The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Attacker downed vodka, knifed me, new mom testifies

March 7. Sunbury. A Sunbury woman who was stabbed while nine months pregnant testified in her prison jumpsuit Tuesday that she was sexually harassed, then knifed, by a city man who had drank a half-gallon of vodka before a $25 robbery deteriorated.

April Barrows testified before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum that on Dec. 27 she was asleep in the Susquehanna Avenue home of Rex Millington when she was awakened by the sounds of Millington getting his head smashed by a pistol-whipping assailant.

She didn’t know the assailants, but was told by one who noticed she was pregnant that she wasn’t going to be injured, she testified.

120 at hearing on proposed power line

March 8. Dalmatia. More than 120 people attended a public hearing at the Hickory Corners Fire Company on Wednesday night to speak their minds about PPL Electric Utilities’ proposal to use eminent domain to take over nine landowners’ properties.

PPL has been planning the 69-kilovolt, 12-mile RichfieldDalmatia power line for more than two years. It will connect with the existing SunburyDauphin line and the SunburyRichfield line, a move that officials said will give the utility more flexibility and backup should outages occur. It is expected to benefit more than 30,000 customers.

Of the 54 properties along the route, PPL has reached settlements with 45. The other nine are holding out, and they brought reinforcements on Wednesday night to speak on their behalf.

Bison more blue after title game loss

March 8. Lewisburg. The Bucknell University men’s basketball team won’t be going to the Big Dance this year.

While the Bison battled back from an 11-point deficit to move within one point of tying the Patriot League championship game against Lehigh with fewer than 30 seconds left, the Mountain Hawks held on for an 82-77 victory Wednesday night before a raucous, sold-out Sojka Pavilion crowd.

Patriot League champion Lehigh (26-7) earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, which begins one week from today. Next week’s appearance in the Big Dance will be Lehigh’s fifth since 1985.

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