Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

June 26, 2016
Resident’s passionate poultry plea doesn’t run afoul of all on council
BERWICK — A borough resident spiritedly defended the right of Berwickians to own chickens during a recent council...
Businessmen bringing second, maybe third eatery to Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — Had Michael Haspe not been in need of a bathroom break on his drive home to Tamaqua from Lewisburg in the...
Bloom man charged over injury that may cause lasting harm
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man is facing a felony count of aggravated assault after police say he twisted a boy’s arm...
Danville property owner prevails
DANVILLE — After their landlords sued them for rent and water payments, two tenants hit back with a counter-lawsuit,...
MADISON TWP. — A rural Bloomsburg driver was drunk when his truck skidded off Route 254, drove through a yard and took...
June 25, 2016
$30M in federal funding aims to prevent criminal relapse
BLOOMSBURG — Up to 30 inmates will be eligible to enroll in classes at Bloomsburg University this coming school year,...
Bloomsburg-area woman’s bodybuilder son hopes to inspire others
BLOOMSBURG — When Chadwick Thomas came home from a premature birth 28 years ago, he was so small his mother dressed him...
Fundraising needed in addition to budgeting
ANTHONY TWP. — The Montour Area Recreation Commission should have enough money to operate the Montour Preserve for a...
BLOOMSBURG — A parole violator who bolted from two Columbia County probation officers outside the courthouse has now...
MAHONING TWP. — A 19-year-old has dropped his lawsuit against a teacher who’s been cleared of all charges of having sex...
June 24, 2016
Dead animals won’t halt All-Star athletes tonight
CLEVELAND TWP. —Charges for beating opossums to death with baseball bats and killing bull frogs won’t prevent four...
Bloomsburg woman charged with assault
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman was locked up Wednesday night after police say she pummeled another woman in the face...
Over 60 years, Bloomsburg couple has watched family and business grow
BLOOMSBURG — At May’s Drive In, business is so good, it’s hard to retire. Members of the May family busily...
MAHONING TWP. — Ron Miller pointed to past accomplishments as the reason why he wants to be a Mahoning Township...
Pop-country act The Band Perry is scheduled to perform Sept. 29
BLOOMSBURG — A pop-country crossover act is joining the lineup at the Bloomsburg Fair’s grandstand this year. Grammy...
June 23, 2016
Bloomsburg-area man in clear when victim fails to testify
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man accused of intimidating a black woman by yelling racial slurs at her while wearing a...
Sweet Valley man allegedly pulled gun during dispute
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Sweet Valley man already charged with ramming his wife’s car with his truck...
Officer says Berwick woman, daughters escaped serious harm in rollover wreck
BERWICK — A Berwick woman and her two young girls escaped serious injury when the mother sideswiped a parked car and...
Berwick man threatens to file grievance for lack of attorney
BERWICK — Less than two weeks after Tanner D. Williamson was arrested in Scott Township during a heroin sting, he was...
Committee to seek corporate donations, official says
BLOOMSBURG —Fundraising efforts to build a memorial honoring military veterans in Bloomsburg continue on a dozen years...
June 22, 2016
Area football players allegedly beat opossums to death, posted a photo
UPDATE: Four of the five teens will play in a football all-star game after a review of conduct code. CLEVELAND TWP. —...
Police: Man passed line of traffic on berm, crossed paths with car making turn off Mall Boulevard
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Millville man was badly injured Tuesday when police say he passed traffic on his motorcycle and...
Vo-Tech instructor of cosmetology pulled over on graduation night
MONTOUR TWP. — A Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech teacher was accused of driving drunk the same night the school held its...
Danville-area men told different versions of donnybrook in garage
MAHONING TWP. — A father and son each pleaded guilty to harassment Tuesday over a fight they had in their garage here...
1960s-era group to play grandstand Sept. 26
BLOOMSBURG — Step back in time to late December, back in ’63, when the clean-cut crooners who inspired the musical “...
