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Traffic stop leads to drug, gun charges vs. Harrisburg man: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 11/14/18

A traffic stop Nov. 5 led to the discovery of three warrants out for the driver of the car and new charges against him that include possession of heroin and marijuana and failing to have a license to …

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Traffic stop leads to drug, gun charges vs. Harrisburg man: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A traffic stop Nov. 5 led to the discovery of three warrants out for the driver of the car and new charges against him that include possession of heroin and marijuana and failing to have a license to carry a firearm.

Jerome T. Coleman Jr., 26, of the 600 block of Camp Street, Harrisburg, was arrested following a traffic stop at 12:57 a.m. in the area of Richardson Road and South Eisenhower Boulevard. Police said they stopped Coleman when he failed to properly signal while driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra. A background check showed three warrants for three traffic cases had been issued calling for his arrest.

During a search of his car, police said they found plastic bags containing heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a .380 caliber Diamondback semiautomatic pistol. The weapon was in the car’s glovebox; it was not noted whether the handgun was loaded.

Police learned that Coleman did not have a license to carry the handgun and that his driver’s license had been suspended.

District court records noted Coleman has been charged with possession of prohibited firearm, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, failure to have an emission inspection, operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and signaling improperly.

During a preliminary arraignment Nov. 5, District Judge Michael Smith set cash bail of $100,000. Coleman was placed in Dauphin County Prison after failing to post bail. He is scheduled to appear before Smith for a preliminary hearing Nov. 21.

Teen charged in officer’s assault

A Harrisburg teenager is charged with assaulting a township police officer.

Officers were called to a home in the 1000 block of Lakeside Drive at 6:18 p.m. Oct. 25 to investigate a report of trespassing. Police said a 17-year-old Harrisburg resident became embroiled in a confrontation with police and reportedly assaulted one of the officers. The incident report notes the police officer suffered a sprained thumb while taking the teenager into custody. Allegations of aggravated assault on a police officer (two counts) were filed against the teenager, police said.

Police noted the incident involved a dispute between a man and a woman. Officers noted Robert Curry, 34, of 1000 block of Lakeside Drive, Lower Swatara Township, was taken into custody and subsequently charged with defiant trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Curry pleaded guilty to the drug paraphernalia charge during a Nov. 8 preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael Smith. The defiant trespass charge was withdrawn. He is scheduled for another hearing before Smith on Dec. 10, according to online court records.

Teenagers egged building

Citations for defiant trespass were filed against four Middletown teenagers who threw numerous eggs at an empty building at Jednota Estates, Rosedale Ave.

Cited were Brayden Erickson, 18, of the 700 block of Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, and three 17-year-old Middletown residents, police said.

The investigating officer reported the incident took place after midnight Nov. 4. Reportedly the four teenagers were made to clean the building.

Cellphone reportedly thrown

Charges were filed against a Lower Swatara Township resident following a disturbance in which a man was struck in the face by a cellphone allegedly thrown at him by Stephanie Amey, 21, of the 200 block of Brookside Drive.

Amey has been charged with simple assault and harassment following the incident at 9:02 p.m. Oct. 30. The man suffered a cut to his face and was treated at the scene by emergency medical services, police noted.

Amey is scheduled to appear before District Judge Smith on Dec, 19 for a hearing on the charges.