Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

August 21, 2017
Targeted tenant says complaints are exaggerated and tinged with racism
For the Press Enterprise MOCANAQUA — A group of neighbors is frustrated by escalating noise complaints, acts of...
Man allegedly let go over alcohol, mental problems loses his appeal
BEACH HAVEN — A former security guard at the nuclear plant, fired for alleged alcohol abuse and mental problems, cannot...
Take simple steps to safely view 75 percent blockage of sunlight here
Seven years ago, a guy named Mike Lynch put his telescope on his back porch after an evening of looking at the stars...
1993 grad deployed with Coast Guard during mission to Iraq
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Berwick native commands one of the Coast Guard ships patrolling the Caribbean Sea and eastern...
Other proposed businesses in Berwick building to need individual clearances, zoning officials say
BERWICK — Part of a former sweater factory is set to begin a new life as a venue for weddings and special events. But...
August 20, 2017
Case alleges bullet violated rights of man with knife
WILLIAMSPORT — A Berwick man who was struck by a police officer’s bullet while he was chasing another man with a knife...
Man who allegedly choked 4-year-old speaks in defense
BERWICK — A man accused of choking a 4-year-old boy said the child was coached to lie to investigators. Nevertheless,...
Police investigate recruitment fliers bagged with rice and scattered in yards, driveways
MIFFLINVILLE — Police are investigating the appearance of about 100 to 150 Ku Klux Klan fliers along Old Berwick Road...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of...
17 football players involved in Elysburg crash on way to scrimmage
RALPHO TWP. —A bus full of Danville football players escaped harm in a collision on the way to a scrimmage against...
August 19, 2017
Unityville victim’s family: Inspection firm to blame for death
EYERS GROVE — The family of a worker killed in a trench collapse is suing the company responsible for safety...
Catawissa pair feeds, tries to curb herd of cats overrunning roads
CATAWISSA — Nancy Wilson cradled Cammy the cat in her arms after coaxing the timid stray orange female from some bushes...
Officials say money to go toward update for prison annex
DANVILLE — The borough may not be permitted to use Community Development Block Grant money to fix a pedestrian bridge...
Suspect remains jailed as Berwick woman rues area changes
BERWICK — When 5-foot, 1-inch Melinda Rupp caught a man allegedly burglarizing her home last month, she didn’t stop to...
BERWICK — A 61-year-old man who became upset because his wife was watering her tomato plants repeatedly punched her in...
August 18, 2017
Geisinger: Bloomsburg anesthesiologist relieved of duties
BLOOMSBURG — An operating-room doctor had just worked a 16-hour shift when he was arrested last month, allegedly...
Bloomsburg event officials are installing posts, new sliding gate
BLOOMSBURG — Security barriers intended to stop vehicles from plowing into throngs of people at The Bloomsburg Fair are...
Channel has plagued Montour County for 25 years, officials say
MAHONING TWP. — Logs that were installed to help direct water through a problematic stream held up well during flooding...
Police: Bloomsburg man lacked valid license
BRIAR CREEK — An intoxicated man with four previous DUI arrests and a suspended driver’s license that expired in 2008...
Retired executive says service set her up with felons, unstable men
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A retired corporate executive said in a lawsuit that she spent $150,000 on a matchmaking service...
August 17, 2017
Police say man solicited sex from teen boy on website
SCOTT TWP. — A 45-year-old Bloomsburg teacher was arrested and jailed after police say they discovered he’d been using...
Berwick theater director dreams of hosting parties, conferences, art events
BERWICK — The new executive director of the Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts is hoping to bring more movie...
Bloomsburg station staffer accused of promoting hatred
BLOOMSBURG — David Reilly has resigned from the radio station run by his parents in response to angry protests and an...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man pleaded guilty to charges he supplied heroin to a friend later found dead of a drug...
For the Press Enterprise A Shickshinny man who threatened to kill several family members, including his 5-year-old...
