Press Enterprise Archives

July 29, 2021
Official: Fairground races spur complaints
BLOOMSBURG — A town committee will meet next month to discuss changes to the town noise ordinance after hearing...
Man: Complex’s runoff damaging neighboring Scott Township property
SCOTT TWP. — The Lions Gate apartment complex has caused repeated flooding and erosion from storm water runoff,...
Nearly 1,000 customers lost electricity for hours
BERWICK — Downtown Berwick businesses were posting signs with a common theme on Wednesday: “Closed, no power.” The...
July 28, 2021
Murdered woman’s sister: Arrest followed parents’ deaths
Russell and Sharie Parlier never gave up hope their daughter, Ashley Marie Parlier, would come home. The 21-year-old...
Trump ally says he’s praying over possible run for governor
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Republican state senator and presumed 2022 candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano told...
Benton, Millville do want coverage on buses
BENTON — Benton Area and Millville Area schools students and teachers won’t be required to wear coronavirus masks in...
Fire chief: Driver was badly hurt in Fishing Creek Township wreck
FISHING CREEK TWP. — Rescuers cut two people from their car after a pickup struck it broadside on Winding Road near the...
July 27, 2021
Suspect in murders of two local women faces Mich. warrant
An alleged serial killer awaiting trial in the brutal murders of two Columbia County women now faces a third set of...
Senior center store to reopen next month; more volunteers needed
BERWICK — The Berwick Senior Citizens Center thrift store is making a comeback. Four months after organizers announced...
Woman found guilty of killing ex to argue lawyer failed in case
BLOOMSBURG — Convicted killer Maria Sanutti-Spencer will return to Columbia County court next week to raise more issues...
25-year-old allegedly chased Shick boys into woods
SHICKSHINNY — A man charged over the weekend with branding two teens with a heated knife blade also threatened to “gut...
Vandals destroy comfort stations at Bloomsburg park
BLOOMSBURG — When Jason Starr found out that two of his portable toilets had been vandalized Saturday, he took to...
July 26, 2021
Suspect abducted Shick boys, beat, held them at knifepoint, charges say
SHICKSHINNY — A 25-year-old man kidnapped two teens at knifepoint and branded them using a heated blade Saturday night...
Home-schooled Bloom 7-year-old raises hundreds to help young readers
BLOOMSBURG — A 7-year-old, home-schooled girl sold lemonade and did extra chores so she could pay for each second-...
Man charged; cops say they found drugs in former home
BERWICK — A mother called police after allegedly hearing her son talk about the drugs he left behind at his old...
Bloomsburg woman ID’d suspect in break-in
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman captured video of a burglar who entered her apartment downtown while she was away and...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A driver stopped for doing nearly 20 mph over the speed limit had marijuana, prescription pills and...
July 25, 2021
Undercover officer spent $12G+ in six-month Columbia operation
BERWICK — A state Attorney General’s office agent went undercover as a drug dealer during a six-month investigation to...
BERWICK — Agents with the Office of the Attorney General used confidential informants in Bloomsburg and Berwick to...
Players salute mentor who shares love of game, sportsmanship
BERWICK — In 1985, a car accident crushed Mike Miller’s hopes of becoming a major league baseball player. So the man...
Officer who resigned with no explanation hired near Hazleton for about $8G more
DRUMS — Former Locust Township Police Officer Devan DeFrain, who resigned from the department under mysterious...
Bloomsburg man failed field sobriety check, tested at twice legal alcohol limit, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A suspected drunken driver allegedly told police he doesn’t drink and drive, despite the open...
July 24, 2021
Project is slated for lot on Main Street
BLOOMSBURG — As one proposed downtown park comes to a halt, another just down the street is beginning to take shape....
Zoning variance needed in Benton
BENTON — Benton borough and school officials have agreed to “play ball” and transfer ownership of a historic and...
BLOOMSBURG — A South Centre Township man pleaded guilty this week to charges involving a drunken dispute with his teen-...
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A Mifflinburg man driving a stolen car was hit with felony drug charges after police allegedly...
July 23, 2021
Lawyer questions Bloomsburg alley ownership
BLOOMSBURG — Just a day before crews were set to tear up Miller Avenue as part of a plan to turn the one-way alley into...
Berwick chief: Four cited so far
BERWICK — Berwick had its police department respond to 40 fireworks incidents over July 4 weekend, Chief Kenneth Strish...
DANVILLE — Neighbors of a proposed solar panel farm begged county commissioners to protect their properties and views...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman with a history of alcohol-related assaults earned a state prison sentence this week for...
Rebuilt section from Route 11 to Old Berwick Road to reopen soon
BLOOMSBURG — The $6.8 million reconstruction of Route 487 moved a block south on Thursday, and PennDOT expects that...
July 22, 2021
Local businesses, workers grapple with fake claims using real names
BERWICK — Mike Knorr knew something was wrong when he received the email from the state telling him his secretary at...
