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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Last 600-pound beam set

Event for new academic structure on campus draws 100

Sept.14.  Lewisburg. As more than 100 people watched a construction team raise the final 600-pound steel beam on Bucknell University’s $24 million Academic West building Thursday morning, school President John Bravman marvelled and said: “Literally and figuratively, we’re building the next chapter in the university’s history. Today, we all step into that history.

Student critically injured in crash

3 others also hurt; grid game postponed

Sept .15.  New Berlin. Four Shikellamy High School students traveling to Sun Area Technical Institute in New Berlin were injured on Route 304 on Friday morning. One was listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Friday night.

State police at Milton identified the youths as Travis Tillett, Justin Miller, Robert Coleman and Samuel Mull.

Tillet was critically injured. Miller was treated, then released, while Coleman and Mull were listed in fair condition, according to a Geisinger nursing supervisor.

DA has $140,000 stash of drug cash

Rosini: Seizure cases take time, manpower

Sept. 16. Sunbury. At least $140,000 in seized drug money sits in police department evidence rooms. Some of it has been there for more than 10 years.

District Attorney Tony Rosini is responsible for taking the money through forfeiture proceedings and turning it over to the Northumberland Drug Task Force.

At least two county commissioners and some police officers have complained that Rosini has been lax when it comes to handling these cases.

Rosini, in turn, said forfeitures can be time-consuming, and the proceedings can’t begin until after a criminal case has ended with a conviction.

Schools mourn losses

Stands hush in memory of 2 accident victims

Sept. 18. Selinsgrove. Silence fell over Harold L. Bolig Memorial Field on Monday night .

The Shikellamy Braves and the Selinsgrove Seals came to play a football game, but they and their fans took a moment to mourn their losses — Travis Tillett, 16, of Northumberland, and Robert Wayne Hill, 20, of Selinsgrove.

Travis was one of four Shikellamy students injured in Friday morning’s crash along Route 304 outside of New Berlin. He died Saturday.

Hill was northbound on Route 204 at 9:28 a.m. Monday when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve just outside of Kratzerville in Snyder County and struck a pole and was killed, state police at Selinsgrove said.

Friday’s accident led to the postponement of the football game until Monday, a decision endorsed by Shikellamy head football coach Todd Tilford.

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