Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

July 1, 2015
Expelled nurse anesthesia student’s rights violated over delayed drug test, jury finds
WILKES-BARRE — A former nurse anesthesia student has won a $1.5 million verdict against Geisinger Medical Center and...
Two men allegedly sold meth, heroin to support their own opiate habits
BERWICK — Two Berwick men arrested Monday were selling methamphetamine and heroin to support their own heroin habits,...
No twister or severe wind damage reported; some trees downed
BLOOMSBURG — Severe thunderstorms and high winds pelted the area last night and resulted in a tornado warning from the...
BERWICK — Police are looking for a pregnant teen and her boyfriend, whom they believe were making meth at a residence...
Abuse allegedly aimed at dispatchers, Scott Police
BLOOMSBURG — A Montour Township man cursed a 9-1-1 dispatcher and made lewd and offensive remarks about police,...
Brooklyn man then ordered to serve eight years in plea deal
DANVILLE — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to eight years in state prison Tuesday for operating a heroin ring that used...
June 30, 2015
Lifer accuses troubled defender of ditching appeal, seeks $448G
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg defense lawyer under federal indictment for money laundering is being sued by a former client...
BLOOMSBURG — Lawyer Clyde Kevin Middleton received a public censure from the state’s top court in 2004, records show...
Espy residents blame new natural-gas line; UGI promises repairs
ESPY — John and Nancy Mensch piled sandbags at the western corner of their Old Berwick Road property during a recent...
Judge also says no to moving trial of slain man’s ex wife
BLOOMSBURG —A judge will not grant bail to Maria Sanutti-Spencer as she awaits trial for the assassination-style...
Son claims she accidentally bit him
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A township man with mental-health issues and violent tendencies bludgeoned his mother twice in the...
Hard-rocking, award-winning Skillet to play for ‘Panheads’ on Sept. 27
BLOOMSBURG —Grammy-nominated Christian rockers will unleash their electronic-infused sound at the Bloomsburg Fair this...
June 29, 2015
Victim of accidental shooting alleges ‘scarring,’ lost earnings
BLOOMSBURG — A woman is suing a vendor who accidentally shot her in the thigh during a gun show at the Bloomsburg...
‘20,000 excuses’ too much for judge, who imposes top penalty
BLOOMSBURG — A man charged with violating a protection-from-abuse order for the fourth time was sentenced to 10 days in...
Unique covering makes style, not financial ‘cents,’ developer of student housing says
BLOOMSBURG — Joe Gushen is willing to bet anyone 21,000 pennies that he now can boast one of the most unique entrance...
Suspects say the alleged victim attacked them first
HEMLOCK TWP. — A woman and her father beat her former landlord after he refused to allow them to clear out the rest of...
Woman allegedly attacked beau over car damage
BERWICK — A man pulled out his smartphone and started recording video when his girlfriend “went psycho” and attacked...
June 28, 2015
Vo-Tech educator won $198G in back pay, but wasn’t cleared of alleged misconduct
LIME RIDGE — Nearly five years after he was suspended for allegedly having inappropriate discussions with teen girls on...
Pickup kept going after crash on Route 42 narrows, witnesses say
RUPERT — Guy Miller saw the pickup veering across Route 42 into his lane, and he knew there was little he could do....
Police: Millville-area teen climbed through woman’s window to take pooch he’d sold
GREENWOOD TWP. — A man allegedly climbed through a woman’s apartment window here while she was at work and carried out...
Pair may only discuss child-custody issues
An Army reservist and his wife accused each other of abuse, and a judge ended up signing restraining orders against...
Five special-needs children find out about surprise visit to Disneyworld
SHICKSHINNY — It took two years and $30,000 worth of fundraisers, but five young special-needs students from Northwest...
June 27, 2015
Grandparents among victims, authorities say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —A blind woman hired Robert Joseph Kressler to fix some holes in the floor of her home here. And she...
BERWICK — The grandmother he allegedly stole from appeared in court Friday hoping to get Robert Joseph Kressler into a...