June 21, 2016
Council OKs $10G gift, calming choppy waters
BERWICK — It’s official: Berwick residents will get a $1 discount on admission to the newly refurbished Ber-Vaughn pool...
Police: Mom-to-be stuck under vehicle after Mifflin wreck; one dog perished
MIFFLIN TWP. — An SUV veered off Mifflin X Road here Sunday night, rolling several times and ejecting all four people...
Cops: Benton-area man took pay, didn’t do job
BENTON — A contractor who was already in trouble for bilking homeowners on a repair job is facing a new set of criminal...
BERWICK — The new West Berwick Elementary school will be finished on time. That was the pledge made Monday night by...
DANVILLE — A man who allegedly waved a loaded handgun in a fight with his wife — then refused to drop it when police...
June 20, 2016
Locust chief denies Berwick-area man’s misconduct claims
CATAWISSA — A Berwick-area DJ claimed on Facebook that police illegally stopped him, harassed him and took $200 from...
Study calls for deep overhaul of aging swimming facility
By KRISTIN BAVER Press Enterprise Writer BLOOMSBURG — A $1,200 pump valve replacement recently shut down the town...
Benton-area retiree’s wooden vessel ‘doesn’t make practical sense’
SUGARLOAF TWP. — When Paul Langenbach decided he was going to build himself a customized sailboat with his own two...
Tips sought on overnight burglary discovered at building site Sunday
HEMLOCK TWP. — Police are investigating a break-in and theft of about $3,500 in construction tools and materials from a...
Dog kisses. So sweet. So stinky. So Pooch Smooch was invented as a “bad breath eliminator.” For all size dogs, it’s...
June 19, 2016
Man alleges insurer gave records to AG, possibly violating privacy
DANVILLE — Bob Bolus Sr. alleges that Geisinger Health Plan handed over his medical records to the state Attorney...
Scott Township homeowner who suffered seizure credits builder’s quick response
SCOTT TWP. — A contractor working to restore a fire-damaged house in Sherwood Village here Thursday quickly stepped in...
Lawsuit against father over ownership stands
BERWICK — A father and son’s fight over the ownership of K-Fab won’t go through arbitration for now, a federal judge...
Court orders Danville woman to stay away from her estranged husband and daughter
DANVILLE — A woman rammed her vehicle into her estranged husband’s automobile while he and their infant were inside, he...
First step in Benton Christian’s $618G project taken nearly 30 years ago
BENTON — Benton Christian Church is undergoing a $618,000 expansion to add Sunday school classrooms, a fellowship hall...
June 18, 2016
Police say bodies in home for weeks
BENTON TWP. — A concerned relative of a rural Stillwater couple made a gruesome discovery Thursday when she checked on...
Shickshinny landmark slated for demolition, owners regret to report
SHICKSHINNY — A couple that bought the Shickshinny Opera House in hopes of saving it 20 years ago signed it over to a...
Couple brought suspicious letter to police station
DANVILLE — The powdery substance that caused an anthrax scare at the Danville Police station Thursday turned out to be...
‘Talent’ show ventriloquist coming to Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — The ventriloquist who won the 2015 season of “America’s Got Talent” after turning judge Howie Mandel into...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —Despite federal funding cutbacks, there should be enough Superfund money available to complete the...
June 17, 2016
Montour Township man allegedly threatened son, caseworkers, officers
MONTOUR TWP. — A township man accused of pointing a handgun at his teen son for stealing his marijuana later proposed...
Donated junk comes at steep cost to Berwick Salvation Army
BERWICK — The Salvation Army Post here is being used as a dumping ground for broken furniture, bald tires and other...
DERRY TWP. — With many vegetables about to come into season, Eli Hostetler’s farm stand is about to go into full swing...
Alleged heroin addict faces prison time after being accused of threat, fleeing with woman
BERWICK — The grandmother of a man accused of fleeing from police after threatening another man with a knife says he is...
