Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

August 28, 2015
Assault suspect, 28, apologizes to Knoebels EMT in court
CATAWISSA — A man was drinking moonshine before he lashed out at Knoebels employees and repeatedly spit in a park EMT’s...
BLOOMSBURG — Town council has shown an interest in protecting renters and home buyers from discrimination based on...
New giveaway is promoting healthier living in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — A new food giveaway featuring fresh produce was so popular on its first day, organizers opened the doors...
RIVERSIDE — Richard Oberdorf says a bus stop used by his 11-year-old granddaughter is unsafe, and he had the same...
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Construction has begun on a 40-unit senior housing complex on West Sixth...
August 27, 2015
Health system’s lowest-paid staff to see raises next month
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System this week set a new system-wide minimum wage for its lowest-paid employees, and...
Bloomsburg man denies pursuing Muncy patient
MUNCY — A Bloomsburg doctor is charged with groping and kissing a female prisoner under his care. Dr. Donald Stone...
Little League World Series athlete has Bloomsburg-area ties to game
WILLIAMSPORT — Braden Kolmansberger and his teammates have been bombarded by fans snapping photos and requesting...
BLOOMSBURG — A man who suffered a collapsed lung when his wife allegedly stabbed him in the chest with an 8-inch steak...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area woman slept while her 4-year-old son walked alone along Woodbine Lane, police say....
August 26, 2015
Hemlock Township thefts upset grandmother
HEMLOCK TWP. — Vandals stole a ceramic squirrel, a chicken statue and a lawn ornament of a little man holding a rain...
School alleges fill wasn’t done right; contractor threatens lawsuit
BLOOMSBURG — A contractor who was hired for $55,000 to demolish the flood-damaged Magee mansion filled in the site with...
Defendant blames a Northumberland County commissioner
DANVILLE — A man accused of terrorizing a Geisinger insurance worker over an unpaid bill represented himself at trial...
‘Field’ to offer 500 additional burial spaces
DANVILLE — With more than 13,000 interments, the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Mahoning Township is nearing capacity. So a 1...
Game Commission blames proposed license hike on personnel costs
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission unveiled a plan Tuesday to increase the cost of hunting licenses for the...
August 25, 2015
Demand stretches Bloom service, delays responses
BLOOMSBURG — A patient left waiting for an ambulance crew for 23 minutes succumbed to cardiac arrest on Leonard Street...
Bail set at $250G for dad-to-be who was studying criminal justice
BERWICK — A man holding an 8-inch kitchen knife above his head charged to within 4 feet of another man before a police...
Crews quickly douse blaze, but not before it destroyed kitchen
ELYSBURG — A malfunctioning toaster seems to be the cause of a fire Monday that destroyed a family’s kitchen here....
Man insists to judge he wasn’t at the wheel, but police say that’s a change in his story
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who owns what a judge called a “disaster” of a driving record — one that includes seven DUI...
Second bouts on rise; one in five cases a repeat, not recurrence
Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before...
August 24, 2015
Talen eyes $100M dual-fuel project for Washingtonville power station
WASHINGTONVILLE — Talen Energy may soon retrofit its coal-fired plant here so it can also produce electricity from...
Lawsuit: Pair threw rocks, put up fence
PINE TWP. — A man’s neighbors intentionally threw rocks into his yard to damage his mowing equipment in a land dispute...
Plastic stolen from landlady’s bag, records say
BERWICK — A woman claims she found a credit card outside her home, so she took it to a store and tried to use it,...
Group against pipeline through Columbia report growing turnouts
BLOOMSBURG — The rupture of the Transco pipeline in June sparked new interest in another pipeline planned for the area...
August 23, 2015
Berwick couple wins $1,700 in case alleging trashed house and chase
BERWICK — One couple trashed another couple’s house in a family feud sparked by nasty Facebook posts and text messages...
