Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

October 23, 2014
Man charged in one of two attacks on streets of Berwick in September
BERWICK — A man stalked a woman through the streets here early one morning, crossing her path four times before he...
Distraught man said he’d shoot girlfriend’s stepfather, charges say
BEAVER TWP. — A man greeted his girlfriend with a pistol in hand, threatened to shoot her stepfather, then fired three...
Police: Woman said she was celebrating marriage to partner
SCOTT TWP. — A drunken bicyclist who got married just hours before was charged with DUI after she was nearly struck by...
Wife alleged sexual assault, husband accused her of attack and threats, their protection petitions say
Two newlyweds accused each other of abuse just four months into their marriage, records show. Sara Rimmer, 19,...
Average check to rise by $20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a...
October 22, 2014
Ralpho Police, Southern officials get rumors of student bash, sex assault
RALPHO TWP. — Police are investigating rumors of an underage drinking party at a Southern Columbia student’s home here...
Pair allegedly snared by offer to buy drug makings in Danville
DANVILLE — Two suspected methamphetamine makers were stopped in Danville as they tried to gather the ingredients needed...
Drug suspect who was shot in wrist after chase faces new charge
BLOOMSBURG — The drug suspect shot in the wrist after leading State Police on a wild 30-mile chase is now accused of...
Uncompensated care up more than $2M over last year, facility estimates
BERWICK — The first full year of Obamacare didn’t have much effect on Berwick Hospital Center’s bottom line, the CEO...
That’s after nearly hitting patrol car and before suffering a seizure in her cell, court papers say
BERWICK — A drunken driver nearly rammed a police cruiser, fell head-first out of her pickup truck and later suffered a...
October 21, 2014
Dozens of parents, players plead Holman’s case
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia school directors voted to look for a new soccer coach, even though the old one...
Suspect fled with relative’s wallet, $500, charges say
BERWICK — A pushy woman followed a relative into his house and picked his pocket, running off with his wallet...
Woman, 24, was making U-turn on Main Street, fuel rig’s driver says
BLOOMSBURG — A woman trying to make a U-turn on West Main Street was injured Monday morning when her car was struck...
Chief: Car flipped in wreck with tractor-trailer and van
BERWICK — A Berwick police officer and his fiancée were injured in a car accident Friday in the Finger Lakes region of...
Members’ annual pay will jump from $2,600 to $4,000
BLOOMSBURG — Come 2018, council members here will be making about 50 percent more than they are today. Current members...
October 20, 2014
Bloom woman allegedly threw up while she was stopped at red light
SCOTT TWP. — A drunken woman with her 2-year-old along threw up outside her car while it was stopped at a red light on...
Records: Danville man had two DUI convictions and an arrest warrant
GREENWOOD TWP. — A Danville man drove drunk at 25 mph over the speed limit, tried to get away from police, then lied...
Botched project ‘ruined my home,’ Beach Haven man says
SALEM TWP. — The township is suing disgraced former engineer and convicted briber Michael J. Pasonick Jr. for $1...
Victim left with six broken bones in his face after calling suspect names, charges say
ESPY — A woman punched a man who was screaming names at her in a trailer park here, sending him to surgery with six...
Man blames GMC, anesthesiologist for ‘pain,’ ‘embarrassment’
DANVILLE — A man lost three of his top front teeth while being intubated for neck surgery at Geisinger Medical Center,...
October 19, 2014
No arrests yet in case of meddling with Southern students’ medication
FRANKLIN TWP. —Someone swapped students’ medications inside a Southern Columbia nurse’s office last school year,...
FRANKLIN TWP. — If school officials and police had acted more prudently after one student’s medications were tampered...
Officials preview $29M project to shield major Bloom industry
BLOOMSBURG — On a very wet day earlier this week, Columbia County unveiled plans to keep one of Bloomsburg’s biggest...
Social Security benefit recipients to see raise of less than 2 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal...
Minuteman owner claims unconstitutional raids ruined reputation
WILLIAMSPORT — Brian Bolus is suing the state attorney general’s office for $20 million, alleging that raids on his...
