Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

April 21, 2018
Bloom official allegedly paid for sex
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Bloomsburg mayor Eric Bower was arrested Friday evening and charged with attempting to solicit...
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower sought a restraining order against ex-girlfriend Bonnie Fulop several days...
Jeep driver says he couldn’t stop when Honda ran Bloom stop sign
BLOOMSBURG — A Jeep and a Honda wound up in the front yard at 161 E. Fifth St. Friday afternoon after a violent...
Student wanted in Philadelphia crime
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student ran away from campus police Friday morning as officers attempted to serve...
Women’s Center workers chalk messages about consent on Block Party eve
BLOOMSBURG — In preparation for today’s annual Block Party, several employees from the Women’s Center found a way to...
April 20, 2018
Hemlock Township upgrade isn’t about who won office, other official explains
HEMLOCK TWP. — Supervisor Randy Howell thinks the road in front of his house isn’t being improved in retaliation for...
Stillwater man who hit Eyeland in Berwick has a condition, cops say
BERWICK — A car smashed through one of the sheet glass windows of Eyeland Optical Center Thursday afternoon, sending...
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A seven-year-old girl was tied to a bed and sexually assaulted by a 29-year-old man in 2012,...
MAHONING TWP. — One of two people accused of squatting with their child at a shuttered golf course waived their...
PHILADELPHIA — Rashon Nelson, the former Bloomsburg University student at the center of the Starbucks controversy, has...
April 19, 2018
Official: No replacement lined up yet in Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — It’s too early to tell what the impending shutdown of the Bon-Ton chain of department stores will mean for...
Mahoning Township supers aim to address safety fears
MAHONING TWP. — Township officials here would like to add pedestrian-designated lanes to Bloom Road because of its...
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A female worker at Talen Energy allegedly spiked a co-worker’s soda with...
Songwriter to perform Friday near Hershey
MIAMI — A few years ago, 2016 Central Columbia graduate Gina Abraczinskas retired to a closet inside her sister’s home...
Witnesses: South Centre Township officer struck other vehicle
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A South Centre Township police officer was involved in an early morning collision with another...
April 18, 2018
Felony charges filed in Danville-area fracas
MAHONING TWP. — A wanted man ran from police outside of Sheetz here while his female companion hid meth, empty baggies...
$1.8M deal a boon for Scott Township, Central schools
LIGHTSTREET — The Sunoco gas station and convenience store near the Interstate 80 interchange here was recently sold to...
PHILADELPHIA — One of the two young, black men at the white, hot center of the Starbucks firestorm was recently a...
Woman allegedly accused boyfriend of theft out of spite
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student is facing five criminal charges after admitting in court that she lied...
Catawissa-area father to live with parents, must be monitored with his kids, avoid Web
CATAWISSA — A man accused of storing child pornography images on his computer and sharing them with other men made a...
Probation officers say guns also discovered in Benton Township
BENTON TWP. — At least 22 “one-pot” bottles of meth in various stages of production were found by authorities who...
April 17, 2018
Lawyer: Susquehanna Supply ‘devastated’ by death, not bidding on jobs
WILLIAMSPORT — A construction company that accepted blame and was fined $250,000 for a deadly trench collapse near...
Wicked winds knock out power, take toll on Route 11 stores
BLOOMSBURG — Hundreds of customers, including some businesses along Route 11 here, lost power Monday morning as trees...
Cops: Nescopeck driver lacked valid license, warrants out for riders
LIGHTSTREET — A driver seen making an illegal U-turn along a curving section of Sawmill Road near here led to the...
Berwick man seeks up to $60G in alleged assault
WILLIAMSPORT — A teenager has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging Columbia County prison guards roughed him up...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man broke his brother-in-law’s arm after he fought with his estranged wife inside a vehicle,...
April 16, 2018
Man allegedly tried to drag her from VFW when she refused to go along
BERWICK — A Berwick man tried to drag his girlfriend out of the Berwick VFW by her hair when she refused to leave with...
