Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

August 24, 2016
Mayor: Ex-Berwick cop in hit-run will ‘have to prove himself’
BENTON — Borough council voted last month to hire James M. Shaw Jr. as a part-time police officer, one year after the...
Mifflin ranch helps double amputee bag buck at accessible hunting stand
MIFFLIN TWP. — It took Army veteran and double-amputee Dennis Leonard 14 hours and one shot to bring down a monster...
Man injured after low-speed chase in Scott, police say
SCOTT TWP. — A drunken driver led police on a low-speed chase for 2 miles before being yanked out of his car by...
Missing Scranton man, 74, found at base of waterfall
FAIRMOUNT TWP. — A missing hiker was found dead at the bottom of a waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park on Tuesday,...
Bloom history watchdogs first refused $2G cap, insisted on rebuilding for $9G
BLOOMSBURG —A board that protects the historical district here recommended a church take on a chimney renovation that...
Homeless addict working at Danville drive-thru allegedly slipped $329 under mat, charges say
DANVILLE — A Dunkin’ Donuts employee stole $300 from the cash register while working the drive-thru, police say....
August 23, 2016
Waitress suing JDK Management, owner of Quaker Steak franchises
BLOOMSBURG — A waitress is suing the owner of Quaker Steak and Lube, claiming it’s paying servers below minimum wage....
Danville man faces charges for alleged texts to frat chums, threats of more
VALLEY TWP. — A Danville man is accused of sending topless photos of an ex-girlfriend to his fraternity brothers and...
Track’s first all-girl go-kart level runs ‘as hard, if not harder’ than boys
For the Press Enterprise ORANGEVILLE — For 37 years, the Greenwood Valley Action Track has welcomed micro sprint cars...
Officials want structure torn down and seek $500 daily fine from woman accused of lacking permits
WASHINGTONVILLE — A woman erected a shed on her property without proper permits, so Montour County is taking her to...
But police have two years to try again, Shickshinny judge says
SHICKSHINNY — A woman facing a DUI charge saw her case dismissed after the arresting trooper failed to show up for her...
August 22, 2016
Berwick Police chief blames delay on lack of manpower, system
BERWICK — Jack Wall walked into the Berwick police station last July and allegedly confessed in detail how he molested...
Driver cut free, flown from Briar Creek crash
BRIAR CREEK —A woman was pinned in her car Sunday when it was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Orange Street and...
Woman denies claims and says buyer knew about basement pump
SCOTT TWP. — A woman sold her house to a man without telling him about mold and water leakage in the basement, a...
Recording career ‘is happening’
MILLVILLE —As Rob Hunter sat on the patio of his home’s carriage house, he gazed at the radio tower that loomed nearby...
Mocanaqua 34-year-old not seen since Aug. 12, family says
UNION TWP. — A Mocanaqua man who has been missing since Aug. 12 was found dead in his crashed pickup Sunday, officials...
August 21, 2016
Bloom man says nine hours on phone with 27 reps still hasn’t resolved glitch
BLOOMSBURG — By John Golomb’s count, he’s spent the equivalent of over one full work day making about a dozen phone...
Animal lover feeding squirrels at Test Track infuriates Berwick man
BERWICK — A feud involving peanut butter at a local park has left one Berwick man fuming, and another puzzled. Wayne...
BU coed’s quest for damages leaps from $2,500 to $50G in spat with a fellow student
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student was walking to a bar when he kicked a coed’s car, causing more than $2,500...
Berwick man at wheel at twice the legal limit for booze, records show
BERWICK — A Berwick man was stopped for speeding and later found to be drunk, court papers say. Benjamin J. Redclift...
Berwick 20-year-old escaped police car after arrest for alleged assault of another female
BERWICK — A drunken 20-year-old slipped out of a handcuff and let herself out of a police car after being arrested on...
August 20, 2016
Espy man with asthma sues over lost job
WASHINGTONVILLE — An electrician is suing PPL for discrimination, claiming he lost his job at the coal-fired power...
‘Unique’ artwork tied to Millville pizza shop worker, authorities say
MILLVILLE — When police were called to a pizza shop to investigate lewd graffiti last month, the grainy surveillance...