August 16, 2017
WHLM owner acts as furor builds over son’s Va. rally link
BLOOMSBURG — WHLM Radio owner Joe Reilly announced late Tuesday that he has suspended his son David indefinitely and...
Investigators: Suspect sent lewd photos
BERWICK — A 24-year-old man is charged with asking two teen girls to send him naked photos of themselves, but police...
Rural Montour County man says boy startled pet his mom let out of cage against instructions
ANTHONY TWP. — A dog owner denies that his pet mauled a child, and he’s contesting a lawsuit filed by the boy’s family...
Exec offers counterproposal on defining duties
BLOOMSBURG — A frustrated town manager who sees her job being “politicized” by council members shot back Monday night...
DEP official: Small fuel leak at Bloom launch did no real harm
BLOOMSBURG — A pumper truck drawing water from a boat launch here triggered an environmental cleanup after the truck...
August 15, 2017
Lawyer pulls out of Danville teen’s case that claims injury during cheering practice
DANVILLE — Due to a dispute with his client, a lawyer is withdrawing his representation of a teen who sued her former...
Staffer’s video of Va. rally triggers backlash
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University football fans may no longer have the option of listening to games on Bloomsburg...
Drunken suspect allegedly challenged officer to ‘go ahead and get’ cell phone hidden in her bra
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A drunken Berwick woman attempted to break into a house, then tried to head-butt and kick officers...
Defendant sent to treatment court, fined $2,500
BLOOMSBURG — A 26-year-old Berwick man has pleaded guilty after his fifth drunken driving arrest. Donald E. Fitzgerald...
Reported peacemaker needed two surgeries after blow to head
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of “sucker punching” another man who reportedly tried to defuse an argument outside Hardware...
August 14, 2017
Danville-area youth contacts dad after puzzling disappearance
BLOOMSBURG — A missing Danville-area teen whose disappearance police deemed suspicious has returned home safe and sound...
Berwick charity tries to combat illegal trash left around donation box
BERWICK — The Salvation Army post here is hoping new tactics will stop people from illegally dumping trash around its...
Scientists reveal a discreet U.S. injection site
NEW YORK — A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in...
Husband sought in fight near Centralia that left three injured, including 5-year-old boy, police say
CENTRALIA — Police are searching for a man who allegedly kicked his wife in the head with steel-toed boots during a...
District alleges English instructor left without paying for courses
DANVILLE — The Danville Area School District has sued a former teacher, alleging he owes over $5,000 for taxpayer-...
August 13, 2017
Teen says man raped her, put white powder on her tongue
BERWICK — A girl, 15, told a judge that she was raped by an older man who took her from her family, put a vile-tasting...
Home Depot denies man’s fraud claims
BUCKHORN — A customer is suing Home Depot for $50 million, claiming he paid for 10 gallons of paint at its store here,...
Bloomsburg woman felt God’s call to help couple become parents
For the Press Enterprise On December 30, 2016, Rebecca White gave birth to healthy fraternal twin boys — one of which...
Shirtless suspect allegedly shouted obscenities
BERWICK — A shirtless man yelling obscenities and making “finger gestures” at neighbors and passing motorists was...
Offender pleads for leniency as friends, family praise character
DANVILLE — A Watsontown man who admitted corrupting a 15-year-old girl by twice having unprotected sex with her was...
August 12, 2017
Old sign to return in 2018
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair’s new sign is officially signing off in 2018. The colorful vinyl overlay installed in...
Court papers state Briar Creek Township woman seeking PFA
BERWICK — A man allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat and pinned her against a wall before pushing her down three...
DANVILLE — A woman here said Friday she’s been harassed for a week by daily phone calls from a man saying there’s a...
Ex-fraternity brother charged in Bloomsburg University beating
BLOOMSBURG — A former fraternity brother charged with beating another Bloomsburg University student was sentenced to...
August 11, 2017
Berwick crash victims also sue eatery owners, DUI suspect
BERWICK — A pregnant woman underwent an emergency cesarean section after the car she was riding in was struck by a...
