Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

November 20, 2017
Berwick cites bakery over practice that neighbors say attracts vermin
BERWICK — A truce over feeding birds between Tuzzi’s Bakery and its neighbors has come to an end. Susie Tuzzi is once...
300 pack Espy firefighters’ fundraiser
ESPY — Regina Mazur of Nescopeck was primed and eager to play Sunday’s handgun bingo games at the fire hall here. “I...
Two Danville men face charges after stolen car ran out of fuel, police say
SCOTT TWP. — Two Danville men driving in a stolen car that ran out of fuel were caught after they knocked at the door...
Numbered balls to pick winner of high-profile race, about 40 others
BLOOMSBURG — A bag of 16 numbered balls will be the deciding factor in several tied races leftover from Election Day...
Woman fined $300, given community service
BLOOMSBURG — A Benton woman who left her two kids at the movie theater here while she drove to Wilkes-Barre to see a...
November 19, 2017
Safety Light site costs taxpayers $33M so far
ALMEDIA — Before tearing down dilapidated buildings contaminated with radioactive chemicals at the Safety Light...
New salary plan for fall sports puts earnings above Bloom’s, Berwick’s
The Danville Area School District pays more than double for its fall head coaches than Bloomsburg does. Danville...
27 Central sixth-graders collect 4,629 canned items to beat record
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Central Columbia Middle School students collected 10,100 non-perishable items in a drive for local...
Rumors on social media ramp up parents’ worries, but police say there is no cause for concern
BLOOMSBURG — High school students here reported overhearing a possible threat of violence Friday, prompting officials...
November 18, 2017
Tenure, season length determine wages
DANVILLE — Danville cross country coach Jeff Brandt went from making $4,702 last year to $11,036 this year. At...
Web site, app lets Columbia, Montour county residents crowd-source crime
BLOOMSBURG — Check your neighborhood for incidents, peruse a wall of wanted locals, and help police solve crimes and...
Nursing staff failed to follow orders, according to lawsuit
BERWICK — A 46-year-old man died of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from a surgery at Berwick Hospital Center, a...
Police say Buckhorn-area woman, 66, struck rig in Espy
ESPY — A minivan drifted across Route 11 Friday and crashed head-on into the cab of a tractor-trailer. Nancy Leighow’s...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A dump truck rolled onto its side at 598 Bowman’s Mill Road on Friday morning, spilling gravel into a...
November 17, 2017
Salem Township ‘targeted attack’ probed
SALEM TWP. — A gunman sprayed bullets into a family’s home early Thursday in what police called a “targeted attack.” A...
Two must pay fines, fees after admitting guilt in wildlife stunt
BLOOMSBURG — A teen who held a wild opossum captive as another man poured beer over its head has pleaded guilty to the...
Commissioners blame drugs, crime for deficit dilemma
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County property tax bills will rise by 6.4 percent in 2018 so the county can plug a $600,000...
Police: Danville-area man was picking up child
SCOTT TWP. — A convicted felon had a handgun and heroin in his possession while speeding and swerving on Route 11,...
November 16, 2017
Columbia County seeks repayment for ‘epidemic’ costs
BLOOMSBURG — Tiny Columbia County has sued some of the nation’s wealthiest pharmaceutical companies, alleging that...
Ties to Conyngham Township, Danville jeopardize $60G job
MOUNT CARMEL — A municipal worker with ties to Conyngham Township and a Danville company has been asked to resign his $...
Catawissa-area man says non-native poplar is 10th largest in Pennsylvania
CATAWISSA — This small borough had some big trees. Ken Cook knows — he measured and registered one that’s the 10th...
BUCKHORN — An early-morning restaurant customer called police saying she suspected the cook was high on drugs. When...
Espy chief says townhouse sustained smoke, water damage
SCOTT TWP. — Smoke from a dryer fire Wednesday morning filled a second-story bathroom but caused minimal damage to a...
November 15, 2017
Danville super: Labor boss urging teachers not to transport students
DANVILLE — The president of Danville’s teachers union is encouraging its members to refuse to drive special education...