Benton woman found asleep in pickup, with the engine running and high beams on, officers say
FISHING CREEK TWP. — A Benton woman was so drunk that she parked her truck in the middle of the road and fell asleep,...
October 18, 2014
Berwick man, 20, faces prison for alcohol-related citations
BERWICK — A 20-year-old convicted of killing a man while driving drunk has been picked up twice for alcohol-related...
‘Quality’ fare from local farms, companies offered
BLOOMSBURG — Mike Jones faced a problem as he put together the menu for the new Bakers Guild Cafe on Center Street. It...
From wire reports A new lottery game that features more but smaller jackpots starts tomorrow in Pennsylvania. The...
Lightstreet man allegedly attempted to sell stolen tools, firewood belonging to county
SCOTT TWP. — A thief went unidentified for months, but gave himself away when he tried to sell stolen tools on Facebook...
Officer: Car full of empty cans
SHICKSHINNY — The first time police caught a Berwick man driving drunk, he had more than 25 empty beer cans in his car...
October 17, 2014
BUCKHORN — The Sears store in the Columbia Mall will close its doors early next year, according to a company spokesman...
Football player’s mom blasts administration after his suspension
DANVILLE — Two Danville football players were suspended for a vengeful ploy, but one mother says her son was unfairly...
Unemployed suspect denies being a racist
BLOOMSBURG — A teenager admits he donned a white sheet and hood then yelled a racial slur to a black student, but he...
BERWICK — An 83-year-old woman was hurt after a pickup smashed into the driver’s side of her car here Thursday morning...
Proponent of community service was 78
BLOOMSBURG — When retired Bloomsburg University history professor George Turner was running for Town Council in 1999,...
October 16, 2014
Nescopeck driver hit
BRIAR CREEK — At least two people were trapped in their vehicles after a crash involving three drivers on Route 11 here...
Riverside man allegedly took $10G, failed to pay for mother’s care
MAHONING TWP. — A Riverside man cashed his mother’s Social Security and life-insurance checks but never paid for her...
BLOOMSBURG — A New York man accused of groping a girl at the Bloomsburg Fair entered a plea to disorderly conduct...
Scott Township customer ordered to get counseling, avoid business
BLOOMSBURG — A Scott Township man was ordered Wednesday to seek counseling for anger management and get his drinking...
CONYNGHAM TWP. —A man took five children on an ATV-stealing spree, sending a 12-year-old girl ahead to knock on doors...
October 15, 2014
Nescopeck driver has racked up 19 charges
NESCOPECK — A man flipped his car in the middle of the night and ran off, leaving his dope and his dog behind, police...
Arbitrator to weigh in
DANVILLE — Danville teachers want a five-year contract with 3.5 percent raises in four of those years and 3.4 percent...
Berwick teenager loses his bid to get company to pay
BLOOMSBURG — A teenager who sued Tower Micro over a computer that kept crashing saw his lawsuit dismissed in court...
Geisinger nurse among those who likely saved Hetlerville ‘tough old goat’
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Bystanders who stopped to help a crash victim who was partially ejected and dragged by his SUV...
DANVILLE — New calculations show Mahoning Township’s water and sewer authority owes Danville $1.38 million, and that...
October 14, 2014
Mahoning’s top cop says he’ll use banked time off, which will last through April 2015
MAHONING TWP. — The township’s police chief abruptly retired last week as an investigation involving him continues, a...
Officials await a final identification through victim’s dental records
FERNVILLE — Todd E. Hess died in a fire early Sunday at his residence here, according to an obituary from his family....
Hetlerville driver, 73, critically hurt in Route 11 crash near Mifflinville
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Hetlerville man was partially ejected and dragged along Route 11 after his SUV flipped in an...
Gel cost Catawissa woman her grip on wheel, cops say
MAHONING TWP. — A Catawissa woman who lost the grip on her steering wheel due to hand sanitizer ended up flipping her...
MAHONING TWP. — A Bloomsburg man crashed into his wife’s rental vehicle Monday as the two drove to a body shop to get...
Man mortgages property, blames BU Foundation project for damage
BLOOMSBURG — A Main Street property owner has mortgaged his building to fix cracks and other damage he says were caused...
