Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

March 23, 2017
Police say some boozing teens lost shoes in snow fleeing Southern instructor’s house
CLEVELAND TWP. — Teens scattered on foot — some losing their shoes while trying to run through deep snow — when police...
Parking and other restrictions target influx of trouble
BLOOMSBURG — Of the more than 400 citations given out during last year’s Block Party, one number glaringly stood out:...
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Benton-area slaying suspect feared that a much bigger house guest would harm...
Woman has history of unwanted contact with daughter she gave up as an infant, police say
MAHONING TWP. — A biological mother not involved in her daughter’s life since infancy has been stalking her, including...
Five dead in car and knife rampage at British Parliament
LONDON (AP) — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing...
March 22, 2017
GMC resident fighting return to native Egypt without family
DANVILLE — A Geisinger doctor from Egypt may be forced to leave America without his family because U.S. officials...
Plow trucks couldn’t keep pace with record accumulation, boss says
BLOOMSBURG — The sheer volume of snow that got dumped on us last week thwarted the town’s year-round street maintenance...
Supers say they’re ‘handcuffed’ by state legal threats
SALEM TWP. — Supervisors here say they were “handcuffed” by the state and forced to relax farming regulations or face...
Espy outdoorsman reports oily sheen to DEP, but investigation can’t confirm a leak or spill
ESPY — When Chris Ehmer spotted an oily sheen on the river Monday, he grabbed a few water samples and called the...
March 21, 2017
Outlying communities say they’re unhappy at troubled district
BERWICK — Residents who want to split from Hazleton Area School District have been sounding out school directors here...
Super’s solution fits ceremony into tight schedules
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —When Central Columbia senior Lauren Burkhart learned she’d be missing graduation because of snow...
Publishers Clearing House says it never notifies $2.5M prize winners by phone
WAPWALLOPEN — For a few minutes Thursday, Larry Chapin thought he was a millionaire. “I couldn’t hardly believe it,”...
Case claims arm, shoulder injuries and seeks $25G+
COOPER TWP. — A man struck by a van driven by an employee of the trailer park where he lives is suing both the driver...
More hearings likely before council votes on proposal
BLOOMSBURG — Two zoning consultants combed through the town’s ordinance, but found nothing to suggest there’s a...
March 20, 2017
Modular-building firm denies claims, says insubordination cost staffer job
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A vice president at a local manufacturer of modular buildings is accused of sexually harassing a...
Alleged shoplifter shook cuffs, fled Danville station
DANVILLE — A woman caught stealing a sandwich and tobacco from a store slipped free of her handcuffs and fled out the...
Berwick partners fire up ‘Grille’ at abandoned Weikel’s Restaurant
BERWICK — For months, Dawn and Mark Keifer and business partner Mike Digiandomenico walked past the old Weikel’s...
Chief: Catawissa resident fought, defecated in cruiser
CATAWISSA — Police threatened to use a Taser on an unruly woman while officers and EMTs tried to revive an unresponsive...
Area pair facing list of previous theft-related, other charges
BLOOMSBURG — A man who allowed a homeless woman to stay at his apartment and store her belongings there told police he...
March 19, 2017
PennDOT says 10-year-old markers must go
CATAWISSA — PennDOT has ordered Catawissa to remove its nearly 10-year-old decorative green welcome signs at both ends...
Prison policy requiring warrant aims to shield county from liability
DANVILLE — Prison officials in Montour County will not detain a person scheduled for release from jail, even if asked...
Homeowner wants Briar Creek Township to take over private stretch
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Michael Schwab, 44, says he thought he was living on a public road until no one came to plow him out...
Millville-area defendant will have to register as sex offender
BLOOMSBURG — A 73-year-old rural Millville man has pleaded guilty to groping and kissing a 15-year-old girl who knew...
State officials will continue investigation into fate of sole occupant of rural Millville home, Reese says
GREENWOOD TWP. — After a second fruitless day combing debris for evidence of a man missing since a fire Thursday, the...
