The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

February 10, 2014

Girl faces trial in attempted homicide, arson case

— MIDDLEBURG — Teasia M. Long, the 16-year-old Port Trevorton girl charged last week with setting fire to her home in an attempt to kill her sleeping aunt and uncle, appeared briefly Monday before District Judge Lori H. Hackenberg to waive her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of attempted homicide, arson and aggravated assault.

She next faces action in Snyder County Court.

Long allegedly confessed to using perfume-soaked rags to set the fire at the 1554 Main St. home she shared with Gerald and Nancy Bickhart early in the morning of Feb. 3 after an argument with her aunt. The teen told authorities she wanted to commit suicide, court records said.

The fire forced the Bickharts to flee out a second-floor window onto a roof, where they were rescued by neighbors.

Nancy Bickhart, 50, was treated for second-degree burns to her feet in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. Gerald Bickhart, 49, suffered cuts and smoke inhalation and was treated in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Both have been discharged and are staying with a relative.

Long has been charged as an adult with two counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault as well as arson, criminal mischief and possessing instruments of crime. She is being held in the Snyder County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Her attorney, public defender Patrick Johnson, met briefly with Nancy Bickhart’s son and a friend before Monday’s court proceeding. He did not ask for bail reduction.

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