Man, girlfriend charged in Fairview Twp. motel room damage

Staff Report
William Bryan. Photo courtesy of Lower Swatara Township Police.

Police said a Perry County man caused damage to a Fairview Township motel room, and now he and his girlfriend are on the hook for the damages. 

William Bryan, 21, and Hunter Rose Mehalick, 20, were arraigned Friday, March 29, before Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner on charges of criminal mischief related to property damage at the Red Carpet Inn on Lewisberry Road on Jan. 24.

Fairview Township Police sent information on the incident in a news release on March 25.

Incident: On Thursday, April 4, Fairview Township Officer Christopher Bickell said the damage was caused by Bryan. The room was in Mehalick's name, which means she assumes responsibility, according to Bickell.

Mehalick and a friend wanted to go to bed and asked to turn the lights off, upsetting Bryan, who was drinking with a friend, police said.

Bryan smashed all the lights in the room and threw a bunch of things around, according to the officer. The lights, ceiling tiles and fan in the bathroom were all destroyed, Bickell added.

The TV was smashed, and the refrigerator's handle had been ripped off, he said. All lights in the room were destroyed, according to Bickell.

Fairview Township police said they arrested Hunter R. Mehalick, 20, of Marysville, on Feb. 22, saying she and another person "completely destroyed" a room at a hotel off of Lewisberry Road in the township.

Charging documents for Mehalick said motel manager Sagar Patel found the room heavily damaged after Mehalick left. She had the room for two nights, according to police.

A message left for Patel seeking additional information the morning of Tuesday, April 2, was not returned.

Court records for the two list Tyler A. Sands, 19, of Carlisle, Cumberland County as a co-defendant. 

Bickell said Sands was charged with receiving stolen property because he had a stolen rifle

Bryan, of Shermansdale, and Mehalick, of Marysville, remain free on their own recognizance.

Mehalick is being represented by public defender Eric Wayne White, who did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

Bryan does not have an attorney listed, and a number could not be found for him.