Shickshinny man allegedly made grab for spouse’s gun in purse
SCOTT TWP. — Two shoppers jumped in to help a woman being physically attacked by her husband outside the Giant store...
June 16, 2016
Price for Berwick residents in dispute
BERWICK — An argument between Berwick Borough and the Berwick Area Swimming Pool Association means Berwick residents...
BLOOMSBURG — A meeting Wednesday on the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline that would cut through 10 Columbia County...
Berwick trailer tenant, landlord trade accusations about damage
BERWICK — Water leaks have left a mobile home here unlivable and unrepairable, an insurance inspector says. But the...
Hunlock Creek-area man allegedly lied on his time cards
HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission construction manager from the Hunlock Creek area is accused of...
Budget, police chief, transparency cited as priorities
MAHONING TWP. — When Ken Woodruff worked for PennDOT, he had to develop budgets for operations in nine counties. If...
June 15, 2016
Bloom-area mom allegedly used ID, cards to spend at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s
BUCKHORN — Karen Learn left her wallet in a shopping cart at Wal-Mart, and the next woman to use the cart immediately...
High-end housing developer plans to expand popular Danville project
DANVILLE — The high-end housing Tim Karr built along the river here in 2013 proved so popular that he’s decided to...
‘Bump’ on Bloom dance floor led to attack, police say
BLOOMSBURG — A “bump” on the dance floor and exchange of words between two women led to a fight at the Capitol Bar that...
Accident happened on trip home from Memorial Day vacation
GREENVILLE, N.C. — A Mifflinville woman returning home with her husband from a Memorial Day vacation was seriously hurt...
79-year-old waded into Susquehanna at Test Track
LIME RIDGE — Investigators say the woman whose body was recovered under the Interstate 80 bridge here Monday intended...
June 14, 2016
Man suffered serious head injury, friends post online
DANVILLE — A Bloomsburg man remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center following an early Saturday...
Remains found at Lime Ridge identified as missing woman
LIME RIDGE — A recovery crew navigated the shallow and rocky Susquehanna River to pull a body from the waters beneath...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Berwick woman was badly injured Monday after her small hatchback slammed into the rear of a truck...
DANVILLE — Police say a drunken man picked up a loaded gun and threatened to kill his wife’s friends after she took...
Former Bloom couple together despite man’s punctured lung and corkscrew wound to leg
BLOOMSBURG —A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a steak knife last summer on Poplar Street here was...
June 13, 2016
Widow: Asbestos at work caused mesothelioma
By CHRIS KREPICH Press Enterprise Writer DANVILLE — The widow of the late Robert F. Bloskey is suing Danville Borough,...
Residents enjoy Ber-Vaughn pool after $1.2M overhaul, four-year wait
BRIAR CREEK — The Ber-Vaughn pool reopened Sunday after a four-year hiatus and a $1.2 million renovation, drawing a big...
Injuries claimed Paxinos motorcyclist, 49, after deer jumped in his path, police say
MAHONING TWP. — A motorcyclist who died of his injuries early Sunday was a kind and generous man, his niece said. David...
Rapids near bridge were anglers’ undoing, Berwick fire official says
BERWICK — A man and woman were boating Saturday night when their boat started taking on water in the Susquehanna River...
Gunman kills 50 in Fla. gay nightclub
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It had been an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows. After hours of revelry, the party-...
June 12, 2016
Feds’ way would spare horse clinic; firm reviewing idea
BUCKHORN — The federal agency reviewing the proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project has recommended an...
LIME RIDGE — A man was high on heroin and trying to eat noodles as he drove along Wolf Hollow Road here, court papers...
Bloom-area residents raise $6G to help boy’s biological family in drought-stricken nation
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — As Ethiopia struggles with a historic drought that has forced people to walk...
One Bloom roommate knocked out, the other battered bloody, police say
BLOOMSBURG — When two “best friends” fought each other, one wound up unconscious while the other was badly bloodied,...