March 18, 2017
Chain shuttering 138 stores nationwide
BUCKHORN — JCPenney at the Columbia Mall will shut down in mid-June, the company announced Friday. It’s one of 138...
Substitute postal worker on Bloomsburg boy’s route gives him official hat
BLOOMSBURG — A little boy fascinated by mailmen was delighted last week when one of his heroes brought him a special...
Officials seeking help in search for occupant’s remains
GREENWOOD TWP. — Officials haven’t accounted for the lone occupant of a house destroyed by Thursday’s fire, so Columbia...
BUCKHORN — A winning $1.4 million lottery ticket was sold at Your Choice convenience store on Buckhorn Road on Thursday...
DANVILLE — A concessionaire wanted for three years on charges of violating a protection from abuse order here was...
March 17, 2017
Danville-area senior says trio took cash, never did work
MAHONING TWP. — Nancy DeLong paid $70 to three people to shovel her driveway and sidewalk on Maple Street. Instead,...
Mounds of snow hampered rescuers at Greenwood Township residence
GREENWOOD TWP. —A fire destroyed a two-story house in northern Columbia County Thursday afternoon, and at nightfall,...
NESCOPECK — Firefighters spent six hours battling a stubborn fire in a dust collector at RAD Engineered Wood Products,...
Parents of ailing tot express gratitude for GMC convoy effort
DANVILLE — Seven inches of snow had already blanketed the Poconos when Nicole Gingerlowski woke around midnight to hear...
BLOOMSBURG — A third suspect in an armed robbery at a student’s off-campus apartment has pleaded guilty to his...
March 16, 2017
Victim told police Berwick suspect distracted her in store
BERWICK — Antonio Baratta didn’t hesitate to act when he saw a man running away from Boyer’s Food Market here with a...
Blaze ousts Berwick couple, dog from home in frigid temperatures
BERWICK — A couple was chased out of bed and into the freezing predawn Wednesday after their central vacuuming system...
DANVILLE — The toddler transported over 80 miles by a convoy that included National Guard Humvees during Tuesday’s...
Man accused of fighting police says he’s trying to control ire
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who’s been arrested twice for fighting with police officers told a judge he is learning...
BERWICK — A Berwick man offered a woman heroin in exchange for sex, then wrecked his car when he became paranoid and...
March 15, 2017
Stella snow totals top ‘93 numbers
BLOOMSBURG — Todd Davis, of 220 E. Fifth St., didn’t believe Snowstorm Stella would bring anywhere near the 1 to 2 feet...
BLOOMSBURG — About half a dozen volunteers hunkered down at the Bloomsburg firehall Tuesday morning, ready to respond...
An awful lot of water fell from the sky in yesterday’s snow. Jen Long, deputy EMA coordinator, said there had been...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A woman began beating on her husband after he told her he was going to seek a divorce, arrest papers...
March 14, 2017
PPL, PennDOT, local officials gear up plans to handle Stella
BLOOMSBURG —With snowfalls expected to top a foot or more from Winter Storm Stella today, officials spent much of...
Berwick’s McBride Memorial breaks mold with innovative program
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — A new collection at the McBride Memorial Library aims to help special-needs...
Woman allegedly raised a ruckus at Bloom Giant and then resisted arrest
SCOTT TWP. — Police Tasered a woman who they say raised a drunken ruckus at Giant Foods earlier this month and then...
Feinberg says program set for Danville soon
DANVILLE — Geisinger plans to soon open a “fresh food pharmacy” here to provide healthy meals to low-income patients...
Witnesses say driver blamed crash on trying to avoid plow truck
NESCOPECK TWP. — An accident victim told bystanders she was trying to avoid a plow truck when her car went off the road...
March 13, 2017
Riverside chief did not discriminate against female officer, defender says
RIVERSIDE — A female police officer lost her job with Riverside borough due to poor work performance and not sexual...