October 13, 2014
Man is missing after Fernville home blaze
FERNVILLE — Rescuers found a body in a Drinker Street home after a fire early Sunday left its second floor badly...
Custom sweets crafted in fruit flavors, police say
CATAWISSA — Accused marijuana mogul Brian Gipple ran a side business cooking made-to-order hash candy in flavors like...
Danville pair accused of Rx-painkiller plot over six counties
CATAWISSA — An agitated defendant questioned police and a judge then screamed at his taxpayer-supplied attorney and...
Former Danville man among three to be slapped with protection orders, records say
A man threatened to snap the neck of his girlfriend’s child, the woman claims. Jerommie McMurray, 35, formerly of...
October 12, 2014
Officer’s grievance accuses chief, Montour supers
MONTOUR TWP. — Police Chief Terry Eckart and township supervisors punished and tried to discredit an officer who...
MONTOUR TWP. — Police Chief Terry Eckart asked a neighboring department to fix a speeding ticket for the chairman of...
Woman says she is no longer able to work
BENTON TWP. — A woman suffered “severe” and “permanent” injuries after a reckless driver crashed into her car, a...
‘Spoofing’ targets area pair with software that hijacks, impersonates telephone ID
COOPER TWP. — A scammer has been using software to make it look like calls are coming from LeAnn Ulrich’s phone here,...
Former rural Danville woman to serve 15 days, then probation
DANVILLE — A mother who drove her kids to school while drunk will spend 15 days in jail. Kayla Burkhart has to make...
Police: Man out of state when she said he tried to run her off road
SALEM TWP. — A woman claimed her ex-boyfriend tried to run her off the road, but police found a flaw in her story — he...
October 11, 2014
Berwick businessman lost salesperson’s license, not dealership permit
BERWICK — The owner of Penn Motors has lost his salesperson’s license, but he can still buy and sell vehicles under his...
Millville couple taken to GMC after police say rig turned into their path
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Millville couple was taken to the hospital after a tractor-trailer pulled into the path of their...
Danville man apologizes ‘for being a nuisance’
DANVILLE — A Danville man who punched a physician assistant in the mouth and threatened to shoot others at Geisinger...
CATAWISSA — When Charles John Zebraitis disappeared on his way to work one foggy morning last month, his father and...
MAHONING TWP. — At least two older township residents have been targets of a phone scam originating in Southern...
October 10, 2014
Official: Driver ejected on I-80 in Nescopeck Township
NESCOPECK TWP. — An Espy man remembered as a hard-working, generous neighbor died after he hit an Interstate 80...
Benton officials say building condemned
BENTON — The Hess Hotel on Main Street was forced to shut its doors Wednesday after bedbugs were found inside, Benton...
Catawissa neighbor says ‘record’ drinking spree not woman’s fault
CATAWISSA — The story of a teen guzzling his neighbor’s stash of Yuengling beer has changed yet again, but this time...
SALEM TWP. — An early morning fire in the Hemlock Springs development here leveled a woman’s garage and destroyed her...
WASHINGTONVILLE — It appears the public will still have access to the Montour Preserve when PPL surrenders control of...
October 9, 2014
Mother who came for son smelled of booze, officer said
CATAWISSA TWP. — A father drove drunk with his 3-year-old son unbuckled in a booster seat in the back of the car, court...
MIFFLIN TWP. — Two Columbia County Prison guards narrowly escaped drunken-driving charges after a crash following a co-...
Berwick-area diner set ablaze in Ohio, according to police
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO — A former Berwick-area icon narrowly survived a blaze set by an arsonist Tuesday morning. The...
DANVILLE — Danville’s longtime mayor has died. Ed Coleman, who had been in ill health, passed away about midnight...
Each hospital in Columbia and Montour counties will be penalized with lower payments from Medicare over the next year...
Mahoning Township sewer authority plans an audit to double-check figure
DANVILLE — Mahoning Township’s sewer authority has hundreds more sewer connections than it actually reports, and that’s...
October 8, 2014
Man says surprise Benton attack left him with metal plates in head
MILLVILLE — Jeffrey Weaver says a sucker punch has led to a “month of hell.” First, his jaw was wired shut. Then, he...
