Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

December 20, 2014
Daughter suing employer says driver had a bad record
PINE TWP. — A bucket-truck driver with a “dangerous” driving record caused a crash that killed a breast-cancer survivor...
Bloomsburg resident allegedly gave fake ID
BLOOMSBURG — A man caught with a stolen, loaded revolver pinched in his waistband and over a dozen bags of heroin in...
Jewelry left in kettle gets official and volunteers curious about donations
BERWICK — At first, Capt. Kevin Polito couldn’t believe his eyes. The crumpled dollar bill at the bottom of one of the...
Borough accused of misusing more than $1M in sewer payments
MAHONING TWP. — The Mahoning Township Municipal Authority denied Friday that it underreported its number of sewer...
Jamey and Donna have battled to make ends meet since she was laid off in October. The family of six is relying heavily...
December 19, 2014
Mahoning Township authority to answer fraud allegations
DANVILLE — Danville filed a fraud lawsuit against the Mahoning Township Municipal Authority on Thursday, seeking nearly...
Berwick driver charged
NEW COLUMBUS — A Berwick man allegedly dragged his girlfriend with his car as she hung halfway out a door, then threw...
Authorities report cash was taken from Washingtonville farm market
WASHINGTONVILLE — An armed man robbed a market here Thursday afternoon, holding a cashier at gunpoint before fleeing on...
CATAWISSA —A mother and stepfather will serve a year on probation after their 10-year-old girl fled down a dark highway...
BLOOMSBURG — A woman tried to cut in line to board a Bloomsburg University bus, then punched a student who put out a...
April would like to spend Christmas with her children this year. She and her husband, Monroe, live with their two sons...
December 18, 2014
Prosecution lacks evidence against Spencer’s ex-wife, her lawyer says
BLOOMSBURG —There is “absolutely no evidence whatsoever” Maria Sanutti-Spencer killed ex-husband Frank Spencer or...
But group’s chairman says letter merely showed stand on bias ban
BLOOMSBURG —A town councilwoman says the Columbia County Democratic Committee tried to “bully” her and two other...
Bloom’s downtown exec to take reins of Columbia chapter
BLOOMSBURG — The town’s downtown manager will leave that post to take over the United Way of Columbia County early next...
Man allegedly cheated hail-damage client
MAHONING TWP. — A contractor took more than a $6,000 down payment to fix hail damage at a township home, but he never...
Area gets brief glimpse of light after dreary, nine-day absence
When the sun briefly peeked out from those way-too-familiar clouds between 10 and 11 Wednesday morning, it was the...
Lenny, 58, is new to Columbia County, but he’s already made a great impression. After his Georgia home burned down,...
December 17, 2014
40 voices on both sides of defeated gay-bias ban spoke of dignity, rights
BLOOMSBURG — For an hour-and-a-half Monday night, 40 people weighed in on if the town should adopt rules aimed to...
Accused exploited horseplay, police say
SALEM TWP. — A 39-year-old man fondled a teenage girl’s breasts and put his hand between her legs while his wife and...
But many residents support proposed house for recovering addicts in Berwick
BERWICK — A couple trying to start a sober home met with a skeptical zoning board in front of a passionate crowd...
Alleged victim recovering from surgery on both hands
BENTON TWP. — A drunken man kicked his way into his ex-wife’s home and beat her boyfriend, leaving the victim baffled...
Nescopeck woman, 70, trapped in car, but unhurt
GREENWOOD TWP. — A 70-year-old woman drove off the pavement and down an embankment Tuesday when she tried to glance at...
Crystal is determined to show her children a better life. The 30-year-old Danville woman recently went back to school...
December 16, 2014
Authorities: Troubled victim, 27, fired as officer ordered her to drop gun
FERNVILLE — A mentally ill woman shot and killed herself in front of a friend Sunday night as an officer was ordering...
Backers of anti-discrimination law vow to fight on
BLOOMSBURG — A divided council killed off a proposal last night to draw up local rules banning discrimination against...
