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Police say man took safe from woman for whom he had worked for 12 years: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 5/22/19

A Middletown man has been charged with breaking into and stealing items from a safe owned by a woman whom the man had worked for for 12 years as a handyman and groundskeeper.

Robert Mcgovern, 54, …

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Police say man took safe from woman for whom he had worked for 12 years: Police and Courts Roundup

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A Middletown man has been charged with breaking into and stealing items from a safe owned by a woman whom the man had worked for for 12 years as a handyman and groundskeeper.

Robert Mcgovern, 54, of the 500 block of Spruce Street, used a circular saw to break into the safe and remove $200 to $500, according to arrest papers borough police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The victim told police she found the safe wrapped in a black plastic bag on the front porch of her residence in the first block of Wharton Avenue on May 12. She told police that Mcgovern took the safe from inside her home between May 10 and May 12.

Other envelopes containing cash and checks were left inside the safe, the victim told police.

Clothing fibers left in the safe helped lead police to Mcgovern, according to the arrest papers.

A search warrant of Mcgovern’s home was executed May 14 and led police to find the saw and the hoodie Mcgovern was wearing the night he took the safe, police said.

Police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the residence. Police said Mcgovern also gave them four Oxycodone pills that Mcgovern told them he had purchased from a drug dealer in Hummelstown, according to arrest papers.

Mcgovern was arraigned May 15 before District Judge Kenneth A. Lenker and charged with criminal trespass-enter structure, burglary, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, possession of marijuana, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured. Mcgovern is scheduled for a June 3 preliminary hearing.

Two incidents in same day

A Middletown man faces multiple charges after police say he stole T-shirts from a clothing store, and later the same day was involved in an incident at his residence.

Police said Marques Stewart Paige, 36, of the 200 block of Keller Avenue, shortly after 2 p.m. May 13 stole T-shirts from inside With Kidz in Mind at 301 N. Union St., according to arrest papers borough police filed with District Judge David Judy. Paige also damaged the window display inside the store, police said.

When confronted by police, Paige said another man took  the T-shirts. However, video police obtained from a business near Paige’s residence showed Paige walking back to his house with the T-shirts under his sweatshirt.

He is then seen laying the shirts in the middle of the street and stomping on them, according to arrest papers.

Police then shortly before 7:30 p.m. responded to an incident at Paige’s residence.

A woman had a small abrasion and scratch on her neck that she told police was from Paige grabbing her shirt and pulling it up. Paige also threatened to kill her, the woman told police.

Paige is charged with robbery, disorderly conduct, and scattering rubbish for the first offense; and terroristic threats and simple assault related to the incident at his residence.

Paige was released upon posting $1,000 bail in security bonds on Monday.

Paige waived his May 20 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned in county court July 12.

The scattering rubbish charge was withdrawn.

Man charged after Royalton fight

State Police arrested a Royalton man following a fight in the first block of Market R Street on May 11.

Police said that Andrew Scott Norris, 21, of the Market R Street address, hit a man in the head, causing him to fall down, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

The victim was taken to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he was treated for a concussion and required staples for his head wound, police said.

Norris was arraigned before District Judge Michael J. Smith and charged with simple assault, harassment, and public drunkenness.

The harassment charge was withdrawn during a May 20 preliminary hearing before Judy. Norris is to be arraigned in county court on the two other charges on July 12.

Stuck in November, charges in May

State Police charged a Carlisle man with DUI on May 10 after lab results came back confirming marijuana in his system during an incident on Route 283 in Londonderry Township on Nov. 15.

Police said that at about 5:11 p.m. that day, Micaha Lamont Knisely, 30, of the 1800 block of Basin Hill Boulevard, was found in a white Ford Fusion that had been stuck in the snow off the road shoulder westbound near mile marker 6.2 for several hours, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police said they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car, and Knisely showed signs of being impaired during field sobriety tests.

A probable cause search of the car yielded drug paraphernalia in the trunk, and a plastic bag of suspected marijuana was found on Knisely, police said.

Results came back Nov. 28 showing the active ingredient of marijuana in Knisely’s system at the time, according to police.

Besides DUI of a controlled substance, Knisely is charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and disregarding a single lane of traffic.

His preliminary hearing is set for June 3.

Traffic stop leads to charges vs. 2

Middletown police charged two people following a traffic stop in the 2800 block of Vine Street at about 12:50 a.m. May 8.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said a faint odor of marijuana was detected inside the white 2019 Toyota Corolla driven by Anna Marie Weimer, 26, of the 300 block of Lopax Road in Harrisburg.

Police said Weimer told them she had smoked marijuana 15 to 20 minutes before the stop. She also showed signs of being impaired during field sobriety tests, police said.

Police during a search of the car consented to by Weimer found a yellow marijuana pipe and a grinder containing a small amount of marijuana.

Blood was drawn from Weimer at the county booking center, but results were not reported.

Weimer was charged with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Her preliminary hearing is June 3.

Police during the search also found an open bottle of vodka and a gray marijuana grinder belonging to Jeffrey Christian Cleckner, 23, of the 100 block of North Wood Street in Middletown, who was a passenger in the front seat.

Cleckner was charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. His preliminary hearing is June 3.