Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

February 6, 2016
Authorities: Columbia County Prison probe led to staff
BLOOMSBURG — Two prison guards are now behind bars themselves for allegedly selling drugs to inmates at Columbia County...
Solicitor working out new arrangement with the borough
DANVILLE — Borough solicitor Mike Dennehy says he’s giving up his taxpayer-funded health insurance that recently became...
Bloomsburg-area girl recovered while remotely attending her classes
BLOOMSBURG — A $3,000 robotic stand-in allowed a fourth-grader to sit in class with her peers, wander the halls of...
BLOOMSBURG — A football player hoping to join the Huskies was arrested here on a warrant for aggravated assault for a...
BLOOMSBURG — Three weeks into the spring semester and there are still 11 professors sitting in on Bloomsburg University...
February 5, 2016
Bloomsburg victim says he surrendered cash, TracFone
BLOOMSBURG — A robber pulled a gun out of his pocket and aimed it at a Bloomsburg man walking along East Street early...
Alumni believe instant feedback will make for online touchdown
BLOOMSBURG — After three years, countless hours, and a $150,000 investment, two Bloomsburg University alums have...
‘Personal reasons’ cited; board mum as misconduct probe continues
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Central Columbia teacher resigned suddenly Thursday as police continue to investigate a possible...
Police say Berwick woman used card to steal $2,500
BLOOMSBURG — A 24-year-old woman cried as she was arraigned for allegedly withdrawing about $2,500 with a bank card she...
BLOOMSBURG — A crew began demolishing the building that formerly housed the Bloomsburg University Bookstore and police...
February 4, 2016
Man says former Berwick part-timer badly injured his eye
BERWICK — A former provisional Berwick Police officer is accused of beating a man so badly, his victim needed...
Secretary for Mahoning paid $82G, including health stipend
MAHONING TWP. — The township’s longtime secretary is getting an $8,000-plus insurance payment after all, which is on...
Worker at Danville store caught on video hiding winner, complaint says
DANVILLE — A convenience store employee who was supposed to redeem a lottery ticket good for $100 instead kept it for...
Berwick teen’s dad read about SUV damage, police say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Berwick teen fled the scene of a minor accident here Monday night, but a piece of her fender and...
Police HQ heading from Millville borough hall to Jerseytown building to save money on rent
JERSEYTOWN — The Madison Township Police Department and township secretary will relocate their offices to the...
February 3, 2016
Marley’s wins zoning OK despite traffic worry
SCOTT TWP. — A local brewpub may soon be offering its popular craft beers in cans and kegs when it opens a wholesale...
Pedestrian seeking $50G+ for alleged injuries in Berwick church parking lot
BERWICK — A driver backed into a woman in a church parking lot, knocking her to the ground and causing significant...
Bloom-area woman scores major show at Big Apple gallery
BLOOMSBURG — After turning 70, Donna Shaffer decided it was time to get serious about painting. She packed up her...
Girl spared stand; man is facing trial
BERWICK — A 14-year-old girl was ready to testify against a man accused of trolling Facebook for underage sexual...
DANVILLE — Danville Borough will explore the idea of merging its police department with the force at neighboring...
EAGLES MERE — The weather has again refused to cooperate, so there will be no toboggan slide here for the second time...
February 2, 2016
Woman guilty after breaking ban on contact with BU student
BLOOMSBURG — A mother was found guilty Monday of harassing her daughter at Bloomsburg University by trying to “tag” or...
Defendant’s spouse still locked up for alleged weekend fight over infidelity
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville man pleaded guilty Monday to harassing his husband during a domestic dispute, while the...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Police are investigating the nature of a relationship between a Central Columbia teacher and...
MAHONING TWP. — A Bloomsburg man threatened to kill his Geisinger doctor and punch her in the face, police say....
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory...
February 1, 2016
Tasers, pepper spray ended Danville-area standoff, police say
MAHONING TWP. — A man allegedly threatened to fire an assault rifle at officers and blow up police cruisers during a...
