Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

July 27, 2017
BLOOMSBURG — Before Cea Jay Chattin shot his lifelong friend to death, he tested his resolve by killing the victim’s...
BLOOMSBURG — Cea Jay Chattin made a “half-hearted” suicide attempt after troopers arrested him for killing Bryan Harris...
Autoneum staff’s practice run a success
BLOOMSBURG — When it’s time to close up openings in Bloomsburg’s new flood wall, a select group of Autoneum employees...
BLOOMSBURG — A panel of area health care professionals spoke out Wednesday night about the health and economic...
CATAWISSA — A man accused of defecating on his girlfriend’s face arrived in court Tuesday, confident the charges would...
Borough, community gave thousands to cause
BERWICK — Bob Smith, a 69-year-old veteran from Berwick, was a man on a mission Wednesday. With his daughter and...
July 26, 2017
Bloomsburg unlikely to debate discrimination law this year
BLOOMSBURG — A bridal shop here is under fire again for turning away a lesbian couple earlier this month. But the...
Seeking new trial, victim’s ex-wife claims she was too weak to end man’s life
HARRISBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer may have been weakened by health problems at the time of ex-husband Frank Spencer’s...
Mahoning Township supervisor blames a broken drain pipe
MAHONING TWP. — Monday’s floodwaters may have receded, but the deluge left behind a big sink hole and a mess to clean...
Officer said transient refused bus ticket to shelter
BLOOMSBURG — A Danville woman who’s been in and out of jail the past two weeks was back in prison Tuesday after getting...
Council lets volunteers handle complaint about training attendance
BERWICK — Council members here agreed to turn over a complaint about firefighters who didn’t show up for a training...
July 25, 2017
Berwick father accused of setting his house on fire had breakdown, say wife and son
BERWICK — Cindy Francioni sat in the reception area of the magistrate’s office surrounded by friends and family,...
Water rises in Bloom, Danville areas after downpours
BLOOMSBURG — Heavy downpours, flooded roads and warnings of more flash floods and possible tornadoes spread damage and...
Connecticut pastor riding to California for convention injured and airlifted to Geisinger
MIFFLINVILLE — The pastor of a motorcycle ministry in Connecticut was seriously hurt Monday when he wrecked his custom...
Bloom-area resident took his life in cabin, coroner says
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg-area man who was reported missing Sunday by a relative who feared he might harm himself was...
Berwick man spent $2 to win top June jackpot
A Berwick man fattened his wallet by $23,439 in June after playing a lottery game called Fat Wallets, records show....
July 24, 2017
Dad of baby dies in Catawissa house despite revival efforts
CATAWISSA — Police found a man and woman unconscious of suspected drug overdoses and three children — including a 10-...
Montgomery House makeover and expansion are under way
DANVILLE — For the first time in 75 years, a historic museum in Danville is getting an upgrade. The Montgomery House...
Berwick-area spree included break-ins, stolen firearms
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A second person was charged in connection with a string of porch furniture...
Woman claims ‘kids’ have been antagonizing her online
BERWICK — The mother of a teen accused of taking part in a group attack in another man’s home claims the alleged...
Goodwill Hose Company needs $30G for turnout gear
DANVILLE — Fire company officials and the Danville community are fuming over $150 stolen from a donation jar, whose...
July 23, 2017
Berwick neighbor, lone complainer, denies vendetta against brewpub
BERWICK — A hearing about the noise level at local bars turned into a heated exchange when the borough solicitor asked...
Cats can also go cage, leash free
BERWICK — Chickens can continue roosting safely in Berwick after an effort to ban them from the borough died for lack...
Bloom-area woman brews ancient drink touted for health properties
For the Press Enterprise Some people build their businesses by word of mouth. Natalie Lynn is building hers by mouth...
He admits sending girl, 14, to spend fake bills in stores
BLOOMSBURG — A Luzerne County man who sent a 14-year-old girl into the Columbia Mall to purchase items with fake $100...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A 38-year-old man is accused of donning a hat and sunglasses to steal from Walmart, then taking off the...