PlayStation was allegedly hurled at wife over a snack dispute
BERWICK — A Berwick man threw a PlayStation at his wife after police say they argued about giving their daughter a...
National group lending hand; about $500G needed to buy Girl Scout site
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — With $20,000 raised and the hope of hundreds of thousands more in grants coming, the Friends of Camp...
Cops: Husband says shoving began over cigarettes
BERWICK — A Berwick man attempted to strangle his wife after she accused him of being high on heroin, police said....
Lawyer: Survivors’ suit against South Centre officer, chief and department should be dismissed
WILLIAMSPORT — South Centre Township Police Officer Jeremy Moyer was among the first officers responding in November...
April 15, 2018
Berwick school director wants more data, cites increased expenses
BERWICK — School directors voted down a $46.65 million preliminary budget that held taxes steady with no public...
Briar Creek Township residents: Quantity of camp workers is our concern
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Opponents of a seasonal labor camp say it’s not the nationality of the workers, but the sheer number...
Theft charges filed
HEMLOCK TWP. — A woman who took money from a confidential informant, but did not deliver drugs as promised, is charged...
Cops: Berwick man accused of harassment, assault, trespass in custody exchange fight
BERWICK — A man allegedly stabbed in the back during a custody dispute is facing charges of his own. Trent Owen...
Bloomsburg retailer says most customers still prefer using cash
Pennsylvania residents can now use debit cards or cellphones to purchase lottery tickets. At the Fresh N Quik...
April 14, 2018
Benton animal cruelty suspect said he feared couple’s pet was a threat
BENTON — After a dog killed two of his chickens, David Wayne Zimmerman told police that he was afraid it would attack...
Officials hope Cooper Township work spurs development along Route 11
COOPER TWP. — Officials broke ground on Cooper Township’s $4 million sewer system Friday, dedicating the ceremony to a...
Bloomsburg Police using restrictions again at Block Party
BLOOMSBURG — With Block Party just a week away, town and university officials are taking steps to curb its impact by...
Shickshinny officials trying to determine who’s responsible after road closed
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — Borough officials are scrambling to determine who is responsible for removing a...
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia-area man was arrested in Bloomsburg on Friday on charges of attempted murder, aggravated...
April 13, 2018
Berwick man faces charges after alleged anti-gay slurs and bullying
BERWICK — For eight months, Rick Matash and Ted Rush have listened to their neighbors blast music, yell obscenities,...
Benton Foundry reduces energy usage as it expands facility
BENTON — As the Benton Foundry continues to improve its operations, it’s also saving money by reducing energy usage....
Convicted thief took more items at Danville store, officials report
DANVILLE — A convicted thief was caught hiding a pack of 108 diapers under her dress at the bottom of her power cart,...
ELYSBURG — The rebuilt Sheetz store at Routes 487 and 54 is scheduled to open April 20 — about a week ahead of the...
Man allegedly took $34G from Lightstreet pair
SCOTT TWP. — A man accused of stealing nearly $34,000 from a couple in their 70s told a judge he’s addicted to heroin,...
April 12, 2018
Owners say critic predicted another fight over serving same-sex couples
BLOOMSBURG — The owners of W.W. Bridal are convinced their business would continue to be a target of a possible town...
BU athletes team up with children’s charity to send girl, 6, with brain cancer to Hawaii
BLOOMSBURG — It took a year of fundraising, months of preparation, and hundreds of Bloomsburg University students, but...
Blood collected at Benton mill in ‘13 allegedly matched suspect
BENTON — Police say DNA samples have helped them solve a burglary from nearly five years ago. Blood collected at the...
Bail set at $50G for suspected fugitive from Del.
BERWICK — The man who allegedly smashed his car into a State Police vehicle early Saturday while fleeing Berwick Police...
Human rights group also lauds system’s Bloom, Shamokin sites
Danville — Geisinger Medical Center has earned an honor for its treatment of sexual minorities, the health system...
