Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

September 20, 2017
Political gadfly vows to torch combined rebel-Nazi banner over Bloomsburg Fair decision
BLOOMSBURG — An activist plans to burn a combination Nazi-Confederate flag outside the courthouse Friday in protest of...
Without witness, his trial ends in minutes
CATAWISSA — A Bloomsburg State Police trooper accused of attacking his wife’s car with a rubber mallet was found not...
McBride Memorial lends a little patch of milkweed as garden for caterpillars
BERWICK — A small patch of milkweed behind McBride Memorial Library is home to dozens of caterpillars, some of which...
Council candidates kick around issues facing borough during political forum
DANVILLE — Candidates seeking Danville council seats this fall discussed jobs, taxes, traffic and firefighters Tuesday...
Orangeville man may serve up to 21/2 years for mail fraud
WILLIAMSPORT — A lawyer faces up to 21/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to a single federal charge in a mail...
September 19, 2017
Bloom chief: Man, 21, suffered two wounds
BLOOMSBURG — A 21-year-old man was stabbed twice in the abdomen early Sunday, and police are looking for his two...
BLOOMSBURG — Police believe a burglar used a ladder to climb onto the roof of a downtown restaurant and break into it...
Firefighters handle close call with exploding propane tank
HUNLOCK TWP. — Firefighters battled a blaze for hours at a salvage yard Monday, including some flames almost at their...
Rural Danville man sentenced to serve one to five years in state prison
DANVILLE — An Amish man was led out of court Monday to begin a state prison term of one to five years for molesting two...
Faulty AC unit disrupted Buckhorn eatery, official says
BUCKHORN —An air conditioning unit, not extra crispy chicken, caused the KFC to fill with smoke here Monday. The...
ROHRSBURG — Work has begun to build a natural gas pipeline compressor station on the former Martenas property along...
September 18, 2017
Force is five officers short; union files grievance
BERWICK — Police here say the borough continues to drag its feet in replacing officers. At this point, there are five...
Charges: Salem dad redoing home after fire ID’d suspect in theft worth $2,600
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — Police say a man burglarized a fire-damaged home here, stealing about $2,600...
Holocaust survivor describes how parents dodged Nazis in Poland
BLOOMSBURG — A lot of luck, help and quick thinking combined to allow Irene Skolnick and her family to survive World...
Impact left car’s steering wheel stamped on his forehead
FRANKLIN TWP. — A man who crashed his car, splitting a tree from its trunk and leaving the vehicle’s steering wheel...
Suspect lacked license due to previous DUI, charges say
MILLVILLE — A woman with a suspended driver’s license due to a past DUI gave her sister’s name after she was stopped...
September 17, 2017
But supers cite savings by adding tar and chip
WONDERVIEW — Contractors covered a housing development’s blacktop roadways with tar and chip last week, leaving some...
‘It’s not fun getting punched in the face,’ 2005 Benton grad says
BOSTON — A Benton graduate is stepping into the ring to fight cancer. Adrian Wright-Fitzgerald, a 2005 Benton graduate...
Montour official: Woman followed two sisters, father
DERRY TWP. — A woman who died of a drug overdose Thursday is the fourth family member in her household to suffer the...
Group allegedly brings drug from city to Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A Philadelphia man was arrested recently on charges he sold heroin to a police informant in June 2016 as...
‘I guess I’m sorry for my actions,’ says teen put on probation
BLOOMSBURG — Berwick senior Deon Reese was supposed to start school last month; instead, he was in court being...
September 16, 2017
‘Security issue’ puts brakes on tailgater
BERWICK — As a lifelong Penn State football fan, Mike Heon of Berwick has seen his share of upsets. But few have...
Confederate compromise means items won’t be displayed, official explains
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair will allow vendors to sell Confederate flags at this year’s event after a discussion...
WASHINGTONVILLE — A father and son befriended a 14-year-old girl here on the Internet, and both engaged in sex acts...
Police: Interstate wreck put vehicles on collision course in town
BLOOMSBURG — A 22-year-old man on a solo cross country trip got hung up in Bloomsburg Friday morning when he T-boned...