Center boss wants to suspend taking electronics as costs, complexities spike
BLOOMSBURG — Residents looking to get rid of that old TV or computer are about to lose the option of taking it to the...
Baby, toddler and man critically injured in collision near Elysburg
ELYSBURG — A minivan and an SUV crashed on an icy stretch of Route 54, sending 10 people to the hospital late Saturday...
Bloom man accused of burglary, theft of electronics, $4G
BLOOMSBURG — A variety of high-end electronics and a safe containing $4,000 were stolen in an apartment burglary early...
‘Stella’ resembles March 1993’s paralyzing storm
A classic nor’easter storm moving up the coast from Florida could dump a foot or more of snow on the region starting...
March 12, 2017
Geisinger-Bloom to host first such center for heroin addicts
BLOOMSBURG — The area’s first Suboxone clinic will open here later this month, aiming to treat local heroin and opioid...
Every two weeks a mobile medical unit from Positive Recovery Solutions stops in Danville to give about a dozen addicts...
Berwick man loses cable to oversized rigs three times in two months
BERWICK — Three times in the past two months, oversized loads have ripped down the cable wires at 1610 Orange St., home...
Feds' hikes could see costs for older homes spike from $1G to $10G
DANVILLE — Some local homeowners could see their flood-insurance premiums surge from less than $1,000 a year to as much...
Group harnesses fundraising skill for Heimbach
BERWICK —Fresh off winning an exercise bike competition that spanned the United States and Canada last month, Berwick...
BLOOMSBURG — Justin Luczak led police on a high-speed chase rather than face sentencing in a drug case, police say....
March 11, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline on this story has been edited to reflect the fact the alleged overdose was not fatal....
Police report driver, 25, collided with SUV on slick road
HEMLOCK TWP. — A 25-year-old woman was killed Friday morning after her car collided head-on with an SUV along Route 42...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University freshman made $1,750 of online purchases using fraudulent credit cards and stored...
Berwick councilman disavows association with guy at rally
BERWICK — A borough councilman running for U.S. Senate recently found himself trying to explain how he showed up in a...
For the Press Enterprise WILKES-BARRE — During a guilty plea Friday, a former Montour County prison guard admitted to...
March 10, 2017
Former Hunlock Creek couple allegedly let dog starve, others suffer
HUNLOCK CREEK — An estranged couple let one of their dogs starve to death in an abandoned house, where a humane officer...
Police: Bloomsburg woman injured in smash-up
BLOOMSBURG — A pickup crashed into the front of the year-old Staples at Scott Town Plaza Thursday morning, forcing the...
Lawsuit seeks $17,411 after driver allegedly let running vehicle roll
BERWICK — When a parked car jumped into reverse and slammed into a pump at a gas station here last year, it did...
DANVILLE — The spring primary ballot in Montour County will see races for party backing in three township supervisor...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A New Jersey truck driver wouldn’t stop for police on Interstate 80 late Wednesday, leading state...
March 9, 2017
Chain wins bids on two area liquor licenses
HARRISBURG — Sheetz has won the right to apply for two liquor licenses locally in a statewide auction for expired...
VALLEY — Beer will soon be offered for sale at a convenience store here. The Danville Mobil station along Route 54,...
Bloom woman accused of butcher knife attack as man visited to get some of his belongings
BLOOMSBURG — A woman is accused of cutting a man with a butcher knife when he stopped by her house to pick up work...
Beset by illness and house fire, woman rebuilding her business, life
MONTOUR TWP. — Sherri Abbatiello opened a sub shop between Bloomsburg and Danville back in November. Within a month,...
Bloomsburg-area man admits to disorderly conduct in confrontation with a neighbor who was building trellis near property line
BLOOMSBURG — A renter who brought a shotgun to a dispute over the boundary of a property he doesn’t own pleaded guilty...
BLOOMSBURG —Local races will dot the spring primary ballot in Columbia County on May 16. In Berwick, two Republicans...