Injured man breathing but unconscious, authorities say
MAHONING TWP. — A motorcyclist was hurt Saturday night after he crashed into a deer on Route 11 outside Danville,...
June 11, 2016
Wife, mother cleared on all counts in sex case
DANVILLE — Melissa Brindisi burst out sobbing and exchanged tearful hugs with her husband Friday as a Montour County...
Nescopeck man stopped for car lights, cops say
BERWICK — A Nescopeck man who served four months in prison on meth charges in 2014 and once vowed in court that “I’m...
Salem Township neighbor’s guests leapt into action when porch burned
SALEM TWP. — Guests visiting a neighboring house rushed to the rescue when a porch burst into flames here Friday...
One accused of grabbing Berwick co-worker; spouse allegedly aimed vehicle at his wife in Bloomsburg
A man grabbed his ex-girlfriend by her shoulders while they were working together at Patriot Metals in Berwick, she...
June 10, 2016
Berwick-area driver allegedly fled crash
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A rural Berwick man who’d crashed his SUV after a night of drinking earlier this year fled the...
Jurors see evidence of juvenile jail staffer, killer kissing
DANVILLE — A teacher accused of having sex with a teen at a juvenile lockup in Mahoning Township denied the allegations...
Officer: Bloomsburg man on parole ‘thoughthe was doing something right’
BLOOMSBURG — A frantic man who allegedly broke into a massage parlor after he thought he heard a woman screaming now...
FERNVILLE — A bad case of heartburn led to an angry outburst, a call to police, and eventually drug charges for one man...
BERWICK — Known for its annual Run for the Diamonds, Berwick now has a Paddle for the Gold. Organizers of the annual...
June 9, 2016
Cop: Needle found with Berwick man’s car
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A Berwick man was severely injured in an early Wednesday crash when he lost control of his car...
Owner: Bloomsburg staff won’t lose jobs as McDonald’s is made more efficient
BLOOMSBURG — Come September, the nearly 40-year-old McDonald’s storefront on Route 11 here will be replaced by an all-...
Laws call for sense, discretion to protect everyone
Five days after a Fishing Creek bicyclist was struck and killed by a pickup, another bicycle rider had a narrow escape...
From staff and wire reports BLOOMSBURG — Two grocery chains with local stores say they hope to sell wine after the...
BUCKHORN — Good Samaritans chased down a dog that fled the wreckage of a pickup that rolled on Interstate 80 here...
June 8, 2016
Switch to dual-fired station will cost $70M+
WASHINGTONVILLE — The owners of the coal-fired power plant here are moving ahead on a major overhaul that will allow...
Pa. lawmakers vote to loosen consumer access to beer, too
HARRISBURG — Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to loosen Pennsylvania’s tightly controlled liquor system by...
Orangeville anglers bag unusual cross between koi, river carp
BLOOMSBURG — Local fishermen out on the west branch of the Susquehanna River near Montoursville were startled to snag a...
Bloom offender also must serve year on probation
BLOOMSBURG — A teen wearing a T-shirt that read “The Best is Yet to Come” was recently sentenced to a year on probation...
UGI to close 2 miles of Iron Street, Millville Road for three weeks
BLOOMSBURG — A natural gas main replacement project will reroute traffic off one of the main entryways to Bloomsburg...
June 7, 2016
Bloomsburg asthma sufferer wants council to crack down on backyard burn pits, grills
BLOOMSBURG — Smoke from neighboring fire pits has been wafting into Melanie Simms’ West Main Street apartment,...
Danville man admits only to being an inept manager
DANVILLE — A manager accused of taking nearly $17,000 from a motel denied stealing Monday but pleaded no contest to...
Residents fear hemlock poses hazard; state insists there’s no threat and roots are stable
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. —A towering hemlock is tipping dangerously over a roadway here and the landowners and a resident...
Nescopeck driver allegedly topped 80 mph in car he wasn’t OK’d to use
BRIAR CREEK — A Nescopeck man allegedly led State Police on a wild chase back and forth across the Susquehanna River...
