Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

May 24, 2016
Bloomsburg man allegedly broke into business while he was high
BLOOMSBURG — A frenzied man — convinced a young woman was being held against her will in a secret room under his...
Salem Township objects for safety’s sake
SALEM TWP. — The company building the new natural gas power plant here says it shouldn’t have to get building permits...
Woman acted as Bloomsburg suspect’s girlfriend, cops say
MONTOUR TWP. — A robbery suspect’s sister pretended to be his girlfriend before they stole a woman’s laptop and sped...
Berwick son accused in domestic dispute
BERWICK — A man accused of threatening his mother and attacking her friend started to cry when he realized his mother...
BLOOMSBURG —Vandals armed with a pellet gun shot the windows out of at least 26 vehicles parked across half a dozen...
May 23, 2016
Suspect allegedly banged his head on car, padded wall at police station
BLOOMSBURG — A man from Mount Pocono tried running from police, then fought and head-butted a padded wall at the...
Danville-area pair seeks $22G from Elysburg contractor
VALLEY TWP. — An Elysburg-area contractor made shoddy repairs to a home damaged in a hailstorm, a new lawsuit alleges...
Vocalist shares final spotlight with 10th-grade Southern bassoonist
BLOOMSBURG — Liz Bodenman is used to performing in character in high school musicals, so taking the stage here Sunday...
Turbotville man is among 68 April lottery winners sharing in $238G
This was definitely no April Fools’ joke. A Turbotville man won $100,000 on the lottery’s most recent Millionaire...
Neither owes money to the other; buyer is promised title
BERWICK — A mobile-home park owner and one of his residents who sued each other over rent, taxes and repairs for a...
May 22, 2016
But owner says calls explain deal is a discount, not a free membership
BLOOMSBURG — A local health club’s promotional membership drive has some potential customers so upset they’re calling...
Injured pair cut from car that rammed into parked van on twisty road
SCOTT TWP. — Two injured teens had to be cut from a car after slamming into a parked van on Bentley Drive here Saturday...
Red Roof Inn fights suit alleging hotel ‘willfully’ put pair in infested room
VALLEY TWP. — A bedbug lawsuit filed against Red Roof Inn by a Geisinger cancer patient and her husband is based on “...
Woman alleges Berwick beau choked, spit on her
BERWICK — A Berwick man charged with making meth inside a speeding car is now banned from contacting his ex-girlfriend...
No pain, no gain. The plug-in hair remover Yes! By Finishing Touch is hardly a crowning glory. Purchased for $39.99...
May 21, 2016
Town restaurant owner denies BU student’s racial claims
BLOOMSBURG — A man who’s facing more than $600 in penalties for spitting on the grill at Berrigan’s Subs claims he got...
Bloomsburg man accused of taking off with a stolen laptop
MONTOUR TWP. — A woman was dragged for some 20 feet onto the berm of Route 11 while clinging onto the side of a car as...
Couple seeks hours of testimony from president in bias case
BLOOMSBURG — Two ex-professors want Bloomsburg University’s president to give seven hours of testimony as part of their...
WASHINGTON — A Schuylkill County man armed with a gun was shot by a Secret Service officer as he approached a...
May 20, 2016
Orangeville couple tried to help Benton man
SUGARLOAF TWP. — An Orangeville couple watched in dismay as a bicyclist collapsed and died while he was riding past...
Berwick caregiver faces fines near $500
For the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK — A Berwick woman is facing close to $500 in fines for leaving a naked, mentally-...
Health cited, says Mahoning super
MAHONING TWP. — Mahoning Township supervisor chairman Dave Barron resigned. It came as a surprise to township...
Salem Township father accused of threats
SALEM TWP. — A man threatened to kill his estranged wife and harm her co-workers at Talen Energy’s power plant, she...
May 19, 2016
Berwick couple agrees not to sue after crash near school
BERWICK — A boy suffered a concussion in a two-vehicle crash outside an elementary school, and now his adoptive parents...
Central grad, 21, runs as outsider
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — Ed Sanders III umpires baseball games under the premise that if no one notices him, he’s more...
