Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

October 22, 2017
Contractor took cash, took off, Nescopeck-area man says
NESCOPECK TWP. — A homeowner says he paid thousands of dollars to a home-improvement contractor who took the money but...
Two flee flames; electrical flaw is suspected cause, fire officials say
BERWICK — A fire that tore through a small home on Chestnut Street Saturday night was likely started by an electrical...
Surplus Outlet hosts ‘crazy’ idea to benefit Berwick Youth Football
BRIAR CREEK — When Surplus Outlet manager Michael Foreman got a call about hosting a “Supermarket Sweep”-style...
Benton man accused of resisting arrest in Berwick
BERWICK — A Benton man was locked up Friday night after allegedly crashing his car into two parked vehicles while...
Nescopeck’s efforts to save Cooper House hit wall
NESCOPECK — The landmark Cooper House is once again in the path of a wrecking ball. To help preservationists, the...
October 21, 2017
Florida man facing attempted murder charge in Danville
DANVILLE — A former military police officer said he didn’t know he was wounded in a brawl outside the Hilltop Bar and...
Congressman touts state gas reserves, coal for energy
BLOOMSBURG — Reflecting on his days as an elementary education major at Bloomsburg State College back in the 1970s,...
BLOOMSBURG — With signs in their hands and duct tape over their mouths, a group of 30 protesters waited outside The...
California native crashed in Berwick, authorities report
BERWICK — A motorcyclist on methamphetamine fled a traffic stop early Friday and led police on a low-speed chase before...
BLOOMSBURG — About 37 farms a year will be inspected by the Columbia County Conservation District as part of an effort...
October 20, 2017
Berwick woman, 61, allegedly punched surgery patient
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A Berwick woman punched her ailing husband in the stomach several times shortly...
Cops: Woman with no cash ID’d would-be thief
BLOOMSBURG — A woman was walking to work on Main Street before dawn Thursday when a man approached her from behind and...
Millville-area effort restores pond for fishing, creates habitat for wildlife
GREENWOOD TWP. — Thanks to a major cleanup effort, campers can once again fish and boat on a 2.1-acre pond at Camp...
Official: Former first lady to be in Danville on ‘volunteer basis’
DANVILLE — Hillary Clinton, who has commanded six-figure fees on the speaking circuit, will not be paid to deliver the...
MAHONING TWP. — The owner of a dangerous dog that bit a man who was riding his bicycle will plead guilty to a dog law...
October 19, 2017
Police investigate Bloomsburg dog fight that led to death
BLOOMSBURG — A Bichon Frise was attacked in her own yard here Sunday when a pit bull mix came onto the property and...
Bloomsburg man, 57, accused of rolling SUV
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man was driving under the influence of beer, pills and marijuana when he rolled an SUV with a 4-...
Homeless suspect allegedly lured robbery victim in Berwick shooting
BERWICK — A homeless teen accused of luring a man here to be robbed looked like she would cry when she saw her mother...
Defense says alcoholic had been using meth
DANVILLE — A Danville man who’s already locked up in state prison for terrorizing his ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty to...
Hopeful challenged on discrimination; parking, Block Party discussed
BLOOMSBURG — A candidates’ forum Wednesday night hit an emotional flash point on the issue of discrimination when a gay...
October 18, 2017
Consultant: $15M upgrade would hike bills, ease stench
BLOOMSBURG — Town leaders are considering a $15 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant, which would...
Milton grad previously worked near Pottsville
DANVILLE — Danville has hired a new superintendent to a five-year term. Jason Bendle, superintendent/principal for the...
N.Y. woman visits Berwick half-sister she found through DNA match
BERWICK — Armed with just a name and birthdate, Sharon Burkel began a 40-year search for her half-brother and -sister...
Council hopeful: Time limit on election placards violates rights
BERWICK — Council members said they’d revisit their ordinance limiting the display of election signs after a council...
Interim CEO: Parent seeking ways to grow, not sell
BERWICK — The for-profit company that owns the Berwick Hospital plans to invest in the center next year, despite rumors...
