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June 25, 2014

Mental health expert to evaluate Valley teen

MIDDLEBURG — The young Port Trevorton woman accused of burning down her home while two relatives slept will be evaluated by mental health professionals later this summer.

Teasia Long, 17, is scheduled to undergo a competency evaluation in early August which will postpone the criminal case until October, according to a court order issued Tuesday by Snyder County Judge Michael T. Hudock.

Psychological Services Clinic in Sunbury will conduct the examination, he said.

Public defender Patrick Johnson was granted up to $5,000 for the exam, but has said he faced difficulty finding a mental health facility willing to accept Long due to her juvenile status and the violent criminal charges against her. Long had received mental health treatment for years, according to court records and relatives.

She has been in custody in lieu of $200,000 since her arrest shortly after the Feb. 3 fire she’s accused of setting at the home she shared with her aunt and uncle, Nancy and Gerald Bickhart. Both Bickharts were injured in the early morning blaze. Long, who was 16 at the time, is charged as an adult with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and arson. She spent four months in restrictive housing at Snyder County Prison due to her age before she was transferred to a youth detention center in Bellefonte in early June.

 

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