Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

December 9, 2016
SPCA seeks restitution for care of Locust Township pets
LOCUST TWP. — Urine had stained the floors and soaked through piles of dirty laundry left scattered in a home here...
Moms’ reusable baby item operation expands locally, around globe
BLOOMSBURG — When her son was “blowing out” of his disposal diapers, Jona Heise turned to cloth diapers. But thinking...
BLOOMSBURG — Quickly and quietly, the Bloomsburg school board and the district’s unionized teachers agreed on a new...
BLOOMSBURG — If a parking garage project comes to fruition, the Bloomsburg Diner building might be demolished, but its...
Saturday fundraiser planned to benefit disabled Benton man, 34, who has lost the ability to walk
ByMICHELLE CHMIELEWSKI Press Enterprise Writer BENTON — Most new mothers expect to see their children grow up and go...
December 8, 2016
Deadline, cost concern town council
BLOOMSBURG — A developer’s plan to demolish the Bloomsburg Diner and build a six-story parking garage in its place is...
DANVILLE — Mahoning Township cannot dissolve the water and sewer authority for now, a judge ruled Wednesday. The...
Official: Upgrades needed to meet job demands
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech has outgrown its 50-year-old building and wants to add more modern...
DANVILLE — It’s no coincidence that many of the 22 overdose deaths reported in Columbia County so far this year were...
VALLEY TWP. — State Police who pulled over two brothers on Interstate 80 near Danville on Wednesday say they found 67...
December 7, 2016
Berwick directors to hire architect to test viability
BERWICK — School directors here plan to hire an architect to see if Nescopeck Elementary is worth repairing and...
Mifflin driver trapped, critically hurt in crash near pet-food plant
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A 41-year-old Mifflinville man was critically injured when the pickup he was driving slammed into...
Troopers say intruders stole from client who paid $30 on $300 tab
COOPER TWP. — A man stiffed a prostitute at Winn’s Motel, then fled when two men showed up to collect the money he owed...
Town manager says temporary move will spend down surplus
BLOOMSBURG — Next year, town council plans to eliminate a tax that earmarks funds for the fire department, which has...
Dem activists consider possible appeal to state court
BLOOMSBURG — A judge Tuesday ended any hopes of a vote recount in Columbia County by rejecting Democratic petitions as...
December 6, 2016
Talen scraps a $70M project to let area coal station burn natural gas
WASHINGTONVILLE — Talen Energy has unexpectedly scratched a $70 million project that would have allowed the coal-fired...
Found in bathroom, confessed heroin user faces charges
BLOOMSBURG — An admitted heroin addict found partially conscious early Monday inside a bathroom at a downtown apartment...
Officials: Bloom Towers resident, 92, burned stored snacks in stove
BLOOMSBURG — An oven used to store snacks caused a small fire that evacuated the Bloomsburg Towers high-rise Monday...
Police: Man skipped stop sign in rural Mifflin; no serious injuries
MIFFLIN TWP. — A driver ran a stop sign and drove his car headlong into the rear tire of a passing school bus. The bus...
16 voters also petition for Senate vote review
BLOOMSBURG — Local Democratic Party activists will appear before a judge this morning seeking a vote recount in a last-...
December 5, 2016
Gunmen sought after Bloom home invasion
BLOOMSBURG — A young man went to a friend’s house to watch the Eagles game this weekend and ended up being robbed at...
Autoneum workers will tend, man shield
BLOOMSBURG — The three businesses that stand to directly benefit from the new floodwall in town will be assessed a...
Proprietor hopes to carve his slice of crowded Italian-food market
ByMICHELLE CHMIELEWSKI Press Enterprise Writer SCOTT TWP. — After 25 years working for local pizza joints, Aaron...
Police cited defendant, who pleaded guilty in Danville-area crash
VALLEY TWP. — A teen driver pulled her SUV into another motorist’s path on Route 54 here, causing him severe injuries,...
“I am not one to ask for help,” writes Tess, mother of twin toddlers in Danville, “but I never want my boys to go...
December 4, 2016
Landlord, operators trade accusations over local strip joint-turned-swingers spot that’s now closed
MONTOUR TWP. — The former Mustang Sally’s strip club found new life as a private sex club for swingers. But now that’s...
Bloom church hosts gentle introduction to tradition for kids with special needs
BLOOMSBURG — In a quiet, dimly lit room, 3-year-old Lennon Wilson sat on the floor examining a set of plastic building...
Raises for BU faculty run from 5-10 percent
BLOOMSBURG — The lowest-paid Bloomsburg University faculty members are looking at a pay raise of at least 10 percent...