Berwick man faces trial on charges of indecent assault, false imprisonment
BERWICK — Idler Bonilla Osorio is accused of groping a woman after following her home from the bar, but Osorio’s...
Benton code officer denies accusations against church, borough
BENTON — The borough’s code officer and a local church teamed to clean up a wheelchair-bound woman’s home here last...
Man says he moved to N.J. to escape BU worker’s pestering
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University employee harassed her ex-boyfriend with hundreds of unwanted phone calls and text...
President says man doesn’t work for builder, never reported injury
BERWICK — A worker suffered a fractured spine when unstable scaffolding collapsed on him at a warehouse owned by DeLuxe...
August 22, 2015
Records tell of doctor flap in Columbia County
BLOOMSBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer tried to start a fight with a doctor at Columbia County Prison, so she lost her job...
BLOOMSBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer has sued the warden at Columbia County Prison and his deputy in federal court for $...
Berwick Police are investigating man
BERWICK — Frustrated with the pace of a police investigation, a family hung a banner Thursday along one of the borough’...
Berwick man deemed motorcycles too loud, neighbor reports
BERWICK — A man upset by noise from motorcycles pulled two guns on the riders, police say. Anthony Neil Hill, 32, of...
It’s not life-changing money, but two Berwick women were happy enough to walk away with $10,000 each on lottery games...
SAN DIEGO — Touting himself as the “The King of Infidelity,” the founder of the adultery site Ashley Madison built his...
August 21, 2015
Bloomsburg man thought boys were looking in vehicles
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man allegedly used a bow and arrow to chase a group of teenagers in his neighborhood. Travis...
Chain to fight claim that black customer was denied use of restroom in Danville
DANVILLE — A CVS worker wouldn’t let a black customer use a locked bathroom here, but opened the facility just minutes...
Boy Scout needs community’s help to forge Twin Tower memorial
BERWICK — A 14-year-old Boy Scout is bringing rare wreckage from the World Trade Center to Berwick to build a memorial...
MAHONING TWP. — Mahoning Township supervisors say a lawyer made “inaccurate and irresponsible statements” at Monday’s...
RALPHO TWP. — A 19-year-old was racing a sports car on Route 54 moments before he and a 12-year-old passenger were...
August 20, 2015
Hotel, office building proposed for Lightstreet-area site; eateries eyed
LIGHTSTREET — A developer has already purchased one lot inside the 52-acre Columbia County Business Park for the...
Crash near Elysburg hurled debris, damaging seven passing vehicles
RALPHO TWP. — As he watched two cars barreling down Route 54 seemingly locked in a road race Wednesday night, John...
Grandparents, mom in one family face lab charges in raid
MONTOUR TWP. — Police say they dug through trash and monitored medication purchases as they built evidence that...
Man wants to question board on huffing allegations
MAHONING TWP. — Attorney Pat O’Connell says he’s furious with the inaction of Mahoning Township supervisors over...
Fat-storage discovery suggests possible clue to treatment
Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could...
August 19, 2015
Man with nine kids at home is given split sentence to avoid deportation
SMETHPORT — A Berwick man who caused an accident that killed another man in northwestern Pennsylvania will be allowed...
Three young kids taken away from one mobile home, Montour chief says
MONTOUR TWP. — Police here say they took down two methamphetamine labs in the Perry Avenue trailer park Tuesday night,...
Benton-area man climbs out window of truck, unhurt in Millville-area crash
GREENWOOD TWP. — A 23-year-old driver says he looked down at his dinner and then heard a “boom” as his pickup crashed...
Chain eatery on campus is first one in the area
BLOOMSBURG — A premium burger and milk shake chain will open today at Bloomsburg University in time for the start of...
August 18, 2015
Lawyer demands Mahoning supervisors take action
MAHONING TWP. — The state Attorney General is investigating allegations that Police Chief Chad Thomas “huffed”...