$64G expansion will help save money, serve more, organizers say
ORANGE TWP. — The John Buck Memorial Community Food Bank will no longer be working out of cramped closet space come the...
Borough’s plant operator suspects landfill’s waste
MILLVILLE — State environmental investigators are trying to determine the source of a foul odor emanating from the...
Suspect previously sentenced for selling real pot, records show
BLOOMSBURG — A Danville woman twice sold “spice” or synthetic marijuana to an informant here last summer, including...
Danville couple’s alleged dispute mirrors ruckus on Christmas Eve
DANVILLE — After a night of drinking, a man accused his husband of cheating, leading to a fight early Sunday that...
January 31, 2016
Bloom man charged in accidental gunshot
BLOOMSBURG — A man accidentally fired a handgun into an apartment house early Saturday, and the bullet pierced the...
Job offer moves anchor closer to wife, child in N.Y.
Press Enterprise Copy Editor MILLVILLE — Tim Kelchner, the Millville native who has anchored WBRE’s morning newscasts...
Danville driver crashes near top of River Hill
CATAWISSA TWP. — A Danville man’s car overturned as he drove up River Hill from Bloomsburg on Saturday afternoon....
BERWICK — Investigators trailed a Berwick man with a history of heroin arrests to the Philadelphia area Friday on a tip...
Warrant out for homeless man
BERWICK — A Berwick Notary Center worker handed over her car keys to a customer who said he would fix a problem with...
January 30, 2016
Authorities: Bloomsburg suspect holed up for months
BLOOMSBURG — A drug dealer routinely traded heroin for sex with several women at a downtown apartment, arrest papers...
Suspect was earlier accused of ‘stalking, harassing’ a coed
BLOOMSBURG — A man caught trespassing at Bloomsburg University after being warned to stay away due to the ongoing...
River Rat Brew Trail to attract visitors to region
Beer fans now just have to follow a trail to get to their favorite brewpubs, and organizers believe the idea will...
Berwick man allegedly stole from store worker
BRIAR CREEK — A man suspected of stealing $90 of gift cards that Giant employees had bought for a grieving coworker...
Judge denies appeal related to planned Mifflinville luxury duplexes
MIFFLINVILLE — A developer is facing more obstacles in her attempt to build 11 luxury duplexes here. Mifflin Township...
January 29, 2016
Judge: Sleepwear inappropriate in Catawissa court
CATAWISSA — After seeing one too many people come to court in their SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas, District Judge Craig...
Bloomsburg High officials confiscate gear from students
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg High officials have confiscated personal vaporizing devices fromtwo students this year and...
LIGHTSTREET — Construction on a new 90-room hotel planned for the Columbia County Business Park could start as early as...
Stillwater, Danville suspects claim addictions
BUCKHORN — A Stillwater man filled a basket with $700 in DVDs and other goods then tried to leave Wal-Mart without...
POINT TWP. — Organizers are eyeing Sunbury as the future home of a community college for students from Montour and...
January 28, 2016
Alleged heroin dealer insulted lawyer, damaged furniture
BERWICK — A suspected heroin dealer insulted his appointed attorney, then threw a table in the holding room at district...
BLOOMSBURG — A town police officer broke his leg while chasing a fleeing suspect seen fighting with another man, arrest...
BERWICK — When Robert Longenberger slapped Linda Susan Potoeski, she allegedly retaliated by stabbing him with a steak...
BERWICK — The school district isn’t renewing a contract it had with Pepsi Inc. after the company’s prices got too...
January 27, 2016
Berwick-area vintner’s lawsuit says ex-adviser bilked her out of $315G
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick-area winery owner is suing her former mentor for more than $316,000 after their business...
Berwick man found guilty in meth case despite lacking last ingredient for drug
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man was convicted Tuesday of possessing meth precursors found in his car even though he was not...
Profs without clearances need monitors if minors are in class
BLOOMSBURG — High school students enrolled in about a dozen Bloomsburg University classes have two professors this...
