The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


$1B pipe could splice Valley

March 11. Sunbury. There is no known route yet for a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Lycoming County south into Maryland, but it appears likely the 30-inch tube would cut through the Valley.

UGI spokesman Peter Terranova told the Harrisburg Patriot-News March 5 that the Commonwealth Pipeline would travel “somewhere east of Harrisburg and west of Lancaster.”

That means the 200-mile pipeline running south from Lycoming County would potentially travel through Montour or Northumberland counties while staying east of the Susquehanna River.

Teacher sent text messages to pupils

March 16. Shamokin. A 23-year-old substitute teacher sent 4,300 text messages that included graphic photos of himself to three teenaged girls, two of them his students, according to court documents Thursday.

Michael S. Zack, whose last known address was 201 Warsaw Ave., Marion Heights, was charged before District Judge John Gembic III with two felonies, disseminating obscene and other sexual materials to minors and unlawful contact with a minor, and a misdemeanor, corruption of minors.

If convicted on all three counts, Zack could face 19 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

On Nov. 17, the Shamokin Area School District advised Coal Township police that Zack may have been sending inappropriate text messages and sexual pictures to a student.

Robbery was all in the family

March 21. Forest Hill. Two Mifflinburg residents, including one with family ties to the owner, pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in the armed robbery of $400 from the Forest Hill Store on Route 192.

Holly Hoffman, 38, appeared before District Judge Jeffrey L. Mensch and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery after police said she drove the getaway car in the Jan. 28 heist. Hoffman had a child with the son of store owner Ron Hartman and is the cousin of Nichole Mullany, one of the store’s clerks, who was held at gunpoint.

Also pleading guilty was Maura Smith, 20. She admitted receiving stolen property and drug charges. She and Hoffman were released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

The men charged with committing the robbery, Jeffrey Stahl, 31, of Mifflinburg, and Michael Gulli, 41, of Milton, waived their rights to preliminary hearings on charges of robbery and theft and remain in the Union County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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  • 2012: The Valley in Review

    A look at the Valley's top stories each month in 2012. Compiled by Jim Birt and Stacy Hinck of The Daily Item.

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  • Paterno_Joe Paterno family challenges Louis Freeh's conclusions

    STATE COLLEGE — Joe Paterno's family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh's conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.

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  • Armstrong, Houston Among Notable Deaths of 2012//

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  • Top 10 books of 2012

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