Attorney says teacher was hurt in Montour County
ANTHONY TWP. — Another dangerous dog has attacked in Montour County, and the owner tried to pay off the victim, an...
BLOOMSBURG — A large bone found by the Susquehanna River Wednesday night triggered an investigation by police, who...
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Danville man had nearly a half pound of marijuana stashed inside his vehicle when police stopped him...
BLOOMSBURG — The older sister of a rural Danville teen who’s gone missing was sentenced Thursday to 1 to 2 years in...
August 10, 2017
Police admit trouble tracking teen
BLOOMSBURG — Police now believe the disappearance of Joel DePaolo is suspicious, and the family of the Danville area...
Police say Joel DePaolo and his car have both vanished and authorities are looking for clues in the suspicious case....
Susquehanna Trailways: Fewer riders cut revenue
BLOOMSBURG — A bus company that transports riders from Bloomsburg to Philadelphia and New York City will halt those...
Damage was limited to exterior of former Pepsi plant in Berwick
BERWICK — An employee at a storage facility who was using a blowtorch to clear weeds accidentally set the building on...
Authorities say Megan’s Law offender walked away from job
WILLIAMSPORT — A manhunt for a former Berwick man ended successfully late Wednesday when the suspect was nabbed at his...
Police say Pine Township man barricaded in home
PINE TWP. — A 48-year-old man threatened to kill a woman and a cat before barricading himself in his house Tuesday...
August 9, 2017
23 grads in speech pathology claim program didn’t deliver on promises
BLOOMSBURG — Twenty-three alumni have sued Bloomsburg University, claiming a graduate program for school-based speech...
New apps and big fines for scammers are in the pipeline
NEW YORK — For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time. His Sports City Pizza Pub in Buffalo,...
Distraught over breakup, Berwick resident tried suicide, her friend says
BERWICK — A despondent, incoherent woman had to be rescued from the shores of the Susquehanna after she walked into the...
Police: West Virginia man abandoned van after hitting car, tree, gravestones
BERWICK — Police say they have identified the person who crashed a vehicle into several stones at Pine Grove Cemetery...
August 8, 2017
Berwick woman, 62, says her temper took over during burglary
BERWICK — A 62-year-old woman says police needed to protect a 29-year-old burglar from her after she came home to find...
Danville-area firm wants payback for losses; ex-worker admits to threat
DANVILLE — A man who left a written bomb threat on the floor of a restroom at work because he wanted to go home early...
Health care, taxes among concerns aired at senator’s Danville forum
DANVILLE — Health insurance, taxes, and the town’s levee system were among the concerns raised by 30 local business...
Defendant allegedly jumped onto women, proposed ‘threesome’
BLOOMSBURG — A Montour Township man won’t challenge charges that he assaulted two female Children and Youth workers in...
19-year-old’s worried family reaches out on Facebook for help
RUSH TWP. — Joel Allan Depaolo said he was going to Bloomsburg with a friend when he left his father’s home here,...
August 7, 2017
Ex-Scouts aim to raise up to $1M to buy defunct recreational area
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Camp Louise has been closed for a year, but a group of Girl Scout alumni has launched a campaign to...
Driver toppled six gravestones, Berwick overseers say
BERWICK — Someone crashed a vehicle into six gravestones at Pine Grove Cemetery on Walnut Street here, ripping out...
Pit bull’s owner cited, under investigation, Mahoning officers say
MAHONING TWP. — The owner of a dangerous pit bull that has already sent three people to the hospital in unprovoked...
Man charged in second Berwick break-in
BERWICK — A man accused of stealing two guns and trading them for heroin is facing charges in a second burglary....
Police: Behavior ‘very paranoid’ as he disturbed neighborhood
BERWICK — A Berwick man allegedly ran around screaming obscenities while trying to force his way into two homes here...
August 6, 2017
Woman told cops employer coerced her into sex acts
MONTOUR TWP. — A cleaning woman who allegedly stole a homeowner’s checks says she took them because she was upset over...