Domestic clash triggered men’s fight in Berwick, prosecutor says
MICHAEL LESTER Press Enterprise Writers BERWICK — The fight Saturday between two men that escalated into a police...
Woman is ill, ‘traumatized’ after ‘incident’
MAHONING TWP. — Mahoning Township’s police clerk is fearful for her safety at work, family members told supervisors...
‘Panicked’ Millville-area woman won’t be cited, Bloom Police say
BLOOMSBURG — Jim Miller of Mifflinville was the man hurt Sunday when a car crashed into Bloom Health & Fitness,...
Assault charges dropped in Catawissa man’s plea deal, officers say
CATAWISSA — A woman pretended to sleep with her pre-school-aged son to avoid an argument, but it didn’t stop the child’...
Truck fell on and trapped Tennessee 18-year-old
WATERHILL, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee teen is alive, thanks to Siri. Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice...
August 17, 2015
Police: Attacker refused to drop knife
BERWICK — A police officer responding to a fight between two men late Saturday shot one of them in the shoulder when...
Accused burglar blames addiction and influences for latest clash with law
BERWICK — An accused burglar and admitted addict with a lengthy record said her latest troubles — felony charges for...
Deal dropped his penalty from $254 to $25
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student cited for doing pushups in the middle of Lightstreet Road ended up with a...
Repellent coating sends unwanted liquid spraying back on scofflaw
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Public urination has gotten so bad in San Francisco that the city has painted nine walls with a...
August 16, 2015
Drunk at .459 percent, park visitor tied up for GMC trip, authorities say
ELYSBURG — A drunken man found unconscious in a Knoebels pavilion July 4 got violent with park staff when he came to...
Man allegedly unable to keep pickup in lane
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — An owner of Bandit’s Roadhouse in Berwick downed 12 shots of vodka during a charity poker run his...
Kawneer retiree put care and $40G into building ‘33 Willys
BLOOMSBURG — Retired Kawneer worker Gary Williams paid meticulous attention to detail over the 20 years it took him to...
Woman charged with DUI
BLOOMSBURG — A woman returning from a wedding was found drunk and slumped over the wheel with her clothing in disarray...
Classic Corvette hit from rear in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — The owner of a silver 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hit from behind in Main Street traffic estimates...
August 15, 2015
Berwick fire chief says rescuers did everything possible
BERWICK — Friends and family of a man who drowned Sunday believe the search for his body was halted too soon because...
Witnesses say landscapers crossed into the path of tractor-trailer near Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — Two landscapers survived a wild wreck on Interstate 80 Friday when their flatbed pickup was run over by a...
Man’s companion recently lost son
MILTON — A Berwick High graduate died in a vehicle accident here, leaving behind a companion who was still mourning the...
BLOOMSBURG — A man out cleaning his sidewalk intentionally tripped an 11-year-old boy riding a skateboard, causing the...
Teen admits missing stop sign
ESPY — Three Nebraska residents visiting the area this week escaped unscathed as their car struck a passing Heller’s...
August 14, 2015
Police called off earlier search after meth lab was discovered in Berwick
BERWICK — The body of Todd Forshey was pulled from the river Thursday afternoon after family and friends mounted their...
Some female inmates are under lockdown in Columbia County
BLOOMSBURG — Some women at Columbia County Prison remained under lockdown Thursday as authorities continued to search...
Woman and her new love are facing felony meth-lab charges in Catawissa
CATAWISSA —Two days before Jayson McHenry was busted with a bubbling meth lab here, Ray Reedy had kicked him out...
Colorado businesses cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation, rules a three-judge panel
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his Christian...
Incarcerated Danville motorist is sentenced for fourth arrest
DANVILLE — A judge sentencing a 25-year-old Danville man on his fourth DUI told him he can’t touch alcohol anymore. “...
August 13, 2015
Man in Berwick chase leaves trail of damage to truck, sign and pole
BERWICK — A man being chased by state parole officers crashed a van into a truck, kept driving, then jumped out of the...
