A plucky newspaper carrier and her father used a rubber raft to reach flooded subscribers - and both wound up in trouble with the law.

Betsey Patrick, a carrier for the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, delighted six stranded subscribers along the rain-swollen Conodoguinet Creek on Sunday when she and her father floated down in the raft.

"The people were so excited," Patrick said Monday. "They couldn't leave their houses. It made their day."

But police and a state Fish and Boat Commission officer weren't amused, and cited her father, Rick Patrick, for negligent operation of a watercraft. Betsey Patrick said she was arrested for disorderly conduct after arguing about the $220 US citation and handcuffed in front of her two-year-old daughter.

Patrick said she will fight the charge.