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Man charged in pot-growing operation: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 1/8/20

Middletown police have charged a borough man with stealing a package of items from a business and with having a marijuana growing and selling operation in his apartment in the first block of Ann …

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Man charged in pot-growing operation: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police have charged a borough man with stealing a package of items from a business and with having a marijuana growing and selling operation in his apartment in the first block of Ann Street.

Seamus Patrick Hufford, 22, on Dec. 31 was charged with three felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property, tampering with/fabricate physical evidence; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured by District Judge David Judy, who set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 15.

Police came to Hufford’s apartment on Dec. 31 after receiving a complaint about suspected drug use and drug dealing at the apartment, along with information that Hufford was a suspect in stealing a package from Vapeology, a business located in the same building as the apartment, according to arrest records police filed with Judy.

Police upon arriving outside Hufford’s apartment smelled marijuana, they reported. After police knocked on the door and told Hufford why they were there, police said Hufford began spraying a scented aerosol to mask the marijuana odor.

Police could smell the scent from the spray on the other side of Hufford’s door.

Hufford eventually opened the door and consented to a search of the apartment, during which police said they found about 7 marijuana plants, some that police said Hufford tried to conceal by ripping the plants from their soil.

Police also found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, hundreds of clean and unused baggies and approximately 124.9 grams of loose marijuana in a zip-lock baggie and in two plastic containers.

Police said Hufford admitted selling the marijuana to others, and two people in the apartment told police Hufford had sold marijuana to them as recently as Dec. 28.

Police also found multiple items from the package theft from Vapeology, including vapes, cartridges and pods. The items stolen totaled several hundred dollars, police said.

Child porn on school district iPad

Middletown police charged a borough man after an investigation found he had received a photo of a topless girl on an iPad belonging to Middletown Area School District, and then sent the image to his own cellphone and to several other people.

Jesse James Rhine, 18, of the 100 block of Pathfinder Drive, was arraigned Jan. 2 before District Judge David Judy and charged with felony counts of child pornography and corruption of minors.

Bail was set at $15,000 unsecured and a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 15 before Judy.

Police in arrest papers filed with Judy said they were alerted to the case when the school district contacted police on April 25.

The school district acted after it had received information from Gaggle, a company the district had hired to monitor activity on the school-issued iPads that may be pornographic in nature or related to criminal activity, according to the arrest papers.

Man allegedly strangled woman

A Middletown man was charged after borough police say he assaulted and strangled a woman in front of his residence in the first block of North Union Street at about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 28.

Basem Bayoumy, 49, punched the woman in the head several times with a closed fist and placed her in a choke hold resulting in possible head trauma, dizziness, shortness of breath, redness and bruising to her neck, according to an account of the incident relayed to police by the victim and included in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police took photos of the injuries to the victim as she was being taken to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.

Bayoumy was arraigned before District Judge Hanif L. Johnson Sr. and charged with aggravated assault and strangulation.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured and a preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 15.

Man charged following incident

Middletown police charged a borough man after he allegedly beat a woman during a dispute at a residence in the 200 block of East High Street at about 2 p.m. Dec. 27.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Charles A. Bolden, 37, of the East High Street address, punched the woman with a closed fist in the face and head. After she fell to the floor, Bolden dropped his knee onto her head, causing her pain to the left side of her head.

The woman also suffered a bloody nose and mouth and was taken by ambulance to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

Police said Bolden also threw into the toilet the victim’s LG K30 cell phone, valued at $150. Police also found drug paraphernalia in the bedroom that the victim said was Bolden’s.

Bolden was arraigned Dec. 27 before District Judge Hanif L. Johnson Sr. and charged with simple assault, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief-damage to property.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured, and a preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 15.

Man violated PFA, police say

A Middletown man was charged after an incident in the 100 block of Canal Street in Royalton at about noon Dec. 25.

Glenn Howard Myers II, 58, of the first block of East High Street, violated a Protection From Abuse order by moving back into his mother’s residence to be with his girlfriend, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police said Myers shoved his girlfriend to the floor, causing her to strike her leg on a book shelf resulting in a bruise and a cut. The woman’s head hit a chair, causing swelling to her forehead, police said.

Myers left and later called the victim several times, at least once telling her he wished she would die and that he wants to punch her in the mouth, police said.

Myers was arraigned before Judy Dec. 27 and charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment.

Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 15.