Danville-area couple fears for pet snake missing since river outing
COOPER TWP. — The owners of a nearly 5-foot-long boa constrictor say a trip with the pet snake to the river has turned...
Alleged dealer claims he needs pot and was wrongly suspended from his law studies
BLOOMSBURG — A man with a penchant for filing lawsuits — he once sued Bloomsburg University for not giving him better...
Bids for creek, road, airport work come in low
BLOOMSBURG — Projects to stabilize the banks of Fishing Creek and repair a crumbling stretch ofFort McClure Boulevard...
Hostile, drunken Catawissa woman earned night in jail, charges say
CATAWISSA — A drunken and belligerent woman accounted for three police calls in 17 hours, including one after she spent...
August 12, 2015
But CEO says accusing contractor owes DeLuxe
BERWICK — A construction project was supposed to bring laid-off workers back to DeLuxe Building Systems, but now it’s...
BERWICK — In addition to a $2 million claim filed by a contractor over a dormitory project, DeLuxe Building Systems is...
Seven-time DUI offender jailed for alleged ride without license
VALLEY TWP. — A man who previously served state prison time for abandoning his pregnant girlfriend after crashing their...
Judge denies request for release due to hardship
BERWICK — Even as Joshua Hovancak was apologizing for leading police on a 2-mile chase — his pickup allegedly loaded...
MIAMI (AP) —The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: “...
Geisinger sponsored traffic study that flagged need and will pay for installation and upkeep
DANVILLE — A new traffic light for Route 54 near Perkins is in the works. Geisinger Health System conducted a traffic...
August 11, 2015
Berwick man allegedly left boy, 6, meth makings along riverbank, triggering search
BERWICK — An extensive search for a Berwick man was abruptly called off Sunday night when police discovered a mobile...
Danville shelter’s cameras will help identify scofflaws
COOPER TWP. — The Danville SPCA recently installed security cameras to help catch people who abandon animals at its...
Former Christian school counselor allegedly had affair with pupil, 16
MILLVILLE — A former Columbia County Christian School counselor will face felony sexual assault charges in county court...
Benton man, 72, pleads guilty to citations; misdemeanor dropped
MILLVILLE — After a car hit Ronald Flick on his way to class at Benton High last spring, the teen was confused. “What...
In July 1862 two astronomers, Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, discovered a comet. It returns every 133 years and was...
August 10, 2015
Official: Crime hurt county wood-cutting program for offenders
BLOOMSBURG —When 21-year-old Quentin Frey stole chain saws, a chain, and gas cans from a barn last summer, it nearly...
Police: Berwick grad, 20, flipped pickup into pond
MIFFLIN TWP. — A 20-year-old Nescopeck man died after he lost control of his truck, landing upside down in Drake’s Pond...
Officers say driver continued for a mile, patrol car trailing
BERWICK — Despite the flashing red-and-blue lights on the police car tailing her, a woman kept right on driving along...
Woman wins court protection from ex-fiancé who is also charged
BERWICK — A woman has secured a protection-from-abuse order against her ex-fiancé after he allegedly swung a...
August 9, 2015
Lawsuit: Firm hounded Bloom-area resident
BLOOMSBURG — A major debt-collection company harassed a local woman for almost a year with repeated telephone calls...
If you owe debts and collectors are calling, you can tell them in writing to stop, the Federal Trade Commission says....
Experts say owner let horse starve to death; he must pay $9,500
CATAWISSA — A horse that starved to death at a farm here had wounds, like bed sores, from when it grew too weak to...
Drunken fisticuffs on the rise, chief reports
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student on his way home from The Capitol bar was chased down and pummeled by three...
Man allegedly carrying open beer and pot in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A man who stumbled and fell near a running police car caught the attention of the officer and ended up in...
Kane’s criminal charges include felony count of perjury
NORRISTOWN (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor barely spoke at her arraignment Saturday on charges including a felony...