Emerald Ash Borer killing lumber Stillwater plant needs
STILLWATER — From his glass-enclosed operator’s booth, Brian Ackley guides the ash log into position. A screaming 54-...
Woman and beau facing charges after domestic fight
MADISON TWP. — A Jerseytown man tried to strangle his girlfriend, then forced her and her young daughter to sleep...
Mom chooses jail over home confinement despite having disabled daughter to tend
BLOOMSBURG — A DUI offender claimed she couldn’t spend two days in jail because her disabled adult daughter needed a...
Driver going so fast that a tire blew out, trooper says
BRIAR CREEK — A tractor-trailer driver going “way too fast” tipped his 72,000-pound load as he turned into the Dollar...
August 5, 2017
CHS isn’t saying whether Berwick may fall among those slated for sale
BERWICK — The company that owns Berwick Hospital Center plans to continue selling off medical operations into 2018,...
Police: Nescopeck man, 25, going 75 mph along winding rural road
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — A 25-year-old man who lost control of his convertible and flipped upside down into a swamp along...
BU grad wins job in Department of State leadership
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Bloomsburg native Carl Risch’s presidential appointment to a high-...
Members of self-styled ‘Goon Squad’ bragged online
BLOOMSBURG — A judge sentenced two fraternity brothers to prison for beating another Bloomsburg University student and...
August 4, 2017
Bloom eatery owner pleads guilty in Pa. tax case
BLOOMSBURG — A local restaurant owner has admitted to tax evasion and must pay back more than $26,000 he owes the state...
To the Editor: Today I have accepted responsibility for my failure to timely make tax payments relative to my business...
Suspected Berwick drug dealer chased, caught in Espy, authorities say
ESPY — A suspected heroin dealer fled from police Thursday morning, ditching a loaded handgun in a park during the...
Bloom U prof helps find the flaws in vehicles’ security
BLOOMSBURG — If we’re considering a future where computers, rather than humans, will drive cars, one Bloomsburg...
Judge declares time served for Orangeville woman
BLOOMSBURG — An Orangeville man whose wife shot a revolver at him last summer told a judge he thinks the gun went off...
BLOOMSBURG — Police who were called to investigate a fight between a man and his girlfriend’s roommate found marijuana...
August 3, 2017
Recovering Berwick man says he’s done helping homeless
BERWICK — Richard Miller said he had no warning before John Gurns plunged a knife into his back. Miller was out of the...
Business expands to Orangeville spot that held restaurants for decades
ORANGEVILLE — Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new building at the longtime site of the old Creekside and...
Wapwallopen motorist had to be propped up during stop, trooper says
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Wapwallopen man was so intoxicated when State Police came upon him earlier...
Cops: Driver ignoring stop sign caused three-vehicle wreck
CENTRALIA —A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital when another driver “barreled through” a stop sign and caused a...
Suspect allegedly swapped firearms for heroin
SALEM TWP. — A broken car part and a tip from a Berwick resident led police to the man they say broke into a locked...
August 2, 2017
Chicken champion blames neighbor, who says she’s sorry
BERWICK — Two weeks after Danielle Busch successfully fought off a councilman’s effort to ban chickens in the borough,...
Locustdale man is facing 45 charges
CATAWISSA — Officers who busted into a Locustdale man’s home on suspicions of child pornography found Kenneth Lee Wehry...
Officers nab fugitive after foot chase, hunt around park
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Shamokin man tried to use a crowded Knoebels Amusement Resort to his advantage when he fled from...
Arrests on Interstate 80 come less than 24 hours apart
LIBERTY TWP. — State Police made two drug busts on Interstate 80 in less than 24 hours, including one that allegedly...
Mifflin beau banned from contacting woman
MIFFLINVILLE — A Mifflinville man said he’d slit his girlfriend’s throat and burn down her home if she cheated on him,...
August 1, 2017
Bloomsburg shop open by appointment only
BLOOMSBURG — The owners of a bridal shop here have locked their doors and called in police after someone called in a...
