Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

January 15, 2018
Danville balks at cost hike of 44 percent for winter sports salaries
DANVILLE — Coaching salary increases for winter sports proposed here last week would have raised costs about 44 percent...
Benton business invests in educating its employees
BENTON — The list of customers who buy iron castings from the Benton Foundry is long and prestigious. It includes NASA...
Around since the Civil War, the Benton Foundry has gone from a one-man operation to a 240-person, 225,000-square-foot...
Son grabbed piece of wood during alleged assault
MONTOUR TWP. — A 12-year-old boy grabbed a piece of wood in defending his mother as she was beaten by a man here,...
Defendant will have chance to see most serious charge dropped
BLOOMSBURG — A man will be given a chance to avoid a felony conviction for allegedly stealing new TVs out of student...
January 14, 2018
Two officers could be suspended for ‘unbecoming’ conduct, mayor says
BERWICK — Two police officers here could face suspension for “behavior unbecoming an officer,” the mayor says. Police...
Gusty winds, difficult access complicated Danville-area effort
VALLEY TWP. — Hindered by gusty winds, a steep, gated driveway and no access to a public water supply, firefighters...
Millville man charged after allegedly shoving vehicle of son’s mother into field
MILLVILLE — A Millville man who had his baby son in his truck repeatedly rammed the child’s mother’s car, shoving it...
BLOOMSBURG — A heavily intoxicated man punched an EMT, kicking at him and others who were trying to get him to the...
BERWICK — As a wanted man on parole for murder was taken into custody here Friday, three kids came knocking on the door...
January 13, 2018
School board meeting is slated for Thursday night
DANVILLE — The Danville Area school board says it’s considering looking for new applicants for its head football coach...
NANTICOKE — Every year, Bloomsburg University’s nursing department is flooded with undergraduate applications as 1,700...
Winds hindered efforts to save Valley Township house
VALLEY TWP. — A mansion in an upscale development was destroyed by flames on Friday night. The fire at 1094 Charlene...
TURBOTVILLE — An 82-year-old man from Lycoming County was killed Friday morning when his car collided with another...
Former president says secretary-treasurer feared incoming regime, which butted heads on hiring
SHICKSHINNY — The elimination of the borough’s secretary-treasurer position by the outgoing council here has put the...
January 12, 2018
WAPWALLOPEN — A trio of dog breeders face 130 separate charges for keeping 11 dogs in frigid outdoor kennels on a...
Volunteers de-ice Montour County hatchery to save kids’ fishing derby
POINT TWP. — Volunteers recently worked in sub-zero temperatures to de-ice a fish hatchery and save trout that will...
Bakery family says complaints defamed and distressed them
BERWICK — The Tuzzis say a track camera they installed behind their rental property shows no excessive rodent activity...
BLOOMSBURG — Police say they found more than 400 packets of heroin, a gun and ammunition while searching a suspected...
State Superior Court judges reject all lawyer’s arguments
HARRISBURG — Convicted killer Maria Sanutti-Spencer has lost in her latest bid for a new trial. In a ruling released...
January 11, 2018
Boosters’ email says Danville school staffers are out
DANVILLE — School officials here say they have taken no action to remove head football coach Jim Keiser or his staff...
BERWICK — A woman allegedly hit a man with a metal rod, knocking him to the ground before she and another man beat him...
Portable speed bumps act as ‘gentle reminder,’ and protect first responders
BLOOMSBURG — Despite warning signs, flashing lights and flares, volunteers still see drivers cruising too close to...
Official: Troopers want Conyngham Township hard drive after accusations of mismanagement
CONYNGHAM TWP. — Former Conyngham Township supervisor and secretary Linda Tarlecki, who reportedly wiped out records...
BLOOMSBURG — Glenda Kowalski walked outside her East Seventh Street home Wednesday morning and was stunned at what she...
January 10, 2018
Officer returns to Benton blaze to rescue dogs
BENTON — A police officer helped a woman overcome by smoke escape from the enclosed back porch of a burning house here...