July 22, 2017
Montour Township neighbor also accused of misconduct
MONTOUR TWP. — A pit bull terrier was allegedly struck twice with a brick paver by an angry neighbor during a dispute...
Berwick man found to be defending himself in ‘15 fracas
BLOOMSBURG — A Columbia County jury decided Friday a Berwick man acted in self-defense when he shot another man in the...
Young mother’s fatal overdose inspires survivors to start non-profit
BLOOMSBURG — Whenever June 22 rolls around each year, Louise Grove spontaneously bursts into tears, even while she’s...
New owner assures community service will always be available
NESCOPECK TWP. — The Nescopeck Community Ambulance service has a new owner that will offer more services, a spokeswoman...
Police: Dad threatened to choke baby’s mother
CATAWISSA — A man knocked his girlfriend down and defecated on her face, then chased her as she tried to escape from...
July 21, 2017
Cops: Manhunt ended near VFW post in Berwick after tip
BERWICK — A manhunt for a homeless suspect accused of attempted homicide ended Thursday morning when police found him...
Briar Creek Borough marking milestone on Saturday with festivities
BRIAR CREEK — Over its 100-year existence, Briar Creek Borough has been home to a horse auction, a distillery and a...
Officials: Recent transplant found, used debit card
MAHONING TWP. — A California man who felt remorse about using a debit card he found along a bike trail turned himself...
Trailer manufacturing site went 700,000 work hours without a lost-time injury
LIMESTONE TWP. — Last year, the 350 employees of Great Dane Trailers manufacturing plant worked a total of 700,000...
Man accused in shooting mounts self-defense argument during trial
BLOOMSBURG — A man on trial for attempted homicide and related charges shot a Berwick man out of self-defense when he...
July 20, 2017
Berwick Police: Vagrant stabbed man
BERWICK — Police here are warning the public to be on the lookout for a homeless man accused of stabbing a Berwick man...
Nescopeck man blames financial woes for failure to fix sidewalk
For the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK — The chief of a Berwick fire company has had an unsafe sidewalk in front of his...
Trump nominee cites Scott Township parents in State Department confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators pressed Bloomsburg native Carl Risch this week about his position on which federal...
Montour County resident, 23, is jailed and accused of assaulting second underage boy
LIBERTY TWP. — A Montour County man accused of having sex with a teenage boy several times is facing more charges for...
Benton event official says animal’s death is first in 33 years
BENTON — A horse that collapsed in the ring at the Benton Rodeo in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers had to be...
July 19, 2017
Bloom man championed water customers in giardiasis outbreak and specializes in utility cases
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg-based lawyer Scott Rubin found himself in the middle of a ground-breaking case in the 1980s...
64-year-old suspect from Columbia village jailed on $250G bail
LOCUSTDALE — A resident of this southernmost Columbia County village arrived home last Friday to find state agents...
Federal prisoner charged in assault that bloodied man’s ear, left him with concussion
BLOOMSBURG — An inmate from rural Benton was beaten and kicked in the head as he slept in his cell at Columbia County...
Salem Police: ‘It’s pretty obvious he just crossed the yellow line’
SALEM TWP. — The driver who struck and killed a Millville man in a head-on collision Monday afternoon has been released...
Bloom 29-year-old charged with assault in fight
MONTOUR TWP. — An argument turned into a violent attack when a Bloomsburg woman used a rock to bash her boyfriend’s...
July 18, 2017
Police: Head-on crash near Berwick pinned man in SUV
SALEM TWP. — A Millville man was killed Monday afternoon when an SUV crossed into his path and hit his vehicle head-on...
Mahoning board says a sale could lead to fewer rate increases
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors here are inviting bids from firms to buy the township’s water and sewer systems....
Area customers, Berwick workers shouldn’t see any changes at once, a company official says
BERWICK — MetroCast, the cable company providing television, internet and telephone service to much of Columbia and...
