Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

July 28, 2016
Police: Berwick suspect on probation facing felonies for online contact
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man encouraged a 15-year-old Bloomsburg girl to send him naked images of herself within hours of...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick-area man was cleared by a jury of all gun charges filed in connection with suspected drug...
Hundreds gather to protest and build bridges
BLOOMSBURG — About 250 students, professors and community members chanted “Black Lives Matter” as they marched through...
MIAMI (AP) —Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea for Russia to help find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails — but he...
Geisinger adding family room to help patients’ loved ones relax
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System plans to add a family room at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to give parents and...
July 27, 2016
Conflict between Berwick chief, borough manager stalled bullets, vest
BERWICK — A schism between the police chief and borough manager left the department without the ammunition officers...
Most in business view Block Party as blot on Bloom, according to poll
BLOOMSBURG — Restaurateurs are evenly split in the debate on whether Block Party is good for business, according to a...
Seven children escape injury in rear-end crash on Route 487
SCOTT TWP. — A Ford Excursion slammed into the back of another SUV carrying a motorized wheelchair, leaving part of the...
Nearly as much in local donations means popular recreation spot can stay open for four more years
DANVILLE — Montour Preserve will remain open for at least four more years thanks to local donations and $200,000 from...
July 26, 2016
Police: Home looted, pharmacy held up for drugs
BERWICK — Robbers struck a house on Front Street and then the Medicine Shoppe on Pine Street here Monday. No one was...
Tree falls on Espy home, piercing roof
ESPY — Mary Auman heard a loud commotion in her home Monday afternoon, walked into her living room and discovered a...
Witnesses rush to rescue driver
SCOTT TWP. — Witnesses who saw a woman trapped in a halfway-submerged SUV here Monday quickly jumped into the water to...
Residents flee with dogs in wee hours
MIFFLINVILLE —Flames spread from a garage to the roof of a house here, sending two residents and their dogs fleeing...
Woman taken to hospital in accident near fairgrounds
BLOOMSBURG — A motorist didn’t hit her brakes on time, smashing into the rear of one vehicle, then sliding into...
Officials: 7-month-old boy found in Scott apartment
SCOTT TWP. — State Police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old boy found unresponsive at his Lion’s Gate home...
July 25, 2016
New officer patrols borough, quickly making arrests and friends
By CAROL CRANE For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — After just a few shifts, the officer hired to resurrect the...
Cheerleader’s alleged injury also predated Danville concussion policy, defender claims
By GARY PANG Press Enterprise Writer DANVILLE — A coach is legally immune to a lawsuit filed by a Danville High...
Suspect allegedly frightened mom, berated officers
By the Press Enterprise staff BERWICK — A Stillwater man showed up at his stepfather’s residence Thursday night and...
Victim’s mom describes ‘appalling’ crime, sees thief sentenced to prison
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who trashed another man’s apartment and was seen wearing his clothing and watch within...
Plaintiff claims inattentive Berwick driver hit her SUV
SCOTT TWP. — A woman suffered shoulder injuries after a pickup truck rear-ended her SUV on Route 487, a lawsuit alleges...
July 24, 2016
Berwick board member pushed through project employer is supplying
BERWICK — A school board member pushed through a project that could generate at least $4,496 in sales for his company...
BERWICK — The new Berwick baseball field is already starting to make money for the district, even though work hasn’t...
Police say addict forged checks
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man who fled from police on his motorcycle at speeds up to 116 mph in Danville is now accused...
Local man’s South Korea trip failed to yield lead on uncle’s body
CLEVELAND TWP. —A 71-year-old man’s quest to find his uncle’s body in South Korea ended in disappointment, but a new...
Case claims animal left Danville-area plaintiff with cuts, bruises, scars
DANVILLE — A loose dog bit and attacked a man on a sidewalk, leaving him with scratches and scars, a new lawsuit says...
President Soltz’s most recent salary listed as $256G, online records show
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s president plans to stay on leading the state-owned school through at least 2019,...
