Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

June 25, 2017
Naked photo of child on suspect’s lost phone led to arrest, police say
DANVILLE — A lost flip phone that opened to a picture of a naked child triggered the arrest Friday of a 74-year-old...
Burning debris likely spread, sparked fire in century-old Almedia building, chief says
ALMEDIA — Fire damaged a century-old carriage house Saturday afternoon when wind apparently carried burning yard debris...
Police: Man, 24, assaulted girl younger than 16
BERWICK — A Berwick man is wanted for the alleged rape of a young girl here, authorities said Saturday. Police are...
Impact of Bloom-area man’s pickup jarred resident, forced woman to shelter in hotel
BLOOMSBURG — A driver who slammed his pickup into a house near the fairgrounds earlier this month was driving drunk at...
‘Someone else had a beautiful sendoff,’ sister says
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. “Your...
June 24, 2017
Berwick brothers had been part of national steriod ring
WILKES-BARRE — A former Columbia County probation officer and his identical twin brother were given matching prison...
Official says Conyngham Township eyesore remains, and still poses risk
WILBURTON NO. 1 — When supervisors announced that the demolition of the condemned township building had been completed...
Building can begin as appeal deadline passes
ELYSBURG — Construction of a controversial 90-foot cellular tower on Elysburg Fire Department property appears imminent...
Former employer: Couple refiling complaint over genetic research program enrollment
DANVILLE — A federal judge dismissed a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by two ex-Geisinger doctors against their...
PETALUMA, Calif. — The homely hounds and their humans arrived hours before the show to socialize at the World’s Ugliest...
June 23, 2017
Mother: Friends’ quick thinking helped save teen facing long recovery
BENTON — A 16-year-old boy has been hospitalized with second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body after he was...
Press Enterprise Managing Editor A lawyer for Wise Foods says a lawsuit brought against the Berwick snack maker for...
Nescopeck Township firefighter says PennDOT flagger delayed response
NESCOPECK TWP. — A driver lost control of an SUV on a road that was undergoing maintenance, then plunged over a 12-foot...
Riverside homeowner was told foundation wasn’t damaged
RIVERSIDE — Two cars collided at an intersection here Thursday, sending one of the vehicles into the side of a house....
Homemade slime makes for slick trend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —Call this The Summer of Slime. The slime trend is probably happening right now in your home, if...
June 22, 2017
Southern students accused of more than $2G in damage
**EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been corrected in regards to the type of gun used and the distance shot.•• FRANKLIN TWP...
Chief hopes tool to reverse ODs will be more available
BERWICK — Eventually, Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish would like to see naloxone kits that reverse overdoses become as...
Victims are in Northumberland, Columbia counties, police allege
STONINGTON — The hunt is on for a suspected rapist who may have sexually assaulted victims in Northumberland and...
BERWICK — A man who allegedly escaped from a prison halfway house near Harrisburg, stole a car and crashed it in Briar...
Group: Fidget spinners’ popularity doesn’t mean they’re safe to use
BOSTON (AP) —The wildly popular fidget spinners are potentially dangerous, a consumer watchdog group warned Wednesday...
June 21, 2017
Budding business in old TRW building could hire up to 100 by 2019
DANVILLE — The state Department of Health has approved a Chicago firm’s plans to grow medical marijuana inside a long-...
Ex-father-in-law will have court date on July 14
BLOOMSBURG — A retired judge from Bellefonte will preside over Anthony Rocco Franklin’s trial in the 2012 shooting...
Hauler snagged lines, snapped pole at Danville recycling complex
DANVILLE — A garbage hauler got hung up on wires in a recycling complex, snapping a pole and dropping a live wire...
Berwick teen’s mom says she planned to turn in son
BERWICK — A teenager accused of being part of a group that barged into an apartment and beat a guest there was arrested...
Employee admits failing to check on required safety class
BUCKHORN — An employee at Walmart here issued a hunting license without first checking to see if the customer had taken...
June 20, 2017
DA: Benton student with forgotten blade showed no intent to do harm
BENTON — Charges against a Benton senior who inadvertently brought a knife to school last month are being dropped,...
