Middletown police: Man in New Year’s Day shooting, crash now in jail

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Middletown police: Man in New Year’s Day shooting, crash now in jail

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Middletown police are hoping witnesses can help them solve shootings that occurred outside the 513 Lounge on North Verity Parkway in Middletown on New Year’s Day. LAUREN PACK / STAFF

A man involved in a New Year’s Day shooting and crash in Middletown that killed two people is among several drug dealers who have been arrested and sent to prison, Middletown police said.

Steve Waldon was the driver of a SUV on Jan. 1, 2017, that was shot at several times. His passenger, Teresa Shields, was killed in the shooting.

Waldon, 34, of Middletown, was recently arrested for felony drug abuse and drug trafficking charges.

He has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the drug charges, according to Middletown police.

The New Year’s Day shooting remains unsolved, and police said witnesses have not cooperated with detectives.

Police said they are trying to determine if Waldon’s drug dealing was related to the New Year’s Day shooting.

The arrests were a result of ongoing investigations by the Middletown Police Special Investigative Unit, police said.

Other drug dealers arrested include:

  • Kareem Randolph, 34, of Middletown, was found with a large amount of heroin and a loaded handgun when arrested, police said. He pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and attempted weapons under disability. He will be sentenced next month on the charges.
  • Chad Wright, 35, of Middletown, was arrested for having about 175 grams of crack cocaine. He pleaded guilty to drug abuse charges and has been sentenced to four years in prison, police said. He was also in possession of three handguns and $3,600 in cash when arrested, police said.
  • Brian Robbins, 35, of Lebanon, was arrested for possessing 52 grams of crack cocaine and 31 grams of heroin. He pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and he was sentenced to four years in prison. He also had $2,800 on him at the time of his arrest, police said.

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