Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

September 24, 2016
Montour County woman, mother claim she was forced into plea deal
LIMESTONE TWP. — A nurse secretly removed narcotic painkillers from a hospital for her own use, then replaced the drugs...
Reporters list top attractions
Two of our reporters scoped out the best the fair has to offer this year. Here is their Top 10: 1. Earn your...
BLOOMSBURG — Hours after a faculty union announced plans to walk off the job Oct. 19, students stood before President...
Couple, man in dispute over land along river
DANVILLE — A Danville couple is suing a neighbor, saying he has “launched a campaign of extreme harassment” against...
Police: Mifflinville-area driver, 16, rolled down 30-foot embankment
MIFFLIN TWP. — A teen driver who was reaching for her phone charger drove off the side of a road and crashed her SUV...
September 23, 2016
Bloomsburg woman locked up after probation visit
BLOOMSBURG — Two Columbia County probation officers uncovered an active “one-pot” meth lab here Thursday morning when...
Amish work crew is expected to draw a crowd Saturday morning
BLOOMSBURG — A crew of Amish workers will start the 161st Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday with an event that will tap into...
Hospital would like race bias suit tossed
DANVILLE — A former resident physician insisted on dictating a reference letter from Geisinger, and she refused to...
BLOOMSBURG — Fairgoers will not have to undergo a full-body scan to get into the Bloomsburg Fair this year, despite a...
Volunteers, sponsors and donors needed; October debut planned
BERWICK — A new disc golf course is springing up at Test Track Park here and may be ready for players in time for...
September 22, 2016
Man told police he was on his way to drop off cash when robber struck
BLOOMSBURG — A man told police he was on his way to make a $50 support payment to stay out of jail when a robber...
Timing will give officials time for search, Soltz says
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University President David Soltz will retire in the spring, spurring a national search for his...
Demo with hot dog, balloon and simulated squirrel shows dangers
ESPY — Fairgoers shouldn’t let their balloons fly too high at the Bloomsburg Fair — they may touch live wires powering...
Western Pa. site will close, too, displacing about 175 workers in total, company says
DANVILLE — Metso Corporation announced Wednesday it will cease operations at its Railroad Street site here by the...
Bloom man will serve 15 to 30 months in state pen on top of sentence for drug-selling crimes in Luzerne
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of giving heroin to women in exchange for sex and dealing large quantities of the drug here...
September 21, 2016
Berwick firefighter allegedly took $4,600 from school group
BERWICK — A school crossing guard and volunteer firefighter has confessed to stealing $4,600 from a parent-teacher...
Police, firefighters seize pets from Espy home; two ill cats put down
ESPY — When Animal Resource Center volunteers showed up at a cluttered Old Berwick Road home here Monday night, they...
Reports of possible sales premature, CHS officials say
BERWICK — The for-profit owner of Berwick Hospital Center acknowledged Monday it is examining ways to improve its...
Scooter driver allegedly had suspended license, airgun
DANVILLE — A registered sex offender with a suspended license fled from police on a scooter Tuesday and was Tasered...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area man who sent topless photos of an ex-girlfriend to his fraternity brothers pleaded...
Details of police calls sought for divorce case
BLOOMSBURG —For nine months, Randall “Rande” Panetta waged a legal battle for records about his estranged wife’s...
September 20, 2016
Danville Post takes stand against kneeling, won’t air games if players show disrespect
DANVILLE — Danville’s American Legion Post says it won’t stand for any kneel-down protests by NFL players and plans to...
Top Mahoning cop first asked for six figures, officials report
MAHONING TWP. — The former police chief here wanted more than $100,000 to settle with the township over his firing,...
Dad’s old cell phone saves day for Fernville lads
FERNVILLE — Two young brothers playing a game of hide-and-seek near their home slid down a muddy embankment, then used...
Backers warn council not to try to oust Strish as hiring new officers remains contentious
BERWICK — A crowd packed Monday’s borough meeting to support Police Chief Ken Strish and warn council members against...
Bloom man who served 24 years in Navy to help others navigate ins and outs of pleasure voyages
BLOOMSBURG — Seeing the world by cruise ship may sound like a relaxing time. But if you’re unfamiliar with the...