Area carver wins gold in Germany with elk under attack by wolves
HOBBIE — Nine months of weight lifting, chiropractic appointments and elk research paid off when Dennis Beach traveled...
Finder accused of taking cash
BERWICK — A woman picked up a dropped wallet inside Rite Aid. When she turned the wallet in to police, it was missing $...
Crew installing sidewalks and lights near pedestrian overpass
BLOOMSBURG — Workers installing new sidewalks and lighting hit a high-pressure natural gas line while drilling a hole...
Magazine cites Feinberg’s guarantee, refund policy
For the Press Enterprise DANVILLE — ???Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, has made the top...
June 19, 2017
Group that saved Christmas display seeks help with fireworks, party
BERWICK — The committee that stepped in to save this borough’s Christmas Boulevard is planning to save another holiday...
Berwick skylight maker eyes bigger site near Bloom
BERWICK — As a Berwick firm puts finishing touches on a $3.5 million project at Orlando International Airport — its...
Aging brain specialists aim to help patients, families with possible treatment, prevention
Even though there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, that’s not going to stop Geisinger Dr. Glen Finney and the staff...
ROSS TWP. (AP) — A homeowner here is reminded once a day that he wasn’t as clever as he hoped. Jerry Lynn tells KDKA-...
Benton-area man allegedly lacked driver’s license, insurance, tag
BENTON — A man caught driving with a fake inspection sticker ended up with a slew of charges after police say they...
June 18, 2017
Independent ENT says insurer deals costing him patients, is leaving area
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — As an independent doctor with a well-established practice between Bloomsburg and Berwick, Frank...
Police haven’t decided on charges, boosted security at graduation
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Southern Columbia senior alarmed classmates and spurred a police investigation when he made threats...
Honor is ‘truly humbling,’ says retiring president of nearly 10 years
BLOOMSBURG — When the new residence hall opens at Bloomsburg University in the fall, it will bear the name of the...
NORRISTOWN (AP) — Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as paternal Dr....
Great-granddaughter: Holiday’s founder was a renegade
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This Father’s Day, Betsy Roddy will write two cards: one to her dad, and the other to her late great...
June 17, 2017
Police: Hazleton man sucker punched Good Samaritan
BLOOMSBURG — A man who tried to intervene in a fight outside a downtown bar was sucker-punched in the head and suffered...
Police: Millville driver, 67, struck Hughesville motorist
MADISON TWP. — An 18-year-old Hughesville man escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when his car was struck by an...
Meth user’s ex says she fears what he’ll do after prison term
DANVILLE — As he was being sentenced recently for terrorizing a former female companion, a man said he still could not...
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia/Montour County Domestic Relations is looking for the following individuals, who have been named...
Poll: Americans say they can’t afford to take vacation, time off from work
Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won’t be...
June 16, 2017
Officials: N.C. company making deal for plant
SALEM TWP. — It looks like a new truck-building company is coming to an old factory here, bringing at least 50 jobs...
Board changes sign announcing the dates for Bloom tradition
BLOOMSBURG — The iconic black-and-white sign that’s welcomed fairgoers to Bloomsburg for decades is getting a makeover...
Ex-cheerleader, Danville coach in litigation
DANVILLE — A federal judge dismissed a teenager’s sports-injury lawsuit against her former cheerleading coach at...
SUNBURY — Anthony Rocco Sanutti Jr., whose father is charged with murder in Columbia County, is accused of burning down...
Bloom Council candidate facing challenges over his residency, voter registration
BLOOMSBURG — Questions about the residency of Bloomsburg Council candidate Vince DeMelfi will get two airings next...
June 15, 2017
Property owners dispute Elysburg resident’s complaints
ELYSBURG — The owners of 7 Aspen St. here dispute a neighbor’s claims that the house has been left to deteriorate into...
School rate to fall for second year
BERWICK — For the second year in a row, school taxes here are scheduled to decrease. Berwick Area taxpayers in...
Family, friends organizing memorial walk to fight disease that led to coach’s death
BERWICK — The family and friends of the late George Curry are holding a walk in his memory June 24 to raise money for...