Two directors see fault with letting co-workers screen job candidates
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia’s hiring methods came under fire this week amid concerns that allowing co-workers to...
Unlicensed motorist allegedly left injured women, faces trial
MILLVILLE — A driver who crashed his ex-girlfriend’s car, injuring two female passengers and forcing them to walk more...
Warmer season forecast, energy overseers say
NEW YORK (AP) — Heating bills should be lower this winter because the deep freeze that chilled much of the nation last...
Danville man and father admit overbilling for older man’s care
DANVILLE — One member of a father-and-son team accused of Medicaid fraud went directly to jail this week. Randy A....
October 7, 2014
Woman to serve stint in state prison for Montour’s first busted meth lab
DANVILLE — A Danville woman apologized Monday moments before she was sentenced to state prison for operating Montour...
DANVILLE — A former Geisinger nurse caught stealing and using powerful painkillers while on duty told a judge Monday he...
Man, 36, hit deer crossing road outside Shick
SHICKSHINNY — A motorcyclist was killed after his speeding bike struck a deer crossing McKendree Road a few miles...
Third suspect jailed in operation; outdoor farm location sought
CATAWISSA — Authorities pulled more than 30 pounds of marijuana out of a Catawissa family’s home last month, enough to...
WILKES-BARRE —The former superintendent at Northwest Area School District was sentenced to two years on probation...
Man, 40, also allegedly slammed car door on 25-year-old’s arm
FRANKLIN TWP. — A woman living at a remote campsite and suffering from possible dehydration asked Steven Charles Gatch...
October 6, 2014
Pair previously accused of selling drugs with son in car
ORANGE TWP. — A woman was found lying almost unconscious on her couch while her husband sat lethargically on the porch...
But trade school still may expand on own property
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech’s board of directors has decided against purchasing the Seesholtz garden...
Stalled paving projects getting in gear after state eases wage rules
DANVILLE — Paving in Danville slowed dramatically after 2008, mostly due to a requirement to pay higher wages for the...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A driver was high on heroin when he drifted out into the middle of an intersection and nodded off,...
Police: Man’s truck also uninspected, uninsured
BENTON TWP. — Police responding to a domestic dispute between a husband and wife ended up taking the husband to jail on...
October 5, 2014
Records: Spencer suspect did time for crimes from meth to fraud
Anthony Franklin, accused with daughter Maria Spencer-Sanutti of murdering Frank Spencer, has been in and out of prison...
Seat belts required to roll in Berwick Outhouse Race
EAST BERWICK — The outhouse was fully stocked with toilet paper, had reading material on the wall, an extra-cushioned...
Women allegedly had syringe, spoon in bras
BUCKHORN — Thirty-five stolen DVDs weren’t the only things two women were hiding at Wal-Mart — they also had drugs, a...
Warm September also boosted black flies, official says
BERWICK — As Dan Spadoni did yard work at his mother’s home here recently, he was swarmed by black flies. The...
Bloom tenant faces eviction, owes landlord $945 in rent, costs
BLOOMSBURG — A woman faces eviction from an apartment with “bedbug issues” where police say she and her boyfriend sold...
October 4, 2014
FERNVILLE — Police raided a house for the second time in six months and arrested the same man for allegedly dealing...
LIGHTSTREET — Two people sold fake heroin to a police informant outside the Sunoco A-Plus market near the Interstate 80...
About 40 gather to address inequality
BLOOMSBURG — It’s easy to unite people against racism after someone in a KKK hood yells racial epithets at a black...
Montour supervisors deny seeing bill they approved last month
MONTOUR TWP. — Taxpayers were charged $2,350 for the independent investigation into suspended Police Chief Terry Eckart...
Berwick woman also punished for having meth chemical
BLOOMSBURG — A woman must serve up to 18 months in prison for beating her 6-year-old son and stepping on the child’s...
Officers: Disabled Roaring Creek Township woman had pot pipes in residence where attack was alleged
CATAWISSA — A Roaring Creek Township man accused of kicking his girlfriend in the genital area pleaded to lesser...
