Mifflin County Regional Police Department

Mifflin County Regional Police Department Serving the townships of Derry, Union, Brown, and the Borough of Burnham in Mifflin County, PA
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01/10/2024

This just in from our true Hometown Heroes:

MCRPD is investigating numerous instances of theft from motor vehicles, suspicious activity, and one attempted residential burglary in the Belleville area over the past few weeks. These incidents all took place in the village of Belleville itself, with the attempted residential burglary occurring on the 4000 block of East Main Street. In this incident, unknown persons attempted to pry open a rear door to the residence, which was occupied at the time. These incidents occur during the late night, early morning hours, with the attempted burglary occurring during the overnight hours of 01/08/24 into 01/09/24.

MCRPD needs the assistance of the public. Any and all suspicious activity or criminal activity must be immediately reported to police. A delay in reporting may result in crucial evidence lost or an inability to locate those responsible. In addition, if reports are not made, the Department will not have an accurate understanding of this situation. We don't know what we don't know.

MCRPD encourages citizens to consider the installation of some sort of video surveillance system such as a Ring door camera to aid in these investigations. Such systems are affordable and can provide valuable information. Check with your trusted local electrical contractors to see what is available.

Finally, as a community, look out for one another. If you've not already done so, get to know your neighbors. Talk to them. Only working together as one community, both law enforcement and the citizens we serve, can we solve these challenges.

Citizens should contact 911 for emergencies and 717-248-9607 in non-emergency situations.

01/05/2024

Union Township residents:

In light of the recent thefts from vehicles, please keep your vehicles locked. The only vehicles being stolen from are the unlocked vehicles. The investigation is ongoing and we’re still looking for anyone who may have any information regarding the culprit.

Thank you!

Here is another image of the suspect from the car shopping in Belleville. These images were sent to MCRPD by a resident ...
01/03/2024

Here is another image of the suspect from the car shopping in Belleville. These images were sent to MCRPD by a resident that lives on Susan Dr. If anyone else has any security cameras, please check them. If anyone has any idea who this may be, please call and let us know! Thanks!

01/03/2024

Anyone recognize this guy? He was caught on camera attempting to break into a vehicle on E Main St, Belleville last night at approximately 0100hrs.

Best wishes to many of our local National Guardsmen who departed today in preparation for a nine month deployment to Afr...
12/31/2023

Best wishes to many of our local National Guardsmen who departed today in preparation for a nine month deployment to Africa. We thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice to our country and communities and wish you all a safe deployment.

12/28/2023

Mifflin County Regional Police Department would like to express our condolences the family of James D. Smith, better known as Buck Smith. Smith worked for Derry Township Police Department before working and eventually retiring from Mifflin County Regional Police Department. Please keep his family in your thoughts as they endure this loss.

12/27/2023

Mifflin County Regional Police Department would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Parson family as they mourn the loss of Timmy Parson Jr. Timmy was always cheerful and very friendly, despite a long battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. Please keep the Parson family in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE - Owner was located 12/18/2023 MCRPD is attempting to locate the owner of these two dogs. They are both males, no...
12/18/2023

UPDATE - Owner was located

12/18/2023 MCRPD is attempting to locate the owner of these two dogs. They are both males, no collars and will not let people near them. They were seen on Crossover Drive near the Maitland Church. If anyone knows any information please contact the Mifflin County Communications Center - (717) 248-9607

12/10/2023

UNION TWP RESIDENTS:

On 12/10/2023, we took several more reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles. We are currently investigating and if anyone has any information that can help us identify the thieves, please message us on Facebook, or call the non-emergency number. In the meantime, lock your vehicles!

Thank you!

MCRPD is once again seeing an increase in phone scams involving scammers impersonating government agencies. We would lik...
12/07/2023

MCRPD is once again seeing an increase in phone scams involving scammers impersonating government agencies. We would like remind the public that police and police type organizations (FBI Agents, Federal Marshalls, Etc.) will never solicit money via telephone. Scammers have been found to be able to spoof phone numbers of local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, citizens should be wary anytime money is requested to be transferred via non-traditional means, specifically in the form of Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency. Citizens receiving similar calls should thoroughly research the issue prior to transferring money. Contact or visit your local police department. Contact trusted friends or family members. These fraudsters will apply pressure for you to act quickly. There is almost never the need to take such hasty action with respect to the transfer of money. Slow down and process the situation. Please be aware that once money is lost in this manner, it is likely gone forever. Officers have seen tens of thousands of dollars at a time lost to these scams.

11/22/2023

We want our community to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but we also want people to be responsible.