July 23, 2016
Lawyer: Pair tried hard to accommodate Salem Township neighbors
SALEM TWP. — The owners of the controversial Will-O-Bett hog farm contend they have gone “above and beyond” what’s...
Energy prices and federal regulations blamed for move
BERWICK — Talen Energy plans to slash 53 jobs at the nuclear power plant here, and almost 30 more at the Montour Steam...
BTE, BU theater department worker launches new business with son
UNITYVILLE — Father-and-son building partners have formed their own company, trying to latch on to the national trend...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man facing charges of incest and sexually abusing his teenage daughter who became pregnant...
June turned out to be a mediocre month for local lottery players. None of the 58 winners came close to becoming a...
July 22, 2016
Police allege recovering addict was high while operating ride
CLEVELAND TWP. — A Knoebels Amusement Resort worker who kept passing out while operating the Ferris wheel was high,...
CLEARWATER, FLA. — A Geisinger nurse on vacation helped two teens who were injured by a lightning strike at a Florida...
Surveillance images captured burglar in Berwick area
BERWICK — Less than six weeks after the newly refurbished Ber-Vaughn pool’s grand opening, a thief broke into the...
Columbia and Montour calls headed to Bloomsburg hub
BLOOMSBURG — By early next year, 9-1-1 calls for both Columbia and Montour counties will be dispatched from a central...
GOP nominee vows to restore safety to U.S.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters...
July 21, 2016
Man allegedly tried to print his way out of a drug debt
HEMLOCK TWP. — An addict in debt to his dealer printed fake money and tried to pass it off at a fast food drive-thru,...
Sleepy’s Mattress vehicle wrecks near Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — A passenger aboard a Sleepy’s Mattress delivery truck was killed Wednesday when the truck veered off a curve...
Louise closure leaves many life members angry; council cites safety, repair costs
BLOOMSBURG — Leaders of the Harrisburg-based Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania have decided to permanently close...
Appeals court overturns local judge’s decision to keep statements out of evidence in case
DANVILLE — A state trooper who stopped to check on a motorist in Derry Township was not required to recite Miranda...
Lonoconus will serve as acting super starting next month
BLOOMSBURG — Former Southern Columbia Superintendent Al Lonoconus will take over as acting superintendent at Bloomsburg...
July 20, 2016
Danville-area man’s neighbor facing charges
ANTHONY TWP. — A Danville-area man walked into his neighbor’s home, woke the sleeping man with a punch to the face,...
Elysburg mom: Vandalism shows need for tolerance
ELYSBURG — Vandals unhappy with an Elysburg mother’s message of support for the Black Lives Matter movement destroyed a...
Cases target police, media, tavern, allege violated rights, marred name
BLOOMSBURG — A man acquitted in a barroom brawl here is suing the police, the media and a downtown establishment,...
Sweet Valley woman sentenced to three months for role in Mifflin Township attempted homicide
BLOOMSBURG —Pamela Susan Favata burst into tears and collapsed into a friend’s arms after hearing Tuesday she must...
July 19, 2016
Feeling threatened, super summons police
MAHONING TWP. — State Police were summoned after an altercation erupted between a supervisor and the head of the...
MAHONING TWP. — Longtime Mahoning Township secretary and treasurer Christine DeLong has quit both jobs. And Supervisor...
Benton pair hits mailbox on rural road
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A sudden rainstorm, a curving road and a recently purchased truck proved too much for a pair of...
Benton-area man thrown after hitting tree stump, coroner says
BENTON TWP. — A man riding his ATV died when he was thrown from his 4-wheeler after it ran into a tree stump, the...
Suspended search subject took his life, coroner says
MORELAND TWP. — The body of a man who was reported missing since Thursday was discovered a half mile from his home,...
No direct link to drilling method found
CHICAGO — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method...