Montour County suspect still jailed
MAHONING TWP. — The woman accused of setting fire to her motel room, then telling neighbors who ran for help to “let it...
GMC staff can simulate surgeries on breathing, bleeding mannequins
MAHONING TWP. — Geisinger Medical Center has a new lab where medical personnel can practice procedures on mannequins...
HARRISBURG (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania has told GOP officials and activists he has decided...
MONTOUR TWP. — A boater and his day cruiser got stuck in the middle of the Susquehanna River near the Catawissa bridge...
July 31, 2017
Bloom woman given probation deal after vet-shopping dog’s painkiller
DANVILLE — A woman who fraudulently obtained painkillers for her dog so she could take the pills herself will serve a...
Bloom-area doctor calls claims vague
SCOTT TWP. — A dentist accused of removing two healthy teeth and improperly installing a dental bridge is fighting back...
I-80 crash at Lightstreet hurts man, scatters animals, damages two cars
LIGHTSTREET — An SUV veered across the grassy median and slammed into the side of a cattle truck on Interstate 80...
Suspect sought out officers to discuss ‘domestic issues’
BERWICK — A Berwick man called police to meet at Burger King on Front Street so he could discuss some “domestic issues...
Man charged with scamming Southside victim
CLEVELAND TWP. — A woman wrote a man a check for $3,000 as a down payment to install a chain-link fence at her Jackson...
July 30, 2017
Berwick youth in foster system among 25 at campus outreach
BLOOMSBURG — Jerod Waller was 13 and alone. His mother had up and left, moving from Berwick to somewhere in Florida....
Coroner: Unrelated deaths came hours apart in ‘a really bizarre coincidence’
STILLWATER — A man injured in an accident and his mother died within hours of each other Friday, authorities say....
Dog, scattered trash alert Benton-area couple to furry visitor perched in tree
BENTON TWP. — A black bear busted into a covered garbage can then shinnied up a tree outside a couple’s home here...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —When police pulled over an SUV with no inspection sticker July 16, they found a gun, ammunition,...
Former beau allegedly fled when spotted trying to defy court order
CLEVELAND TWP. — A man ignored a court order forbidding him from seeing his ex, so he swapped clothes with a friend to...
July 29, 2017
Drug discovery remains a mystery
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick middle school teacher, fearing a traffic stop one night in May, ditched his brother’s Jeep...
Construction to start early next month along Susquehanna
DANVILLE — More upscale housing is coming to Danville’s waterfront. Eight brownstone and eight condominiums within...
Police: Benton man pulled into path of married couple on Route 487
STILLWATER — One man and two women were injured following a crushing head-on collision Friday afternoon between two...
Mayor vindicated as borough is advised to hire new officers
HARRISBURG — Berwick is violating its police contract by not hiring replacements for police officers who have left the...
Authorities: Two others nabbed in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — A wanted woman jumped out of a second-story apartment window Friday after she ran from police, officials...
July 28, 2017
Fourth suspect allegedly fled in Scott Township
SCOTT TWP. — A pair of women distracted a Rite Aid Pharmacy clerk as two men who entered the store with them stole...
Bawdy Broadway production is bound for the Danville stage this weekend
DANVILLE — It’s taken months of work and a change in the organization running the show, but cast members of “Avenue Q...
Berwick man faces charges
BERWICK — Peter Celona told police he heard a woman screaming for help, then saw her struggling to fight off a man...
Who: Young Artists’ Theatre Project of Danville What: The comedic musical “Avenue Q School Edition” When: July 28...
BLOOMSBURG — Six people were evacuated last night from an apartment building on Lockard Avenue here when smoke filled...
Consumers could see hike on natural gas, phones, electric service
HARRISBURG — State Sen. John Gordner of Berwick says Thursday’s narrow 26-24 vote to raise enough revenues to deal with...