April 11, 2018
Police: SUVs collided head-on near Washingtonville
WASHINGTONVILLE —Two women, both mothers of young children, were killed Tuesday morning in a violent crash along Route...
Conyngham supers struggle with budget, how to pay for police coverage
LOCUSTDALE — Still grappling with the financial mess left behind by ousted supervisor and secretary/ treasurer Linda...
Widow laments trouble with rental
SHICKSHINNY — The owner of a property photographed and featured in 30 Seconds Tuesday after a caller complained about...
Second officer needed for safety, officials say
DANVILLE — School officials here are looking to hire a second police officer to improve safety after the February mass...
DANVILLE — Danville council fired a full-time police officer Tuesday, effective immediately. Ptlm. Keith Tamborelli...
April 10, 2018
Police: His prints on bank envelopes in seniors’ Lightstreet home
LIGHTSTREET — A man working for a housecleaning service stole nearly $34,000 from the home of a couple in their 70s,...
Owner of Pond Hill garage is uninsured
CONYNGHAM TWP. — A local mechanic said his entire livelihood went up in flames when the garage he and his father built...
Instagram post proved to be copied from N.M. school, super says
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — An Instagram post featuring a male with a gun threatening a school with the initials “CHS” put...
The Draft System of WWI: Part 3
EDITOR’S NOTE: One hundred years ago, American “doughboys” were fighting in France as the First World War ground on...
Melissa Etheridge, country star Vince Gill and rocker Daughtry booked
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Some big-name musical acts from the 1980s and ’90s will play the...
April 9, 2018
Woman allegedly wounded man after he clashed with his child’s mom over custody
BERWICK — A woman allegedly stabbed a man in the back after he fought with his child’s mother over custody late...
School honors children’s advocate, marketing exec
BLOOMSBURG — As 1992 Bloomsburg High School graduate Veronica Smiley Grazer prepared to walk down the aisle at her self...
Rural Catawissa man’s pickup, loaded with logs, hits tree
CATAWISSA TWP. — A 69-year-old man is dead, apparently after being stricken while driving a trailer full of wood up a...
The Draft System of World War I, Part 2
EDITOR’S NOTE: One hundred years ago, American “doughboys” were fighting in France as the First World War ground on...
April 8, 2018
State finds Shick group erred with over $23G
SHICKSHINNY — A state audit says Shickshinny’s firemen’s relief association misspent $23,034, and failed to adequately...
SHICKSHINNY — Council members here voted Tuesday to decertify the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Company, plus forbid it to...
Fugitive allegedly ran red light
BERWICK — A wanted man with a carload of passengers sped away from a traffic stop by Berwick Police, only to slam into...
Police: Orangeville woman caught on camera lifting cash
ESPY — A woman accused of pocketing over $900 while working at a benefit gun raffle here will face her theft charges in...
After having record cleared, Philly man, 57, faces new charges of pestering BU student
BLOOMSBURG —A 57-year-old custodian from Philadelphia who’s accused of stalking a Bloomsburg University student says...
Driver charged with being drunk at wheel after fleeing accident
LOCUST TWP. — Two men fled after their car crashed into a ditch on Quaker Meeting House Road on Feb. 10, allegedly...
April 7, 2018
Man moved to Montour County Prison from Bloomsburg, mulls lawsuit
BLOOMSBURG — A former Columbia County Prison inmate says he was choked into unconsciousness last year by a guard who...
Mahoning Township officer’s training sessions offer tips for civilian survival
MAHONING TWP. — When someone starts shooting up a public building, such as a school, taking action is necessary in...
Ex-street super tallies time owed in civil complaint
DANVILLE — The retired street superintendent is suing Danville Borough for $7,600, which he says is owed in unused sick...
Scott Township businesses report problems at work along Route 11
SCOTT TWP. — A downed live wire disrupted power to several homes and businesses late Friday morning, but was repaired...