BERWICK — A drunken driver hit a truck and kept on going, but her smashed Jeep left a tell-tale trail of fluids behind...
Ex-Kutztown football player to serve up to three years for assault that paralyzed student
BLOOMSBURG — Before he was sentenced to state prison for badly beating a Bloomsburg University student, a judge told...
Clayton, 90, worries his daughter. The Nescopeck man suffers from dementia, doesn’t get around well and his sight and...
December 15, 2014
Pa. cities see few challenges, minimal protest
PITTSTON — Pittston set up a committee last year to handle complaints that businesses were discriminating against gay,...
BLOOMSBURG — Town council will take two votes tonight: one to authorize drafting local rules to ban discrimination...
Bloom man allegedly blacked woman’s eye
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man beat up his girlfriend after she yelled at him for urinating on the bedroom floor, police...
Berwick player among 93 in area to claim prizes topping $441G
Everything was coming up aces for a Berwick man in October. Joseph Tokar won a whopping $300,000 on a $10 lottery...
Kady can’t seem to get on top of the mountain of debt that results from raising three children by herself. One ex is...
Suspect earlier stole car in N.J., ran out of gas here, court papers say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man who stole a car in New Jersey ran out of gas in Columbia County, then tried to steal a truck...
December 14, 2014
But retirement benefit had boosted Geisinger CEO’s 2011 total
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System CEO Glenn Steele received $3 million less in total compensation in 2012 than he did...
The following figures, which appear in federal tax forms, reveal what Geisinger Health System paid some of its top...
Woman accused of taking pricey jackets mislaid by student
BLOOMSBURG — A campus custodian is accused of stealing a pair of expensive winter jackets left in a residence hall by a...
BRIAR CREEK BOROUGH — A state trooper was about to give a DUI suspect a field-sobriety test when she asked him to “...
Berwick officer used up vacation helping save Christmas display, but chief steps in
BERWICK — One of the men who helped save the Christmas Boulevard this year almost wound up working Christmas Day after...
December 13, 2014
Mifflin Township man admits harboring dangerous pet
MIFFLIN TWP. — A dog on a leash bit a policeman along a street here, leaving puncture wounds on two fingers, officials...
Local contractor says Deluxe didn’t pay in full for role in Sandy reconstruction project
BERWICK — A contractor has sued a Berwick company for more than $80,200 as payment for a Hurricane Sandy reconstruction...
BLOOMSBURG — There was so much marijuana smoke in an apartment building here, alarms were triggered and firefighters...
Danville man fined for disorderly conduct at NCSTU
MAHONING TWP. — An aide at a juvenile jail was found guilty of disorderly conduct for getting too physical with a...
Jerrica and Gil, both 23, are trying to get their lives on track, a caseworker attests. The Berwick-area couple met...
December 12, 2014
Cops: Southern teen in possession of heroin packet, pot
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Southern Columbia teen had an empty packet of heroin on her during the school day Wednesday and a...
Police: Beaver Township man may have broken his roommate’s nose
BEAVER TWP. — A man head-butted an ex-girlfriend, possibly breaking her nose, during a fight at their home here, arrest...
Judge says gymnastics school refund policy clear, tosses case
BLOOMSBURG — A father who sued a gymnastics academy for a $500 refund after his daughter stopped attending classes saw...
Slick road blamed in Berwick accident, top cop says
BERWICK — A police cruiser slipped on an icy road and spun into the Christmas Boulevard display on Market Street here...
Dylan, 26, is one of the good guys. He’s been raising son Jason since the toddler’s mother overdosed. Now married to...
BERWICK — A man accused of threatening to burn down a shed full of cats was ordered to pay almost $550 in penalties...
December 11, 2014
Berwick man apologizes to owners of wrecked vehicles
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of stealing two vans in two counties and wrecking both of them before he was busted near...
Berwick-area parents’ accounts differ wildly
BERWICK — Robert Joseph Kressler and Debbie Spivey don’t agree on much, including how Spivey ended up with a badly...