Benton, Orangeville men could serve up to five years despite pleas
DANVILLE — Two ex-workers at Talen Energy’s power plant near Washingtonville pleaded guilty Monday to stealing copper...
June 6, 2016
Developer loses latest appeal over Orangeville-area 100-campsite plan
ORANGEVILLE — A state court upheld a ruling that will keep a developer from opening an RV park in a rural neighborhood...
Danville-area shelter must raise $10G to win matching grant and expand
COOPER TWP. — The SPCA near Danville is calling on horse lovers and animal advocates to help it earn a grant so it can...
Resident of Berwick-area raid house is charged
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Police have filed meth-making charges against the man whose residence here was raided May 25. When...
Appeals court finds trooper had cause to pull over a driver who allegedly had 3 pounds of pot, gun in car
DANVILLE — A Montour County drug case is coming back for trial after an appeals court reversed a local judge’s decision...
Man allegedly tested at over twice legal alcohol limit
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man pulled over for driving 90 mph on Interstate 80 here was allegedly drunk. Daniel Patrick...
June 5, 2016
Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital sued over alleged failure to remove stone
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man lost function in his right kidney after two doctors missed a kidney stone, a new...
Judge says nine must pay delinquent bills
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Municipal Authority alleges 13 sewer customers each owe over $1,000 for unpaid sewer bills...
Overhaul of Town Park course aims to make sport popular, safer
BLOOMSBURG — A renovated disc golf course in Town Park aims to make the sport more accessible to beginners and less of...
Bloom man admitted dipping into till at Mifflin Burger King, officers report
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Burger King employee allegedly stole cash from the register, but told police he needed the money...
Army medical staff battled infection without antibiotics early in conflict
For the Press Enterprise DANVILLE — As it did for so many of the Greatest Generation, World War II tested Margaret...
June 4, 2016
$1.8B deal with Talen needs federal approval
ALLENTOWN — The New York-based investment group that created Talen Energy after its merger with PPL Corp. last year is...
State records say Shickshinny-area woman tested positive for booze
UNION TWP. — A longtime nurse with a drinking problem violated her professional probation by testing positive for...
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student who financed his education by selling large amounts of marijuana...
MONTOUR TWP. — A township couple was charged here Wednesday night in what police say was a violent domestic fight at...
Scott Township dealer among five sent back to prison
BLOOMSBURG — A man busted for having 126 heroin packets stashed behind a sofa while still on probation for dealing...
June 3, 2016
Bloomsburg bar allegedly violated copyright rules, despite warnings
BLOOMSBURG — The Good Old Days Bar here is playing songs without permission from the copyright holders, a federal...
Legislature’s guidance on mandatory terms riles judge, man’s defense
BLOOMSBURG — A two-time kiddie porn offender was slapped Thursday with a mandatory prison term of 25 to 50 years but...
A man made suicidal threats so he could guilt-trip his estranged wife into coming back to him, she alleges. Kurtis...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man fell 20 to 30 feet off a cliff and landed on the Rail-Trail here Thursday, police say....
June 2, 2016
Authorities: Weapons, cash found in Berwick home
BERWICK — Officers were prepared for trouble when they raided what they say was a large-scale heroin den Wednesday...
Cops: Nescopeck suspect clocked sister’s boyfriend
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Nescopeck man is facing a felony assault charge after he allegedly smashed a...
BLOOMSBURG — A Columbia County parole offender who fled Tuesday as he was being taken back to prison was recaptured...
Northumberland man busted near Bloomsburg
LIME RIDGE — An officer on patrol spotted a man and woman arguing inside an SUV that stopped alongside the road. When...
Woman warns of hoax hinting at federal government involvement
BLOOMSBURG — When Jo DeMarco got a call saying there was a warrant for her arrest and two men were coming to her house...
