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Man charged for trying to drive away after hearing over suspended license: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 8/14/19

Middletown police arrested an Enola man after he was caught driving a vehicle — shortly after having appeared before District Judge David Judy for a hearing regarding him driving under …

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Man charged for trying to drive away after hearing over suspended license: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police arrested an Enola man after he was caught driving a vehicle — shortly after having appeared before District Judge David Judy for a hearing regarding him driving under suspension for DUI.

Police shortly after 9 a.m. Aug. 5 pulled over Jose Federico Munoz, 33, of the 200 block of North Enola Road, after police saw Munoz get into a vehicle in the 200 block of South Union Street and try to drive away, according to arrest papers police filed with Judy.

Police said a records check of Munoz’s driving history showed 15 previous convictions for driving under suspension -— not counting the conviction for which Munoz had appeared before Judy on Aug. 5.

Munoz was promptly brought back to Judy to be arraigned, with the DJ adding a new charge of driving under suspension.

Munoz was also charged with a misdemeanor, noting that because of his three or more previous violations, being convicted of the same offense again will lead to a sentence of a $5,000 fine and a minimum of two years in jail.

Munoz was released after posting $10,000 bail in surety bonds through a professional bondsman. His preliminary hearing on the new charges is set for Aug. 19 before Judy.

Man charged following incident at Pineford

Middletown police charged a borough man following a dispute at the Oakwood Building in Pineford shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 4.

The victim told police that Samuel James Sattazahn, 27, of the Oakwood Building, pushed her against a wall, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

According to police, Sattazahn then grabbed the woman by the neck and forced her to the floor, causing an injury from her head striking a dresser.

Sattazahn also punched the woman in the back of the head, police said.

Besides observing the woman’s injuries, police said they were provided with a photo from a cellphone showing blood splatter on the wall where the fight took place.

Sattazahn was arraigned before Judy on Aug. 5 and charged with simple assault and harassment. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured and a preliminary hearing before Judy scheduled for Aug. 19.

Caretaker of 1-year-old child charged

Middletown police charged a borough man with endangering the welfare of children after he had locked himself in an apartment while intoxicated with a 1-year-old boy.

Police were dispatched to the scene in the Kenwood Building of Pineford shortly before 7 p.m. Aug. 3 after a woman called police saying she could not enter the apartment.

According to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy, a maintenance person opened the apartment door and police found Stephen C. Hendrickson, 37, of the 300 block of South Market Avenue in Mount Joy, unresponsive on the bed with the infant lying on top of him.

Hendrickson smelled of alcohol and police found empty bottles of alcohol in the apartment that the woman said  belonged to Hendrickson.

The child was supposed to be in Hendrickson’s care at the time, police said. Police said the child could have fallen off of the bed, or possibly have suffocated in the blankets that were on the bed.

Hendrickson was arraigned before District Judge James A. Lenker on Aug. 4 and charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured. Hendrickson is scheduled for an Aug. 26 preliminary hearing before Judy.