Columbia County relic’s timbers to be used as part of Bloomsburg Fair project
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — Decades ago, when the county poor farm still housed the destitute, Ray Hock used the barn there...
Residents who fear contamination vow to keep fighting
MONTOUR TWP. — The township zoning board cast a 3-0 vote Wednesday favoring Scott Sponenberg’s proposal to construct a...
Mifflinville woman, Berwick man facing charges
BERWICK — A woman was not only drunk at the wheel, she was texting and did not have an active license, court records...
May 18, 2016
Hemlock cop, expert dad rescue traveler who’s allergic to stings
BUCKHORN — A township officer and his beekeeper father saved the day when a woman driving bees from Ohio to Connecticut...
Rare American bittern rehabilitated, freed after landing in Bloom
RICKETTS GLEN — A rare and endangered bird that made a crash landing in a Bloomsburg man’s yard in March was released...
Challenger for Masser state House seat calls arrest ‘political theater’
SUNBURY — State House candidate Michael Krankowski accepted a plea deal Tuesday that moved a criminal case against him...
District seeks replacement for athletic director hired in 2014
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg school district is looking to hire a new athletic director after voting to fire AD Corey...
Crash began when Jeep T-boned auto, Montour Township top lawman says
MONTOUR TWP. — A car T-boned by a Jeep ended up crashing into the township police chief’s garage Tuesday afternoon, the...
May 17, 2016
Bloom man allegedly groomed teen online
MEDIA — A Bloomsburg man is accused of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl from the Philadelphia area after...
Bloom driver KOs tulips, slams into a tree at accident-prone property in Hemlock Township
HEMLOCK TWP. — Georgie Moore heard a loud boom outside her house Monday morning and thought to herself, “Not another...
Store cleared to seek liquor license move
BERWICK — Weis Markets easily cleared one of the first hurdles to opening a new beer cafe in its store here; council...
Police seek tips on Southside crimes
ROARING CREEK TWP. — A thief siphoning gas out of small machinery also set a man’s SUV on fire in the wee hours of...
Residents applaud board’s 2-1 vote to remove top cop suspended for allegedly huffing on job
MAHONING TWP. —Township supervisors fired embattled Police Chief Chad Thomas in a 2-1 vote Monday. Thomas had been...
May 16, 2016
Woman claims complaining about colleague’s sexist talk cost her job
WILKES-BARRE — An ex-Geisinger employee claims a male co-worker made sexist jokes about women’s breasts, the Hooters...
Team of friends, volunteers complete Madison house for striving family
MADISON TWP. —An overwhelmed Deb Kile said she was blessed beyond words when she saw her “dream home,” which sat...
Park owner and resident spar over repairs in court
BERWICK — A mobile-home park owner says one of his residents is responsible for repairing a trailer that’s dangerous...
Service Electric adding fee for sports networks, upgrade
SUNBURY — Service Electric Cablevision customers can expect to pay more for their TV and Internet services starting...
Defendant who cried for puppy in ER says he no longer has pet
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man says he “blacked out” after drinking too much liquor the night police found him passed...
May 15, 2016
Directors drop another per-capita levy for average total $20 savings
BERWICK — School directors here eliminated another $10 per-capita tax, increasing the total cut on the average tax bill...
Man fighting kin’s lawsuit seeking late woman’s ‘puppies’
BERWICK — A man contends two toy poodles belong to him, not to his dead girlfriend or her estate, court filings show....
Father-son entrepreneurs take step closer to local whiskey revival
BENTON — A father-son business duo from Virginia with Benton roots has found a spot to resurrect the former McHenry...
Geisinger’s transplant experts say kidneys from living can be matched more quickly, last longer
MAHONING TWP. — The Geisinger Transplant Services team is trying to increase its kidney-donor list by reaching out to...
Elysburg youth faces pot, alcohol charges
FRANKLIN TWP. — A 19-year-old driving a car carrying marijuana and moonshine is now facing drug and alcohol charges,...
May 14, 2016
Montour Township supervisors to hold public hearing on Wednesday
MONTOUR TWP. — The township zoning board will once again hear Scott Sponenberg’s proposal to build a barn for up to 4,...
