Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

April 28, 2017
‘Dim picture’ feared if Congress goes along with Trump
BLOOMSBURG — When WVIA lost state funding several years back, its TV viewers tuned in to find some of their favorite...
Editor cries ‘fowl’ about misinformation at event in Anthony Township
ANTHONY TWP. — Raising chickens isn’t always easy, so seeking advice on how to do so isn’t uncommon. But there are a...
MONTOUR TWP. — A man is accused of pushing a woman out a second-story window at his home here April 16, causing her to...
Former Montour County prison staffer had role in steroid rings
A former Montour County prison guard was sentenced Thursday to a total of 18 to 36 months in a state prison for his...
U.S. News & World Report bestows silver medal
DANVILLE — Danville Area High School earned a silver medal from U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the school...
April 27, 2017
‘Avenue Q’ motivates theater group to stage online finance campaign
DANVILLE — Earlier this year, school administrators worried about foul language and adult subject matter canceled a...
Owner: Downtown restaurant to get new identity, signs
BLOOMSBURG — The Colorado-based Boston Market restaurant chain has sued Boston Style Chicken in downtown Bloomsburg,...
Nescopeck-area farm event honored with award, inspires music label
For the Press Enterprise Richard Briggs loves the blues. He loves them so much that 20 years ago, he decided to bring...
Syria, Ghana natives vie for president job in May interviews
BLOOMSBURG — A board in Harrisburg will choose between a neurobiologist and a presidential adviser in picking the next...
Man’s guilty plea could result in years in prison
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University marketing student says he made “a very bad decision” when he took a group...
April 26, 2017
Bloomsburg suspect, 24, faces charges in Berwick theft
BERWICK — A burglary victim used GPS tracking software to locate her stolen phone and help direct police to the pair of...
Coroner: Catawissa man, 60, died on the job in Hemlock Township
HEMLOCK TWP. — A township road worker was killed Tuesday when a dump truck he was guiding backed over him, police say...
Millville suspect was allegedly asleep at store’s photo kiosk
BUCKHORN — A Millville man found sleeping at a photo center kiosk in WalMart one recent morning had cocaine in a pocket...
A Danville woman won a whopping $225,000 lottery prize from a $1 drawing game called Cash Five in February. Christine...
April 25, 2017
Mifflin super candidate angry over repeat vandalism
MIFFLIN TWP. — Someone has been vandalizing election signs for a board of supervisors candidate here. Four 4-foot-by-4...
BU students answer with rainbow flags
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — A group of Christian protesters opposed to transgender rights showed up on...
Nescopeck gunsmith aims to auction ‘Hart Patriot’ at NRA confab
NESCOPECK — Local gunsmith Bobby Hart has been making custom hunting rifles since he was 12 years old, but he’s pretty...
GMC listed her in serious condition, nursing official says
VALLEY TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman is among three passengers badly hurt in a high-speed crash that killed their driver on...
Bloom leaders praise BU students, police and blame out-of-towners
BLOOMSBURG —Only one resident complained about Block Party during Monday’s council meeting, while officials praised...
April 24, 2017
Coroner: Brooklyn driver fled police at speeds reaching 115 mph on I-80
VALLEY TWP. — A Brooklyn man is dead and his three passengers seriously injured in a crash after a high-speed chase...
BU reveler gobbled uppers on way to lockup, charges say
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student repeatedly slapped a police officer in the head then tried to gulp down a...
Driver cut car’s lights after trying to elude traffic stop near McDonald’s in Bloom
SCOTT TWP. — Police are still looking for two men who ran off after leading a chase along Route 11 and Interstate 80,...
Officials: Citations could cost $800
BLOOMSBURG — A “highly intoxicated” Bloomsburg University student triggered an emergency call box on upper campus...
Lucky player bought one of four golden tickets in New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
A local woman won a whopping $1 million lottery prize from a drawing game in January, records show. Christine Hess of...