Private roadway in Valley Township will be named Virginia Lane under address change
VALLEY TWP. — Residents who were concerned over the naming of a private lane here were pleased to find out that the...
Lawmaker who usually plays skipped charity game this year
From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Lou Barletta has played in every Congressional baseball...
June 14, 2017
Members table decision on job changes for town manager
BLOOMSBURG — Town council faced some backlash from the public Monday night for what critics say was a failure to...
Alleged victim tearfully tells of ex firing at her
MILLVILLE — At times sobbing, the alleged victim of an attempted homicide told a judge how she struggled to wrest a...
But project foes among crowd of 75 raise worries about energy company’s safety record
BLOOMSBURG — Union officials representing thousands of laborers, and Chamber of Commerce leaders speaking on behalf of...
‘Pedestrians didn’t seem terribly alarmed,’ witness says
DANVILLE — The business district here seems alluring even to bears. A young black bear was spotted running along Mill...
Police ask public for tips about nursery vehicle driven away from the Home Depot in Buckhorn last week
GREENWOOD TWP. — Police have recovered a nursery van stolen from Home Depot in Buckhorn last week, spotting it on a...
June 13, 2017
Man allegedly said he’d kill police, person he blames for wife’s suicide
BRIAR CREEK — A grieving widower was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to kill police and an unnamed co-...
Dad of twins says cops overreacted to party at their Berwick home
BERWICK — Responding to a noise complaint, police say they were attacked by a woman so “heavily intoxicated” she had to...
Police: Catawissa driver may have dozed at wheel before crash
FRANKLIN TWP. — A stretch of Route 487 was shut down Monday afternoon after a pickup slammed into a utility pole. The...
He allegedly resisted arrest at .45 BAC
MONTOUR TWP. — An intoxicated man found lying in a yard with his face turning blue was later tested with a blood-...
Directors hire Berwick school administrator as superintendent
BENTON — Benton Area School District has hired a Berwick school administrator as its new superintendent at a starting...
June 12, 2017
Woman’s hard-to-control diabetes can look like drunkenness
BLOOMSBURG — A woman arrested for drunken driving at the McDonald’s drive-thru here in January saw the criminal charges...
Suspect blames latest relapse on lack of housing
BLOOMSBURG — A judge expressed concern for a lifelong addict who was taken into custody during a raid at a Catherine...
Retiring director plays in alumni concert for group’s 90th anniversary
BERWICK — Band Director Ronald Wasser picked up a flugelhorn to play with his students one last time. It was May 27,...
Berwick man allegedly still too drunk on morning after binge
BUCKHORN — A Berwick man with a suspended driver’s license told police he was “polluted” from drinking beer and Sambuca...
Troopers: Bloom man, 25, started breathing
BRIAR CREEK — It took two doses of a life-saving antidote to revive a 25-year-old Bloomsburg man who overdosed on an...
June 11, 2017
Benton senior could face five years in jail over tool forgotten in pocket
BENTON — Benton senior Cain Schlichter thought he was doing the right thing when he turned over a small knife to a...
State: Bloom man’s credentials pulled until he proves he can work safely
BLOOMSBURG — The State Board of Nursing has indefinitely suspended a registered nurse’s license due to his dependency...
Motorcycle club’s toy run delivers joy at Geisinger children’s hospital
MAHONING TWP. — It was like Christmas in June at Geisinger’s children’s hospital when young patients greeted a dump...
Man allegedly had pot for sale in his Bloomsburg apartment
BLOOMSBURG — A man already serving time in prison for drug dealing in Philadelphia was ordered to serve what amounts to...
Stillwater driver claimed that he started drinking after crashing truck, charges say
STILLWATER — A drunken driver who crashed into his own house allegedly tried to fool police into believing he’d started...
June 10, 2017
Source of alleged pollution is unclear
BERWICK — A water sample taken from Thompsons Run behind the Berwick high school and middle school tested high for...
