Press Enterprise 30 Day Archive

August 13, 2018
Berwick settles fuss after confusion over directing traffic in Briar Creek
BERWICK — Council members had to step in when volunteer fire police directing traffic at a motorcycle run accidentally...
Driver injured in what neighbors say is third pig truck to wreck on Route 42 Narrows
MONTOUR TWP. — A tractor trailer hauling 168 pigs overturned down an embankment, injuring the driver and setting...
Head Start moving to former Berwick elementary; offices eyed for building
BERWICK — The former 14th Street School will once again be an educational facility; the Head Start program for...
48-year-old stopped at 6:13 p.m.
BERWICK — A Shickshinny man driving erratically had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit, police said....
Bloom biker’s injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening, officer says
BLOOMSBURG —A motorcyclist hit the back of a car stuck in slow-moving traffic at a traffic light here Sunday, police...
August 12, 2018
Court records: Berwick officer disciplined after probe of alleged affairs
BERWICK — Testimony in the recent federal trial of a Berwick heroin dealer focused nearly as much on the alleged...
WILLIAMSPORT — A federal jury recently found a Berwick man guilty of intending to sell 280 bags of heroin he bought in...
Customer: ID thief ordered $800 iPad
LIME RIDGE — For Marialana Lenhart, Walmart’s website has often given her an easy way to place orders she then picks up...
Bloom woman’s sons allegedly strayed into street
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman, who police say was under the influence of methadone, allowed her two sons, ages...
Pastor of church in Riverside forced to have towering ash taken down
RIVERSIDE — A colossal ash tree that predates the borough by a century and likely started to grow when Benjamin...
August 11, 2018
Riverside couple: Benton-area man took $18G for work he never did, failed to repay the sum
RIVERSIDE — Randy Strouse and his wife hired an acquaintance to remodel the kitchen in their home, but the contractor...
Official: Town plans to add bulb-out
BLOOMSBURG —As a PPL contractor’s crew began packing up their equipment on Iron Street Thursday afternoon, Deb Brennan...
Neighbors complain about dust and trash from plant
BERWICK — Council members vowed to file a lawsuit if Wise Foods, Inc. doesn’t fix its alleged property maintenance...
HETLERVILLE — A man claims he talked to an angel for advice about where he could score crystal meth, and the angel...
Judge sends resisting arrest, aggravated assault charges to court
BERWICK — A man accused of attacking police officers and medics who revived him after an alleged overdose may have been...
August 10, 2018
Authorities: Elysburg staffer swapped saline for fentanyl
DANVILLE — A cardiac invasive specialist at Geisinger replaced a vial of fentanyl with saline, then administered the...
Townhouses, cottages considered for Mahoning Township resort
MAHONING TWP. — The group that purchased the former Frosty Valley Country Club wants to build upscale townhouses and...
Nescopeck man given probation after assault
DANVILLE — A man choked his girlfriend and demanded the password to her phone because he suspected her of talking to...
BERWICK — A Nescopeck man who made a left turn onto a one-way street, traveling in the wrong direction, was high,...
Police say patron on parole ranted, claimed to own business
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick man with a history of making threats was arrested after he told bar staff he was going...
August 9, 2018
Rural Stillwater couple summons firefighters from jobs
BENTON TWP. — A rural Stillwater couple lost 20 years of artwork and tens of thousands of dollars in supplies when a...
Jackson Township resident sends assault and weapon case to Columbia County court
BLOOMSBURG — A transgender woman arrested for pepper spraying another woman outside Good Old Days says her gender...
MAHONING TWP. — An $8,000 thermal imaging camera disappeared from a fire scene last week, and the fire chief believes...
Northumberland County: Closing Elysburg spot saves $9G
ELYSBURG — Senior citizens who frequent Elysburg’s senior center will have to find a new place to socialize after Sept...
VALLEY TWP. — A Williamsport woman and a Philadelphia man had 100 bags of crack cocaine in their car during a traffic...