BLOOMSBURG — Local public schools cannot treat transgender students differently from their peers, the federal...
Bloomsburg students compete in state, national Geographic, History Bees
BLOOMSBURG — Binge-watching YouTube videos, playing “Magic the Gathering,” and spending time among the ranks of Union...
Bloomsburg school board to vote on staffer hired two years ago
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg’s school board will consider firing district Athletic Director Corey Thomas at its public...
SALEM TWP. — Operators did an emergency shutdown of Unit 2 at the nuclear plant here early Friday morning after an...
May 13, 2016
Grocery chain asks for permission to transfer liquor license
BERWICK — Weis Markets may start selling beer at its grocery store here, if council members give their blessing to the...
Police: Girls’ home ‘unfit’ to be lived in
BERWICK — Officers searching for heroin Thursday say they found two young girls had been living in a filthy apartment...
Greek diner in Danville boasts fresh, authentic recipes as well as burgers
DANVILLE — Danville has gone Greek. Zia Grill quietly opened its doors May 1 and has been serving up authentic,...
Supervisors cite legal risks, angering residents
CLEVELAND TWP. — Township supervisors voted to reject two proposed zoning amendments — one banning large-scale animal...
Fowl saved from Millville sewer, then set free in Little Fishing Creek
MILLVILLE — A pair of trained rescuers happened to be nearby to rescue three ducklings that fell through a storm grate...
May 12, 2016
CVS: Dozens of Bloomsburg pharmacy customers notified
BLOOMSBURG — Customers had copies of their prescriptions stolen as part of a drug-diversion scheme at the CVS here last...
Cleveland Township zoners asked to ban farming in residential area, angering family
CLEVELAND TWP. — A proposed amendment banning large-scale farming in Cleveland Township is pitting neighbor against...
Berwick Theater project gets $140G to bring business downtown
BERWICK — Owners of the Berwick Theater have ambitious plans to reopen the downtown landmark for first-run movies as...
RIVERSIDE — It’s a project four years in the making, but the “forceful” residents of Riverside now have the option of...
Judge deems Berwick snafu a miscommunication
BLOOMSBURG — A county judge ruled Lee Benjamin Jr. wasn’t in contempt of court when he didn’t get the $5 million in...
May 11, 2016
Cops: Pair fled after teen’s beau tried to stab her ex
BERWICK — A former Berwick man menaced his girlfriend’s ex with a knife Tuesday morning, then the young couple both...
Danville tire shop owner retiring after 40 years in family business
DANVILLE — Bob Deihl will change his last tire Thursday before the longtime mechanic closes his downtown shop here for...
Berwick accused of ‘witch hunt’ while borough says owner is ignoring state law
BERWICK — An attorney accused code officials of conducting a “witch hunt” to prevent Lee Benjamin Jr. from turning the...
He allegedly engaged in act with boy, 13
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg High student faces possible jail time as well as 15 years on a sex-offender list after...
Ex-Benton-area woman also pleads guilty to threatening victim
BLOOMSBURG —A caretaker accused of stealing a drone and other valuables and then threatening the victim after she...
May 10, 2016
Insects ‘attacked’ cancer patient on eve of surgery at GMC
VALLEY TWP. — A Geisinger cancer patient and her husband have filed a federal lawsuit against Red Roof Inn that seeks $...
Berwick teens’ alleged daylight copper-pipe caper saddens kin
BERWICK — Donna Anderson woke up to a gut-wrenching sight on Mother’s Day — her son’s mug shot on the front page of the...
Admitted gambling addict’s request for probation is denied
BLOOMSBURG — A former Goodwill manager who admitted stealing more than $9,000 from the store to support a gambling...
Husband jailed, faces criminal assault charges
BERWICK — A pregnant woman obtained a protection-from-abuse order against her husband who allegedly beat her and...
Magistrate shakes one of Berwick man’s cuffed hands
BERWICK — A man who cursed and argued with a judge after his arrest during an alleged meth lab bust last month...