‘As they were running me over, they were all laughing’
CATAWISSA — After a heated debate over whether a car had to stop for people directing traffic, the woman guiding...
Street value range between $86G and $172G, police say
LIBERTY TWP. — Authorities seized about 43 pounds of marijuana, along with some hash oil and a 9mm handgun, during yet...
Shickshinny-area man allegedly stole guns and credit cards
BERWICK — Police say tips from the public helped them catch a teen who stole guns and credit cards from at least five...
Money from state fund will help cover Bloom southwest extension
BLOOMSBURG — Some of the money energy companies pay to drill natural gas fracking wells across the state will provide a...
November 14, 2017
Madison residents split between Hemlock’s proposal and repairs
JERSEYTOWN — A proposal to disband the Madison Township Police Department and contract with neighboring Hemlock’s force...
Burst hot-water pipe wrecks Montour prothonotary HQ, chases staff
DANVILLE — A hot water pipe burst in the Montour County Courthouse over the weekend, turning the prothonotary’s office...
Berwick board says Wyoming Valley must accept some terms or deal is off
BERWICK — A split board voted Monday for the Berwick Area United Way to take the first steps toward merging with the...
Danville-area 23-year-old left bar, shot himself on borough thoroughfare, official says
DANVILLE — A Danville-area man left a bar early Monday and shot himself in the middle of Mill Street, the coroner says...
Dissenting councilman complains of BU, other ‘freeloaders’ who don’t pay fair share
BLOOMSBURG —Residents here will see an 11 percent tax increase to cover the expenses of supporting the Bloomsburg Fire...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A 16-year-old girl was flown to the hospital after her ATV skidded and she was thrown out Monday...
November 13, 2017
Borough may simplify power billing to stabilize revenue, customer costs
CATAWISSA — Through September, the borough had charged its electricity customers $62,000 less than projected in 2017....
Ex-worker sues Benton Foundry in federal court
SUGARLOAF TWP. — An ex-employee is suing the Benton Foundry, claiming he was fired for taking family leave to look...
Route 93 from Berwick to Orangeville dubbed Stuie’s memorial highway
BERWICK — The Stuart tank’s imprint on local history grew a little deeper Sunday with the dedication of a stretch of...
Man was speeding in vehicle of Catawissa woman previously revived from an overdose, officers say
NUMIDIA — Locust Township Police pulled over a speeding car with a burned-out brake light and found 21 bags of meth,...
Maine driver with suspended license charged in two accidents
SCOTT TWP. — A man in a pickup struck vehicles in two different townships while allegedly driving recklessly along...
November 12, 2017
Official of established development alliance says idea is a DRIVE to absorb over $1M
BLOOMSBURG — A newly-formed economic development group is proposing a takeover of several long-established...
Landlord, Bloom officials clash over apartment check
BLOOMSBURG — Town officials and a landlord clashed this week over a tenant’s right to refuse a routine rental...
Quick response, tenant’s work capped damage, official says
ESPY — Espy Fire Chief Ken Carey was driving home Saturday morning after a 12-hour shift at the 9-1-1 center when he...
26-year-old mother of five accused of stealing $1,200
DANVILLE — A 26-year-old accused of forging $1,212 worth of checks from her ex-boyfriend’s father said that she has...
Case blames Geisinger Health and Bloom facility
BLOOMSBURG — A man suffered painful injuries when a technician injected a substance into his forearm instead of a vein...
November 11, 2017
Former Geisinger staffer accused of DUI, endangerment
BLOOMSBURG — A local doctor is accused of recklessly endangering a patient by being drunk while supervising emergency...
Berwick vote slated for Monday evening
BERWICK — The Berwick Area United Way is considering merging with the United Way of Wyoming Valley, and both...
Hemlock Township officers could cover area
MADISON TWP. — Supervisors in Madison Township are voting this month to disband the police department in December and...
Special to the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK TWP. — For Wayne E. Strausser, the public celebrations of Veterans Day this...
November 10, 2017
Ex-first lady applauds Geisinger efforts
DANVILLE — Former First Lady and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton stressed a need for all...
