Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

January 19, 2017
Barefoot toddlers found in cold; Bloom mom, daughter charged
BLOOMSBURG — Two toddlers — barefoot, dirty, and wearing only their pajamas and soiled diapers —were found wandering...
Witnesses describe masked man’s theft of $1G+ in Elysburg
MOUNT CARMEL — When the man first walked inside Santander Bank in Elysburg and fell into a check writing station,...
BTE’s ‘Gunpowder Joe’ centers on ‘contested, ugly’ 1790s election
BLOOMSBURG — The timing of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s new production has taken on a certain unintended prescience...
Testimony confirms retaliatory remark by sewer authority chief
MAHONING TWP. — The township’s water and sewer authority has reached a $78,000 settlement in a federal civil-rights...
DANVILLE — A woman who bit and spit on a security officer at Geisinger Medical Center’s emergency room was sentenced...
January 18, 2017
Teen throws fit as he, four others are charged in Berwick pellet-gun volley
BERWICK — A teen accused of teaming with four others to fire high-powered pellet guns into a house was crying, shouting...
Patient complication rates will cost $1M
DANVILLE — For a third consecutive year, Geisinger Medical Center is being punished by Medicare for low grades on...
Berwick man, pregnant girlfriend allegedly had 24 one-pot labs
BERWICK — Police say a man cooked meth while his pregnant girlfriend’s two young daughters were inside their residence...
Area vendors add six-packs, singles, growlers to their stores
All state beer distributors are now permitted to sell six-packs, single bottles and growlers of draft beer as of...
Woman given jail time for Benton school case
WEST HEMLOCK TWP. — A former school-bus driver who was prosecuted in 2014 when she took Benton students on a bizarre,...
January 17, 2017
Center drops VCRs, vacuums, still takes TVs
BLOOMSBURG — The Recycling Center here has stopped accepting VCRs, vacuum cleaners, telephones and other electronic...
Super may still keep job, board boss says
BENTON — Benton Area’s school board voted unanimously Monday not to renew the contract of its new superintendent. But...
Former charity offices will house exhibit on Berwick industry, WWII
BERWICK — A building that was originally a Jewish synagogue and then housed a charitable foundation and the Red Cross...
Suspect accused of blackmailing teens for sex
HAZLETON — A Hazleton man who befriended underage girls on Facebook is facing multiple rape counts after threatening to...
January 16, 2017
Berwick defendant pleads guilty to knife assault, avoids trial
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man shot by police in the shoulder while he chased another man with a knife has pleaded guilty...
Bed and breakfast faces hearing, may need new permit to host events
BEAVER TWP. — For years, the Pumphouse Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings and other celebrations on its...
Man collected the machines, drove bus for Danville schools
WEST HEMLOCK TWP. — A 75-year-old man was killed Saturday when his tractor rolled over on him. Calvin Straub of Stine...
$4,000 in donations pays bills, with $1,000 left over
BERWICK — The Berwick YMCA’s call for donations to wipe out students’ lunch debts at West Berwick Elementary was so...
Pa. high school apologizes for Angelou assignment
PERKASIE (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school is apologizing after students were given a math homework assignment that...
January 15, 2017
Southside official says he’ll skip more meetings, vexing residents
WILBURTON NO. 2 — A Conyngham Township supervisor who hasn’t been to a meeting in nearly a year once again failed to...
Danville man made nuisance of himself after firing from park
BLOOMSBURG — A Danville man has been ordered to stay away from Knoebels Amusement Resort for a year after he admitted...
50 brave cold for vigil a year after Bloom man disappeared
BLOOMSBURG — Saturday marked one year since Steven Whitenight Jr. vanished without a trace, but his family hasn’t given...
Creator, a data analyst at Geisinger, will host live version to benefit hungry
BLOOMSBURG — One night more than a year ago, Shawn Rosler and his wife were sitting at Seasons on Main talking with...
Suspect was asleep in running car in Millville, officers say
MILLVILLE — When sheriff’s deputies came to serve warrants on a Washingtonville man, they found him asleep inside a...