April 23, 2017
Bloom crowds start early, go for hours despite chill, drizzle
BLOOMSBURG — It’s just past 8:30 a.m. and Andrew Paolucci is standing in his underwear along Lightstreet Road sipping...
Court appeal addresses music curfew for wedding receptions
BEAVER TWP. — The owners of the Pump House Bed & Breakfast have gone to court, challenging conditions imposed by...
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia man was jailed for trying to start a riot during Block Party on Saturday afternoon, charges...
BERWICK — Police have charged a man they say stole a grill donated to the Berwick Senior Center. Rick L. Smethers, 63...
Most serious count of resisting arrest dropped
BERWICK — A teenager accused of threatening a Dunkin’ Donuts manager and then struggling with police saw one charge...
Berwick man’s Chevrolet landed in small stream, police say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A car careened downhill through the Rolling Pines golf course Saturday when a man watching his son...
April 22, 2017
Some close to avoid hassle, others staff up
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Diner won’t be open today or Sunday. In fact, John Sikalias plans to keep his business...
Police: Fugitives took a bus from Arkansas
BLOOMSBURG — A fugitive couple on the run from Arkansas police are locked up in Columbia County Prison after Bloomsburg...
Authorities: Renter trashed Catawissa home
CATAWISSA — A woman quit paying her rent and abandoned her home here, leaving behind a cat, two ferrets, and two dead...
BLOOMSBURG — A man and woman were charged with open lewdness after police caught them engaging in a sex act in an alley...
Newspaper employee’s house was damaged in Salem Township
SALEM TWP. — A father and son escaped to safety as flames tore through their bi-level home on Mingle Inn Road here...
April 21, 2017
Troopers: Retiree made a fortune in Berwick, elsewhere
BERWICK — An 80-year-old Harvey’s Lake man made a good living buying cigarettes from an Indian reservation and selling...
Fire chief laments the frequency of crashes at Route 54 intersection
VALLEY TWP. — A man who turned in front of an oncoming car was ejected through his passenger side window here Thursday...
Spokesman: Impaired driving, lack of seat belts a challenge
There were seven fatal crashes in Columbia County last year, half as many as 14 the year before, PennDOT says. In...
BLOOMSBURG — Police are gearing up for another Block Party this weekend, with increased patrols from officers on...
BLOOMSBURG — This year’s grandstand lineup at the Bloomsburg Fair features plenty of country acts, along with some...
April 20, 2017
Bloomsburg girl fears rabies, notes owners didn’t help
BLOOMSBURG — A 17-year-old Bloomsburg girl is receiving a series of painful rabies vaccinations after a pet skunk out...
Laid-off crew fixing Victorian residence
ESPY — A crew of veteran home builders is restoring life to a 164-year-old Victorian brick house that has stood vacant...
DANVILLE — A man who said he loves meth because it turns him into a “superball” of energy told a jury here Wednesday...
Bill would make stretch of Route 93 a Stuart memorial
BERWICK — The road where Berwick workers once tested Stuart tanks during World War II is on track to become a memorial...
Death-penalty phase begins today for survivalist
MILFORD (AP) — A man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle was convicted of...
April 19, 2017
Advisers unveil downtown revitalization plan
BERWICK — When consultants unveiled a plan Tuesday they hope will bring new life to Berwick’s downtown, it turned out...
Young entrepreneurs angle for cash at BU ‘Shark Tank’ contest
BLOOMSBURG — In its first year, Nate Treichler’s fly-fishing website delivered artificial flies to 2,000 individual...
Driver allegedly drunk
BERWICK — Police say when they found George E. Brown at 2:42 a.m. Valentine’s Day, he was sitting in a car that had...
Spencer slaying suspect’s first hearing delayed
BLOOMSBURG —Accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin will get another month to find a lawyer, after a judge granted his...
Barletta, other officials tour Bloomsburg’s treatment plant
BLOOMSBURG — Residents here should have drinking water flowing from their taps even during floods, thanks to a new $3...
