Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

March 26, 2014
Borough alleges lawman failed to turn in AR-15 assault rifle

MILLVILLE — Former Chief Ted Stout is being sued by the borough for failing to return a police-issued assault rifle and possibly other equipment, a...

Shick crew member allegedly lit blazes in Mocanaqua duplex where his family lives

MOCANAQUA — A firefighter was charged Tuesday with intentionally setting two blazes at the Italy Street double home where his family lives. Corey...

Sides in teacher talks disagree on legality of airing pact offer

DANVILLE — The leader of Danville’s teacher union accused the school board of violations for telling the public about its latest contract offer. But...

Three cited in fray at Columbia County lockup

BLOOMSBURG — A state inmate was pummeled by three fellow prisoners for using racial slurs, including the “N” word, court records show. Richard...

PennDOT says one lane may stay open during crossing fix

RIVERSIDE — One lane of the Route 54 bridge between Danville and Riverside may remain open during a railroad-crossing project, PennDOT is now saying...

Melting snow revealed old droppings despite warning, official says

BERWICK — A Berwick woman has been fined for failing to clean up dog droppings. Jillian Phillips, 1120 W. Front St., Lot 12, had been given a...

March 25, 2014
Bloom woman allegedly provided beer after son’s 17th birthday party

BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg mother allowed five teens to drink beer at her home after hosting her son’s 17th birthday party, authorities allege. Taryn...

Surveyors will visit landowners along route of proposed natural gas channel

Land surveyors plan to visit about 300 properties in nine Columbia County townships in the coming months as an energy company maps a route for a...

Parents of seriously injured girl allege family furnished booze

BLOOMSBURG — The night Jathan Allen crashed a truck full of teenagers, he and the other teens had been partying at his parents’ house, drinking booze...

Man faces trial for allegedly breaking into Danville-area Super 8 and staying for free

MAHONING TWP. — A fired employee who allegedly slipped into a Danville-area hotel and stayed several nights free of charge now faces a trial. Andrew...

Catawissa teen caught with heroin gear and pills, police say

CATAWISSA — A mother fed up with her 19-year-old son’s drug use turned him in after he stole her pain medication, charges say. “I’m sorry, but you...

Store keeps parking too many storage trailers, Hemlock says

BUCKHORN — Walmart faces nearly $4,000 in fines for repeatedly parking an excessive number of storage trailers behind its store here, according to...

March 24, 2014
Arrest likely to bar woman from first-timer’s probation deal

RUPERT — A former Berwick teacher was almost home when she was arrested for drunken driving again, six months after she tried to kill herself by...

Orangeville man used same theft method at Walmart two days in a row, court papers say

BUCKHORN — An Orangeville man may have gotten away with shoplifting at Walmart on Feb. 23, if he hadn’t tried it again Feb. 24, court papers say....

Flames spread from dryer in cellar to gut Briar Creek Township home; dog, two cats missing after blaze

BRIAR CREEK TWP. – A fire started in a dryer and raced up from the basement, destroying a home in the Briar Crest development Sunday, fire officials...

Alleged attempt to hide felony drug history leads to charges over firearms

BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg man lied about his criminal past when he filled out a form so he could buy a rifle, police said. Nashon S. Mays, 29, of 429...

Three arrested, including Danville man accused of selling dope to 15-year-old

MAHONING TWP. —Marijuana, hashish — a more potent form of pot — and more than $3,000 in drug-dealing proceeds were found during a vehicle stop on...

Tips sought on Bloom break-in

BLOOMSBURG — Burglars took a cash register and safe from Frank’s Pizza Trattoria early Tuesday. Now police are looking for anyone who may recognize...

March 23, 2014
Suspect says woman lied after he told police she stole and forged his checks

BERWICK — A man who accused a woman of stealing his checks now faces charges himself after the woman told police he asked her to do sexual favors in...

For classroom vets, total tops $100G, including benefits

DANVILLE — Even before teachers here set a strike date of April 17, the school board released figures to show how much each of them costs the...