Defendant admits smashing beer glass over head of bar patron she claims partied with late parent
BLOOMSBURG —With her head bowed, Laura Griffin stood quietly next to her attorney in court as he tried to explain what...
Man suffered live-changing injuries in mishap at work
Wesley once had a job that paid good wages and sustained his family of four. Now, he can’t even afford replacement...
December 3, 2016
Officials: Drunk man said he would burn down station
CATAWISSA — A man who was stumbling drunk after drinking a half bottle of rum and a half bottle of whiskey on his 31st...
Argument over cat spiraled into attack on teen, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A man threw a space heater and a full can of beer at his 17-year-old girlfriend after they argued about...
Buckhorn girl uses writing to cope with sister’s illness
BUCKHORN — Sarah Wright kept telling her mother, Ginger, horrific stories at the kitchen table. “Cancer, car accidents...
Second man sentenced for crime against Shick-area pair
For the Press Enterprise WILKES-BARRE — A second man has been sentenced to state prison for a brazen home invasion in...
BLOOMSBURG — The grandmother of a woman arrested for dealing heroin with her young daughter in tow says she’s “...
December 2, 2016
Driver escapes serious injury in OBR accident
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A small car slammed into the side of a tractor-trailer on Old Berwick Road here Thursday night,...
Ex-Windsor factory’s developer still faces zoning challenges
BLOOMSBURG — Developer Matt Zoppetti has purchased the former Windsor Foods plant on West 11th Street and is in talks...
MIFFLIN TWP. — A 33-year-old township woman was found dead inside her home Tuesday morning, and the coroner believes it...
Due to an extraordinary run of bad luck that included job loss and illness, Peter, Johanna and their two young boys...
DANVILLE — All Danville Area coaches must sign a form pledging not to pray with their teams or they cannot be coaches,...
December 1, 2016
Coaches told to skip team devotions after letter
DANVILLE — After a complaint about Danville football coach Jim Keiser, coaches here were warned not to participate in...
Numidia-area mother says probation officer saved her
LOCUST TWP. — The way Effie Johnston tells it, her probation officer saved her life. A recovering heroin addict with...
Berwick man charged with endangerment
BERWICK — A 5-year-old spotted walking nearly 2 miles to school by himself in near-freezing temperatures told police...
It was a long road back from addiction, but it’s possible, Effie Johnston stressed. “I wish there was something I...
Nine Columbia County residents petitioned, official says
BLOOMSBURG — Nine residents have petitioned Columbia County for a recount of votes from the Nov. 8 election, but they...
Family falls behind on mom’s income
Yolanda and Matt, a couple living near Bloomsburg with their three children, were doing OK, working jobs on opposite...
Columbia County voters supported write-in candidates running the gamut from “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader to a dead...
November 30, 2016
Supplier wants payment from Rudy’s Mart owner
VALLEY TWP. — The owner of the former Rudy’s Mart is being sued for $37,911 by a furniture manufacturer, weeks after...
Berwick man sought for allegedly kicking in door of ex’s home
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Berwick man kicked in a locked door, yanked his 2-year-old son out through the crack, and threatened...
Substitute teacher’s chalkboard character inspires Benton memorial
BENTON — Each morning when Caroline Shauger was teaching a class at L.R. Appleman Elementary School here, she drew a “...
Father asks hunters to be on the lookout for missing son
BLOOMSBURG — It’s been more than 10 months since Steven Whitenight Jr. disappeared while out delivering newspapers, but...
Officials can’t yet find first state-required review, which may mean taxpayers will have to foot full bill
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — During the two months that supervisors have been talking to developers about a study to consider a...
November 29, 2016
Police: Bloom man who did time for throat slashing injured two officers
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who served six years in prison for slashing another man’s throat was arrested again last...
Neighbor insists his research shows rugged tract belongs to Danville borough, not family claiming it
MAHONING TWP. — Members of the Mordan family say a piece of rugged land near Bald Top Road does not belong to Danville...
Source names officer in charge; township and lawyer stay mum
MAHONING TWP. — Another Mahoning Township officer has been suspended, a township attorney confirmed, and a source with...
Officers confront, arrest two strangers at rural Numidia property
LOCUST TWP. — A man and his son were out hunting on their land Monday morning when they spotted two strangers sneaking...
Dawn is a proud single mother. At 39, she packed up her son, Kingston, and moved to Danville to start a new job in 2014...
November 28, 2016
Woman alleges severe, permanent harm; Geisinger-Bloom defends care
BLOOMSBURG — A woman suffered a severe infection after a doctor improperly installed a hip replacement at Geisinger-...
