Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

December 11, 2017
Developer says council can choose center in old factory, or downtown
BLOOMSBURG — A local developer is giving Town Council an ultimatum today in what has been a months-long dispute over a...
62-year-old riding in SUV that was hit head-on, official says
BERWICK — A 62-year-old woman was killed Saturday night when the vehicle she was riding in was struck head-on by an SUV...
Don’t fall for threats over jury duty or arrest warrant, sheriff’s department warns
BLOOMSBURG — A scammer who has done some research is calling people around the Columbia County area, trying to cheat...
Suspect had two prior cases, according to prosecutors
BLOOMSBURG — A man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk twice in the same night, including an arrest in Berwick shortly...
More than a few requests received by the Brighter Christmas Fund come not from families seeking help for themselves,...
December 10, 2017
Berwick chassis maker designs product for fracking industry, now needs to hire 30+ workers
BERWICK — A year ago, Cheetah Chassis didn’t have enough orders to keep its factory running. But now that a new...
Man pointed knife at Bloom tenant in dispute, police say
BLOOMSBURG — A dispute over unpaid rent and noise complaints led to a landlord’s arrest here when he allegedly went to...
Two plead guilty in dorm attack as roommates complain of treatment
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student who was attacked by her roommate’s older sister says school officials...
Couple offers reward for tips on leg injury that led to amputation
DANVILLE — A Danville councilman and his wife are offering a reward for information about who shot their cat with a...
NESCOPECK TWP. — Three people were rushed to the hospital Saturday night following a two-vehicle crash on the Berwick-...
December 9, 2017
South Centre Township man, 81, charged with endangering visitors
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — An 81-year-old man with a loaded gun held two visitors at his home, accusing them of stealing his...
See a mummified feline in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — In life, it may have been the beloved feline companion of a wealthy ancient Egyptian or a temple-dweller...
Berwick school board needs ninth director
BERWICK — School directors here deadlocked twice as they tried to pick a new president Monday. In the end, they voted...
BLOOMSBURG — The cat mummy isn’t the only unexpected historical artifact you’ll find inside 225 Market St. The...
Organizers urge cancer survivors to join Berwick Y program
BERWICK —Vickie Searfoss lost the upper left lobe of her lung and a few ribs during her battle with cancer. But she...
Judge dismisses drug defendant’s appeal
BLOOMSBURG — A lawyer facing federal prosecution for his involvement in a money laundering scheme defended himself...
December 8, 2017
Ministry helping firefighter fix up his Nescopeck home
For the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK — A non-profit organization has stepped in to help end to a long-running battle...
Defendants: Dismiss Christmas case
BERWICK — A DUI defendant and a bar/restaurant are contesting a lawsuit filed by a woman injured in a crash on...
Trustees look at $250,000 purchase for gear storage or housing
BLOOMSBURG — Just a few weeks after Bloomsburg University’s Foundation purchased a property along Lightstreet Road, the...
Bloomsburg, Benton facilities to host Saturday classes
Come January, area youngsters will have an opportunity to work out, learn about healthy eating and make new friends...
Press Enterprise Editor Generations ago, our region was served by trains, trolleys and buses. If you needed to get to...
December 7, 2017
Prosecutor says suspect created ‘sensationalized coverage’
BLOOMSBURG — Accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin insisted Wednesday that he won’t get a fair trial locally because of...
Bloom church volunteers transform sanctuary into replica of ancient city
BLOOMSBURG — As Christmas trees, bright tinsel and colored lights spring up everywhere this holiday season, the Wesley...
Bandits with ‘weird masks’ pistol-whipped victim on street
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man was robbed by two men in “weird masks” while he was walking near Campus Beer around 11:15...
Man found dead shortly after apartment was subject of Bloom codes cleanup order
BLOOMSBURG — The body of a man found dead in his apartment last month — spurring a public plea for help to find his...
ELYSBURG —Someone stole a beloved metal dog sculpture that sat outside an auto repair shop here, and the owner is...