Millville-area man gets up to six months in jail for fatal crash
BLOOMSBURG — A Millville-area man driving drunk in a fatal crash with a newspaper carrier must serve three to six...
BLOOMSBURG — A woman suspected of DUI refused to get out of her vehicle, reportedly telling an officer, “I don’t trust...
Berwick officer agrees that charges were ‘a wake-up call’
BERWICK — Henry Louis Traugh III started stealing his father’s prescription pain pills when he was 15, prompting his...
June 26, 2015
No evidence Curry recruited teen athletes
BERWICK — Ed Warkevicz, a man linked to Berwick’s football program during the recent probe into two transfer students,...
HUNLOCK CREEK — Ed Warkevicz, the mystery man mentioned at a hearing Wednesday into alleged athletic recruiting by...
Locustdale woman’s lawyer denies she put children in serious danger
CATAWISSA — A mother accused of driving her two children while she was high on a cocktail of medications and marijuana...
MAHONING TWP. — Some residents here are still upset about a 2013 tax hike that raised property-tax bills by more than...
MAHONING TWP. — A woman has obtained her third protection-from-abuse order against her husband, this time claiming he...
June 25, 2015
Committee: Students ineligible to play as Bulldogs in fall
DALLAS — After nearly four hours of testimony and deliberations behind closed doors, the District 2 Athletic Committee...
Man accused of licking windows, fighting officers
BERWICK — A homeless man was drunk as he swung his fists at passing cars and licked the windows of the Dunkin’ Donuts...
Bloomsburg-area addict tracked from Nescopeck to Alabama, authorities say
SHICKSHINNY — From the moment Amanda Jo Slusser allegedly stole a car from a gas station in Nescopeck, police were on...
BUCKHORN — A New York woman wanted for two years in a local counterfeit-money case was arrested recently during a...
Kawneer, Press Enterprise co-sponsor fireworks
BLOOMSBURG — The town continues to expand its Independence Day celebration, with new events at the pool and an assist...
June 24, 2015
Couple sued Montour County; husband was cleared of abuse
DANVILLE — Montour County must pay $100,000 in damages to a woman who suffered “significant interference with her...
Couple gives lawman’s 1893 badge to Catawissa PD for display
CATAWISSA — Through 54 years and three moves, Barbara and Bob John kept a small box of odds and ends tucked in a...
Officer: Scofflaw can’t reapply until 2053
BERWICK — A man who saw assault and meth charges withdrawn Tuesday could not get off the hook completely because he’s...
Defendant has logged well over a year behind bars on long list of charges from meth to guns
MAHONING TWP. — A handyman who allegedly stole checks from his employer after she helped bail him out of jail will now...
Feds seek solution to automated calls that generate thousands of complaints
From wire service reports WASHINGTON — You hate getting robocalls, and the government knows it. Last week, the Federal...
June 23, 2015
Official: $21,000 sought to help non-profit buy building
BERWICK — The non-profit Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts is negotiating to buy the theater building, said...
BERWICK — The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts is reopening at 7 p.m. Friday with the showing of “Jurassic...
Jeep’s driver rushed to hospital after downtown crash with car
BERWICK — One driver was rushed to the hospital after an SUV flipped onto its roof in a collision at a busy downtown...
New Carini’s eatery replaces Chef Willies sometime next month
DANVILLE — Mill Street is losing an ice cream shop but gaining an Italian restaurant. Chef Willies Creamery is set to...
LATROBE (AP) — The brewery that once brought you Rolling Rock is raising a glass to Joe Paterno. The Duquesne Brewing...
Alert neighbor led police to two alleged burglars of rural building
ORANGE TWP. — A witness who saw two men breaking into a storage building here recognized one of the suspects as a...
June 22, 2015
23 tons of fuel-fouled earth hauled from Bloom site so far
BLOOMSBURG — Demolition work at the former Magee Mansion has revealed soil on the property that is contaminated with...
Age not a factor in firing woman now suing, say company lawyers
BERWICK — A longtime worker was fired from Berwick Offray for falsifying quality-control records; it had nothing to do...