Berwick woman is charged with making claim for uninsured grandchild’s accident
BERWICK — A Berwick grandmother was charged with insurance fraud after submitting a claim for a crash that involved her...
Retired state trooper’s aim is to keep students out of trouble
DANVILLE — The Danville Area School District has hired its first police officer, and he’s already walking the beat in...
Mason worries he puts too much responsibility on his teenage daughter. His wife left their family of five in 2014....
November 27, 2016
Berwick-area businessman’s insurer pays widow after legal wrangling
SALEM TWP. — A businessman has reached a $1 million settlement with a woman whose husband died in a trench collapse at...
Successful small-business owners say Obamacare punishes them
BLOOMSBURG — If Kim Keck and her husband choose to stick with the same health insurance they bought last year on the...
Southside woman says owners knew of rot, risk
ROARING CREEK TWP. — A diseased tree fell and hit a woman’s house, and now she’s suing the neighboring property owners...
Tracy and Felipe are scared. The high school sweethearts have made an enviable life for themselves in Bloomsburg....
Are you tired of untangling Christmas lights? Do you dread trying to match and replace a string that’s burned out? If...
November 26, 2016
Columbia County coroner: Central graduate found dead
ORANGE TWP. — A 26-year-old man died of a suspected drug overdose Thanksgiving morning, officials say. If confirmed, it...
Police: $525 in discs were taken
BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg-area woman rode a Jazzy through Wal-Mart and out the front doors with $525 in stolen DVDs,...
BLOOMSBURG — A man recently placed on probation for heroin dealing climbed out of a second-story window when probation...
Russell and Natalie are deeply devoted to their faith. A caseworker is awed by the Berwick couple’s capacity for...
November 25, 2016
Drive-through lumberyard could add jobs, serve drinks
LIGHTSTREET — A Berwick businessman plans to open a drive-through lumber business with a retail kitchen and bath...
Police: Cash tested positive for drugs after I-80 traffic stop
WEST HEMLOCK TWP. — State Police seized $9,650 in suspected drug money from two men during a traffic stop on Interstate...
NEW YORK — Bloomsburg native David McCormick was reportedly one of several candidates who met with President-elect...
Kim is overwhelmed. The Catawissa mother of two works two part-time jobs and is always on the lookout for more hours...
November 24, 2016
Man’s identity eludes officials still nearly a week after fall from truck
MONTOUR TWP. — A Christmas tree worker fell to his death last week and officials are still trying to identify the man...
But fingerprints reveal third name for man charged in shooting
BLOOMSBURG — The man who allegedly shot Joshua Lahr in the face earlier this week gave officials two different names as...
Boulevard boosters turn Berwick Jaycees building into holiday HQ
BERWICK — Two years after the Jaycees building was condemned, it has been reborn with a new name — Jingle Hall. The...
Danville-area couple’s story kicks off 36th holiday fund drive
Press Enterprise Editor We begin this year’s Brighter Christmas Fund, our 32nd, with a special request for a working...
Danville second-graders share imaginative, entertaining recipes for Thanksgiving dinner
DANVILLE — Girl turkeys are best. They must be freshly caught with a net... but don’t eat the eyes! Plus a pickled-...
November 23, 2016
Charges: Man shot through face, bullet stopped in shoulder
BLOOMSBURG — Cyree Cortez Young had just scored some weed when two strangers attacked him behind 201 Millville Road...
Berwick man faces trial
BERWICK — A suspected heroin dealer who allegedly dealt drugs out of a baby’s bedroom and who kept a stolen assault...
Bloom man found statue stolen —on Veterans Day
BLOOMSBURG — When Charlie Chamberlain pulled back his window curtain on Veterans Day to gaze at the military memorial...
Daville-area woman wins second court order
VALLEY TWP. — A woman has obtained another protection-from-abuse order against an ex-boyfriend now charged with...
Berwick-area woman dug up 2-foot giant raised from sprouts
BERWICK — This summer, Diana Gunther knew what was growing in her garden was no ordinary radish. But it wasn’t until...
November 22, 2016
Bullet pierced cheek, Bloom Police say
BLOOMSBURG — Nate Wynings was in his apartment watching “Shameless” on Monday night when he heard two men screaming and...
Case casts doubt on dissolution being will of people
MAHONING TWP. — The township’s embattled sewer authority is not going to fold after more than six decades of operation...
Ohio flier ready before Bloom Airport terminal’s opening
BLOOMSBURG — It was still hours before the new Bloomsburg Airport Terminal building was officially set to open Monday...
No patients in building that houses podiatry practice
BERWICK — Heat tape wrapped around a water pipe shorted out, causing a fire in a Berwick Hospital building Monday...