December 6, 2017
Charges: Bloom ophthalmologist illegally prescribed drugs for husband
BLOOMSBURG — Dr. Ronald J. Avenia, an eye doctor here for some 40 years, allegedly prescribed painkillers and the...
Both listed in serious condition at GMC after Route 339 accident
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Nescopeck Township woman pressed her vehicle close to the guardrail as another SUV swerved into her...
Mom of five returns money to pair, says she’s still pregnant
CATAWISSA — Heather Sharkuski arrived at the district judge’s office here Tuesday with $2,180 cash in hand — most of it...
But neighbors’ lawyer says stench is a year-round problem and wants trial in Luzerne County Court
HARRISBURG — A lawyer defending the owners of a large-scale hog farm in Salem Township compares the frequency and...
In Pennsylvania, you can lose your job for the smallest infraction of company rules, or, in fact, for no reason at all...
December 5, 2017
Grant from Pa. hinges on fundraisers finding local matching money for renovation project
BLOOMSBURG — A state grant promises to sink $200,000 into renovations atthe Norris E. Rock Memorial Pool here, so long...
Danville mom of two testifies that she was too scared to resist
DANVILLE — A Danville woman says her neighbor came over twice on consecutive nights while she was on her front porch...
Valley super: Owner told to fix or demolish old Danville-area hotel
VALLEY TWP. — The Days Inn hotel here may be coming down. The hotel near Interstate 80 has sat empty for years and...
Only mom and dad can add friends or delete messages
NEW YORK — Facebook is coming for your kids. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat...
Superintendent says middle school educator has been out of the classroom for about three weeks
BERWICK — A middle school shop teacher who fled from a Jeep Wrangler where police later found drugs has resigned....
For Christiana and her three young children, this year has been one to forget. The Benton mother had been staying home...
December 4, 2017
School site lists Berwick among most improved in area
Central Columbia is the top-ranked school district in the area, and in the top 6 percent statewide for the second year...
Former Southern teacher tapped for BBC show on prince’s fiancée’s coal country ties
SHENANDOAH — Retired Southern Columbia English teacher and longtime area football broadcaster Andy Ulicny received an...
Shick teens charged with Northside rash of car burglaries
BENTON — After surveillance photos of a car allegedly involved in a string of vehicle break-ins last month were posted...
Slow start hasn’t discouraged sponsors, who hope public-transportation effort catches on
BERWICK — A dozen people, mostly children, used the low-cost bus provided by the Berwick Swimming Pool Association last...
Although hamstrung by a lack of education, Theresa has been a hard worker all her life, says a social worker who knows...
December 3, 2017
Muslims meet quietly for weekly worship in Scott
SCOTT TWP. — One by one, the men enter the Muslim prayer room on Bentley Drive, slip off their shoes, and step onto the...
Tuzzis sue over bird-feeding accusations by neighbors
CATAWISSA — The Tuzzi family is filing a lawsuit against neighbors who have complained that bread Susie Tuzzi is...
SCOTT TWP. — While some westerners criticize Islam for its treatment of women, the religion holds them in high esteem,...
Driver allegedly displayed ‘body tremors’
BERWICK — An early morning traffic stop in Berwick turned up 14 bags of meth, 11 pipes and a digital scale, according...
Families facing financial struggles tend to fall into one of several familiar categories: Single mothers struggle to...
Police: Washingtonville-area volunteer succumbed
DANVILLE — The 91-year-old woman critically injured in a car accident died Friday at Geisinger Medical Center,...
December 2, 2017
Catawissa mother allegedly said she was kidnapped, needed abortion
NUMIDIA — A distraughtmother of five — including quadruplets —showed up at a couple’s house near here, claiming she had...
Main Township heroin suspect jailed
BLOOMSBURG — A woman who tried to smuggle a powerful opioid into Columbia County Prison after she was arrested for...
Bloomsburg native pens song about rescue pet who made a merry mess
VIRGINIA CITY, Nevada — Country music artist and Bloomsburg native Lacy J. Dalton has a new Christmas song and video...