Catawissa Police warn inconsiderate drivers and unwary pedestrians
CATAWISSA — Some drivers are ignoring the pedestrian right-of-way signs that line the borough’s Main Street, and police...
Friend allegedly stole $400 in two ATM visits
BRIAR CREEK — A woman took a debit card from a man she was living with and twice used it to grab cash for herself —...
Prize will go into investments, wheels, dog treats, winner says
TURBOTVILLE — A Washingtonville woman fainted when she scratched an instant lottery ticket at a convenience store here...
June 21, 2015
Feline who woke Berwick owner during blaze given a fitting burial
BERWICK — Charlie, the heroic cat who woke his owner as her house was burning last week, died in the blaze. But he won...
Lawsuit target says she kept rings as gift after breakup
BERWICK – Cindy Louis May says the only thing she’s guilty of is loving the wrong man. Her ex-boyfriend has sued her,...
ARC workers dispute story, say owner OK’d $200 care, reneged
MILLVILLE — A woman says the Animal Resource Center held her dog hostage for $200 after someone stole it and dropped it...
With sandal season in full swing, I tried Amope Pedi Perfect to smooth out my rough feet. I enjoy an annual pedicure...
U.S. docs to aid Tanzanian victims of superstition
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Five Tanzanian children attacked and robbed of limbs because they are albino are being outfitted...
June 20, 2015
Buckhorn meal led to arrest of man fined, sentenced to prison
BLOOMSBURG — A woman whose stolen credit cards were used to rack up more than $7,400 in charges described the fear she...
Co-worker tells police Berwick man forced her to touch him
BERWICK — A man getting a ride home from a female co-worker grabbed her hand and forced her to touch his private parts...
Two-year funding effort involved volunteers, workers, companies
For the Press Enterprise For 60 years, the Town Pool at Catherine Street and Fort McClure Boulevard has offered...
BLOOMSBURG — Police here are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl. Destiny Hand is 5-foot-2, 130 pounds, and was...
Driver loses license appeal
BLOOMSBURG — A DUI defendant facing a one-year license suspension says he refused a blood test because he faints...
June 19, 2015
Paxinos to host trailer maker
PAXINOS — Chicago-based trailer manufacturer Great Dane is expanding into the former Fleetwood Motor Homes plant in...
BERWICK — The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts has repaired its roof and is ready to reopen as soon...
Authorities: Ohio driver likely to be cited
BUCKHORN — Two people were hurt in a midday collision Thursday after a Honda SUV turned left into the path of a Dodge...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area man stole a donation jar from a Geisinger cafe, police say. Michael A. Modicowitz, 34...
Valley Township man is locked up after alleged assault
DANVILLE — A Valley Township man was locked up here Tuesday after he allegedly punched a woman in the face so hard she...
June 18, 2015
State fights separating suspects, charges in murder trial
BLOOMSBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer and her father worked for years to control and intimidate her husband Frank Spencer...
DANVILLE — The borough’s zoning board Wednesday approved a 150-foot cell phone tower on Danville Area Community Center...
Berwick Police say pair of sewer-system explorers will face charges
BERWICK — Firefighters and police hurried to Ninth and Walnut streets Wednesday afternoon after a passing motorist...
DETROIT — The quality of cars and trucks made by European, Korean and U.S. companies has improved so much in recent...
DANVILLE — A 13-year-old boy has to go through life with a dysfunctional left leg that’s shorter than his right one,...
June 17, 2015
Team effort to target labs slashed number of busts, state agents say
BERWICK — Law enforcement officials say they’re gaining ground in the fight against drugs here. A concentrated push by...
Little League official: Safe and some cash stolen from stands
DANVILLE — Burglars broke into concession stands at three youth baseball fields here overnight Monday into Tuesday,...
After escaping March blaze, Mifflin family looks forward to new start
MIFFLINVILLE — As her family felt its way through the smoke-filled hallways of their burning home, Patty Harvey grabbed...
Record penalty sought over stream contamination
HARRISBURG — State environmental regulators are pursuing a record $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy...
But businessman says he owes nothing to Berwick client
BERWICK — A series of verbal estimates and handshake agreements — at least one allegedly broken — has landed Mike...