November 21, 2016
Company leases former CVS to open retail store
BERWICK — The former CVS building on Market Street is slated to have a new tenant — Dollar Tree has signed a lease to...
After 70-year wait, Berwick man dies two weeks before award arrives
BERWICK — World War II veteran Glen Laubach waited more than 70 years for his Purple Heart after being shot multiple...
Judge says younger Salem man should leave neighborhood
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A father says his son attacked him during a dispute here. The son says it was...
49 players won total of $65,565 last month
Even though October means Halloween, local lottery players didn’t take home any big treats. The month’s top two...
Court records: Girl, 9, suffered ‘serious, permanent’ damage to a finger in bowling alley
BLOOMSBURG — A 9-year-old girl suffered a finger injury at the Moose Exchange’s bowling alley, and now her parents and...
November 20, 2016
Owner wants shops, eateries for residents
SCOTT TWP. — The area around the Lion’s Gate apartment complex could soon be home to restaurants, stores and offices —...
Remphrey narrowly wins election to take over from Coolbaugh
BERWICK — A new chief will be taking the reins of the Berwick Fire Department come Jan. 1, promising to build on the...
Bloom man loading up for bear-hunting trip when blaze ignited
BLOOMSBURG — While Mitch Knapp was loading up his van to go bear hunting, a fire ignited, destroying the van and...
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble child actor who co-founded her own theater company in Boulder,...
Salem officer: Woman had drug paraphernalia
SHICKSHINNY — When Karen Daddio’s elementary-age kids couldn’t wake her up to take them to school, the police ended up...
November 19, 2016
Owner to sue, still use building
BERWICK — A youth wrestling meeting at the Berwick Armory was shut down Thursday night by police and a building...
Bloomsburg parents both jailed, accused of selling heroin
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman who allegedly sold heroin with her young daughter in tow was apprehended overnight...
Montour County zoning office wants fines from Anthony Township woman
ANTHONY TWP. — A woman is letting people live in campers at a junkyard in rural Montour County, a new lawsuit alleges...
Developer denies project is for students
BLOOMSBURG — A new three-story building is slated to begin construction across the street from Honeysuckle Student...
Shrimp, lunch meat, dog treats allegedly taken in Scott Township
SCOTT TWP. — A Delaware County man caught shoplifting nearly $100 of shrimp, lunch meats and doggie treats at the Giant...
November 18, 2016
DEP wants Columbia court to order man to comply with manure rules
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A farmer has repeatedly failed to comply with directives from environmental regulators intended to...
Bloomsburg shopkeepers warning customers, tracking business data
BLOOMSBURG — In a year when the town already doubled the cost of parking on Main Street and extended meter enforcement...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student, angry after being roused from sleep by loud music, allegedly pulled a...
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County’s commissioners voted Thursday to raise the property tax rate by 1.25 percent, blaming...
MAHONING TWP. —Schools in the Danville area were put on alert Thursday after a man facing charges of child pornography...
November 17, 2016
Grandma lost; Benton family of six homeless
BENTON — A fast-moving blaze took the life of a grandmother and left her family homeless Wednesday. Marlene Vance was...
Three members of ‘goon squad’ face stomping charges in court
BLOOMSBURG — Three of five fraternity brothers charged with stomping and beating another Bloomsburg University student...
Troubled 38-year-old barricaded himself in trailer, injured cop
ESPY — A man shot by police after barricading himself inside his trailer and attacking an officer with a baseball bat...
Town-gown Love March in Bloom draws 250
BLOOMSBURG — Organizers of Bloomsburg University’s No Hate Week considered staging the second annual event last week....
Director asks about possible cut as budget work continues
BERWICK — The superintendent believes Berwick will be able to avoid raising taxes for the 10th year in a row....
November 16, 2016
Berwick senior faces 21-year prison term, predator evaluation
BLOOMSBURG — An alleged pedophile who walked free for nearly a year after he confessed to molesting a 6-year-old girl...
Berwick boy charged as adult in town fight
BLOOMSBURG — A 17-year-old Berwick boy is accused of striking a Bloomsburg University student in the head with a brick...
Mainville-area resident warns of scam mailing claiming to come from Social Security agency
MAIN TWP. — A woman received a letter in the mail purportedly from the Social Security Administration, but it was a...
Washingtonville teenager charged with having drug paraphernalia, lacking license and littering
ANTHONY TWP. — A Washingtonville teen who crashed his car picked up a can of duster and inhaled because he was so upset...
Man pleads guilty to lesser charge in alleged party assault
BLOOMSBURG — An Ashland man facing trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old as she slept off a dozen beers at a...