January 14, 2017
Beaver Township business alleges UPS didn’t deliver, wouldn’t pay up
BLOOMSBURG — A local gun shop shipped a $3,000 shotgun to a customer, but UPS left it on a porch and someone ended up...
Ted’s Cafe has diamond anniversary as its manager recovers from illness
BERWICK — When Jeri and Jeri Wozniak gather with patrons of Ted’s Cafe this afternoon, they’ll be celebrating two...
Wife of Bloomsburg police chief pleads for return of hefty sculpture he gave her
ORANGEVILLE — A concrete wolf statue weighing over 100 pounds was plucked out of a police chief’s yard sometime after...
Fire chief says driver, 64, was seriously hurt outside Millville
PINE TWP. — A 64-year-old man suffered a serious neck injury when he lost control of his SUV on a stretch of highway...
D.A.: Treatment plan likely to be ordered
BLOOMSBURG — An off-duty officer who threatened his family during a rampage fueled by sake and pills waived a hearing...
January 13, 2017
Benton-area suspect claims self-defense
FAIRMOUNT TWP. — Keith Michael Williams grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun from his closet, fired one round, and killed a man...
SALEM TWP. — Township supervisors will pay their engineer an additional fee to handle codes and zoning issues now that...
North Centre Township ‘agritainment’ business can open
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A township zoning change approved last night appears likely to end a one-year legal fight over a...
Bloomsburg man’s father: Town Park event aims to offer hope in dark time
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — On Saturday — exactly a year since Steven Whitenight Jr. went missing...
January 12, 2017
24-hour gym to start running in spring
BUCKHORN — The Columbia Mall will soon be a place to work out something other than your credit card. National...
Driver of truck carrying gas cylinders lost control on Route 42, police say
EYERS GROVE — A flatbed truck loaded with gas cylinders crashed down an embankment off Route 42 here Wednesday, but...
Catawissa suspect was riding bicycle
BLOOMSBURG — A man on a bicycle caught red-handed with stolen packages addressed to other people was also holding...
BLOOMSBURG — A special-needs student admitted he molested two other handicapped students on a school bus while...
Mainville man says he can’t use Bloomsburg house due to arthritis
BLOOMSBURG — A property owner wants to rent his house to college students, but town zoners rejected his request,...
January 11, 2017
Free heroin antidote, training in use available free for area workplaces
WILLIAMPSORT — Free training on how to use an overdose drug is available to employers to help combat the statewide drug...
Columbia, Northumberland officials face citizens at span judged beyond repair, possibly too costly to replace
CLEVELAND TWP. — Officials from Columbia and Northumberland counties joined a small group of residents for a meeting...
In Elysburg, getaway driver turned robber, then texted friend for ride, authorities say
ELYSBURG — A man who drove the getaway car in two previous bank robberies texted a friend to help him escape a heist at...
Township manager says supers may outsource duties part time
SALEM TWP. — Township supervisors here have laid off zoning officer Karen Karchner and will consider hiring a third-...
Bloom mart manager doesn’t know who may have purchased ticket
BLOOMSBURG — The Fuel On convenience store at 711 Market St. can now boast of making someone a millionaire. The store...
January 10, 2017
Mayor brings petition signed by 841; Berwick exec says no closing planned
BERWICK — About two dozen people from Nescopeck showed up at the Berwick school board meeting Monday to protest any...
Feds’ review finds acceptable harm, but foes disagree
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal agency has completed its environmental review of a proposed $3 billion natural gas...
Police: Man demanded cash at Elysburg branch, ran off, was caught in car
ELYSBURG — A man walked into Santander Bank here Monday, plopped a backpack on the counter, and demanded that a teller...
State lottery raffle winner’s name remains a mystery
BLOOMSBURG — A town convenience store sold one of four tickets that won the $1 million grand prize in the Pennsylvania...
MAHONING TWP. — A pedestrian was hurt Monday when she was struck by a car outside Geisinger Medical Center. Marsha...
January 9, 2017
New park ride may be ready by Memorial Day weekend
ELYSBURG — Knoebels plans a new over-the-top ride reminiscent of a 1960s park attraction, and it’s scheduled to open as...