Syringes pile up in parks, on streets; curious kids get jabbed
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float...
July 17, 2017
Berwick chief: Training slated after exhausting response
BERWICK — A free training session for emergency responders was nearly canceled recently after less than a third of the...
Nescopeck-area racer trying to rev up interest in TV show on his cars
NESCOPECK TWP. — Engine builder and drag racer Andy Jensen is the “Master of Faster.” Now, he’s looking for a...
Council eyes leash rule for cats again
BERWICK — Council members here are once again considering banning chickens from the borough, as well as requiring cats...
66-year-old makes plea deal for lesser charges
BLOOMSBURG — A woman admitted in court to firing a gun at her husband during a heated argument in their Orangeville...
More serious charges dropped in exchange for admission
BLOOMSBURG — An ex-prison guard who was arrested for smuggling tobacco and fake heroin to inmates at Columbia County...
July 16, 2017
Operator wants exception to food-truck ban for Little League
BLOOMSBURG — A frustrated food-truck vendor wants the town to relax its guidelines so she can sell her wares at Town...
Some Hemlock residents complain about mess from road surfacing
HEMLOCK TWP. — Heavy rain overnight Thursday washed out freshly-laid tar and chipping, coating parts of some driveways...
Attempted homicide dropped in plea deal
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to shooting another man in the face during a struggle outside an...
Probation violator allegedly led police on foot chase
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man jailed on a probation violation was arrested again after he failed to return from work...
Coordinator once needed help of charity she serves
BLOOMSBURG — After announcing plans to join forces earlier this year, the new United Way of Columbia and Montour County...
July 15, 2017
Lawyer says evidence was barred, as father avoids court appearance
HARRISBURG — A lawyer representing Maria Sanutti-Spencer is seeking a new trial for the convicted killer, alleging the...
Democrat’s path to Town Council ballot is clear after dismissal
BLOOMSBURG — A court challenge to Vince DeMelfi’s candidacy for Town Council fizzled out quietly Friday as the only...
Berwick eatery caters to late-night workers with ‘gourmet’ meal
BERWICK — A new fast-food eatery specializing in a variety of “gourmet” hot dogs served up with fresh-cut potatoes and...
BOSTON — A driver allegedly mows down six mailboxes, slurs her words and tells police she has a lizard in her bra....
BLOOMSBURG — A malfunctioning motor in a ventilation system filled part of a Bloomsburg University residence hall with...
July 14, 2017
PennDOT suggests Montour Township rescuers move fundraising sign
MONTOUR TWP. — Township firefighters received a letter from PennDOT asking them to remove a sign on Route 42 across...
Danville man accused of repeated child rape
DANVILLE — The hearing for a man suspected of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl was moved from the district judge’s...
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who took a 12-pack of beer along on his early-morning errands was arrested after he...
Company says 22-year-old store is to be torn down in the fall
ELYSBURG — When Knoebels Amusement Resort closes for the season this fall, so will the 22-year-old Sheetz store in...
July 13, 2017
Conyngham Township board’s pick angers crowd, rejected candidate
LOCUSTDALE — During a two-hour meeting that repeatedly descended into a shouting match Tuesday night, Conyngham...
Berwick Elks, pool group float cost of passes, rides for struggling families
BRIAR CREEK — Fifty children and parents have received free season memberships to the Ber-Vaughn pool, along with...
Son-in-law charged with stealing $16G from Danville senior
DANVILLE — The lawyers for a woman who was bilked out of thousands of dollars by her son-in-law are trying to recover...
Consultants find university system leadership wanting amid ‘climate of distrust,’ ‘competition’
HARRISBURG (AP) — A consulting firm issued a bleak assessment Wednesday of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system...
Shick man surprised with ceremony in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A local Marine Corps veteran finally received medals for his military service during a surprise...
July 12, 2017
Bloom councilman insists he was ‘innocent bystander;’ DeMelfi clears his first hurdle
BLOOMSBURG — It was a sitting councilman and Republican mayoral candidate who engineered the legal challenge to...
