Arrests Made for the Robbery at the Holiday Inn Express

On Tuesday, 04 11 2017, at approximately 11:39pm, the Derry Township Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel located at 610 Walton Ave Hershey, PA 17033 (Derry Township). A thin white female dressed in black pants, black sweatshirt with its hood up, grey beanie-style hat and sun glasses entered the business armed with a large knife and demanded cash.  She fled the business with an undermined amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident. Pictures of the suspect were captured by the business’s video surveillance system.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Derry Township Police at 717 534 2202.  Dauphin County Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward for information resulting in arrest. ###

UPDATE          UPDATE        UPDATE           UPDATE          UPDATE            UPDATE

Subsequent to the release of the surveillance photographs, information provided to this department resulted in the arrest of two individuals responsible for the robbery of the hotel.

 CHAD ALAN OLSON, age 43, of Lebanon (PA) was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was arraigned on 4/19/17 and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. OLSON admitted to providing vehicle transportation to the suspect shown in the surveillance photos, DESIREE NICOLE SMITH, age 39, of Palmyra (PA) immediately following the robbery. A warrant charging SMITH with Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Possession of Instruments of Crime was obtained, and she was subsequently apprehended in Savannah, Georgia on 4/17/17 by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. DTPD in concert with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office has initiated extradition proceedings for the return of SMITH to Pennsylvania. ###

SR 39 (Hershey Road) to be CLOSED


March 17, 2017

PennDOT to Remove Debris from Swatara Creek under Rt. 39 Bridge

Hershey Road Bridge to be closed March 28-31, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Dauphin County maintenance crews have scheduled debris removal from underneath the Route 39 bridge over the Swatara Creek at the South Hanover-Derry township line.

Over time downed trees and other debris have built up in the Swatara Creek between the bridge piers. This can cause damage to the substructure of the bridge and damming of the creek.

PennDOT advises motorists that Route 39 will be closed to through traffic Tuesday, March 21, through Friday, March 24, from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM between East Canal Street and Boat House Road while crews remove debris from underneath the bridge using a crane with a grappling hook. During the closure, a detour which follows Sand Beach Road and East Canal Road will be available for motorists.

The bridge is on a section of Route 39, locally known as Hershey Road, and averages more than 14,400 vehicles traveled daily. The four-span, pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beam bridge was built in 1967.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras, 94 of which are in the Midstate.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Traffic Notice – SR743 / Park Ave.

Beginning Monday, Feb 6th, 2017, State Route 743 (Park Avenue near the Hershey Zoo) between Park Blvd and Trinidad Ave will be closed to all traffic due to bridge repair. Anticipated opening will be at the end of March (exact date has yet to be determined).

Motorists traveling between Hersheypark Dr and Chocolate Ave (SR422) should utilize either Mansion Rd or Park Blvd as detour routes.