April 18, 2017
Geisinger repudiates claims of patients being pressured to take part in research
DANVILLE — Two ex-Geisinger doctors claim the hospital fired them after they complained about patients being pressured...
Top U.S. female marathon finisher has ties to Shick
From staff and wire reports BOSTON — An elite runner with family roots in Shickshinny ran her first marathon here...
Judge warns man away from two at whom he allegedly pointed a firearm
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of pointing a loaded revolver at a woman and her boyfriend was freed from Columbia County...
$360 will keep borough in running for grants
BERWICK — Seven years ago, a thief broke into an officer’s personal vehicle and stole his department-issued gun. Now,...
Board says it wants DeLong to repay nearly $10G in benefits she isn’t entitled to
MAHONING TWP. — Mahoning Township supervisors are asking a judge for permission to stop paying for Christine DeLong’s...
April 17, 2017
Cases against Salem hog operations were filed past deadline, ruling says
WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge has dismissed three lawsuits filed over odors at a large-scale hog farm in Salem...
Berwick defendant wanted to become cop, his lawyer says
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man shot by a police officer for chasing another man with a knife was sentenced to four months...
Smoldering campfire lit brush, threatened tree farm, chief says
MONTOUR TWP. —A campfire, smoldering from Saturday night, ignited a brush fire that destroyed a garage and badly...
Plaintiff says she suffered broken foot and front tooth
FRANKLIN TWP. — A driver struck a woman directing traffic for a fall festival on Southern Drive, then drove away, a...
18-year-old withdrew from BU after charges
BLOOMSBURG — An 18-year-old accused of watching sexual videos of young girls while attending Bloomsburg University was...
April 16, 2017
Fed up with dumping, man bans parking near popular fishing spot
Press Enterprise Managing Editor FISHING CREEK TWP. — Dale Ruhmel finally got fed up with dealing with other people’s...
50 in Bloom press to see president’s returns
BLOOMSBURG — Dean Marshall of the Benton area found an opportunity to protest creatively Saturday after dressing up in...
Homeless adult jailed on burglary, theft, trespass, arson charges
BERWICK — A homeless 28-year-old man and two boys went on a crime spree last month, breaking into vehicles and...
Project won mayor’s blessing
BERWICK — When members of Girl Scout Troop 32455 were brainstorming on what they should do for a community project,...
Plaintiff seeking $50G+, alleges speeding driver hit her vehicle head-on
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Nescopeck woman is suing a Berwick man after suffering injuries in a head-on crash, court records show...
April 15, 2017
Columbia Mall store to stay open through mid-summer
BUCKHORN — Thanks to an increase in sales since announcing it will close 138 stores, JCPenney is pushing back the...
Official: Tool intended to help Bloomsburg Carpet compete globally
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A new Belgium-made weaving loom that operates five times faster than conventional looms made its...
Fourth candidate saw enrollment rise on job
BLOOMSBURG — Arriving in town this week with hopes of becoming Bloomsburg University’s next president felt like a...
Liberty Township fire chief praises homeowner
LIBERTY TWP. — A mother and daughter were forced to flee their home in the middle of the night after faulty wiring...
April 14, 2017
Lawyer: Pay sought after embattled police chief created toxic environment
MONTOUR TWP. — The police chief here, while under investigation for alleged misconduct, threatened to harm any officers...
Trip to national contest marks a first for Bloomsburg University team
BLOOMSBURG — In a field on upper campus, five Bloomsburg University students squat around a shallow pit, massaging...
BLOOMSBURG — Accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin spent an uneventful first night in Columbia County Prison following...
For the Press Enterprise WILKES BARRE — A Sweet Valley man pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated assault and other...
Officials: 9-1-1 merger will re-christen streets, alleys, access roads
DANVILLE — Several unnamed streets, alleys and access roads in Danville are getting names or new names due to the...