Even flights in U.S. to require document soon, Montour official warns
BLOOMSBURG —Airport security technology is so sophisticated, it can scan the eyes of a pair of identical twins and tell...
Driver’s insurer will pay $50G to Amish man’s survivors
ANTHONY TWP. — The family of an Amish man killed in an accident has reached a $50,000 settlement with the pickup driver...
Alleged dealer on run for nearly a year, police say
BLOOMSBURG — It took almost a year for police to track down a town man accused of selling heroin, but they finally...
Town agrees to reimburse Nescopeck-area farmer for 2012
BLOOMSBURG — Town Hall and the operator of a butterfly exhibit at the Bloomsburg Fair have resolved their fight over...
January 8, 2017
Millville, Northwest don’t fare as well in rankings based on Pa. scores; Vo-Tech at bottom
Central Columbia was ranked in the top 6 percent of all school districts in Pennsylvania by a website that uses...
Appliance maker fights case, says products are safe
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A defective refrigerator sparked a blaze that destroyed a man’s motor home here, a lawsuit claims...
Recounts required amid high turnout
BLOOMSBURG —Election turnout for Bloomsburg Fair races was so heavy and the results so closely contested Saturday that...
BLOOMSBURG — Melissa Crawford called last year’s Jake Owen concert at the Bloomsburg Fair an obstructed-view “...
Car hit tree, mailbox, went airborne off roadway, police report
ALMEDIA — A woman was unconscious in a car that landed on its side in a yard when police responded to a crash call just...
Couple’s case blames wreck for injuries and harm to business
VALLEY TWP. — A 75-year-old woman crashed her car into a van after she pulled out from a stop sign on Route 642 without...
January 7, 2017
Lightstreet dad violated PFA, had pipe for meth, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A Lightstreet man was locked up Thursday after he sent a cryptic text message to his ex-wife that she...
Trooper witnessed Mifflinville fall; ribs may be broken
MIFFLINVILLE — A Minnesota man jumped from the Interstate 80 bridge into the Susquehanna River here Friday, but...
JACKSON TWP. — A Benton man was flown to the hospital Friday afternoon after he lost control of his car on an icy road...
Authorities say five are dead, eight wounded in airport attack
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An Army veteran who complained the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his...
Retreat lockup is at risk as state cuts costs
HARRISBURG — Retreat State Prison is among five prisons the state says it is considering closing in light of a...
January 6, 2017
Conyngham Township super’s absence, ‘monopoly’ decried
WILBURTON NO. 1 — It’s been so long, no one can agree on the last time Conyngham Township Supervisor Karl George...
Businessman wants two to abstain from vote on town rehab center
BLOOMSBURG — A developer believes two planning commission members are biased against him, and he’s calling for them to...
Danville-area driver seeking $6,148 for engine replacement
DANVILLE — A driver is suing her insurer in a dispute over its refusal to pay full damages for her car hitting a rock...
Block Party reveler gets 15 days as jurist vows to fight violence
BLOOMSBURG — A man caught with brass knuckles while attending Block Party here was taken to prison immediately Thursday...
BERWICK — Bloomsburg native Jennifer Billig’s daughter has cerebral palsy, so Billig knows talking to parents in...
January 5, 2017
Montour Township man allegedly drank while on prescription meds
MONTOUR TWP. — An off-duty officer went on a rampage and threatened family members here after drinking sake at a local...
Bloomsburg-area club saw drop in attendance since move, official says
SCOTT TWP. — Another social and service club is shutting its doors. The Columbia Valley Moose near Bloomsburg could...
Fire company officials go to bat for Nescopeck mom charged with taking $31G
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A former treasurer of the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. was minutes from going...
Scheduling flexibility, improvement of athlete skills cited
FRANKLIN TWP. — Coaches and physical education teachers spoke overwhelmingly in favor of replacing the grass field at...
BLOOMSBURG — A town man pulled unconscious from a convenience-store restroom here was holding heroin packets when...