The Mifflin County DUI Task Force has teamed up with the National Highway Safety Administration and the PA DUI Association in an effort to reduce impaired driving. Officers from the Granville Township Police Department, Mifflin County Regional Police Department, Lewistown Police Department and Armagh Township Police Department will be out in full force tonight and throughout the holiday assigned to enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers.

Please have a designated driver! Use a ride Share! Most of all, be safe and responsible!

11/21/2023

All officers and staff at Mifflin County Regional Police Department would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Bob Swisher, and Granville Township Police Department after the passing of Bob Swisher. Swisher was a retired 27 year veteran of Granville Township Police Department.

11/17/2023

DYK? In a 30-mph crash, an unrestrained adult is thrown with a force of 3.5 tons, which is about the weight of an elephant.

11/09/2023

This just in from our Chief of Police:

On 11/04/23 at approximately 0435 hours, Regional Officers were dispatched to 917 East Walnut Street in Derry Township for an active disturbance. Upon arrival, Officers learned that 37-year-old Brian K. Esh Jr. of McVeytown arrived at this location and engaged the occupants of the home in a physical altercation. Esh is an acquaintance of the occupants and was invited to the home earlier in the evening, but just arrived in the early morning hours. Without provocation, Esh grabbed a 23-year-old male occupant of the residence by the throat and threw him to the ground. Esh continued to choke and assault the victim until the victim was able to break free and run into his residence, locking the door behind him. Esh then used an axe he located in the nearby garage and began striking the door to the residence with said axe in an attempt to gain entry. Officers located Esh in the wooded area to the rear of this residence. Esh resisted arrest attempts and it was apparent he was under the influence of an unknown substance, likely methamphetamine. Officers were eventually able to gain control of Esh and transported him to the Mifflin County Prison on charges of Burglary, Aggravated Assault, and Strangulation.

On 11/05/23 at approximately 1750 hours, Regional Officers were dispatched to a 522 N residence in Derry Township for a reported protection from abuse order violation. Officers learned that a protection order was filed on 45-year-old Cory M. Steffen of Lewistown. Officers reviewed photographs of Steffen on and about the property on this date as provided by the property owner. Officers confirmed that Steffen had been served with this PFA. Regional Officers located Steffen hiding in the wooded area to the rear of his residence and took him into custody. Officers observed that Steffen was under the influence of an unknown substance, likely methamphetamine. Steffen became argumentative and somewhat combative as he was escorted from the woods to a patrol vehicle. Steffen was transported to the Mifflin County Prison on the PFA violation. As this pattern of behavior has been observed in several separate instances since the original PFA was served in October of this year, additional charges of Stalking and Trespassing were also filed.

On 11/06/23, during the evening and early nighttime hours, members of the PSP Troop G Vice Unit organized an aggressive patrol in the county aimed at targeting the ongoing drug issues, primarily methamphetamine at present, that plague the community. Regional Officers, along with PSP, Lewistown Police, Granville Township, MC Sheriff’s Department, MC Probation Department, and the Attorney General’s Office conducted an operation briefing at MCRPD before deploying to the field. Citizens likely observed significant police presence at various locations in the county throughout the night. Numerous traffic stops were conducted. Several warrants were served, and five individuals will face new criminal charges. Police will be conducting similar details in the future to keep our communities safe.

On 11/08/23 at approximately 0747 hours, Regional Officers were dispatched to the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital emergency room to meet with the victim of a domestic violence assault. Officers spoke with the female victim and learned she was struck with a baseball bat in the upper leg by 36-year-old Aaron V. Lauver of Lewistown. Officers observed this resulted in significant injury to the victim. Initial attempts to locate Lauver were unsuccessful. Regional Officers, with assistance from numerous county law enforcement agencies, located Lauver at his Derry Township residence on this date (11/9) in the mid-morning hours. Lauver attempted to flee the residence on foot but was quickly apprehended. Lauver was transported to the Mifflin County Prison on the domestic violence assault warrant.

On 10/13/2023 this makeup bag was turned into the Mifflin County Regional Police station. The kind individual who took t...
10/15/2023

On 10/13/2023 this makeup bag was turned into the Mifflin County Regional Police station. The kind individual who took the time to turn it in advised that they found it in the area of Ollie’s and MCS Bank on N Logan Blvd, Burnham. If this is your makeup bag, please message us and tell us what is inside the bag so that we can return it to you. Thank you!

