Press Enterprise Archives

August 19, 2019
Bloom forum advances plan for pedestrian thoroughfare
BLOOMSBURG — The long-anticipated Miller Avenue improvement project took another step toward completion, as members of...
Advocate says Mocanaqua feeding ban is wrong answer to curb strays
MOCANAQUA — Officials here are taking action to curb the area’s feral cat problem, but an advocate for strays says the...
Bloomsburg-area man allegedly put 7-year-old passenger at risk
MONTOUR TWP. — A man who was seen fishing with a 7-year-old child in his small boat after drinking “a few beers” was...
Hazleton man badly injured would-be peacemaker
BLOOMSBURG — A Hazleton man was sentenced to state prison for nine to 24 months for throwing what witnesses described...
ORANGEVILLE — Police pulled over a teen’s car on a July afternoon and found a rifle, knives, scattered.22-caliber...
August 18, 2019
Man allegedly vowed to find and kill technician over power shutoff
MADISON TWP. — A man allegedly threatened to kill a PPL technician after the worker disconnected electrical service to...
Court will decide ownership dispute over Berwick shop
BERWICK — Scicchitano’s Pizza reopened this past week despite a legal fight over ownership of the restaurant. The...
Prison nurse’s rolling restaurant makes 300+ sandwiches a week
DANVILLE — Lottie Neiswender’s phone rang on a recent afternoon, shortly after she opened her Grilled Cheese Cafe 2...
Suspect’s son was in intensive care at GMC
MAHONING TWP. — A Lewistown man went to his son’s room at Geisinger’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at about 4 a.m. on...
BUCKHORN — A Burger King worker suspected a driver ordering at the drive-thru was intoxicated and called police,...
August 17, 2019
Philadelphia man also admits to felony trespass in coed beating
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University basketball player pleaded guilty to felony trespass and simple assault for...
Incoming BU frosh got hooked on roping as a Central student
ORANGEVILLE — When Mackenzie Fish was 15 she told her parents she wanted to start learning trick roping; they thought...
BERWICK — The borough’s emergency management coordinator, Greg Harkins, says a rotten smell that wafted over Berwick...
Federal funds helped oust eyesores, build energy-efficient homes
BERWICK — After 15 years, 18 demolitions and 24 new homes, Berwick’s neighborhood revitalization project on the West...
Authorities: Motorist hit road sign and ditch
SUGARLOAF TWP. — Authorities say a Benton man blamed a deer after he veered off Central Road, hitting a speed limit...
August 16, 2019
Tots’ dad demanded additional cash from disabled victim and wife, authorities say
BERWICK — A Berwick man barged into a home Aug. 4 and demanded money from a couple who had given him $50 earlier that...
Rain inundates Berwick area
BERWICK — A popup thunderstorm sent up to 5 inches of water crashing down on Berwick and the surrounding area in just...
Berwick authorities: Pair found with crystal meth
BERWICK — Two people seen briefly stopping at a house in the 500 block of Pine Street, which Berwick police had been...
Mifflinville drunken driver ousted from program
BLOOMSBURG — A drug offender who sold meth to a narcotics agent was sentenced Thursday into a long-term treatment...
Catawissa council appoints 78-year-old to finish late leader’s term
CATAWISSA — Jeff Achy loves Catawissa. He just wishes he could turn back the clock a few decades to a time when the...
August 15, 2019
Police: Berwick suspect was kicked out of movie theater
SCOTT TWP. — A Berwick teen pulled a knife on two younger boys at the movie theater because he believed they were...
Shamokin Dam native trains for pilot’s license at Bloomsburg airport
BLOOMSBURG — A NASA engineer and aspiring astronaut is earning her wings at the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport before...
Administrator says he’ll exit in 2020
BERWICK — Superintendent Wayne Brookhart will be retiring at the end of next summer, before school starts, he announced...
Defendant to face false report, other charges in court
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man accused of falsely reporting that an intoxicated man was threatening people with a gun at...
Bloomsburg resident allegedly harassed infant’s mom
BLOOMSBURG — A town man was arrested for threatening to cut a woman’s infant a day after he was cited for harassing the...
August 14, 2019
Proposal may allow more homes, farming in two rural townships
DANVILLE — Proposed zoning changes in two townships may pave the way for more homes or farming in northern Montour...
DANVILLE — Luzerne County Community College plans to open a learning center at the former Watsontown Elementary School...
Supers vote to advertise energy-business rules at stormy meeting
SALEM TWP. — A proposed new ordinance would allow solar farms in agricultural and commercial areas here, just in time...
Two women accused of concealing prison contraband in bodies
BLOOMSBURG — Two women are accused of smuggling drugs inside their vaginas into the Columbia County Prison recently....
$400G more in spending expected over last year, agency chief says, with higher expenses to come
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County Children & Youth Services (C & Y) told County Commissioners Thursday that the...
Officials: Bus parking would link more students to downtown
BLOOMSBURG — A proposed university shuttle stop that aims to connect students with the downtown will eliminate three...
August 13, 2019
Bloom man blames drug use for break-in, thefts in two counties
BLOOMSBURG — A town man who went on a drug-driven crime spree in two counties last fall will spend 15 to 72 months in...
Cops: Bloom woman allowed homeless ex to stay at her place
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman told police she was afraid to go back into her apartment last Friday afternoon after a...
New Bloomsburg playing turf will bear name of legend John Babb
BLOOMSBURG — A lifetime of memories came flooding back to 89-year-old Bloomsburg baseball legend John Babb as he...
