Press Enterprise Archives

December 14, 2019
Town isn’t picking up tab for fixing heaters, daycare director complains
BLOOMSBURG — The baseboard heaters at a town-owned daycare building are being held together with duct tape and popsicle...
Former girlfriend, 51, allegedly planted two tracking devices
BLOOMSBURG — A woman paid someone $1,000 to harass another woman, going so far as to tell the person she hired to throw...
Valley Township supervisors say owner of shuttered inns isn’t communicating with them
VALLEY TWP. — The supervisors here may have to seek a warrant to inspect the condition of two closed hotels at the...
Danville-area woman hurt
VALLEY TWP. — A rural Danville woman was injured in a rollover crash Friday morning along Continental Boulevard, about...
“Ever since her husband passed away last year, Deidre has struggled to pay her bills,” a Columbia County social worker...
December 13, 2019
Salem Township solicitor says deal with fire-hall tenant violates law
SALEM TWP. — Township officials say they will stop paying for the liability insurance for the Beach Haven fire hall on...
DANVILLE — “Where are we going next?” is the most frequent question Jaewon Ryu says he’s been hearing since he became...
Numidia pair hooked on making jolly holiday appearances
NUMIDIA — This time of year gets busy for Wheeler and Shaaron Beaver. With a long, natural white beard, and a Claus-...
Sewer project to be funded with surplus, according to officials
COOPER TWP. — Cooper Township supervisors unanimously passed a 2020 budget with 12.9% more spending — dedicated to the...
Health problems, surgery and complications from surgery have taken a toll on Brandon and Carrie, a Danville-area couple...
December 12, 2019
Troopers investigate wreck being blamed on mechanical malfunction
BERWICK — Police say a mechanical malfunction appears to have caused a police cruiser to crash into two parked cars...
Donation to help needy families in Columbia, Montour counties
BLOOMSBURG — Volunteers at a local food bank scrambled Wednesday to process a donation of 96,000 eggs, which will...
Berwick driver, 41, insists collision was an accident
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman has been sentenced to state prison for 1 to 5 years for deliberately running down her...
Scott Township family selling home, widow explains
SCOTT TWP. — When the spectacular Christmas light show goes out on a Lightstreet-area home in January, it will be the...
“If I could get just a little help this holiday season, maybe next year I’ll be in a position to help someone else who...
December 11, 2019
Frat member hospitalized in spring hazing, BU says amid crackdown on Greek groups
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — A sorority here locked new members in a room last spring and forced them...
BLOOMSBURG — The death of a Bloomsburg University student who fell from a cliff behind the Crag Mansion has been...
Sign on door gives notice that CVS store will close in January
CATAWISSA — Catawissa will be left without a downtown pharmacy for the first time in over 40 years when CVS on Main...
Commissioners say increase is needed to cover pensions, possible murder trial
DANVILLE — Montour County homeowners can expect to pay about 5% more in real estate taxes under a proposed $8.8 million...
Berwick man allegedly fleeing officers claimed he parked 30 minutes before
SALEM TWP. — A Berwick driver being chased by police pulled over in his neighborhood, then claimed he’d been parked...
Some time in the 1990s the Brighter Christmas Fund received a request for help that was, at that time, a first:...
December 10, 2019
DA: Motel murder case doesn’t meet criteria for death penalty
DANVILLE — A man charged with murdering a worker at a Valley Township motel this fall will not face the death penalty,...
Blaze ruined duplex in Danville; man may be eligible for rehab
DANVILLE — A man has pleaded guilty to charges that he helped ignite a fire that destroyed a duplex last spring by...
Councilman calls $5 monthly increase ‘ridiculous;’ mayor’s vote needed to break tie
CATAWISSA — Catawissa borough council approved a rate hike Monday night that will cost residents an extra $60 per year...
Others defend modest added expenditures
MAHONING TWP. —Mahoning Township supervisors passed their 2020 budget Monday night, but not before one supervisor spoke...
When facing a crisis, the first place most of us turn is to family. They almost always do what they can. But sometimes...
December 9, 2019
Columbia officials eye technology to battle inmate smuggling schemes
BLOOMSBURG — As inmates become more clever about smuggling drugs into prison, the county is upping its technology and...
Bloom-area police chased man who allegedly stole truck
MIFFLIN TWP. — Police officers drew their weapons on a man suspected of stealing a pickup after chasing him on foot...
Geisinger scientists, including a Berwick native with a family connection, is seeking participants
SCOTT TWP. — Scientists are trying to uncover more about the genetic origins of autism through what is being described...
Cops spied suspect stumbling along Route 11
SALEM TWP. — A man seen stumbling along Route 11 in the early morning hours reportedly told police he was trying to...
Jalen is a little boy who has never really known a mother or father. He has been in the care of others since his birth...
December 8, 2019
Bloom man given chance to clear cruelty arrest from his record
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man charged with beating and abusing his dog last summer will see the animal cruelty arrest...
Federal case alleges Talen thought worker was a drug addict
WILLIAMSPORT — A man claims Talen Energy refused to hire him as a union carpenter at the Susquehanna nuclear power...
Former hot dog spot in Danville being transformed into vegan eatery
DANVILLE — In a former Mill Street diner known for its hot dogs, new owners plan to open an eatery serving plant-based...
