The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 26, 2013

Brother reaches plea deal in stabbing

LEWISBURG — SUNBURY — A Shamokin man who is accused of stabbing a city man 10 to 12 times had his bail reduced after he reached a plea deal with the Northumberland County district attorney’s office Tuesday.

Damian Badman, 31, of Shamokin, was incarcerated in the Northumberland County Prison on Oct. 11 on $125,000 secured bail after Sunbury police said he and his brother, Brian, 29, of Sunbury, knifed Shawn Snurkowski, 26, of North Sixth Street, and Amber Edwards, whose age and address are unknown. On Tuesday, Badman’s bail was amended so that he did not have to post any money to be set free. However, should he fail to make a required court appearance, he would forfeit $125,000.

Brian Badman still is being held in the Northumberland County Prison on $125,000 secured bail for his alleged involvement in the stabbing.

Snurkowski was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment after the stabbing. He and Edwards have since been discharged. Police said the brothers have a history of getting into fights.

Damian Badman appeared Tuesday before Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum, and before a preliminary hearing could take place, Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski agreed to the plea bargain, but she would not specify what the deal was.

“I spoke to the arresting officer about it,” she said.

Police from Sunbury, Northumberland and Point Township were called to the 100 block of North Sixth Street about the fight. Witnesses said the Badmans and an unknown woman showed up and began arguing with Snurkowski.

Damian Badman threw a can of beer in the direction of Snurkowski and Snurkowski’s children, police said. The argument escalated, and the Badmans began to stab Snurkowski in the chest, neck and back, officers said. Edwards, who was among witnesses who tried to break up the fight, was slashed in the left triceps, police said.

The Badmans left in a Volkswagen but were apprehended shortly thereafter, officers said.

The Badmans face identical charges of four counts each of aggravated assault and four counts of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, felonies that in total could carry penalties of up to 60 years in prison and $100,000 in fines; a misdemeanor charge of possessing an instrument of crime, which could result in a 5-year sentence and $10,000 fine; and two counts of simple assault, misdemeanors that could carry a 2-year sentence and $5,000 fine.

In Northumberland County Court, Damian Badman pleaded guilty in 2008 to disorderly conduct for fighting, to harassment in 2004 and to disorderly conduct for a fight in 2003. In Snyder County Court, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct for a fight in 2012.

Brian Badman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight in Northumberland County Court in April.

A court date has not been set for Damian Badman.

Text Only
  • rundown25zope.jpg Blighted block going bye-bye in Atlas

    Nearly an entire township block in Atlas will be torn down in Mount Carmel Township, utilizing funds from Northumberland County and its Housing Authority in an effort to fight blight. Half of this block is proposed to be developed as low-income senior living units.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1WEATHER.jpg Deadly storm his Virginia campground

    A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground this morning, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Official: Air Algerie flight ’probably crashed’

    An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali and “probably crashed,” according to the plane’s owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

    July 24, 2014

  • 1gaza25.jpg Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1execution.jpg How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's Editorial: One more job appears at risk

    July 24, 2014

  • Rabbi Conflict in Israel grounds Sunbury rabbi

    TEL AVIV, Israel — While the Israelis and Hamas traded rocket and missile strikes for a 16th day, Rabbi Nina Mandel is struggling to find her way back to Sunbury after the FAA on Wednesday announced that it would extend its ban on travel at Ben-Gurion International Airport for another 24 hours.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fatal24 Danville woman dies as logging truck crushes car in Valley Township

    DANVILLE — An 84-year-old Danville woman was killed when her car and a logging truck collided Wednesday afternoon at Routes 642 and 54 in Valley Township.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Docs: Fractures helped save rock victim's life

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd’s condition is progressing nearly a week after a 13 1/2-hour procedure in which a team of surgeons rebuilt her facial bones and removed a damaged part of her brain, said two Geisinger Health System physicians who are part of that team

    July 24, 2014

The Daily Marquee

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.