July 18, 2016
Neighbors oppose apartments for up to 250; zoning change needed
BLOOMSBURG — A proposed apartment complex for up to 250 college students here has raised concerns and rallied neighbors...
Witnesses followed driver who stumbled out of club, police say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Two witnesses followed a drunken driver who hit hedges, knocked over a wooden fence post and kept on...
Colorful Hunlock Creek parlor boasts 34 flavors of soft-serve
HUNLOCK CREEK — Lori Ulichney’s first job growing up in Shickshinny was dipping ice cream as a 13-year-old at the Pine...
Philly plaintiff seeks damages of $50G+ and trial before jury
BLOOMSBURG — A woman claims she tripped and fell on a defective sidewalk, and now she’s taking the property owner to...
Official: 36-year-old headed upriver after crashing mom’s car, without notifying kin
MADISON TWP. — Search efforts for a man missing since wrecking his mother’s car Thursday were called off Sunday after...
July 17, 2016
Officials: Child, 8, seen floating face down in pool
FRANKLIN TWP. — An 8-year-old boy died while swimming in the Crystal Pool at Knoebels Amusement Resort on Saturday...
Loner built 740-acre Waller estate revealed after sale for $3.3M
WALLER — You would never guess from the roads that run below. But sitting on the top of the wooded hill, hidden from...
Latorre to see $60G bonus for longevity
DANVILLE — Danville Area’s superintendent got a $14,000 salary bump in a new three-year contract, plus she will receive...
Smartphone game sends players in search of monsters in real world
BLOOMSBURG — The “Pokemon Go” craze has hit our area. Players are walking around Bloomsburg, looking to catch cartoon...
I love a good scavenger hunt, and Pokemon Go fits the bill. But I have three gripes. All are technical issues. First...
July 16, 2016
Former Mahoning Township top cop reveals ‘grief’ of PTSD struggle
BLOOMSBURG — On the May 2015 day that turned his world upside down, former Mahoning Township Police Chief Chad Thomas...
Columbia County specialist: Medication just one threat to our taps
For the Press Enterprise SCOTT TWP. — An official with the Columbia County Conservation District says people should...
SCOTT TWP. — A man was taken to the hospital for a drug overdose early Friday while two of his companions were arrested...
Geisinger Health Plan building cleared
MAHONING TWP. — Geisinger Health Plan’s Hughes Center was evacuated early Friday due to a fire started by a...
For the Press Enterprise WILKES-BARRE — Twin brothers accused as the kingpins in a nationwide anabolic steroids ring...
July 15, 2016
Catawissa senior’s lawyer cites possum posse athletes
CATAWISSA — The stray kitten a man allegedly poisoned with antifreeze was no different than any other “vermin” invading...
Lease termination ousting Bloomsburg restaurant after 60 years
BLOOMSBURG — Speer’s Kitchen will serve its last customer today, and for the first time in more than 60 years, the...
Bulldogs booster has appealed visitor ban
BERWICK — A Bulldogs “super-fan” who was banned from Berwick Area School District property saw his federal lawsuit...
DANVILLE — Police say a Danville woman swung a pole at her boyfriend, cutting him above his eye and causing heavy...
Berwick defendant’s restitution to be determined at later hearing
BLOOMSBURG — A caretaker who stole from a woman’s home — then harassed her by phone after being arrested —was sentenced...
July 14, 2016
Ex-BU student, friend face 10 years in Bloomsburg theft
BLOOMSBURG — Two men pleaded guilty Wednesday in an armed robbery at a downtown jewelry store during which a clerk was...
Columbia County officials back project
BLOOMSBURG — A lawyer fighting to block a rodeo complex in North Centre Township argued in court Wednesday that the...
Expert: Berwick home’s old porch didn’t meet modern requirements
BERWICK — Witnesses said a worker broke his wrist and ankle after a porch supporting his ladder peeled off a house and...
Complainant wants man to pay for her medical expenses
ARISTES — A woman slipped and fell on her neighbor’s icy sidewalk, and now she’s taking him to court, a lawsuit says....