June 16, 2015
Judge mediates deal to drop fines in exchange for licensing properties
BLOOMSBURG — One of the only town landlords who did not get a non-student rental license was in court recently arguing...
Almost-fiancé alleges former girlfriend also took meds, ‘artifacts’
BERWICK — A man planned to propose to his girlfriend, but before he could, the woman secretly took the engagement and...
Caterpillars from France visit latest cycle of destruction on area
Nearly every weekend, a friend and I travel to the Weiser State Forest Roaring Creek trail between Elysburg and Numidia...
Backers urge end to state’s ban as game official calls for caution
HARRISBURG (AP) — Proponents of legislation to allow hunters to use semi-automatic rifles urged lawmakers Monday to end...
Elysburg man’s $3 scratcher pays $50G
May proved to be a red-hot month for a Turbotville woman. Joy Lenig took home a $100,000 prize after playing a $5...
June 15, 2015
Man apparently faked Facebook ID, accosted ex in person, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — It appears a man made a fake Facebook page in the hopes of tricking his ex-girlfriend so he could...
Dog has injured others, must go, say parents of recovering boy
BERWICK — A mother says her 7-year-old son was viciously mauled by a pit bull, and the dog warden and police aren’t...
Man crashed car while texting, officers report
BERWICK — After admitting to police that he crashed his car while trying to send text messages, a Berwick man attempted...
Federal parolee with drug past sentenced to five years in prison
BLOOMSBURG — A man who dealt heroin and crack cocaine in Bloomsburg last summer told a judge he needed money for...
Plan was ‘more or less to hurt myself,’ man says
BLOOMSBURG — A Catawissa man said he was suicidal over his father’s death when he threatened “a bloodbath” if the cops...
June 14, 2015
Millville Health admissions halted over errors and report of possible abuse, inspection records show
MILLVILLE — One resident at Millville Health and Rehabilitation Center reported a “foreign object” being placed in her...
MILLVILLE — When state health inspectors visited Millville Health and Rehabilitation Center April 23, they observed a...
Sweet Valley neighbor’s lead fears prompt EPA look at state Game Commission site
SWEET VALLEY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested soil and water runoff near a Class A trout stream here...
Naked suspect hit head on wall, accused officers of assault, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man stripped naked in the parking lot of a social club and then loudly railed against the police...
Jonestown-area woman used heat lamp to warm peeps
FISHING CREEK TWP. — Wendy Derrick had a small group of peeps surrounded by hay bales in her garage with a heat lamp...
June 13, 2015
Suspect facing slew of charges after Danville brouhaha
DANVILLE — Police used a Taser to subdue an unruly man who said he would calm down only with a bullet to the head,...
Super: Softball to be played on same ground as always
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia Superintendent Harry Mathias is dispelling rumors about an imminent move to a new...
Rescuers struggled to get to crash victim in Bendertown accident
BENDERTOWN — A Stillwater teen was killed when she lost control of her minivan as she crested a hill and crashed into a...
BERWICK — Police are looking for a third person they say was involved in a methamphetamine lab on Cloverleaf Lane....
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg Fair Grandstand Superintendent W. Carey Howell turned in his resignation to the fair’s board of...
June 12, 2015
Woman lost car to flames earlier in week
BERWICK — Susan Fasnacht was sound asleep, napping between her two jobs, when her cat ran across her chest and jostled...
SALEM TWP. — The nuclear plant here made it through last year with flying colors, inspectors said, despite intense...
Officials: Jersey Shore man, Danville woman hurt in Valley Township
VALLEY TWP. —An Army National Guard sergeant was thrown from a Humvee as the military vehicle collided with an oncoming...
BERWICK — A mother and daughter were arrested Thursday after police learned they were making methamphetamine at a home...
Unruly children getting an ugly hairdo sparking a viral sensation
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his...
June 11, 2015
Unityville fire chief: ‘I’m glad no one is dead’
UNITYVILLE —Georganna Mordan said her house was still shaking from a natural gas line explosion Tuesday night when she...