World War II vet saluted Bloomsburg Civil War Monument each day for years
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Allen Remley served as a Bloomsburg councilman for eight years in the...
Like many couples in their 60s, a lifetime of physical labor is taking its toll on Ken and Sharon. The Millville-area...
December 1, 2017
Area officials highlight attractions, growth in Bloomsburg and Berwick
BLOOMSBURG — A national business website says Bloomsburg and Berwick are the most boring areas of Pennsylvania. But...
New owners expand menu, offer wine, Sunday brunch, live music
RUSH TWP. — The Cherokee Tap Room was known as the place for good beer and burgers. Now that it’s under new ownership,...
CONYNGHAM TWP. — A proposed budget meeting Thursday night turned into a hostile interrogation of supervisor Linda...
SCOTT TWP. — A woman was taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Route 487 near Central...
For some families, a cash crunch at Christmas is simply a matter of bad timing. Take, for example, Charlie, Loretta and...
November 30, 2017
Creditor alleges Danville-area store owes $41,700
VALLEY TWP. — Another creditor has filed a lawsuit against the shuttered Rudy’s Mart for $41,700 in payments, court...
Authorities allege Danville son rode bike to her job site
DANVILLE — A mother whose 5-year-old son showed up at her job twice on his own is charged with endangering the welfare...
Berwick shop uses local lumber for its homemade products
BERWICK — For the next month, most of Berwick’s Market Street will be decked out in Christmas decor. But one new store...
Washingtonville firefighters pull kitchen staffer from crashed car
DERRY TWP. — Washingtonville firefighters rescued one of their long-time volunteers Wednesday when the 91-year-old...
Fred is a Columbia County veteran who recently moved into his own apartment after living with family members. At age...
November 29, 2017
Gordner hopes $8.2M more will be cleared soon for $14M expansion
BLOOMSBURG — The town received approval Tuesday for $2 million more in state funding toward a $14 million floodwall...
Aristes man allegedly fondled 11-year-old
CATAWISSA — An Aristes man accused in the indecent assault of an 11-year-old girl will face charges in court. Leonard...
YBC chain pledges to serve local market through its Milton store
BLOOMSBURG — A contractor-supply store here has shut its doors for good, citing a decrease in walk-in business. But...
It’s a tough Christmas when the top item on mom’s wish list is a set of snow tires. But in Bonita’s case, even sadder...
Bloom man faces no charges, agrees to stay away from ex
BLOOMSBURG — A man allegedly abused his ex-wife — shoving her, spying on her and sexually assaulting her, she claims in...
November 28, 2017
Program puts $1.7M in scholarship aiming to hike ‘Neighbor’ enrollment
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University plans to boost enrollment next year through a new scholarship aimed at out-of-state...
BU doctoral student volunteers to fit high-tech aids around globe
BLOOMSBURG — Bethany Noll’s parents knew something was wrong with her hearing by the time she was three. Their...
Woman allegedly drunk in crash that chased resident out of her home
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Police evacuated a woman from her house when a car crashed and burst into flames in her yard,...
Woman crawls unhurt from car stuck under truck in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A Connecticut woman escaped serious injury when she pulled into the path of a turning tractor trailer...
Terri is raising three teenagers on an income of about $1,000 per month. Meanwhile, her ex-husband owes more than $35,...
November 27, 2017
BU student’s roommate hurt trying to intervene; two women charged
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student was assaulted inside her dorm room and one of her roommates was hurt...
Cops: Man sold drug as another cooked it in house with kids
MILLVILLE — Police found a small meth lab “fully bubbling” as they served a search warrant on a suspected Main Street...
Berwick-area pet playground finds home after couple of false starts
SALEM TWP. — Work has begun at a new playground for dogs, which should be open by spring, organizers say. The dog park...
Cops: Rural Briar Creek siblings fought over food
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man allegedly punched his brother in the face, breaking his nose after an argument at their mother...
