Feb 11

Two Harrisburg Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

February 10, 2015

Scott A. Simon, 20
3000 Block of Wakefield Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

YOCUM Alexis
Alexis N. Yocum, 19
3000 Block Wakefield Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Possession of Marijuana

On October 10, 2014 at approximately 1:19 AM, Upper Allen Police stopped a vehicle operated by Scott Simon. During the investigation, Simon was found to be under the influence of marijuana and in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Yocum, a passenger in the vehicle, was also found in possession of marijuana. Simon and Yocum were both charged in the incident and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for February 9, 2015. The charges on both Simon and Yocum were waived to the Court of Common Pleas.

Feb 10

Mechanicsburg Doctor Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Several Female Patients

February 10, 2015

Jay Cho

Dr. Jay J. Cho, 71
1600 block of Lambs Gap Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Aggravated Indecent Assault
Drug Delivery by a Practitioner
Criminal Use of a Communication Facility
Indecent Assault
Possession of a Controlled Substance

The Hampden Township Police Department, the Upper Allen Township Police Department, and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force today arrested Jay J. Cho, 71, of Hampden Township on numerous charges including Rape, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Drug Delivery by a Practitioner and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. Today’s action follows a lengthy investigation spearheaded by Detective Trenton Mellott of the Upper Allen Police and Detective Mary Catherine Hottenstein of Hampden Police.

The charges against Cho, a medical doctor with offices in Hampden Township and Chambersburg, Franklin County, follow a lengthy investigation by Hampden Township, Upper Allen Township and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force. The affidavit of probable cause attached to the criminal complaint charging Cho states that over the past several years the Cumberland County Drug Task Force has received information that Cho was a “candy doctor”, that is a doctor who would give out prescriptions for controlled substances with little or no medical reason. In addition, in 2010, a patient of Dr. Cho had filed a police report with Hampden Township alleging a sexual assault but had never followed through with the complaint. The investigation became active again in late May 2014 following another report to Hampden Township of a sexual assault by Cho on a female patient.

The affidavit of probable cause contains numerous and repeated examples of Cho sexually assaulting patients, giving them large amounts of serious controlled substances outside the bounds of accepted pain management practice, meeting with female patients with no staff member in the room and repeatedly contacting female patients outside of the times for their visits.

The affidavit of probable cause further states that the investigation and charges involve a total of 12 victims and that at the time of the initial interviews with the victims, none of them knew each other. However, they all provided similar stories, and a common method of operation by Cho became apparent. Patients that are prescribed strong narcotics such as Oxycodone need to be carefully monitored due to the high potential for abuse and addiction. The investigation made clear that Cho has been abusing his position in order to take advantage of his patients. His patterns included over- prescribing narcotics to his patients and then using their drug addiction as leverage to commit sexual assaults.

The vast majority of the patients were afraid that he would not see them as patients anymore if they rejected his sexual advances. Victims # 1, 2, and 9 reported that Cho committed the assaults when he knew they were under extreme emotional stress from their personal lives. The affidavit of probable cause tells a story of repeated sexual assaults using implied emotional and psychological force. The victims were afraid of being cut off from the medications to which they had become addicted. The manner in which Cho interacted with these patients was clearly outside the normal doctor and patient relationship.

Medical records for many of the victims were obtained and reviewed by an independent medical expert in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. That expert’s report states that the amount of opiates prescribed to each patient far exceeded the established standards of care and the that care provided by Dr. Cho fell well below national standards of care.

The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office has agreed that the crimes that occurred in Franklin County can be charged and prosecuted along with the charges in Cumberland County.

Upper Allen Township Police Chief James Adams said, “ Upper Allen Township Police Department is fortunate to have an Officer dedicated full time to the Cumberland County Drug Task force who can take on or assist with very complex and time consuming cases that impact the quality of life not only in Upper Allen Township but in Central Pennsylvania. In this case, instead of a Doctor helping or treating people with addictions, Dr. Cho was creating addicts and/or taking advantage of people with addictions for his own personal and perverted desires.”

Hampden Township Police Chief Steven R. Junkin said, “Medical doctors take an oath to ‘cause no harm’ and are to always act in the best interest of their patient. A doctor who peddles drugs to addicts and then uses the control of the drugs to profit and further victimize the patient, transitions from practitioner to predator. There is no room in society for these predators and today, with endless hours, exhausting interviews, old fashioned hard work and interagency cooperation, we’ve hopefully removed this predator’s ability to ruin more lives.”

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said, “As my colleagues have stated, these charges are the result of hard work and thorough cooperation. The charges also represent the highest ideals of police work. Police and prosecutors charge based on evidence and evidence only, not rumor and conjecture. Proper investigation respects the rights of suspects and victims alike. Detectives Mellott and Hottenstein have upheld those high standards in this case, and they deserve our thanks.”

On February 10, 2015, an arrest warrant was obtained and Dr. Cho turned himself into Police. He was arraigned by MDJ Silcox and then committed to Cumberland County Prison on $375,000 bail. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 20, 2015 @ 9:30 AM at Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox’s office.