Comparisons to modern attitudes are apt, she says
BLOOMSBURG — One day when Ruth Rinde was 5, her parents gave her a new name and instructed her to forget everything she...
September 15, 2017
Superfund site work continues after 2011 discovery
BLOOMSBURG — Work to remove contaminated soil from the former Safety Light manufacturing plant is still being done a...
Montour 9-1-1 readdressing project sparks creativity
VALLEY TWP. — With creative names including Thunder Bolt, Pulling Tack, Mopar and Redbud lanes, Valley Township seems...
Orange Street may be razed; 14th Street could be sold
BERWICK — School directors here are considering knocking down Orange Street School, but the district has been contacted...
VALLEY TWP. — Some residents could experience problems with package deliveries from UPS and FedEx due to address...
BERWICK — The Berwick Area United Way kicked off this year’s fundraising campaign with a fancy outdoor dinner that may...
September 14, 2017
Conyngham supervisors accused of a smear campaign
CONYNGHAM TWP. — A resident who says Conyngham Township’s supervisors demanded he hand over his tax returns in...
District addresses issue of students getting home late
DANVILLE — Parents have been complaining that elementary students here have been getting home too late, after a...
More than 300 showed interest in about 100 posts at medical marijuana firm
DANVILLE — A job fair for the new medical marijuana growing facility here drew biotechnicians, gardeners and the...
Officer: Orangeville motorist‘s license suspended
RUPERT — After a close call on the Route 487 bridge over Catawissa Creek and a change of drivers were both observed and...
Berwick store holding grand re-opening as helper takes the helm
BERWICK — A baking supply store that’s served candy makers and cake decorators for 40 years was on the verge of closing...
September 13, 2017
Officials: $30G upgrade needs fix due to shoddy job
BLOOMSBURG — After spending $30,000 to upgrade the flooring in a heavily-used Bloomsburg Fair building last year,...
Police pull man from class at BU
BLOOMSBURG — A 23-year-old Bloomsburg University student wept after he was arraigned Tuesday on charges of raping a...
CEO tells crowd area wasn’t first choice for medical marijuana company
DANVILLE — Pete Kadens didn’t want to put his Pennsylvania medical marijuana growing operation — and its initial...
19-year-old allegedly told juvenile to choose between one sock in face and full-on fight
BLOOMSBURG — A teenage girl told police she gave a young woman permission to punch her in the face rather than have to...
Bench obliges defendant who says he can better work on his drinking problem while in jail
BLOOMSBURG — A man made an unusual request to Judge Gary Norton as he pleaded guilty to two DUI arrests in Columbia...
September 12, 2017
Police: Customer at Danville-area tavern wrested knife from attacker
MAUSDALE — One man was stabbed three times in the chest and abdomen, and another was smashed over the head with a glass...
Witness: Driver pulled into path of transit vehicle south of Bloom
MONTOUR TWP. — The driver of a car that pulled into the path of a transit van on Route 11 here Monday afternoon...
Victims’ ages from 21 to 67, two used meth, official says
DANVILLE — Three local people have died from drug overdoses in less than three weeks, a coroner says, and a fourth was...
Tips already led Salem Police to identify suspect
SALEM TWP. — Tips from the public and DNA tests helped police identify a man who allegedly robbed the Food Express here...
Chief: Assault tally nearing record if claims are confirmed
BERWICK — If reports of a hatchet attack near a convenience store Saturday afternoon are confirmed, Berwick Police are...
State hasn’t identified Cash Five winner
BERWICK — A lucky player bought a Cash Five lottery ticket worth $600,000 at a gas station here. Fresh-N Quik sold the...
September 11, 2017
Chain seeks liquor license transfer
SCOTT TWP. — Sheetz may be serving more than Made-to-Order food at its store along Route 11 here if the company’s...
Newlyweds charged with trespassing on honeymoon by river
MONTOUR TWP. — Two people who were spotted fishing without licenses and trespassing on railroad property along the...
