Evening Crash Sends One to the Hospital

September 14, 2010

Carl S Hocker Jr, 62
2200 Block Spring Run Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On September 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM, the Upper Allen Police were dispatched to the 500 block of East Winding Hill Road for a single vehicle automobile accident. Responding units arrived on the scene to find Hocker confined in the vehicle. Hocker was extricated from the vehicle by the Fire Department, then airlifted to Hershey Medical Center by Life Lion for assessment of his injuries. The on scene investigation shows that Hocker was traveling east on East Winding Hill Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

The Upper Allen Police were assisted by the Upper Allen Fire Department, Lisburn Community Fire Department, Upper Allen Fire Police, and West Shore EMS.

Beware of Scams

September 11, 2010

Residents have reported receiving phone calls from individuals advising them that they had won large sums of money but in order to receive it, they first had to send various amounts of money to addresses in Jamaica and California. The elderly seem to be the main targets of this scam and intimidation and scare tactics are often used by the callers to get their victims to cooperate. Victims are sometimes contacted several times a day advising different people and places to send the money. The probability is that if you did not buy a ticket for sanctioned lottery, you probably did not win. This scam has been a major problem in Minnesota which has led their Public Safety Agency to combine investigative efforts with the Jamaican Police, resulting in numerous arrests in Jamaica. For more information, see the video below.

This is just one of many scams today. The best prevention is to not send or wire money to a person you do not know (see video below). Do not accept checks from anyone that wants you to keep an certain amount for your “efforts” and wire the balance back to them. For additional information, see the “Crime Prevention – Con Artists” section of this website as well as IC3 and FBI

Afternoon Crash Closes Right Lane of Route 15

September 4, 2010

Margaret Knaub, 59
500 block of Cascade Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On Saturday September 4th at 5:45 PM Knaub was traveling on Route 15 northbound in the left lane as she approached Grantham Road. Another vehicle, possibly a tan Ford Taurus with a Maryland registration, passed her on the right and then cut in front of her to get ahead of Knaub’s vehicle. Knaub then attempted to move to the right lane, over steered and lost control of the her vehicle. She struck the center concrete median, then went back to the right and struck the guide rail off of the shoulder. The right lane of Route 15 North was closed down for over one hour.

Police were assisted at the scene by Upper Allen Fire Department, Dillsburg Fire Department and West Shore EMS.

Late Morning Crash Sends One to the Hospital

September 2, 2010

Linda A Smeltz, 59
1st Block Wheatland Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

John J Gorecki, 55
100 Block David Drive
Middletown, PA 17057

On Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM, the Upper Allen Police responded to the intersection of Allendale Road and Wilson Road for an auto accident with injuries. Police arrived on the scene to find Gorecki’s box truck overturned and blocking the roadway. The on scene investigation revealed that Smeltz, who was traveling west on Wilson Road, failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection. Smeltz’s vehicle entered the roadway and struck Gorecki’s truck, which was traveling north on Allendale Road, in the area of the rear axle. This caused Gorecki’s truck to become off balance, resulting in the truck overturning. Gorecki was transported to Hershey Medical Center for assessment of his injuries. Smeltz was not injured, and refused EMS treatment on the scene. Smelt’z vehicle was towed from the scene, and Gorecki’s truck was up-righted and towed from the scene as well.

The Upper Allen Police were assisted on the scene by the Lower Allen Township Police and Fire Departments, The Upper Allen Fire Department and West Shore EMS.

Police Investigate Prowling and Assault

August 31, 2010

At 10:30 PM on August 31, 2010, Upper Allen Police were called to a residence in the 3500 block of Rolo Court. A teenage resident there had been alerted to noise outside of his residence. He opened the door and saw a younger white male, in his late teens or early twenties, with long blond hair standing on the patio of the residence. That person fled and the teen gave chase. The resident caught up to the prowler at which time the prowler struck the resident. The two exchanged punches and the prowler fled the scene. The resident did suffer minor injury to his hand and was later taken to the hospital by private vehicle for evaluation. A tracking dog was summoned and the suspect’s flight route was followed to the area of West Lisburn Road and Gettysburg Pike.

Anyone with information on these events is encouraged to contact Upper Allen Police at 717-238-9676, via our anonymous tip line at 717-591-3790.