Man says water woes will drive him to leave Stony Brook Circle; management blames trouble on occupants
LIGHTSTREET — A Stony Brook Circle resident is so fed up with unreliable water service at the trailer court here, he’s...
Police investigating why driver failed to stop in crash near Elysburg
ELYSBURG — A tri-axle dump truck crashed into the side of a freight train at a crossing near here Tuesday, injuring the...
Board president says season’s coaches won’t be paid after board failed to OK new salary schedule
DANVILLE — School directors voted down a new salary schedule for winter sports coaches Tuesday night, and the board...
January 9, 2018
Rural Benton man pleads guilty but mentally ill in pal’s shooting
BLOOMSBURG — A rural Benton man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting his roommate in the head three...
Mystery birds move in, damage rural residents’ vehicles and garage
ROARING CREEK TWP. — Four guineafowl showed up at Rick and Emily DeWald’s property here about a month ago, and have...
Review uncovered ‘malfeasance,’ said Berwick volunteers
BERWICK — Three life members of the Defender Hose Co. are calling for an audit of the defunct fire company, saying they...
Suspect allegedly threw punches outside Bloom bar
BLOOMSBURG — A Williamsport man was charged with aggravated assault for his involvement in a brawl downtown in late...
$1,700 in paychecks OK’d for ousted Conyngham official
ARISTES — Conyngham Township secretary/treasurer Linda Gregis has been spending hours every day trying to clean up the...
January 8, 2018
Judge denies only house arrest for ailing Catawissa man, 74
BLOOMSBURG — A judge recently ordered a 74-year-old Catawissa man to spend 30 days in prison for poisoning a feral cat...
Jailed Nescopeck man allegedly sold meth from car, fled police
BERWICK — A man accused of selling methamphetamine while he stalked an ex-girlfriend saw his hearing continued recently...
Bloom mother and daughter take pleas for reduced charges
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg mother and daughter pleaded guilty recently to child endangerment charges for allowing two...
BUCKHORN — A group of men and women was charged with stealing from the local Walmart twice over the course of a week....
Hollywood ready to laugh at host Meyers’ sex-scandal barbs
With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed...
January 7, 2018
Mocanaqua boss denies Shick chief’s claim of racial bias against volunteer
By SUSAN SCHWARTZPress Enterprise WriterSHICKSHINNY — A fire company squabble has resulted in Shickshinny removing...
Motorist who waved at officer was high at wheel, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A driver who offered a friendly wave to a police officer here before speeding off along Route 93 was...
Businessman Wawroski ousts Dent as boss of grandstand
BLOOMSBURG — Two candidates named Brian made a clean sweep at Saturday’s Bloomsburg Fair Board elections. Brian W....
BLOOMSBURG — Talk of closing some admission gates to funnel fairgoers through a new main entrance had some Bloomsburg...
Bloom man to serve state time after admitting selling drug; wife gets jail stint for child endangerment
BLOOMSBURG — A husband and wife were both sentenced to prison recently for drug-related crimes. Jesse Webb Jr., 32,...
January 6, 2018
Unauthorized aliens, safety violations alleged in Berwick
BERWICK — A contractor hired unauthorized aliens to remove asbestos for a school construction project, and they...
Bloomsburg council retroactively OKs pizzeria upgrade in historic district
BLOOMSBURG — When Joe Yannone got a truckload of faux stone for a good price at an auction, he thought it would make a...
Official advises people to look out for their neighbors
DANVILLE — Human skeletal remains were discovered inside a Fishers Court home this week, and the coroner believes the...
Man allegedly forced his way into Bloomsburg apartment, fled officers
BLOOMSBURG — A second suspect who allegedly fled police following a home invasion last spring at a college student’s...
DANVILLE — A man was found bound and yelling for help along Bloom Street early Tuesday, but no crime was committed,...
January 5, 2018
Berwick Police bring tot’s accused killer back from Florida
BERWICK — Michael Crimi sat stone-faced as a district judge told him he could face the death penalty if he’s convicted...