March 8, 2017
But challenges await Ber-Vaughn as Berwick cuts its contribution by $5G
BERWICK — In its first year of operation, the newly-renovated Ber-Vaughn pool paid off $81,500 toward its mortgage,...
Two drivers taken to GMC after head-on crash outside Riverside
SNYDERTOWN — Two vehicles collided head-on Tuesday morning on Snydertown Road, touching off a fire that spread from one...
Catawissa driver accused of hit-run and fleeing officers
BERWICK — An alleged hit-and-run driver who fled from police told officers he had been drinking coffee with ground...
Man jailed for allegedly neglecting retired teacher, stealing from her
BLOOMSBURG — Police say they’ve located and jailed the caretaker accused of letting his cancer-stricken patient waste...
Public meeting on law slated for Tuesday
SALEM TWP. — Township supervisors are again preparing to consider a controversial proposed ordinance to relax...
March 7, 2017
Danville still seeks students accused of referring to Vo-Tech teen’s death
DANVILLE — Danville administrators have watched hours of surveillance footage and conducted dozens of interviews, but...
Danville-area man wants animal to be put down, describes attack that hurt wife
MAHONING TWP. — A couple’s leisurely walk during recent warm weather turned suddenly into a battle against a vicious...
Berwick dad of two served as counselor at Christian school
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who acted as coach and counselor to a girl at Columbia County Christian School admitted...
Decision from state labor board may take months
HARRISBURG — Berwick Police say the borough has violated their union contract by not replacing officers for more than...
BU student arrested after dropping ID, phone during a scuffle, authorities say
BLOOMSBURG — Several intruders burst into a downtown apartment early Saturday, waving guns and demanding money, police...
March 6, 2017
District to ask state to OK twice the allowed increase, bypassing voters
FRANKLIN TWP. — The Southern Columbia Area School District will seek the state’s blessing to increase its 2017-18...
Seven-time DUI offender going to prison after tests show Oxy, meth, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — When probation officers did a drug test on a seven-time DUI offender from Pine Township, they found...
Bloom woman keeps telling tale of ordeal 20 years ago to help others avoid top killer
For the Press Enterprise That warm, early autumn day, Laura Davis felt hot as she sat in church. “Then I felt sick to...
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. SCAD, the problem Laura Davis of Bloomsburg...
Berwick woman said she was heading home from Dunkin Donuts, denied drinking, police say
SCOTT TWP. — A suspected drunken driver had powder from doughnuts “smeared all over her face and her hair” when stopped...
March 5, 2017
Veering SUV also damages Berwick pair’s vehicles
BERWICK — Dana Race was relaxing outside his front door Saturday evening with a rum and Coke and a cigarette when a...
Hemlock farm rally begins with silent reflection on creek’s value
HEMLOCK TWP. — Jill Lashmett and Chris McCallum welcomed a crowd of over 75 to their farm Saturday and opened an anti-...
Supers want out of $1G per month for former secretary’s insurance
MAHONING TWP. — Township supervisors here want to stop paying more than $1,000 a month to the cost of a former...
Taunting aimed at minority students, administrator says
HARTFORD, Conn. — The principal of a suburban Connecticut high school says some of his students crossed the line into...
Berwick defendant admits heroin use the night before
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who came to court Thursday morning still high from using heroin the night before was sent to...
March 4, 2017
Neglect alleged in case of Central retiree, cancer victim
MIFFLINVILLE — By the time worried neighbors called authorities to check on Marilee Miller, the frail, cancer-stricken...
Benton-area woman says casket mishap should cost business
BERWICK — A woman is suing a local funeral home, claiming her mother’s casket was dropped when a strap snapped during...
Town council approves plan to increase lot safety in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — First Columbia Bank has won approval from Town Council to demolish the white, brick house adjacent to its...
Scott Township chief said teens’ mayhem began there, stretched to Hemlock Township
The vandals who crushed mail boxes, egged homes and damaged a vehicle in Hemlock Township have been arrested, and it...