Catawissa man blames actions on feral felines
BLOOMSBURG — A 73-year-old Catawissa man who dealt with “a cat problem” by feeding a feral kitten pieces of antifreeze-...
Fog couldn’t ground Veteran’s Week flight to ‘military friendly’ university
BLOOMSBURG — It was an unusual commute to school Thursday morning for two Bloomsburg University students. Catherine...
DANVILLE — A Benton woman responsible for two DUI crashes in Montour County was recently sentenced by a judge to spend...
CONYNGHAM TWP. — An Aristes man molested an 11-year-old girl several times at his home here, police say. Leonard F....
November 9, 2017
Watchdogs win contests in Conyngham Township
CONYNGHAM TWP. — Conyngham Township residents voted for big changes to their board of supervisors on Tuesday....
Bloomsburg developer mum on ‘Oz’ marquee meaning
BLOOMSBURG — Town landlord and developer Matt Zoppetti channeled his inner Picasso in the aftermath of Tuesday’s...
BLOOMSBURG — It could take two weeks until the final winner is declared in the race for Town Council here after the...
DANVILLE — Joseph Mowad, a longtime Geisinger physician, Bloomsburg University trustee and community leader, died...
Attorney General: Geisinger staffer took patient’s painkiller
MAHONING TWP. — A Geisinger doctor pretended to give Fentanyl to a patient but used it to self medicate, charges say....
November 8, 2017
Missing Bloom-area teen may be sex-ring victim, police say
MONTOUR TWP. — A Bloomsburg-area teen who went missing from New York in October may be the victim of a sex trafficking...
Challenger will work as deputy as pair awaits suit resolution
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County’s top lawman will retain his job another four years. Democrat Tim Chamberlain easily...
Early results show tie between incumbent Kreisher and DeMelfi; Bell selected for two-year seat
BLOOMSBURG — At least three of the four Bloomsburg Town Council candidates who campaigned together made the cut Tuesday...
Four challengers sweep vote, takes majority, unofficial results show
BERWICK — A new majority will be sitting at the Berwick Council table in January after a team of four challengers swept...
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania voters are giving their approval to a constitutional amendment that could eventually lead to...
Mayor casts tie-breaking vote on 6.5 percent property rate increase
DANVILLE — Danville residents will see a 6.5 percent property tax hike next year — a $47 increase to the average...
November 7, 2017
Mahoning Township police secretary alleges discrimination, retaliation
MAHONING TWP. — A township employee claims she became the victim of workplace retaliation and surveillance after she...
Valley Township residents want lights, reduced speed at troubled intersection
VALLEY TWP. — PennDOT wants to add a roundabout to make traveling safer in the area of routes 54 and 642, but most...
Alleged ambulance thief facing new charges in jail tussle
MAHONING TWP. — The man who allegedly stole an ambulance and drove it to a pharmacy in search of drugs came to court...
Pickup hit trees, road sign near Fishing Creek Township line
BENTON TWP. — A Stillwater man died early Monday when he lost control of his pickup, left Route 487 and struck a tree...
BLOOMSBURG — A man from Philadelphia accused of trying to start a riot at Block Party last spring pleaded guilty to...
November 6, 2017
DUI suspect raced on in ‘rampage’ over passengers’ pleas, officers say
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A drunken Berwick man went on a driving “rampage,” operating a pickup at speeds of more than 100...
Case alleges man racked up $40G in medical bills due to ‘ferocious’ pit bull
ANTHONY TWP. — A dog bit three bicyclists in separate attacks outside a home here, and now one victim is suing its...
Bloom 78-year-old’s disappearance a mystery after three-day hunt
MAHONING TWP. — After three days of scouring the river, the riverbank, and the surrounding trails and woods, rescuers...
No opening date set for urgent-care clinic, Geisinger official says
BRIAR CREEK — Geisinger plans to open a Careworks clinic in the Berwick area. Spokesman Joseph Stender said there is...