May 9, 2016
Pupils’ pleas to drop whole wheat persuade Berwick schools’ food firm
BERWICK — Dalo’s pizza will return to the cafeterias at Berwick’s high school and middle school. School board...
Police: Man ID’d on video putting knife down pants
BERWICK — A man arrested in a recent meth bust was one of the thieves captured on camera stealing almost $300 in tools...
Judge insists she put unwillingness to testify in writing
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A woman who said a man threatened her and tried to kill her didn’t show up to...
Contractor seeks damages in answering case
BLOOMSBURG — An insurer has no right to sue a Berwick contractor after 171 vehicles were misted with paint near the...
May 8, 2016
Lightstreet motorcyclist negligent in crash that broke ribs, case says
ASHLAND — A distracted motorcyclist crashed into his riding buddy’s bike, fracturing the man’s ribs and shoulder blade...
Berwick youths caught looting vacant house during day, police say
BERWICK — Three borough teens were nabbed removing copper pipe from the basement of an abandoned house here in broad...
As milk prices and their incomes plunge, area operators struggle
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — Chances are you used milk for something today — on your cereal, in your coffee,...
District defaults to dad in enforcing attendance rules, regardless of which parent is responsible
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg councilman got caught up last week in a truancy case for which he says he has no...
Owner helping brother fix tire when Orangeville-area fire began
ORANGE TWP. —A Saturday afternoon fire heavily damaged the home Lori Ianneillo and her family built with their own...
May 7, 2016
Defense: Maryland troopers illegally searched vehicle
BLOOMSBURG — Two men charged with robbing a downtown jewelry store at gunpoint contend their arrests in September...
CLEVELAND TWP. — A man who tried to poison a mother bear and three cubs pleaded guilty Friday and immediately paid $3,...
Cleveland Township man aims to bring MIA soldier home to bury
CLEVELAND TWP. — On Aug. 6, 1950, Private First Class Edward Lucid disappeared near Pusan, South Korea, during one of...
Other fathers are accused of threatening to shoot women
A “power preacher” from Berwick threatened his wife with God’s wrath, she claims. George Bair, 39, was among three men...
Tip brought police to Riverside sex offender
RIVERSIDE — A Riverside man allegedly had at least 25 images of child porn on his computer and tried to run away from...
May 6, 2016
Berwick father could lose commercial trucking license
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A Berwick man was charged with DUI twice in recent weeks, both times refusing to...
North Centre Township woman couldn’t use medical alert button
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A 79-year-old housebound woman says Verizon failed to fix her phone for almost two weeks, even...
Public meeting about $2B plan set for June 15 at BU
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal agency reviewing the proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion through...
Jake Owen slated to play Bloomsburg; quintet is opening act
BLOOMSBURG — A country crooner who has shared the stage with big names like Sugarland and Jason Aldean will perform at...
HERSHEY (AP) — Hershey’s Chocolate World tour ride has undergone a major technological facelift. Hershey officials say...
May 5, 2016
Southside man faces nearly $4G in fines, fees
CLEVELAND TWP. — A man who asked the Game Commission to remove bears that had broken into his shed now faces charges...
Law-enforcement career is not over, defense says
DANVILLE — A suspended police chief caught huffing a can of dust cleaner to deal with stress at work got probation here...
Danville-area businesses aim to save money with solar energy
DANVILLE — Sunlight is usually beer’s kryptonite, causing it to get warm and skunky. But in Danville, the sun is...
Police: Mifflinburg wife said spouse was ill
MIFFLINBURG — A woman stole nearly $130,000 from the building association that employed her for 20 years and represents...
Grammy-nominated singer scheduled as brothers’ opening act
BLOOMSBURG — A Christian pop duo from Nashville will take the grandstand stage during the 161st Bloomsburg Fair this...
May 4, 2016
Prisoner allegedly coaxed his mom to hide painkiller in card
BLOOMSBURG — With prison officials listening in on the call, a jailed parole violator talked his wary mother into...
Danville man claims his son hit him first
DANVILLE — A father says he and his son came to blows over some Star Wars collectibles the teen wanted to sell. “He...