Partners’ venture also revives Opera House, a Catawissa landmark
CATAWISSA — While a teenager growing up outside Catawissa, Jennifer Ney wanted a new dresser for her bedroom....
‘Pray, pray for everybody,’ governor urges; no U.S. deaths reported
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and...
BLOOMSBURG —A man who threatened Children and Youth caseworkers when they came to his house last June was shocked when...
September 10, 2017
Bloom builder sues ex-partner over apartments
BLOOMSBURG — Business partners Matthew J. Zoppetti Jr. and Sante J. D’Ambrosio Jr. built hundreds of student apartments...
BLOOMSBURG — Do tenants at the former Hotel Magee have guaranteed parking spots in an adjacent private lot? That’s the...
Heroin users aren’t ‘scum,’ says participant in Bloom Walk for Recovery
BLOOMSBURG — Todd Burke is bothered by what he describes as a general misconception that all addicts are “scum.” It’s...
Berwick father to serve time in 13th offense
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who stole a $9.97 pack of diapers for his child has been sentenced to state prison for one...
Veteran director says he stands on record
BERWICK —Democratic executive committee members appointed Sandra Slavick as their fourth nominee for the Berwick school...
Irma shifts away from Miami, puts bull’s-eye on Tampa
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma’s leading edge bent palm trees and spit rain as the storm swirled toward Florida...
September 9, 2017
New council was likely to fire woman, official explains
BERWICK — Borough Manager Debra Force has resigned. Scott Bower, vice president of council, said she turned in her...
Non-profits intend to help workers in rural areas leave poverty in the rearview
BLOOMSBURG — Rachel Ream can walk or ride her bike to work at the Pine Barn Inn. But her fiance’s job prospects close...
Berwick woman accused of felony in Retreat scandal
SHICKSHINNY — A Berwick woman working as a librarian at Retreat state prison confessed to police that she became...
Man injured building apparatus bay for Berwick firefighters
BERWICK — The rough corner of a piece of sheet metal caught a worker in the wrist, slicing through an artery Friday...
Missing nursery vehicle found near Millville
BUCKHORN — Hemlock Township Police have filed charges against an Orangeville man accused of stealing a van from Home...
September 8, 2017
$75G lawsuit claims illness was left untreated for years
DANVILLE — A patient has incurable lung cancer because Geisinger doctors didn’t follow up on an X-ray that showed...
Ruptured air hose disabled locomotive in Riverside
RIVERSIDE —A crossing gate that came down for a train passing through the area here was blown into the locomotive’s...
Official denies sale is in the works
BERWICK — The CEO of Berwick Hospital Center, Diane Ljungquist, retired as of Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman...
School super is satisfied with station remedy after furor following deadly supremacist rally
BERWICK — The Berwick Bulldogs are coming back to the airwaves starting tonight, WHLM announced Thursday. Jim Doyle,...
500,000 ordered to leave as hurricane bears down on state
MIAMI (AP) —The race to flee Hurricane Irma became a marathon nightmare for many as more than a half-million people...
September 7, 2017
Try poutine, saddle up for Wild West show seen on TV
BLOOMSBURG — Edible cookie dough in a cone, a death-defying Wild West show, and a “sizzling” safety exhibit that...
Danville family needs judge’s OK for deal after mishap at park
VALLEY TWP. — A family and a park association are close to reaching a $37,500 settlement for a 7-year-old girl who lost...
Philadelphia men face Montour County charges
LIBERTY TWP. — A traffic stop for a turn-signal violation along Interstate 80 led to a discovery of 801 Oxycodone...
GOP candidate to replace Barletta was state finance secretary
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Dan Meuser isn’t running for congress to make friends in Washington, D.C. There’s no time to go...
September 6, 2017
Victim’s ex-father-in-law says he was in Harrisburg at time of murder
BLOOMSBURG — Anthony Rocco Franklin claims he couldn’t have killed Frank Spencer in July 2012 because he was in...
BLOOMSBURG — A suspected intoxicated driver told a State Trooper, “I’m a Miss Drunky Pants,” during an early-morning...