October 3, 2014
Cops: Catawissa DUI suspect to lose license
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Southern Columbia football coach was indefinitely suspended this week after drunkenly swerving...
LIBERTY TWP. — A Montour County teenager raped a woman he met online, saying he “may have gone a little overboard,”...
Flood-ravaged mansion being dismantled in town
BLOOMSBURG — The spiral staircase from Harry Magee’s mansion will live on after the building is demolished this fall....
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a...
Montour Township man testifies suspect did $4,700 in damage
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man tried to rip open a door to another man’s house when he caught that man chatting with his...
Bloomsburg man facing drug charges
HEMLOCK TWP. — A policeman smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a car, but the driver blamed his pizza customers,...
October 2, 2014
CATAWISSA — A father out on bail for another crime took his 2-year-old daughter along while he purchased heroin from...
Danville-area man allegedly hit staffer’s car after trip to PSU
SHAMOKIN — A high-ranking administrator at the state prison in Coal Township was charged with drunken driving and...
Berwick twins allegedly ran steroid ring
HARRISBURG — Twin brothers in Berwick ran a nationwide anabolic steroid ring that included at least four current or...
BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia County probation officer allegedly involved in laundering money for a major steroid ring...
Police: Car pulled into path of Orangeville man’s motorcycle on Route 254
GREENWOOD TWP. — A funeral director riding a motorcycle was badly injured Wednesday when a car pulled into his path...
October 1, 2014
Suspect allegedly knocked down child, swung officer’s baton
BERWICK — Ronald F. Garrison allegedly tried to punch a police officer, took swings with a baton, then reached for an...
Bridal shop pestered by same-sex pairs, says pastor as law is debated
BLOOMSBURG — Two landlords here refused to rent to Matthew Barcus when they found out he is gay, he told council...
TV, other items taken from Bloom home for mentally disabled
BLOOMSBURG — Thieves apparently tricked mentally-disabled adults into letting them into their house, then stole a...
Schools will be open on Christmas Eve as district makes up for delayed classes, long summer break
MILLVILLE — While the 27-day teacher strike here extended summer break by more than a month, students now face a stark...
Busy Danville street closed about two hours for repair
DANVILLE — Some borough residents suspected of tampering with a gas line Tuesday were lucky they were not badly injured...
September 30, 2014
Outside judge is requested to oversee high-profile murder case
BLOOMSBURG — “Not guilty... to all charges” is how accused killer Maria Sanutti-Spencer pleaded Monday during a brief...
Honda will likely be a loss after mishap at Berwick’s Test Track Park
BERWICK — A Berwick man’s car is likely destroyed after it apparently slipped out of gear and plunged into the river...
But Scott store says buyer caused issue, refused repair visit
SCOTT TWP. — A store sold a computer that kept crashing, but it refused repeatedly to refund $1,128 to the buyer, a...
Woman allegedly concealed $374 worth of loot inside garbage can
BUCKHORN — A woman who was booted out of her local Wal-Mart came to the store here to steal and promptly got caught,...
Board OKs 'disheartening' revised school calendar, with classes to begin Wednesday
MILLVILLE — The teacher strike here enters its 27th and final day today. Faculty and students are scheduled to return...
September 29, 2014
Police: Fleeing suspect hit with Taser, shot in wrist, had four pounds of pot
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man carrying four pounds of marijuana led a 100 mph car chase that ended after he was shot by...
Berwick driver ‘fair’ after his van missed pole, landed in ditch upright on wheels
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A Berwick driver lost control along Route 93 Sunday morning, narrowly avoiding a telephone pole and...
Group fills Bloom with prayers, tales of bias
BLOOMSBURG — In the last decade, Lonnie Crawford has been the target of racist remarks and his biracial family has...
Woman among 82 gamblers who won $432G+ in August
A Berwick woman boarded a flight to financial freedom by snatching the top prize —$300,000 — on a lottery scratcher...
Nearly 426,000 attended Bloom attraction, even without ZZ Top
BLOOMSBURG — Fine weather was credited with drawing big crowds to the Bloomsburg Fair this year, but turnout likely...