Berwick father forgives whoever desecrated shrine to crash victim
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — For the past 26 years —since his 16-year-old son was killed in a crash near Orangeville — Antonio...
MILLVILLE — A man who frequently travels borough streets on a motorized scooter was struck by a truck Thursday night...
LIMESTONE TWP. — A Washingtonville-area woman drove off with the front of her car duct-taped back together after...
August 19, 2016
Shickshinny-area woman badly hurt on I-80
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury recently awarded $3 million to a Shickshinny-area woman seriously hurt in a 2013...
South Centre Township business may have Vo-Tech apprentices
LIME RIDGE — Sekisui SPI opened its second factory here Thursday, a move that will create 25 new jobs, officials said...
BENTON — A horse and Amish buggy got away from its owner, smashing into two vehicles while it was on the loose without...
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia man tried to tell police he had tossed a bad piece of chicken onto a fire escape, but when...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who got elected as a state constable with 10 write-in votes last fall has now been...
August 18, 2016
State probes complaints against Danville-area store
VALLEY TWP. — Some Rudy’s Mart customers say they paid for furniture that was never delivered, and their calls to the...
Berwick shop first in area to win a permit
BERWICK — A Berwick convenience store already selling beer can now also offer wine to go. The Dawg Beer Store, 1444 W...
$30M project judged able to shield Autoneum, former Windsor building
BLOOMSBURG — The next time Fishing Creek and the Susquehanna River rise, one major industry should stay dry behind the...
4-year-old still in hospital after treetop fell on camper
DANVILLE — An 11-year-old girl remained in critical condition Wednesday night, more than 24 hours after she was...
Residents’ online posts made utility fear for workers’ safety, chief says
BERWICK — When the borough posted a warning to its Facebook page Monday to be on the lookout for a man posing as a UGI...
August 17, 2016
Treetop falls during storm; man, three kids hospitalized
ELYSBURG — A family was huddled under a pop-up canopy to escape the sudden summer storm Tuesday afternoon when part of...
First papers filed, but borough’s OK is still needed for BJ’s work to start
DANVILLE — Preliminary plans to rebuild BJ’s Steak & Rib House along Mill Street have been filed with the borough,...
Neighbor uses words about ‘Grumpy Bill,’ brewpub owner’s late dad, in noise fight
BERWICK — Testifying under oath Tuesday with complaints against outdoor music at Berwick Brewing, Jacob Shaffer began...
Lawman, township have right to give evidence during hearing, lawyer says
MAHONING TWP. — Former Township Police Chief Chad Thomas will appeal his recent firing at a public hearing next week....
Drug overdose suspected in van at Buckhorn lot, coroner says
BUCKHORN — A dead man was found in the driver’s seat of a van parked at Lowe’s here Saturday night, police say....
August 16, 2016
Accusations of lying, sexism fly in Berwick
BERWICK — Tensions between council members, the borough manager, and the police department over the hiring of new...
Drivers disagree on color of traffic signals in wreck
SCOTT TWP. — Drivers gave conflicting versions Monday about the color of traffic signals they saw before two vehicles...
Woman, 21, accused of using blood from IV to threaten staff
DANVILLE — An agitated patient struck a nurse in the face while waiting to be released from Geisinger Medical Center’s...
New super says he’s first college grad in family
BLOOMSBURG —The Bloomsburg school board has finally ended its long search for a new superintendent, hiring a New York...
Police: Bloom-area husband said woman left trailer half-naked
MONTOUR TWP. — A man poured a beer over his wife “to cool her off” after she stepped out half-naked onto their porch,...
August 15, 2016
Bedridden patient allegedly flooded woman’s telephone with messages
By KRISTIN BAVER Press Enterprise Writer MILLVILLE — A bedridden patient at a nursing home here bombarded a caregiver...
Exhibitor threatened with fines, jail over taxes at Bloom Fair
By GARY PANG Press Enterprise Writer BLOOMSBURG — In their latest fight, Town Hall is threatening the operator of a...
