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Police say family filed false report over wallet theft: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 7/10/19

A Lower Swatara Township woman and her son face charges after they allegedly falsely told police that the son’s wallet was stolen and his information used to open two cellphone accounts, …

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Police say family filed false report over wallet theft: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Lower Swatara Township woman and her son face charges after they allegedly falsely told police that the son’s wallet was stolen and his information used to open two cellphone accounts, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Both Jayon Terrell Brown-Page, 19, and Krista C. Farah, 40, have been charged with making a false report to law enforcement and unsworn falsification to authorities.

On Feb. 15, Farah and Brown-Page told police that his wallet — containing identification cards, a credit card and $30 cash — was stolen while he was at the Regal Great Escape movie theater on Paxton Street. The thief tried to open two phone accounts with Verizon and AT&T, and they received an outstanding bill of $2,100 from Verizon, according to the affidavit.

On June 4, a Verizon employee told police that the account was opened in person at Target in High Pointe Commons.

Brown-Page told police that a friend and a friend’s family wanted him to buy the phones and set up a Verizon account in exchange for gift cards.

He told police his wallet was never stolen. A friend told him to report his wallet stolen so he wouldn’t be responsible for the charges, according to the affidavit.

Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for Aug. 5.

Television, laptops stolen from day care

A television and two laptops were reported stolen from Growing Adventures Child Care on Oberlin Road at 11:21 a.m. July 1.

Police believe the theft took place between June 28 and July 1. Police estimated the stolen television and laptops have a value of about $1,500.

The incident is under investigation.

Employee charged for taking rental car

A Lower Paxton Township man who worked for Hertz at Harrisburg International Airport has been charged after he allegedly stole a vehicle that was later involved in a hit-and-run at the Hollywood Casino in Grantville on June 23, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Police identified the driver as Fred Hammond Jr., 57, through his player card at the casino and video surveillance. A Hertz employee told police that he was an employee as of May 31.

The Hertz employee told an HIA police officer that there wasn’t a rental agreement for the car. According to the affidavit, Hammond doesn’t have authority or permission to drive the vehicle when he’s not working.

Hammond was charged with theft and receiving stolen property. His bail was set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 10.

Hershey man charged with DUI

A Hershey man has been charged with DUI following a traffic stop by Pennsylvania State Police on Route 283 in Lower Swatara Township.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, troopers saw Todd Robert Warden, 27, swerve between lanes and drive 81 mph in a 55-mph zone at 10:10 a.m. June 10.

When the trooper spoke with Warden, he reportedly smelled marijuana. Warden told the trooper he smoked marijuana the night before and had also used cocaine and was on medication.

A blood sample was taken at the booking center; the results were not reported.

In addition to DUI, Warden was charged with disregarding the traffic lane, not using his turning signal, speeding, careless driving, failing to carry his registration, driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, and texting while driving.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24.

Man hit while driving moped

A township man was cited after he was struck by a vehicle while driving a moped in the 1300 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard at 7:53 a.m. June 27.

Police said a 26-year-old Bainbridge man was driving north on South Eisenhower Boulevard when he struck Santos Rivera, 52, who was driving a moped north in the southbound shoulder of the road, while the Bainbridge man was trying to turn.

Police said Rivera had a cut to the head and was taken to a hospital.

Rivera was cited with driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked and passing left unsafely.

Driving charges vs. Middletown man

A Middletown man faces DUI charges following a traffic stop on Oberlin Road and Spring Garden Drive at 8:20 p.m. June 28, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Police pulled over Russell Scott Fickes, 48, for having an expired inspection and emission stickers.

Police reportedly smelled alcohol, and a preliminary breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol content was 0.175 percent.

He was transported to the booking center and a sample of his blood was taken; the results were not reported.

Fickes has also been charged with driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without official certificate of inspection and prohibitions on expenditures for emission inspection program.

His preliminary hearing is Aug. 7.

Middletown man charged with DUI

A Middletown man has been charged with DUI following a traffic stop in the 900 block of West Harrisburg Pike at 5:38 a.m. July 1, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

According to the affidavit, Robert Ramirez Mejia, 55, was driving 61 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Police reportedly smelled alcohol coming from him, and a portable breath tester tested positive for the presence of alcohol. A sample of his blood was taken at the booking center; the results were not reported.

Besides DUI, Mejia was cited with speeding and failing to use a safety belt. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Laundry stolen

A Middletown resident reported at 11:10 p.m. July 1 that their laundry was stolen from Laundry Express on West Harrisburg Pike.

The resident told police they dropped off their laundry, which was valued at $200, and it was missing when they returned.

The incident is under investigation.

Harassment charges vs. woman

A Middletown woman has been charged with harassment after she allegedly threatened to beat a woman up.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Jamie Lynn Chastain, 33, and the woman had a dispute over returning the woman’s birth certificate.

The woman reportedly told police July 1 that the certificate had been returned, but Chastain threatened her over the phone, saying she would beat her up.

Chastain’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Truck hits mailbox

Police are searching for the driver of a 2004 Dodge Ram truck that hit a mailbox in the 500 block of Stoner Drive.

The hit-and-run was reported at 9:57 a.m. June 27.

Police said the truck’s side mirror was knocked off. Damage is estimated at $150.