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused in a July 4 holdup at a town convenience store has waived a hearing on robbery charges....
July 13, 2016
Reactor operators disabled safety net before shutdown, officials say
SALEM TWP. — Three senior reactor operators have been temporarily disqualified after they took a safety system offline...
Court documents air accuser’s testimony of coach’s brush-off
HARRISBURG —Penn State coach Joe Paterno was told by a teen boy in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had...
Police: Berwick woman broke ankle, collarbone in Salem wreck
SALEM TWP. — A Berwick woman lost control of her truck and smashed into a utility pole, breaking several bones in an...
Man says he slipped on wet floor at Quaker Steak
BUCKHORN — A customer slipped and fell on a wet bathroom floor here at Quaker Steak & Lube, a new lawsuit says....
July 12, 2016
Business owner could face 10-year term over errant delivery
BLOOMSBURG — A business owner pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a large amount of crystal meth that was mistakenly...
Bloom church’s organist counts the Bicentennial Choir among her accomplishments
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — When 88-year-old Pat Gensemer finished playing the organ June 12, it marked the...
Bloom-area man who allegedly sold pot and drove high with kids ordered to rehab court
BLOOMSBURG — A South Centre Township man arrested for driving under the influence of drugs with two small children in...
Woman claims Elysburg widower threatened her, hit boy
ELYSBURG — Just days after his wife’s death, a man threatened his mother-in-law and bragged about buying a gun, the...
State court decides in favor of ruling by Columbia judge
BLOOMSBURG — A state court has upheld an Almedia’s man prison sentence of nearly 15 years for fatally stabbing his best...
July 11, 2016
Catawissa-area homeowners’ insurer is seeking $71G from maker, vendor
CATAWISSA TWP. — A defective battery charger sparked a fire at a house here, causing more than $71,000 in damage, a new...
Man who claims ties to U.N. wants shield from ‘annoyance’
BLOOMSBURG — A self-proclaimed United Nations “ambassador for peace” is seeking a federal “protective order” against...
Women win court bans on Berwick, Bloom men
A man beat up his girlfriend on Father’s Day after he was denied a jailhouse visit with his incarcerated daughter, the...
Case claims Salem couple failed to clear ice, provide lighting
SALEM TWP. — A newspaper carrier broke her wrist after slipping on an icy driveway at a subscriber’s home, a lawsuit...
July 10, 2016
Children blame acute-care hospital, nurse, doctor for death of mom, 82
DANVILLE — An 82-year-old woman died at Select Specialty Hospital after a nurse mistakenly inserted a feeding tube into...
Propane tank suspect in blaze that destroyed uninsured rural home
MADISON TWP. — A burning propane tank appears to have started a fire that left a family of four, including an 8-year-...
Kin: Victim was lively and loving
POINT TWP. — The driver who died Friday morning after crashing head-on into a tractor-trailer here was a Benton man,...
Torsella says he’d boost college, retirement savings options
FRANKLIN TWP. — Berwick native Joe Torsella stopped at Knoebels Saturday for the DemFest picnic — the first of three...
FRANKLIN TWP. — The recent FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to handle Department of State...
July 9, 2016
Bloomsburg man charged with incest after Bloomsburg teen gives birth
BLOOMSBURG — A 15-year-old girl told police her father got her pregnant while “teaching her sex education” and having...
Bloomsburg resident, 51, is facing charges
BLOOMSBURG — A Nescopeck man wound up with a loaded gun pointed in his face after he came looking for an ex-girlfriend...
Group bringing back World War II-era garden
BERWICK — In July 1944, when the ladies of the Berwick Garden Club planted a memorial rose garden honoring those who...
MAHONING TWP. — A church is interested in buying the Danville Elks lodge, but it needs a zoning change first. The...
NORTHUMBERLAND — A 28-year-old man died Friday after his car crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer in Northumberland...