Two pharmacies in Danville to offer kits to deactivate opioids
DANVILLE — Montour County residents can soon get “drug deactivation” pouches to dispose of prescription drugs that have...
Nescopeck business is also adding sandwiches and smoothies
NESCOPECK — A dog wash and sandwich shop featuring health smoothies will soon be part of a longtime car wash here. Dan...
Some doubt ghoulish Blue Whale Challenge exists despite two reports of teen deaths in U.S. this week
DALLAS — The family of a Texas teen who hanged himself says their son was involved in a ghoulish online game that calls...
Police: Maryland man threatened to evict her from home
DANVILLE — A Maryland man stole more than $16,000 from his mother-in-law while acting as her power of attorney, police...
July 11, 2017
Council stands by expert’s take on zoning law
BLOOMSBURG — It looks like the old Windsor Foods plant won’t be remade into a drug and alcohol rehab facility after all...
Suspect allegedly told neighbors at Danville inn to ‘let it burn’
COOPER TWP. — A woman set fire to her room at a motel near Danville late Sunday night, then told neighbors to “let it...
Millville-area man admits he tried to entice girls for sex
BLOOMSBURG — A man who sent Facebook messages to three young Berwick girls hoping to lure them into having sex with him...
Resurfacing costs are too high, officials say
MADISON TWP. — Madison Township officials fixed a dirt road after a resident complained about its condition to the...
Attempt caused more than $600 in damage, charges say
BERWICK — A Berwick woman is accused of trying to break into her grandmother’s home last month, causing over $600 in...
July 10, 2017
Berwick-area man denies pointing pistol, says he merely made gesture
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A PennDOT crew thought a resident was giving them a thumbs up for a job well done. Then he pulled...
Madison officials say rutted dirt route is safe at posted speed limit
MADISON TWP. — Members of Diana Leighow’s family have lived on Valley Road for nearly a century. And Leighow says that...
Berwick man accused of chasing woman
BERWICK — A Berwick man chased a woman around his yard, wildly swinging golf clubs at her before police took him into...
22-year-old charged with preying on girls jailed for allegedly getting another teen drunk in car
BERWICK — A 22-year-old man scheduled to plead guilty today for sexual crimes against 13- and 14-year-old girls...
Suspect in domestic assault accused of resisting arrest
BERWICK — A Berwick man strangled a woman and pulled her hair while police were in her home, officers say. Misael...
July 9, 2017
Provost, target of faculty complaints, leaving for 40 percent raise
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s second-in-command is leaving for a new job as a university president in Texas,...
Man, tot’s mom avoided inquiry, authorities say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man is accused of choking his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son, leaving marks on the boy who was found...
Bloom department program aims to recruit teens to fill volunteer ranks
BLOOMSBURG — When the fire siren started to wail in the wee hours of the morning years ago, Scott McBride remembers his...
‘Go Green’ program offers environmentally friendly cloth
BLOOMSBURG — A program that helps parents in financial need is looking to expand its coverage. The “Go Green” cloth...
Bloom teen’s car snapped a utility pole in accident that damaged two vehicles and a house, police say
BLOOMSBURG — A 19-year-old driver who sheared a utility pole and caused a chain-reaction crash near Autozone in May is...
July 8, 2017
Cops: Berwick man made threats before shooting, setting fire
BERWICK — Police responding to a call about a Berwick man threatening to blow up a house with his family inside found...
Roaring Creek Valley, Snyder County all-stars face off again
BLOOMSBURG — Two days after police were called to escort umpires back to their vehicles due to an angry Little League...
Restaurant sign and name had been at issue
BLOOMSBURG — A downtown business owner has agreed to change the name of his restaurant from Boston Style Chicken to...
July 7, 2017
Bloomsburg Police summoned to disputed all-star game
BLOOMSBURG — A Little League baseball all-star game took a “shameful” turn Wednesday night when police had to be called...