Supervisors search for Conyngham Township files
CONYNGHAM TWP. — As far as newly-appointed secretary/treasurer Linda Gregis can tell, today is pay day for the...
Home destroyed in Briar Creek Township blaze
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A fast-moving fire drove a family of three into the frigid outdoors before dawn here Thursday. Dan...
BLOOMSBURG — Temperatures haven’t risen above freezing here since Christmas Eve, and the cold trend is expected to last...
Bloomsburg — Town officials, residents and local legislators gathered in Harrisburg Thursday afternoon to make a plea...
January 4, 2018
North Centre Township woman says couple took hundreds
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A pair of door-to-door salespeople tricked a resident into paying them twice for an order of meat,...
Defendant brings witnesses to hearing on town bar fracas
BLOOMSBURG — A Sunbury man accused of slashing another man in the hand and face outside the Capitol Bar downtown says...
‘Career Pathway Model’ offering area students alternatives to Vo-Tech, college
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia High School is offering students from other school districts “another opportunity...
CLEVELAND TWP. — An illegal park job alerted police to three people with about $7,000 worth of methamphetamine and a...
Aim is to revitalize downtown, lawmakers say
DANVILLE — Danville will receive a $261,000 state grant to build Canal Park next to the borough building, state Sen....
January 3, 2018
New Conyngham Township leaders replace embattled former official
WILBURTON NO. 1 — It was only minutes into the first Conyngham Township meeting of the year that a new board of...
Commissioner: PennDOT schedule would put off work until 2022
FISHERDALE — The prospects of replacing Happy Valley Bridge seem to have renewed life — even where the Columbia County...
Taxpayer says pilot perk is ‘a waste of my money’
BLOOMSBURG — The new Town Council closed out its first meeting by beginning to unravel some of the decisions made by...
Board earmarks $18,258 for computer upgrade
MAHONING TWP. — Residents here were introduced to a new five-member board of supervisors Tuesday night, but not as many...
ByJULYE WEMPLE Press Enterprise Writer WAPWALLOPEN — More than two dozen dogs living in “horrific” conditions were...
January 2, 2018
Police: Suspect’s haul over two counties topped $1,600
BLOOMSBURG — An 18-year-old has been charged for a string of thefts in two counties, including over $1,000 in stolen...
Man allegedly choked woman over cooking
SCOTT TWP. — A man went “berserk” and choked a woman because he was unhappy with the way she cooked his breakfast,...
Mountaintop trek on diagnosis date keeps Millville man’s promise to wife
JIM THORPE — A year ago, when Becky Hunter developed an aggressive form of breast cancer, her husband Robert taped the...
Bloom physician accused of being drunk during emergency surgery
BLOOMSBURG — A doctor accused of being drunk while giving anesthesia to a patient during an emergency surgery has...
Berwick defendant admits to harassment, sees more serious charge dropped
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Berwick man allegedly entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken along Columbia Mall Drive and told employees...
January 1, 2018
Officials spent unauthorized $50G, Town Manager says
BLOOMSBURG — Officials here racked up just over $50,000 in legal fees on “a witch hunt” without first taking a public...
Woman retires from keyboard at Stillwater church after 50 years
STILLWATER — After 50 years of playing the music for Stillwater Christian Church, Lois McMichael is finally stepping...
Berwick’s defense claims death case lacks names, details
BERWICK — Berwick Hospital Center is fighting back against a widow’s lawsuit that claims her husband died of a...
DANVILLE — A rural Turbotville man who angrily confronted a school bus driver last spring was given 48 hours in jail by...
Wheelchair-bound woman repaid fundraiser cash
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman who admitted stealing funds raised by her daughter’s class through doughnut sales at Vo-...
MILLVILLE — A man accused of holding a loaded gun to a woman’s head saw the most serious charges withdrawn. Dean Eric...
December 31, 2017
And ALDI has designs on a spot at Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — Panera Bread is getting a drive-thru here, and ALDI is looking to construct a store on a site near the...