July 8, 2016
Mifflinville man, 31, will have to register as sex offender
BLOOMSBURG — A Central Columbia High School teacher who resigned earlier this year for allegedly having sexual contact...
Catawissa man says he’ll comply with ‘ridiculous’ federal rules
MONTOUR TWP. — Advertising that’s been on two cabooses along Route 42 for years has caught PennDOT’s attention. The...
DANVILLE — Police say a Danville man broke into a beer distributor here, danced around before stealing a bag of chips,...
BLOOMSBURG — In a bid to bulk up attendance from locals who can’t stomach the $8 ticket price, this year the Bloomsburg...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recommending that federal regulators take a closer look at two alternative...
July 7, 2016
University officials seek state’s OK for wine or beer with performances
BLOOMSBURG — Tickets to some Celebrity Artist Series shows could soon come with an option to sip wine or beer during...
12-year-old keeps his early-aging disease in perspective
BRIAR CREEK — A rare genetic disorder makes a 12-year-old boy age so rapidly, he’s physically 120 years old. Josiah...
Office wants court to dismiss claims of sex discrimination
BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office wants a federal court to dismiss a female deputy’s sexual...
Washingtonville man also lacked valid driver’s license, cops say
LIGHTSTREET — A man without a valid driver’s license made a U-turn in a Ford Mustang on Route 487, and police later...
Pa. woman allegedly threatened to torch victim
MEHOOPANY (AP) — Police say a woman sprayed gasoline on a driver who criticized her for smoking a cigarette while...
July 6, 2016
Catawissa 72-year-old allegedly put out antifreeze-soaked food for stray
CATAWISSA — A man used bread soaking in antifreeze to kill a 3-month-old kitten that had been hanging around his...
Berwick couple had to be cut from flipped car along Route 93
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Three people were rushed to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a mysterious two-car accident left...
Woodruff named to fill board from field of former supervisors
MAHONING TWP. — Ken Woodruff is Mahoning Township’s new supervisor. Woodruff was appointed Tuesday by Columbia-Montour...
VFW posts plan escort through Columbia to honor 92 who served in Korea, Vietnam
When veterans came back from the wars in Korea and Vietnam, they didn’t get much of a homecoming, says Cynders...
Hitmaker to perform at grandstand on Sept. 28
BLOOMSBURG — “Hard to Love” singer Lee Brice will grace the grandstand here this fall. Brice, a chart-topping country...
July 5, 2016
Police: Bloom man said heroin dealer threatened him, pregnant girlfriend
BLOOMSBURG — The man accused of robbing a convenience store clerk at gunpoint Monday said his heroin dealer threatened...
Man allegedly ate at least one taken from host
BLOOMSBURG — An “agitated, hyper” Shamokin man who claimed to be homeless to stay at a residence here took three...
Police: Berwick teen may have been stricken before Bloom-area wreck that cut electricity to 162
LIME RIDGE — Over 150 PPL customers lost power Monday after a Berwick teen crashed a Chevrolet Cobalt into a utility...
Fire chief: Blaze spread to Amish farm building, singed siding
LIMESTONE TWP. — An Amish man left hot metal on a pile of wood Monday, sparking a fire that singed the exterior of a...
July 4, 2016
Suit faults instructor for brain injury during practice; mentor fights case
DANVILLE — A cheerleader suffered traumatic brain injury during practice at Danville Area High School, and her coach is...
88-year-old recalls months of chiseling to create stone icon at Panther Stadium
BLOOMSBURG — The large sandstone sculpture of a football player that has stood for decades just inside Panther Stadium...
He then allegedly ran, but left clue in forgotten phone
SCOTT TWP. — A forgotten cell phone, a lost shoe, and the wreckage of a borrowed car were all that was left when a...
Winner among 63 area May gamblers totaling $76G in prizes
May was a merry month indeed for one Berwick lottery player who bought a $20 instant ticket. Saku Patel won $10,000...