UNITYVILLE — Federal investigators arrived here Wednesday afternoon to sort out what sparked an underground natural gas...
Bloomsburg-area woman let man pay fine for misconduct
BERWICK — A woman who accused her live-in boyfriend of trying to force her to have sex while she was sleeping agreed to...
Judge: DA will drop tint citation after photo proof of fix arrives
BLOOMSBURG — A judge proposed an unusual deal in court Tuesday for a Bloomsburg University student pulled over for too...
BLOOMSBURG — A man stole a child’s scooter, but he was caught just a few days later while riding it on a downtown...
June 10, 2015
Reported natural gas explosion jolts Unityville-area homes
UNITYVILLE — Firefighters from across northern Columbia County rushed to a remote area near Unityville for reports of a...
BU student’s deal will cost $2,700 to monitor teen for alcohol use
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student must refrain from drinking and pay nearly $2,700 in fees for electronic...
Danville woman faced five warrants
MAHONING TWP. — Spitting suspect Cassandra Poole was late for her hearing Tuesday, so a judge issued yet another...
Stillwater man and Berwick woman among two banned from contact with former loves
BLOOMSBURG — A man threatened to kill his former girlfriend and her new girlfriend, his ex claims. “I will stab you in...
June 9, 2015
Famed football coach, 70, says he still wants to lead Bulldogs
BERWICK — Berwick Area School District is officially looking for a new football coach, even though George Curry, the...
Leaky roof needs $14G repairs, forces business to shut down
BERWICK — The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts, which has been struggling to stay open, was condemned...
DUI suspect allegedly battled police, yelled
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student charged with resisting arrest when stopped downtown for suspected drunken...
ARC to lease building at Bloom Fairgrounds for yard sale
BLOOMSBURG — The Animal Resource Center has found a new home for its annual indoor yard sale. ARC has entered into an...
Maryland schools aim to create less confusion for trans students
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Out of respect for transgender students, three high schools in Maryland’s Montgomery County have...
June 8, 2015
Child-related law to challenge area volunteer groups
A new state law requiring volunteers and employees to get background checks before working with children has some local...
20-30 workers needed; experienced may earn $16 an hour, boss says
LIME RIDGE — A manufacturer of modular hotels and apartment buildings that opened here last year is growing faster than...
Standoff suspect: I’ve been duped
BLOOMSBURG — Inside Columbia County Prison, Sean Mulligan is in limbo, waiting on an empty hospital bed that doesn’t...
Ex agrees to stay away, but gets to see daughter in deal
SCOTT TWP. — A Denny’s employee claims she was harassed by a former boyfriend who is also a co-worker. Jerry Musselman...
Nescopeck woman says false claims caused miscarriage
BERWICK — A woman says the trauma of her husband’s sexual-assault arrest caused her to miscarry twins and has also sent...
June 7, 2015
Suspect at mom’s house at time of man’s murder, court filing says
BLOOMSBURG —Maria Sanutti-Spencer plans to call her mother, a sister and her teenage son to testify that she was at her...
WASHINGTON — Two local congressmen have now agreed to help prosecutors extradite accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin...
Standoff suspect denies he wanted to hurt his family
CATAWISSA — Four days after Sean Mulligan found his father stone dead in his bedroom, he woke up in the same bed, in...
Police: Bloom 10th-grader didn’t know victim was 13
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg High student is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a younger boy he met while walking...
Sean Mulligan has been charged with holding his family hostage in its Catawissa home in February. Recently, the jailed...
Bloom woman allegedly tested at twice the limit
EYERS GROVE — After a drunken Bloomsburg woman crashed her car into a utility pole along Route 42 here, she told police...
Fab Four tribute band signed for Bloom Fair has played Broadway
BLOOMSBURG — This year, Rain will be welcome at least one night at the Bloomsburg Fair. A Beatles tribute show by that...
June 6, 2015
Federal lawsuit: Berwick Offray fired 70-year-old worker for ‘minor’ error
BERWICK — A longtime employee at Berwick Offray lost her job due to age discrimination, a federal lawsuit alleges....