Coroner: In Columbia, number of fatalities fell
Opioid overdose deaths doubled in Montour County this year from last year, and most stemmed from the use of legally...
Police: Woman called officer heartless for arresting her after Christmas Eve crash
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — The owner of a popular restaurant and bar was drunk when she crashed her car on Christmas Eve,...
Cops: Pair grappled on ground at victim’s rural Benton home after fight erupted
SUGARLOAF TWP. — A Benton man held a loaded gun to a woman’s head during a fight that turned physical, police allege....
Wyoming Valley CEO says his group will prove itself to Berwick
BERWICK — The Berwick Area United Way and the United Way of Wyoming Valley are continuing to work toward a merger, says...
December 30, 2017
One suspect a former standout Bulldog, authorities say
BERWICK — Four young men broke into Berwick High School repeatedly, police say, but appear to have escaped with only a...
Decision to close Madison Township bridge comes as a surprise
MADISON TWP. — County commissioners voted last week to permanently close a bridge here because it was costing them $1,...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man staying with his grandfather is accused of stealing cash and two winning lottery tickets from...
Information from public needed on probe involving vending machine thefts, damage
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A string of vending machine break-ins discovered this week has police asking for the public’s help...
Bloomsburg woman taken by ambulance from Scott Township crash
SCOTT TWP. — A 93-year-old SUV driver collided with two cars and a wrought iron fence on Old Berwick Road on Friday...
December 29, 2017
Hemlock Township police to cover Madison starting Jan. 1
MADISON TWP. — Hemlock Township Police will begin covering Madison Township at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Residents...
Scott Township man wants case files, tape recorder back
SCOTT TWP. — An attorney who has spent 31 years defending people too poor to afford their own lawyer became a crime...
Owner wants Berwick council to take action following latest accident
BERWICK — A driver crashed into the building that houses DeMent Used Furniture and Collectibles Thursday afternoon,...
ALLENTOWN — PPL Electric Utilities is sending 37 workers to Puerto Rico next month in an effort to help restore power...
Experts warn of risks to seniors, young and stress on pipes, cars
DANVILLE — At the scene of a small fire sparked underneath a trailer by residents trying to defrost frozen water pipes...
December 28, 2017
DRIVE aims to steer new development to Danville
DANVILLE — In a “historic” move for Montour County, an economic development group voted Wednesday to purchase a former...
At least one taken to GMC after Millville-area accident
PINE TWP. — An SUV crashed at the intersection of Route 42 and Pine School Road on Wednesday afternoon, authorities...
Wapwallopen suspect accused of aiming shotgun at woman
WAPWALLOPEN — A man aimed a loaded shotgun at a woman, handcuffed her, and rubbed garbage in her face as she was held...
Suspect’s lawyer cites ‘slanted’ publicity in seeking trial move
BLOOMSBURG — In an attempt to get his trial moved outside of Columbia County, state prosecutors argue accused killer...
Top winner is among 62 area lottery players who scored a total of $172G in November
A Bloomsburg man won a $95,616 lottery prize in November from a $5 game called Pay Day, records show. Roy Potter beat...
December 27, 2017
$839G is ‘one of our better years,’ CEO says
BLOOMSBURG — According to its annual financial statement, the Bloomsburg Fair nearly doubled its profit from 2016,...
Bloomsburg Fair shareholders who vote at the annual meeting Jan. 6 will each be given a block of cheddar cheese,...
Geisinger doctor is seeing typical viral infections in the area so far
DANVILLE — As hospital waiting rooms fill up with coughing, nauseous patients, it may seem like the flu has hit the...
Exchange-area blaze all but levels trailer home on Christmas night
ANTHONY TWP. — A fire forced a family of four out into the cold on Christmas night, destroying their modular trailer...
Catawissa fundraiser moving from Jan. 1 to March 4 for safety
CATAWISSA — Those who were eager to take a dip in the frigid Susquehanna River will have to wait two months longer than...