Man is one of two agreeing to stay away from abuse accusers
By GARY PANG Press Enterprise Writer A man yelled at his child’s mother during a visit to Geisinger Medical Center, she...
$37.5M replacement of Waller Administration to rise across quad
By LEON BOGDAN Press Enterprise Writer BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University trustees Friday unanimously approved...
Stage offerings to include musical ‘Elf’, acrobats
By the Press Enterprise staff BLOOMSBURG — A series of independent films will be shown in Bloomsburg University’s...
August 14, 2016
Berwick-area plant secure despite cuts, official says
SALEM TWP. — Nuclear power is in trouble. As the local Susquehanna plant’s owners look to cut jobs and other expenses...
Former Danville man allegedly failed to report crime history
SHICKSHINNY — A former Danville man allegedly lied on a gun form when he tried to buy a handgun from a Wapwallopen...
Danville-area caterer treats diners to fine food at ‘secret’ venues
DANVILLE — The Danville area has a secret supper club to offer residents fine dining in unusual settings. While the...
Prisoner alleges heart catheterization left him with injuries
DANVILLE — A prison inmate claims he suffered injuries from a cardiac catheterization, so he’s suing Geisinger Medical...
Bloom-area youth allegedly drove 100 mph, rolled vehicle in fiery wreck, then had friend pick him up
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A drunken teen from the Bloomsburg area was driving another man’s car at 100 mph when he wrecked,...
August 13, 2016
Accused drug dealer in fatal OD case says he shot up from same batch
SCOTT TWP. — A man charged with selling heroin to a pressroom worker found dead of an apparent overdose at the Press...
Contributions expected to supply Bloomsburg group for fall giveaway
BLOOMSBURG — A local diaper bank has seen a windfall of cash and cases of diapers in the last week after organizers...
MAHONING TWP. — Michelle “Shelley” Foerster says she and her husband are feeling “smothered” by neighbor Mike Conti,...
Bloomsburg family sold piano to nearby program for students
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — A family’s baby grand piano made a short move down Market Street this summer,...
August 12, 2016
Benton woman decries limits on disciplining teenagers
BENTON — A woman with a history of family violence and aggressive behavior was locked up Wednesday night on charges she...
Kenyan woman sues for lost pay, benefits
DANVILLE — A first-year resident physician is suing Geisinger Medical Center, claiming she was fired for being black...
Montour County man later arraigned in assault case
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl fell ill in court Wednesday and had to be taken to...
Bands, comedians, plays eyed for Berwick community center
BERWICK —The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts has new seats, a new screen, a new digital projector and...
DANVILLE — A homeless man from Nebraska with an arrest warrant for illegal peddling near Wilkes-Barre was locked up...
August 11, 2016
‘Team’ rolls into Wal-Mart plaza, peddling tunes from former MTV show ‘Buckwild’
BUCKHORN — A caravan hawking CDs stopped in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart plaza here Wednesday afternoon, perplexing...
Utility shows off craft that will fly for look at lines
MAHONING TWP. — With more than 5,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and an area the size of New Jersey to...
Man entered Scott site to visit worker despite court order
SCOTT TWP. — A retired PPL employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to twice trespassing at PPL property as he attempted to...
Physician wasn’t cited in I-80 crash, records show
BUTLER TWP. — A trucker suffered serious injuries when a Berwick doctor crashed into his tractor-trailer on Interstate...
Donation will cover rebuilding road, company officials say
SALEM TWP. — The firms collaborating to build a $1 billion natural gas power plant outside Berwick say they’ll donate...
August 10, 2016
Request to state for noise exemption angers resident
BERWICK — Council members are hoping to replace the state’s noise regulations for bars with the borough’s less...
BERWICK — A councilman says the borough improperly hired an outside attorney to help it draft noise regulations for...
New home planned to replace blighted old house
LIGHTSTREET — An historic home here that had become a blighted property left vacant in recent years had to be...
Agonized dad asks again for public’s help in his search
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — A coroner called Steven Whitenight Sr. on Monday to tell him that a body...
Officers jolt ‘agitated’ Bloom resident with Taser
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man roughed up his pregnant girlfriend and threatened to kill his mother and her dog before...