Mich. native taught in one-room school, says she doesn’t fret and ‘keeps smiling’
For the Press Enterprise DANVILLE — Every birthday, Evelyn Lane receives a card and a special phone call from one of...
BLOOMSBURG — An intoxicated man took off running after crashing a vehicle into two homes on Old Berwick Road here early...
January 26, 2016
Crowd of 100+ applauds assurance that districts won’t combine secondary grades
MILLVILLE — School directors showed no interest last night in sending their middle and high school students to Central...
Council approves new-meter hike despite protests
BLOOMSBURG — You’ll soon have to plug more quarters to park at metered spots along Main Street here, despite vocal...
Berwick Police: Suspect showed no weapon, escaped in truck or SUV
BERWICK — A robber stole an undisclosed amount of money from the First Columbia Bank branch on West Front Street, then...
Fearful dad begs son to get in touch if he’s OK
BLOOMSBURG —A week-and-a-half after his disappearance, no one has heard from Steven Whitenight Jr., his family says....
Mail delivery has resumed in Columbia and Montour counties after being suspended during Saturday’s snowstorm. The U.S...
January 25, 2016
Patient awarded $12G; Geisinger says it is reviewing the judgment
DANVILLE — A patient had a painful collapsed lung, but Geisinger Medical Center discharged him without catching the...
Merchants lament downtown doldrums, worry about parking hike
BLOOMSBURG — When Legendary Comics and More shuts down for good March 12, it will become the fifth vacant storefront on...
Berwick man rues not testifying, demands appeal right after trial
BLOOMSBURG — James McMillan of Berwick sat silent and offered no defense at his recent trial for a road rage arrest....
Berwick man, 70, faces trial in alleged DUI wreck
SHICKSHINNY — A 70-year-old Berwick man crashed his car while drunk in Nescopeck, then told police he had downed 15 to...
Pair allegedly helped lift brass, bronze from Salem businesses
SALEM TWP. — Township police are asking for the public’s help in locating two men who allegedly helped steal hundreds...
January 24, 2016
Nine-figure payday possible from sale of public TV station’s airwaves
Local public broadcaster WVIA is in line for a potentially massive windfall this year as it looks to sell off its...
Danville-area business offers high-tech, indoor golf simulator
COOPER TWP. — No more waiting for spring to play a round of golf. Tee to Green Golf Center has a new indoor golf...
Lawsuit ‘frivolous,’ should be dropped, bar defender says
BERWICK — A club should not be expected to protect a Berwick man from the consequences of his own drunken belligerence...
Berwick man forced to ground during arrest, officers say
BERWICK — An uncooperative Berwick man became gassy during an early morning traffic stop, blaming his flatulence on “...
Forecast off by mere miles yields several extra inches of accumulation
Forecasters were off by only a few miles on the path of Winter Storm Jonas. But for local residents, that meant many...
January 23, 2016
Property owners challenge borough lawyer’s $30G coverage
DANVILLE — A lawyer representing a “consortium” of borough property owners has threatened to take Danville council to...
Nescopeck-area men fought over feud with drug dealer, family says
CATAWISSA — A man pistol-whipped his father and smashed windows out of his house and a vehicle when the father tried to...
Super: Bomb dogs find no explosives
BERWICK — High school students were evacuated Friday afternoon after someone e-mailed a bomb threat to the district,...
Two allegedly made volatile drug in building where children live
BENTON — A Benton couple was jailed overnight Thursday for allegedly making methamphetamine in a second-story apartment...
Resale rings, not needy parents, are suspected
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The recent arrests in Utah of three people accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of baby...
January 22, 2016
Secondary grades would combine in proposal
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —Middle and high school students in Millville may be walking the halls of Central Columbia by the...
Danville-area men plead guilty; each owes fines, restitution
MAHONING TWP. — Two Danville-area men admitted Thursday to killing six deer out of season and face nearly $15,000 in...
