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Resident tries to help driver along road, says he was assaulted: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 2/6/19

A Lower Swatara Township resident told police he was assaulted after he stopped to see if someone needed help with their vehicle on Turnpike Industrial Drive near Fulling Mill Road at 11:24 p.m. Jan. …

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Resident tries to help driver along road, says he was assaulted: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Lower Swatara Township resident told police he was assaulted after he stopped to see if someone needed help with their vehicle on Turnpike Industrial Drive near Fulling Mill Road at 11:24 p.m. Jan. 26.

According to police, the resident saw a man on the side of the road out of his vehicle. The resident pulled alongside and asked if the man needed help, police said.

The man then allegedly began assaulting the resident, who tried to fight back, police said.

Officers said the resident sustained minor injuries. Police said the incident is under investigation.

Man charged after incident

A Lower Swatara man faces charges after he allegedly punched and restricted the breathing of a woman at a residence in the first block of Nelson Manor Lane.

Gualberto Rivas-Reyes, 29, of the Nelson Manor Lane address, has been charged with strangulation, simple assault and harassment.

Officers responded just before 2 a.m. Jan. 26, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith. The woman told police that Rivas-Reyes began fighting with her after drinking. According to the affidavit, Rivas-Reyes kicked in the door to the room where the woman was, pushed her against a wall, punched her in the arms and restricted her breathing.

Rivas-Reyes was taken into custody after police reportedly kicked open the door to the residence. Rivas-Reyes is listed as being in custody in Dauphin County Prison.

His preliminary arraignment was held Jan. 26 before Smith. Bail was set at $75,000. His preliminary hearing is Feb. 6.

Resident scammed out of $3,000

A township resident is out $3,000 after a worker didn’t replace windows as they were hired to do.

The incident was reported at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 1. According to police, the resident hired someone to replace the windows of a residence in the 1200 block of Freys Grove Lane.

Police said the work was not completed.

Stolen suitcase

A township resident reported the theft of a suitcase from inside a residence in the 1200 block of Jefferson Drive at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 28.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry. Officers said the theft is under investigation.

Woman charged with DUI

A Sharpsville woman faces DUI-related charges after she allegedly sped and hit a concrete shoulder wall.

Tara Marie Weyant, 34, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, careless driving, exceeding maximum speed limits and restriction on alcoholic beverages.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, at 1:10 a.m. Jan. 24, a Highspire officer was on patrol when he saw a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Route 283 and Eisenhower Boulevard in Lower Swatara Township. The affidavit said the vehicle turned north onto Eisenhower Boulevard, driving at first in the wrong lane of traffic before correcting itself.

The vehicle allegedly drove about 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. The driver also pulled off to the side of the road, rode the white line and hit the passenger’s side tire against a concrete wall, according to the affidavit.

Weyant was pulled over in the 800 block of Eisenhower Boulevard in Swatara Township, and officers reported they could smell the odor of alcohol coming from her and the vehicle. They found an open bottle of alcohol and a cup in her vehicle.

Officers performed field sobriety tests, and a sample of her blood was taken. Police are awaiting the results of the test, according to the affidavit. Her preliminary hearing is set for March 3.

Student threatens assault

A student was cited after he allegedly threatened to assault another student at Middletown Area Middle School at 2:54 p.m. Jan. 23.

According to police, the student, who is 13 and from Middletown, was cited with disorderly conduct.

Wallet returned minus the cash

A wallet was reunited with its owner after it was lost at Souders Mini Mart at 1100 Fulling Mill Road.

However, the owner reported to police at 12:34 p.m. Jan. 21 that the wallet was missing $100 from inside.

Police said the theft is under investigation.

Man charged with DUI

A 43-year-old man is in custody and faces DUI-related charges.

Nicholas Eugene Troutman, who has no established address, according to police, has been charged with driving under the influence. Police said he also was charged with violating a protection from abuse order.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, officers responded to a report of a protection from abuse violation at the first block of Mic Nan Drive at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 28.

Officers pulled over his vehicle. Officers said Troutman smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and glassy, spaced-out eyes. Officers allegedly found alcohol in his vehicle.

A sample of his blood was taken, but results were not reported.

His preliminary arraignment was held Jan. 28, and his bail was set at $25,000.

His preliminary hearing is Feb. 20.