Ex-Montour Township cops claim harassment
MONTOUR TWP. — Two former police officers here have asked the state to address their claims of harassment and...
Officer might oppose request of boy who says he was defending his sister
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg High teen is hoping to get ARD probation for punching out another student, but police might...
A Bloomsburg family of seven is struggling despite the “hard effort” the mother puts forward, a caseworker says. Paula...
December 10, 2014
Arrest papers: Child, 10, ran on dark road after brawling couple nearly caused crash
MIFFLIN TWP. — A 10-year-old girl ran down a dark highway seeking help after her mother and stepfather got into a...
Bloom restaurants join to provide hot meals for those in need
BLOOMSBURG — Two restaurants here have teamed to give the hungry a hot meal for the past month. Seasons on Main owner...
Man charged with abuse starting when girl was 3
SALEM TWP. — A Berwick man forced a little girl in his care to perform oral sex, watch pornography, and get high,...
Man with suspended license was high on heroin, court papers say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man hit the gas and fled from a policeman, then switched vehicles to try to get away, but officers...
Theft charges dismissed in $20G of scrap-metal sales
DANVILLE — A former Danville sewer-plant worker accused of keeping thousands in cash from scrap-metal sales pleaded...
Just called back to job, mom wants warm clothes for kids
“We’d like to have a nice Christmas.” That’s the simple wish Ivy confided in her caseworker. The Mifflinville woman...
December 9, 2014
Teacher, 45, at Danville-area juvenile jail is accused of act with minor in storage closet
MAHONING TWP. — A female teacher at a juvenile jail had sex with a male inmate younger than 18 inside a storage closet...
Contractor ordered to serve time, repay Danville-area client
DANVILLE — A retired teacher bilked out of nearly $14,000 by a waterproofer had harsh words for the contractor as he...
International cuisines inspire dishes with local ingredients, owner says
DANVILLE — A taste of Mediterranean-style cuisine has come to Danville. E tu Bistro quietly opened along Mill Street...
One man accused of stealing computer; another allegedly slammed door on his girlfriend’s hand
BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg University students were locked up early Sunday in separate domestic incidents, including a...
Hard-working woman rebuilds finances, but can’t afford extras
Never again. When husband Greg slapped her over some dirty dishes, Martina decided she’d had enough. Not wanting sons...
December 8, 2014
Ex-con’s 19-year-old jailed after drug bust with sister, 16, in car
SCOTT TWP. — The 19-year-old daughter of a meth offender recently released from prison was locked up Sunday for...
Racer proposes to girlfriend near finish of Berwick holiday contest
BERWICK — At this year’s Run for the Diamonds, one of the spectators ended up walking away with a diamond ring when her...
Suit: Executor refuses to honor sales deal for Montour property
LIBERTY TWP. — A caretaker wants his late neighbor’s home and 100 acres, and he has sued her son to get them. Thomas...
Three Bloom leaders seem to lean against drafting new law, three appear to favor it
BLOOMSBURG — Council appears split 3-3 on drafting an ordinance to protect lesbians and gays from discrimination, which...
BLOOMSBURG — Since September, the town has received nearly 200 postcards asking council to stop pushing for rules that...
JoLeen knows she’s made some mistakes. But her “horrible” taste in men resulted in at least two good things: Son...
December 7, 2014
Family claims spinal surgery went wrong; Geisinger says it’s still evaluating the case
DANVILLE — A teenage boy was left unable to walk after a spinal surgery went wrong at Geisinger Medical Center, a...
‘Triple Cs’ is slang for abuse of common cough suppressant
CATAWISSA — A teen tore open a box of cold pills with plans to get high after pilfering them from the Dollar General...
With cold weather taking a toll on my feet, I liked the idea of something “like a loofah carpet” in my shower. So I...
Chad misses his wife. But not as much as his children miss their mother. The Berwick man finds himself a single dad...
