Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

April 25, 2015
BU honors student jailed after alleged assault with bat
BLOOMSBURG — A New Jersey man who wrecked his car in a crash Thursday afternoon at First and Iron streets had just...
Berwick officials assure neighbors they weren’t exposed to asbestos
BERWICK — Residents near the demolition project for the new elementary school feared for their safety Thursday, when...
Bloomsburg-area man says he’ll appeal PFA
ESPY — A man threatened to cut off his 3-year-old son’s head and leave it on the doorstep for the child’s mother, she...
ELYSBURG — It was still uncertain late Friday if roller-coaster lovers headed to Knoebels today could take a spin on...
‘I’ve apologized my whole life,’ says ‘heterosexual’ reality TV star, father
NEW YORK —Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Jenner spoke in...
DANVILLE — It’s groundhog season in Danville. Critters that had burrowed into the levee system were killed this week...
April 24, 2015
Patient alleges Geisinger’s gaffe meant more treatment
BLOOMSBURG — A knee-replacement patient received the wrong-sized prosthetic during surgery at Geisinger-Bloomsburg...
Group: Borough-built World War II vehicles are available from England and Virginia
BERWICK — Local history buffs who have been trying for 11 years to permanently bring a Berwick-built Stuart tank back...
Supers sought $2,000 to recoup time lost to accounting mess
ORANGE TWP. — Township supervisors recently sued former tax collector Ross Megargell for $2,000 to recoup some of the...
N.Y. man accused in Hemlock Township store plot
HEMLOCK TWP. — A thief trying to support a heroin addiction used other men’s IDs to purchase more than $5,600 in tech...
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials are cracking down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at...
April 23, 2015
Mahoning pays $720 a month to make up for single-coverage savings
DANVILLE — In addition to her salary, Mahoning Township Supervisor and Secretary Christine DeLong is paid another $720...
DANVILLE — If Mahoning Township Secretary Christine DeLong were to leave her job, she is now eligible for taxpayer-...
Samaritans relieved to find occupants alive in smashed SUV near Catawissa
FRANKLIN TWP. — The small SUV sitting on the side of Route 487 was so mangled, John Whyne III wondered, “is anyone...
Homeowner appeals award for unpaid bill
MILLVILLE — When an unhappy customer refused to pay a $3,660 bill, a plumbing contractor sued and called the customer...
Columbia and Montour pledge $50G each
DANVILLE — Taxpayers and local businesses will combine to foot the bill for a new area business development executive...
Driver allegedly imbibed on way to get prescription, caused crash in drugstore lot
BLOOMSBURG — A Scott Township man was not only drunk, he was drinking whiskey and beer right at the wheel, authorities...
April 22, 2015
19-year-old faces felonies in secret, late-night date with girlfriend, 17
ELYSBURG — A 19-year-old is facing felony charges after his 17-year-old girlfriend slipped out of her house late one...
Expectant mom says she told husband to stop car and surrender
CATAWISSA — Inside a car leading police on a high-speed chase, Felicia Webb could hear a man threatening her husband’s...
Officers busy with arrests in township, couldn’t help Bloom
SCOTT TWP. — Block Party has spread beyond Bloomsburg. Scott Township officers were busy working 12-hour shifts...
Insurance plan was hitch in pact talks, director says
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia has approved a new five-year contract with teachers that gives annual raises of up to...
Women to kick up heels as they raise money for ill girl
MILLVILLE — Brenda Swartz is having her daughter Sunny’s 16-year-old prom dress altered so it fits Brenda just right...
April 21, 2015
Burke a no-show for council’s official vote of no confidence
BERWICK — Council members unanimously passed a resolution Monday saying they had no confidence in Mayor Tim Burke,...
Wreck near Elysburg broke man’s back due to rig’s faulty brakes
SUNBURY — A trucking-firm owner will spend the next six to 23 months in prison for a horrific crash near Elysburg that...
Williams planning compressor station on Orange Township land
ROHRSBURG — An energy firm proposing to build a natural gas pipeline through Columbia County plans to build a 110-foot...
