The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

November 13, 2013

Neighbors fear killer

SUNBURY — Hill Neighborhood residents fear a homicide after the body of a middle-aged man was found in the back yard of a Catawissa Avenue home on Tuesday.

Neither Sunbury police nor Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley would confirm late Tuesday whether the man, who Kelley said was in his 40s, was murdered.

Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini and Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski were also at the scene.

Police Chief Steve Mazzeo did say: “We have a deceased person. It is under investigation. ... The death is questionable and we are investigating.”

City police are withholding the identification of the man pending notification of relatives.

The body was found at the rear of 240 Catawissa Ave., near an alley between Catawissa and Fairmount avenues, police said Tuesday.

Kelley pronounced the man dead at the scene at 11:49 a.m. and removed the body four hours later.

A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said she received a text message from a relative who asked her to look in the back of the house at 240 Catawissa Ave.

“I didn’t see anything,” she said, “so I texted back and said so.”

“You need to look in the alley” came another text.

When she went into the alley near the house, she saw garbage cans that had been turned over.

“That’s when I saw the body,” she said. “There it was. I knew he was dead. It shocked the hell out of me.”

Mazzeo would only say the man was dead when police arrived, that the death was “possibly suspicious” and that homicide detectives were on the scene.

Other neighbors, who also spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said they are shocked and panicked at what they believe was a homicide.

“If this is what people are saying, then it is very scary,” a man said. “Why up here in the Hill Neighborhood?”

Sunbury police asked for assistance from state police, Mazzeo said. Troopers arrived around 1:30 p.m.

Kelley, Rosini and Targonski were huddled near a gold hatchback vehicle parked in the yard, where the body was discovered.

Sunbury police Cpl. Jaime Quinn is leading the investigation, Mazzeo said. Witnesses or those with tips are asked to call Quinn at (570) 286-4584, Extension 125, or Northumberland County Emergency Services at (570) 988-4539.

While Mazzeo would not confirm whether the death appeared to be an isolated incident, he did say: “I do not think the public is in danger.”

City police taped off the area to prevent people from getting near the home, with Mazzeo saying police didn’t know “the full extent of the crime scene.”

Other neighbors said they didn’t hear anything unusual in the area leading up to the arrival of police Tuesday morning. Many also expressed concerns about the safety of the area, which some say is usually a quiet part of the city.

“This is something you watch on TV and see in Wilkes-Barre and that area,” an unidentified woman said. “To have something like this happen here in our neighborhood is scary. I only hope it turns out to be a different story then what people are saying.”

It is not known why the man was in the yard or who owns the property.

If classified a homicide, it would be the second homicide in the Valley this year. In, the February death of 71-year-old Bonnie Jean Snook was declared a homicide with Snook’s grandson, Joshua Snook, of Sunbury, and his wife, Jennifer Snook, facing trials in Snyder County.

1
Text Only
News
  • Reel good time enjoyed by 200 young anglers

    TREVORTON — It only took about three minutes for J.C. Wallish to reel in his first fish at the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association’s annual Youth Trout Derby on Saturday.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Elytte Barbour's 'bad trip' put him on the road to prison, friend says

    SUNBURY — A former roommate of slaying suspect Elytte Barbour drove 450 miles from North Carolina to spend 45 minutes in the Northumberland County Prison with his best friend last week, and was not surprised when he heard Barbour say: “I am afraid to spend the rest of my life in jail.”

    April 19, 2014

  • bonehunt20a.jpg 60 dogs battle for biscuits at annual bone hunt

    It was a scene similar to ones playing out all over the nation this weekend: nervous parents holding baskets and bags, watching their little ones search for goodies in the grass.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

    PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Danville parents hope strike ends quickly

    DANVILLE ““ First-grader Madison Wild was sad she missed school Thursday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Schools ask state to waive 180-day rule

    Three area school districts have asked the Pennsylvania Department of Education to add up their hours instead of their days in order to reach the required amount of instruction time in the school year.

    April 19, 2014

  • Former Bucknell star in NBA playoffs

    ATLANTA — It really hit Mike Muscala a few days ago when he was listening to the Nets’ starting lineup at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    April 19, 2014

  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

  • State unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March.

    April 18, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Poll

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley

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.