Take quiz to test your Fourth of July history IQ
InsideSources.com When we celebrate the Fourth of July with a three-day weekend vacation, picnics and fireworks, we...
July 3, 2016
Insurer blames 40 percent request on payouts $25M over collections
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health Plan is requesting a more than 40 percent average rate hike for health coverage bought by...
Most of that total allegedly taken from one Berwick family
BLOOMSBURG — State prosecutors are seeking forfeitures of almost $13,000 seized from convicted or accused drug dealers...
Ex-residents gather to mark mine-fire borough’s 150th anniversary
CENTRALIA — On a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon, a small girl in a hot dog costume skips around her father’s hot...
Catawissa business owner says he was traveling on rail bed near his home and wants hearing
CATAWISSA — Local business owner Walt Gosciminski says he hasn’t had a drink in a public bar for more than 15 years,...
Do you struggle to carry all your groceries? Do you worry about the environmental impact of using plastic bags? I do....
July 2, 2016
Millville patriarch locked up after alleged shotgun threat
MILLVILLE — It started out simply enough: Ryan Gordner moved his brother’s junk car to clear space for a party, his...
Woman serving life says defense was hampered
BLOOMSBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer says her rights to due process were violated during her murder trial because she was...
Bruin spotted on BU campus, traveled past playground and bar
BLOOMSBURG — A frightened young black bear galloped through the middle of town here Friday afternoon, circling the area...
Lawman to talk about drugs, rehabilitation
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BERWICK — The police chief here wants to focus on getting drug addicts help, not just...
DANVILLE — An angry young man kicked over a trash can, flipped over tables, and caused other destruction at the...
July 1, 2016
Two saved following smashup in Scott Township
SCOTT TWP. — Two 6-month-old black bear cubs, orphaned after their mother was hit by a car on Route 11 Wednesday night...
Salem Township business offering ‘robust’ severance
Press Enterprise Managing Editor SALEM TWP. — The owners of the nuclear power plant near Berwick laid off 10...
COOPER TWP. — An out-of-state driver was drunk and high when his truck collided head-on with another pickup here,...
Troopers: Bloomsburg man hit Mount Pleasant Township pole
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man sheared off a utility pole with his SUV along Millertown Road here Thursday,...
Family waiting on test results of body found in April
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — It’s been nearly six months since Steven Whitenight Jr. went missing....
June 30, 2016
Police chase 400-pound bruin safely out of Berwick
BERWICK — A huge black bear ambled into Berwick on Wednesday, was chased up a tree in Sponslers Park by curious...
Lawsuit seeks $75G+ from Amazon.com for allegedly defective third-party purchase
LIBERTY TWP. — A Montour County woman is suing Amazon.com, claiming she was blinded in one eye by a metal ring that...
Bloom defendant cries as she explains reasons for listing herself as teen’s mother
BLOOMSBURG — A woman was ordered to jail for 60 days Wednesday after tearfully trying to explain in court why she...
Woman claims boyfriend knocked out her tooth
A man started bothering his wife again after a protection-from-abuse order against him expired, she claims. A judge...
Painted Pony features bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping
BLOOMSBURG — The oldest weekly rodeo in the country is making a stop at the Bloomsburg Fair this year. The Painted...
June 29, 2016
Catawissa parents allegedly let girl, 3, slip out of house for second time
CATAWISSA — When a passerby found a little girl in a park here one morning, the child was naked, clutching a kitten and...
Old hotel being torn down, holds fond memories for last proprietor
CATAWISSA — Duke Carl has a deep well of stories to tell from his days tending bar at Duke’s 15th Round in Catawissa....
Child’s face allegedly hit during folks’ fight at Berwick-area home
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A fight between an estranged couple got ugly when a father flicked a lit cigarette at their 5-year-...
CLEVELAND TWP. — A drunken driver crashed his SUV into an embankment and then gave police several different versions of...
A southern Columbia County woman was cited with harassing a relative, and now she’s been banned from contacting her kin...