Berwick man accused of aggravated assault, DUI
BERWICK — Police stopped a Berwick man for a traffic violation, but he sped away, only to slam into a police cruiser on...
Corrina and Brad are a young couple who were living with her parents, looking forward to getting their own place, when...
December 7, 2019
Authorities charge woman after accused provides alibi
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student told police last month she had been dragged into a car on upper campus by...
Marijuana-using man sent to cell to serve time for vehicular homicide
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man will spend up to a decade in prison for killing a man last year when he drove head-on into...
Berwick codes officer frustrated with owner of ‘unsafe’ building
BERWICK — Eight months after being notified a building overlooking Sponsler’s Park was in danger of collapsing, the...
Supervisors to talk cost-sharing move at Monday meeting
GREENWOOD TWP. — A police department in northern Columbia County plans to expand its coverage area. The Orangeville...
Nancy and Mark were thrilled when they inherited Nancy’s late grandmother’s house near Catawissa. No more rent payments...
December 6, 2019
Ethics commission: Ex-Conyngham Township figure bought lotto tickets
HARRISBURG — Former Conyngham Township supervisor and secretary Linda Tarlecki spent lavishly on scratch-off lottery...
Citation is nixed after discounted fix in Berwick
BERWICK — A citation against a Berwick councilman for his broken sidewalk was withdrawn after a contractor fixed the...
Landlords to offer ideas
CATAWISSA — Catawissa borough council slammed the brakes on its proposed rental property ordinance Thursday night after...
Judge needs time to read letters of support in child-porn case
For the Press Enterprise WILKES-BARRE — A former veteran Berwick Area school teacher and coach who pleaded guilty in...
The scarcity of public transportation in the area makes life harder for working families without a working car. No one...
December 5, 2019
Athletic complex is to be named for former football player
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University football player has become the largest donor in school history with a $10...
Authorities suspect DUI after Berwick garage is destroyed
BERWICK — A suspected drunken driving accident leveled a garage behind a North Market Street house here last week,...
BENTON—Daniel Long told Benton’s school board Wednesday he graduated from Vo-Tech in 1992, and his older daughter had...
Council to vote Monday on proposed $5 monthly increase
CATAWISSA — Borough residents may pay more for electricity next year after all. Borough council’s finance committee...
No child should ever have to witness one parent being physically abused by another. By that measure, Alanis and...
December 4, 2019
Officials: District to drop out if school goes ahead with $30M expansion
BENTON — The Benton school district is prepared to cut ties with Columbia Montour Vo-Tech after 50 years if Vo-Tech...
Recycling, policing costs behind need for increase, council members explain
BERWICK — Council here reluctantly agreed to advertise a proposed budget that would raise borough taxes about 5%. “I’m...
Bus routing, teacher parking shifted at Nescopeck Elementary
NESCOPECK — Changes to the way buses are routed and where teachers are parking appear to have cleared up the congestion...
Danville council OKs off-street parking additions at former elementary school
DANVILLE — A Danville council vote Tuesday night brought county offices slated to move to the former Danville...
“My brother is in rehab and I’m hoping this time he will get cleaned up for his children’s sake,” writes Lauren of...
December 3, 2019
Case against Geisinger says patient will need disease tests for six years
DANVILLE — An Elysburg woman will need to be monitored for a variety of diseases for six years because Geisinger failed...
School will ban groups over hazing involving alcohol, physical abuse
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University announced changes to its Greek Life system Monday...
Accessible restrooms win out over office space, officials decide
MILLVILLE — The school district here needs both more handicapped-accessible restrooms in its high school and more...
Frosty Valley must first gather clearances for project
MAHONING TWP. — Twenty small cottages and a community center will likely be added to Frosty Valley Resort, providing a...
For a working family that’s just getting by, a medical crisis can be a major setback. When complications set in, it can...
December 2, 2019
Rural Benton man allegedly fired two handguns
SUGARLOAF TWP. — A Benton man who allegedly shot and killed his wife early Sunday told police he’d been dreaming an...
Pair allegedly fled after crash
BERWICK — A father and son both wanted by authorities led police on a foot chase Oct. 27 after the motor bike they were...
114-year-old Nescopeck span may go up for sale to clear way for new one
NESCOPECK—A 114-year-old bridge here may be put up for auction come February. The bridge, which is located on Dump...
18-year-old accused of having pot, paraphernalia
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg University student caught with a small amount of marijuana and several items used to smoke it...
Janelle is haunted by loss. She was put in foster care at age 8 and became an orphan at 10 when both her parents died...
December 1, 2019
Columbia plans padded room for prisoners who may be on meth
BLOOMSBURG — Restraint chairs — such as the one connected to the recent death of a 19-year-old inmate at Columbia...
BLOOMSBURG — Since the death of Tyler Evans last June, Columbia County Prison has added a new time limit for an inmate...
Berwick contractor built without first getting zoning permission
BERWICK — A man who built an addition to a garage without first applying for a variance may have to tear it down....
District paid outside law firm $7G+ over incoming director’s document requests
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia school district paid a $160-per-hour Altoona law firm more than $7,500 over a three-...
Many a marriage has broken down under stress, and few problems cause more stress than a seriously ill child. Jeannette...