DA: Woman wasn’t right to point weapon at man pounding on door

BENTON — The difference between when you can legally shoot someone and when you can’t is often a matter of nuance, officials told gun owners during a...

Nuns have been teaching at Catholic school for 59 years

BERWICK — Fifty-nine years after a small group of nuns came to Berwick to teach at a Catholic school, the nuns’ convent — the only one in Columbia...

Club patron allegedly brawled with several

BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Gerard P. Owens hit a man at the Berwick Golf Club, fought with his own brother in the parking lot and resisted arrest when police...

FISHING CREEK TWP. — A young woman drove off from a party after fighting with her boyfriend, struck another vehicle, then fled, police say. Officers...

March 22, 2014
Officials reported kids’ complaints too late to get blood-alcohol test, Benton chief says

BENTON — A school-bus driver will be charged with driving under the influence after an erratic trip home Wednesday with 30 students on board, records...

Berwick 85-year-old dozes off while cooking; kitchen damaged

BERWICK — A pair of good Samaritans rescued an 85-year-old man from his burning house Friday, after the man fell asleep while cooking. Tim Shires...

Five- to six-day halt predicted; stoppage to delay graduation, board president says

DANVILLE — Danville teachers are set to strike April 17. The work stoppage is expected to last five to six days, said teacher union leader Dave...

79 layoffs will cut office workforce in half

SCOTT TWP. — The Sykes call center is cutting its workforce in half after losing a major account. The Bloomsburg-area branch will continue operating...

Accused meth maker awaits child with user on house arrest

BLOOMSBURG — A soon-to-be father jailed recently on methamphetamine charges was denied a furlough Friday to see his child born next week. “I know it...

26-year-old’s car slammed into pole, then rolled, police say

UNION TWP. — A Shickshinny man died after his car went off a road north of the borough early Friday, State Police said. Raymond Perry, 26, was...

March 21, 2014
Benton student reports being taken on wrong route

BENTON — A parent says a Benton school bus driver took her child and others on a wild ride Wednesday afternoon, stopping to let off “imaginary kids”...

Officials arrest pair after finding one-pot meth operation in trailer

BRIAR CREEK — A home in Berlin’s trailer court was raided Thursday morning and authorities accuse a man and woman of operating a one-pot meth lab....

Collision killed local auctioneer

MONTOUR TWP. — A Berwick woman has been cited for pulling out in front of Kirk Williams in the crash that killed the well-known auctioneer, court...

MIFFLIN TWP. — A man stowed his meth lab in a bucket underneath the trailer he was renovating, but the paraphernalia was discovered after he failed a...

Columbia prisoner charged with burning, hitting fellow inmate

BLOOMSBURG — A female inmate at Columbia County Prison was hospitalized with serious burns after another prisoner tossed a cup of boiling water in...

DANVILLE — A Danville notary allegedly bilked 177 customers out of more than $31,000. Natalie M. Wetzel, 45, of 500 W. Mahoning St. kept most of the...

Cops: Suspect Tased into submission

BLOOMSBURG — A rural Berwick man broke down in tears in court Thursday just hours after allegedly threatening to kill himself and his estranged wife...

March 20, 2014
Ex-foster child had accused rural Benton resident

BLOOMSBURG — A rural Benton woman tearfully collapsed into the arms of family and friends Wednesday after a jury quickly cleared her of sexually...

Salem survey-results meeting turns into complaint session

SALEM TWP. — Sisters April Snyder and Ginny Crake confronted their uncle, David Kiliti, before a crowd of more than 200 on Wednesday, urging him to...

Developer’s son taken for psychological exam after incident in Scott

SCOTT TWP. — A prominent contractor’s son fired a shot into an empty bathroom during a family dispute at father Martin “Marty” Mariano’s home...

Mom’s Dutch Kitchen hopes to increase dinner crowd

VALLEY TWP. — Mom’s Dutch Kitchen has tentative approval to sell alcohol, now all it needs is a license. Valley Township supervisors gave their OK...

FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia officials are mulling a tax hike up to 19 percent to close a $1 million deficit next year. But first, voters will...

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