Police: Some more serious charges to come
BLOOMSBURG — Officers issued 226 citations for alcohol-related offenses during this year’s Block Party weekend here....
Pair allegedly peddled coke, pot from shared apartment
BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg University students are accused of selling cocaine and marijuana from their off-campus...
Bloom auto-repair worker faces another theft complaint
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man already facing multiple theft charges for allegedly accepting cash for auto-repair work...
April 20, 2015
Reporter watches police juggle crowds, clashes and revelers’ safety
BLOOMSBURG — Police know to watch the sky for flying beer bottles during Block Party, but it’s a half an orange lobbed...
Woman says stitch error during surgery left her with pain
DANVILLE — Someone inadvertently put sutures in a woman’s bladder during a hysterectomy at Geisinger, leaving her in...
Passenger: Millville man flown from rural accident
PINE TWP. — A Millville man was flown to Geisinger Medical Center after the car he was riding in spun out and crashed...
Challenger seeking district judge Shrawder’s job
MAHONING TWP. —A Danville resident who warns about Montour County becoming a “police state” is running for district...
Woman, 75, says gift honors late longtime owner
BERWICK — A retired teacher has donated $10,000 to the Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts, saying she hopes...
April 19, 2015
‘Agitated’ Bloom suspect blasted repeatedly with Taser, pepper spray
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man slashed a policeman with a broken beer bottle and bit the officer before barricading...
Police call scattered bashes easier to manage
BLOOMSBURG —New restrictions on big booze bashes during Block Party did what many residents feared, dispersing...
Berwick man stole $82G meant for wife
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man was given a maximum county prison term of 11 to 23 months for stealing nearly $82,000 in...
Numidia-area man charged
LOCUST TWP. — When the power went out, a woman immediately suspected her drunken boyfriend may have crashed a car into...
Pet’s walks make pages of national magazine
ESPY — A cat who regularly catches the attention of Connie Hess’ neighbors as feline and owner stroll Sherwood Village...
April 18, 2015
Police: Search for wanted man led to bust
BERWICK — Four people were arrested Friday during a methamphetamine bust, but two of those taken into custody told a...
Shutdown at SPCA depleted ARC funds and yard sale is ‘in jeopardy’
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — The Animal Resource Center has seen a 20 percent increase in dog rescues and escalating...
Bloomsburg SportsPlex’s rent was set to go up
ESPY — The Bloomsburg SportsPlex fitness center closed its doors last week after its owners declined a new lease with...
State-school tuition freeze delays switch
BLOOMSBURG — A tuition freeze across state universities next year will delay a controversial per-credit pricing program...
Shot driver gets state prison in fracas lawyer blamed on stress
BLOOMSBURG — An Oklahoma trucker who attacked a police officer with Mace and a mallet before being shot twice off...
DANVILLE — A former Danville sewer worker who admitted tampering with records but insisted he never stole cash from a “...
April 17, 2015
Suspect in low-speed chase cops to disorderly conduct
BERWICK — A Millville Little League volunteer was suspended from coaching after police suspected he was under the...
Danville predator gets up to 12 years in prison
DANVILLE — Christmas just is not the same for a little girl left emotionally scarred by a man who closely resembles...
Current takes kayaks, stranding two for hours near Catawissa
MONTOUR TWP. — A couple was stranded in the middle of the Susquehanna River for nearly two hours after their kayaks...
MILLVILLE — The Millville teachers union has asked a county judge to order the school board back to the bargaining...
April 16, 2015
Numidia raceway fans outnumber foes at start of drive to quiet track
LOCUST TWP. — A few residents are considering legal action to quiet the Numidia Dragway. But opponents found...
Police: SUV pulled into path of Benton motorcyclist in Lightstreet
LIGHTSTREET — A Benton motorcyclist was talking but bleeding after he was knocked off his Harley by an SUV that crossed...
Danville-area worker took more than $400 at Grandview, cops say
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area woman was routinely stealing money from wallets and purses of nursing-home workers,...
Charges: Friend reneged on promise to cover damages
ARISTES — A woman ran out of her bedroom with a handgun when she heard someone break down her front door, only to see...