Ex-Bloomsburg Ambulance crewman fondly recalls volunteer work
For the Press Enterprise Six decades ago, ambulance crews used some theatrics to add a dose of reality to their...
BLOOMSBURG — A rural Millville man has already spent five months in jail for groping and kissing a teenager, longer...
Northwest Area school library re-imagined as a camp for kids
HUNTINGTON MILLS — Children huddled with books in tents under dim lighting surrounded by the ambient sounds of...
June 9, 2017
Businessman considers inspections following complaints
BERWICK — A man the borough accused of exploiting a loophole in the landlord-tenant law to avoid property inspections...
Egypt native has wife, toddler, ailing in-law
WILLIAMSPORT — A Geisinger Medical Center doctor from Egypt will be permitted to remain in the United States after all...
Bloomsburg officers say trio wanted on warrants or probation violations
BLOOMSBURG — A suspicious chemical odor led authorities to a home in the 700 block of Catherine Street on Thursday...
DANVILLE — The borough’s newly proposed fire department policy has been put on hold. The policy — which requires fire...
Hemlock Township chief: Vehicle left unlocked
BUCKHORN — A woman delivering plants and trees to Home Depot had her van stolen by a man who police say may still have...
June 8, 2017
Benton man gave up after standoff with police over warrant, chief says
BENTON — Police serving a warrant near the Benton Area School District caused quite a commotion here Wednesday,...
Man awaiting trial in purse snatchings is ‘stunned’ by charges
BERWICK — A man freed on bail while awaiting trial for two purse snatchings is back in jail after allegedly helping to...
But there’s no alcohol in Danville shop’s hit booze-imbued brew
DANVILLE — In his coffee-roasting shop here, Brad Bason is taking coffee beans and mixing them with flavors usually...
Pittsburgh-based enterprise announces plans to take over hospitals in Sunbury, Lock Haven
WILLIAMSPORT — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is expanding its eastward reach. The health enterprise...
President feels ‘totally vindicated’ by testimony, his lawyer says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify under oath today that President Donald Trump repeatedly...
June 7, 2017
Officials: Judge, not Board of Elections, must rule on residency
BLOOMSBURG — Three people filed formal challenges Monday to the candidacy of Vincent DeMelfi for a seat on Town Council...
Traveling library’s $280G van to hit road soon, festooned with art
SCOTT TWP. — Jessie Whitenight, 89, might just be the Columbia County Traveling Library’s most loyal customer. The...
Man allegedly broke into vehicles, took a license plate in spree
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 21-year-old fled from a prison halfway house near Harrisburg, stole a car from a railroad in...
She allegedly attacked ex-beau’s female friend
VALLEY TWP. — A Danville woman faces a felony charge of strangulation after allegedly choking and slapping a female...
Two Danville seniors, one from Bloom achieve national honor
Three area seniors have joined an elite group — National Merit Scholars. Danville Area’s Jamie and Kimberly Breyfogle...
June 6, 2017
Cops: Man shot housemate in quarrel, called 9-1-1
BRIAR CREEK — A 29-year-old man has been accused of attempted homicide after he allegedly shot a housemate. Devin...
Ex-cook sues man and Danville-area nursing home, seeking $25G+
MAHONING TWP. — A female former employee is suing Vintage Knolls and a male co-worker, claiming he slapped and injured...
DANVILLE — After beating incumbent Walter Rupert for the Valley Township Supervisor Republican nomination by a single...
Woman given three months in Montour jail
DANVILLE — A Danville woman who stabbed her husband in the chest with a pair of scissors last year was led off to jail...
HARRISBURG (AP) — Most rookie teachers and newly minted Pennsylvania government employees would see a smaller...
Husband, her alleged victim, skips hearing in stabbing case
BERWICK — A woman accused of cutting her husband’s neck with a knife saw the charges dropped Monday after her alleged...
June 5, 2017
Bloom-area man allegedly enlisted friend’s help to sell $2,500 in goods
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg-area man is accused of stealing $2,500 in jewelry that a Berwick woman inherited from her dead...
Driver taken to hospital after pickup slams into Bloom home
BLOOMSBURG — A woman was jarred out of her sleep and forced to find another place to stay when a pickup rammed the...
