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Police: Man broke into residence, poured gasoline: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 9/4/19

A Middletown man faces charges after borough police say he broke into a residence in the 300 block of South Lawrence Street early in the morning of Aug. 27.

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Police: Man broke into residence, poured gasoline: Police and Courts Roundup

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A Middletown man faces charges after borough police say he broke into a residence in the 300 block of South Lawrence Street early in the morning of Aug. 27.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Dewayne Anthony Gamble, 35, of the South Lawrence Street address, broke into the residence by ripping the screen on a door.

Police said Gamble poured a can of gasoline on the floor of the laundry room.

The Middletown Fire Department was called as three children were inside sleeping when the gasoline was discovered. The fire department safely cleared the scene without further incident, according to police.

Gamble was arraigned before Judy on Aug. 27 and charged with burglary, criminal attempt of arson, five counts of recklessly endangering another person, loitering and prowling at night, public drunkenness, and criminal mischief-damage to property.

He was being held on $100,000 cash bail and his preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for Sept. 16.

Man charged after incident

A Middletown man faces multiple charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Hemlock Hall in the Village of Pineford on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

According to arrest papers Middletown police filed with District Judge David Judy, Jesus Figueroa, 54, of the same address, punched a woman in the face during the dispute.

Police said that Figueroa later was involved in a fight with members of his family. At one point, Figueroa threatened to go into his apartment and get a gun, police said. Police searched the apartment and found 200 rounds of Winchester 9 mm ammunition, but no gun.

Figueroa was arraigned before Judy on Aug. 29. He is charged with four counts of simple assault, one count each of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, and three counts of summary harassment.

Figueroa was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail, according to online court records. He is scheduled for a Sept. 16 preliminary hearing before Judy.

Incident near boat launch

Middletown police charged a borough woman after she almost ran over a woman who was walking a child in a stroller near the Middletown Boat Launch in the 700 block of South Union Street shortly before 1 p.m. Aug. 24.

Upon investigation police determined that the driver of the car, Gwendelin Diane Lebzelter, 18, of the 100 block of Jo-Lee Drive, had been involved in a fight with a man who was also in the vehicle, according to arrest papers borough police filed with District Judge David Judy.

A 9-month-old child was also in the rear seat of the car at the time, police said. Police also found drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the car, including two pipes.

Lebzelter was arraigned before Judy on Aug. 24 and charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving.

Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured, and Lebzelter is scheduled for a Sept. 16 preliminary hearing before Judy.

Police Man said he’d kill woman

Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman during a dispute in the 300 block of Aspen Street on Aug. 24.

Robbie R. Williams, 41, of Aspen Street, was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on Aug. 24 and charged with making terroristic threats.

Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured, and Williams is scheduled for a Sept. 16 preliminary hearing before Judy.

Palmyra man charged with DUI

A Palmyra man was charged with DUI after police saw him following another vehicle too closely and twice crossing over the double yellow lines eastbound in the 700 block of East Main Street in Middletown at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 16.

Andrew Joseph Buckwash, 30, of the first block of My Way Drive, showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Buckwash registered a blood alcohol percentage of 0.192 in a preliminary breath test, and later submitted to a blood draw at the county booking center, according to police. Results of the blood draw were not reported.

Buckwash was also charged with following too closely, and disregarding a single lane of traffic. His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 30.