The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

December 10, 2012

Wheelchair-bound victim in home invasion irked by delays

SUNBURY — A Northumberland man who is free on bail in a 2005 home invasion was in Northumberland County Court briefly Monday before yet another scheduling conflict arose, leaving the victim, a wheelchair-bound Paxinos man, frustrated.

“I’ve been in court more times than this man has been in jail,” James Honecker, 55, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said Monday after President Judge Robert Sacavage ordered a continuance on a pretrial motion hearing for Erik Harrington, 23, of Northumberland.

Several witnesses against Harrington sat in the courthouse waiting for their chance to testify. One of them was Shamokin District Judge John Gembic.

The hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m., but an earlier hearing lasting longer than expected and that put a strain on the schedules of Sacavage, who had several hearings to conduct Monday, and defense attorney Peter Campana, of Williamsport.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Toomey, who is prosecuting the case, tried to get the hearing moved to later in the day because the witnesses were in attendance, but Sacavage ordered the continuance. No new date was set.

The case began in July 2005 when state police at Stonington said Harrington, who was released from jail on $50,000 bail last month, co-defendant Kasey Sees, of Sunbury, and two others, all wearing dark clothing, hats and bandanas across their faces, entered Honecker’s home at 1:30 a.m. and held Honecker at gunpoint in his living room while threatening to kill him.

The four demanded money, ransacked the house and stole 12 rifles and shotguns, knives, ammunition, cash, jewelry, an amplifier and prescription narcotics with a total value of $5,590, according to court documents. Police said the culprits caused about $300 in damage by pulling telephone cords from the wall and damaging two television sets.

1
Text Only
News
  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Route 45 east of Montandon

    MONTANDON — A paving project is slowing traffic today on Route 45 east of Montandon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Accident victims remain in critical condition this morning

    DANVILLE - Victims from serious traffic accidents the past two days remain in critical condition this morning at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

    April 18, 2014

  • Porn prank riles Bucknell University president

    LEWISBURG — A fake email that contained a link to a pornographic website was sent to Bucknell students, faculty and staff on Tuesday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • 28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

    SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

    April 18, 2014

  • rsstrike18a.jpg Picketing begins at four Danville schools

    DANVILLE — It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line Mountain board, teachers to talk Tuesday

    MANDATA — Line Mountain school board President Troy Laudenslager is far more optimistic this week than he has been as the board and the Line Mountain Education Association head into their first contract negotiation session in three months.

    April 18, 2014

  • Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley

    Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis.

    April 18, 2014

  • Injured bicyclist can't believe car didn't stop

    SUNBURY — Brandon Reigle has one question for the driver and passengers who left him in the middle of the road after hitting the bicyclist with a car Wednesday: Why?

    April 17, 2014

  • Petitions target 'toxic few' on Midd-West board

    MIDDLEBURG — More than 400 names have been gathered on two petitions to remove a pair of Midd-West school directors after some members of the public claimed the district has been in disarray for quite some time.

    April 17, 2014

  • crash18.jpg Snyder County collision injures driver, kills two horses

    PORT TREVORTON — A car struck two horses on a rural road in Snyder County Thursday afternoon, injuring the driver and resulting in the death of the horses.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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.