The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Dredging up history

Coal diggers once a common sight on Susquehanna

June 14. Northumberland. They lifted the coal dredger straight up, flipped it over, rolled it onto logs and down an incline into the Susquehanna River.

The bottom of the re-created dredger, or coal digger, will stay anchored in the North Branch of the river in front of the home of Scott Wagner.

“The last real one was across the river,” said Van Wagner, of the Danville area, in reference to a dredger operated by the Sudol family.

The new dredger is a flatbottom barge that will absorb water to make the pine swell and become water-tight. Van Wagner expects it to soak for five days.

Cops: Mom gave child heroin, pills

Man, 22, used girl for sex, police allege

June 15. Beaver Springs. A Beaver Springs mom has been charged with hooking her young daughter on drugs, including heroin, and a 22-year-old Beaver Springs man was arrested on allegations that he exchanged drugs for sex with the now 14-year-old girl.

All of the alleged actions took place in Apt. 1 of 901 Center Ave., Spring Township. The girl’s name is being withheld because of the nature of the case.

The child told investigators she had smoked marijuana and used prescription pills, crack cocaine and intravenous drugs such as heroin and that when she was too weak to inject herself with drugs, her mother, Brandi Baumgardner, would inject her. The girl told investigators that her mother had injected her with drugs about 200 times, beginning when she was 14.

The allegations came to light while the teen was in counseling at Clear Vision, a residential treatment center in Montgomery.

5 nabbed in $450G dope ring

June 16. Sunbury. Five men from Sunbury and Northumberland were arrested Friday in connection with a $450,000 marijuana ring in Snyder and Northumberland counties, authorities said.

The drug distribution operation was initially stopped in September by agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation along with state and local police.

State Attorney General Linda Kelly said Friday that the investigation known as “Operation Dead Drop” started in November 2010, and focused on the marijuana trafficking activities of Michael Angstadt, of Sunbury.

Bryant Kalcich, 25, Humberto Garcia, 33, both of Sunbury, and Brett Scholl, 30, Lucas Kerchoff, 32, and Nathan Roush, 22, all of Northumberland, have all been charged with drug-related crimes.

Ricardo Garza, 31, incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Chester, was also charged in the case.

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