Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Former Columbia police officer charged with harassment

A former Columbia Borough police officer is charged with harassment by the West Hempfield Police Department. Dale Niles Wiley, 52, of Mount Joy was charged after an alleged victim said he had forced her to the ground and grabbed the sides of her neck during an argument that occurred at their home on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Officers reported that the victim had red marks on her cheek and neck. The defendant denied any physical contact with the victim during the argument.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, West Hempfield Police filed a charge of One count of Harassment Section 2709 A 1 (S) against Miley at MDJ Miles Bixler's Office in Columbia.

Charges were also filed against Miley in December 1994 for holding a gun to his girlfriend's head and threatening to kill her, according the March 2, 1995 edition of the Lancaster New Era. The victim, Rhonda Diehl, said she "was afraid for her life." After a preliminary hearing Miley, then 29, was ordered to stand trial on charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault. According to court records, Miley pled nolo contendre in March 1996 in that case.


  1. How does someone who pled nolo contendre to terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault become a Columbia Borough police officer? Baffling!

    1. The last reference I could find that mentions him as a police officer is an August 5, 1994 Lancaster Newspapers article. The offense occurred a few months later in December of that year, so he may have been "let go" from the force.

  2. Dale was a police officer for a few years before the first incident occurred.... He actually was a nice guy outside what happened.... It was a shock to most of Columbia when it happened.... He was let go from the force after that incident..