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Middletown woman charged with child endangerment: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 7/24/19

A Middletown woman has been charged with seven counts of endangering the welfare of children after she allegedly left children unattended in the first block of Shirley Drive at about 11:31 a.m. July …

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Middletown woman charged with child endangerment: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Middletown woman has been charged with seven counts of endangering the welfare of children after she allegedly left children unattended in the first block of Shirley Drive at about 11:31 a.m. July 5.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Samantha Sue Sommer, 27, was watching seven children — the youngest being 6 months old and the oldest about 10 years old.

Sommer left because Middletown police called and asked her to come and get her child. According to the affidavit, police had responded to a report of a 5-year-old in the street near Main and Union streets. The 5-year-old was supposed to be watched by two adults at Sommer’s home. However, one man had left and another man was arrested for drugs, police said.

According to the affidavit, she left before another adult came to watch the children.

Sommer’s case is inactive, and awaiting the setting of her preliminary hearing.

Heroin allegedly found in car

A Lewistown man has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after Lower Swatara Township police found what they suspect to be heroin in his car, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

At 8:54 p.m. July 11, police reportedly saw Ismael Rivera-Vazquez, 47, dancing and sitting in a driveway in the Highspire Cemetery.

Officers saw a hypodermic needle and a water bottle cap containing what they believed to be heroin in the center console along with 13 baggies containing suspected heroin residue.

Rivera-Vazquez reportedly told police that he hadn’t used heroin for several years.

He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,000. His preliminary hearing is July 24.

Man allegedly hit parked car

A Lower Swatara Township man was charged with two counts of DUI after he allegedly struck a car parked in the 100 block of Donald Avenue at 2:48 a.m. June 30.

In the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, police said the cars of both Nicholas Scott Moser, 22, and the victim were damaged.

Moser told police that he had been drinking in Harrisburg.

Moser was taken to the Dauphin County Booking Center, where a sample of his blood was taken. The results indicated that his blood-alcohol content was 0.158 percent. His preliminary hearing is Sept. 5.

Hit-and-run on North Union

A Middletown resident was rear-ended while driving on North Union Street at about 2:30 p.m. July 13, according to Lower Swatara Township police.

The Middletown resident was driving south and was followed by a car who was tailgating them “erratically.” When they stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of North Union and Oberlin Road, the car struck them from behind.

Both of the drivers got out, and the man who struck their car said there wasn’t any damage and left. There were no injuries.

The Middletown resident told police the white, thin young man was about 5 feet 5 inches tall with light brown curly hair. He was driving a brown car with clouded headlights. The driver believed it was a 1990s model car.

Woman charged with false report

A Lower Paxton Township woman has been charged for making a false report after she called police and said a woman was chasing her around at the Hollywood Motel on Richardson Road.

When Lower Swatara Township police responded at 8:49 p.m. July 9, Laesha Sanee Buchanan, 30, was leaving the parking lot. She told police that she did not call them, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

A witness told police that she was banging on a door with a circular saw. He was able to identify her as Buchanan.

She also was charged with making a false alarm, disorderly conduct and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. Her preliminary hearing is Aug. 21.

Three cited after argument

Three juveniles have been cited with disorderly conduct after they got into an argument with a manager at McDonald’s on West Harrisburg Pike, according to police.

Officers responded at 4:06 p.m. July 15.

A 15-year-old Lower Swatara girl, a 15-year-old Lower Swatara boy, and a 16-year-old Harrisburg boy were all cited.

Mirror ripped off car

A Lower Swatara Township resident reported that someone ripped off the mirror of the driver’s side of their car while it was parked in the 300 block of Brunswick Road.

The incident was reported at 11:57 a.m. July 15.

Police estimated damage at $200.