August 8, 2015
Police: Attempted homicide suspect fired at vehicle carrying children
BERWICK — A long-standing feud between two Berwick men erupted in gunfire Thursday, and now one is in jail charged with...
CATAWISSA — A man driving erratically with two boys in his SUV June 30 was charged with driving with morphine and other...
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student accused of raping a teenage girl in his bathroom two years ago has...
GOP presidential candidate doesn’t recall digs
WASHINGTON — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday he can’t recall using words such as “dog,” “fat” and “...
August 7, 2015
Benton man faces fine after black Labrador turns up dead
BENTON — It started off harmlessly enough. Justin Yustat opened the door to let his black Labrador, Coors, outside to...
Ex-BU student faces charges for wreck in Scott Township
SCOTT TWP. — The driver who crashed into Roberts Automotive Service Center on Lightstreet Road two weeks ago was under...
Bloomsburg Police say group wielded toys behind bar
BLOOMSBURG — Rolling up on the dimly lit lot behind Hess’ Tavern Wednesday night, police found 10 men wearing ski masks...
Top-tier GOP debate a raucous exchange
CLEVELAND (AP) — Setting a combative tone, billionaire businessman Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight in the first...
Ex-con in Argentina is accused of killing daughter’s former husband
BLOOMSBURG — An extradition hearing in Argentina was scheduled Thursday for accused murderer Anthony Rocco Franklin,...
August 6, 2015
Bloomsburg man: Mother-to-be wasn’t aiming to kill
BLOOMSBURG — Police say his wife wanted him dead when she stabbed him with an 8-inch steak knife last month, but victim...
Berwick friends set to face Bloomsburg burglary charges in court
BLOOMSBURG — One of the suspected burglars caught hiding in a tunnel below the old Giant Food Store said he and his...
BU student struck ‘closest person’ at Applebee’s, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — An Applebee’s kitchen helper smacked another worker in the face with a frying pan and kept hitting him...
BLOOMSBURG — The son of a town councilwoman is accused of selling heroin three times to a police informant here. Brad...
Newly bought aerial ladder won’t fit in current bays
SALEM TWP. — A misinterpretation of a measurement has delayed a planned expansion at the Salem Township fire hall....
August 5, 2015
Benton man startled, but OK; expert says anti-chemical push may mean more pest purchases
BENTON — A man says three spiders — since identified as a species of poisonous widow — fell out of a bunch of grapes he...
Wapwallopen man, 66, hurled 12 feet, cops say
DORRANCE TWP. — A Wapwallopen man was killed in a motorcycle crash late Monday at Blue Ridge Trail and Hollow Road here...
Berwick organizes contest for canoeists, kayakers to promote ‘assets’
BERWICK — This borough is bringing a new twist to the poker runs popular with motorcyclists — Berwick plans to host a...
Berwick resident was ‘clearly’ intoxicated in Hobbie, police say
HOBBIE — A “clearly intoxicated” Berwick man stripped down to his birthday suit Sunday evening and streaked through the...
Some citizens charged double after late mailing; authority chief says problem is being fixed
MAHONING TWP. — Water bills in Mahoning Township arrived a month late for this quarter, and about 75 township residents...
August 4, 2015
Retired prison guard, 63, in wreck with car on Route 487
DANVILLE — A Bloomsburg-area motorcyclist whose bike was clipped by an oncoming car on Route 487 on Sunday died at...
Parents charged with making meth in Catawissa trailer
CATAWISSA — Police found a bubbling meth lab stowed behind a couch where four children, between the ages of 5 and 11,...
Danville man given fines, probation in thefts from beer distributor
DANVILLE — An admitted heroin addict who stole kegs, cash, and cigarettes from his employer told a judge Monday that he...
Official wants man to give up pet and never have others
SUGARLOAF TWP. — If authorities get their way, a northern Columbia County man will have to give up his dog and will be...