Shickshinny-area pair needs help with food staples for Christmas
Like many couples, Lawrence and Rita worked all of their lives. But the demands of raising a family and a changing...
November 26, 2017
Police: Driver, 84, will be cited in three-car accident
BUCKHORN — Mandy Kramer and her boyfriend were on their way to Goodwill on Saturday afternoon when an SUV plowed into...
Man grappled with officer outside Kmart, police say
BERWICK — A man allegedly tried to grab a police officer’s gun during a struggle outside Kmart here, according to court...
Man faces no charges, but agrees to avoid accuser
DANVILLE — A woman claims in court filings that a man sexually assaulted her and put a knife to her throat. Josh...
“Out of nowhere, my boyfriend of 10 years decided to up and move out,” writes Margaret, a mother of three girls living...
November 25, 2017
Volunteers beat the clock to revive holiday tradition
BLOOMSBURG — Despite having less than a month to prepare, volunteer organizers who revived the town’s Black Friday...
Berwick man plans to file claim against Bloom man’s estate
BUCKHORN — A van parked on the shoulder and partially blocking a travel lane of Interstate 80 was the cause of a chain-...
BLOOMSBURG — An 81-year-old man from Harveys Lake pleaded guilty to a felony for selling untaxed cigarettes at various...
BERWICK — A Berwick man accused of robbing another man at gunpoint before getting shot in the face and back last month...
Last Christmas was tough for Marissa, a mother of three teenagers. She was injured when a car in which she was riding...
November 24, 2017
South Centre man: Repair estimate was $1,700
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Ed Cope had his SUV only about two months when he discovered the wheel wells and rocker panel along...
Judge issues PFA
BERWICK — A man slapped his estranged wife at a park as both grabbed their child and tussled for control, police said...
The good news was that the fire volunteers in northern Columbia County were able to put out the fire before it...
Sugarloaf man allegedly shot spouse in a bar
ZION GROVE — The woman shot in the head at a bar near Ringtown on Tuesday night has died, hospital officials say. Now...
November 23, 2017
Cops: Husband pulled trigger in Zion Grove bar
ZION GROVE — A 62-year-old man walked into a bar here Tuesday night, put a gun to his wife’s head and pulled the...
Luck of draw decides Bloom race for Kreisher, against DeMelfi
BLOOMSBURG — A stroke of luck in a game of chance declared incumbent Bill Kreisher the winner of a contested seat on...
Geisinger spokesman defends care provided
DANVILLE — A woman blames Geisinger Medical Center for her husband’s death from colon cancer, so she’s suing the...
Trucker accused of taking $2G in household items such as dish soap, paper towels, aluminum foil
BRIAR CREEK — A truck deliveryman is accused of stealing thousands of household items from the Dollar Tree warehouse...
Annual appeal kicks off 33rd campaign to help families
Press Enterprise Editor The stock market is up 18 percent since last Christmas. Unemployment has fallen. The Great...
November 22, 2017
Landlord: Stress of inspection ‘may have shortened’ life of ailing man
BLOOMSBURG — A man was found dead Monday in an apartment that had recently been the subject of a cleanup order by the...
Danville’s former BJ’s Steak and Rib House will soon be vacant lot
DANVILLE — Work to tear down the burned out BJ’s Steak and Rib House building along Mill Street here began Monday. The...
Man facing two DUIs says he’s started rehab, has new outlook
BLOOMSBURG — When Cody Pawelski crashed his car in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, the near-fatal experience was “...
Razing 90-year-old Orange Street building will cost up to $294,000
BERWICK — Workers have begun preparing the former Orange Street School here for demolition. On Monday, workers with...
Month’s top prize a modest $3,250
Halloween didn’t yield large treats for local lottery players. October’s biggest prize was $3,250 from the Evening...
November 21, 2017
Officials promise beefed-up security after threat report alarmed parents
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg school officials promised a crowd of about 50 parents Monday night they would “lock down” the...