July 27, 2017
BLOOMSBURG — Before Cea Jay Chattin shot his lifelong friend to death, he tested his resolve by killing the victim’s...
BLOOMSBURG — Cea Jay Chattin made a “half-hearted” suicide attempt after troopers arrested him for killing Bryan Harris...
Autoneum staff’s practice run a success
BLOOMSBURG — When it’s time to close up openings in Bloomsburg’s new flood wall, a select group of Autoneum employees...
BLOOMSBURG — A panel of area health care professionals spoke out Wednesday night about the health and economic...
CATAWISSA — A man accused of defecating on his girlfriend’s face arrived in court Tuesday, confident the charges would...
Borough, community gave thousands to cause
BERWICK — Bob Smith, a 69-year-old veteran from Berwick, was a man on a mission Wednesday. With his daughter and...
July 26, 2017
Bloomsburg unlikely to debate discrimination law this year
BLOOMSBURG — A bridal shop here is under fire again for turning away a lesbian couple earlier this month. But the...
Seeking new trial, victim’s ex-wife claims she was too weak to end man’s life
HARRISBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer may have been weakened by health problems at the time of ex-husband Frank Spencer’s...
Mahoning Township supervisor blames a broken drain pipe
MAHONING TWP. — Monday’s floodwaters may have receded, but the deluge left behind a big sink hole and a mess to clean...
Officer said transient refused bus ticket to shelter
BLOOMSBURG — A Danville woman who’s been in and out of jail the past two weeks was back in prison Tuesday after getting...
Council lets volunteers handle complaint about training attendance
BERWICK — Council members here agreed to turn over a complaint about firefighters who didn’t show up for a training...
July 25, 2017
Berwick father accused of setting his house on fire had breakdown, say wife and son
BERWICK — Cindy Francioni sat in the reception area of the magistrate’s office surrounded by friends and family,...
Water rises in Bloom, Danville areas after downpours
BLOOMSBURG — Heavy downpours, flooded roads and warnings of more flash floods and possible tornadoes spread damage and...
Connecticut pastor riding to California for convention injured and airlifted to Geisinger
MIFFLINVILLE — The pastor of a motorcycle ministry in Connecticut was seriously hurt Monday when he wrecked his custom...
Bloom-area resident took his life in cabin, coroner says
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man who was reported missing Sunday by a relative who feared he might harm himself was...
Berwick man spent $2 to win top June jackpot
A Berwick man fattened his wallet by $23,439 in June after playing a lottery game called Fat Wallets, records show....
July 24, 2017
Dad of baby dies in Catawissa house despite revival efforts
CATAWISSA — Police found a man and woman unconscious of suspected drug overdoses and three children — including a 10-...
Montgomery House makeover and expansion are under way
DANVILLE — For the first time in 75 years, a historic museum in Danville is getting an upgrade. The Montgomery House...
Berwick-area spree included break-ins, stolen firearms
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A second person was charged in connection with a string of porch furniture...
Woman claims ‘kids’ have been antagonizing her online
BERWICK — The mother of a teen accused of taking part in a group attack in another man’s home claims the alleged...
Goodwill Hose Company needs $30G for turnout gear
DANVILLE — Fire company officials and the Danville community are fuming over $150 stolen from a donation jar, whose...
July 23, 2017
Berwick neighbor, lone complainer, denies vendetta against brewpub
BERWICK — A hearing about the noise level at local bars turned into a heated exchange when the borough solicitor asked...
Cats can also go cage, leash free
BERWICK — Chickens can continue roosting safely in Berwick after an effort to ban them from the borough died for lack...
Bloom-area woman brews ancient drink touted for health properties
For the Press Enterprise Some people build their businesses by word of mouth. Natalie Lynn is building hers by mouth...
He admits sending girl, 14, to spend fake bills in stores
BLOOMSBURG — A Luzerne County man who sent a 14-year-old girl into the Columbia Mall to purchase items with fake $100...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A 38-year-old man is accused of donning a hat and sunglasses to steal from Walmart, then taking off the...