October 17, 2017
Payment to settle protracted lawsuit over sewer payments
DANVILLE — Mahoning Township Supervisors agreed Monday to pay Danville $1.4 million to settle a long-running lawsuit...
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors here are selling off the township water and sewer systems and decided to follow the money...
Mocanaqua restaurant already booked up for reopening after fire
MOCANAQUA — It took nine months for the owners of Brian and Missy’s Main Street Bar and Grill here to recover from a...
Councilman insists borough’s responsible for damage from tree
BERWICK — A councilman here says he’s ready to do battle against the borough he helps run after a codes officer told...
‘It’s my property. I can do what I want,’ Swank says
MAHONING TWP. — Danville’s Republican Mayor Bernie Swank is displaying campaign signs for a Democratic councilman at...
October 16, 2017
Firefighters tried to catch travelers’ escaped ‘therapy bird’
MIFFLIN TWP. — A parrot that escaped from its travel cage and flew into the woods when a couple from New York stopped...
Landowners in clash over deer and fence
JACKSON TWP. — A landowner harassed and threatened his neighbor for years in a dispute over property boundaries in...
Montour rec official: Resident’s junk blocking path; lawsuit in works
COOPER TWP. — A resident has part of the North Branch Canal Trail here blocked by junk, a recreation official says, so...
Arrest papers: Officers broke window when man refused to get out of rig
MIFFLINVILLE — A trucker from California who refused to get out of his rig when police responded to Love’s Travel Stop...
On 15-year anniversary of taking out loan for pool, lobby, officials torch mortgage
BERWICK — Almost 15 years to the day after taking out a loan to build a new indoor pool and lobby area, the Berwick...
October 15, 2017
Driver, 75, allegedly ran over feet of woman directing traffic at farm
CATAWISSA — A 75-year-old man is facing charges as a result of a pedestrian accident two years ago during a farm...
BU professors involved in Central American dig and water studies win grant to continue
BLOOMSBURG — An ancient jade mask, a complete set of court figurines, and other important discoveries have resulted...
Woman’s bail pulled, pending sentencing
DANVILLE — A Benton woman facing sentencing in two DUI-related crashes in northern Montour County is heading to jail...
Middle school here throws fundraisers for C.E. King in Texas
DANVILLE — When the middle school here flooded in 2011, the community and other schools from around the country showed...
Former wrestler later apologizes, makes plea deal
BERWICK — Handcuffed and reportedly intoxicated, a man used a leg lock to knock a police officer to the ground, noting...
October 14, 2017
Burn victim blames motorized chair for injuries to legs, arm
SCOTT TWP. — A man burned badly in a house fire here has sued the maker of his motorized wheelchair, claiming a machine...
North Centre family: ‘Devastated’ teen lost prize-winning pets
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A 4-H member who loves raising rabbits was left “devastated” by a series of bear attacks in the...
Buckhorn woman allegedly used doc’s pad to get narcotics
BERWICK — A medical office worker accused of forging prescriptions to acquire opioid drugs told a judge Friday that she...
Millville-area farmer throws his hat into ring for Lou Barletta’s 11th District seat
MILLVILLE — Longtime Millville-area farmer and former state Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff is “fed up with...
Golf course alleges actions of LLC president were ‘malicious, outrageous, vindictive’
MAHONING TWP. — Frosty Valley Country Club is suing its former management company, alleging fraud that nearly forced...
October 13, 2017
Berwick doctor, former employee both are charged
BERWICK — A podiatrist faces multiple felony charges after allegedly prescribing opioid pain killers to employees who...
District plans changes to maintenance shed, tennis courts as well
DANVILLE — The Danville Area School District plans to tear down the empty Riverside Elementary School, move its...
Orangeville family accepts $50G payment
LIGHTSTREET — An Orangeville family has accepted a $50,000 settlement for injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash here...
Suspect claims he didn’t know about crash
MAHONING TWP. — A police officer’s pickup was struck by a tractor trailer Thursday morning, and the rig driver left the...
Cops: Incidents took place in two days
BERWICK — A Berwick woman with a history of shoplifting arrests got three more last month while at Dollar General...