Bloomsburg man, 25, pled guilty to indecent assault
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who admitted sexually accosting a co-worker at Dunham’s Sports last fall expressed...
Northumberland resident who served in WWII as test pilot reflects on 100 years
ESPY — World War II veteran Joe Diblin never served in combat during the conflict, spending most of his time stateside...
Contractor placed on parole for prohibited weapons in Berwick home
BLOOMSBURG — A man who stockpiled weapons and explosive components in his Berwick home was given parole, but ordered by...
Shickshinny resident accused of felonies
HUNLOCK CREEK — Officers discovered a “semi-nude” female lying in the dirt in front of the vacant former Post Office...
July 6, 2017
Restaurant customer tips off police, leading to arrests on heroin charges
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — When a patron at a local restaurant realized the two people next to her were arranging drug deals,...
Guilty plea to open lewdness sees rest of charges dropped
MILLVILLE — A Benton-area man accused of dancing naked outside his home while drunk has pleaded guilty to open lewdness...
Casey on health act: If this bill goes down, everyone is better off
BLOOMSBURG — If lawmakers were subject to the same rules as older citizens living on Social Security and Medicare,...
Police: Child, 11, taken to hospital with apparently minor injury
CLEVELAND TWP. — An 11-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after an ATV carrying him and three teens slammed into a...
Driver unharmed, will be cited, officers say
HEMLOCK TWP. — A woman escaped injury Wednesday when she drove into an embankment and clipped a pole, causing her car...
July 5, 2017
Split top Pa. court rules local judge erred in case against neurosurgeon
DANVILLE — Pennsylvania’s highest court has ordered a new civil trial for a Geisinger neurosurgeon who was previously...
Fugitive told officers he used meth, wasn’t thinking clearly
BENTON — After police handcuffed a man who had been knocking on doors in a trailer court here, he allegedly jumped head...
Man who allegedly left store with T-bones and lobster still faces charges
SCOTT TWP. — A woman who faced felony theft charges for allegedly helping a man steal nearly $500 worth of lobster...
Super says cleaning service, not district, covers taxes on staff
BERWICK — School directors here have agreed to pay a cleaning service $17 per hour for substitute janitors — more than...
July 4, 2017
Closing old elementary would cut costs, boost education, study finds, but directors want public's thoughts
NESCOPECK — A new architect’s study says closing Nescopeck Elementary School would save the district money and give...
Berwick woman says she found purse, but no money was inside
BERWICK — Christine Broyan tucked her wallet into her baby’s car seat carrier and walked into the Rite Aid on West...
Three injured in collision outside May’s; two diners’ cars damaged
MONTOUR TWP. — A few friends were enjoying ice cream inside May’s Drive-In Monday night when two of their vehicles,...
Apparent heroin victim found in bedroom by his mother, Montour official says
DANVILLE — A 29-year-old father of a 3-year-old appears to be the area’s latest heroin victim, a coroner confirmed....
Donations revived production as community theater project after school officials called it off
DANVILLE — The creator behind puppets used in “Avenue Q” on Broadway will be in Danville Wednesday to teach students...
July 3, 2017
Lawsuit alleges inmate made false accusations against Stillwater man
MUNCY — A former prison doctor accused of groping and kissing a female inmate is suing her and others who authorized...
New certificate program focuses on training design
BLOOMSBURG — As teaching with technology becomes more prevalent, companies and classrooms are looking for new fun and...
Wanted burglary suspect allegedly squeezed out window, eluded capture for hours in Catawissa
CATAWISSA — A wanted man squeezed out through a window in his mother’s trailer Friday and ran from police for hours...
PINE TWP. — Police investigating ATV thefts in the Millville area searched a garage and found a man passed out in a...
Central students cast as Jesus, Judas in Williamsport production
BLOOMSBURG —Two Central Columbia students will go from starring in plays on their school’s stage to a performing arts...