South Centre Township manufacturer plans $13 million expansion
LIME RIDGE —Sekisui SPI is planning a multimillion dollar expansion of its factory at the old R.R. Donnelley plant,...
BLOOMSBURG — A corroded piece of electrical equipment caused a campus-wide power outage at Bloomsburg University...
Mocanaqua family homeless after blaze in house that used to be a church
MOCANAQUA — A couple and their three young boys are homeless after fire ripped through their home on Jeanette Street...
September 5, 2017
Man allegedly hit wife, hauled kids from their beds and resisted arrest
BERWICK — A man hit his wife and then began pulling his children from their beds and shoving them out into the cold...
Local women join forces on resource hub for parents of disabled kids
When Jennifer Billig’s daughter Rheanon was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, Billig was left largely on...
But directors delay sidelining athletes who miss the mark
BERWICK — School directors here decided to hold off a year before suspending athletes who don’t meet stricter new...
Berwick fatality would be the 13th in county due to drugs this year, according to official
BERWICK — A 26-year-old Berwick woman died Monday, and investigators have reason to suspect a drug overdose, officials...
Cops: Man ran stop sign at Elysburg intersection, crashed into curb
ELYSBURG — A Catawissa man is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash here late Sunday, officials say. Eric...
September 4, 2017
Bloom-area man allegedly told witnesses to crash he’d slit their throats if they talked
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg-area man allegedly told a witness to a hit-and-run crash he would “slit the witnesses throat” if...
Pershing said tobacco was as important to WWI effort as bullets
EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into what would come to be known as World War I...
Berwick woman cited over dog roaming loose
BERWICK — A woman whose dog killed her neighbor’s pet chickens and a duck was cited with violating the state dog law....
VALLEY TWP. — A Danville man was drunk when he crashed a friend’s ATV on a roadway, police say. Marcus M. Wilt, 21, of...
September 3, 2017
Danville boy, 5, briefly missing, triggers search
DANVILLE — A kindergarten student got off the bus at the wrong stop Wednesday, panicking his mother and sparking a...
Ex-Columbia staffer to serve up to 23 months
BLOOMSBURG — A former Columbia County prison guard caught with drugs he intended to smuggle into the jail is headed...
Berwick couple alleges garage ruined motor in 2009 Pontiac
BERWICK — A Berwick couple is suing a mechanic for $12,000, alleging his garage ruined the engine in their 2009 Pontiac...
Bloom-area driver who lost his license in 1997 was recently arrested on second charge in three months, records show
BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg-area man was arrested for his second DUI in three months — his ninth overall drunken driving...
Burning jars likely tossed through window of long-vacant building
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — A small fire discovered in a long-abandoned church here Friday night appears to be suspicious,...
September 2, 2017
Bakeries a part of cash crop sought in Washingtonville
WASHINGTONVILLE — Josh Leidhecker acknowledged Limestone Township supervisors were “not so happy” when he and some...
Bloomsburg husband endures long road to help an engaged stranger
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — It started, as many things do these days, with a Facebook post: All I want for...
BERWICK — A man accused of calling the FBI and threatening to kill Columbia County Judge Gary Norton said he was just...
Catawissa man locked up in Columbia County
ESPY — A Catawissa man was locked up on charges he attacked another man in the basement of a home here while...
Woman in nursing program refused to submit to a drug test
WILLIAMSPORT — A former Bloomsburg University nursing student who got booted from a Geisinger training program for...
September 1, 2017
Two are facing charges in separate incidents
HUNTINGTON TWP. — Two staff members of Northwest Area School District hurt two elementary students in separate...
Farm outside Riverside grows and develops unusual kiwi berries to sell along East Coast
RUSH TWP. — Dave Jackson used to create music, but now he’s creating unusual fruit — and trying to spread it across the...
Energy firm says immediate start on pipeline is goal
HARRISBURG — An energy firm has received a pair of important air and water permit approvals from the state for the...
Loaded gun, meth pipe, stolen license plate found during stop, police allege
BLOOMSBURG — A Benton man had a litany of excuses for why he had a stolen license plate and a gun without a permit when...