October 12, 2017
Roommate charged with murder of man with close local ties
KISSIMMEE, FLA. — A man who kept close ties to friends in his hometown of Berwick was murdered by his roommate here...
Archivist working on playbook cataloging 125 years of the sport
BLOOMSBURG — A captain of Bloomsburg State Normal School’s football team in the 1920s, known on campus as “Fat,”...
Local repairman DUI at five times limit, charges say
LIGHTSTREET — A worker for a plumbing and heating contractor, traveling between service calls on an August morning,...
Eagle rank would be accessible by 2019
BLOOMSBURG — The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday it plans to admit elementary-school-aged girls into Cub...
Buckhorn teen freed from car along Route 11 near Bloom
SCOTT TWP. —A Buckhorn driver smashed into a tractor trailer here Wednesday morning after she fell asleep at the wheel...
October 11, 2017
Department of Labor alleges firm retaliated against staffers who reported fall from chair
SALEM TWP. — A security guard’s fall from a desk chair ended up costing him and his supervisor more than $10,000 in...
Eatery fills void left by cantina, keeps a few Mexican-style favorites
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A former Mexican restaurant has been reborn as a steakhouse, featuring fresh-cut steaks, homemade...
Officials accused of secret talks, spending $16G to revise exec’s job
BLOOMSBURG — Town Council moved forward with a controversial ordinance to redefine its top administrator’s job Monday...
Supers say they’re budgeting for maintenance, truck
JERSEYTOWN — Some township residents want to know why Madison Township’s 48 miles of unpaved roads aren’t better...
She’ll speak on revitalizing health care in Danville
DANVILLE — Hillary Clinton will give the keynote address at a Geisinger symposium set for November here, the health...
October 10, 2017
Berwick director calls for audit of 12th Man Club, dividing board
BERWICK — A school director is calling for an audit of the 12th Man Club, accusing the football boosters of engaging in...
Woman accused of entering home as former beau took a shower
WASHINGTONVILLE —While a man was taking a shower Friday evening at his home near here, his ex-girlfriend got in and...
Alleged robber appears at court in hospital gown; bail set at $500G
BERWICK — A man shot in the face while allegedly attempting to rob another man was taken from Geisinger Medical Center...
Van Loan says he’s very lucky to be alive, walking after 16-foot plunge from his collapsed tree stand
BLOOMSBURG —Police Chief Roger Van Loan is spending the next four weeks on administrative-only duty after breaking...
Both prospective buyers make presentations to Mahoning
MAHONING TWP. — Aqua Pennsylvania says if it buys the township water and sewer systems, customer rates will be frozen...
October 9, 2017
Officials say they may reduce hours, add fees
BLOOMSBURG — The recycling center here may cut drop-off hours and start charging fees for bins and other services in a...
Berwick woman’s crash displaced her, N.Y. visitors, authorities say
MIFFLIN TWP. — A driver smashed her van into two motel rooms at the Super 8 here, then nearly hit people and vehicles...
Montour organizer says lack of profit may finish events
DANVILLE — The Chilli Challenge and River Towns Half-Marathon races may be discontinued because they are not profitable...
Penn State among schools offering training, despite critics’ questions of push for community intervention
STATE COLLEGE — Training programs around the country are trying to teach bystanders to stop sexual assault, and now is...
Woman given jail time for recklessly endangering pupils
DANVILLE — A rural Benton woman who lost her job as a school bus driver due to reckless driving pleaded guilty to...
October 8, 2017
Improbable pair shares story of forgiveness and redemption in hopes of inspiring prison inmates
SHAMOKIN — Walt Everett walked into the state prison near here last Wednesday alongside his son’s murderer. He and...
Zoning fix needed to use building for recovering addicts, a consultant says
SALEM TWP. — A company thinking about opening a halfway house for people trying to overcome addiction is looking into...
Danville-area man gives photos to BU to preserve, display experiences
BLOOMSBURG — One week after marrying his high school sweetheart, Blaine Cooper was facing an uncertain future. He’d...