Bloom Fair to talk with possible replacements
BLOOMSBURG —After a “sad” showing at this year’s Bloomsburg Fair, Reithoffer’s rides will not be returning, according...
November 5, 2017
Prescriptions cut nearly in half, not to combat addiction, but to better treat pain, pharmacist says
DANVILLE — Geisinger hospitals and clinics have slashed nearly in half the number of opioid drug prescriptions written...
104-pounder loves boxing, will be only girl in Berwick gym’s tourney
BERWICK — Sophia Guerriero is 13 years old and anxious to participate in her first boxing tournament. One of her...
Berwick man: Driver has yet to be charged
BERWICK — A hit-and-run driver damaged five vehicles on East Sixth Street Oct. 29, according to the owner of one of the...
Rematch pits hauler against businessman
BERWICK — Tuesday brings a rematch for the mayor’s seat as incumbent Mayor Tim Burke faces off against former...
Appointed Dem served 14 years; woman is first to seek his badge
BLOOMSBURG — Already locked in a nearly two-year fight over sexual discrimination claims, Tim Chamberlain and Kristie...
November 4, 2017
Girl Scout alums may purchase property
HARRISBURG — Directors for the Harrisburg-based Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania voted Thursday to officially “...
Berwick landlord: Tenant paid rent late, trashed home, added to lease
BERWICK — A landlord here says she’s out hundreds of dollars in damages and other expenses thanks to a tenant she had...
BLOOMSBURG — Three men accused of mistreating an opossum at a downtown home here last weekend may have to pay over $1,...
BLOOMSBURG — Six candidates are vying for three four-year seats on Bloomsburg’s Town Council. On the Democratic ticket...
BERWICK — Seven candidates are running for four seats on the borough council here in a race that could bring a new...
November 3, 2017
Conyngham Township worker’s extra hours totaled $30G
ARISTES — A Conyngham Township secretary/treasurer hired to work 25 hours a week has been billing her employer for...
Nuptial venue is accused of plaguing other Main Township residents
MAIN TWP. — A newlywed couple and their photographer were charged with criminal trespassing after they stepped over the...
Columbia County DA won’t pursue a trial
CATAWISSA — A New York City couple caught on a cross-country trek with marijuana products worth more than $2,000 saw...
DANVILLE — Montour County’s deputy treasurer and a long-time school district business administrator will square off...
BLOOMSBURG — Two people who have already sat at the council table here are running to chair the seven-person board and...
November 2, 2017
Official: Man pouring beer on creature, two others will be accused of cruelty
BLOOMSBURG — By the end of the week, at least three people will be charged in an alleged case of opossum cruelty here,...
Lime Ridge mom gets home to bang, flames
LIME RIDGE —Amanda Mullins had just returned home from picking up her daughter at pre-school when she heard a bang...
DANVILLE — A man is paralyzed from the waist down due to a cardiac surgery at Geisinger Medical Center, a lawsuit...
Seven candidates agree: Keep school in Borough
NESCOPECK —About 90 Nescopeck-area residents who grilled school board candidates about the fate of their elementary...
Shop in Buckhorn plaza expected to shut down by January
BUCKHORN —Olympia Sports in the plaza next to Walmart is closing its doors. The store is sporting a banner out front...
November 1, 2017
Suit wins thousands for Christmas display from Mo. firm
BERWICK — Four years after the Berwick Christmas Boulevard was cheated out of $5,500 it paid for two lighted musical...
Fast food’s future: Bloom customers can order at kiosk, be served
BLOOMSBURG — Customers at the Bloomsburg McDonald’s will now have more than a half-dozen ordering options when the new...
Other athletes may miss playoff game
SCOTT TWP. — A small underage drinking party broken up by police last Friday could have playoff implications for one...
50 citizens turn out to back replacement called ‘Bloomsburg Lights Up The Night’
BLOOMSBURG — A group of volunteers led by Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. has flipped the switch on the annual parade ushering...
Police wound driver, who shouted in Arabic near WTC memorial
NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World...
October 31, 2017
BU student’s party images draw backlash, abuse claims
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University sophomore used social media to share video images showing a group of young men...