April 13, 2017
Killer’s father charged in Spencer slaying
MILLVILLE — Accused killer and international fugitive Anthony Rocco Franklin deftly draped a red sweatshirt over his...
Maintenance official sees danger, not inspiration
DANVILLE — A group placed painted rocks with inspirational messages in the grass and flowerbeds of two borough parks,...
New Columbia deal lets entrants avoid harsh penalties
BLOOMSBURG — Two young men charged with felonies have caught a big break by being allowed into Columbia County’s new...
Prosecutors: Pa. suspect had Social Security card in Texas child’s name
PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 has been arrested on...
April 12, 2017
PennDOT to add paved shoulders on Route 339
MIFFLIN TWP. — Some property owners along Route 339 between Mifflinville and Nescopeck may lose chunks of their front...
Ghana native says he would build diversity and global outreach
BLOOMSBURG — Daniel Wubah has spent the past 30 years living in the United States, working his way up through academia...
Official: Owner’s blaze spread to vehicles, field south of Rohrbach’s
FRANKLIN TWP. — A man burning brush saw flames spread to destroy his home, catch two vehicles on fire and ignite a...
DANVILLE — A furniture store owner who allegedly bilked customers out of almost $15,000 is headed to trial in county...
Pedestrian spots man shaking unconscious woman in car
SHICKSHINNY — A State Police trooper used a life-saving dose of Narcan to revive an unconscious young woman who...
April 11, 2017
Two charged in Bloom burglary
BLOOMSBURG — An Instagram account helped police nab two burglars accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of...
Drilling samples show firm base for upgrade, promise big savings
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — The folks who want to modernize the town pool have a solid foundation to...
Bloom man facing trial charged with assaulting girl, 15
MAIN TWP. — A Bloomsburg man about to go on trial for kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old suburban Philadelphia girl is...
Some neighbors of proposed cellular-phone relay stand by objections, but others see safety value
ELYSBURG — A cell tower is needed here for capacity, not coverage, a Verizon representative said Monday night. While...
Police: Bloom woman failed to stop for car waiting to turn
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman was injured Monday when she drove her car into the rear of another, police say...
April 10, 2017
Rocks and debris wash down Lightstreet Road; cleanup closes street
BLOOMSBURG — A water main broke outside Bloomsburg University’s heating plant Sunday afternoon, washing rocks down...
Berwick man allegedly left old model in new set’s spot
SCOTT TWP. — A guest stole a new, 40-inch, flat-screen Samsung TV from a Route 11 motel here, and left a smaller, older...
BU student said he was following app to find pal’s phone, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student was caught prowling in the wee hours outside a student residence, where...
Heaters, potting soil, lights found in debris of burned building, officers say
MILL GROVE — Police responding to a garage fire last month found suspected marijuana outside the garage and “amongst...
April 9, 2017
Woman accused of stealing dog she found wants case ‘over with’
MUNCY — A pet-recovery service owner accused of hiding a dog she was hired to find said she’ll plead guilty to charges...
Bloom native says she’ll miss ‘dream job’ under Ringling big top
BLOOMSBURG — Over the past five years as a trombonist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Megan O’Malley...
Geisinger has not responded to claims
DANVILLE — A young man became blind at Geisinger after someone closed a shunt that was draining excess fluid from his...
Police: Woman had prying tools on trip to parents’ home, from which she was banned
BLOOMSBURG — A woman is charged with attempted burglary for trying to pry her way into her parents’ home, where she was...
AGAPE hosts sessions for sufferers with porn, prostitution habits
BLOOMSBURG — Once a week, men trying to work through addictions to sex — both virtual and real — have begun meeting at...
April 8, 2017
Traffic shift expected Monday, official said
VALLEY TWP. — Construction season starts in earnest Sunday on Interstate 80, and drivers headed east in Montour County...
Native of London a candidate for new BU president
BLOOMSBURG — A candidate to run Bloomsburg University suggested trying to temporarily shut down liquor stores in the...