Life expectancies have risen with coverage of retirees, poor
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half...
August 3, 2015
Girl left with small scars will have cash for plastic surgery, lawyer says
SCOTT TWP. — A dog bit a girl in the face at a cookout, now the animal’s owner and the girl’s parents have reached a $...
Suspect told police he used tool to repair dog tether
BERWICK — A woman says her ex-fiancé swung a sledgehammer toward her while arguing in their yard. Veronica Fundock was...
Police say Benton woman’s car crossed into motorcyclist’s lane
FORKS — A Bloomsburg motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when his bike collided with an oncoming car that crossed...
Most serious charges dropped against suspect
BERWICK — Police have dropped the most serious charges against a rural Berwick man who they say was carrying a large...
Danville man, 31, ordered to stay away from his accuser, 50
DANVILLE — A man routinely threatened his girlfriend with a gun, saying “I should just load this thing up,” she claims...
August 2, 2015
Suspect accused driver of running down fawn, chasing deer, cops say
BERWICK — A Berwick man reached into a car and slugged the driver in the face while the driver’s two children watched,...
Nearly 200 kids roar along Southside trails after families travel hours to compete
ROARING CREEK TWP. — Dirt-bike racers as young as 4 roared up and down a nearly 2-mile trail in the woods here Saturday...
Weapon safely seized, but report not made, system officials say
DANVILLE — A man with “major depression” and making threats to kill himself had a loaded.40-caliber Smith & Wesson...
More voice-recognition technology in devices raises concerns about convenience vs. privacy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on...
Shooter says he was protecting homestead from intruders, thieves
BLOOMSBURG — A Madison Township man said he was “frustrated” by trespassers and thefts when he fired a rifle round at a...
August 1, 2015
Catawissa man locked up in Columbia County
CATAWISSA — A Catawissa man set up a marijuana farm in his bedroom closet and was preparing to grow hallucinogenic...
Ex-Bloomsburg athlete to pay fines, restitution, do community service
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg man was sentenced Friday to nearly two years probation for a drunken driving arrest...
Berwick man burned in blast sends charges to court
BERWICK — A Berwick man accused of causing a meth explosion that burned a trailer and sent him to the hospital with...
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia and Montour counties are moving ahead with a merger of their 9-1-1 dispatch centers, and the...
July 31, 2015
Berwick man made videos of 4-year-old
WILKES-BARRE — A Berwick man will spend up to 16 years in a federal prison for producing child pornography, a federal...
Millville residents try to salvage belongings
MILLVILLE — Chris Persing walked into his fire-ravaged apartment, hoping to retrieve some of the items he and...
Murdered father’s mother had appealed earlier court ruling
HARRISBURG — The mother of murder victim Frank Spencer has lost her most recent battle to win custody of her...
BLOOMSBURG — Bids for a new airport terminal here came in higher than estimated, and the state’s budget impasse has put...
BLOOMSBURG — If you missed last night’s Luke Bryan show at Montage Mountain, you’ll have a second chance to catch one...
July 30, 2015
Officers: Search yielded AR-15, 9 mm, heroin
BRIAR CREEK TWP. —When police stopped a car for a broken tail light and a brake light that was not working, they found...
GMC staffer believes thieves targeted her Hemlock flock
HEMLOCK TWP. — Five lambs in a flock of rare purebred sheep were nabbed from Marushka Farms here sometime in the last...
Board to hire firm to study protection
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg school district has saved $3.5 million since the town’s last flood in 2011 to fund future...
Domino’s says driver kept $256, a $10.99 pie and $45 ‘hot bag’
BERWICK — A Domino’s pizza driver failed to make his final delivery of the night July 2 — a $10.99 medium pie — and did...
Minuteman companies accused of putting ineligible ‘ghost employees’ on policy
MAHONING TWP. — Who cares if Minuteman towing companies put family members on their health insurance rolls, lawyers...