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Bethel Township

Vehicle Accident – At 10:21 p.m. May 14, a single-vehicle crash occurred on SR 22 East, west of Hamlin Road. A 2014 Ford Focus driven by an 18-year-old Jonestown man was traveling in the left lane of the highway when he hit a raccoon that ran in front of his vehicle. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage. The man was wearing a seatbelt and reported no injuries.

City of Lebanon

Drug Possession – On April 30, police charged Yandel Vega-Gonzalez, 18, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer observed him sitting in his vehicle while it was parked in a private lot on the 300 block of North 9th Street.

Driving While Suspended, Registration and Certificate of Title Required – On May 4, police charged Travis Sutherly, 40, with one count of driving with suspended (DUI-related) – third or subsequent offense, registration and certificate of title required, and required financial responsibility after officers stopped him on the 600 block of North 9th Street for a traffic violation.

Driving While Suspended – On May 1, police charged Carl Philhower, 28, with driving while suspended (DUI-related) after officers observed him on the 500 block of Oak Street.

Ordinance Violations – On May 7, police charged an 18-year-old Lebanon man and a 20-year-old Lebanon woman with an ordinance violation (parks and recreation areas) after he was in a city park on the 1400 block of Maple Street after dusk.

Harassment – On May 5, police charged a 32-year-old Lebanon woman with two counts of harassment after she confronted a female on the 300 block of North 10th Street and started arguing with her. The suspect allegedly struck the other woman and pulled her hair. When the other woman’s husband stepped in, the 32-year-old Lebanon woman struck him as well.

Ordinance Violation – On May 6, police charged a 51-year-old Lebanon man with failure to comply with permit conditions by permitting the consumption of alcohol within a city park on the 700 block of North Hanover Street.

Harassment – On May 7, police charged a 53-year-old Lebanon man with harassment after he slapped a woman on the side of her head. This incident occurred on the 1100 block of Old Cumberland Street.

PFA Violation – On May 3, police charged Jayvan Polanco, 27, with violating a protection from abuse order after he had contact with persons listed on the order on the 400 block of Walton Street. The PFA order was served to Polanco on Feb. 16.

PFA Violation – On May 18, police charged Melissa Gass, 45, with violating a protection from abuse order after an incident on the 400 block of Freeman Street.

PFA Violation – On May 17, police charged Atari Felton, 21, with violating a protection from abuse order after an incident in Lebanon.

PFA Violation – On May 16, police charged Harold Martinez-Pagan, 37, with violating a protection from abuse order after an incident on the 100 block of Maple Street.

Acquisition By Misrepresentation – On May 15, police charged Alhassane Sakho, 22, with acquisition by misrepresentation after he attempted by misrepresentation, forgery, or fraud to obtain or acquire a controlled substance on the 400 block of South 9th Street.

DUI – On April 29, police charged Angel Franqui-Pagan, 34, with DUI-alcohol .10% to .16% and DUI-alcohol-general impairment after an officer observed him unresponsive behind the wheel of a running vehicle. This incident occurred on the 1000 block of Guilford Street.

Belated Mother’s Day Visit – On May 17, officers from the Lebanon City Police Department had a belated Mother’s Day visit with Rena Lebo. Lebanon City Police Officer Kris McCarrick headed up the effort, feeling the need to show some support and care toward the late Lt. William Lebo’s mother on what was the second Mother’s Day she has spent without her son. On Mother’s Day on May 14, Rena and Lora Lebo were in Washington, D.C., to be present for the 42nd National Peace Officers Memorial Service, where Lt. Lebo was honored for his ultimate sacrifice. The Lebanon City Police Department sends Rena love as she continues to cope with the loss of her son.

East Hanover Township

Vehicle Accident, Stop Signs and Yield Signs – At 3:52 p.m. May 18, a crash occurred as a 2018 Dodge Durango driven by a 54-year-old Webster, New York, man accompanied by a 49-year-old Webster woman was traveling south on SR 934, approaching its intersection with Jonestown Road. A 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 75-year-old Harrisburg woman was taking a left onto SR 934 and pulled out without proper clearance. The Dodge struck the Chevrolet and both vehicles sustained disabling damage. All occupants were wearing seatbelts. The Harrisburg woman sustained a suspected minor injury and was transported via Life Lion EMS to the Good Samaritan Hospital. The Webster couple reported no injuries. Police charged the Harrisburg woman with stop signs and yield signs.