September 19, 2016
Danville man, 29, fights disease for infant girl, wife
DANVILLE — Seven years after he beat leukemia the first time, Josh Perry and his wife, Sara, welcomed their daughter,...
Police say Benton man held scissors to woman’s throat
BENTON — A Benton man beat and sexually assaulted a woman over several hours Sunday morning while holding scissors to...
Service celebrates restoration of cradle of Berwick-area Methodism
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — The Old Stone Church along Route 93 here, long revered as the “mother church” of Methodism in the...
BERWICK — A man and woman — one on parole, the other on probation — overdosed on heroin simultaneously, court papers...
Philadelphia-area man faces up to 20 years in prison despite plea deal for gun crime
BLOOMSBURG — A suburban Philadelphia man recently pleaded guilty to robbery at an off-campus apartment on East Street...
September 18, 2016
Judge rules against township in long battle with Danville over sewer bills
DANVILLE — Mahoning Township spent more than $400,000 on lawyers in a seven-year fight with Danville over sewer bills,...
Former staffer reopens Scott business to encompass more sports
BLOOMSBURG — After abruptly shutting its doors in April, an indoor soccer complex again is open under new management....
N.J. visitor looking for a girlfriend alarmed students, charges say
BLOOMSBURG — A man who drove hours to find a Bloomsburg University coed he hadn’t seen in four years ended up stalking...
Bloom man allegedly fought ambulance crew
BLOOMSBURG — An out-of-control patient chewed through surgical masks and spit hoods placed over his mouth while...
Errant gunman also ordered to pay $400 fine
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who mistakenly fired a bullet from his aparment into a bedroom below where two children...
September 17, 2016
Salem animal officer’s post sparks calls, petition
SALEM TWP. — The wrath of dog lovers from around the world came down on the animal-control officer here this week after...
Neighbors spar over property boundaries
ANTHONY TWP. — A husband and wife are occupying part of a neighbor’s land without permission, and they even put up a “...
Berwick-area group offers rations with no questions
BERWICK — A new food program is offering a few days worth of emergency meals for Berwick-area residents. “It’s not...
Early morning flames devour Berwick shed
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BERWICK – A shed fire on Orange Street early Friday morning left a man lamenting the...
VP at Danville-area business allegedly claimed pickup he wrecked was stolen
CATAWISSA — An officer of a Danville-area car dealership crashed a truck and then falsely reported it stolen, police...
September 16, 2016
North Centre Township woman’s return due to mediation
BLOOMSBURG — A female sheriff’s deputy who sued the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for sexual discrimination has...
MAHONING TWP. — Churches and other places of worship are now permitted in the township’s commercial highway district....
Officers say Catawissa man damaged Bloomsburg meter, washer, business and home
BLOOMSBURG — A driver who mowed down a parking meter, destroyed a washing machine set out for trash, and smashed into a...
Bloomsburg father, teen injured
BLOOMSBURG — A man and his 13-year-old daughter were taken to the hospital Thursday after their motorcycle hit and...
Fire company video leads to charges for husband
DANVILLE — A Danville man dragged his wife by her arm when he drove off during an altercation, and tried to drag...
September 15, 2016
Berwick Police allege men, teen girl fought with family
BERWICK — Armed with a machete, a baseball bat and a knife, three Berwick men and a 15-year-old girl set out to attack...
Danville couple locked up after alleged battle
VALLEY TWP. — A domestic argument that started over buying beer and soda ended with punches, scissors to the chest and...
Bloomsburg High alumna competing to become Ms. Bikini Olympia
BLOOMSBURG — Casey Samsel says she wasn’t the best athlete during her time at Bloomsburg High School. But today,...
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System plans to add a broad range of 1,500 new employees across its 45-county service area...
‘Common sense’ to rule
SALEM TWP. — Township supervisors passed an open burning ordinance this week that allows residents to burn brush on...
September 14, 2016
Suspended official allegedly clubbed, cuffed man in Bloom bar
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man suspended from his elected position as constable last month is in trouble with the law...