Residents raise crime concerns; supers vote no, but retain option to reverse decision
FISHERDALE — Cleveland Township’s three elected supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to prohibit casinos after...
December 26, 2017
Man again appeals Orange supers’ decision to thwart plan for his land
ORANGE TWP. — A developer is taking Orange Township to court again since it rejected his revised proposal for a...
Police say suspect met woman in Bloomsburg bar
BLOOMSBURG — A 23-year-old man accused of raping and beating a woman he met at the bar last summer is headed to trial...
Catawissa-area couple cements bond by adopting former foster child
LOCUST TWP. — Monday was Tasha Snowden’s first Christmas since being adopted as Curtis and Devon Snowden’s daughter....
Rural Montour County man also threw chair at pickup, cops say
ANTHONY TWP. — A Montour County man who feuds with his neighbors struck a visitor with a tree branch and damaged his...
Two-hour power loss included seniors complex
BLOOMSBURG — A blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker knocked out power for hundreds of Bloomsburg residents Christmas...
December 25, 2017
BU softball players help pal reach injured mom
DANVILLE — Denise Shelhamer was on her way to work Dec. 5 when her vehicle was hit head-onon the highway between...
Business to pick up tab for Friday show
BERWICK — The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts and a local financial advisement firm are teaming up to...
Board games turn messy to lure kids away from their screens
NEW YORK — Katie Cogliano has learned to keep the Toilet Trouble game her kids love on top of her fridge, out of their...
Proposal also includes professional office space
BERWICK — Borough zoning officials approved a variance for the construction of a car wash at 111 E. Ninth St. recently...
December 24, 2017
Main venue’s owners, operator fight back; sides swap knotty arguments
MAINVILLE — Two couples have gone to court in an attempt to shut down the Barn at Hidden Acres, contending township...
Troopers’ stops net opioids, 250 pounds of pot in past year
DANVILLE — State Police have been watching Interstate 80 in Montour County for drug activity over the last year and...
Nescopeck-area marksman sets sights on turning professional
NESCOPECK — Some of Cory Ash’s speed-shooting opponents were so impressed with his talent firing a gun, they offered to...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A driver was high on methamphetamine and had three loaded rifles inside his car when stopped for a...
When it rains it pours. Braden, a Danville man, fought for more than a year to get full custody of his son, Zach. It...
December 23, 2017
Official says Montour, Columbia county transactions cut available hunting area
DANVILLE — Talen Energy has sold off land in Montour and Columbia counties this year totaling almost $4 million,...
Scientists, toy firm make robot feline to help seniors
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Imagine a cat that can keep a person company, doesn’t need a litter box and can remind an aging...
Berwick sixth-grade lesson riles adults
BERWICK — A Berwick Middle School teacher stirred up that oldest of holiday controversies this week when she assumed...
SCOTT TWP. — Police issued a warning to residents to lock their doors after more vehicle break-ins and several garage...
“My name is Patty,” a Nescopeck woman writes. “I grew up with the Brighter Christmas Fund, never thinking I was going...
December 22, 2017
Officials say fired Geisinger staffer is under police probe
MAHONING TWP. — A lawsuit alleges a former Geisinger doctor gnawed on the ears of a teenage girl and licked her face...
Benton man accused of assault, threat, harassment in Sugarloaf Township
MILLVILLE — A judge dismissed the most serious charge against a man who allegedly brandished a long-handled logging...
Bloomsburg man, 20, allegedly had firearm
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man still living in the apartment he previously used as a base for cocaine and heroin deals...
Harveys Lake resident spared jail time for deals in Berwick area
BLOOMSBURG — An 81-year-old man who illegally sold cigarettes at various locations in Berwick and Briar Creek was...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The longtime chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Education has resigned amid accusations he...
December 21, 2017
Women allegedly fought over the suggestion of sleep aid for a child
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — An argument over a suggestion to use melatonin to put a child to sleep turned physical, and a woman...