December 6, 2014
Game Commissioner shot, killed injured doe
DANVILLE — A doe crashed through a glass door along Mill Street and got itself wedged in a fence before it was...
DUI defendant: Shirt fought chill
BLOOMSBURG — The judge was no grinch Friday when a drunken driving defendant brought a little Christmas levity into the...
Students organize demonstration of about 300
BLOOMSBURG — About 300 Bloomsburg University students marched through campus and staged a “die in” inside the library...
TV contestant opera singers to perform to sell-out crowd
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG —Central Columbia grad Sean Panikkar has a homecoming here tonight, and 1,800...
BLOOMSBURG — A gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman in the thigh while demonstrating a wallet holster here...
Benjamin, 48, has many expenses but few ways to actually make ends meet, his ex-wife says. Following an amicable...
December 5, 2014
Berwick suspect counters ‘crazy’ girlfriend has dropped PFAs before
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A township woman told police she woke up to her boyfriend punching and choking her before he put a...
Charges could lead to a five-year term
MONTOUR TWP. — A township man admitted sending a 16-year-old girl sexually-explicit messages over Facebook but later...
Mobile soup kitchen is planned for Danville area
MAHONING TWP. — Deacon Eamon Shoff says he’s on a mission to feed people’s bodies and souls. To accomplish that, he’s...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville State Hospital patient made seven calls threatening to blow up the township police station,...
Holly can’t stand to see her sister suffer any longer. She appealed to the Brighter Christmas Fund on behalf of Kimmy...
December 4, 2014
Authorities say BU senior ran $100G ring
BLOOMSBURG — A senior finance major busted in a $100,000 marijuana ring was able to pay for his entire education and...
Home, Christmas gifts lost in fast-moving, stubborn blaze
SALEM TWP. — Two families lost their home, possessions and hundreds of dollars in Christmas gifts to a fast-moving fire...
Trooper’s absence works in favor of sex offender
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man arrested on a Megan’s Law violation for leaving the country on a honeymoon trip to...
“My children are not asking for a lot this Christmas because they know our family is having some hard times,” writes...
December 3, 2014
Cops: Millville man off course when he hit paper carrier
BERWICK — Police say the man who killed a newspaper carrier in a car accident was so drunk, he didn’t know where he was...
Rural Shick resident frets over cost of state-required enclosure, permit
SHICKSHINNY — The owner of a pet wolf that roamed free near Shickshinny for four days in September is now struggling to...
Police: His drunken frenzy halted only after jolt from Taser
BLOOMSBURG — A drunken teen wielding a metal pipe struck a man in the head and also smashed up a residence, police say...
Accused of breaking into her home, Danville man jailed one day after judge granted court protection
MAHONING TWP. — A woman dropped a protection-from-abuse order against her husband, only to request one again just...
Ellen, 89, never thought she’d end up alone. Widowed and childless, she’s outlived many of her peers. Subsisting only...
December 2, 2014
Man exposed himself to children near Bloom elementary, police say
BLOOMSBURG — Three schoolgirls helped police nab a man accused of exposing himself to the young students just a few...
Teen inmate ‘pushed buttons’ of Danville man, colleague says
MAHONING TWP. — It was just Nicholas Edmeads’ second day on the job at a girls juvenile jail and an inmate was pushing...
Crew quickly demolishing flood-ravaged Bloomsburg landmark
BLOOMSBURG —Demolition began in earnest Monday on the historic Magee mansion at the flood-prone west end of Main Street...
I-80 motorists honking at weaving car drew trooper’s attention, leading to DUI charge
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —Drivers were blowing their horns and waving their arms along Interstate 80, and a state trooper soon...
It’s been one thing after another for Linda. After her husband’s affair, the 36-year-old started over as a single mom...
December 1, 2014
Case claims icy parking lot caused slip, knee injury requiring surgery
DANVILLE — A woman tore a knee ligament and required surgery after she slipped in an icy parking lot at the Pine Barn...