Women alleged killer abused, made threats
BLOOMSBURG — Before Shawn Kishbaugh decided to kill Jennifer Bower and himself this week, he had frightened two other...
Leighow Oil owner says he told contractor to solve drainage woes
MILLVILLE — A spill of an estimated 79 gallons of fuel oil in January at a Main Street filling station has meant a...
Man bites lawman during ruckus in Montour County courtroom
DANVILLE — A man threw a fit in Montour County Court here Friday after a judge nixed a 30-day sentence and put him in...
Danville Ambulance worker charged over sanitary wipes, water worth less than $50
DANVILLE — A paramedic working for Danville Ambulance Service stole a box of sanitary wipes and bottles of water while...
June 5, 2015
Woman: Law could have stopped killer several times
SALEM TWP. — Jennifer Bower was so afraid of ex-boyfriend Shawn Kishbaugh, she hadn’t slept in her own bed in weeks, a...
SALEM TWP. — The gun that Shawn Kishbaugh used to kill Jennifer Bower and himself should have been relinquished days...
Danville Area students mistreated, grandma says
DERRY TWP. — A concerned grandparent says a bus driver made children aboard close all the windows on a hot day because...
Process begun in 2007 continues with new owner Talen Energy
BLOOMSBURG — Talen Energy is moving ahead with plans to add a third reactor to the nuclear plant near Berwick, saying...
BLOOMSBURG — Two big names in country music will close out the Bloomsburg Fair this year — Josh Turner and Sara Evans...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University honors student jailed just days before graduation for assaulting a man with a stun...
June 4, 2015
Woman in Berwick-area murder-suicide had sought PFA, police say
SALEM TWP. — Jennifer Bower pleaded for court protection from ex-boyfriend Shawn Andrew Kishbaugh, saying he had...
Franklin Township resident convinced man to free her
FRANKLIN TWP. — An intruder bound a woman’s hands behind her back and threatened to hurt her sleeping children if she...
SALEM TWP. — Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy PPL’s Riverlands, Council Cup Overlook and Wetlands Nature Area can relax —...
TOBYHANNA (AP) — A charter bus taking Italian tourists to Niagara Falls collided with a tractor-trailer Wednesday...
BLOOMSBURG — A man visiting town for Block Party brought along a set of brass knuckles, police say. Officers found...
DANVILLE — A Danville man caught peddling LSD and marijuana told a judge at sentencing that he’s “ready to put this...
June 3, 2015
Bloom-area man seeks $1,400 from friend who says he was only go-between for plans
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man is suing his friend after a Las Vegas trip turned out to be more expensive than...
Records: Witness tip led to Berwick men who took cold patch
BERWICK — Three Berwick men stole a truckload of cold patch from the borough shed last month, but they were caught...
Student sees charges dropped for now, but DA plans to try again
MAHONING TWP. — Charges were withdrawn against a college student accused of attacking a Geisinger emergency-room nurse...
Operatic trio Forte, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice to perform
BLOOMSBURG — A Central Columbia graduate who shot to fame on a talent competition and two rising country stars will...
Pact raises match other borough workers’
BERWICK — The entire police department, including the chief, will be getting 2.5 percent raises each year for the next...
SOMERSET (AP) — State Police say a man who pretended to be a state trooper running a drunken-driving checkpoint on a...
June 2, 2015
Woman arrested in Catawissa while allegedly loaded on painkillers, pot
CATAWISSA — A Locustdale mother was driving her two children while she was high on a cocktail of prescription...
Berwick resident charged with hitting PPL worker on visit to shut off power
BERWICK — A PPL worker was attacked by a flower pot-wielding man when the worker tried to shut off power to the man’s...
Police: Berwick man’s rig tipped on sharp curve, injuring wife
MADISON TWP. —A Berwick man’s tractor-trailer scattered about 80,000 pounds of soybeans along Buckhorn Road here Monday...
Single Danville mother gets probation in $42G theft while grandma remains free in drug case
DANVILLE — A mother and a grandmother were spared prison time in separate cases Monday after they told a judge there...
DANVILLE — A Milton man who admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl in northern Montour County was sentenced Monday...