June 1, 2016
Sandwich spot owner blames parking, other factors, but says trucks will be at the fair
BLOOMSBURG — A stuffed pretzel eatery has shut its doors, blaming parking woes, big-name competition, and inconsistent...
Pa. breeders crash van towing trailer home from show
NESCOPECK TWP. — A Tuesday morning crash tore apart a camping trailer loaded with show dogs, scattering dog crates and...
Police are still searching for Millville-area man who violated parole, authorities say
BLOOMSBURG — A handcuffed man bolted from two Columbia County probation officers as he was returning to prison Tuesday...
Each admits to disorderly conduct, is fined $100 plus costs
MAHONING TWP. — A couple who secretly removed the woman’s ailing father from a nursing home against the wishes of other...
20-year-old allegedly lacked concealed-carry permit
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man was carrying a handgun along with a full magazine of ammunition inside his car without a...
May 31, 2016
Berwick woman says car instead hit pole, coming frighteningly near her baby, teen
BERWICK — A driver kicked her passenger out of the car and tried to run him down, witnesses said, but instead the...
‘Embarrassed’ boater turns up as rescuers comb river near Bloom
MONTOUR TWP. — A Memorial Day kayaking trip took a scary turn when one of the boaters seemingly disappeared after...
Missing Wis. man, dog likely in Mifflin lot for days, official says
MIFFLINVILLE — A trucker who went missing and hadn’t been heard from since May 25 was found dead Monday inside the...
Berwick man nearly hit other cars with SUV before taking out pole and power, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — The driver who wiped out a utility pole, flipped his SUV, and knocked out power to many residents...
Mother awarded $12,175 after driveway, garage, balcony damaged
DANVILLE — A Danville woman sued a contractor for $12,175, accusing the business of damaging her driveway, garage and...
May 30, 2016
Council eyes uniform overhaul that includes washable bulletproof vests
BERWICK — Police officers here may soon be sporting new uniforms with washable bulletproof vests and new badges....
Bloom man faces trial for alleged assault on live-in girlfriend
BLOOMSBURG — A man who began arguing his case of domestic assault during his recent sentencing lost a deal for a three-...
Case alleges brain injuries, seeks $25G+ from man blamed for crash
SCOTT TWP. — A woman is suing the estate of a trucker who died after causing a chain-reaction crash that closed...
Bloom-area woman rear-ended another car, blamed phone peek, officers say
LIME RIDGE — A Bloomsburg-area woman was under the influence of heroin when she crashed her car into another vehicle...
May 29, 2016
Law would require leashes or cages for felines and ban chickens entirely
BERWICK — Cats will have to be on leashes or in cages when they leave their owners’ properties, and live chickens will...
Suspect allegedly smashed glass in female patron’s face at Bloom bar
BLOOMSBURG — Laura Griffin walked up behind a woman sitting at the Paddock bar just before last call and slammed a...
Mainville woman, 75, infuses faith into her popular storylines
For the Press Enterprise MAINVILLE — With her 60th novel set for publication in June, Mainville author Marty Johnson...
Cuts verified at nuke near Berwick, but cheaper natural gas fuels speculation about coal plants
From wire, newspaper reports ALLENTOWN — A union official predicted last week that Talen Energy by week’s end would...
Numidia man, 25, admitted taking $54 from greenhouse, officers say
NUMIDIA — Police found a theft suspect hiding in his mother’s attic, covered in boxes and loose articles of clothing,...
May 28, 2016
CATAWISSA — A man smoked some marijuana then stepped into a judge’s office to pay a fine for lighting up a bowl at...
Millville-area couple, pet barely escaped explosions
PINE TWP. — A couple barely escaped a fire in their remote home before dawn Friday, then watched helplessly, unable to...
Geisinger patient accused of felonies
MAHONING TWP. — A Geisinger nurse wielded a bed pan to ward off blows from a patient who was trying to whip her with a...
SHAMOKIN TWP. — State Police are blaming a rash of crashes along Route 61 Friday morning on a Northumberland County...
CINCINNATI — The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it...