Heidelberg Township

Vehicle Accident – At 4:40 p.m. May 17, a crash occurred as a 2018 KTM Adventure motorcycle driven by a 45-year-old Denver man was traveling east and rear-ended a 2020 Toyota Prius driven by a 42-year-old Mohnton man that was stopped, waiting for the vehicle in front of him to turn left onto Burkhardt Lane. The Toyota sustained functional damage. The motorcycle sustained disabling damage. The Denver man was wearing a motorcycle helmet. The Mohnton man was wearing a seatbelt. No injuries were reported.

North Londonderry Township

Retail Theft – Police charged Troy Englehart, 60, of Annville, with retail theft after an investigation determined that he took $158.98 worth of items while employed by Walmart at 100 North Londonderry Square between Jan. 13 and Feb. 26 and did not pay for the items.

Drug Possession – At 9:14 p.m. Oct. 23, police charged Timothy Mellin, 61, of Palmyra, with possession of drug paraphernalia after police were called to his residence on the 600 block of Fir Street.

Palmyra Borough

Criminal Mischief – At 5:03 p.m. April 17, police responded to the 300 block of North Chestnut Street for reports of juveniles throwing rocks at a building and breaking windows. Police arrived on the scene and located the three juvenile males involved. It was determined that the juveniles caused $3,000 in damage to the building. On May 5, charges of criminal mischief were filed against them.

DUI, Careless Driving – At approximately 2 a.m. April 16, police responded to the 800 block of West Main Street for a non-reportable crash. Upon arrival, police determined that Karen Gomez-Osorio, 23, was operating a gray Ford Focus when she struck a Derry Township police vehicle (with emergency lights activated). No injuries were reported. Gomez-Osorio was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, was taken into custody and transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital (WellSpan) for a blood draw. Results of the blood draw showed that Gomez-Osorio’s BAC was 0.259%. On May 8, a criminal complaint was filed with MDJ Garver’s office, charging Gomez-Osorio with DUI-incapable of safe driving, DUI-highest rate of alcohol, and careless driving.

Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness, Harassment – At approximately 1:35 a.m. May 6, police responded to Gary’s Bar, at 8 W. Main St., for a report of an active disturbance. Gary’s Bar employees were escorting a customer out of the bar when the customer, identified as a 68-year-old Hummelstown man, punched an employee with his fist. Police charged the man with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and harassment-physical contact through MDJ Garver’s office on May 9.

Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness – During the above incident, while officers were interviewing the parties involved and witnesses, a 35-year-old Palmyra man substantially interfered with the investigation. He was given several warnings not to interfere but continued to do so. The man, who was manifestly under the influence of alcohol, was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. Police charged the man with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness through MDJ Garver’s office on May 9.

South Lebanon Township

Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, DUI, Drug Possession – At approximately 10:23 a.m. Jan. 26, police investigated a driving complaint near East Cumberland Street and Prescott Drive and learned that the driver of the vehicle, Chad Layser, 36, was under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. A search of his vehicle produced THC wax, 110 grams of marijuana, 4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, clonazepam, and drug paraphernalia. Upon receipt of laboratory test results, police charged Layser with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, DUI-controlled substance, DUI-alcohol, possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Illegally Operating without Ignition Interlock – At approximately 1:52 p.m. April 19, police pulled over a vehicle on the 500 block of East Cumberland Street. Police learned that the driver of the vehicle, Margarita Stauch, 52, was only licensed to operate vehicles equipped with an Ignition Interlock System, which this vehicle did not have. Police charged Stauch with illegally operating a vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock.

Drug Possession, Registration Required, Operating a Vehicle without Valid Inspection – At approximately 2:54 p.m. May 17, police pulled over a vehicle on the 500 block of East Cumberland Street and learned that the driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old woman, was in possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). Police charged her with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving an unregistered vehicle, and operating a vehicle without valid inspection.

Bench Warrant – On May 17, a bench warrant was filed against Laurence Mejia, 31, for failing to appear for court relating to an incident that took place on April 11. Police also found Mejia to be in possession of illegal narcotics. The original charges were possession of a small amount of marijuana, operating a vehicle without valid inspection, and unauthorized transfer or use of registration.

Swatara Township

Vehicle Accident, Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic – At 12:07 a.m. May 14, a single-vehicle crash occurred on Kenbrook Road, west of Troy Avenue. A 2022 Ram Ram 2500 driven by a 25-year-old Lebanon woman was negotiating a left curve in the road as the Ram came from Troy Avenue onto Kenbrook Road. The Ram exited the right side of the road, hit a Verizon utility pole, and came to rest in a field. The Ram sustained disabling front-end damage and was towed from the scene. The woman was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. Police charged her with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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