Rural Catawissa defendant admits to corruption charge, qualifies for probation
BLOOMSBURG — A teen charged last spring with having an illicit relationship with a younger girl was recently allowed to...
April 15, 2015
Bloom woman allegedly altered document to list herself as mother of boyfriend’s child
BLOOMSBURG — A woman altered a teenage girl’s birth certificate to get her enrolled at Bloomsburg High and kept up the...
Bloom woman jailed for allegedly stealing $11G in jewelry from boyfriend’s parents
VALLEY TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman is accused in an $11,300 jewelry heist at the home of her boyfriend’s parents here....
Neighbor doused arson fire and saved Briar Creek residence, officials say
BRIAR CREEK —Someone set a trailer on fire Monday night with two people inside, leaving one resident with a badly...
Other March lottery players raked in $177G
There is a newly minted millionaire in the Berwick area, thanks to the lottery and an incredible stroke of luck....
Danville suspect allegedly took friend’s wallet, used credit cards
DANVILLE — A Danville man was “screwed up” when he took a friend’s wallet that held $350 in cash plus multiple credit...
BLOOMSBURG — Someone who bought a Cash Five ticket at the Weis Markets here last weekend ended up winning a $325,000...
Customers soon will be able to order and pay by touch screen
NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden has a tablet for two waiting for you. The Italian restaurant chain said Tuesday it is...
April 14, 2015
Berwick official ‘surprised,’ denies maligning borough workers
BERWICK — The mayor has been publicly cursing and defaming borough employees, say council members, who plan to vote on...
Police: Rider wore no helmet in rural crash
LIMESTONE TWP. — A motorcyclist was killed when he hit a train that was crossing the road here in Montour County on...
Victim slain over kicking out roommate, not love rivalry, parents say
MILLVILLE — Cea Jay Chattin leveled a.30-caliber rifle at lifelong friend Bryan Harris as Harris slept in a recliner,...
Committee will rewrite district discipline rules
BERWICK — Rewriting the district’s discipline policy probably won’t cost $15,000 after all — directors decided Monday...
Operator failed to follow policy when school van had flat
DANVILLE — A school-van driver has been disciplined for allowing two students to walk nearly a mile home when the van...
Supers regulate quantity, areas, times for shooting
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Supervisors have set limits on when and where explosive gun targets may be used within the township...
April 13, 2015
Bloom arrest took pepper spray, three Taser jolts, charges say
BLOOMSBURG — A belligerent man taunted police, calling them “pigs,” as they struggled to handcuff him during a DUI...
Gay Pa. lawmaker, grad speaks at BU ceremony for LGBT seniors
BLOOMSBURG — A gay state lawmaker and former Bloomsburg University football captain said it was “shameful” that town...
Ex-addict and prostitute resells stolen supplies online, she tells police
BRIAR CREEK — The woman seen on video stealing more than $1,500 in razors from a grocery store was captured after she...
Bloom Police stay on guard as they hope for smaller crowds
BLOOMSBURG — New restrictions for this year’s Block Party seem to have quashed the largest drinking bashes that...
Man admits to disorderly conduct, trespass
BERWICK — An ex-con took a plea deal rather than fighting charges of stalking and harassment in an ongoing neighborhood...
April 12, 2015
Party mum on backing Ridgway, newcomer
BLOOMSBURG — Four-term Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young will run for re-election this May without having the...
Benton park owners say residents are buying, not renting aging homes
BENTON — A trailer court filled with aging mobile homes has stopped calling the zoning officer for inspections, saying...
Police: Danville man lifted a computer, clothes at Wal-Mart
BUCKHORN — An eagle-eyed driver noticed a security lock on a computer a man was carrying as he walked along Lunger...
2-mile Lightstreet Road project will start in June and cost $1M
BLOOMSBURG — Nearly $1 million in paving work on Lightstreet Road is expected to begin this June and last through mid-...
Fire levels two-story house only months after new owner moved in
LIBERTY TWP. — A fire destroyed a two-story house in rural Montour County on Saturday afternoon, just months after its...