Cherokee offers burgers, arcade games, do-it-yourself s’mores
RUSH TWP. — At a new restaurant near Riverside, parents can grab a burger and a quality beer while their kids play...
Board unexpectedly moves ahead on plan that could cost $14M
DANVILLE — In a surprise move, Danville Area’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a...
BERWICK — A convenience store was robbed at knifepoint just before closing time Tuesday, police say. The suspect...
Bloom woman bruised, bloodied and a window smashed, according to police
BLOOMSBURG — A neighbor was covered in another woman’s blood after she rushed to break up a fight on the porch of 922...
Bloom councilman steps down to pursue transport business, other ventures
BLOOMSBURG — A new taxi service could hit the streets here by year’s end, with a fleet of drivers shuttling students,...
September 13, 2016
Company contends owner of eatery failed to signal intentions to rebuild
DANVILLE — The owner of the former BJ’s Steak & Rib House wants to rebuild the popular restaurant, but his insurer...
DUI suspect allegedly made mess ‘in public view’ at campground
CLEVELAND — A drunken man defecated on a park bench at Knoebels campground in view of at least one other camper, and...
Faculty union chief says he sees no progress on pact during BU visit
BLOOMSBURG — The faculty at Bloomsburg University is one step closer to walking off the job and could set a strike date...
Orangeville man who had no previous record will also serve year on probation
DANVILLE — One of two former Talen Energy workers charged with stealing metal and tools from a company storage shed in...
Mahoning still must vote on giving Montour County the OK to make changes
MAHONING TWP. — If you live in Montour County, your address might be changing in the near future due to the pending...
September 12, 2016
Two people, more witnesses sought; no injuries reported
BLOOMSBURG — A semiautomatic pistol was fired three or four times in a quiet, residential part of town, and now police...
Danville neighbor allegedly crept into woman’s bedroom
DANVILLE — A Danville woman put a security camera in her bedroom after someone kept walking into her East Market Street...
Lightstreet 19-year-old allegedly grabbed mother’s throat
LIGHTSTREET — About 10 minutes after police dropped a young man off at his home early Sunday, they were summoned back...
At least 50 involved in fight, some hit with rock or brick
BLOOMSBURG — A young man suffered a head injury after being hit with a brick or a rock as at least 50 people brawled in...
September 11, 2016
2016 drug toll on track to set record, Columbia coroner says
BLOOMSBURG — There were more drug overdose deaths than fatal car wrecks in Columbia County last year, and 2016 is...
In 2014, the badly decomposing remains of 52-year-old North Centre Township man was discovered a month after he died,...
Berwick property owner paid lawyer to fight ordinance over $25 ticket
BERWICK — A landlord upset by a $25 ticket for overgrown grass hired a lawyer who argued a borough ordinance is illegal...
Defense lawyer counters that car driver was at fault
BLOOMSBURG — A bus driver for Bloomsburg University rear-ended a local couple’s car on campus, causing more than $4,000...
Official: Woman, 70, finished shift at BU sober room
BLOOMSBURG — A longtime emergency responder finished an overnight shift at Bloomsburg University’s sober room early...
Hemlock owners suspect that someone took in ‘overly friendly’ pet that ran off a few weeks ago
HEMLOCK TWP. — Shannon Maxwell said her family’s dog, Odin, went missing a few weeks ago, and she suspects someone...
September 10, 2016
Police say Millville burglar took neighbor’s underwear
PINE TWP. — A Millville man tried to steal his neighbor’s bras and underwear, then fled on his riding mower when she...
Berwick company created signs to protest Democratic nominee
BRIAR CREEK — “Hail Satan. Hail Trump.” The sign, posted at Lance Eveland’s property along Rittenhouse Mill Road here...
Father says bosses knew ex-worker had behavioral issues
CATAWISSA — A former Knoebels employee, who has been banned from the park amid stalking charges, says he never meant to...
Orangeville woman to get psychological care
MILLVILLE — A woman who allegedly shot at her husband as he sat in his recliner was pulled out of a courtroom here...