Customer had filed complaint about paint
WILLIAMSPORT — A man who took The Home Depot to federal court, accusing the chain of shorting him on paint and “heinous...
August 31, 2017
Bloom officer allegedly clubbed wife’s car, hit her in struggle
BEAVER TWP. — A Bloomsburg State Police trooper attacked his wife’s car with a mallet, which ended up hitting her in...
Lawyer points to uneven penalties for ‘goon squad’
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student pleaded tearfully for leniency during sentencing for his role in...
Police: N.Y.C. couple on way home from pot haven had $2G worth in car
LOCUST TWP. — A couple bought more than $2,000 in marijuana products legally in Colorado, then tried to make the cross-...
Florida man allegedly caught with local official’s iPhone
BLOOMSBURG — A homeless man from Florida was caught breaking into unlocked cars along West Main Street here late...
Police: Bloom teen turned into path of woman’s car
LIGHTSTREET — A father who was test-driving a friend’s car Wednesday afternoon was startled when he came upon an...
August 30, 2017
Security chief says Confederate symbols are allowed, but discouraged at Bloom grounds
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair won’t allow any Nazi memorabilia at this year’s event, and it has banned protests on...
Covered Geisinger workers must now fill routine prescriptions by mail
DANVILLE — Two local independent pharmacy managers say they’ll lose business now that Geisinger Health Plan has begun...
Strike authorized, but not imminent, union official says
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Columbia Montour Vo-Tech’s 49 teachers enter the 2017-18 school year working under terms of a union...
Ex-Hazleton mayor officially joins GOP candidates eyeing D.C.
From staff and wire reports Local Congressman Lou Barletta will face a tough battle trying to wrest a U.S. Senate seat...
Closure rumors don’t help, project fundraiser says
BLOOMSBURG —The committee working to rebuild the Norris E. Rock Memorial Pool is asking the town to either support...
August 29, 2017
Danville man’s petition garners 20,000 names; PennDOT still says Centralia stretch isn’t safe
CENTRALIA — A Danville man’s efforts to reopen “Graffiti Highway” in Centralia to hikers and tourists are picking up...
District levies $20 annual fee for the privilege to help offset its costs
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Parking is no longer a free ride for Central Columbia students who drive to school; it now costs...
Woman accused of prostitution at inn; three others of drug crimes
COOPER TWP. — A Catawissa woman solicited clients through a web page and had sex with the men for money in a Danville-...
Bloom council OKs zoning change to allow free-standing garages in commercial district
BLOOMSBURG — A developer has won the right to move ahead with a project that could double the parking available behind...
Harvey’s historic flooding keeps Houston paralyzed
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for...
August 28, 2017
Police: Man’s car went airborne, hit rocky bank near base of River Hill
CATAWISSA TWP. — A 75-year-old man died early Sunday after his car flew 30 feet across a ditch, then slammed into a...
Police: Man broke into bar, then fled in car and on foot
BRIAR CREEK — A man broke into a bar along Route 11 here early Saturday, and later fled police, first in a car and then...
More than 200 flock to holy site for worship
CENTRALIA —Nearly 200 worshipers made their way to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church...
Overwhelmed rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters
HOUSTON (AP) —Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as...
Dispute in Bloom home led to assault, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A woman has been charged with assault after allegedly shoving her 79-year-old mother to the floor in the...
August 27, 2017
Supers seek tax returns from citizen who questions Conyngham finances
CONYNGHAM TWP. — Conyngham Township resident John McGee says supervisors — angered he’s looking into the township’s...
Bloom woman was out on bail in earlier drug, theft charges
MILLVILLE — A woman out of jail on bail in theft and drug charges was jailed again after she allegedly stole nearly $2,...
Parents of Trump appointee marked 58th anniversary, son’s new job
SCOTT TWP. — Carl and Lenore Risch celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this month with a trip to an Amish market...
Games, technology, other services on hand at hub
BERWICK — The Teen Center hosted a grand opening party Saturday to give kids a preview of the area’s first community...