April 11, 2015
Police: Cleveland Township man helped put thief in jail
CLEVELAND TWP. — A chance encounter at a ski resort landed a man in prison nearly two months after he bounced a $7,000...
$1.7 quadrillion lawsuit also targets Obama
SCRANTON — Someone named Living Soul Chief has filed a $1.7 quadrillion lawsuit “in the name of Yazoo Tribe” against...
Distributors’ new OK to sell eight- or 12-packs has breweries scrambling to catch up with packaging
DANVILLE — You’re now allowed to grab a 12-pack or even an eight-pack at Pennsylvania beer distributors, but it may...
BUCKHORN — Charges continue to pile up for a Danville woman who was allegedly responsible for a string of thefts from...
Officials: Consolidation preferred in face of state budget constraints
DANVILLE — Columbia and Montour counties are working to consolidate their 9-1-1 centers before the state forces the...
April 10, 2015
Police say ex-con’s Berwick home was used as a drug lab
BERWICK — An ex-con allowed meth cooks to use his home to manufacture the drug as recently as Monday night, charges say...
Owner plans to sue ex-tenants who allege she and husband are slumlords
BERWICK — A Berwick woman and her friend trashed a house and left behind deplorable conditions after failing to make...
Scam artists pretending to be IRS agents have been calling local people and trying to trick them into sending money or...
Hospitals, school districts and Columbia County offices lost phone service Thursday when a tree fell and started a fire...
April 9, 2015
Officers say flat tire undid ex-BU student who sold pot
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student shot during a recent armed invasion of his off-campus apartment was...
Officials: Coed won’t proceed; accused to continue studies
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University coed is not pursuing rape charges after telling police two weeks ago she was...
Speeding blamed for Shickshinny mess
SHICKSHINNY — Teenagers in a car speeding down a narrow side street here smashed into a parked boat on a trailer, and...
BLOOMSBURG — Work on a $30 million floodwall at the west end of town has just started, but a company already has an eye...
Older woman neglects to show up in court
BERWICK — A Berwick teen who threw a chair at her wheelchair-bound mother to escape an alleged scissors attack says she...
April 8, 2015
Police: Woman faked panic attack and identity during speeding stop
HEMLOCK TWP. — A woman who initially fooled police about her identity was later tracked to the nearby Wal-Mart after a...
Danville super vowed van driver’s mistake wouldn’t be repeated
DERRY TWP. — An elementary student was allowed to walk home — about a mile away — when his school van got a flat tire,...
Busy Bloomsburg wife and mother develops artistic side in retirement
Phyllis Rhodomoyer never had much time for art during the 70 years she raised her four children and managed her home in...
Bloomsburg driver was attempting to pass a large truck, police say
MIFFLIN TWP. — Passing motorists stopped to help a Bloomsburg man out of his overturned car on Interstate 80 here...
Bloom man, 66, rushed to GMC
ESPY — A Bloomsburg driver who fell ill at the wheel Tuesday morning alarmed motorists as his vehicle weaved along...
April 7, 2015
Firefighters called to put out blaze; Mifflin man broke no law, police say
MIFFLIN TWP. — An exploding rifle target sparked a brush fire at a small farm here Sunday night, drawing firefighters...
Official: Bloom site good fit for seniors
BLOOMSBURG — A west end church that’s stood vacant for about a year is a prime location for senior apartments, an...
Plan could cost some full-timers up to 50 percent more
BLOOMSBURG — Over 1,100 Bloomsburg University students have signed a petition to protest a new tuition policy, which...
Police: Man drove drunk to hospital to check on kin
BERWICK — A man whose son was hurt in a car crash with a cop last year drove drunk to the hospital to check on the boy...
Millville man allegedly dozed after 2-mile pursuit
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A driver was likely on drugs when he led officers on a low-speed pursuit for nearly 2 miles, then...
April 6, 2015
Meat ordered for Danville T-Railers party; lawsuit filed over unpaid bill
DANVILLE — A pig roast at a party for midget football players led to a lawsuit when the $405 bill went unpaid, court...