Cops: Steroids, meth, pot, heroin found
BERWICK — When parole officers came to visit Edward Fyke in his Berwick home last week, they found a stash of drugs,...
Victims were repossessing vehicle, police say
SCOTT TWP. — A teen pointed a handgun at two men when they arrived with a tow truck to take possession of his vehicle,...
Expert says system is unpredictable, may surprise us
STATE COLLEGE —More likely than not, the approaching Winter Storm Jonas, which has already prompted an emergency...
January 21, 2016
Man sent apologetic text to accuser after post-party assault, charges say
BLOOMSBURG — A Schuylkill County man is accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious after drinking a dozen or...
But he says pleading guilty will save him costly fight in court
MILLVILLE — A landlord accused of shooting and killing his tenant’s cat says he would not hurt animals and has pets of...
Directors may reconsider elementary name as more complaints arise
BERWICK — School directors say they’re willing to consider changing the name of the new West Berwick Elementary after...
Family vows to keep searching for Bloom paper carrier
BLOOMSBURG — The father of a missing Bloomsburg man says no one knows for sure why his son disappeared, but the family...
Woman tearfully pledges to pay back owner during testimony over lawsuit
BERWICK — An apartment manager accused of collecting rent, then pocketing the cash, tearfully admitted she took the...
January 20, 2016
Search subject likely ‘took off’ to avoid exposure, girlfriend says
BLOOMSBURG — The girlfriend of a Bloomsburg man missing for nearly a week says it’s likely he “took off” because the...
Students more ‘engaged and focused’ on new seating, teacher says
BERWICK — A classroom at Salem Elementary School has decided to ditch the chairs for colorful stability balls. The...
More competition cuts into bookings
MAHONING TWP. — Facing a financial crunch and declining membership, the Danville Elks Club is selling its home building...
Charges stand against alleged assailant shot by Berwick Police
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man shot by police while chasing another man with a knife last summer had phoned 9-1-1 himself...
Benton’s paid crew designated responder for northern Columbia
GRASSMERE — The Sugarloaf Township volunteer ambulance of northern Columbia County has announced it has gone out of...
January 19, 2016
3 percent payroll increase in pact will cost district $450G more yearly
BERWICK — School directors here passed a new teachers’ contract Monday night, despite the objections of one board...
Two Shickshinny-area blazes leave six people, two dogs homeless
SALEM TWP. — Two fires along Route 11 near Shickshinny destroyed two houses early Monday, forcing a total of six people...
Son allegedly attacked his father, fought and spit at hospital staff
BERWICK — A Berwick man with a history of mental illness allegedly attacked his father, tried to stab a police officer...
Defendant caught in vacant Giant store
BLOOMSBURG — One of two men caught inside the former Giant store in Scott Township last summer has pleaded no contest...
Question will be on fall ballot
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors here Monday cleared the way for residents to add two additional members to the three-person...
January 18, 2016
Armed intruders took laptop, other items and fled
BLOOMSBURG — Gunmen robbed two college students at their apartment across the street from a church late Saturday,...
Benton-area suspect allegedly gave teen pills, made advances
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Benton-area man is accused of sending a photo of his pierced penis to a 16-...
1940s campaign chose small town as all-American emblem
SHICKSHINNY — When Hollywood wanted to promote itself as a wholesome, all-American town in the 1940s, it did so by...
Neighbor told police of odor at garage more than a year ago
CLEVELAND TWP. — More than a year after a strong ammonia-like smell coming from a garage worried a neighbor enough to...
Danville man among two under restraining orders
A man cursed and yelled at his ex-girlfriend during her work shift at Weis Markets in Danville, she claims. Jesse Kyle...
January 17, 2016
Chief praises officers for 2015 work, wants addict outreach
BERWICK — Police here came close to arresting a record number of people on narcotics charges last year, but the chief...
Woman charged after she was found asleep
SCOTT TWP. — A drug-impaired woman carrying prescription medication was found asleep in a car with a small child in the...