Alleged stabber is still locked up after accuser says he doesn’t recall any knife assault
BERWICK — Police here withdrew an attempted homicide charge against a man Monday after his alleged victim said he didn’...
Philosophy instructor in clash with organization, which denies claims
BLOOMSBURG — A handmade sign likening a student political group to white supremacists caused a stir after it was...
In exchange, Danville-area man won’t face more serious charge
MAHONING TWP. — The owner of an alleged dangerous dog blamed for attacking a woman is expected to plead guilty in court...
Danville man handled pretrial issues, helped select jury in 20-year-old case
DANVILLE — Fifteen minutes before his trial was to begin Monday morning, accused child molester Dereck Martz decided...
Organizational meeting planned today after WHLM dropped sponsorship
BLOOMSBURG — Some people are trying to revitalize the town’s Parade of Lights after WHLM decided not to sponsor the...
October 30, 2017
But BU economics profs skeptical of high rank in disposable income
BLOOMSBURG — A new study has awarded Bloomsburg top marks for low housing costs and high disposable income, but...
Cops: Teen distracted Bloom victim while pals stole dirt bike
BLOOMSBURG — A Milton woman allegedly stole a handgun out of a man’s pants and then helped others steal a Kawasaki dirt...
Focusing on food helped dietitian find healthy size
BERWICK — A brewery serving pizza and fried cheese curds might not be the site you’d expect for a launch party...
Woman charged with possesion with intent to sell, DUI
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — When a Berwick woman was pulled over by police for an expired inspection sticker, she admitted “...
Bloom motorist had suspended license, police say
BUCKHORN — A Bloomsburg man with a suspended driver’s license was arrested for drunken driving twice over an 18-day...
October 29, 2017
Ralpho leaders swap Marines for military mix
ELYSBURG — A Marines veteran group is upset that its color guard will no longer lead the annual All Home Days parade...
Mayor: Flood robbed quarter of properties, population
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — The historic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 already has changed...
Officials: Rural Orangeville woman in fair condition after Subaru snapped pole, slid into building, ignited
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — An Orange Township woman’s car swerved off Route 93 here, snapped through a utility pole, rolled...
Florida teen and man allegedly stole truck in New York
BUCKHORN — A teen runaway driving a stolen pickup led police on a 25-mile chase through three counties Friday after...
Suspect allegedly endangered teen passengers
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman is charged with endangering two teens by “driving crazy” while high on meth after picking...
October 28, 2017
Station blames ad boycott for parade’s lost sponsorship
BLOOMSBURG — WHLM has cancelled the annual holiday Parade of Lights, blaming the decision on an advertising boycott...
Teacher surprised in South Centre Township
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A routine fire safety seminar left Melanie LaFrenier in tears Friday when a guest firefighter...
BLOOMSBURG — A 22-year-old Bloomsburg University football player was arrested Friday morning on charges he sold cocaine...
Authorities allege mother sold items online
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A Berwick mother and son were charged in connection with the theft of nearly $...
Nescopeck man, Berwick woman hit jackpots in a lucrative September
A $30 lottery ticket turned out to be worth $3 million for one Nescopeck man, records show. Christopher Alexander...
October 27, 2017
Dollar Tree staffer allegedly sabotaged computers, set fire
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Dollar Tree employee who allegedly started a fire inside the building last month told police he “just...
Bloomsburg Airport hosts flight-safety demonstration using Barany Chair
Who needs amusement park thrill rides when you can experience the stomach-churning excitement of... the Barany Chair!...
Judge tells suspect to stop sending handwritten filings
BLOOMSBURG — A court has set the trial date for accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin for next spring. But in the...
Woman told authorities she’d escaped from a dark-skinned man who entered back door
BUCKHORN — Police are investigating a report of a man who broke into a woman’s house and removed her pants before she...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monarch butterflies, those delicate symbols of spring and summer, should mostly be in Texas by now,...
October 26, 2017
Bloomsburg officials pause project due to developer duel
BLOOMSBURG — Town officials won’t allow student housing to be built at a downtown lot until ex-business partners...