January 4, 2017
$429G in 2016 is six times 2015’s surplus
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair turned a $429,000 profit in 2016 — six times more than in 2015 —thanks to nicer...
BLOOMSBURG — For the third time this decade, Bloomsburg Fair shareholders must choose between retired banker and...
Woman takes plea deal for allegedly stabbing her now fiancé
CATAWISSA — A man reportedly stabbed in the wrist by his girlfriend when he tried to kick her out of his trailer now...
Judge grants his plea to avoid state prison
BLOOMSBURG — A 20-year-old Berwick man who admitted illegally using a cell phone in soliciting naked pictures of a...
Bloomsburg suspect jailed in assault
BLOOMSBURG — A town man was jailed Monday for choking a woman at his apartment, and the victim told police Thomas M....
State Police retiree, 47, promises residents ‘first-class police service’
MAHONING TWP. — The township introduced its new police chief Tuesday night, and he says he wants to look to the future...
January 3, 2017
Family says wreck required surgical birth, ended in ‘Christmas miracle’
BERWICK — A car accident on Christmas Eve slammed a vehicle carrying a pregnant woman into a tree, forcing doctors to...
AGAPE to open center that helped 17 people over 71 days last winter
BLOOMSBURG — If you find yourself without a roof over your head or a bed some night, AGAPE is once again opening its...
Police say arrest was second run-in with the same man
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Nescopeck-area woman allegedly stabbed a man in the wrist and was arrested for her second run-in with...
Man, 24, charged with DUI, having drug items
BERWICK — A driver nearly hit a fire police officer directing traffic for the Christmas Boulevard, then told police to...
U.S. attorney who covers area cases lost 16-year-old to OD, wants to fight drug through court, by sharing with parents
HARRISBURG — The phone at Bruce Brandler’s home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was...
January 2, 2017
Lawsuit says Riverside Police chief treated woman unfairly, fired her
RIVERSIDE — A female police officer is suing Riverside borough for sexual discrimination, claiming she was fired due to...
Montour leaders say 70 private roads lack labels as merger nears
DANVILLE — Montour County residents who live on unnamed private roads have a chance to name their lane. As Montour and...
Man gave up forklift job, sold home to start business in downtown Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — After working eight years as a forklift operator at a pet food plant and turning 30 years old, Brent...
ORANGEVILLE — Sandi Morris laughingly acknowledged that women are much more picky than men when it comes to haircuts...
Bloom ink artist hopes to scare up area performers to appear in horror movie
BLOOMSBURG — A Main Street tattoo artist is hoping to cast some local talent when he starts shooting a horror film in...
January 1, 2017
Rural Catawissa suspect allegedly cut her own chest, blamed neighbor
LOCUST TWP. — A woman who was “tired of all the drug dealers” in her neighborhood allegedly stabbed herself with a...
Landlord denies vow to sell N.J. couple the former Mustang Sally’s
MONTOUR TWP. — The operators of a private sex club made expensive renovations at the former Mustang Sally’s, believing...
Customer lures Mifflin Market sandwich maker out of retirement
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — When Vera Mowery closed the Mifflinville Market in October, she hinted at another business venture...
Bloom-area woman hosts family, charges charity gift every year
SCOTT TWP. — Doris Creveling prepared Christmas dinner for 43 relatives spanning five generations at her home a few...
System would help in rare disaster like Japan’s
SALEM TWP. — Workers will be hooking up an improved venting system designed to protect the nuclear plant here in the...
December 31, 2016
Locust Township resident barred from having animals, must pay $1,300
LOCUST TWP. — A woman must give up her two dogs and pay $900 to a humane group that’s cared for the animals since...
Columbia County has broken a grim record
BLOOMSBURG — Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 22 people in Columbia County in 2016, a new record in what has been a...
Espy trailer badly damaged by fire
ESPY — Brandi Boyer drove the quarter of a mile from her home to Taco Bell for lunch Friday afternoon, and found out...
Records: License was lost over DUIs
SCOTT TWP. — A man recently caught driving while under suspension for prior DUIs had been arrested as a suspended...