Woman allegedly cut man’s neck in quarrel
BERWICK — A woman was arrested after allegedly holding a knife to her husband’s throat and cutting both sides of his...
Fire chief orders power cut to over 1,100 as precaution after tree branch KOs wires
BENTON — A large fallen tree branch knocked sparking electrical wires to the ground Sunday evening, setting ablaze a...
Airlines planning to test biometric boarding passes
Boarding passes could someday become quaint relics for air travelers. JetBlue Airways plans to test facial-recognition...
June 4, 2017
Columbia commissioners let developer have ‘air’ rights in exchange for 10 more spaces
BLOOMSBURG — In exchange for creating several parking spaces for its employees, the Columbia County commissioners voted...
Orangeville man blamed ‘blackouts’ in admitting crimes against four kids
BLOOMSBURG — An Orangeville man who sexually assaulted four children two years ago was sentenced to up to 30 years in...
Shick-area pair taken to hospital after being thrown from bike near mall
BUCKHORN — A man and woman from the Shickshinny area were thrown from a motorcycle after it was hit by an SUV on Mall...
Owner praises volunteers, says shop will be closed for cleanup on Monday
DANVILLE — A fire that started in a chimney sparked a morning scare at Bason Coffee Roasting on East Mahoning Street...
Tomorrow’s high is 80 percent accurate, watchdogs say
WASHINGTON — Make fun of the weatherman if you want, but modern forecasts have quietly, by degrees, become much better...
June 3, 2017
Berwick woman was allegedly heavily intoxicated at bash
BERWICK — Police called to a house for complaints of a loud party had to hog-tie and arrest a young mother after she...
Woman to dispute Benton-area patient’s claims
SCOTT TWP. — A man is suing his former dentist, claiming she removed two healthy teeth from his mouth and improperly...
Town Council arguments inspire move to put center near old Bloom Mills
BLOOMSBURG — The Town Council still has more than a month to decide howthe existing zoning ordinance meshes with a...
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In its latest effort to compete with online giant Amazon, Walmart is testing a delivery service...
Berwick man’s lawsuit alleges pickup driver ignored stop sign
BERWICK — A Berwick man who suffered injuries after his car was struck by a pickup on West Front Street is suing for...
June 2, 2017
Columbia County Christian School staffer apologizes for sex with teen
BLOOMSBURG — A Christian school counselor and basketball coach who repeatedly had sex with a female student will spend...
Berwick YMCA program is free for seniors
BERWICK —Betty Kupsky didn’t learn to swim until she was 79 years old. She would look into the depth of a pool and feel...
DERRY TWP. — The scent of marijuana wafting through a home here led State Police to a sophisticated growing operation...
Cost-saving move is blamed on uncertainty surrounding health-care reform, competition
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System has confirmed it’s eliminating 46 of its 1,000 information technology positions....
Democrats may choose substitute after federal prison worker’s exit
BERWICK — A school board candidate whose job at a federal prison made her campaign illegal withdrew her name from the...
June 1, 2017
Congressman’s camp says he isn’t ignoring constituents in Columbia
BLOOMSBURG — For months, a group of anti-Trump Columbia County constituents of Congressman Lou Barletta have been...
Deliveries to stop at end of August, spokeswoman says
BERWICK — The Berwick Hospital Center will stop delivering babies after Aug. 31, a hospital spokeswoman says. Over the...
Woman who left two children at movies to pay drug debt to ex-dealer calls charges unfair
BLOOMSBURG — A woman who left her children at a movie theater while she went to pay a debt to her former crack dealer...
BLOOMSBURG —A mother accused of “screwing up” and leaving her 1-year-old son in the car while she shopped at Big Lots...
Witness denied contacting defendant to plan drug deal
BLOOMSBURG — A man charged with lying under oath at a recent drug trial saw the charges against him withdrawn Wednesday...
Danville man says he’s on medication to manage anger
BLOOMSBURG — A Knoebels fanatic and former park employee saw his probation extended recently after he failed to stay...
