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Man charged with having heroin, two hit-and-runs: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 7/3/18

An Oberlin man faces numerous charges after police say he caused two hit-and-run accidents and was then found in possession of heroin, all in the same day.

According to arrest papers Elizabethtown …

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Man charged with having heroin, two hit-and-runs: Police and Courts Roundup

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An Oberlin man faces numerous charges after police say he caused two hit-and-run accidents and was then found in possession of heroin, all in the same day.

According to arrest papers Elizabethtown police filed with District Judge David Judy, Ronald Lee Brubacher, 32, of the 1000 block of Chambers Street, rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light at East College Avenue and Route 230 in Elizabethtown shortly after 3 p.m. April 8, and then fled without stopping.

Three minutes later, Northwest Regional police were dispatched to the intersection near Turkey Hill in Mount Joy, where it was later learned that Brubacher had been involved in a second hit-and-run.

State Police aided by witnesses located Brubacher about 1.5 miles north of Route 283 on Deodate Road in Londonderry Township, where he was seen throwing blue wax baggies of suspected heroin into the creek. Police retrieved three unopened bags and three ripped bags from the creek.

Police searched Brubacher to find one more ripped wax baggie, three hypodermic needles, and a prescription pill bottle with several unidentified pills inside, police said.

Brubacher is listed in Dauphin County Prison and was arraigned May 8 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI of a controlled and DUI while under suspension, tampering with evidence, and careless driving.

He waived a May 29 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County Court on Aug. 3.

Brubacher is also charged with hit-and-run and driving under suspension by both Elizabethtown and Northwest Regional police. Northwest Regional police have also charged him with careless driving.

Man charged after incident

Middletown police charged a borough man following an incident in the 100 block of South Union Street on June 19.

Claudio Aguilar-Gutierrez, 20, slammed through a bedroom door, causing injury to a woman who was behind the door, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Aguilar-Gutierrez then picked up the woman and threw her onto the floor, resulting in bruising to her face and an injury to her back, police said.

Aguilar-Gutierrez was arraigned before Night Court District Judge Paul T. Zozos on June 19 and charged with simple assault.

He was released after posting $5,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 10.

Man charged with DUI of pot 

Middletown police charged a borough man with DUI of marijuana after he was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal while turning left onto Grandview Avenue from North Union Street on April 13.

A search of the Volkswagen Passat driven by Aaron Michael Lentini, 22, of the 1000 block of Spring Street, yielded marijuana, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy. Lentini also had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system, according to a lab analysis of a blood draw, police said.

Lentini is charged with DUI of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and turning movements and required signals.

Lentini waived a June 18 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 7.

Woman out $300 in gift card scam

A woman told Middletown police she was bilked out of $300 as a result of a scam involving Apple gift cards and a hacked email account.

The victim told police she had received an email from a friend asking that she purchase three $100 Apple gift cards.

The email asked the victim to scratch off the back of each card to reveal the code, and send photos of each code as an email attachment to the supposed “friend.”

When the victim later tried to redeem the cards, she learned there was no value left on any of them, police said. Police determined that the friend’s email account had been hacked.

Borough police advise anyone receiving such a request through email to make sure and verify that the request is valid, either by contacting the alleged sender in person or by some other method.

Two charged in Giant incident

A Middletown man and a Highspire woman were both charged with public drunkenness and three misdemeanor counts of harassment after they allegedly threatened three women during an incident at the Giant Food store at 450 E. Main St. on May 28.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 16 before District Judge David Judy for both Craig V. Smythe, 48, of the 200 block of Hoffer Street; and Rita L. Hammonds, of the 400 block of Willow Street in Highspire.