McBride library, Bloom business set up problem-solving getaways
You and five friends are stuck in a room trying to defuse a bomb as a timer ticks down. You snip a wire — and the timer...
Berwick man is accused of forging his sibling’s name on bank withdrawal slips
BERWICK — A Berwick man addicted to heroin forged his brother’s name on two bank slips to steal $500 from his account,...
Police didn’t cite Bloom motorist in 2014 accident, records show
BLOOMSBURG — A man struck while riding a motorized scooter is now suing a pickup driver for the accident outside the...
January 16, 2016
Danville woman admits drug abuse, taking $3,500
WILLIAMSPORT — When audits at the Danville, Riverside and Northumberland post offices revealed over $4,600 had been...
BERWICK — Police say a 21-year-old man trolled Facebook to find underage girls for sex. Michael Lee Gross Jr., 147...
Witnesses say Orangeville man was speeding in Scott Township crash
SCOTT TWP. —An Orangeville man reeking of alcohol flipped his car Friday, then cursed at the rescuers who came to his...
Millville-area man freed himself from truck in Fishing Creek
ORANGE TWP. — A rural Millville man is lucky to be alive after managing to free himself from a truck that rolled down a...
BLOOMSBURG — Steven Whitenight has yet to be located, despite an ongoing search of the riverbanks by family, friends...
January 15, 2016
Car found near bridge at airport, police report
BLOOMSBURG — Police are looking for a Bloomsburg man who appears to have gone missing while delivering newspapers early...
Berwick-area man wins cash, prizes but no car
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Retired Berwick science teacher Gary Stair could have won a new car when he appeared on “The Price...
Owner had just made $100G in renovations
BERWICK — A blaze destroyed the lower level of a diner and caused heavy smoke and fire damage to the eatery’s main...
BENTON — It appears next week’s threatened teacher strike in Benton has been averted, so students should plan on a full...
Suspects locked up after authorities allege cash, drugs were found
BERWICK — Police say two men worked together to sell heroin at two separate houses here, so on Thursday afternoon,...
January 14, 2016
Calls came nonstop during spree, local official says
BLOOMSBURG — The runaway military airship that swept through the area last fall left behind at least $305,000 in damage...
Addict who stole painkillers while working on GMC campus begged for house arrest
DANVILLE — An addict and ex-pharmacist who’s been in recovery since being arrested for stealing more than 3,300...
Berwick finds eating a la carte costs more
BERWICK — New federal rules designed to encourage students to eat healthier meals in school are making it more...
Sex offender given two to five years in state prison
DANVILLE — A Montour County man who downloaded kiddie porn on a computer at his Derry Township home was sentenced to...
Manager denies rumor of skimpy service due to budget woes
Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan was traveling Route 11 near Sheetz Tuesday evening around 6:30 when he realized...
January 13, 2016
Business takes over Bloom-area Kubota sales
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A family-owned business established in the 1940s in the Williamsport area has purchased a Kubota...
Mayor, council chief say they’ve mended some fences since
BERWICK — An argument last year between the mayor and council cost the borough $760 in legal fees to an outside law...
Icy surfaces trigger wrecks and road closures
Sudden snow squalls sent vehicles sliding, closed Interstate 80 and caused gridlock on local roads in Columbia County,...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Berwick residents who turn on “The Price Is Right” Thursday morning should see a familiar face —...
Vagrant fined $100 and paroled after six months in Columbia jail
BLOOMSBURG — A homeless man arrested twice for setting up a makeshift campsite on railroad property pleaded guilty to...
January 12, 2016
Police: Mom’s online activity broke ban on contact with daughter at BU
BLOOMSBURG — A click of a computer mouse on a Facebook page has a woman facing hundreds of dollars in fines for...
Pair plans $2.5M Lightstreet-area venue for horse competition, care
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Steven Wright is willing to wager about $2.5 million he is on the verge of opening Pennsylvania’s “...