CENTRALIA —PennDOT reopened Route 61 between Centralia and Ashland after workers temporarily filled in a sinkhole on...
September 9, 2016
North Centre Township appeal possible
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A rodeo complex moved a step closer to opening on 115 acres along Horse Farm Road after a judge...
Ralpho Township restaurant is to remain open all year
RALPHO TWP. — For the first time in its 90-year history, a Knoebels restaurant will open its doors to guests year-round...
BLOOMSBURG — A former business owner who arranged a shipment of crystal meth from California that got mistakenly...
BERWICK — A Berwick man accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face and choking her told police he “just spazzed out...
CENTRALIA —Commuters who use Route 61 between Centralia and Ashland will encounter longer drives this morning after a...
September 8, 2016
N.J. man accused of threatening officers
BLOOMSBURG — A freshman apparently high on crack cocaine threatened to kill two Bloomsburg University police officers...
Bloomsburg dwellings still fail to draw buyer interest
BLOOMSBURG — A leg amputation left Reynold Fester wishing he could move out of his two-story duplex and into a nice,...
Creative types can compete with pots; WWII-era tank to be shown
BLOOMSBURG — The 161st Bloomsburg Fair will feature a new contest for the creative types, a first-of-its-kind raffle...
Lawman is expecting more arrests in East End burglaries
BERWICK — The police chief expects more people will be arrested for a wave of burglaries in the East End over the past...
Authorities: Benton-area woman fired after test
DANVILLE — A nurse took narcotic painkillers from Geisinger Medical Center for her own use, charges say. Vicki Ruth...
September 7, 2016
Lawyer accuses Mahoning’s authority of gouging citizens
MAHONING TWP. — A lawyer says the Mahoning Township Municipal Authority has been known to make “vindictive and...
Settlement in 2013 accident death waits for judge’s approval
BLOOMSBURG — The family of a longtime trucker and Berwick firefighter killed in a crash has reached a settlement with...
Danville Police call experts, who found deodorant, hanger inside
DANVILLE — Danville Police called in a State Police bomb squad Tuesday afternoon after an employee at Bason Coffee...
Man vomited from porch of Berwick home, charges say
BERWICK — A man and woman holding 31 heroin packets between them tried to enter a home and then sat down on a rocking...
Bloom Fair hunts replacement, will issue refunds
BLOOMSBURG — A ventriloquist was supposed to be one of the Bloomsburg Fair’s biggest draws this year, but officials...
September 6, 2016
Charges say homeless teen wearing earrings of Berwick burglary victim
BERWICK — A teen who took off running when he saw a police cruiser was wearing stolen clothes and carrying purloined...
Family’s dozing son hit three vehicles, KO’d mailbox in Rohrsburg yard
ROHRSBURG — A man driving home from college for the Labor Day holiday apparently fell asleep at the wheel just a mile...
Man told police he just wanted a ride home from Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A man separated from his friends during a night of drinking allegedly tried to break into a house here,...
Spurned beau allegedly sent police to woman’s home, threatened her
BLOOMSBURG — A jilted boyfriend reportedly called his ex 63 times in one day and when she didn’t answer, sent police to...
Second phase of Streater project also adds parking
BLOOMSBURG — The second phase of the Streater Field project is well underway, adding more soccer fields, additional...
September 5, 2016
Wreck near Unityville badly injures husband
JORDAN TWP. — A Berwick woman was killed and her husband seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night along...
Watchdogs sick of cleaning up vandalism to Berwick graveyard
BERWICK — A community volunteer frustrated by the sight of trash at a local cemetery posted pictures on Facebook about...
Salem veterinarian is remembered as a ‘kind, kind man’
BERWICK — When Dr. Joseph Oakley Simington died, he left more than $5 million to various charities, civic organizations...
21-year-old BU student accused of mischief
BLOOMSBURG — An intoxicated man who punched a parked convertible after leaving a downtown bar early Aug. 21 has been...
Another man banned from sister over alleged violence, threats
A Millville-area man pointed a loaded AK-47 rifle at his girlfriend’s head with the safety off, she claims. Rodney E....
