The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


"That’s when I heard the chainsaw start"

Turbotville victim recounts attack from angry senior citizen

Oct. 26. Turbotville. Robert Lee Tanner thought he had the situation under control Saturday morning as he held a pillow against the basement door of his mother’s home, locking her boyfriend, Guy Black, inside.

The 76-year-old Black was swinging a hatchet at the door in an attempt to break into the house he had been thrown out of Friday evening.

Then Tanner heard the chainsaw start.

“Your first thought is, ‘Get out!’” he said. “How are you going to stop it?”

Tanner, 59, of Turbotville, knows he’s lucky to be alive following the weekend confrontation that has landed Black in jail, facing charges that include two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.

Storm puts thousands in dark

High winds topple trees, knock down power lines

Oct. 30. Sunbury. Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Central Susquehanna Valley late Monday, bringing 50 mph winds with gusts topping 55 mph, knocking out power to thousands of people.

The worst of the storm occurred in a six-hour period, from 8 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. today, said Andy Mussoline, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.

The top recorded wind gust during Monday daylight hours was 47 mph.

A dwelling caught fire shortly after 7 p.m. at 3500 Middlecreek Road. Complications in fighting the fire arose because of gusting wind, tree branches on the road and downed powerlines.

As the storm moved with strength into the Valley, PPL Electric Utilities personnel were busy repairing scattered power outages across the utility’s service area ahead of the main assault from Hurricane Sandy, said Teri McBride, a PPL regional spokeswoman.

At 8 p.m., 3,680 PPL and Citizens’ Electric customers were without power.

Worst hit in Union County, with 1,440 customers without power, were Hartley (459 customers) and Kelly (350) townships.

Snyder County had 2,055 PPL customers without power, most of them in Franklin Township (1,486 customers).


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