September 28, 2014
Former officer alleges she lost job for reporting colleague’s advances
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is being sued by one of its former officers who believes she lost her job after...
Man, 58, jailed and charged with indecent assault
BLOOMSBURG — A 13-year-old girl was groped at the Bloomsburg Fair while shopping for makeup under the grandstand Friday...
Sites likely to stay open to public after programs end, official says
Educational programs at PPL preserves will end when a newly formed company takes control of the utility’s power plants...
Pair allegedly hid $3G in electronics in $29 toaster oven box
BERWICK — Two shoplifters who have hit Kmarts in three states pulled a fast one at the store here, getting away with $3...
He’s among 89 area gamblers who scored $133G in July
Spending $20 or $30 on a scratch-off ticket might seem like a leap of faith, but it paid off handsomely for one...
September 27, 2014
Cops: Bloomsburg man tried to get knifing victim to drop the charges
BLOOMSBURG — A man who allegedly sliced a woman’s arm in June is now charged with trying to threaten her into dropping...
Berwick parents are awarded PFAs
BERWICK — A woman and her ex-boyfriend have obtained protection-from-abuse orders against each other after a fight over...
We were barely in the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds’ gate last weekend before a monkey’s hand was in my wallet. Not literally...
A few hours at the Bloomsburg Fair is always fun, but it can be exhausting. Even with the slow walking pace — and...
MIFFLINVILLE — A Danville man was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into the rear of a tractor-trailer in the...
BENTON — A drunken woman crashed her car on Mill Street, got out and walked home, leaving half a case of beer behind...
September 26, 2014
Police: Rider injured outside fairgrounds
BLOOMSBURG — A man on a motorized scooter was injured when he rode into the path of a pickup just outside the...
Man is accused of fleeing police in holiday traffic
MIFFLIN TWP. — A motorcycle rider was going 82 mph when police tried to stop him — then he cranked it up to over 120,...
Staffer aims to make sure midway operators are playing by the rules
BLOOMSBURG — Angry parents escorted their crying child to Bloomsburg Fair security chief Bill Barratt’s office...
Officer: Driver with suspended license was high
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Every time a drug suspect opened his mouth, he seemed to talk himself into more trouble with police...
President: Waste stations, water fountain part of $4,000 upgrade
BLOOMSBURG — The group running Town Park has lifted the ban on dogs on the park’s walking path, officials say. In fact...
September 25, 2014
Berwick officer crashed at three times booze limit, police say
BERWICK — A Berwick Police officer was driving drunk at more than three times the legal limit during a hit-and-run...
Cops: Catawissa man charged $364 in gas, diesel to dying group
CATAWISSA — In the last months of the ailing Southside Ambulance’s existence, a volunteer was bilking the operation by...
Rohrsburg-area man fears cat may be lost in fire
ROHRSBURG — Dean English was working on a pickup in his garage Wednesday when he decided to head inside his house for a...
On pumpkin roll or pizza, batter is sizzling at Bloomsburg Fair
BLOOMSBURG — From pumpkin roll to pizza, if you’ve ever wondered what a food tastes like deep-fried in batter, there’s...
Merging to start with domestic relations
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia and Montour counties are combining domestic relations services per a judge’s order, and both...
September 24, 2014
Catawissa couple accused of major pot operation
CATAWISSA — A husband and wife were arrested Tuesday after marijuana plants peeking out from a window led police to a...
Police investigate two strong-arm robbery attempts
BERWICK — One Berwick woman is in the hospital after a would-be thief shoved her to the ground and tried to snatch her...
92-year-old took first trip to attraction in horse-drawn wagon
BLOOMSBURG — Now 92, Mina Mae Phillips has missed only two fairs during her long life. The Lee flood wiped out the...
Woman seeks money for living in fear of HIV, hepatitis after she claims she was injected with tainted needle
DANVILLE — A woman who claims a Geisinger staffer used a contaminated syringe on her cannot sue for money simply...
Man among three in Bloom ordered away from girlfriends
BLOOMSBURG — A man slapped his girlfriend’s face “repeatedly” until it became “severely bruised,” she claims. David...