Orangeville woman lost control on Briar Creek road
BRIAR CREEK — A woman lost control of her SUV on Summerhill Road here, hitting an embankment and flipping her vehicle,...
December 30, 2016
Township to pay retiring State Police captain $82,000
MAHONING TWP. — A retiring State Police captain was selected as Mahoning Township’s new police chief. Sean McGinley,...
Electrical problem suspected in Orange Township
ORANGE TWP. — A truck tractor used to make an early morning cream delivery to Montgomery County suddenly erupted in...
Bloomsburg woman’s father believes she’s abusing drugs, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman who recently pleaded guilty to stealing her mother’s credit card is now accused of...
A father is banned from former home in Bloomsburg area
A husband and wife accused each other of abuse, so a judge signed restraining orders against both spouses, records show...
Protecting local infrastructure is key, expert says
DANVILLE — Rural Montour County might be far from any major city, but that does not mean it’s insulated from a...
December 29, 2016
Bloom developer says recovery complex at former Windsor site would bring jobs
BLOOMSBURG — A local developer has dreams of creating an addiction rehab campus around the old Windsor Foods plant,...
Surprised owner says Bob’s ran out of bread its opening night
BERWICK — Bob’s Subs has reopened after a year-and-a-half hiatus — and has been slammed with business ever since. The...
Whitenight’s father ‘skeptical’ of story; officer hasn’t checked
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man who has been missing for nearly a year made a surprise phone call to his former girlfriend...
Company’s case claims man had permission to use car, but vehicle owner also named in suit denies giving OK
BLOOMSBURG — An insurer is suing a man who was drunk when he crashed a car into two houses on Old Berwick Road, records...
Police: Suspect hit unwelcome guest, knocking her through glass window
BLOOMSBURG —A woman previously charged for fighting during a brawl that broke out when an unwanted guest showed up at...
December 28, 2016
Local health advocate warns online shoppers of pitfalls, price
A woman was diagnosed with breast cancer after buying health insurance online, yet she now faces a $200,000 bill for...
Mahoning constable wants to raise money for ambush detectors
MAHONING TWP. — A constable here is raising money to buy units that will warn officers when someone is approaching a...
Book project aims to open discussion about bias in America
BLOOMSBURG — Jimmy Muwombi, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya to a family fleeing the war in Uganda, has had a...
Sprinklers, quick volunteer response prevented building damage, official says
ELYSBURG — A blaze broke out in a storage area at the Polar Tech plant here Tuesday, disrupting work at the Route 487...
51-year-old facing terminal diagnosis says value is only sentimental
NESCOPECK — A woman with terminal cancer is hoping someone will return a lost bracelet that isn’t worth a lot of money...
December 27, 2016
Case alleges Berwick building firm let man go after son’s cancer found
BERWICK — A Berwick construction company fired a superintendent for taking medical leave to look after his 3-year-old...
Rohrsburg-area owner praises wave of volunteers to damaged home
FISHING CREEK TWP. — The fire that tore through Paula Hosking’s home Christmas night left part of her small, two-story...
Lawyers: Fired counselor’s case lacks evidence of misconduct
BENTON — A fired counselor’s whistle-blower lawsuit against Benton Area School District and the CMSU should be...
Berwick mom ordered to stay away from man, girl
DERRS — A Berwick woman hit her 4-year-old daughter so hard, the child wound up with bruises, the girl’s father claims...
Dad must register under Megan’s Law, serve house arrest
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man will spend three months in jail followed by three months on house arrest for groping a 14-...
December 26, 2016
Drunken Bloom suspect attacked brother, made threats, officers say
BLOOMSBURG — A drunken man involved in a family disturbance asked town police to “put a bullet” in his brain when taken...
Case over unapproved scoreboard ad deal with ex-sports boss reached federal court
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg school board voted to put an end to a four-year legal fight with an Ohio firm that wound up...
Defender argues device isn’t illegal without proof of pot
BLOOMSBURG — A lawyer defending a Bloomsburg University student arrested for having a metal grinder used to process raw...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Danville-area man allegedly waved a gun from inside a car while closely following another vehicle on...
