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Death investigation continues

State police at Lykens said an investigation is continuing into the death of a man in the Millersburg area.

Police said troopers and emergency medical personnel were called to a residence in Upper Paxton Twp. Feb. 24 at 8:09 p.m. for "a report of a deceased male."  Police said it has been confirmed that the man died at the property but that the investigation is continuing.

The Sentinel is withholding the deceased's name pending the release of further information on the incident.


Halifax denied finals spot

The Halifax Area High School girls’ basketball team was defeated 53-45 by Lebanon Catholic Feb. 24 in one of the two semifinal-round games in the District 3, Class A championship series.

The Lady Wildcats face Greenwood Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at East Pennsboro High School in the last game of a D3-A consolation doubleheader. 

The Wildcat boys' basketball team plays in the first game of the series at 5 p.m. They face West Shore Christian.


Prevention is goal
of school program

The very first fifth-graders to graduate from Lenkerville Elementary School’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program quite possibly had children who graduated this school year.

That’s how long the program has been a fixture in the Millersburg Area School District.

Click here for complete details.

Police charge 2 teen boys for
Jan. 22 cross-burning

Two teenage boys – one 14, one 17, both Caucasian – have been accused of burning a cross on the lawn of an African-American woman in the Elizabethville area last month.

State police at Lykens announced Feb. 18 that the two suspects – whose names were not disclosed because they are minors – had been charged as the result of an investigation into the Jan. 22 incident.

Police originally alleged that someone placed a two-foot high cross on the front lawn of a property in Greenfield Estates, then set the cross ablaze, sometime around 6 p.m. (Sentinel, Feb. 3 issue)

Police said the teens are facing the following charges: ethnic intimidation; arson/reckless burning; criminal mischief; disorderly conduct; and criminal conspiracy.

As minors, they will be prosecuted through the Dauphin County Juvenile Court system, according to police.

The woman had received assistance from the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, which includes ‘‘eliminating racism’’ as part of its mission statement.

“We have tried to connect victims of this hate crime with resources that will enable them to relocate to an area where they feel safer,’’ said Tina Nixon, the chapter’ president and CEO. ‘‘There is another young women in the same complex that has been victimized as well.’’

‘‘These women are living in fear, as they don't know what will happen next,’’ Nixon noted.

Police had released the woman’s name, but it is Sentinel policy to not disclose names of victims of alleged criminal activity.

Coroner: Hypothermia
led to man's death

HARRISBURG • The Dauphin County Coroner’s office said hypothermia led to the death of a man whose  body was found in the Sentinel’s coverage area early last week. (Sentinel, Feb. 17 issue)

Troy M. Yasika, 48, had no known address, according to county officials.

Hypothermia can occur when the body’s normal temperature (98.6 degrees) drops below 95 degrees due to cold-weather exposure. Hypothermia can trigger malfunctioning of the heart and other organs, according to internet research.

Yasika’s body was discovered around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 on an access road along the railroad tracks near Old State Road in Middle Paxton Twp., according to state police at Harrisburg. (Old State Road is off the Mountain Road exit of Route 22/322, about two miles south of the Clark’s Ferry Bridge.)

Police said the crew of a passing Norfolk Southern train spotted what they thought was a body lying near the tracks and notified the railway’s police department. The state police and county coroner’s office then commenced an investigation.

It was not reported how long Yasika’s body had been outside before discovery. Subfreezing temperatures were present in the Sentinel’s coverage area the weekend of Feb. 14-15, and medical experts say hypothermia can set in as early as 30 minutes in low temperatures if an individual is not adequately protected against the cold.

Indians earn spot in D3-A final

Millersburg posted an 83-80 overtime win against top-ranked West Shore Christian Feb. 23 to advance to the District 3, Class A championship game at Hershey's Giant Center Friday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

he Indians, now winners of 11 straight, will face Hilda Goodling Impact Academy, which defeated Halifax 59-35 in the other D3-A semi game Feb. 23.

In other basketball updates:

• Halifax still qualifies for a state playoff berth and will play West Shore Christian for third-seed Thursday, Feb. 26 at a location and time to be announced.

• Upper Dauphin Area was defeated, 93-67, by Hanover in the weather-delayed D3-AA quarterfinal round Feb. 23. The loss ends the Trojans’ season.

• The Halifax girls’ team plays Lebanon Catholic tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 24) at 7:30 at Central Dauphin East High School for the right to play in the District 3-A championship game in Hershey Feb. 26. 

Also in this week's
Upper Dauphin Sentinel:

Flooding issues will be Feb. 26 meeting topic - Millersburg Borough officials have scheduled a public information session to address flooding.
Hunting Heritage Banquet - Lykens Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation sets annual event.

(And much more in this week's print edition of the Upper Dauphin Sentinel)

Addresses of area
service personnel listed

The Upper Dauphin Sentinel is accepting the names and addresses of area residents who currently serve with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East.

The following names and addresses are current as of press time for this week’s issue.

Bryen Foraker and Gregory Gusler have returned from overseas.

1 SGT Delton Kreiser Jr. 

HHC 728th CSSB  

APO-AE 09366

Allen J. Rummel  

367 EAM XS/C-17  

APO AE 09353


Additional names and a-addresses will be published as they are received and as space permits. Photos will be published if submitted. Information on area residents awaiting deployment also will be published.

This information can be:

  • faxed to the Sentinel at 692-2420;

  • e-mailed to  or

  • brought to the Sentinel office at 510 Union St., Millersburg.

For questions, address corrections or more information, call 692-4737, extension 117.

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