly threatened family; resident charged with breaking into cars: Area Police Roundup

Posted 11/8/17

Police: Man threatened family

State Police arrested a Royalton man after he allegedly threatened to kill an entire family during an incident that occurred in a residence in the first block of Dock …

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Man allegedly threatened family; resident charged with breaking into cars: Area Police Roundup

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Police: Man threatened family

State Police arrested a Royalton man after he allegedly threatened to kill an entire family during an incident that occurred in a residence in the first block of Dock Street on Oct. 7.

Walter James Bair, 53, same address, allegedly made several statements threatening multiple members of the family, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Bair is in Dauphin County Prison on a parole violation, according to police. He was arraigned before Judy on Oct. 13 and charged with three counts each of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. 

Bail was set at $75,000. Judy ordered Bair bound over on all the charges during a preliminary hearing that was held on Oct. 18. Bair is to be arraigned in county court on Jan. 5.

Police: Man broke into vehicles 

Borough police charged a Middletown man with three counts of theft from a motor vehicle after a witness allegedly caught him in the act on Oct. 28.

Just before 10:30 p.m. that night, police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Briarcliff Road after getting a report that a woman had seen the suspect, Brett A. Russ, 20, of the first block of Rupp Street, breaking into a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Police found Russ, who they said matched the woman’s description, and Russ confessed to having broken into three vehicles over the past two days, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Rupp was found with a black book bag containing several items which he told police he had stolen, including a Garmin GPS, silver flashlight, spray paint, hockey puck, two rings, two sets of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighting gloves, and numerous loose papers.

Rupp was arraigned before District Judge David O’Leary and also charged with possession of an offensive weapon — a pair of brass knuckles — loitering and prowling at night, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and public drunkenness. He was released after posting $10,000 unsecured bail.

Russ waived a Nov. 2 preliminary hearing, and he is to be arraigned on all the charges in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 2.

2nd DUI while awaiting hearing

A Middletown man whom police had arrested for DUI on Sept. 23 has been charged with a second DUI in the borough, this one on Oct. 24.

Police pulled over Michael Angelo Freixas, 26, of the 100 block of Fisher Avenue at Ann and Grant streets, at about 9:15 p.m. 

Freixas refused a blood test, but was determined by police based on field tests to be under the influence of marijuana and cocaine, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

He was arraigned before Judy and also charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Freixas also faces separate charges of driving under the influence of alcohol after he was pulled over by police in the area of Spring and West Water streets at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Freixas is scheduled for two preliminary hearings on both sets of charges before Judy on Nov. 8. He was listed as being held in Dauphin County Prison.

DUI, hit-and-run charges

An Elizabethtown man was charged with DUI and hit-and-run after he was seen leaving the scene of an accident at Vine and Main streets in Middletown on Oct. 29.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy allege that Brent Austin Defrain, 21, of the 700 block of Radio Road, was driving a black Hyundai with a Maryland plate at about 2 p.m. when he allegedly struck the rear of a vehicle driven by the victim as she was stopped for a traffic light on Vine Street facing Main Street.

According to the victim and a witness, Defrain got back into the vehicle, pulled out, struck the victim’s vehicle again, and left the scene. He was apprehended later the same day in the first block of Caravan Court.

Defrain was arraigned before Judy and charged with DUI, false identification to a law enforcement officer, corruption of minors, failing to stop and render aid, and driving without a license.

He was listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Nov. 8.

Package stolen from residence 

In a sure sign of the approaching holidays, a package was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Wilson Street in Middletown on Oct. 11.

Police said that the victim had received notification from UPS on a cellphone that the package had arrived. Within an hour and a half of the notification, the package was gone, police said.

The package included a bass guitar amplifier that was valued at less than $500.

Bicycle stolen

A pink and white Roadmaster bicycle valued at $95 was reported stolen from Nittany Place apartments in the 600 block of Spring Street on Oct. 11.

The victim told police that the bicycle had been chained to a bicycle rack.

Vehicle damaged 

A 2003 white Dodge Caravan was damaged when someone poured an unknown substance into the power steering tank as the vehicle was parked in Middletown over the weekend of Oct. 6-8.

The incident was reported to police on Oct. 9, but the location was not identified by police. The vehicle was unlocked at the time, police said.

Police: Man hit 62 mph on Union

A Middletown man pulled over by borough police for driving 62 mph in the 900 block of North Union Street ended up being arrested on drug charges.

Derek Lee Harris, 29, of the first block of Peters Avenue, was southbound going 62 mph on a street where the posted speed is 25 mph when police pulled him over just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Harris was found to have an active traffic warrant out of Derry, and a search of his van yielded a cooler containing marijuana, a small digital scale, baggies and other drug paraphernalia.

Harris was arraigned before Judy on Oct. 10 and charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and exceeding the posted speed by 37 mph. He was released after posting $15,000 unsecured bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16 before Judy.

Hit-and-run at East Main and Vine

A hit-and-run was reported at East Main and Vine streets in Middletown on Sept. 23.

Police said the driver of the struck vehicle was in the vehicle at the time, and started following the vehicle that had hit his. A dispatcher advised the victim to stop following the other driver, and he did. Police said they know the identity of the striking driver.

Man charged with assault 

Middletown police have charged a borough man with assaulting a woman and her son during a fight in the Midtown Plaza parking lot off East Main Street on Oct. 6.

Police in court papers allege that Alex Joseph Moyer, 20, of Pineford, choked and punched the woman’s son and grabbed the woman by the neck. Moyer was also jumping on the hood of the woman’s car, police said.

Moyer on Oct. 7 was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

The aggravated assault charge was withdrawn during a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy Nov. 2. Moyer is to be arraigned on the other charges in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 2.

His bail on the charges was reduced by Judy from $25,000 to $5,000. Moyer was still listed as being in Dauphin County Prison as of Nov. 3.


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