Residents asking council to change or drop ordinance
DANVILLE — When council created permit parking in Danville’s 4th Ward, it was supposed to help residents there by...
August 9, 2016
Danville woman’s case claims wife’s hanging could have been prevented
DANVILLE — A woman killed herself at Geisinger Medical Center, and now her widow is suing the hospital for failing to...
Ex-Bulldog QB joins hand-picked crew of high-tech destroyer
BATH, Maine — The Navy’s newest, most high-tech destroyer is almost ready to leave the shipyard for its home port, and...
Berwick councilman: If biometric data is required, withdraw Ber-Vaughn funding
BERWICK — A councilman wants to deny funding to the Berwick Area Pool Association if it doesn’t post a sign saying...
Council takes steps on new downtown meter hours
BLOOMSBURG — Parking downtown here could soon cost you on Saturdays after plans to implement new meter enforcement...
Victim: Explosive used to quell riots caused mild concussion
BLOOMSBURG — An 82-year-old woman suffered a mild concussion after someone threw a flash-bang at her, she said. The...
August 8, 2016
Berwick mom allegedly went to her job as rural Nescopeck mail carrier
BERWICK — When police got a call about an abandoned child in Berwick, they reportedly found 6-year-old Atreyu Nenstiel...
Ber-Vaughn officials say fingerprints, data track community use, save swimmers time
BRIAR CREEK — A new identification system that Ber-Vaughn Pool officials said is designed to make entry more convenient...
Geisinger worker finds and adopts friendly, flea-infested hound
WEST HEMLOCK TWP. — A flea-ridden dog abandoned alongside a country road caught a lucky break when he was spotted by a...
Berwick resident allegedly shook, jammed handcuffs in holding cell
BERWICK — A Berwick woman with a suspended license was arrested for drunken driving for the second time in two months...
Most serious charges dropped in exchange for admission
BLOOMSBURG — A former football player who started a brawl that seriously injured a Bloomsburg University student two...
August 7, 2016
Police: Driver trapped in five-vehicle pileup
By CHRISTOPHER SASSAMANPress Enterprise WriterSAYRE — A northern Montour County man died Saturday afternoon from...
$242G more forgiven on patients’ bills since guarantee program start
DANVILLE — Karen Hull was perplexed and a bit annoyed when Geisinger’s billing department asked her for what amounted...
Town church lures ‘Go’ players with free snacks, phone recharging
BLOOMSBURG — A downtown church wants to help “Pokemon Go” players catch more critters in the smash-hit game. Wesley...
Clerk: Masked bandit grabbed cash, cigarettes
SALEM TWP. — For the second consecutive Saturday, a masked man robbed the Food Express convenience store on East Fifth...
No one hurt in Rohrsburg-area fire, but fate of two cats unclear
FISHING CREEK TWP. — A fire Saturday night destroyed a trailer home on Zaners Bridge Road, stirring memories for the...
August 6, 2016
Thrift shop manager: Thefts take toll in Berwick
BERWICK — An alleged thief has once again been caught on camera stealing items donated to the Berwick Senior Citizens...
Cops: Central grad stole co-ed’s pills
BLOOMSBURG — A Central Columbia graduate broke into a friend’s dorm room here and stole her prescription medications...
Mifflin Township man hit utility pole instead of deer, knocking out power
MIFFLIN TWP. —A doctor on his way to work smashed a utility pole and crashed down an embankment trying to avoid a herd...
GRASSMERE — The opening of an ambulance’s annual food stand at the North Mountain fire carnival raised some concerns...
BLOOMSBURG — A 13-year-old boy fell from a rock face while swimming in Fishing Creek Friday. He had to be hoisted to...
August 5, 2016
Bloomsburg Police: Athletes beat men with bats, pipes
BLOOMSBURG — Four current or former Bloomsburg University football players were arrested Thursday for a late-night...
Montour County commissioner said glue fumes were overpowering
DANVILLE — Glue fumes filled the Montour County Courthouse on Thursday, causing about 50 employees to be evacuated and...