July 2, 2017
Grandparents face drive to Hershey, where girl’s specialists are covered
LOCK HAVEN — As the clock rounded midnight and the calendar flipped to July, Josh and Jamie Corman lost access to the...
Businesses other than stores fill slots at struggling Buckhorn site
BUCKHORN — For years, retiree Wayne Mowery could count on the Columbia Mall’s food court and promenade as a place to...
Boyfriend allegedly hit vehicle, threatened life of Warrior Run driver
DANVILLE — A woman whose boyfriend allegedly punched a school bus and threatened the driver says they got fed up with...
Ex-BU student caught with 501 pills in pants
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student caught with a large quantity of Xanax pills told a judge Wednesday...
Stories, parades marked movements of Pa. National Guard unit that marched off to serve in ‘the war to end all wars’
EDITOR’S NOTE: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into what would come to be known as...
July 1, 2017
Judge rules woman failed to prove case against South Centre business
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A former employee of a local manufacturer of modular buildings failed to persuade a judge that she...
LCBC Columbia-Montour aims for welcoming, modern vibe as it opens
SCOTT TWP. —It’s been a long time in the making for LCBC Columbia-Montour. When the doors open at the newly-renovated...
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BERWICK — The Department of Environmental Protection has told a metal-coating...
DANVILLE — A 19-year-old man punched and choked his mother after she screamed at him and his girlfriend in a dispute...
June 30, 2017
Firm sends sewing south and transforms Bloom site into high-tech textile mill
BLOOMSBURG — For decades, the Milco factory here buzzed with fabric trimmers and seamstresses stitching together shirts...
Official: Borough’s page was banned after puzzling post
CATAWISSA — The borough’s Facebook page has been shut down and sentenced to social media purgatory for weeks despite...
Mother watched failed efforts to resuscitate son found floating in pool, lawsuit says
SUNBURY — A woman watched as patrons at Knoebels Amusement Resort’s swimming pool unsuccessfully attempted to...
Permits OK’d so far in Wilkes-Barre, Edwardsville and Williamsport
HARRISBURG — Montour County is getting one of a dozen marijuana growing and processing permits from the state. But the...
Woman allegedly driving drunk and beau wanted out; impact KO’d pole in Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg man who wanted to get out of an SUV driven by his girlfriend grabbed the wheel and caused the...
June 29, 2017
Conyngham leader wasn’t registered voter, which is required, official says
CONYNGHAM TWP. — When Conyngham Township Supervisor Karl George resigned earlier this month following a year-and-a-half...
Berwick man must register as predator for assaulting girls
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who admitted he sexually assaulted three girls was sentenced to more than five years in...
Car pulled out into path of van on Route 11 in Briar Creek, police say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A woman who rushed out of a store to help people in a car accident Wednesday was stunned to find the...
Council OK’d a $385G tax-exempt loan to buy response vehicle that replaces sidelined tanker
BLOOMSBURG — A new truck is expected to join the Bloomsburg Fire Department’s fleet by the end of the year. Town...
Danville plant plans to fill 30 positions with pay ranging from $14.50 per hour up to six figures, Montour commissioner says
DANVILLE — At an open house this summer, the public will get a chance to check out the new home of a medical marijuana-...
June 28, 2017
Bloom officials: Without sponsors, future of fireworks tradition in doubt
BLOOMSBURG — Unless a sponsor steps up to foot the bill for the town’s July 4 fireworks celebration, the $8,500 display...
Berwick motorist’s wreck puzzles Bloomsburg officer
BLOOMSBURG — A man who slammed his vehicle into a traffic light pole on his way to work at the Press Enterprise Monday...
DANVILLE — Concerned with travel expenses, Montour County commissioners want to appoint a “watchdog” to its housing...
Authorities say SUV struck Shamokin man
ELYSBURG — A Shamokin man died Tuesday morning when his car went sideways across Route 54 and was struck by an oncoming...
FISHERDALE — The Columbia County Commissioners faced a room full of frustrated Cleveland Township residents Tuesday...