locally owned since 1854

Lower Swatara police: Teen’s social media post was a threat against MAHS

Police roundup also includes Publishers Clearing House scam

Posted 4/19/17

A photograph posted on social media by a 15-year-old township resident provided police enough evidence to file charges against the teenager.

Police report allegations of terroristic threats …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Lower Swatara police: Teen’s social media post was a threat against MAHS

Police roundup also includes Publishers Clearing House scam

Posted

A photograph posted on social media by a 15-year-old township resident provided police enough evidence to file charges against the teenager.

Police report allegations of terroristic threats have been filed against the teenager stemming from a photo she allegedly posted on Snapchat that showed her gesturing with her hand as if she had a gun and noting she was going to shoot up the school.

Police said they were contacted by an official at Middletown Area High School on March 28 because it appeared the photo might have been taken at the school. Investigators confronted the teenager at home.

They added that during a search of the youth’s bedroom, consented to by her parents, items classified as drug paraphernalia were found. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia also was filed against the teenager.

$250 gone, bank info scammed

A township resident admitted to police that she had sent $250 and gave her credit union account’s information to an individual who claimed to be but was not a representative of Publishers Clearing House.

According to police, the victim was contacted by telephone March 31 and informed she was a winner in Publishers Clearing House annual event. The male caller asked the local resident to send him $250 to defray the costs associated with claiming her prize. In addition the caller requested the routing number and account number of the victim’s account with an area credit union.

The victim also admitted to police she also was told she was the winner of other prizes offered by Publishers Clearing House. Police said the resident complied with both requests and sent $250 via Western Union to an individual in New Hampshire and also gave her credit union account’s information.

Shortly after sending the money the victim contacted both police and Members 1st Credit Union to report what she had done. Police said the local credit union immediately closed the victim’s account but added there was little to no hope the victim would get back her $250.

$1,100 snow thrower stolen

Police report a snow thrower valued at $1,100 was stolen sometime between March 13 and 23 from the Growing Adventures Child Care, Oberlin Road.

According to investigators, the black and red colored Troy-bilt Storm 3090XP was in a garage at the day care center located in the Twelve Oaks Business Center.

Township authorities were contacted on April 4.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Also at Growing Adventures Child Care, between March 24 and 27, someone sawed off a section of an exhaust pipe on a vehicle owned by the business.

An employee noticed the vehicle sounded very loud and discovered the missing section of exhaust pipe when the vehicle was being towed.

The cost to repair the vehicle was not noted.

Passenger in car charged

Police report a faulty headlight investigation ended in charges filed against a Steelton resident who was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to district court records, Christy L. Schaffer, 29, of the 100 block of North Front Street, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and providing a false ID to a law enforcement officer. The case stemmed from a traffic stop at 2:07 a.m. April 1 on Second Street near Eisenhower Boulevard.

Police reported Schaffer was questioned after an investigating officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the car in which she was a passenger. The accused reportedly gave police a birth date that was shown to be false, police added. When searched police found Schaffer to be in possession of items classified as drug paraphernalia, police said.

The arresting officer added he had also discovered several warrants had been filed against Schaffer in relation to theft cases in Dauphin County.

The driver of the vehicle was questioned by police and reportedly taken into custody but district court records did not include any additional information about his involvement in the incident.

Theft charge at gun club

John S. Paluscio, 68, of the 5000 block of Wertzville Road, Enola, has been charged with theft in allegations he took cash from a local gun club.

Police allege Paluscio took $25 from the cash register at the Penn Harris Gun Club during the early afternoon hours of March 27. The arresting officer said the incident was captured on a video surveillance system at the club, which is located in the 200 block of Richardson Road.

Palusico will have a preliminary hearing on the charge May 5 with District Judge Michael Smith.

2 flat-screen TVs stolen

Two flat-screen television sets valued at more than $340 were reported stolen during a burglary of a home in the 1000 block of Lakeside Drive.

Police said the theft is believed to have taken place between 7:50 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., March 30.

The victim told police both the 32-inch Emerson flatscreen TV and Sanyo 47-inch flatscreen TV were black.

Investigators said the victim was certain his home was locked at the time the incident took place. No sign of forced entry was found.

Police are waiting to hear from the victim who is determining if additional items had been stolen.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Charges filed after confrontation

Justin Bishop, 29, of the 1000 block of Longview Drive, Middletown, has been charged with recklessly endangering, simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness, police report.

Police allege Bishop struck an individual in the face and threw rocks at her car during a confrontation at the accused’s home at 7:24 p.m. March 28.

Bishop was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka, at which time bail was set at $50,000 cash. The accused was placed in Dauphin County Prison on Mar. 28 after not posting bail.

An April 13 hearing before District Judge Smith had been set for the case.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment