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Routine probation check leads to drug charges in borough: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 1/3/19

A Middletown man was charged after he was found to be in possession of marijuana during a routine probation check of his apartment in the 600 block of Spring Street at about 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

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Routine probation check leads to drug charges in borough: Police and Courts Roundup

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A Middletown man was charged after he was found to be in possession of marijuana during a routine probation check of his apartment in the 600 block of Spring Street at about 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Dauphin County probation officers accompanied by Middletown police detected a strong odor of marijuana in the residence of James Berge, 23, of the Spring Street address.

Police during the check seized marijuana from Berge’s residence, along with a scale and hemp oil, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Berge was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka and charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of marijuana, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Berge was freed after posting $10,000 bail. Berge waived his Dec. 31 preliminary hearing and is to be arraigned on all the charges in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 8.

Hit-and-run on North Union

An unidentified vehicle was damaged in a hit-and-run reported in the 300 block of North Union Street in Middletown on Dec. 21.

A large black truck hit the driver’s side door of a vehicle parked on the east side of the street, borough police said.

Tire slashed on Spring Street

A tire-slashing reported in the 400 block of Spring Street in Middletown on Dec. 15 does not appear related to the rash of tire slashings that occurred in the borough in mid-November, police say.

The method used in this slashing was different, police say, as the culprit used a serrated object to cut the tread.

In previous cases, someone used a sharp object to puncture the sidewall of the tire, police said.

Police never charged anyone with the November tire-slashings. But the incidents appeared to stop after police put out information about them and asked for help in finding those responsible.

Inoperable lights, drug charges

A Londonderry Township woman faces drug charges after being pulled over near Main and Vine streets in Middletown for driving with a non-working brake light and tail light just before midnight on Oct. 18.

Samantha Jordan Fischer, 23, of the 1900 block of South Geyers Church Road, smelled of marijuana and could not successfully perform field sobriety tests, borough police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police said Fischer also admitted to having concealed within her person a vape pen containing marijuana. Lab results from a blood draw showed that Fischer had traces of the active ingredient of marijuana in her system, police said.

Fischer is charged with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, and driving with no rear lights. Her preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 4.

Woman charged for hitting man

State Police charged a Londonderry Township woman with simple assault after she allegedly hit a man during a dispute in the 3000 block of East Harrisburg Pike shortly after 10:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Valerie Marie Sager, 29, of the East Harrisburg Pike address, struck the man in the face with a shirt and hit him in the nose with her fist, causing bleeding and swelling, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

She was arraigned before Judy on Dec. 21 and also charged with harassment. Bail was set at $25,000 unsecured, but Sager was not listed in Dauphin County Prison.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 7.

Co-worker’s tires slashed

Middletown police charged a borough man for slashing the tire of a co-worker.

Tyler James Fry, 24, of the first block of West Emaus Street, was charged based on video surveillance showing him kneeling behind the victim’s vehicle as it was parked in the lot behind Karns at 101 S. Union St. late at night Dec. 3, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The victim had been involved in an incident for which Fry had been written up, police said.

Fry is charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. His preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 4.