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Man wanted on numerous warrants arrested: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 2/11/20

Middletown police on Saturday arrested George Patrick Walters, who had been wanted since Jan. 25 when he fled the scene of a residence in the 100 block of Aspen Street.

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Man wanted on numerous warrants arrested: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police on Saturday arrested George Patrick Walters, who had been wanted since Jan. 25 when he fled the scene of a residence in the 100 block of Aspen Street.

Police arrested Walters while serving a warrant at an apartment in the 200 block of Northumberland Street, according to a post on the Middletown Crimewatch site.

Walters was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence found Walters to be in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Police said Walters had been at the Aspen Street residence while police were accompanying a Dauphin County probation officer who was doing a probation check on other people living in the house.

Police during the check said that suspected synthetic marijuana and a pipe were found that belonged to Walters, but that Walters fled the scene while police were dealing with another person on probation.

Walters at the time was already wanted on “numerous” outstanding warrants out of Dauphin and Perry counties. Middletown police Jan. 29 filed charges of flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment, possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from the Jan. 25 incident.

Following Walters’ arrest Feb. 8, he now faces new charges of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cash bail was set at $200, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy is set for Feb. 26.

Police also charged Shannon Feathers, of the North Umberland Street residence, with hindering apprehension or prosecution of a wanted individual. Police said Feathers told them she knew Patrick was wanted but that she did not notify police.

Synthetic pot on probation check

Middletown police charged a borough man after a bag of synthetic marijuana was found on him during a probation check at a residence in the 100 block of Aspen Street on Jan. 25.

Kyle Lee Dengler, 37, of the Aspen Street address, was arraigned before District Judge David Judy on Feb. 7 and charged with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cash bail was set at $50. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Feb. 19.

Dispute leads to charges

State Police charged a man after a dispute in Londonderry Township on Jan. 31 that police said began because the victim had not cooked a roast.

John Matthew Kerr, 55, of the first block of Cedar Road, began arguing with the victim, who escaped into a bedroom behind a locked door, according to arrest papers. Kerr tried to force himself into the bedroom but was restrained by the victim’s fiance, according to police.

The victim came out after Kerr calmed down but the argument resumed, police said. Kerr swung at the victim with closed fists, causing redness and swelling to the left side of the victim’s face, according to police.

Police also found in plain view suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia that belonged to Kerr, police said.

Kerr was arraigned before District Judge Lowell A. Witmer on Jan. 31 and charged with simple assault, harassment, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured, and a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy set for March 4.

Dispatcher heard woman scream

A 911 call from a woman in apparent distress in a room at the Starlite Motel on East Harrisburg Pike in Londonderry Township led to charges against two Elizabethtown men on Jan. 15.

State Police in arrest papers said dispatchers could hear a woman screaming in the background when the call came in at 7 p.m., but the call was disconnected and the woman no longer at the scene when police arrived.

A man later identified as Daniel Lee Espenshade, 35, of the 200 block of Lincoln Alley, opened the door and told police he was not coming out and they could not go in, according to police.

Police placed Espenshade in handcuffs, and while looking for the woman found Kim Eugene Funck II, 34, crouching  behind a shower curtain in the bathroom. Funck did not have identification on him and gave his name to police as Jason Perry.

Funck gave police consent to search the room, during which police found pills, a pipe with marijuana residue, and other drug paraphernalia.

Espenshade was charged with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. His preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy is set for March 18.

Funck on Jan. 29 pleaded guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia and making false identification to law enforcement. He is awaiting sentencing, according to court records.

Columbia man faces DUI count

A Columbia man was charged with DUI after being pulled over by Middletown police for speeding while southbound on Union Street at about 11:45 p.m. Jan. 24.

Erek Tyler Alleman, 23, of the 1100 block of Barber Street, after being pulled over at South Union and Ann streets confirmed for police he had been drinking, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Alleman showed signs of being impaired during field sobriety tests at the scene. Alleman consented to a blood draw at the county booking center.

He was charged Jan. 30 with DUI and speeding. Additional charges are pending lab results of the blood draw, police said.

A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Feb. 26.