Ex-Central educator starting prison stint says marriage is strong
BLOOMSBURG — A Central Columbia senior who reported sexual advances by a teacher at the high school last winter faced...
CATAWISSA — The same day Douglas W. Beachel allegedly punched a sleeping man and threatened to kill him, a woman called...
MAHONING TWP. — Township supervisors appointed a third supervisor and a temporary secretary Thursday night. Outspoken...
August 4, 2016
Berwick helps joint operation
BERWICK — The arrest of a man who brought high-quality, lab-produced crystal methamphetamine plus a virtual cornucopia...
DANVILLE — A homeless shelter resident who broke into his ex-wife’s home Tuesday night grabbed a knife and threatened...
Bloomsburg diaper ministry aims to fill new room, expand services
BLOOMSBURG — In the last three years, a local diaper bank has given parents and caregivers over a quarter million fresh...
Part of town road closed as homes, doctor office emptied
BLOOMSBURG — A natural gas leak caused when a vehicle backed into a gas main outside a urology clinic along Old Berwick...
State: Teacher demands hampering contract talks
BLOOMSBURG — A faculty strike at Bloomsburg University is still looming, and now the teachers union says the state is “...
August 3, 2016
Police: Orangeville man sold heroin that killed ‘friend’
ESPY — An Orangeville man is accused of selling $10 of possibly tainted heroin that resulted in the overdose death of a...
Town jewelry store worker traumatized
BLOOMSBURG — A jewelry store clerk forced to the floor at gunpoint by two robbers told a judge Tuesday she remains...
Officials: Berwick man to be cited over blaze that gutted garage
BERWICK — A LaSalle Street resident warned in the past about burning trash in his garage destroyed the cinder-block...
DANVILLE — Michael Conti says his neighbor has a motor home parked on borough land along the river, and if one person...
Troopers say driver will be cited over mess in Madison Township
MADISON TWP. — A truck carrying live chickens dumped its load along a curve in Buckhorn Road early Tuesday, shutting...
August 2, 2016
Berwick official: Defender defunct, but gear likely to see more action
BERWICK — Defender Fire Co. will disband at year’s end, but the closure means its engine will actually be at more fires...
BLOOMSBURG — Torrential rains last Monday caused some losses at an indoor yard sale that benefits an animal shelter...
‘Talent’ showed Bloomsburg native that Americans need exposure to art
For the Press Enterprise So you’ve decided opera’s not your bag — foreign languages, classical music, pricey tickets,...
Officers say relative found stash in Stillwater residence
STILLWATER — One day before Jebb Getz threatened to burn down the home of his mother and stepfather in Berwick, police...
Planning commission to recommend zoning change
MAHONING TWP. — The Danville Elks lodge is one step closer to becoming a church. In a 3-1 vote Monday, the township’s...
August 1, 2016
Mifflinville homeowner urges caution in hiring contractors
MIFFLINVILLE — Bill Calkins admits he made a mistake agreeing to hire a driveway sealer going door to door looking for...
Former pilot wants Bloom facility to take off as center for education and business travel
BLOOMSBURG — As a child, BJ Teichman peered up at the contrails of planes flying overhead and wondered what it would be...
Danville woman takes over for retiring administrator of Columbia Child Development
BLOOMSBURG — The new head of the Columbia Child Development Program is hoping to expand its reach in the area to...
$1-per-pack jump becomes official today
CARLISLE (AP) — When Pennsylvania’s cigarette tax goes up by a buck per pack today, it will give smokers one more...
Lawsuit alleges harassment, injuries during two-month jail stay
SALEM TWP. — A man once charged with incest saw his case dismissed, and now he’s filing a civil-rights lawsuit against...
July 31, 2016
Leaders: Shortage burdens officers, victims, witnesses
BERWICK — Ptlm. Reagan Rafferty says that between Sunday and Monday almost every week, he puts in a solid 36 hours of...
BERWICK — Police Chief Kenneth Strish says council’s decision to hire a third party to run the search and background...
Police seek suspect in Berwick-area convenience store holdup
SALEM TWP. —Police were looking for a robbery suspect after the Food Express here was held up by a man wearing a parka...