Berwick officials seeking state, federal funding to plug water problem
BERWICK — With rain falling Thursday afternoon, Marie Montecalvo watched in dismay as a torrent of water rushed through...
HARRISBURG — Local historian Jim Bach was moved to tears when he learned the Shickshinny area historical society and...
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States vowed Friday to keep the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave...
April 7, 2017
Woman says she intended to return injured dog
MONTGOMERY — Bonnie Jean Snyder has helped many area pet owners in searches for lost dogs. But now, police have...
Jackson Township officials: Work violates zoning rules
JACKSON TWP. —Kenneth Boyle likes to feed and photograph whitetail deer on his land here, and he’s been putting up...
NESCOPECK TWP. — All three township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to allow farmer Doug Zehner to host 12-16...
LIMESTONE TWP. — A man is in trouble with the police after he left a bomb threat in the restroom of his workplace at...
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in...
April 6, 2017
Two customers’ federal case claims local snack firm adds too much air
NEW YORK — Two $2 bags of potato chips are the basis for a federal class-action lawsuit filed this week against Berwick...
Lawsuit: Contractor told man to remove his safety harness
BERWICK — A repairman suffered broken bones when he fell off a collapsing porch roof, so he’s suing a contractor and...
Mountain bike team for Danville students will have own park
DANVILLE — A new mountain bike team is forming in the Danville Area School District, and volunteers are building a park...
***UPDATE: State Police at Milton say that Amanda Long, 29, of Pennelville, New York, reported that $400 in cash, a...
But area won’t face anything like Lee in 2011
BLOOMSBURG — Tuesday’s rainfall measured less than a half-inch locally, but upstate totals will push the Susquehanna...
April 5, 2017
Charges: Danville-area man thought saying excused not returning $801
SCOTT TWP. — A Danville-area man used “finders-keepers” as his excuse when asked why he hadn’t called police after...
Neurobiologist says he’s hands-on leader
BLOOMSBURG — At the age of 10, Bashar Hanna immigrated to the United States from his family’s home in Syria, an...
Woman allegedly kicked police officer in face during raucous domestic fuss in Catawissa
CATAWISSA — A young woman who was arrested for kicking a cop in the face blamed her epileptic fits for the angry...
Nescopeck eatery closed until it can be inspected
NESCOPECK — A minor grease fire caused little damage to the Unicorn Restaurant on Third Street here Tuesday morning but...
Briar Creek supervisors say research shows it isn’t responsible
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Two residents along Maplewood Road showed up at Monday’s supervisors meeting to argue the township...
April 4, 2017
Developer vows to sue officials over lag; town lawyer blames applicants
BLOOMSBURG — Two people asked the town to grant them permission to grow and process medical marijuana here, but one was...
Area man requests zoning OK to house workers on federal visas
NESCOPECK TWP. —A local farmer wants to hire about a dozen foreign workers to harvest pumpkins this fall through a...
This year’s contest is for singers only, but open to talent from Montour County, too
BLOOMSBURG — The First Columbia Teen Star musical competition is back this spring for a seventh round, but there are...
Berwick suspect’s vehicle allegedly loaded with lifted ammunition, plus heroin and meth
BERWICK — A Berwick woman allegedly went into a dresser drawer at a friend’s house and helped herself to a man’s Glock...
‘Cyborgs’ created at parties, putting convenience over privacy
STOCKHOLM — The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in...
April 3, 2017
Developer eyes seniors project near Bloom Mills property
BLOOMSBURG — A developer is planning a new project near the site of the old Bloomsburg Mills, with hopes of putting a...
Victim: Lie about a sick child distracted me as man grabbed my purse
BERWICK — Jackie Vital says she was trying to help a couple with a sick child when she saw them in the medicine aisle...
Doc decries SECV increase for speed he doesn’t need
SUNBURY — Evan Young of Danville was fuming after recently opening an envelope from Service Electric Cablevision and...