NEW YORK — Anyone who’s been wondering if their private Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica...
April 6, 2018
Son in protective care after police found family at closed golf course
LIBERTY TWP. — A couple was arrested and their young son was put into protective custody when police reportedly...
Zoners: Change, not variance, needed for Briar Creek-area housing
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 38-unit apartment complex won’t be built on the site of the old Stenko’s Bowling Alley, at least...
Dollar Tree worker to also serve house arrest and parole
BLOOMSBURG — A man who set fire to a storage room at the Dollar Tree near Buckhorn last fall was spared a lengthy...
HUNTINGTON TWP. — A Stillwater man allegedly raped a woman inside his camper on Old Tioga Turnpike despite her pleading...
BLOOMSBURG —The Columbia County Sherrif’s Department has released the following list of people it says are wanted on...
April 5, 2018
Federal judge finds Berwick firm didn’t mislead consumers
NEW YORK — A federal judge has reviewed a dispute over potato chips and found no evidence that Wise Foods of Berwick...
Catawissa business owners: PennDOT says billboard violates law
CATAWISSA — A landmark sign that has announced Rohrbach’s Farm Market’s presence along Route 487 for as many as four...
Bloomsburg man to be tried for alleged witness intimidation and DUI
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who was banned from West End Ale Haus was found guilty Wednesday of harassing the...
Broadcasting fees also expected to increase, company says
SUNBURY — Service Electric Cablevision is once again boosting the speed of its Internet service, and customers will pay...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman who was texting and speeding when she allegedly caused a fatal accident two years ago...
April 4, 2018
Bloom collection agency alleges Philly firm welshed on $420G deal
BLOOMSBURG — A downtown debt-collection agency and a Philadelphia-area firm agreed to a merger, but the latter had no...
BLOOMSBURG — The Remit Corporation was a player in the debt-collection industry for a quarter of a century, according...
Geisinger says birth care met standards
DANVILLE — A newborn suffered brain damage during delivery at Geisinger Medical Center, and the mother of the child had...
Man allegedly gave narcotic to officer overseeing his case
CATAWISSA — A man charged with doling out narcotic painkillers to the parole officer who was supposed to be making sure...
Buyer plans to run health-consulting firm
DANVILLE — The borough sold the building that houses its police station for $395,000, and closing is expected to take...
BENTON TWP. — Probation officers checking on a couple convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine two years ago...
April 3, 2018
Judges sympathize, but say complaints missed deadline
HARRISBURG — A panel of three state Superior Court judges expressed sympathy for about 150 residents who sued to shut...
Two had to dive away from Benton woman’s vehicle, charges say
MADISON TWP. — A Benton woman was charged with endangering the lives of others when she attempted to run them over with...
Danville SPCA to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgery for dogs, cats
COOPER TWP. — The Danville SPCA is opening a low-cost clinic next to the shelter to spay and neuter dogs and cats. A...
Danville man accused in home invasion still locked up
BERWICK — A Danville man accused of impersonating a police officer during a home invasion in Berwick asked a judge...
Man allegedly switched price tags after loss of grandfather
SCOTT TWP. — A 27-year-old man caught switching price tags on a food dehydrator and other items told police he was...
April 2, 2018
Former officer allegedly strangled man at church after services
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A former police officer strangled a man at church after Easter services, arrest papers say. Jimmie...
Man refused to leave Bloom school grounds during walkout ban on visitors, police say
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg father who was arrested for refusing to leave school grounds said it was the officer who got...
Fire gutted Berwick-area trailer while family was away celebrating holiday, officials say
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Two pet cats perished when a fire gutted a family’s trailer home while the residents were away for...
Man charged four years after alleged incident
BLOOMSBURG — A woman testified that a man touched her inappropriately in bed when she was 17, but he claimed he mistook...
Geisinger denies negligence in visitor’s alleged mishap
DANVILLE — A Berwick-area woman is suing Geisinger Medical Center, claiming she fell on a slippery surface outside the...