Man slumped at wheel allegedly on meth, Oxy
BERWICK — A man found slumped over the wheel of a running car was high on methamphetamine and OxyContin, and carrying...
Man overcomes stage fright to take over late father’s business
EYERS GROVE — A year ago, Josh Williams would have frozen on the spot if you had asked him to serve as auctioneer at...
Man is one of two recently restricted from contact with former girlfriends
A man shoved his girlfriend into a wall just days after threatening to kill himself, she claims. Steven Robbins, 27,...
Danville woman told officers she was diagnosed with contagious diseases
MAHONING TWP. — A psychiatric patient at Geisinger spit on a guard and a nurse, police say. Cassandra Poole, 29, of...
April 5, 2015
Game Commission officers say tale of self-defense doesn’t fit evidence
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man who shot a small bear outside his home here last month will pay more than $3,000 in fines and...
State taking bids until mid June on Danville residences near hospital
DANVILLE — The state is selling three former physician residences near Danville State Hospital to the highest bidders...
Super insists critics know nothing about workings of township
MAHONING TWP. — A few township residents believe comments made by the chairman of the water and sewer authority after a...
Judgment entered by default against owner
BLOOMSBURG — An auto-body mechanic has prevailed over a muscle-car owner in a case involving a $2,650 repair bill for a...
BLOOMSBURG — A man who allegedly stole a phone charger from a Dollar General store here was seen driving off in an SUV...
Pair seeks over $50G, alleging severe injuries from crash
VALLEY TWP. — A husband and wife badly hurt in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 are now suing for more...
April 4, 2015
Still, Lightstreet drug case co-defendants remain in lockup
SCOTT TWP. — The man behind the wheel of a rental car carrying $100,000 of heroin has since tried to take the blame,...
Campus advocate says housing for transgender students is a safety issue
BLOOMSBURG — Starting this fall, a section of a Bloomsburg University dormitory will be outfitted with a private...
Students protest move extending year
MILLVILLE — Millville’s teachers will return to the picket lines as planned Monday for a strike expected to last four...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area man turned into an unoccupied home’s driveway to avoid police because he had been...
BERWICK — School board director Rick Knorr has accused Berwick borough of targeting the West End for parking tickets,...
April 3, 2015
Bloomsburg mother angry YMCA staff ‘did nothing’
BLOOMSBURG — Day care workers looked on while a preschooler on a school playground wielded a realistic-looking gun...
Danville-area man had child porn, cops allege
DERRY TWP. — A Danville-area man caught with child porn said he’s a “ticking time bomb” who could see himself...
Official allegedly threatened borough, claims West End is targeted
BERWICK — A Berwick school director who received a parking ticket last week called the borough manager and told her the...
MILLVILLE — Arbitrators recommended the Millville school district grant teachers annual pay raises of 3 percent to 4...
Couple to close up in Catawissa, reopen next month
DANVILLE — Five years ago, Shauna and Sean Thomas took a huge leap of faith when they decided to open a restaurant with...
April 2, 2015
Mifflinville company offering saucy prizes on Good Friday
MIFFLINVILLE — While most people are stocking up on chocolate and jelly beans for Easter, Lorraine Unger heads to Adult...
Almedia veteran, 88, keeps record of U.S.S. Suffolk’s Okinawa fight
BLOOMSBURG — Seventy years ago, World War II veteran Charles Dyer remembers the crew of the U.S.S. Suffolk fighting off...
MILLVILLE — Millville’s teachers have voted to reject an arbitrator’s recommended terms for a new contract, and they...
CATAWISSA — An alleged heroin dealer who escaped from police during a wild, high-speed car chase last weekend turned...
Bloomsburg High School adds two to its roster of Graduates of Distinction
BLOOMSBURG — The late Dick Nesbitt was true to his word when he declared way back in first grade that he’d grow up to...
April 1, 2015
BU student charged with stealing game system, other goods in dorm
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student who stole an Xbox and other electronics from fellow students was tripped...