Berwick man admitted attack, but offered no reason, arrest papers say
BLOOMSBURG — A Columbia County inmate charged with fighting in a bathroom last spring is now accused of tossing urine...
Man hauling load of Pop-Tarts hooked rig on roof of local bar
BLOOMSBURG — A trucker who got his rig hung up on the roof of a local bar could lose his CDL license for a year since...
October 7, 2017
Employees allege management lax on safety concerns
BERWICK — A Wise worker was badly burned three weeks ago when a pipe full of hot oil burst and poured over the man’s...
Central Columbia alumna says swimmer’s life is far from smooth sailing
For the Press Enterprise Jeannie Dobson Zappe’s swim career started in Central Columbia’s pool. But it’s expanded a...
Suspect in town attack allegedly high and drunk
BLOOMSBURG — A 23-year-old man told police he was drunk and high when he allegedly raped and beat a woman, court papers...
Public encouraged to be at Monday meeting on proposals
MAHONING TWP. — Two companies submitted proposals to buy the township’s water and sewer systems, with one company...
Danville restaurant owner may rent a new spot
DANVILLE — The owner of BJ’s Steak and Rib House has regretfully decided not to rebuild at the site of his fire-gutted...
October 6, 2017
Firefighter had gun due to harassment, says baby’s mom
BERWICK — A volunteer firefighter who accidentally shot himself Tuesday was carrying the gun because he and his...
Man could get probation after accusations of resisting arrest
BLOOMSBURG — A former police officer from the Lewisburg area pleaded “no contest” to resisting arrest here Thursday....
Berwick effort to offer uplifting hobby inspired by Virginia Beach movement
BERWICK — Kelly Baltzer wants to make people smile, so she started a group where members hide painted rocks around town...
Accused killer files motion in Columbia County
BLOOMSBURG — Accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin says in a court filing that the chief investigator in his homicide...
Illegitimate child of Fidel Castro to speak at Bloomsburg U.
BLOOMSBURG — As a child, Alina Fernandez had a distant and strained relationship with her father, then Cuban President...
October 5, 2017
Suspect allegedly made man strip at gunpoint, but victim managed to grab weapon and fire
BERWICK — The gunman who shot another man in Berwick Tuesday night says he did so in self-defense — his “victim” was...
Bloom challengers, incumbents disagree on council communication
BLOOMSBURG — Flooding and a downtown parking shortage are the biggest problems facing this town, candidates for council...
Police say Nescopeck volunteer wounded himself while trying to soothe young son
BERWICK — A volunteer firefighter, described by his chief as a hard worker with a “heart of gold,” died after he...
Berwick man jailed for allegedly slapping girlfriend says he plans to move in with her when he’s free
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Berwick man arrested for violating a protection from abuse order whispered “I...
USG factory near Washingtonville plans to add even more automation and speed without cutting jobs, its manager says
DERRY TWP. — USG, the maker of Sheetrock, has about 116 truckloads of its product going out of its plant near...
October 4, 2017
Former student, 18, allegedly ran through pane and smashed it
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student smashed a large dorm window on the ground floor of Elwell Hall when...
Witness: Bloody victim seeking help collapsed
BERWICK — A man bloodied by bullet wounds struggled on foot with the aid of a friend seeking help after being shot...
Vegas attack puts spotlight on device that speeds gunfire
ATLANTA (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman possessed a little-known device called a “bump stock” that was not widely sold —...
Police: Man ran off road near Graffiti Highway
CONYNGHAM TWP. — A driver lost control of his car near Graffiti Highway, crashed over an embankment and came to rest...
October 3, 2017
Bloom mom allegedly wrote herself checks worth nearly $50G from Memorial group
BLOOMSBURG — The former treasurer of Memorial Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization stole nearly $50,000 from...
School makes gains to score elite honor
BERWICK — Berwick Area High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017, one of only four high schools...
Mass shooting on Las Vegas strip leaves 59 dead, 527 injured
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country...
35-year-old to need facial reconstruction, but likely will live, according to Bloom chief
BLOOMSBURG — The Danville man who shot himself in the face downtown Sunday night was in stable condition in the ICU at...