Lawman sworn in
BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg’s new police chief was sworn in at Monday night’s council meeting amid applause and praise for...
Coroner: Tractor rolled while plowing
DERRS — A 79-year-old man died Monday afternoon while plowing with a farm tractor in a remote field. Ronald...
August 12, 2019
Woman charged with endangering child by poor dental, medical care
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick woman is facing child abuse charges after she failed to take a child in her care to the...
Cops: Victim choked, had cash, pills stolen after air conditioner pushed into window
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick man broke into another man’s home, strangling and kicking the victim before stealing $20...
Popular rolling eatery finds permanent home in downtown Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A wildly popular Mexican food truck is bringing its fresh fare to a brick-and-mortar building downtown...
BERWICK — A Wapwallopen man was caught on surveillance video stealing a large screen TV and a lawn mower, police said...
False report of threats at Berwick park posed risk to officers, public and a man who matched fake description, police say
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man falsely reported to police that an intoxicated person was at the Test Track Park threatening...
August 11, 2019
Man allegedly sent explicit images of woman to her Berwick employer
BERWICK — A man is accused of sending his ex’s co-workers sexually explicit videos of her after she refused to...
Pride Picnic at Knoebels greets 25th year, world of changes
ELYSBURG —When the Pride Picnic at Knoebels started 25 years ago, it was only a small gathering of a few gay friends....
Woman, teen beau allegedly took clothes, condoms in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A Hunlock Creek woman and her teenage boyfriend broke into two apartments on West Main Street, taking...
Attack by 38-year-old caught on surveillance video, police say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick man was caught on camera getting out of his truck and then punching a 15-year-old until a...
August 10, 2019
SCOTT TWP. — A man who saw news about a friend getting busted for dealing drugs at Sheetz on the social media site...
Homeless pair injured in Berwick melee, authorities report
BRIAR CREEK — A homeless teen with a knife attacked another vagrant living inside a tent here Friday morning, resulting...
BLOOMSBURG — An Army veteran suffering from PTSD, whose behavior led to a standoff with police at his home here last...
English photographer seeks damages, claiming Catawese used image without his permission
WILLIAMSPORT — A photographer from England is suing Catawese Coach Lines, alleging the bus company used one of his...
For the Press Enterprise CONYNGHAM TWP. — A man who borrowed a rental car from another driver began dismantling it for...
August 9, 2019
Retaliation alleged as businessman plans lot expansion
MAHONING TWP. — A bus company owner and former elected supervisor is suing Mahoning Township, alleging officials...
Bloomsburg man had gun, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A suspected trafficker had two ounces of crystal meth along with other illegal drugs and a stolen handgun...
Emergency responders to have fewer radios
BLOOMSBURG — The new emergency radio system will be more reliable throughout Columbia and Montour counties, but...
BERWICK — Those traveling Orange Street on Thursday witnessed what one construction company says is the traffic control...
August 8, 2019
Berwick to review consumer rules after complaints of noise, fire risk
BERWICK — Council members said they would revisit rules for consumer fireworks after two residents showed up to...
SEKISUI near Bloom hosts 10 young workers through state program
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A new Pennsylvania internship program is enabling over 1,000 young people to participate in paid...
Man charged with theft of device at store
SCOTT TWP. — A man has been charged with theft of lost property for taking an iPhone another Sheetz customer had left...
Prosecutors: Philly man ‘fronted’ drugs to local dealers
WILLIAMSPORT — A Philadelphia man busted as part of a heroin dealing ring that distributed more than 700 grams of...
60-year-old claimed not to know alphabet, police say
SALEM TWP. — A driver pulled over for speeding was drunk and had his 12-year-old grandson in the car, police say....
August 7, 2019
Danville suspect allegedly kept and terrorized her for hours
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville man, who went to speak to his ex-girlfriend at her workplace and was turned away, hid in the...
Man trying to aid stranded driver vows to fight fine, but Bloom’s top cop defends parking penalty
BLOOMSBURG — A good Samaritan who stopped to help an older woman whose car had broken down says he was slapped with a $...
Benton resident also charged with public drunkenness in Salem incident
SALEM TWP. — A Benton man was arrested after allegedly standing on the sidewalk here exposing himself. Police say they...
Village will celebrate its history on Saturday
MIFFLINVILLE — Though only one square mile, this village holds 225 years of history. Mifflinville is celebrating its...
One woman in Berwick heroin/fentanyl arrests overhauls her manner, while testing at prison shows the other is pregnant
BERWICK — One of the two women arrested in a drug bust on Pine Street last month is pregnant, her attorney told a...
August 6, 2019
Tractor-trailer wreck injures driver, spills load, blocks Shick
SHICKSHINNY — A tractor-trailer driver was injured when he lost control of his rig on Route 11 at Furnace Street here...
Man assaulted three young girls over nine years, police say
CATAWISSA — A Bloomsburg man is accused of sexually abusing three girls — one as young as 5 years old —over a nine-year...
Berwick woman is ordered to pay fines, restitution
BLOOMSBURG — A serial shoplifter has been ordered to state prison for 18 to 72 months. Carolyn Whitmire, 57, Berwick,...
Bloom Police chief: ‘This was a cry for help’ from distraught combat vet and PTSD sufferer
BLOOMSBURG — An Army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder got into a standoff with police Sunday night...
High school principal to earn $117G in first year as superintendent
MICHAEL LESTER Press Enterprise Writer FRANKLIN TWP. — Longtime Southern Columbia teacher and principal Jim Becker...