Short on volunteers, Defenders to close, according to officials
BERWICK — After over 100 years in service, dwindling numbers of volunteers have forced one of Berwick’s five fire...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick-area man serving nearly 17 years in federal prison for kiddie porn recently told a judge “there...
I got her steamed. She went to work. The Angry Mama microwave cleaner makes every day smell like Easter through its...
July 30, 2016
Bloomsburg may require new projects to include off-street spaces
BLOOMSBURG — New buildings downtown would put a squeeze on parking, so officials may require future projects in the...
West Berwick Elementary expected to be ready for start of class, official says
BERWICK — With major construction still under way and just five weeks left until the start of school, administrators...
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Benton-area man led police on a chase that reached speeds of about 100 mph...
Susquehanna River event offers $500 cash, trophies
BERWICK —Kayakers and canoeists could win $500 in cash during Berwick’s second annual Poker Paddle on Saturday, Aug. 13...
Benton man accused of violating employee’s PFA
SCOTT TWP. — A retired PPL employee was jailed this week when he returned to a company property to see a woman who...
July 29, 2016
Catawissa mother facing jail time disputes officials’ story, but has hope
CATAWISSA — After Samantha J. Counsil’s toddler slipped out of the house on her own the first time this spring, Counsil...
SCOTT TWP. — A woman among a group of five busted for a mix of drugs during a traffic stop says they were all Deadheads...
Nurse bonds with lightning-strike victim, his family
MAHONING TWP. — When lightning struck the Florida beach where Geisinger Nurse Cassie Thomas was vacationing, she knew...
Press Enterprise Managing Editor DANVILLE — The area’s flagship hospital received only 2 out of 5 stars in new...
Survivors of police killed on job, veterans endorse Hillary
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for...
SCOTT TWP. — A temporary pressroom employee died after an apparent drug overdose inside the men’s bathroom at the Press...
July 28, 2016
Police: Berwick suspect on probation facing felonies for online contact
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man encouraged a 15-year-old Bloomsburg girl to send him naked images of herself within hours of...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick-area man was cleared by a jury of all gun charges filed in connection with suspected drug...
Hundreds gather to protest and build bridges
BLOOMSBURG — About 250 students, professors and community members chanted “Black Lives Matter” as they marched through...
MIAMI (AP) —Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea for Russia to help find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails — but he...
Geisinger adding family room to help patients’ loved ones relax
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System plans to add a family room at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to give parents and...
July 27, 2016
Conflict between Berwick chief, borough manager stalled bullets, vest
BERWICK — A schism between the police chief and borough manager left the department without the ammunition officers...
Most in business view Block Party as blot on Bloom, according to poll
BLOOMSBURG — Restaurateurs are evenly split in the debate on whether Block Party is good for business, according to a...
Seven children escape injury in rear-end crash on Route 487
SCOTT TWP. — A Ford Excursion slammed into the back of another SUV carrying a motorized wheelchair, leaving part of the...
Nearly as much in local donations means popular recreation spot can stay open for four more years
DANVILLE — Montour Preserve will remain open for at least four more years thanks to local donations and $200,000 from...
July 26, 2016
Police: Home looted, pharmacy held up for drugs
BERWICK — Robbers struck a house on Front Street and then the Medicine Shoppe on Pine Street here Monday. No one was...
Tree falls on Espy home, piercing roof
ESPY — Mary Auman heard a loud commotion in her home Monday afternoon, walked into her living room and discovered a...
Witnesses rush to rescue driver
SCOTT TWP. — Witnesses who saw a woman trapped in a halfway-submerged SUV here Monday quickly jumped into the water to...
Residents flee with dogs in wee hours
MIFFLINVILLE —Flames spread from a garage to the roof of a house here, sending two residents and their dogs fleeing...
Woman taken to hospital in accident near fairgrounds
BLOOMSBURG — A motorist didn’t hit her brakes on time, smashing into the rear of one vehicle, then sliding into...
Officials: 7-month-old boy found in Scott apartment
SCOTT TWP. — State Police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old boy found unresponsive at his Lion’s Gate home...