April 1, 2018
Men fled, lights off, tossing drugs, paraphernalia from car, charges say
MIFFLIN TWP. — A driver allegedly led police on a high-speed chase starting on Interstate 80 before crashing his car...
Defender’s claim of minor injuries failed to convince judge
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of slashing another patron outside a downtown bar shouldn’t be charged with aggravated...
‘I would have been dead,’ says rattled Nescopeck Township manager
NESCOPECK TWP. — A man in a pickup veered off Route 93 and crashed through a fence and the sign for the Nescopeck...
Housing will be designed for downsizing seniors
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg development company is planning to build 16 condominiums on the property on Mulberry Street...
Ten-year-old Faith Gray entered Saturday’s Easter egg hunt at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds with a plan — find a spot with...
March 31, 2018
Woman complains that state’s registry hasn’t stopped telemarketers
MIFFLINVILLE — Before Pam Rood’s husband, Donald, passed away six years ago, he put his family’s home phone number on...
Agreement opens land for commercial use
VALLEY TWP. — A settlement between Valley Township and a development group has been reached, which means business or...
Council approves request for $160G in state funding
BLOOMSBURG — A downtown alley could be turned into a pedestrian walkway with stamped asphalt paving, greenery and...
BERWICK — Despite repeated commands to stop what he was doing, a Nescopeck man fled from police, but was apprehended...
Tour follows wife’s cancer fight
MILLVILLE — Danville native Rob Hunter has a new CD and a book coming out, and he’s embarking on a nationwide tour to...
March 30, 2018
Authorities: Berwick pair hurt in multi-vehicle accident
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BERWICK — An SUV shot across a Market Street intersection here after a car it pulled...
DANVILLE — A former Columbia County Prison guard got into a fight with police Thursday when the officers arrived at his...
Franklin Township man charged with sex abuse
FRANKLIN TWP. — A man who had more than 50 images of child pornography stashed on his computer admitted to police he...
Lecturer tells BU audience that belief in God isn’t uncommon in field
BLOOMSBURG — William D. Phillips is a cool scientist. In 1997, the physicist won the Nobel Prize for developing a...
March 29, 2018
BU instructor says posters are free speech, don’t push views
BLOOMSBURG — A decorated soldier and student at Bloomsburg University says signs posted in a campus-building window by...
Intruder flees rural Benton homeowner’s warning shots
BENTON TWP. — Police are looking for a man who allegedly broke into a rural home here Wednesday, then pointed a gun at...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Brian Campbell saw his hopes of erecting a seasonal labor camp on his 70-acre farm here dashed...
Catawissa 63-year-old seen using mirror
MILLVILLE — A 63-year-old man admitted using a mirror to look up a teenager’s skirt while she was shopping at Walmart...
Girlfriend tells judge she lied because man impregnated another woman
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student who identified her boyfriend as the man who used “motion picture”...
March 28, 2018
All zoning requests granted, including fewer parking spots
HEMLOCK TWP. — An ALDI supermarket cleared its first hurdle Tuesday night, winning unanimous approval for the zoning...
80-bed center with an ER to open near Pottsville next year
DANVILLE — Geisinger is expanding its collaboration with a Lehigh Valley-based health system with plans to build a new...
Blaze damage toll estimated at $50,000, Buckhorn chief says
FERNVILLE — Flames from a burn barrel spread across the leaf-covered ground Tuesday and ignited a nearby house, the...
Police chief confirms police response, Bower presence
BLOOMSBURG — The town mayor was involved in an incident that drew police Saturday night, but officials have been mum...
Wool manufacturer left 16-foot shaft
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — With the help of an 1876 map and census records from 1870, researchers at the Columbia County...
March 27, 2018
Ex-volunteer allegedly racked up $7G+ in debt on pastor’s card
MIFFLIN TWP. — A church volunteer swiped the pastor’s credit card numbers and went on a spending spree — paying off...