Millville pupil allegedly caught with a pot pipe
MILLVILLE — If Ashley Nicole Biggs hadn’t gone driving alone on her learner’s permit, she wouldn’t have been caught...
Berwick pupil’s switch didn’t end attendance problem; district finds online students miss classes at higher rate
BERWICK — When 15-year-old Rowan Martin left Berwick High School for online classes, she and her mother hoped it would...
Berwick woman charged for second time in less than two months
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man tried to talk to a stranger who was driving around in his yard, then called police to report...
Dan takes his marriage vows seriously. But when he wed Kerry, “for better or worse, for richer or poorer” became a...
November 30, 2014
Spencer trials could hit six-figure range, Columbia official says
BLOOMSBURG — Taxpayers will have to absorb a hefty tab — potentially rising to six figures — if and when Maria Sanutti-...
Staffer chases down bigger bite of $10M+ owed in fines, restitution
BLOOMSBURG — This summer, Columbia County officials revamped Sherri Schaich’s job description in the probation office,...
Four buildings near man's business torched during riots over shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. — Berwick graduate David Wright watched four buildings around his business burn amid rioting after Monday...
BERWICK — The Berwick Historical Society had a carpet problem. But through the society’s contacts and a bit of good...
Tony isn’t afraid of hard work. In fact, he’s held a job well into his 70s. Sadly, his work ethic hasn’t served him...
November 29, 2014
Millville school officials happy with student attendance
MILLVILLE — About two-thirds of elementary students and 60 percent of junior and senior high schoolers showed up for...
Bloomsburg woman had track marks and needles, according to court papers
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Police stopped a driver who was weaving down Interstate 80 and found needles in her purse, track...
NESCOPECK — A Nescopeck man signed for a FedEx package meant for his neighbor, then pawned the iPhone inside at a...
When Jack started dating Juanita, he ended up falling for her and her two daughters, 8 and 6. Within a year, he and...
November 28, 2014
Court papers: Town woman, 23, OD’d twice within weeks
BLOOMSBURG — Gasping for breath, an overdose victim didn’t respond to the first dose of a heroin antidote, but the...
Danville-area man arrested near home
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area man charged with DUI complained the officer who arrested him was driving worse than he...
Woman allegedly had no license in uninspected car
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Driving with no license in an uninspected car was trouble enough, but a Berwick woman’s real...
Erin, 40, lives for her son. Though he wasn’t planned, little Stevie, 4, has been a blessing. Erin tries hard to give...
November 27, 2014
Bloom woman finds message about proposed anti-bias law misleading
BLOOMSBURG — A family-values group calling residents about the town’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance may have...
Baby boy’s decomposing remains were found by dogs in Rohrsburg area
GREENWOOD TWP. — It’s been 30 years since a partially decomposed newborn was found along a road here, but investigators...
Annual holiday appeal will help her and others in need
Press Enterprise Editor At 82, Mary still goes to work, which she enjoys. But she has begun to dread her all-too-...
Housing, transportation and jobs are needed to support fragile sobriety, activists say
BERWICK — Anti-drug activists are hoping to recruit citizens to provide housing, transportation and jobs for recovering...
November 26, 2014
Cops: Berwick brothers grabbed loot to swap for drugs
BERWICK — Two Berwick brothers jumped a “physically challenged” man from behind and knocked him to the ground in a...
Homeless women accused of taking bag, using cards
SCOTT TWP. — Two homeless women addicted to heroin stole a purse from a residence here and then used a credit card to...
Faulty furnace gets blame for blaze in drop ceiling of the visitors’ locker area at Crispin Field
BERWICK — A fire in the visitors’ field house at Crispin Field destroyed part of the building’s ceiling Tuesday,...
Court also grants protection order against Berwick man
A man threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend during an argument, she claims. James Murphy, 26, Danville, was one of two...
Prescription medications in unattended purse add drug charge to Shamokin-area suspect’s problems
MAHONING TWP. — A woman stole a mislaid purse that was near her on a bench outside Geisinger Medical Center, but a...
