Feb 24

Harrisburg Man Arrested for Cell Phone Theft

February 24, 2015
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Arrested:
Scott W Comrey, 22
1200 block of Swatara Street
Harrisburg, PA

Charges:
Theft by Unlawful Taking
Receiving Stolen Property

On October 27, 2014, Scott Comrey stole a cell phone from a co-worker while he was at work at a business in the 600 block of Independence Avenue in Upper Allen Township. An investigation was conducted and charges were filed against Comrey. On February 23, Comrey waived his preliminary hearing and the charges were forwarded to the Court of Common Pleas in Cumberland County.

Feb 24

Harrisburg Man Arrested for Sending Sexually Explicit Material

February 23, 2015
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Arrested:
Howard Gilmore Offenger, IV
200 Block of Cumberland Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Charges:
Obscene and Other Sexual Materials and Performances
Open Lewdness
Harassment

In November 2014, Upper Allen Police received a report from an Upper Allen resident stating that they had received sexually explicit and disturbing material from an unknown individual via text messaging. After an investigation the suspect was identified as Howard Offenger, IV and charges were then filed via summons. A preliminary hearing was held on February 23, 2015 before District Judge Mark Martin. The hearing was waived to the Court of Common Pleas in Cumberland County.

Feb 23

Burglar Caught In Peachtree and Trindle Station Neighborhoods

February 23, 2015
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Arrested:
Jovar Deandre Hairston, 20
1500 block Berryhill Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

Charges:
Criminal Attempt Burglary
Loitering and Prowling at Night
Criminal Mischief
False ID to Law Enforcement

** 02/23/2015, 7:15 AM UPDATE: Through the booking process, it was learned that Hairston provided false identification to law enforcement. Jovar Hairston is the correct defendant. **

At approximately 10:00 PM, Upper Allen Police were alerted to an active home burglary in the 900 block of Peacthree Drive. Responding officers encountered two males fleeing the area. After a foot chase and search by police K-9, Jovar Hairston was apprehended. During the investigation, additional residences were found to have been targeted. Hairston was transported to the Cumberland County Prison for processing and arraignment. Additional suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone discovering damage to their home or anyone with information regarding these incidents 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. Upper Allen Police were assisted by Lower Allen Township Police, Mechanicsburg Borough Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Feb 22

Dillsburg Man Arrested for DUI and Drugs

February 22, 2015
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Arrested:
Chad N. Townsend, 34
400 block of Woodland Drive
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Charges:
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Driving Without a License

On February 21, 2015 at 2:05 AM, Townsend was stopped for a traffic violation on US Route 15 south, Upper Allen Township. The officer found that Townsend was driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and that he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Townsend was arrested at the scene and transported to Cumberland County Prison for processing. A preliminary hearing will be held at a later date.

Feb 21

Attempted Burglary On Beacon Circle in Upper Allen Township

February 21, 2015
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On Friday, February 20, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, an unknown suspect attempted to forcibly enter a residence in the 2000 block of Beacon Circle. The suspect was not able to gain entry into the residence. 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 21

Single Vehicle Crash Injures One

February 21, 2015
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Operator:
Taylor M. McCurdy, 21
1st block E. York Street
Dillsburg, PA 17019

On February 21st, 2015 at 2:19 AM, Upper Allen Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of S. York Street for a single vehicle crash with injury to the driver. McCurdy’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole before striking the porch of two separate residences. The impact of the crash caused McCurdy’s vehicle to split into two separate pieces. McCurdy was transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for her injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Upper Allen Police were assisted at the scene by Mechanicsburg Police, the Upper Allen Fire Department, and Holy Spirit EMS.

Feb 20

Upper Allen Resident Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

February 20, 2014
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Arrested:
Joel M. Buser, 45
2200 block of Aspen Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Charges:
Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child
Unlawful Contact with Minor
Indecent Assault of a Child
Corruption of Minors

In January 2015 Upper Allen Police received a report that Joel Buser was alleged to have been having sexual contact with a child acquaintance. The sexual contact was to have occurred at Buser’s residence from July 2014 until reported in January 2015. After conducting an investigation into the allegations, Upper Allen Police obtained a warrant for Buser’s arrest. Buser was arrested on February 20, 2015 and transported to Cumberland County Prison. On April 23, 2015, Buser waived the charges to the Court of Common Pleas in Cumberland County.

Feb 17

Ford F450 Truck Reported Stolen from Harrisburg Auto Auction

February 17, 2014
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On February 17, 2015 Upper Allen Police received a report that a truck was stolen from Harrisburg Auto Auction, 1100 S. York Street. The truck was stolen on Thursday, February 12, 2015 between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM. The truck is a white 2005 Ford F-450 Super Duty Regular Cab Service Truck, 4 wheel drive, 6.0 diesel, vehicle identification number 1FDXF47P95EA36072. Anyone with information related to this ongoing investigation is asked to call Upper Allen Township Police at 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 11

Two Harrisburg Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

February 10, 2015
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Arrested:
Scott A. Simon, 20
3000 Block of Wakefield Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

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

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

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

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

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.

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