August 8, 2018
Local farmers say they’re suffering on front line of Trump tarriff battle
For the Press Enterprise NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Dave and Delroy Artman collected more than $10 a bushel for their last...
Geisinger says it will investigate claims of injury to woman, 26
DANVILLE — A 26-year-old woman was injured during surgery to remove her gallbladder when a Geisinger surgeon cut her...
Impact shoves truck up embankment, into Danville-area cemetery
VALLEY TWP. — A man lost control of his Ford Mustang GT during a rainstorm Tuesday and collided with a pickup hauling a...
Man allegedly also punched girlfriend in face
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick man allegedly pushed his girlfriend down the stairs and punched her, then fled....
Company’s safety system held down flames with mist, chief says
SALEM TWP. — Firefighters from nine municipalities rushed to Western International Gas Tuesday when “a couple” of...
August 7, 2018
Robbers use pizza ruse to burst into Bloom home, steal hundreds in cash
BLOOMSBURG — A fake pizza delivery driver and two armed men forced their way into a home early Monday and tied up the...
Owner pleads guilty to bilking customers; has given back $14G
DANVILLE — The owner of a failed furniture business in Valley Township pleaded guilty to theft in court here Monday for...
Berwick woman has shot to clear record
DANVILLE — Probation was ordered Monday for a Berwick woman who reacted to her firing from the Geisinger Health System...
Bloom suspect pestered clerk, made noise at motel, charges say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Police were called three times in three separate incidents in one day to deal with a Bloomsburg man...
Berwick suspect charged with having heroin and syringe
BERWICK — A Berwick woman who was hiding in a bathroom when officers arrived to serve a warrant was in possession of a...
August 6, 2018
Bloom shop owners lament unfriendly business climate
BLOOMSBURG — A year-long fight over a shade tree has a couple lamenting the unfriendly business atmosphere created by...
Impact slammed small vehicle against neighbor’s home, injuring driver
VALLEY TWP. — John Hack was just settling down to watch a NASCAR race on TV Sunday afternoon when a feed truck carrying...
Revived user tried to hit, bite cop, EMT, charges say
BERWICK — A man allegedly spit and vomited in the faces of a police officer and EMT when he was revived from a drug...
Son, 5, allegedly in car during attack
BERWICK — A Berwick man attempted to stab his estranged wife’s boyfriend in the front passenger seat of her car on June...
August 5, 2018
Crews manage to contain flames in crowded Bloom block
BLOOMSBURG — Fire tore through a house Saturday morning, leaving a couple and their two children at least temporarily...
Berwick man accused of defying ban at job zones
BERWICK — After being warned by police to stay out of a construction site, a Berwick man showed up at another...
BLOOMSBURG — The fire at 712 Poplar St. knocked out power to 1,225 people, but PPL was able to restore electricity to...
Paxinos man is among 54 in area who scored $61,300 in June games
A player from Paxinos won two lottery prizes totaling $5,000 in June, records show. Robert Koons was playing Evening...
Rural resident accused of firing handgun during argument
MADISON TWP. — A Madison Township man was charged with making terroristic threats for threatening to shoot two people...
August 4, 2018
Troopers allege they traced viewer, 31, to Bloomsburg apartment
BLOOMSBURG — A man has been jailed on charges he viewed videos of young girls engaging in sex acts with men while...
Millville-area man trades construction job for farming
For the Press Enterprise MILLVILLE — Dustan McKee was growing tired of working construction. Long days at the job...
Banned patron sentenced for harassing downtown bar worker
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man pleaded guilty Thursday to harassing an employee of a Main Street bar from which he had...
VALLEY TWP. — A judge has ruled a man must forfeit $2,339 in cash over allegations he was dealing drugs out of a motel...
Authorities: Criminal background check showed DUI conviction that prohibits firearms purchase
MILLVILLE — A Millville man who lied when filling out an application to buy a handgun is facing charges of providing a...
BERWICK — A Berwick resident attempted to break into the residence of another man who tried to have him involuntarily...