May 31, 2017
Man fined instead of facing jail after girlfriend failed to testify in domestic
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Wapwallopen man who allegedly roughed up his girlfriend and used a backhoe to...
Woman, 56, paddling length of Susquehanna on solo journey
ESPY — The Susquehanna River flows 464 miles from New York state to the Chesapeake Bay, and one woman is paddling her...
Write-in push ousted mayor on both ballots
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — Officials in Luzerne County are looking into allegations of voter fraud here in...
Shickshinny man’s case claims Berwick motorist’s pickup rammed his from rear, shoved it 10 feet
BERWICK — A driver suffered whiplash when his pickup was rear-ended by another pickup on West Front Street, a lawsuit...
Site of 1979 partial meltdown needs state bailout, company says
HARRISBURG (AP) — The owner of Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst commercial nuclear power accident,...
May 30, 2017
Close blast allegedly left worker’s ears ringing outside Millville nursing home
MILLVILLE — A man shot a rifle at his ex-girlfriend at such close range that she was left with “ringing in her ears”...
Police: Accomplice tried to return $200 in stolen cosmetics in trade for gift card
HEMLOCK TWP. — A couple allegedly stole more than $200 worth of cosmetics from Walmart, then had a fellow thief return...
Philly man faces other counts from alleged Block Party antics
BLOOMSBURG — A Block Party reveler arrested for instigating a crowd into tossing bottles and cans saw a felony charge...
Third driver in accident blames other two motorists for crash, injuries
VALLEY TWP. — A man drove in the dark without his headlights on, causing a three-vehicle crash on Route 54, a lawsuit...
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University basketball player is headed to trial on charges that he and another man...
May 29, 2017
School board hopeful could lose federal prison job or face fine
BERWICK — One of the Democratic nominees for the Berwick Area School Board appears to have violated federal law simply...
Paranoia pervaded the home front as World War I raged across Europe
EDITOR’S NOTE: This springs marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into what would come to be known...
Case alleges motorist pulled into path of Nescopeck man
BERWICK — The widow of a motorcyclist who was killed in 2015 is suing the other driver involved in the fatal accident...
BLOOMSBURG — When the Rev. Gregory Moore drives through town, the veteran is always looking for torn flags. “The flag...
Judge says he must prove his promise of job
BLOOMSBURG — A man awaiting sentencing for heroin possession and trying to enter a home was full of excuses and...
May 28, 2017
Geisinger won’t take UPMC insurance for ailing tot’s specialists
LOCK HAVEN — Geisinger’s specialists have played a crucial role in little Claire Corman’s life ever since she was born...
Ex-BU student allowed to plead ‘no contest’ to false imprisonment
BLOOMSBURG — An ex-Bloomsburg University student accused of sexually assaulting a good friend on campus two years ago...
Visitors OK on historic estate over complaints from neighbors
BRIAR CREEK TWP. —Visitors from out of town can now use Airbnb to rent a ranch house next to the mansion on the...
Woman ignored demands for $119G, records say
VALLEY TWP. — A civil judgment has been entered against the owner of the shuttered Rudy’s Mart for missing payments on...
Man charged with felony theft of $2G+ from employer
CATAWISSA — A mechanic who collected both checks and cash payments for work done at Clay’s Automotive on Mill Street...
May 27, 2017
Bloom man awaiting trial accused of transaction in Berwick
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man out on bail while awaiting his trial for heroin dealing has been arrested again — after...
Oldsmobile slams into support pillar in garage, worrying homeowner
IOLA — A car veered off Route 42 and crashed through a ground-floor garage under a house here Friday morning, officials...
Woman, husband bicker at court
MILLVILLE — A woman who allegedly led State Police on a high-speed chase on the interstate and then rammed her SUV into...
Area’s top prize was only $5G, records show
April was a sparse month for local lottery winners, state records show. Most people won only $1,000, with the biggest...
Flatbed gets stuck at intersection of Routes 44, 54 in rural Montour
ANTHONY TWP. — A big rig using Routes 54 and 44 to bypass a construction zone on Interstate 80 got hung up Friday. But...