Danville customer forced to close her checking after scam
DANVILLE — Betty Pirnot keeps a close eye on her checking account. So when a withdrawal for $38.48 for Internet...
Bloom woman lost control of truck on snowy curve, police say
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman drove her pickup into a utility pole during Tuesday’s snowstorm, sending the pole...
CATAWISSA — A Catawissa man sold methamphetamine to a police informant while his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son was home,...
CEO calls slurs aired on radio station an ‘affront’
LEWISBURG AP) — Bucknell University expelled three students over a campus radio broadcast in which they made racist...
Request would cost about $10 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours, utility says
ALLENTOWN — PPL on Tuesday asked the state for permission to increase the rate it charges customers for delivering...
March 31, 2015
Murdered man opened home to lifelong pal, boss says
BENTON — There was something about Cea Jay Chattin that sent up a red flag for Brad Fritz. Maybe it was how Chattin...
Berwick cocaine operation yields alleged meth lab
BERWICK — Police got more than they bargained for during a cocaine sting Monday. They also uncovered a meth lab and...
Orangeville chief says rural tenant wisely kept doors and windows closed to cut flames’ air supply
ORANGEVILLE — A man returning from work found his home filled with smoke and his two pets trapped inside Monday morning...
Woman gets eight-23 months in prison
BLOOMSBURG — A homeowner traumatized by a burglary told a judge he and his wife are now wary of “every sound at night”...
March 30, 2015
Police: Men fought over woman
MILLVILLE — A rural Benton man murdered his roommate after fighting over a woman the two were each having sex with,...
Man allegedly took off after drug sting, hit 90 mph, lost tires, crashed
LIME RIDGE — A driver who raced away from police during a drug sting led officers on a wild, high-speed chase for 13...
Judge: Court will hear ex-official’s case claiming church placard in yard violates her rights
SHICKSHINNY — Several council members here are off the hook in a federal lawsuit filed by ex-councilwoman Francene...
March 29, 2015
$750,000 house offers 7-mile round-trip commute
DANVILLE — Newly hired Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg wasted little time finding a home in the Danville area. Less...
Reviews on website help us rank best large area employers
Let’s take a look at some of the area’s best places to work, according to the people who work there. The website...
Officials: Gas station, six buildings to be razed this summer to fit superstore
BERWICK — If all goes as planned, the Sunoco station at Ida Street and six other buildings nearby will be demolished...
Teams patrol region, scamming or selling
VALLEY TWP. — Some pushy people purporting to be student salesmen have been trying to make their way into area homes...
MAHONING TWP. — Danville-area businessman Randy May is suing the Mahoning Township water and sewer authority for $2,164...
March 28, 2015
Bloomsburg-area man faces up to 20 years in stabbing
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday for the stabbing death of his...
Suspect turned self in, is barred from contacting woman
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University coed was violently raped in her dorm room this week by a fellow student, according...
Scott Township business offers rare electric-vehicle service near I-80
SCOTT TWP. — Drivers of electric automobiles can now recharge while they sleep or eat at the Inn at Turkey Hill and its...
Two allegedly paid 50 cents for $130 appliance, sought credit
BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg man and woman used a fake barcode sticker to ring up a $130 blender at Wal-Mart for 50 cents,...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student seen doing pushups in the street while dozens of vehicles drove by him was...
BLOOMSBURG — A woman with a theft record is now accused of pocketing $200 while working at the cash register at Dunkin...
March 27, 2015
Witnesses change tales in deadly Bloomsburg-area fracas
BLOOMSBURG — Brett Woodside stabbed Brandon Burns to death two summers ago. The prosecutors trying Woodside and...
South Centre man facing $1,500 fine
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man who shot a young bear outside his home and claimed it was self-defense has been charged for...
Official: Mifflin Township family managed to flee flames, but suffered burns
MIFFLINVILLE — A couple and their adult son barely escaped an early morning fire that destroyed their home, their truck...
Tentative agreement comes with days to spare
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia will avert a planned teacher strike after drafting a tentative agreement Thursday,...
ELYSBURG — A Knoebels employee was transported to a hospital with head and hand injuries Thursday morning after he was...