Officials: Chamber, Visitors Bureau project never came together
SCOTT TWP. — A nearly three-year partnership between the region’s Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor’s Bureau is being...
March 3, 2017
Montour Township resident allegedly erupted over trellis
MONTOUR TWP. — A man allegedly confronted his neighbor with a shotgun along Legion Road here Monday morning after...
Navy father welcomed at Central elementary
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Every day, 5-year-old Mikaila Drury ate one of the Hershey’s Kisses her daddy gave her last August...
Move to cut costs
BLOOMSBURG — Two area United Ways will merge later this year, hoping to cut costs in a time of decreased giving so they...
DANVILLE — FNB Bank is closing its branch office along Mill Street across from the new CVS, in part as a response to...
Judge makes example of former BU athletes in assault case
BLOOMSBURG — Three former Bloomsburg University football players involved in the beating of two men last summer were...
March 2, 2017
Hiked fees, all-year street sweeping may be the causes, Bloom chief says
BLOOMSBURG — Money rolling into town coffers from “no parking” violations doubled from January 2016 to January 2017,...
Driver, 86, says foot stuck under brake in Mifflin truck stop lot
MIFFLIN TWP.— An 86-year-old driver jumped a sidewalk and crashed his van into the front window of Arby’s, where...
Fire company would reap years of revenue from a Verizon relay
ELYSBURG — A Verizon cellular tower proposed for the Elysburg Fire Co. property on East Mill Street would give the...
Ex-Navy serviceman ordered to serve 10 years in prison
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Benton man and ex-Navy petty officer pretended to be a teenage boy to persuade young girls into...
Republican Shecktor is running to oust Casey
BERWICK — Berwick Councilman Andrew Shecktor has set his sights on a higher office — U.S. Senate. Shecktor, 60, of...
March 1, 2017
Man allegedly tried to sneak drug into jail after his arrest
BLOOMSBURG — A Benton-area man found slumped over his steering wheel with empty heroin packets scattered around his car...
Chant referring to athlete’s death horrifies teen’s family
DANVILLE — As Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech basketball players left a locker room here after a playoff loss last Friday, a...
President sticks to script on health care, military spending and $1T investment in infrastructure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the...
Police seek tips on mischief, including egged houses and smashed mailboxes
HEMLOCK TWP. — Mischief makers left behind a trail of crushed mailboxes, homes dripping in raw egg, and at least one...
February 28, 2017
Police: Chase suspect tried to flee into cornfield, carrying drugs
BERWICK — A wanted man who led police on a two-county car chase earlier this month tried to bolt for a second time when...
Stuffed raptor said to have been killed for stealing chickens in 1886 still roosts in Wapwallopen
WAPWALLOPEN — According to legend, the golden eagle that’s now stuffed at Heller’s Orchard met its demise in 1886 when...
BLOOMSBURG — An allegedly drunken woman, found lying on Lightstreet Road late Friday, fought with police trying to help...
Berwick couple shocked, puzzled by vandalism with Nazi symbol
BERWICK — A vandal spray-painted swastikas on a car parked by the curb here. Claudia Benshoff, 19, said she and her...
Benton mom-to-be says she forgave child’s dad who choked, beat and sexually assaulted her
BLOOMSBURG — A woman who was choked and sexually abused by a Benton man told a judge this week she still wants a...
February 27, 2017
Retailer pledges to fight woman’s allegations of age discrimination
BUCKHORN — A former manager is suing the local Walmart, claiming she was fired due to age discrimination and replaced...
Local survival group cultivates self-sustaining power, food sources
MILLVILLE — The image of preppers — sometimes called “doomsday preppers” — often conjures up bunkers of canned meat,...
Police: Berwick man picked up in Bloom will face 2013 case
BERWICK — Four years ago, Ricky Levan Jr. struck a man over the head around 30 times with a kitchen pot here, police...
Police: Witnesses finally penned Bloom man’s SUV in parking lot
SCOTT TWP. — A drunken driver took a wild, early morning ride, smashing a utility pole, knocking down street signs, and...