Any member of the public who believes he or she has pertinent information about this case is encouraged to call or text Upper Allen Township Police Department’s tip line at 717-850-UAPD (8273). Tips can also be submitted online by visiting: www.upperallenpolice.com.

As in any case of criminal charges, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Feb 10

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Upper Allen Resident

February 9, 2015

Marsh mugshot

Joshua M. Marsh, 20
1000 block of Plane Street
Middletown, PA 17057

Terroristic Threats

In July 2014, Upper Allen Police received a report of death threats made against a resident. The suspect was identified as Joshua Marsh, who was arrested by police in September 2014 for the offenses. A preliminary hearing was held on on February 9, 2015 before District Judge Mark martin. The charges were bound over to the Court of Common Pleas in Cumberland County.

Feb 09

Upper Allen Police Investigate Hit and Run Crash

February 8, 2015


***UPDATE*** 02/09/2015 @ 2:00 PM: Police have identified the vehicle and information from the public is no longer needed.

On Sunday, February 8, 2015 at approximately 11:25 AM, Upper Allen Police investigated a hit and run crash which occurred in the Cumberland Pointe Circle development. Witnesses stated that a dark gray, newer model Kia SUV struck the white Ford Explorer and the white Enterprise van, both pictured above. The Kia struck the van hard enough to push it from a straight position to the position seen in the picture. The operator of the Kia is described as a short, older white female. The Kia fled the scene and left the development in an unknown direction and is likely to have damage to the left front corner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Upper Allen Police at 717-238-9676. An anonymous tip line is also available by calling or texting 717-850-UAPD (8273). Anonymous tips can also be submitted online by visiting: www.upperallenpolice.com

Feb 09

Evening Crash Sends One To Hospital

February 6, 2015


Audrey R. Springer, 21
3200 block of Captain Demont Drive
Waldorf, MD 20603

David K. Huffer, 64
300 block of Hemlock Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On February 6, 2015 at 6:56 PM, Upper Allen Police were dispatched to W. Lisburn Road at US Route 15 for an auto accident. An investigation revealed that Springer made a left turn towards the on-ramp of US Route 15 south before traffic had cleared the intersection. A passenger in Huffer’s vehicle suffered an injury and was transported to Holy Spirit Hospital by West Shore EMS for evaluation. Upper Allen Police were assisted on the scene by Upper Allen Fire Police and the Upper Allen Fire Department.

Feb 06

Police Warn Residents of IRS Scam

February 6, 2015

Now that tax season is here, there has been an increase in calls regarding IRS scams. Although this is nothing new, Upper Allen Police have recently received multiple reports from township residents about an IRS telephone scam. Most have received an automated telephone call from someone that is claiming to be an agent of the IRS stating that they are subject to a law suit over unpaid taxes and requests a return telephone call. When the call is returned a male with foreign accent requests personal information. Residents are warned not to provide any personal information over the the telephone.

Note that the IRS will never:
1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;
4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or
5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you receive one of these calls and have the originating number or a call back number, the IRS requests you report it to the IRS Internal Inspection at 800-366-4484.

Click here for the IRS News Release

Feb 05

Juvenile Struck by a Vehicle

February 4, 2015


Carol Khalili, 69
1100 block of Apple Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Juvenile, 16
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On February 4, 2015 at 6:47 PM Upper Allen Police were dispatched to the 100 Block of Cockleys Drive for a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle. Khalili was driving north on Cockleys Drive after sunset and struck a juvenile male who was wearing dark clothing and riding a skateboard on the road. Khalili, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. The juvenile male was injured and was transported to Hershey Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the accident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Upper Allen Police at 717-238-9676. An anonymous tip line is also available by calling or texting 717-850-UAPD (8273). Anonymous tips can also be submitted online by visiting: www.upperallenpolice.com

Feb 04

Residence Burglarized and Copper Pipes Stolen

February 2, 2015

burglary 3

Sometime in the past two months an unknown person entered a residence in the 1st block of E. Winding Hill Road in Upper Allen Township and removed the copper plumbing. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Upper Allen Police at 717-238-9676. An anonymous tip line is also available by calling or texting 717-850-UAPD (8273). Anonymous tips can also be submitted online by visiting: www.upperallenpolice.com.

Feb 03

Dillsburg Man Charged with Possession of Marijuana

February 3, 2015
Sadler CPIN

Brandon R. Sadler, 30
700 block of Mountain RD
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

In the evening hours of September 30, 2014, Upper Allen Police stopped a vehicle operated by Sadler for exceeding the speed limit. The odor of marijuana was detected inside the vehicle during the stop. After further investigation, Sadler was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On February 2, 2015, a preliminary hearing was held and charges were waived to the Court of Common Pleas.

Feb 02

Nursing Facility Employee Charged with Theft

February 2, 2015


Kristina M. Ciochetto, 46
1st block of Clemens Drive
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Theft by Unlawful Taking

In November of 2014 a resident at Messiah Lifeways in Upper Allen Township reported missing money. An investigation eventually identified the housekeeper, Kristina Ciochetto, as a suspect. Police filed charges against Ciochetto in December 2014 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for February 2, 2015. Ciochetto plead guilty to the offense.

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