Newly hired employee used his work key card to get inside apartments, according to officers
BLOOMSBURG — A newly hired Bloomsburg University custodian stole new TVs from campus apartments, police say. Joshua H...
August 26, 2017
Cops: BU student stole PlayStation 4 from dorm room and quickly sold it
BLOOMSBURG — When a PlayStation 4 went missing from a Bloomsburg University student’s dorm room, it took technicians in...
Bloomsburg man allegedly struggled with authorities
BLOOMSBURG — A man allegedly pulled a knife on another man during an early-morning street fight Friday outside a...
Montour County alters addresses, rendering driveway stone inaccurate
Press Enterprise Managing Editor VALLEY TWP. — About eight years ago, Bob Culver decided he wanted to do something to...
Solicitor defends discussion of manager ordinance
BLOOMSBURG — A candidate for town council says officials violated the law when they used an email chain to hash out the...
Governor warns Category 4 storm will be ‘a very major disaster’
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Harvey began moving into Texas late Friday, bringing the fierce winds and...
August 25, 2017
Official: Berwick manager likely to lose job after election
BERWICK — A proposal to give one borough employee a nearly $40,000 severance package in the event that she’s fired...
Classrooms still need tweaking as turf delay transfers football game
DANVILLE — New science classrooms and the entrance to Danville Area High School won’t be ready for the start of the...
$200G winner pops up at Berwick supermarket
CATAWISSA — Someone purchased a Powerball lottery ticket worth $2 million at a gas station here. Fresh-N Quik sold the...
Driver, 22, pleads guilty in fracas, is fined
BERWICK — A road-rage incident ended in a handshake when the two men involved met again in district court recently. In...
Bloomsburg men travel with telescope to Tennessee for heavenly event
For the Press Enterprise My chess buddy Gordy Clapp called me last Sunday morning: “We have to talk after church,” he...
August 24, 2017
Fire chief: Gas cylinder explodes at Berwick-area plant
SALEM TWP. —A Western International Gas and Cylinder employee was injured Wednesday when a gas cylinder exploded, the...
Parent Smucker’s dropping brands, local production
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Big Heart Pet Brands will cut 90 jobs at its factory here due to a decrease in production, a...
Starting next year, system won’t sell or stock sweetened beverages in its buildings
DANVILLE — Soda and other sugary beverages will no longer be stocked in vending machines or served in cafeterias and...
Largest local chunk, $200G, will pay to resurface track at Danville schools, and open it to community
DANVILLE — In a first for Geisinger, the health system is handing out $1 million in grants to non-profit groups in 43...
A regular, Aretha Franklin expects no stares, selfies from staff
BLOOMSBURG — The breakfast shift at McDonald’s included a visit from music royalty when the Queen of Soul stepped off...
August 23, 2017
Angry over court order, ex-husband allegedly called FBI with threats
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — An irate township man allegedly called the FBI twice threatening to kill Columbia County Judge Gary...
Some high school fans can follow the games online; Berwick in limbo
BLOOMSBURG — It appears unlikely WHLM Radio will broadcast any high school football games during the 2017 season after...
Police: Woman, 19, found face down in road led to charges against Danville parent
MAHONING TWP. — A 19-year-old woman found face down in the middle of Red Lane led officers to a Danville woman who...
Berwick man accused of pointing firearm at PennDOT worker
BERWICK — A man accused of pointing a gun at a PennDOT worker had one charge dismissed recently, but he’ll still face a...
August 22, 2017
Danville-area convenience hub will add coolers, wide selection of brews
MAHONING TWP. — The busy Sheetz store here was granted permission Monday to sell beer and wine. It will be the first...
BU bookstore, eatery open; $60M project needs finishing touches
BLOOMSBURG — The first students moved into the new David L. Soltz Hall at Bloomsburg University on Monday, but it will...
Shick-area passenger accused of tampering with drug evidence
MIFFLINVILLE — A passenger in a car told police he started eating as much marijuana as he could choke down after...
Ex-Catawissa resident admits ‘spice’ charges, vows to stay clean
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A Berwick woman who had to be revived from two “zombie drug” overdoses in two...