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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review



Timely arrivals trip arson suspects

April 3. Danville. Two volunteer firefighters cast suspicion on themselves by consistently showing up at the Potts Grove fire station just as fire alarms were sounding, a fire marshal said Monday.

“They were seen at the fire station when pagers and alarms were still ringing, and they lived a distance from the fire company,” state police fire marshal Norman Fedder said.

The suspects, Zane Patrick Snyder, 19, of 948 Sodom Road, Milton, and Charles William Jacobs, 35, of 119 N. Fifth St. , Lewisburg, admitted setting a series of seven fires from Jan. 2 through March 16 when questioned, Fedder said.

On Monday, Fedder filed three new sets of arson and arson-related charges against Snyder and Jacobs, and said he expects to file at least three more sets in connection with fires in East and West Chillisquaque townships in Northumberland County. False alarms, too

Woman killed by intruder

April 15. Watsontown. A 64-year-old Northumberland County woman was shot and killed early Saturday morning after her husband was awakened by an intruder, grabbed a handgun and was struck on the head with a blunt instrument, state police at Milton report.

Patricia Thomas and her husband, Robert, 65, of 1060 Phillips Road, Turbot Township, were asleep around 1 a.m. Saturday when the alleged intruder entered, police said. Patricia Thomas was killed with a single gunshot and was pronounced dead at the scene by Northumberland County Deputy Coroner Barry Leisenring.

Robert Thomas was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, and released.

Road named for fallen hero, 20

April 22. Milton. The road that always brought Army Spc. Zachariah W. Long home was named and dedicated in his memory Saturday.

The 2001 Milton Area High School graduate, deployed to Iraq in February 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was killed at age 20 outside Mosul, Iraq, on May 30, 2003.

The next day, his mother, Karen Long, made it her mission to make sure he would never be forgotten.

“I will do all I can to complete the mission,” she said Saturday during a special ceremony hosted by state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, of Sunbury.

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