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Police say man strangled woman; many DUI charges: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 12/5/18

Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly strangled a woman at about 8:20 p.m. Nov. 28 in the 400 block of South Catherine Street.

Austin T. Johnson, 27, of South Catherine Street, …

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Police say man strangled woman; many DUI charges: Police and Courts Roundup

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Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly strangled a woman at about 8:20 p.m. Nov. 28 in the 400 block of South Catherine Street.

Austin T. Johnson, 27, of South Catherine Street, grabbed the woman by the neck for an estimated 20 to 25 seconds, then punched her in the stomach and caused her to fall on the floor, borough police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Johnson was arraigned before Judy and charged with strangulation, simple assault, and harassment.

Bail was set at $25,000; Johnson is not listed as being in Dauphin County Prison.

His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 5.

Man allegedly threatened woman

A man wanted on an outstanding warrant out of New Jersey is in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail after being charged with making terroristic threats by Middletown police.

A woman told police that George H. Hassell III, 29, had threatened to kill a woman during an argument between 5 and 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Elmwood Building in Pineford, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The woman said she tried to call police but that Hassell hit the phone out of her hand. He then tried to prevent her from fleeing to a neighbor’s residence, police said.

The victim told police she met Hassell through an online dating website. Police listed Hassell’s address as homeless.

Hassell awaits a Dec. 17 preliminary hearing before Judy.

DUI charge vs. Hershey woman

A Hershey woman is charged with DUI after Middletown police pulled her over for having a faulty driver’s-side brake light and a faulty passenger-side tail light at about 2:15 a.m. Nov. 10.

Caitlin Michele Peffley, 28, of the 400 block of North Hanover Street, was arrested for suspicion of DUI based on results of a field sobriety test and breath test near North Pine Street and Beechwood Drive, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Lab results of blood drawn from Peffley showed she had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.132 at the time, police said.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 7.

Lack of lights leads to DUI count

Middletown police charged a borough man with DUI after he was pulled over for driving with no headlights or tail lights northbound near the intersection of North Union Street and Beechwood Drive at about 2:20 a.m. Nov. 2.

Shane Samuel Miller, 26, of the 1800 block of O’Hara Lane, was charged based on results of a field sobriety test and a breath test, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Miller had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.223 at the time, according to lab results reported by police. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 7.

Three charged in Middletown

Two women have been charged following a Nov. 21 incident in the first block of Ann Street that also led to charges being filed against a Middletown man.

Borough police on Nov. 26 charged Wendy Jo Johnson, 46, of the Ann Street address, with possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.

Police also on Nov. 26 charged Morgan Storm Millhouse, 21, of the same address, with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Her preliminary hearing is also set for Dec. 31.

Jason Parker Millhouse, also of Ann Street, remains in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail on charges of obstructing law enforcement, simple assault, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, and strangulation.

Police said he threw a woman against a wall and began to strangle her, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

DUI, traffic charges

Police charged a Middletown woman with DUI and traffic offenses during an incident shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 11 in the 400 block of East Main Street.

Vanna Ban, 31, of the 600 block of East Main Street, ran a stop sign at Spruce and East Main streets, borough police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Ban had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.122 as of 1:52 a.m. Nov. 11, police said.

She also was charged for having an illegal window tint, and for driving with an inoperable left rear brake light.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.