The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

May 8, 2013

BREAKING: Both sides rest in Seebold case

MIDDLEBURG — UPDATE, 10:30 Wednesday: After more than seven days of testimony, both sides rested early Wednesday morning in the Donald E. Seebold murder trial in Middleburg.

None of the three men on trial - Robert L. Reich, Christopher J. Aucker and Ryan C. Sprenkel - took the stand in their own defense. Michael Rudinski, the attorney for Aucker, said in his opening statement that Aucker would testify.

Closing arguments are set for this afternoon and the jury of eight women and four men will begin deliberating tomorrow.

Marcia Moore

The Daily Item

There was no fight at the July 1997 party in Port Ann, where three Snyder County men are accused of beating to death Donald E. Seebold III, according to the testimony of 10 defense witnesses Wednesday.

The witnesses firmly denied any fight or altercation broke out involving Seebold, 21, of New Berlin, or the defendants, Robert L. Reich, Christopher J. Aucker and Ryan C. Sprenkel at the party held on the adjoining properties of Reich’s parents and his aunt, Linda Thomas.

Ron Plummer disputed incriminating testimony given last week by Reich’s half-brother, Kurt Gotshall, a primary prosecution witness who said he saw Reich, 37, and Aucker, 39, both of Beavertown, beating Seebold to the ground and then helped his half-brother remove a badly beaten Seebold from the property in his truck and leave him along Troxelville Road a few miles away.

“It would be easy to persuade Kurt he had just seen the Easter bunny,” Plummer said, citing Gotshall’s diminished mental capacity.

Seebold’s death from blunt-force trauma caused by several blows to the head remained a mystery for nearly 15 years as partygoers gave conflicting accounts to police about what happened.

In 2005, Kurt Gotshall’s wife, Beth, provided police new details linking Reich, Aucker and Sprenkel to the crime and the investigation took a new direction.

Jean Gotshall, the mother of Reich and Kurt Gotshall, also denied the accuracy of her younger son’s version of events the night of the party.

She described in court how Kurt became ill after drinking too much alcohol and that she cleaned him up and put him to bed at about 9:30 p.m.

“He needed help to walk,” Jean Gotshall said, adding that she checked on him frequently throughout the evening and he remained in bed with Beth, his girlfriend at the time.

Text Only
News
  • Porter Another teen says he threw rock on I-80, too

    MIFFLINBURG — The father of the third juvenile charged as an adult in a July 10 rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life was apologetic following his son’s arraignment Monday.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victim of rock-throwers making progress

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd, the 52-year-old Ohio woman fighting for her life after being hit by a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass, is slowly coming around, according to her husband, Randy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

    Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Valley Congressman Tom Marino since May, recently posted on LinkedIn that he was excited and ready to elevate the congressman’s legislative profile — which Shucard did last weekend (but not in a good way) when he got himself arrested for bringing a pistol into a federal office building.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mayor's dog recovering from attack

    DANVILLE — Bernie and Red Swank have two different routes they take daily when they walk their dogs, and at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Water Street, a German shepherd attacked Lex, their white 5-year-old lhasa apso.

    July 21, 2014

  • Basic subsidy for Lewisburg schools down slightly

    LEWISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed executive budget will provide the Lewisburg Area School District with an additional $90,457 from the state, but most of the increase will be reflected in $125,275 to support a Ready to Learn grant.

    July 21, 2014

  • Shikellamy extend deadline for school project

    The Shikellamy District board agreed at a special meeting last Thursday, to extend until Sept. 5, the deadline for the receipt of bid documents for the $17 million Shikellamy Middle School project. Bids were originally scheduled to be opened Tuesday.

    July 21, 2014

  • Second juvenile charged as adult in rock-throwing incident

    MIFFLINBURG — A second juvenile was charged as an adult Monday morning for his alleged involvement a July 10 rock-throwing incident that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life.

    July 21, 2014

  • Midd-West to hire Snook's replacement tonight

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 21, 2014

  • rgbcar20abw.jpg My 1st Car Photo Contest Winner

    Maxton Mielke, Sunbury, won the My 1st Car photo contest this week. Photos can be entered in this week's contest: Pet lookalike at www.dailyitem.com/dailyblast. Look for the Outshoot the Experts contest and submit your best photos! Photos can also be submitted on our facebook page or via Instagram and Twitter with #dipets.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.