November 15, 2016
DA says officer shooting justified, and Scott man in critical condition
ESPY — A police officer was justified in shooting a man who had barricaded himself in his trailer with nails and grease...
Up to 180 varieties will be sold at Beer Cafes, and Danville’s next
BLOOMSBURG — Weis Markets is uncorking wine sales at its Bloomsburg store this week with plans to introduce wine at all...
Council ends holiday ‘goodwill gesture’ of bagging meters
BLOOMSBURG — The annual tradition of bagging downtown parking meters for the Christmas shopping season came to an...
Supervisors keep mum on specific reason, citing only ‘integrity’
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors here Monday fired an officer who had been placed on two weeks of unpaid suspension due to...
Police seek tips on well-groomed man who asked to change $100s for smaller bills
DANVILLE — After making a small purchase at the liquor store in the Weis Market plaza here Thursday night, a well-...
November 14, 2016
DA: Officer wounded man after attack with ax, bat
SCOTT TWP. — A standoff between police and a troubled man ended with gunshots after the man attacked and injured an...
Chief says replacement will cost $350G
BLOOMSBURG — When the head gasket in one of Bloomsburg Fire Department’s engines blew on the way to a call, Chief Bob...
Suspect accused of other burglaries and drug crimes
BERWICK — Police say they tracked down the source of a stolen assault rifle found during a heroin bust here last month...
Supervisor: It’s all about the transparency
MAHONING TWP. — A dry-erase board hangs in the township secretary’s office, listing objectives that have been completed...
November 13, 2016
Drug suspect, his girlfriend’s sister brawled during visit, charges say
BERWICK — A 22-year-old with a history of violence punched his girlfriend’s sister in the face so hard, he broke her...
BERWICK — Chelsea Harrison says she broke up with Ryan Little for a few days after he was jailed for punching her...
Brass Pelican owner still serves customers original buckwheat batter
JAMISON CITY — Thirty years ago on Nov. 12, Monica Diltz mixed the first and last batch of buckwheat cake starter in...
Council votes Monday on covering insurance to workers’ spouses at taxpayer expense
BLOOMSBURG — A handful of town employees could be eligible to retire early and keep their spouses insured on the...
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors want to build a new park in the township and dedicate it to firefighters, police and medics...
LIGHTSTREET — Residents of the Stony Brook Circle trailer court near Lightstreet have been advised to boil drinking...
November 12, 2016
Briar Creek Township man says two were injured
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Two young people were hurt Friday when a car reportedly traveling at high speed slammed sideways...
Friend tells of music legend’s generosity
ST. LOUIS — Berwick native Wade Perry broke down sobbing over the phone Friday while aboard a tour bus en route to a...
Washingtonville male earned high school diploma while in lockup
DANVILLE — A Washingtonville teen who admitted groping a young girl in a dugout at a baseball field last spring told a...
Woman alleges rape, pressure to get abortion
BERWICK — A woman claims her boyfriend raped her, and he tried to coerce her into having an abortion, court records...
Area Republicans are joining president-elect’s transition team
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up...
November 11, 2016
Orangeville man, commission argue phrase
ORANGEVILLE — Robert Moon claims he won thousands on an instant lottery ticket, but when he went to claim his prize, he...
Tainted heroin feared
SCOTT TWP. — A township man found dead in his home early Wednesday was apparently an overdose victim, which would add...
Performance cited; lawman still on probation
MAHONING TWP. — A township police officer has been suspended for two weeks without pay, a supervisor says. Jonathan...
BLOOMSBURG — An Ohio man is accused of pointing a pistol at another motorist who cut him off along Interstate 80 after...
November 10, 2016
Area joined Trump’s rural GOP wave, prof says
BLOOMSBURG — Faulty polls, a surge of support for President-elect Donald Trump among rural voters, and historic levels...
Berwick man stops to help badly injured couple in I-80 crash
HEMLOCK TWP. — A broken-down van triggered a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Buckhorn that sent four people to...
Officials: Parents found Danville man, 34, with hypodermic in his arm
MAHONING TWP. — A 34-year-old man died of an apparent overdose Tuesday night, according to Montour County Coroner Scott...
Police: Espy defendant hit a kitten until its eyes bled
BLOOMSBURG — An Espy man who beat a kitten with a screwdriver so badly it had blood coming from its eyes pleaded guilty...
N.J. suspect faces trial for allegedly assaulting BU student who let him spend night in her dorm room
BLOOMSBURG — An 18-year-old woman testified Wednesday to being raped by a man she had invited to stay the night at her...