Upper Allen Woman Charged with DUI and Assault


Melanie Zavatchan, 26
300 block Gettysburg Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Aggravated Assault

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at approximately 7:20 PM, the Upper Allen Police were dispatched for a possible DUI driver. The driver, Melanie Zavatchan, was found in the parking lot of a local grocery store. During the investigation, Zavatchan was determined to be DUI and was arrested. After being arrested, Zavatchan was transported to UPMC Carlisle for treatment. While at the hospital, Zavatchan kicked a nurse leading to an additional charge of assault. On September 17, 2020 Zavatchan appeared at MDJ Martin’s office and waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Evening Crash Sends New Jersey Man to Hospital


Brandon Altland, 34
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Freddy Vargas-Rosario, 63
Patterson, NJ 07503

On Wednesday, September 23 at approximately 4:50 PM, the Upper Allen Police responded to US Route 15 northbound in the area of mile marker 35.9 for a crash in which a vehicle struck and killed a large animal, which blocked the left lane. The resulting emergency braking by vehicles approaching the first crash resulted in Altland being unable to stop his dump truck, which struck the rear end of Vargas-Rosario’s Jeep Liberty. Vargas-Rosario reported injuries and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

The Upper Allen Police were assisted at the scene by the Upper Allen Fire Department, Upper Allen Fire Police, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Geisinger Holy Spirit EMS.

Lost Dog Spotted on Klinedinst Road


On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 8:45 AM, Upper Allen Police received a report of a lost dog on Klinedinst Road. The concerned individual stated that the dog appeared to be in trouble and in need of help as it was covered in burrs. Information was located for the dog’s owner. The dog is a 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd named ‘Sadie’. She is mostly black with some brown with a purple collar. Sadie was last seen headed west from the intersection of Klinedinst Road and Hertzler Drive.

*The owner advises that people should not approach the dog. She asks that individuals keep an eye on Sadie and then contact UAPD.*

Dillsburg Man Arrested for Drug Charges


Kodie E. Nailor, 26
300 block West Siddonsburg Road
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance
Possession of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia

On June 20, 2020 at approximately 11:30 AM Upper Allen Police were at a local hotel conducting an unrelated investigation. While there, police encountered Kodie Nailor with a large amount of marijuana and hash oil. Nailor was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia to include scales and packaging materials. On September 14, Nailor waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the case was forwarded to the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

Upper Allen Police Participate in Basic Training Farewell Parade

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, the Upper Allen Police Department participated in a farewell parade for Levi Reday, a Township resident. Levi leaves for Air Force Basic Training on Monday, September 14, 2020, and intends to pursue a career in Aerospace Propulsion. Upper Allen Police were grateful for the opportunity to participate in the parade and we appreciate and support Levi’s decision to serve his country.