Police say a man will also face charges in break-ins across three counties
MAHONING TWP. — A former Danville-area woman is accused in a string of burglaries across three counties that netted...
October 2, 2017
Turnout up after sweltering start
BLOOMSBURG — It was too hot to stroll the midway during last week’s heat wave, but attendance at the Bloomsburg Fair...
Frosty Valley will invite public into eatery, turn barn into banquet hall
DANVILLE — Big changes are coming to Frosty Valley Country Club next year, including a newly-redesigned restaurant that...
Chief: Man bloodied, but alive after single wound to the face
BLOOMSBURG — A distraught man shot himself in the face as police surrounded his car just behind the downtown fountain...
Troopers: Burglar fled, but was arrested same day
WAPWALLOPEN — A woman’s cat alerted her to an early morning burglary here Sunday when the feline leaped from her bed...
Augmented reality uses smartphone cameras to measure
NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe’s will launch an app this month that will use augmented reality to make it easier to envision what...
October 1, 2017
Woman displaced by Harvey reports unhappy return
BERWICK — A woman displaced by Hurricane Harvey says she felt victimized when Kmart here refused to let her return her...
Hobbyist mines honeycomb wall from abandoned Slabtown house
SLABTOWN — J.C. Owens ripped apart a section of horsehair plaster wall inside a second-floor bedroom of an abandoned...
Endangerment alleged
CATAWISSA — A driver was high on meth with two children in her car, police say, and now she faces endangerment charges...
Man among 87 area gamblers who raked in $107G in July
A Catawissa man won a $10,000 lottery prize in July from a $5 scratcher called Pay Me, records show. John Domanski...
BERWICK — When police responded to a report of a naked man lying in a street, they found a sweaty, trembling man who...
September 30, 2017
Financial officer claims success despite nearly $60M change
DANVILLE — Geisinger’s revenue topped the $6 billion mark in 2017, but the health system’s profits plummeted by nearly...
Adjustable items used by U.S. government can also boost radio signals, manufacturer advertises
BLOOMSBURG — Telescoping flagpoles made in Muncy can be found in a U.S. nuclear submarine, the deserts of Iraq, and now...
Police: Man was working at stand selling pony rides
BLOOMSBURG — A Florida rape suspect was arrested at the Bloomsburg Fair while working at his family’s pony rides stand...
Numidia girl’s steer, goat and pig prizes impress official
BLOOMSBURG — A 17-year-old may have made history this week at the Bloomsburg Fair for taking home three Grand Champion...
Catawissa man pleads guilty to meth charges
BLOOMSBURG — A man whose drug addiction spans two decades was told he’s facing at least two years in state prison for...
September 29, 2017
President: Gambling would boost economy, enjoyment
BLOOMSBURG — It’s no surprise that the Bloomsburg Fair makes a huge economic impact locally. But the area could reap...
Medical professional lists remedies in industry debate
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Geisinger CEO David Feinberg recalled breaking down in tears 25 years ago as a second-year...
Proud showman plans to retire and teach circus arts
BLOOMSBURG — Laszlo Kolozsy was born into the circus life, but says his first role was that of hostage when his father...
BLOOMSBURG — It began in 1817 with 26 Scotch-Irish people and a collection of about $35, which was enough to lure a...
Vocalists spending a year touring the country honoring veterans
BLOOMSBURG — Four Bloomsburg students who are part of a nationwide singing and dancing tour that stopped at the...
September 28, 2017
Fair’s animal tenders gather fans, water, ice for creatures’ comfort
BLOOMSBURG — As a heat wave pushed temperatures into the 90s here, animal caretakers at the Bloomsburg Fair scrambled...
BLOOMSBURG — Accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin is taking his defense into his own hands. Franklin filed a...
Berwick man said he’d kill pregnant wife, unborn child
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who roughed up his pregnant wife and threatened to kill her and their unborn child was...
Deal struck with St. Luke’s
DANVILLE — Geisinger’s Life Flight is extending its air medical transport reach into the Lehigh Valley. Geisinger...