10/13/2023

In reference to police activity on the south end of Lewistown last evening:

On October 9, 2023 MCRPD officers received a report from Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Security that Joseph Biddle, an ex-employee, was refusing to relinquish keys to particular areas of the hospital that posed a substantial security risk to the facility. By October 12, 2023 Biddle had not yet returned these keys and it was determined that he had no intention to. MCRPD obtained a felony arrest warrant for Biddle for the theft of said keys, due to the security risk the missing keys presented and the thousands of dollars required for the hospital to correct the issue. Considering guidance from a threat assessment team that was familiar with the situation and previous police interactions with Biddle, Biddle was determined to pose a credible and serious threat to law enforcement. At approximately 7pm MCRPD, along with Lewistown PD and Granville Township PD, responded to a residence on S Main St in Lewistown to execute a high risk warrant on Biddle. This included closing down sections of the south side to the public. Biddle peacefully surrendered himself and was taken into custody without incident. The missing hospital keys were recovered as well. Biddle is currently lodged at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility on charges of theft.

We are hiring!2024 Starting Salary: $49,000.12 hour shift schedule, every other weekend off.Benefit package including pe...
10/03/2023

We are hiring!
2024 Starting Salary: $49,000.
12 hour shift schedule, every other weekend off.
Benefit package including pension plan and paid time off.
Department issued duty gear and uniforms.
Resumes and letters of interest due by 4pm on October 31, 2023.

09/29/2023

-UNION TOWNSHIP-

MCRPD is investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles occurring overnight on Wednesday 9/27 into Thursday 9/28 in the area of Jenkins St. Please keep your property secure and report all suspicious persons to the Communications Center.

Excellent work by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office quickly identifying their suspect and all involved in the subseque...
09/09/2023

Excellent work by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office quickly identifying their suspect and all involved in the subsequent investigation.

Police say Joe Shymanski's ex-wife had a 'romantic' relationship with his accused killer.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying any video surveillance from busine...
09/08/2023

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying any video surveillance from businesses and/or home cameras capturing murder suspect Brandon Holbrook's white Dodge pick up truck with a white bed cap during the time period of Sunday September 3rd to Tuesday September 5th.

The pictured truck is identified as a 2017 Dodge Ram Bighorn bearing Pennsylvania registration "ZMN4549." The front license plate holder has a John Deere vanity plate. The truck has a raised white bed cap matching the same color as the truck.

Please direct all pertinent information to Det. Wayne Wells at [email protected]

Calvert County homicide investigation update.
09/07/2023

Calvert County homicide investigation update.

Another update from our Chief of Police:

Good afternoon folks.

So our team of forensic anthropologists from Mercyhurst University are on scene in the Reedsville area. This team is comprised of several PhDs and multiple graduate students. We have located human remains in a wooded area of Honeybrook, within several hundred yards of Holbrook's residence. While DNA confirmation will take some time, we believe these human remains are the remains of the missing person from Calvert County Maryland.

This is very much an active homicide investigation.

Additional detectives from the Calvert County Sheriff's Department have arrived in the area. Detectives will be visiting businesses in the area in search of specific video surveillance footage. Detectives will also continue to speak with residents of the Reedsville area in search of potential witnesses. While not in uniform, all Calvert County personnel will have appropriate credentials on their person.

The public and media is discouraged from visiting the Honeybrook area at this time as the crime scene is large and sprawling, public egress and ingress to the area is very limited, and the investigation remains active. Police restriction to the area are intended to protect potential evidence and maintain case integrity.

A large-scale police presence in the Reedsville area will continue throughout today. In addition, secondary locations may be identified based on findings at the Honeybrook crime scene.

As with each of my other releases... there is NO credible threat to the public in the Reedsville area at this time.

In reference to police activity in the Reedsville area:
09/06/2023

In reference to police activity in the Reedsville area:

From our Hometown Heroes: Many of you have noticed the police activity in the Reedsville area. There is a significant number of police resources in the Reedsville and surrounding Brown Township area as well as Detectives from Calvert County Maryland and the PSP Forensic Service Unit in the area. There is NO threat to the public at this time. There is one and only one (1) person of interest in this case... and he is in custody.

It is VERY early in this investigation. The police have been working on this case since the early morning hours. As they get us further information we will certainly pass it along.

MCRPD has charged 61 y/o Michael A Mowery of Reedsville with multiple child related s*x crimes dating back to 2010.
08/30/2023

MCRPD has charged 61 y/o Michael A Mowery of Reedsville with multiple child related s*x crimes dating back to 2010.

From Staff Reports REEDSVILLE — A 61-year-old man is facing dozens of felony charges after police allege he inappropriately touched a child while at a daycare at his home dating back to 2010. Michael A. Mowery, of Reedsville, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith Tuesday on si...