Man who allegedly hurled baby across room was on drugs, woman admits, but he’d never hurt boy
BERWICK — The mother of the man accused of tossing his infant across the room while high on synthetic marijuana says...
Defendant, 17, to serve six to 12 months
DANVILLE — A 17-year-old who tried to rob the Burger King here pleaded guilty Tuesday in adult court and was...
Officials turn off some water jets to avoid drowning donated plants
BLOOMSBURG — Only half the usual amount of water is spouting from the base of the Market Square fountain this spring to...
May 3, 2016
I-80 in Columbia, Montour to be 70 mph
Press Enterprise Managing Editor Traffic on Interstate 80 in our area soon will move a little faster. The speed limit...
NESCOPECK TWP. — A 14-year-old girl was badly burned Saturday when she tried to boost a campfire just doused with...
Valley Township crew offers camp to ignite interest in battling blazes
You check the door for heat, and if you don’t burn your hand you take a peek inside. You know from the wall of smoke...
VALLEY TWP. — If you ever wanted to put on real gear and fight an actual fire or rescue someone from a crashed car, now...
BERWICK — A photographer who took pictures for the Berwick Swim Club accepted $500 in payments but never delivered the...
Commissioner says isolated incident put no one at risk
DANVILLE — Montour County’s prison warden was placed on probation for a month, but officials are not saying why....
May 2, 2016
Stillwater-area man killed on eve of his 25th birthday
FAIRMOUNT TWP. — A violent ATV crash left two men dead Saturday night after the driver lost control and hit a tree...
Area woman not the only one to complain about Heller’s ways
ORANGE TWP. — Last year, Megan Fernsler called Heller’s Gas and asked workers to stop automatically refilling her tank...
Escaping Madison man managed to grab only his work shoes
MADISON TWP. — When the smoke alarms went off in Steve and Lynette Fisk’s Slate Road home Saturday night around 10:45,...
But police say plaintiff caused accident on I-80
TURBOT TWP. — A Berwick man suffered brain injuries after a trucker with a poor driving record hit his car on...
Bloom-area man came to, allegedly tried to drive home
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A drunken driver was in danger of an overdose or a crash when he vomited all over himself then...
May 1, 2016
University wins no favors with free football tickets, lunch, Gordner says
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State offers free football tickets to lawmakers, but the university will not say why. State Sen....
Bloom-area man allegedly tried to break appliances
MONTOUR TWP. — A man head-butted his girlfriend and bloodied her nose while she held her 1-year-old during a fight at...
Police: Driver swerved to miss a car, crashed
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick-area man wiped out a utility pole and flipped his SUV after swerving to miss another...
Three women charged in scheme
BUCKHORN — Police say three women tricked Walmart out of gift cards worth $169 by returning stolen razor blades on two...
Berwick man facing mandatory 25-year term wins stay to get legal advice; the other defendant is eligible for parole after serving 449 days in lockup
BLOOMSBURG — Two Berwick men who admitted to possessing kiddie porn were in court recently for sentencing, one of them...
April 30, 2016
Activist says cannabis oil eased detox without being highly addictive
WASHINGTONVILLE — Robert Billhime was near tears describing the three excruciating “worst days of my life” while...
Victorian-era fan is buried in style
BERWICK — A Berwick historian who pined for the ornate beauty of the Victorian age was buried Friday with the funeral...
BLOOMSBURG — A cashier has admitted stealing $510 from her register while working at Weis Markets here, police said....
Briar Creek Township woman threatened to drown daughter, Berwick man tells judge
BERWICK — A woman threatened to drown her 11-year-old daughter while giving the girl a bath, the child’s father alleges...
Ground rumbled miles away, witnesses say
GREENSBURG — A natural gas pipeline exploded in a towering, roaring fireball Friday, destroying a home several hundred...
April 29, 2016
But executives in Washingtonville say less gypsum an ‘irritant,’ not a disaster
WASHINGTONVILLE — As coal falls out of favor as a power-plant fuel, wallboard operations like the one in...