Low-income folks fight stereotypes
BLOOMSBURG — Erwin Raymer says he earns “a decent wage” while working as much overtime as he can get at K-Fab Inc. to...
Police: Elysburg driver, 76, mistakenly hit accelerator
ELYSBURG — Christina Ferdock was working at the Dollar General checkout Wednesday when the customer she was helping...
Chief financial officer: Another symposium speaker served Bush
DANVILLE — Connie Kuziak faced a high-ranking Geisinger executive Wednesday, suggesting the health system’s upcoming...
Elysburg woman also accused of pickup crash
CLEVELAND TWP. — A man was driving to pick up his daughter when he spotted his intoxicated wife behind the wheel of...
October 25, 2017
Boosters ‘confused’ by director’s challenge
BERWICK — Officers of the 12th Man football booster club say their group is carrying out its mission to help students,...
An internal audit last May found that none of Berwick’s booster clubs had complied with school district policies, but...
No schoolkids in vehicle during collision on Route 54 at Route 642 near Danville
VALLEY TWP. — Four people were sent to a hospital Tuesday when an SUV for schoolchildren and a car collided on Route 54...
Berlins again win OK to lease ranch house in rural Briar Creek
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A second attempt to stop the Berlin family from renting out a ranch house on the historic Woodin/...
Researchers looking for 10,000 women, from 65 to 75, to volunteer for project
DANVILLE — Can a simple blood test detect common types of cancer? Geisinger wants to find out. To do so, it needs 10...
Blast was Monday, body found in woods Tuesday, investigators say
FAIRMOUNT TWP. —A Shickshinny-area man was killed by the explosion of a homemade device Monday, State Police say. John...
October 24, 2017
Cops: Patient crashed at CVS, sought drugs
MAHONING TWP. — A Geisinger patient took off in an ambulance parked outside the emergency department and struck two...
Scott denied zoning permit, but ground is being moved at complex
SCOTT TWP. — The Lion’s Gate apartment complex may be adding a new building. A zoning permit application was submitted...
Tempers flare again over hotly debated chain of authority
BLOOMSBURG — Despite continued discord over an ordinance that requires the town manager to answer to the mayor instead...
Berwick woman accused of misusing podiatrist’s prescription pad will face charges in county court
BERWICK — A woman accused of forging prescriptions at the doctor’s office where she once worked smiled Monday as she...
October 23, 2017
GHP among insurers seeing bigger rate jumps for 2018, Pa. official says
From staff and wire reports HARRISBURG — The Trump administration is being blamed by a state insurance official for...
He sought estimate on his own as debate over span continues
ELYSBURG — Unhappy with county officials’ preference to remove a condemned, one-lane bridge just south of Three Ponds...
Pit bull left Pomeranian needing 50+ stitches, Berwick woman says
BERWICK — A Berwick woman says a pit bull attacked her elderly parents’ dog while she was walking it along with her own...
Berwick man admits fondling 7-year-old girl
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life after pleading guilty to charges...
BUCKHORN — An angry driver flashed a handgun at another motorist in an apparent road-rage incident on Mall Boulevard,...
October 22, 2017
Contractor took cash, took off, Nescopeck-area man says
NESCOPECK TWP. — A homeowner says he paid thousands of dollars to a home-improvement contractor who took the money but...
Two flee flames; electrical flaw is suspected cause, fire officials say
BERWICK — A fire that tore through a small home on Chestnut Street Saturday night was likely started by an electrical...
Surplus Outlet hosts ‘crazy’ idea to benefit Berwick Youth Football
BRIAR CREEK — When Surplus Outlet manager Michael Foreman got a call about hosting a “Supermarket Sweep”-style...
Benton man accused of resisting arrest in Berwick
BERWICK — A Benton man was locked up Friday night after allegedly crashing his car into two parked vehicles while...
Nescopeck’s efforts to save Cooper House hit wall
NESCOPECK — The landmark Cooper House is once again in the path of a wrecking ball. To help preservationists, the...