Woman who hassled officers ordered to work at Catawissa PD
BLOOMSBURG — A woman who soiled the back of a Catawissa police car must perform 30 hours of community service, cleaning...
But stone curbing in parking lot will outlast concrete indefinitely, a campus official says
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University spent almost $90,000 extra to install granite curbing in a new parking lot project...
DANVILLE — A Danville man took a gun from a safe and pointed it at a couple before locking it back up, police say....
One of the most heart-breaking letters received this year by the Brighter Christmas Fund was penned by a distraught...
December 20, 2017
Driver with suspended license had meth and pot, charges say
BERWICK — For the second time in 14 months, a man with a suspended driver’s license led police on a vehicle chase...
Medical pot facility will soon be up and growing, CEO says
DANVILLE — Medical marijuana will soon be growing in Danville. GTI received approval from the state to start growing...
Family eatery leaves winter ‘isolation’ for busier spot in Berwick
BERWICK — A popular family restaurant that spent the winter months “isolated” from customers has been relocated and...
Bloom native comes home to read ‘Journey’ to Beaver Main Elementary pupils
BLOOMSBURG — When Bloomsburg native Lindsay Casteel Barry noticed that her sons, ages 4 and 6, took an interest in...
Don Davenport says he never intended to become Santa. Someone bet him he couldn’t go without shaving for a year. That...
December 19, 2017
Suspect allegedly cut would-be peacemaker outside Bloom bar
BLOOMSBURG — A man trying to break up a fight outside a downtown bar was instead slashed in the face and hand by a...
Volunteers start Bloom ‘Free Store’ to match gifts with those in need
BLOOMSBURG — A viral video telling the story of a man who stole from a store just so he could provide his children...
Tots spy car running off Lime Ridge road and alert babysitter
LIME RIDGE — A driver who police say may have overdosed while at the wheel was first spotted by a pack of alert...
Role of sports booster clubs dominates discussion; board unanimously picks Weatherly principal, ex-Berwick teacher
BERWICK — Sandra Slavick is on the Berwick Area School Board, breaking what could have been an ongoing deadlock. The...
In today’s interconnected world, you would think that it’s all but impossible to disappear, to “go off the grid,” so to...
December 18, 2017
But Game Commission says charge doesn’t apply to wildlife
BLOOMSBURG — Animal advocates who saw footage of an opossum getting doused with beer at a home here this fall say there...
He’ll work for government in growing field of digital defense
BLOOMSBURG — For most college seniors, the race is on to find a paying gig that uses that new degree come graduation...
Records: Hunlock woman didn’t respond to inquiries from Pennsylvania board
HUNLOCK TWP. — The State Board of Nursing has indefinitely suspended a nurse’s license after authorities raided her...
BLOOMSBURG — A new online program launching next year will allow military recruits, police officers and information...
The letter to the Brighter Christmas Fund was short and sad: “I’m writing asking for help this holiday,” said Roseanne...
Accused cook arrested in Millville begs police to make deal
MILLVILLE — The families of three men accused of cooking and selling methamphetamine crowded into District Judge Doug...
December 17, 2017
Numidia-area residents can weigh in on whether to take shot at gambling
FISHERDALE — Cleveland Township Supervisor Troy “Skip” Litwhiler is open to the idea of allowing a casino in the...
Gifts, electronics, gun stolen in month-long wave of burglaries, including at least 15 overnight Friday
SCOTT TWP. — Police are urging residents to lock vehicle doors and to avoid leaving outgoing mail in mailboxes...
Catawissa Lions to dedicate polar plunge proceeds to help man buy new computer
CLEVELAND TWP. — Beth Reed hasn’t slept in a bed for nearly three years. Since January 2015, she’s spent frequent...
But local group must raise the other half of $100G tab
BERWICK — A state grant will pay for half of a $100,000 children’s attraction at Ber-Vaughn Pool, but only if the non-...
More often than not, it’s older citizens who get put in a bind by health problems. But illness can play havoc with the...