November 25, 2014
Orangeville driver had 16 Rx drugs in truck, but no license, officers say
HEMLOCK TWP. — A man with a bad back and way too much morphine in his system faces his fourth DUI charge after he was...
Man punched wife, later she clubbed him, police report
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A husband and wife trying to reconcile instead ended up assaulting each other, court papers say....
Berwick senior passed out, hit pickup head-on, investigator says
BERWICK — An older man was taken to the hospital after he apparently passed out behind the wheel, drifted into the...
MAHONING TWP. — Police believe a man may have suffered a medical emergency at the wheel, leading to a four-car crash...
Hardships of 7-foot+ storm challenged even deep-snow veterans
This Thanksgiving, while you’re counting your blessings, make sure to add one — that you don’t live next to a lake with...
November 24, 2014
Prosecutors call string of problems coincidental, praise area departments
Four local police chiefs have stepped out of line in little more than a year, with three of them being suspended, two...
$900 damage alleged at Dollar Tree building
BRIAR CREEK — A man who had just been fired from the Dollar Tree Distribution Center pushed the front door so hard that...
Court delays vex Elysburg son seeking resolution for mom, 98
ELYSBURG — When a home health aide was suspected of stealing $3,000 from Gerald Zsido’s 98-year-old mother, police...
Danville woman allegedly fled after shoplifting twice at Wal-Mart
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Danville woman was trying to shoplift her second load of goods in less than half an hour when a Wal-...
Motorist says he had to swerve to avoid N.J. man rolling across highway
TANK — Eric Naslund thought he had driven onto the set of a Hollywood movie when he saw a driver in front of him launch...
November 23, 2014
Investigators: Alleged killer fled hours after grand jury testimony
Anthony Rocco Franklin fled for Florida just hours after he testified before a grand jury about former son-in-law Frank...
Former Benton woman seeks $8,000 for belongings, humiliation
BLOOMSBURG — A former Hess Hotel resident said she was humiliated and harassed at work after her apartment building was...
Hunlock Creek man joins big Shick winner with $100,000 prize
A Shickshinny man found himself in a frenzy after winning $300,000 on a $10 instant ticket called $1,000 Frenzy. Shawn...
Vacant storefronts will house Main Street ‘mall’
BLOOMSBURG — To give Main Street an extra boost this holiday season, the Downtown Bloomsburg group will convert two...
Family Dollar, CVS eye building on Front Street
BERWICK — It appears two retailers will soon be building new stores along Front Street — and vacating two spaces at the...
November 22, 2014
Coroner: Depression plagued divorced Fernville man
FERNVILLE — The man who died in a house fire here last month actually set the blaze himself as a way to commit suicide...
Berwick Police say two drove around buying ingredients for drug
BERWICK — Two repeat drug offenders went on a two-county ride Friday in a vehicle filled with meth-making ingredients,...
Man facing decades in prison following Bloomsburg assaults
BLOOMSBURG — A convicted child molester was back in court this week pleading guilty to raping and sexually assaulting...
Woman badly burned in ‘unprovoked’ assault
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Thursday for throwing a cup of...
Brother: Driver just dropped off worker
UNITYVILLE — A contractor from northern Columbia County died Thursday after his pickup side-swiped a tractor-trailer...
November 21, 2014
Attempted-murder suspect is brought back to Berwick
BERWICK — The driver accused of intentionally running over a Berwick man this summer was hiding under a bed when...
Knife wielder gets 5-to-12-year term in Berwick assault
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman who nearly died after being stabbed in the abdomen by an angry housemate told a judge...
SUV lost control, flipped near Mifflinville exit
MIFFLIN TWP. — Two out-of-state travelers were trapped in an upside-down SUV after it flipped several times Thursday...
BLOOMSBURG — A coalition working to prevent a natural gas pipeline in Columbia County issued a fierce call to action...
SALEM TWP. — Township supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the construction of the $850 million...