September 4, 2016
Salem neighbors’ lawsuits may have missed one-year deadline under law
SALEM TWP. — Paul and Suzanne Dagostin started their 4,800-head Will-O-Bett hog operation along Bomboy Lane in January...
Official: La-Z-Boys, other items costing town about $1,400
BLOOMSBURG — Pilots seeking shelter in a storm or a place to pause to conduct business here will find a terminal lounge...
Coupe first collided with SUV on narrow roadway
CATAWISSA TWP. — A two-vehicle collision along a narrow stretch of Sycamore Drive here sent a car slamming into a rock...
Man found in parked car sleeping fought to take back keys, officer says
SCOTT TWP. — An Arizona man found drunk and asleep in his car parked with its engine running outside Rite Aid here...
170 people showed interest in first 40 units at Bloom Mills
BLOOMSBURG — A new senior housing complex that is tentatively set to open by the end of the year saw so much interest...
September 3, 2016
Danville man allegedly stalked manager
CLEVELAND TWP. — An irate Knoebels Amusement Resort worker has been banned indefinitely from the park after stalking...
Retired Bloomsburg teacher drove oil painting to Benton from Florida
BENTON — Former Bloomsburg elementary teacher Rick Linn didn’t have the heart to sell his late mother Mary’s beloved...
SUNBURY — Penn State football fans who get their cable TV from Service Electric Cablevision can rest easy this morning...
Berwick Police say the drug-disposal box at their station has helped get hundreds of pounds of prescription medication...
State Rep. Kurt Masser bragged about obtaining money for Montour Preserve, then voted against the $200,000 grant to...
September 2, 2016
Plot items may be removed in Berwick
BERWICK — For 41 years, Debra Gross has paid daily visits to older brother Richard Gross Jr.’s gravesite, keeping a...
Grieving daughter hopes to sell Berwick ice cream parlor, restaurant
BERWICK — For 54 years and three generations, people have been cooling off with ice cream sundaes topped with real...
Woman admits fault in South Centre wreck
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A woman admitted to causing a crash here that killed another motorist, and she’s settling the...
New Jersey rig driver is also accused of logbook infraction
BUCKHORN — A New Jersey trucker whose too-fast turn caused his trailer full of eggs to tip over into traffic here...
OnStar operator in Detroit disabled vehicle near homes in Locust Township, authorities say
LOCUST TWP. — Using GPS and a remote security system, an OnStar operator in Detroit Thursday was able to track and...
September 1, 2016
Talen withdraws license application after $3M loss
SALEM TWP. — It’s official — the owners of the nuclear plant here no longer plan to build a third reactor. Talen...
Move expected to help lower costs for patients
EASTON — Geisinger Health System just made its biggest strategic splash yet in the Lehigh Valley region, entering into...
Bloomsburg youth service extends to Danville for work at senior centers
DANVILLE —Created just over a year ago to better expose local youth to art, the Art Cart is now venturing to the...
With zoner approval, Danville business plans tasting room, tours
DANVILLE — Old Forge Brewing Co. will now be able to offer food, beer and tours in its brewing facility. The new...
Danville father is accused of terroristic threats
CATAWISSA — At 3 a.m., after listening to her phone ring endlessly for hours, Nicole Patnaude answered. She already...
August 31, 2016
Cops: Shick suspect said she saw man strangled in truck with jumper cables after possible OD
DUNMORE — A Shickshinny woman has been charged in the death of a man who was allegedly strangled inside a pickup with a...
Egg hauler barely misses falling on pickup in Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — A rig hauling eggs to New York tipped over Tuesday while going too fast into a turn onto Mall Boulevard here...
Pay What You Decide plan aims to lure new patrons
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble hopes to fill more seats with first-timers this season with a new program that...
Ex-Montour commissioner counters that accuser is the one who behaved badly during confrontation at lawmaker’s office
DANVILLE — Michael Conti of Danville claims former Montour County Commissioner Harold Hurst cursed at him and poked a...
Crews ventilated Lime Ridge factory, chief says
LIME RIDGE — An electrical fire in a main breaker panel forced the evacuation of dozens of day-shift workers from the...