Bloomsburg University Archivist BLOOMSBURG — In 2014, Bloomsburg University celebrated 175 years since the beginning...
Danville man charged with DUI in pileup
BLOOMSBURG — A vehicle fire helped police solve who caused a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of East and Main...
April 2, 2017
Con man took Bloom native from Vegas stripper to global stock scheme
LAS VEGAS — A woman who grew up in the Bloomsburg area was unwittingly used as a pawn in a multi-million-dollar,...
“Pump and dump” is how federal prosecutors characterized the stock scheme that ensnared Bloomsburg native Melissa...
BU student allegedly sold cocaine; ex-enrollee accused of conspiracy
ESPY — With the BearCat armored vehicle standing by, police using flash grenades raided an Old Berwick Road home here...
Woman reported she heard from ex-beau who disappeared
BLOOMSBURG — There’s no evidence to support a woman’s claim that a missing Bloomsburg man called her nearly a year...
Wilson speech 100 years ago set stage for U.S. entry
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the 100th anniversary of an address to Congress that opened the door for the United States’...
Bloomsburg 22-year-old rolled vehicle on Route 11 near town
MONTOUR TWP. — After a rollover crash along Route 11 early Saturday, 22-year-old Austin G. Oxenrider climbed out his...
April 1, 2017
Columbia County D.A.: Berwick resident mistaken as child-sex suspect
BERWICK — A Berwick man arrested Monday as a fugitive from South Carolina was released Friday after police and...
Bloomsburg pair pleaded guilty to having drug paraphernalia
BLOOMSBURG — Caleb Guzevich says his father was “blind-sided” when a heroin overdose victim told him his son and...
Bloomsburg bodies give church approval to create more parking spaces
BLOOMSBURG — Parking has become such a problem at St. Columba Catholic Church that last week one parishioner skipped...
Luzerne County suspect, 18, locked up
BLOOMSBURG — An 18-year-old freshman has been jailed after authorities say he viewed and uploaded images and videos of...
Nearly $8G split between D.A. fund, state attorney general’s office
DANVILLE — Montour County will split nearly $8,000 seized during a drug arrest with the state Attorney General, a judge...
March 31, 2017
Cops say two beat woman, ransacked Bloomsburg home
BLOOMSBURG — Police say two men — one a Bloomsburg University basketball player — broke into an apartment on East...
Montour County Commissioner hurt in snowblower mishap during blizzard
VALLEY TWP. — Montour County Commissioner Ken Holdren was trying to keep ahead of this month’s blizzard when freezing...
U.S. Marshals arrest Berwick suspect on a street in Benton
BENTON — A Berwick man wanted for allegedly holding a woman captive, raping her and choking her into unconsciousness...
Suspect, 58, says he’s on disability, was hurt in fray
BERWICK — Police say a 58-year-old man attacked them March 24 when they told him to stop calling a witness to an...
BERWICK — Thieves broke into the Berwick Senior Center, stealing more than $700 in cash and damaging four doors, a...
March 30, 2017
Jury awards no money to woman’s family in Berwick drug allergy case
BLOOMSBURG — A jury said Berwick Hospital Center and one of its doctors were to blame for a woman’s allergic reaction...
Bloom group to spend most of its money on designs, structural test
BLOOMSBURG — Volunteers hoping to save the Norris E. Rock pool here are betting almost all the money they’ve raised so...
Police say younger man apparently jumped out of car
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville man was driving drunk when he ran over his son who apparently had jumped out of the car,...
Security photos show woman lifting ER tech’s device, charges say
MAHONING TWP. — A patient stole a cell phone from an emergency room tech at Geisinger, police say. Nicole J. Ramph, 26...
Youth also ordered away from victims
BLOOMSBURG — A special-needs student who admitted molesting two other handicapped students on a Central Columbia school...
Danville-area woman sought protection after beau allegedly hit her
VALLEY TWP. — A man charged in a domestic assault and served with an order to stop contacting his Danville-area...