Recent MCRPD incidents
08/29/2023

Recent MCRPD incidents

This just in from our Hometown Heroes:

On 08/18/23 at approximately 1356 hours, Regional Officers were dispatched to the Weis Grocery Store in Burnham reference a retail theft, not in progress. Officers met with loss prevention personnel who identified a series of retail thefts from July 7, 2023 through August 18, 2023, totaling $177.60. Loss prevention personnel were able to identify the responsible party as 35-year-old Heather N. McCoy of Burnham. Charges of retail theft were filed against McCoy through the office of MDJ Jonathan Reed.

On08/19/23 at approximately 2259 hours, Regional Officers on patrol in Derry Township observed a 1999 Honda motorcycle being operated in an unsafe manner. As officers closed on the motorcycle, the vehicle crashed into a fence near the intersection of North Locke Avenue and Fourth Street in Yeagertown. The operator initially tried to restart the machine, before fleeing on foot. The operator, identified as 33-year-old Scott A. Vaughn of Lewistown, was apprehended a short distance away. Further investigation revealed that Vaughn was intoxicated and in possession of ma*****na paraphernalia. Charges of Fleeing or alluding a police officer, Evading arrest, DUI, and Possession of drug paraphernalia were filed against Vaughn through the office of MDJ Jonathan Reed.

On 08/20/23 at approximately 0448 hours, Regional Officers responded to a 911 call of a vehicle traveling in the opposing lanes of travel on US HWY 22/322 in the Lewistown Narrows. Officers located the suspect vehicle, a 2006 VW, crashed into guiderails on Business 22 near the Crown Motel. Officers identified the operator of the VW as 21-year-old Pierson A. Freet of Thompsontown. Further investigation revealed that Freet was highly intoxicated. Freet was processed for DUI. The investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending.

In August of this year, Regional Officers responded to numerous complaints of theft from unlocked motor vehicles in the Highland Park area of Derry Township. Police urge residents to park their vehicles in a well-lit location when possible and always secure the vehicle. Officers encourage citizens to remove items of value from the vehicle before leaving it unattended. Suspicious activity in the area should be immediately reported to police.

08/25/2023

Mifflin County Regional Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in obtaining surveillance images of two male subjects responsible for several thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Highland Park area. Thefts from the unlocked vehicles have occurred at the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, William Penn Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, as well as surrounding residences. The two men are described as wearing all black with “gator masks” which cover half of their face. If any Highland Park resident has cameras, please check around 2200hrs-0000hrs on 08/23/2023 and see if the cameras may have caught them. Thank you in advance.

08/18/2023

On August 17 at approximately 1pm, an MCRPD officer conducting speed enforcement on State Route 655 in Brown Township in response to recent crashes in the area clocked a silver Ford Focus travelling towards Belleville at 68 miles per hour. The officer attempted to catch up to this vehicle and conduct a traffic stop, however due to other traffic in the area and features of the roadway sight of the vehicle was lost.

Moments later, the Mifflin County Communications Center received a call regarding the described vehicle failing to stop for road crews in an active construction zone on SR655. Soon after this, another call came in reporting that the described vehicle had crashed into a field in the area of N Dryhouse Rd and it's two occupants fled on foot.

The initial officer arrived quickly on scene and observed one of the subjects run into a cornfield. Utilizing other local departments, a perimeter was established in the area. After some time, cell phone contact was established with the operator of the vehicle, identified as 20 y/o Brennen Spickler of Belleville.

As officers were constructing a plan to locate Spickler, Spickler was successfully negotiated with to surrender and exit the cornfield on his own, being taken into custody without further incident.

It was determined that upon seeing the officer earlier on SR655, he passed multiple other vehicles once out of sight before ignoring the road crews attempt to close the road and drove at a high rate of speed through the closed construction zone, purposely attempting to evade the officer's initial attempt to pull him over. Spickler was transported to and lodged at MCCF on felony charges of Fleeing and Eluding and Evading Arrest on Foot, misdemeanor charges of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Resisting Arrest, and multiple other summary offenses.

MCRPD was assisted by the Lewistown Police Department, Mifflin County Sheriffs Department, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Fish and Boat commission. MCRPD remains committed to identifying problems in the area and seeking to remedy them.

MCRPD Incidents for the month of July.
08/11/2023

MCRPD Incidents for the month of July.

We had 16 bikes and 7 adult raffles this year!! Thank you to Blaise Alexander Subaru, UniPar, Inc, Cornerstone Waterproo...
08/03/2023

We had 16 bikes and 7 adult raffles this year!! Thank you to Blaise Alexander Subaru, UniPar, Inc, Cornerstone Waterproofing, All American Cruizers, Krawl Works, Hess's Tire, Primary Health Network, DelGrosso's, Metzler Forest Products, LLC, Beth Haines (31 Consultant), Carousel Skating Rink, and Kish Park (Mini Golf) for all the raffle donations!!

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