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Mom let small children wander away, police say; woman had drugs hidden inside her, charges allege: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 9/4/19

A Lower Swatara Township woman has been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children after police found her kids standing in the street on B Lane. …

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Mom let small children wander away, police say; woman had drugs hidden inside her, charges allege: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Lower Swatara Township woman has been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children after police found her kids standing in the street on B Lane.

According to the affidavit, police were following up on an unrelated case at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 22 when they saw two kids in the road — a 1-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Police said there were no adults with them and the boy was pulling on the girl’s arm and she was pulling away.

The boy told police that his mother was sleeping in a trailer about five away, according to the affidavit. Police said the mother, Elaine Ann McHugh, 28, appeared to have just woken up and said she lets them walk on the road alone.

McHugh’s bail was set at $10,000 unsecured. Court records indicate that it was posted. Her preliminary hearing is Sept. 5.

Woman cited for gun at HIA

A Lower Paxton woman has been cited with disorderly conduct after she allegedly had a .357 revolver in her carry-on bag at Harrisburg International Airport.

The citation filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith identified the woman as Michele Zimitski, 40.

According to a press release from TSA, on Aug. 22, her gun was loaded with five bullets. The gun was caught as the bag went through the security checkpoint.

Police: Man fled from officers

A man faces multiple charges after he allegedly fled from police following a traffic stop for having a faulty registration light at 9:43 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Royal Mart on Second Street.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, the car stopped in front of a gas pump and James Anthony Schroll, 41, who police say is homeless, got out of the vehicle. When police told Schroll a traffic stop was being conducted and he should get back into his car, he started walking back before running away down an alley.

One officer ran after Schroll and another pursued in his car to cut him off. Police couldn’t locate him, and issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the affidavit.

Officers went back and talked with the passenger, Karynne Myers, 40, of Palmyra, who gave them permission to search the car. Inside, officers found two baggies of suspected methamphetamine, a used syringe, three vape cartridges containing THC, unused syringes, and three pill bottles containing a mix of medication inside Myers’ purse, according to the affidavit.

When officers pat Myers down for weapons, she reportedly told them that she had hidden three stamp bags of heroin in her vagina at Schroll’s request.

Schroll has been charged with intentional manufacture, distribution, possession with intent to distribute or possession of a designer drug; flight to avoid apprehension; possession of drug paraphernalia; tampering with physical evidence; driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked; and no rear lights.

Myers has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and permitting an unauthorized person to drive. Her preliminary hearing is Oct. 9.

Man charged with DUI after crash

A Londonderry Township man has been charged with DUI following a two-vehicle crash on Route 283, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

When State Police responded at 8:53 p.m. Aug. 1, David Michael Kerstetter, 35, was leaning against the guardrail and his motorcycle had heavy front-end damage. He told police he had one beer. Kerstetter reportedly told police that he tried to merge onto Route 283 from South Eisenhower Boulevard.

A blood sample was taken at the Dauphin County Booking Center; results were not reported. He was also charged with careless driving and a stop sign violation. His preliminary hearing is Oct. 2.

Man charged with DUI

A Lancaster man has been charged with DUI following a traffic stop in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike at 2:26 a.m. Aug. 25.

Lower Swatara police reportedly saw the car of Wayne Campbell, 53, cross over the yellow line and sit at a light for an extended period of time before turning, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

He told police he was the designated driver for someone at the River House Bar and Grill. A preliminary breath test indicated the presence of alcohol. Campbell refused a blood test, according to the affidavit.

He was also charged with an improper turn and disregarding the traffic lane. His bail was set at $2,500 in surety bonds; court records indicate that it was posted. His preliminary hearing is today.