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Man charged in beating; video caught theft: Area Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 11/22/17

Middletown police have charged a borough man with simple assault for allegedly beating an 11-year-old boy with a cardboard plank inscribed with the word “Enforcer.”

The boy told police …

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Man charged in beating; video caught theft: Area Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police have charged a borough man with simple assault for allegedly beating an 11-year-old boy with a cardboard plank inscribed with the word “Enforcer.”

The boy told police that Johnny L. Jenkins, 48, of the 100 block of Nissley Street, also beat him with a belt and made him run on a treadmill wearing a 20-pound vest. When the boy said he was tired from running on the treadmill and needed water, Jenkins punched him in the arm, according to arrest papers that police have filed with District Judge David Judy.

The boy told police that Jenkins also allegedly physically abused two other children; a 5-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, according to arrest papers.

Jenkins already was facing charges of endangering the welfare of children and simple assault for a separate incident where he allegedly beat a boy with “The Enforcer” stick and threw him onto the floor. Jenkins was arraigned in Dauphin County Court on those charges on Nov. 3.

The new simple assault charge was added on Nov. 20 as Jenkins was arraigned by Judy. Jenkins was freed after posting $10,000 bail and his preliminary hearing on the new charge is set for Dec. 14.

Video catches alleged thief in act

Middletown police arrested a 69-year-old Steelton woman after a neighbor’s video caught her stealing two metal ramps, a stepladder, and aluminum window frames from a residence in the first block of North Pine Street on Oct. 23.

A clerk at Royalton Recycling identified the woman as Mary E. Johnson, of the 100 block of Lincoln Street, based on a screen shot of the woman that police showed to the clerk, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The victim told police that he used the metal ramps to get a power wheel chair down the front steps. He estimated the combined value of the items taken at $167.95.

Charges of theft by unlawful taking, and knowledge that property is proceeds of an illegal act, were filed against Johnson on Nov. 8. Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 28.

Woman jailed for alleged beating

A Londonderry Township woman is in Dauphin County Prison on $75,000 bail after she assaulted another woman during a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Locust Grove Road on Nov. 17.

Police in arrest papers said that Rhonda Rochelle Goodman, 48, same address, struck the victim in the face with her right fist several times, and then tried to cut the victim with the extended blade of a small serrated knife.

Goodman then allegedly swung a butcher knife at the victim, and then threw a pair of scissors at her, police said.

Goodman was arraigned before District Justice David Judy on Nov. 17 and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment.

A preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for Nov. 22.

Rented floor scrubber stolen

A floor scrubber that was rented from Giant was reported stolen from the yard of a residence in the 200 block of Hoffer Street on Nov. 2, Middletown police said.

The victim told police he had left the floor scrubber unattended about 100 yards away from his home for just a few minutes. No estimate of value was provided.

Packages taken from home

Two packages were reported stolen from a residence in the 500 block of Cattell Street on Nov. 14.

The victim told police he had left the packages to be picked up by UPS. The victim was sending items out to be repaired, police said.

Smartphone sale fraud

Middletown police are investigating a possible case of fraud involving sale of a smartphone.

Police say that the victim arranged through an online app known as OfferUp to meet at a restaurant in the borough to buy the phone from the seller for $85.

The victim called police after he was unable to activate the phone, leading to concerns that the phone may have been stolen, police said.

Bike reported stolen

A bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of East Emaus Street on Nov. 8.

Police said one juvenile told police that the bicycle was stolen by another juvenile.

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