Website link to CDC suggestion angers foes of inoculation
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Southern Columbia Area School Board discussion this week about coronavirus safety precautions for the...
Danville man accused of risking catastrophe in alleged attempt to torch occupied trailer
DANVILLE — A Danville man accused of trying to set fire to an occupied trailer at Fisher Court waived a preliminary...
BLOOMSBURG — A town man charged with punching a police officer twice in the chest and kicking an EMT responder in the...
Police: Attackers dragged victim out of her car
BLOOMSBURG — A woman was dragged out of her car and beaten by two other women on arriving to a friend’s party, town...
July 21, 2021
Bloom Police cite about 20 truckers for getting tangled in road project
BLOOMSBURG — Pam Radel was mowing her lawn Tuesday morning at Poplar and East Ninth streets when it happened again. A...
Unanimous vote clears way for $17M project
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Columbia Montour Vo-Tech President Bob Fogarty crossed his fingers on both hands Tuesday night as...
‘She’s a lucky girl,’ witness says, noting minor injuries
SCOTT TWP. — A teenage girl rolled her car across the median on Interstate 80, glancing off an oncoming tractor-trailer...
Board president takes jab at candidate’s claims of secrecy
DANVILLE — Danville Area School Board has approved a 3% salary increase for Superintendent Ricki Boyle. The raise,...
July 20, 2021
Council denies zoning change for project as developer vows to continue court fight
BLOOMSBURG — The Town of Bloomsburg has spent over $138,000 so far on lawyers in its four-year legal war with developer...
BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg Police officers are credited with saving a man’s life after they arrived first on the scene...
Residents object to hosting street-art attraction in park
BERWICK — The Graffiti Highway won’t be coming to Test Track Park here after all. Council members decided not to...
Bloom man accused in chase admitted bringing load of marijuana from California
BLOOMSBURG — The driver of a car in which police found 75 pounds of marijuana after a high-speed chase through town...
Berwick 23-year-old admitted to corruption of minors
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who admitted he snuck a young girl into a motel to have sex with her will have to register...
July 19, 2021
Educator taking over at Greenwood Friends
MILLVILLE — Andy Jones-Wilkins and his wife, Shelly, grew familiar with Columbia County and the surrounding region...
District says quick virus tests will be available
BERWICK — If the coronavirus infection rate remains steady next school year, Berwick Area Schools students will be...
SALEM TWP. — A Nanticoke man was on drugs and had a suspended driver’s license when police caught him behind the wheel...
WILLIAMSPORT — A modular home construction company is suing another construction firm, alleging it’s owed money for its...
July 18, 2021
River Hill Meats owner grapples with pandemic, other woes
CATAWISSA — River Hill Meats butcher shop outside Catawissa has had a rough go in recent months after changing hands...
Book to chronicle triumph, tragedy of Southern’s storied program
PALMYRA — At the end of another lousy football season in 1979, the Southern Columbia High School program had an awful...
Columbia citizens may serve in Harrisburg for first time in 30 years
BLOOMSBURG — For the first time in more than 30 years, Columbia County was tapped last week for jurors to be considered...
MONTOUR TWP. — A Berwick man allegedly lied to police on Memorial Day, when he told them he had been punched in the...
July 17, 2021
Columbia County COVID-19 grants are to go to businesses, training
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County is offering $1.25 million more in COVID-19 relief grants for small businesses and “tourism...
Riders say cameraderie, tradition rank high among those in sport
BENTON — Most weekends from the end of May through the end of September, A.J. Williams competes at a rodeo. It’s been a...
Pregnant passenger hurt as unlicensed teen faces slew of charges, cops say
HEMLOCK TWP. — A New York man was jailed and his pregnant girlfriend taken to Geisinger Medical Center on Wednesday...
The Forge Pub and Eatery approved to add outdoor pavilion
BERWICK — The owners of The Forge Pub and Eatery has won the borough’s blessing to expand its outdoor seating area, a...
BLOOMSBURG — A driver with a medical marijuana card went to trial Friday in Columbia County court to challenge his DUI...
July 16, 2021
Buckhorn building to reopen in winter
BUCKHORN — Geisinger will merge three primary care clinics into one by converting its former Buckhorn Office Building...
South Centre officer is accused of threats
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A township police officer has resigned after his ex-girlfriend accused him, in a protectionfrom-...
Rain, improvements cited as residents who live around fairgrounds noted lack of mess
BLOOMSBURG — Neighbors of Bloomsburg Fairgrounds said the dust from Wednesday night’s auto races at the fairgrounds’...
Funding would come from federal, state government
HARRISBURG — The State System of Higher Education plans to use a one-time influx of cash from the federal and state...
WASHINGTONVILLE — The bank that took over the former DeLong School said it is doing all it can to ensure a responsible...