February 26, 2017
Bloom woman fights financial woe, one of 2,500 to have tax info stolen
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Donna Artley has spent the past week trying to wrest back her identity...
Homeless woman did bottomless dance in Bloom, scared away patron, officers report
BLOOMSBURG — A woman took off her pants and undergarment, then began dancing half-naked inside a public Laundromat here...
Volunteers try online fundraising for $1.5M overhaul; officials warn this could be last year for swimming spot
BLOOMSBURG — Volunteers here are turning to an online fundraising site, hoping to generate $1.5 million to modernize...
Managing Editor Peter Kendron wondered if the Hover Ball could keep kids occupied on the relative cheap. I can confirm...
Epidemic’s emotional burden hits funeral directors
JOHNSTOWN (AP) — Bill Harris was preparing the body of an 18-year-old high school student for an unimaginable moment...
February 25, 2017
Patriot Metal staffers eligible for program after client’s Mexico move
BERWICK — A major customer’s decision to move its production lines to Mexico is costing jobs at Patriot Metal Products...
Orangeville man allegedly sold drug in fatal OD
WILLIAMSPORT — An Orangeville man accused of selling heroin that killed a worker at the Press Enterprise last summer...
Bloomsburg department offers incentives to lure new members, reward vets
BLOOMSBURG — Bedeviled by the decline of volunteerism, the town’s fire department is using gift cards and tuition...
$10G headsets could help millions with impaired vision
SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then...
Brooklyn defendant is one of three sentenced
BLOOMSBURG — A Brooklyn man busted for dealing heroin out of a downtown apartment here has been sentenced to state...
February 24, 2017
Bloomsburg developer thwarted, despite foes’ absence
BLOOMSBURG — A developer took a second shot at getting the planning commission’s blessing for putting a drug rehab...
Beer company executives seek advice about appeal of local favorite
BERWICK — Executives from Schaefer Beer made a pilgrimage to Berwick recently to see if they can duplicate the success...
Witnesses say driver wasn’t speeding, but neighbors want signs
BERWICK — An 8-year-old boy was rushed away in an ambulance after an SUV struck him Thursday afternoon on LaSalle...
ELYSBURG — Verizon Wireless is proposing to build a 90-foot cell phone tower on the property that also contains the...
February 23, 2017
Family trying again for Salem’s OK to build once-denied swine nursery
SALEM TWP. — The Kiliti family has resubmitted its application to build a swine nursery barn on its 74-acre lot, even...
Openly gay Muslim leader focuses on connection, understanding
BLOOMSBURG —Imam Daayiee Abdullah is an openly gay, African-American Muslim whose life has often intersected with the...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who impregnated his own daughter under the pretense of teaching her sex education will...
Ex-Bloom-area man allegedly recorded call in secret
LEWISBURG — A police officer who resigned from a force here after his arrest in a violent family disturbance near...
Berwick woman alert after wreck, shook scolding finger at onlooker
BERWICK — A 78-year-old woman lost control of her car due to a medical problem and crashed headlong into a utility pole...
February 22, 2017
Local pair allegedly used discarded slips in scheme to rip off Wal-Mart
BUCKHORN — A man allegedly canvassed the interior of Wal-Mart and its parking lot looking for receipts he could use to...
But Berwick teen says his, beau’s race may have alarmed manager
BERWICK — A 19-year-old was arrested after allegedly threatening the manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Monday, then resisting...
Hemlock vegetable growers to host rally against pipeline ‘bomb’
HEMLOCK TWP. — Vegetable farmers Chris McCallum and Jill Lashmett expect to be put out of business for at least one...
Berwick man’s defenders delay sentencing for second opinion
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who pleaded guilty to molesting three young girls in his home over several years fits the...
Police: Parent said she was at wheel to shield unlicensed man, 23
SCOTT TWP. — A man who called his mother after an accident here is now accused of hit-and-run after his mom was charged...