Police: Car rammed rear of delivery truck on Route 54 near Danville
MAHONING TWP. — A man had to be cut free from his car Monday after he smashed into the back of a truck on Route 54,...
Ex-councilwoman’s lawsuit says changes drafted in secrecy
BLOOMSBURG — Another citizen is taking Bloomsburg and its council to court to challenge recent changes to the town...
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more...
Fire chief: Snow squall slicked roads in Beaver Township
BEAVER TWP. —Freezing temperatures and an early morning snow squall sent one man’s SUV sliding into a utility pole,...
November 20, 2017
Berwick cites bakery over practice that neighbors say attracts vermin
BERWICK — A truce over feeding birds between Tuzzi’s Bakery and its neighbors has come to an end. Susie Tuzzi is once...
300 pack Espy firefighters’ fundraiser
ESPY — Regina Mazur of Nescopeck was primed and eager to play Sunday’s handgun bingo games at the fire hall here. “I...
Two Danville men face charges after stolen car ran out of fuel, police say
SCOTT TWP. — Two Danville men driving in a stolen car that ran out of fuel were caught after they knocked at the door...
Numbered balls to pick winner of high-profile race, about 40 others
BLOOMSBURG — A bag of 16 numbered balls will be the deciding factor in several tied races leftover from Election Day...
Woman fined $300, given community service
BLOOMSBURG — A Benton woman who left her two kids at the movie theater here while she drove to Wilkes-Barre to see a...
November 19, 2017
Safety Light site costs taxpayers $33M so far
ALMEDIA — Before tearing down dilapidated buildings contaminated with radioactive chemicals at the Safety Light...
New salary plan for fall sports puts earnings above Bloom’s, Berwick’s
The Danville Area School District pays more than double for its fall head coaches than Bloomsburg does. Danville...
27 Central sixth-graders collect 4,629 canned items to beat record
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia Middle School students collected 10,100 non-perishable items in a drive for local...
Rumors on social media ramp up parents’ worries, but police say there is no cause for concern
BLOOMSBURG — High school students here reported overhearing a possible threat of violence Friday, prompting officials...
November 18, 2017
Tenure, season length determine wages
DANVILLE — Danville cross country coach Jeff Brandt went from making $4,702 last year to $11,036 this year. At...
Web site, app lets Columbia, Montour county residents crowd-source crime
BLOOMSBURG — Check your neighborhood for incidents, peruse a wall of wanted locals, and help police solve crimes and...
Nursing staff failed to follow orders, according to lawsuit
BERWICK — A 46-year-old man died of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from a surgery at Berwick Hospital Center, a...
Police say Buckhorn-area woman, 66, struck rig in Espy
ESPY — A minivan drifted across Route 11 Friday and crashed head-on into the cab of a tractor-trailer. Nancy Leighow’s...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A dump truck rolled onto its side at 598 Bowman’s Mill Road on Friday morning, spilling gravel into a...
November 17, 2017
Salem Township ‘targeted attack’ probed
SALEM TWP. — A gunman sprayed bullets into a family’s home early Thursday in what police called a “targeted attack.” A...
Two must pay fines, fees after admitting guilt in wildlife stunt
BLOOMSBURG — A teen who held a wild opossum captive as another man poured beer over its head has pleaded guilty to the...
Commissioners blame drugs, crime for deficit dilemma
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County property tax bills will rise by 6.4 percent in 2018 so the county can plug a $600,000...
Police: Danville-area man was picking up child
SCOTT TWP. — A convicted felon had a handgun and heroin in his possession while speeding and swerving on Route 11,...
November 16, 2017
Columbia County seeks repayment for ‘epidemic’ costs
BLOOMSBURG — Tiny Columbia County has sued some of the nation’s wealthiest pharmaceutical companies, alleging that...
Ties to Conyngham Township, Danville jeopardize $60G job
MOUNT CARMEL — A municipal worker with ties to Conyngham Township and a Danville company has been asked to resign his $...