Scott defendant, 22, says he has learned his lesson
BLOOMSBURG — A Scott Township man was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison for statutory sexual assault for having...
December 25, 2016
Lack of volunteers to crew rural blaze illustrates troubling trend
POND HILL — An assistant fire chief went on Facebook to plead for more volunteers after his company wasn’t able to...
Geisinger, drug maker join in finding high-cholesterol gene defect
DANVILLE — A collaborative genetic study between Geisinger Health System and a New York pharmaceutical firm may help in...
YMCA chief hopes to help West Berwick, other needy pupils
BERWICK — A new program is aimed at helping students wipe out debt on their lunch accounts at West Berwick Elementary...
Lucky lottery player part of area’s $92G jackpot in November
A Bloomsburg man played the right number one night in November, and he really cashed in. Rollin Levan won 11 prizes...
Records show shortened suspension on inspections
COOPER TWP. — A garage was facing a four-month suspension on doing vehicle safety inspections, but PennDOT is now...
December 24, 2016
Water, sewer authority attorney bills expected to rise
MAHONING TWP. — As it teeters on the brink of extinction, the township’s water and sewer authority has spent nearly $80...
BERWICK — A tenant who argued in a lawsuit his apartment smelled so badly of pet urine, the landlord should pay him for...
Toys for Tots organizer says everything charity collects stays in this area
For the Press Enterprise BUCKHORN — Ever wonder what happens to toys after you donate them to Toys to Tots? In this...
BLOOMSBURG — With Christmas just a day away, local children have been lining up to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what...
Salvation Army official worries about turning away needy
BERWICK — The Berwick Salvation Army fears it will be falling well short of its $33,000 fundraising goal this year....
To lose a child is every parent’s nightmare. What could be worse? Sadly, Lucia knows an even greater pain: the loss of...
December 23, 2016
Berwick man: Son, 5, was determined to go to school despite weekend
BERWICK — The father accused of letting his 5-year-old boy walk nearly two miles to school in near-freezing...
Berwick Hospital Center staffers helping family that lost home, pets, gifts
BERWICK — Workers at The Berwick Hospital Center are rallying around the victims of last week’s fire in Slocum Township...
Catawissa mom says struggle is ongoing
BLOOMSBURG — A rural Catawissa woman whose addiction recovery was profiled in a recent newspaper story was praised by a...
DANVILLE — A driver may face a citation after she ran into an elderly woman crossing Route 11 near Dunkin Donuts here...
Another tale of family making sacrifices for family: Sterling, a widower with a son who lives halfway across the...
December 22, 2016
Police seek tips on motorcycle gang member’s body left near Centralia
BLOOMSBURG — State Police have reopened their investigation into a 42-year-old murder mystery involving a motorcycle...
Renter wants to stay despite alleged mold, odor; owner wants him out
BERWICK — A tenant says his apartment is contaminated with mold and fungus, and smells so badly of dog urine, his...
Berwick woman was diagnosed with kleptomania
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick theft suspect recently diagnosed with kleptomania and substance abuse issues was sentenced...
Another man allegedly beat up woman over ignoring alarm clock
BERWICK — A Berwick man beat up his live-in girlfriend because she didn’t get up when their alarm clock went off,...
Where would we be without family? For more than a few people, the answer to that question is: homeless. Because we...
December 21, 2016
Bloom vote will let officials put $10M project on state list of ideas
BLOOMSBURG — Council recently took the first small step toward an estimated $10 million parking garage, but not...
Police: Woman rammed back of car on Route 11
MONTOUR TWP. — A young man who worked at Bloomsburg University was killed in a four-vehicle accident along Route 11...
Defender argues teen failed to protest, but judge rules abuse of trust, bruises support count
DANVILLE — A Montour County man accused of raping a 13-year-old after playfully wrestling with her in a relative’s...
‘Live long and prosper,’ judge tells man after guilty plea
BLOOMSBURG — When your name’s James Kirk, you expect to hear some good-natured kidding about the popular sci-fi TV cult...
Just about all of us who deal with health insurance in all its forms know that rules don’t always make sense, and...