Shark has better shot at you than you have at $1.4B jackpot, says statistics expert at BU
BLOOMSBURG — You’re 80 times more likely to be attacked and killed by a shark than you are to win Wednesday’s $1.4...
State: 700 trucks will carry technology along with cinders, salt
Harrisburg — Motorists wondering which highways have been plowed during snowstorms can now go online to view the...
Bloom man’s otherwise clean record may trim his sentence to six-14 months in Bloom holdup
BLOOMSBURG — A 74-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting Monday he held up a teller at FNB Bank...
January 11, 2016
Company official says ‘parachutes’ not linked to merger, takeover talk
SALEM TWP. — A “golden parachute” clause that guarantees generous severance packages to Talen Energy executives sparked...
Nescopeck man with shoplifting history charged
BRIAR CREEK — A man with a history of theft convictions is now accused of stealing an $80 vibrator from an adult shop...
Drone-like craft helped in hunt for missing woman
MOUNT CARMEL TWP. — When 76-year-old Joyce Kotzen went missing in November, searching miles of muddy riverbank in the...
BUCKHORN — A man canceled his sister’s layaway purchase so he could pocket the $240 she had already paid on the account...
Police ask for tips about strongbox discovered by Catawissa man
CATAWISSA TWP. — A local man taking a stroll in Sunday’s unseasonably warm weather stumbled upon an abandoned safe here...
January 10, 2016
Danville jeweler insists GHP worker misread security precautions at his store as racism
DANVILLE — A woman believes a jewelry store here tried to avoid serving her because she is black, but the store owner...
New chief calls for a little less country
BLOOMSBURG — John Dent was a 12-year-old Boy Scout when he started working as an usher at the Bloomsburg Fair...
Couple surprised BU student, who fled, officers say
BLOOMSBURG — A couple returned to an apartment last month to find a burglar inside, stealing their frozen food, police...
BLOOMSBURG — The condition of some of the Bloomsburg Fair’s handicapped-accessible bathrooms was deplorable last year,...
Man faces $200 fine over trick with container and heat pack
BLOOMSBURG — A parolee who stashed a container of urine and a heat pack in his backpack when called to the courthouse...
Two teens allegedly watched in bathroom, bedroom
PAXINOS — A 20-year-old man drilled a hole in his bedroom wall so he could spy on two children while they were in the...
January 9, 2016
Man denies ex-Benton-area tenants’ claim
JACKSON TWP. — A landlord is accused of shooting one of his tenant’s cats as he was evicting a family more than a year...
ORANGE TWP. — A trucking-firm owner suffered two broken legs last weekend when he was dragged by a team of Belgian...
Institute studies concussions and athletes
BLOOMSBURG — A pair of virtual-reality goggles — looking more like the latest craze in video-gaming than a clinical...
Orangeville-area mother and daughter find Danville driver who’d lost Christmas gifts
MAHONING TWP. — Neatly wrapped Christmas gifts found strewn across Route 11 near Danville two days before Christmas...
$290G intensive care unit is equipped like Life Flight helicopter
DANVILLE —Geisinger Life Flight is adding to its emergency response fleet with the purchase of a $290,000 intensive...
January 8, 2016
Officers say BU graduate’s civil rights case is unfounded
BLOOMSBURG — Police deny using excessive force or wrongly arresting a Bloomsburg University student who is suing in...
Bloomsburg friend of teen’s father denies allegations
BLOOMSBURG — A high school girl says her father’s friend sexually assaulted her by kissing her legs and upper thighs...
Danville native set to showcase meal at state farm show
DANVILLE — From a small-town busboy at the Pine Barn Inn to head chef at the swanky Cypress in South Carolina, Columbia...
SAN FRANCISCO —A macaque monkey who snapped clear, perfectly framed selfies that would have made the Kardashians proud...
Winter service also offered at Bloomsburg center
BERWICK — Winter arrived late to Pennsylvania, but now that it’s definitely here some people need a warm place to stay...