Rural Bloom family selling pieces as fair fundraiser
BLOOMSBURG — With a shower of wood shavings and sanding dust, in just a few minutes, Mike McCay has turned part of an...
September 27, 2017
Police: Suspect knifed victim he believed texted his kids’ mother
BERWICK — Police say it appears the man who was stabbed in the chest in Berwick Sept. 20 was attacked because his phone...
28-year-old was ‘big teddy bear,’ always helpful, sister recalls
MAIN TWP. — A man remembered as a “big teddy bear” was electrocuted and fell to his death while working in a garage on...
Solar irrigation system among inventions at Bloom Fair STEM contest
BLOOMSBURG — A team of Berwick High School students has designed a solar-powered irrigation system that would rely on...
Berwick woman sent to hospital, possibly suffered broken arm
BERWICK — A Florida woman making an illegal turn on Front Street caused a three-vehicle crash that sent another woman...
Police: One suspect said marijuana was his ‘only source of income’
BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg University students who were on the school’s wrestling team are charged with selling...
September 26, 2017
Members of famous Wallenda family can’t keep feet on ground
By JULYE WEMPLEPress Enterprise WriterBLOOMSBURG — Just seven months ago, Rietta Wallenda of the famous Flying...
Council counters closed-session talks did not target HR chief
BLOOMSBURG — A town administrator says council members were talking about her employment at a closed-door meeting, so...
Jury finds testimony too vague against Berwick defendant
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man accused of molesting a child was acquitted of sexual abuse charges by a Columbia County jury...
Chain tests new service where delivery person comes in, stocks fridge
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience? Walmart is...
Workers step in to save suffering swimmers
BLOOMSBURG — Staff members at the horticulture building at the Bloomsburg Fair briefly became emergency responders...
September 25, 2017
Danville sewer authority wants walls replaced; council says ground’s unfit
DANVILLE — When the sewer lines were updated in Danville, the walls marking the entrance to the former armory that now...
Man allegedly fled crash, faces slew of charges
MIFFLINVILLE — A man sped off to flee an officer during a traffic stop and later wrecked his mom’s car with such force...
Best deal on Bloom Fair attractions depends on your preferences
BLOOMSBURG — A couple of fast-moving kids can easily blow through $100 or more worth of rides in almost no time on the...
Cooling tent, misting fans set up in unseasonable September
BLOOMSBURG — Record-setting heat Sunday sent Bloomsburg Fair officials hurrying to put up cooling stations and tents....
Danville native and friend partner up in specialty meat business
MOUNT CARMEL — The Coal Region is the home of soupies, and two friends who started a soupie business here are now...
September 24, 2017
Two major suppliers urge customers not to simply swallow EWG reports
There’s a good chance your tap water contains levels of cancer-causing chemicals beyond what is considered “healthy,”...
Tempting treats at Bloom Fair include dim sum, chops on a stick
BLOOMSBURG — Bissingers apple dumplings made me a Pennsylvanian. The first time I stepped through the Bloomsburg Fair...
Engineering firm counters survivors’ claims that it failed in safety inspections
EYERS GROVE — An engineering company denies it was responsible for a worker’s death in a trench collapse, court filings...
BLOOMSBURG — Milk from the cows shown at last year’s Bloomsburg Fair has returned to the fairgrounds, this time as...
Vendors say they find loose policy confusing
BLOOMSBURG — Officials said Confederate flags wouldn’t be prominently displayed for sale at this year’s Bloomsburg Fair...
September 23, 2017
Others in Bloomsburg applaud burning
BLOOMSBURG — As Gene Stilp set a homemade Confederate-Nazi flag ablaze Friday morning, David McElwee stood outside the...
DANVILLE — A registered nurse surrendered his nursing license after he allegedly took narcotics from a Geisinger...
Shooting kittens out of a cannon, a slide down a spaceship, and an art display worthy of a museum are some of this year...
Major food firms to fix packaging, reduce waste
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sell by?” “Display Until?” “Best Before?” These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out...
Suspect identified, police chief says
BERWICK — A man says he’s doing better after being stabbed in Berwick on Wednesday. Police say Robert Q. Brown, 30, of...