Man remains jailed; unruly supporters booted from office
BERWICK — A woman testified Monday that her boyfriend followed her into a bathroom during an argument and started...
Retiring Public Works boss saw role shift from building to patching
BLOOMSBURG — When John Barton signed on to lead the Public Works Department here, the crew of 15 worked on construction...
Officials ask people to drop off only what fits in provided bins
CATAWISSA —People dropping of recyclables near the borough barn on South Fourth Street are making a mess, and borough...
Bloom councilman sees ‘very slight’ chance for this summer’s season
BLOOMSBURG — The Norris E. Rock Memorial Swimming Pool has a “very slight” chance of opening this summer, Councilman...
March 26, 2018
Public broadcasting chief sees strong support of federal funding
President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would eliminate funding for public broadcasters like WVIA. That would...
Mount Pleasant supers dig up artifact in time for bicentennial
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — On the eve of its bicentennial year, Mount Pleasant Township supervisors decided to dig up a...
Bloom man jailed for alleged deal with informant
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man is facing felony charges for allegedly dealing heroin to a police informant after he was...
BERWICK — A Berwick woman who allegedly punched another woman in the face while attempting to gain entrance to a home...
She and her boyfriend both facing drug charges
BERWICK — A Berwick woman who was planning to sell salt as meth was arrested for possession of a counterfeit controlled...
March 25, 2018
Late Defender treasurer wrote checks to himself, accountants find
BERWICK — As treasurer of Defender Fire Co., the late Dennis Slusser wrote numerous checks to himself, a letter from an...
BERWICK — Defender Fire Co. trustees quietly rewrote the company bylaws in March 2016, removing a safeguard designed to...
Centralia break-in suspect jailed and second is sought
CENTRALIA — A man who allegedly broke into a church last week left behind a coat when security alarms sounded and he...
Protest against gun violence and for school safety draws critics, too
BLOOMSBURG — Dennis Artley stood at the town fountain facing a crowd of over 100 sign-carrying protesters Saturday...
Mother blames drugs for son’s problems
BERWICK — A father accused of allowing a child to find a notebook with writings expressing the desire to produce child...
Woman with Bucknell group rappelling on ‘Lover’s Leap’ in Mahoning, firefighters say
MAHONING TWP — A young woman rappelling a cliff called “Lover’s Leap” dangled from a steep rock face above a creek...
DERRY TWP. — A home-invasion burglary at the residence of a 76-year-old woman here Tuesday netted jewelry valued at...
March 24, 2018
Retired deputy wary of teachers with guns
Paul D’Angelo has taught civilians how to safely use firearms for 37 years. The retired Columbia County Sheriff’s...
FRANKLIN TWP. — The Southern Columbia School District plans to tighten security in its schools to protect students and...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University professor accused of viewing child pornography on his office computer was allowed...
Berwick native who served under FDR rests in edifice
BERWICK — Vandals have defaced the mausoleum holding the bones of William Hartman Woodin, one of Berwick’s most famous...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who served time in prison for killing a bicyclist while driving drunk six years ago was...
Professor: Drone exercise intended to offer career opportunities
BLOOMSBURG — Teams of young hackers will gather at Bloomsburg University today — their mission: to take over and...
March 23, 2018
Bloomsburg woman charged with homicide by vehicle in 2016 smashup
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg driver who police say caused a fatal wreck on Route 11 two years ago has been charged with...
Bloomsburg University freshman is to be cited, authorities report
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University freshman told police he wasn’t paying attention when he turned into oncoming...
Information on man who held $190,000 post is off website
BLOOMSBURG — The dean of the College of Business at Bloomsburg University was abruptly replaced by another...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman will forfeit $6,281 seized by police during a drug arrest in Briar Creek Township last...
Woman: Failure to note tumor, pneumonia led to complications
DANVILLE — A woman claims Geisinger doctors didn’t diagnose her brain tumor and pneumonia in enough time for her to...