#parents | #teensvaping | Charges filed after MAHS basketball game incident: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A Harrisburg teen faces charges of simple assault and harassment following an incident at the Steel-High vs. Middletown basketball game Jan. 14.

A teen told police that during the game, a group of girls were following her friend around, asking him to fight someone, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

The friend reportedly told the girls no and they continued to press him.

The teen and her friends left the game at about 9:30 p.m. and the teen told police she noticed the girls were following them. According to the affidavit, the girls said if the teen’s friend doesn’t fight, they would beat up the teen and another girl with them.

The teen and her friends got into a car. One of the girls, Ashley Margarita Moran, 18, grabbed the teen’s hair through an opening in the window. Her head, while tilted back, bounced off the window, police wrote in the affidavit.

The teen told police she later started to get headaches and feel nauseous.

Moran’s preliminary hearing is Feb. 24.

Tampering with evidence charges

A New Bloomfield man faces charges after he was allegedly a felon in possession of a revolver and tried to get rid of drugs down the sink.

At 12:17 a.m. Jan. 13, a township officer was running registration plates at the Congress Inn on Eisenhower Boulevard. One of the vehicles belonged to Samuel Rader Jr., 44, who according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith had a parole violation.

Police entered his motel room, and officers wrote they heard the bathroom sink running. Rader later told police he was attempting to wash drugs down the sink, the affidavit said.

In the room, officers reportedly found packaging for heroin and methamphetamine, needles, scales, marijuana paraphernalia with a small amount rolled into a joint, and fake $100 bills, among other items.

In the trash can, police reportedly found a loaded H&R .22 Special revolver. Rader told police he threw it in the trash when police knocked on the door, according to the affidavit.

He was charged with possession of a firearm prohibited, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, possession or use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Smith set his bail at $100,000. His preliminary hearing is Jan. 22.

Box with Apple products stolen

Lower Swatara police are investigating a reported theft at FedEx Freight on Fulling Mill Road.

It was reported to officers at about 5 p.m. Jan. 10.

According to police, someone stole a box containing Apple products, possibly including watches and phones.

Officers said an inventory is being done.

Police said it was unknown the amount and value of what was stolen.

Terroristic threats alleged

A Lower Swatara man was charged after he allegedly threatened to have a person beat up.

Township police responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Overlook Road at 3:23 p.m. Jan. 5.

On his Facebook page, Bret Joseph Cruz, 39, wrote that he was going to reach out and have people “stomp the s*** out” of the victim, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Cruz was charged with making terroristic threats. His preliminary hearing is Feb. 24.

Crash on Eisenhower, Route 283

Two people were injured in a crash at 5:44 p.m. Jan 11 at the intersection of South Eisenhower Boulevard and Route 283.

According to police, a 77-year-old Elizabethtown woman was driving south on South Eisenhower. When she turned left onto Route 283, she collided with a car driven by a 48-year-old Harrisburg woman.

Officers said both cars were towed and had heavy front-end damage.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital privately.

There were no citations.

DUI charges after crash

A Middletown man has been charged with DUI after State Police responded to a crash at 3:03 a.m. Dec. 14 on the ramp from Interstate 283 South to Route 283 East.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, the driver, Tila Chand Kafley, 19, lost control and went off the road, hitting multiple construction signs.

A sample of his blood was taken. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, his blood-alcohol content was 0.156. The legal limit to drive in Pennsylvania is 0.08.

Kafley was also charged with purchasing an alcoholic beverage by a minor, driving at a speed faster than prudent for the conditions and careless driving. His preliminary hearing is Feb. 19.

AirPods stolen

AirPods were reported stolen from Middletown Area High School at 12:42 p.m. Jan. 13.

According to police, the AirPods were in the locker room and stolen while the student was in gym class.

The AirPods are valued at a total of $280. The theft is under investigation.

Hit-and-run on West Main

Township police responded to a hit-and-run in the 200 block of West Main Street.

It was reported to officers at 2:06 p.m. Jan. 9, but the car owner told police the incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan 8.

Another car hit the vehicle on the passenger side quarter panel above the wheel. White paint was reportedly transferred during the crash.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Lower Swatara police at 717-939-0463.

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