Catawissa-area man says non-native poplar is 10th largest in Pennsylvania
CATAWISSA — This small borough had some big trees. Ken Cook knows — he measured and registered one that’s the 10th...
BUCKHORN — An early-morning restaurant customer called police saying she suspected the cook was high on drugs. When...
Espy chief says townhouse sustained smoke, water damage
SCOTT TWP. — Smoke from a dryer fire Wednesday morning filled a second-story bathroom but caused minimal damage to a...
November 15, 2017
Danville super: Labor boss urging teachers not to transport students
DANVILLE — The president of Danville’s teachers union is encouraging its members to refuse to drive special education...
‘As they were running me over, they were all laughing’
CATAWISSA — After a heated debate over whether a car had to stop for people directing traffic, the woman guiding...
Street value range between $86G and $172G, police say
LIBERTY TWP. — Authorities seized about 43 pounds of marijuana, along with some hash oil and a 9mm handgun, during yet...
Shickshinny-area man allegedly stole guns and credit cards
BERWICK — Police say tips from the public helped them catch a teen who stole guns and credit cards from at least five...
Money from state fund will help cover Bloom southwest extension
BLOOMSBURG — Some of the money energy companies pay to drill natural gas fracking wells across the state will provide a...
November 14, 2017
Madison residents split between Hemlock’s proposal and repairs
JERSEYTOWN — A proposal to disband the Madison Township Police Department and contract with neighboring Hemlock’s force...
Burst hot-water pipe wrecks Montour prothonotary HQ, chases staff
DANVILLE — A hot water pipe burst in the Montour County Courthouse over the weekend, turning the prothonotary’s office...
Berwick board says Wyoming Valley must accept some terms or deal is off
BERWICK — A split board voted Monday for the Berwick Area United Way to take the first steps toward merging with the...
Danville-area 23-year-old left bar, shot himself on borough thoroughfare, official says
DANVILLE — A Danville-area man left a bar early Monday and shot himself in the middle of Mill Street, the coroner says...
Dissenting councilman complains of BU, other ‘freeloaders’ who don’t pay fair share
BLOOMSBURG —Residents here will see an 11 percent tax increase to cover the expenses of supporting the Bloomsburg Fire...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A 16-year-old girl was flown to the hospital after her ATV skidded and she was thrown out Monday...
November 13, 2017
Borough may simplify power billing to stabilize revenue, customer costs
CATAWISSA — Through September, the borough had charged its electricity customers $62,000 less than projected in 2017....
Ex-worker sues Benton Foundry in federal court
SUGARLOAF TWP. — An ex-employee is suing the Benton Foundry, claiming he was fired for taking family leave to look...
Route 93 from Berwick to Orangeville dubbed Stuie’s memorial highway
BERWICK — The Stuart tank’s imprint on local history grew a little deeper Sunday with the dedication of a stretch of...
Man was speeding in vehicle of Catawissa woman previously revived from an overdose, officers say
NUMIDIA — Locust Township Police pulled over a speeding car with a burned-out brake light and found 21 bags of meth,...
Maine driver with suspended license charged in two accidents
SCOTT TWP. — A man in a pickup struck vehicles in two different townships while allegedly driving recklessly along...
November 12, 2017
Official of established development alliance says idea is a DRIVE to absorb over $1M
BLOOMSBURG — A newly-formed economic development group is proposing a takeover of several long-established...
Landlord, Bloom officials clash over apartment check
BLOOMSBURG — Town officials and a landlord clashed this week over a tenant’s right to refuse a routine rental...
Quick response, tenant’s work capped damage, official says
ESPY — Espy Fire Chief Ken Carey was driving home Saturday morning after a 12-hour shift at the 9-1-1 center when he...
26-year-old mother of five accused of stealing $1,200
DANVILLE — A 26-year-old accused of forging $1,212 worth of checks from her ex-boyfriend’s father said that she has...
Case blames Geisinger Health and Bloom facility
BLOOMSBURG — A man suffered painful injuries when a technician injected a substance into his forearm instead of a vein...