Neighbor’s concern sent Scott Township man into rage, authorities say
SCOTT TWP. — A man used the blunt end of a screwdriver to beat an 8-week-old kitten, then tried to pass her bloodied...
BENTON — The Benton Fire Company’s popular water battle will return to this year’s firemen’s carnival as the four-day...
SCOTT TWP. — An off-duty officer having lunch at Wendy’s saw a man dancing around, lifting up his shirt and “causing a...
Woman insists man on house arrest used ‘scrubbing bubbles,’ which contain alcohol
BLOOMSBURG — A mother tried to prevent her son from being sent back to jail for drinking while on house arrest by...
April 28, 2016
Bloomsburg Police would prefer peace
BLOOMSBURG — The town stands to bring in about $48,000 in fines from citations issued for Block Party, but police say...
Neighbors feared runoff woes from townhouses
ESPY — Scott Township zoners have rejected plans for a 23-unit townhouse complex proposed for a 5.6-acre property along...
Bloomsburg-area pals suffer broken bones, burns in mishap
LOCK HAVEN —A dozen Bloomsburg-area fishing buddies were eating breakfast on a second-story deck Saturday when they...
Columbia Mall shop selling off merchandise starting today
BUCKHORN — The Hallmark store in the Columbia Mall is closing, but it will sell off everything before it does. The...
Spokesman cites expense, low price of natural gas
SALEM TWP. — Work on building a third reactor for the nuclear plant here has been suspended, and it doesn’t look likely...
April 27, 2016
Scott zoners let Berwick flock lease, upgrade building vacant for 13 years
SCOTT TWP. — It appears that after 13 years sitting vacant, the former Giant building along Route 11 near Sheetz has a...
Republican front runner still in fight for state’s delegates
HARRISBURG — Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won...
But area GOP voters fall in step with state, choosing favorite
Democrats from Columbia and Montour counties went against Democrats statewide Tuesday, supporting Bernie Sanders over...
Trump lures Danville-area vet to polls
COOPER TWP. — A 93-year-old World War II veteran voted for the first time in his life Tuesday, casting his ballot for...
Fumes from outdoor welding sparks scare at Foss Clinic
MAHONING TWP. — Smoke from welding work outside Geisinger Medical Center’s Foss Clinic here Tuesday was responsible for...
Accused trespasser charged with felony assault
MAHONING TWP. — A man who barged his way into an apartment during Bloomsburg’s Block Party got in more trouble when he...
April 26, 2016
Bloom man found in street allegedly socked ER security guard
BLOOMSBURG — An intoxicated man found lying along Miller Avenue ended up going to the hospital where he punched a...
16,000 supporters throng arena for White House hopeful’s message
WILKES-BARRE TWP. —With 10,000 supporters filling the Mohegan Sun Arena, and another 6,000 faithful outside, Republican...
BU, merchants must help halt growing chaos, officials say
BLOOMSBURG — From her home wedged between upper and lower campus, Kim Shetler has watched Block Party expand from a...
Columbia meetings slated to explain applications
ESPY — Property owners in flood-prone areas of Columbia County may be eligible for up to $80,000 in federal funding to...
‘MyCode’ program screens for genetic risks of disease
DANVILLE — More than 100,000 people have volunteered to have their DNA analyzed by Geisinger researchers to see if they...
April 25, 2016
Evidence linking seized bags of cash to drug trafficking ruled inadequate
BLOOMSBURG — Police seized $11,000 in cash, tucked neatly into two vacuum-sealed bags, during a traffic stop that ended...
Records show ousted instructors demanded millions of documents
BLOOMSBURG — After their latest lawyer quit over disagreements on strategy, two ex-professors are now representing...
Catawissa woman thought she struck rock, kept going, chief says
MONTOUR TWP. — A bicyclist was badly hurt when an 89-year-old woman’s car struck him from behind Sunday afternoon,...
Driver allegedly admitted downing several beers and shots before wreck around 9:40
SCOTT TWP. — A driver had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the limit before 10 a.m. when he crashed his pickup...
Finance fair teaches students the hard truths about budgets, savings
DANVILLE — High school students were given a glimpse of the financial stresses that await them at the Service 1st...