August 30, 2016
Nephew lost fight over Benton-area property to Allentown-area facility
JACKSON TWP. — It was held up in a court dispute for more than two years, but an Allentown-area hospital is now the new...
Benton-area fire could simmer for months, too risky to douse, chief says
BENTON TWP. — For two months, Dan Keeney has smelled something odd at his farm along Pied Piper Road just outside...
Owner expects pies to be ‘hot and ready’ at Bloom-area shop this fall
BLOOMSBURG — There will soon be another pizza option in the Bloomsburg area, as Little Caesars prepares to move into...
Man has ideas to add 100 spaces in 30 days
BLOOMSBURG —A prominent developer says he can create a plan to add 100 new parking spots to the downtown if council...
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — Firefighters suspect it may have been a lawn mower that sparked a fire that destroyed a barn here...
August 29, 2016
Orangeville-area woman, 65, allegedly fired .357 Magnum and hit chair, but missed him
ORANGE TWP. — A 65-year-old woman shot at her husband with a revolver, hitting the arm of the recliner where he was...
Police: Driver ran off road in Berwick while answering cell phone
BERWICK — An SUV crash into a utility pole knocked out power to 2,186 customers here Sunday, a PPL spokeswoman said....
Danvillian says just don’t ticket residents
DANVILLE — Bob Ernest says the permit parking issue in the 4th Ward is simple — don’t ticket residents or their guests...
44 area players picked up $53G last month
July didn’t generate any big prizes for local lottery players. The top prize was $2,500 from the Pick Four and Pick...
Another man banned from wife who claims he threatened her
A man threw a diaper at his baby’s mother, then spat in the woman’s face, she claims. Matthew Adam Newhart, 24, Benton...
August 28, 2016
$12G sought after family says wedding party had to clean hall
MAHONING TWP. — A newlywed and her mother are seeking $12,000 from the Danville Elks for a “disastrous” wedding...
‘Freshmen daughter daycare’ scrawled on bed sheet yanked, but online ire mounts
BLOOMSBURG — A group of college students who put up an offensive sign took it down quickly in the face of a fierce...
West Berwick Elementary dedication draws 500 as work continues
BERWICK — About 500 people turned out for the dedication of West Berwick Elementary Saturday, even as workers were...
Charges: Man tested at four times limit for blood alcohol
SCOTT TWP. — An Orangeville man has been charged with driving drunk at more than four times the legal limit after a...
Police: Daughter ID’d on video using ATM card
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman is accused of using her mother’s bank card to withdraw $390 from her account at an ATM...
August 27, 2016
Authorities: Nescopeck man heard voices
NESCOPECK — Robert Byrne had started hearing voices in his head and made threats to kill his pregnant girlfriend...
Nescopeck woman’s probation revoked, rehab stint possible
BLOOMSBURG — A Nescopeck woman sentenced to probation after getting caught making meth in her father’s Jeep Wrangler is...
Family honors mother by donating collection for Benton sale this weekend
BENTON — Starting in the 1950s, Joyce Letteer began to accumulate such a massive book collection that her husband,...
Berwick man accused of beating up girlfriend
A mother harassed her daughter with 16 consecutive phone calls, the younger woman claims. Linda Jenkins, 57, Nescopeck...
Danville landlord turned over records of long-time insurance deal with borough’s lawyer
DANVILLE — Agents from the state attorney general’s office picked up dozens of documents Friday morning from borough...
August 26, 2016
Berwick chief responds to criticism of investigation
BERWICK — A man already accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl has confessed to similarly molesting two other...
State school boss meets, greets
BLOOMSBURG —While university faculty representatives were in Harrisburg Thursday setting in motion a strike vote, their...
BLOOMSBURG — As professors at Bloomsburg University prepare to vote on a possible strike, their union is urging them to...
Danville race set for pediatric brain-tumor charity; $10G already given
DANVILLE — After Madeline Cross, only 7 years old, had complained of headaches and experienced problems with her...
HUNLOCK CREEK — State Police are investigating the death of a woman struck by a van, which authorities say was...