August 3, 2018
Thousands stream into Wilkes-Barre Township for rally
WILKES-BARRE — Desiree Stygar and fiancé John Murray arrived in Wilkes-Barre from their New Jersey home around 3 p.m....
Supervisor and sister sell Route 11 properties
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Township Supervisor Frank Baker and his sister Laura Baker recently sold the Patriot Inn hotel and...
DANVILLE — A man allegedly driving drunk crashed a woman’s car after taking it without permission, then called her for...
Traffic stop uncovers woman holding a wad of cash despite lacking job, authorities allege
BERWICK — An unemployed Berwick woman found holding drugs and several wads of cash stuffed inside her purse told police...
Girl allegedly accosted in park
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg Police are asking for the public’s help finding a man they say grabbed a 7-year-old girl inside...
August 2, 2018
Oklahoma man drove here with loaded gun, police say
BRIAR CREEK — An Oklahoma man was arrested here and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail for allegedly threatening...
Columbia historians display collection of 19th century ‘quack’ cures
BLOOMSBURG — Heroin and other opiates plaguing society today were widely used for medicinal purposes in the 19th...
At least five men on diocese’s list of alleged abusers
At least five Catholic priests who once served in our area are included on a list of clergy accused of sexually abusing...
Man appeals ruling against his proposed nursery for 4,800 pigs west of Bloomsburg
HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court will weigh in on the fate of a proposed hog farm west of Bloomsburg. Scott...
Workers say they also want less mandatory OT, better scheduling
BLOOMSBURG — A proposal to end a pension plan at Kawneer has become a major sticking point as members of the United...
Arconic Inc., parent company of Kawneer, announced Tuesday that it’s hoping to sell its building and construction unit...
August 1, 2018
Bloom resident charged with posing as firefighter and seeking donations
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man wearing firefighter’s pants and flashing an ID went door-to-door soliciting donations for...
Man allegedly asked for advice, then tried for sex
BLOOMSBURG — After agreeing to lend an ear to an acquaintance who claimed he had just fought with his girlfriend, a...
Borough planners OK restaurant, which would add up to 35 jobs, pending zoning OK
DANVILLE — A developer plans to open a Taco Bell at the Danville Plaza off Route 11 by the end of this year. The new...
Second firearm blast hit cabinet near teens, charges say
FISHING CREEK TWP. — The man accused of firing a shotgun and hitting a cabinet right behind two teens was arguing with...
July 31, 2018
Benton man, 29, failed to pull over for officer and wrecked on Route 11 curve, police say
BRIAR CREEK — A 29-year-old motorcyclist and expectant father died Sunday after he failed to pull over for a police...
As judge, waitress and registrar, she has helped run rural attraction for 80 years
WASHINGTONVILLE — Ruth Amacher, 96, has been volunteering at the Montour-DeLong Community Fair ever since it started...
Man banned from dad’s home jailed; bail set at $10,000
SCOTT TWP. — A Scott Township man, banned from his father’s home under a protective court order, was locked up Monday...
Father blames drugs for rift after recent reunion
BERWICK — After some 30 years of only limited contact with his son, William A. Kessler says he welcomed the young man...
July 30, 2018
Wolff says taxes hurt farmers, jobs; Meuser backs Trump trade policies
MILLVILLE — Longtime farmer Denny Wolff was a bit alarmed to receive a recent check in the mail for milk sales...
Nescopeck suspect in truck and tool case allegedly had stolen credit card
BERWICK — A Nescopeck man who was arrested for stealing a truck and tools was also charged with having stolen a credit...
Owner aims to open in August, more than four years after Danville fire
DANVILLE — BJ’s Steak and Rib House is aiming to reopen by late August, and customers can expect dishes like wood-fired...
Some schools start offering salary sharing in lieu of loans
MONTPELIER, Vt. — As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an...
July 29, 2018
Columbia official investigated four suspected drug victims in three days
BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia County coroner’s office investigated four suspected drug overdose deaths in a span of three...
Granddaughter steps up to learn family trade from local founder
BLOOMSBURG — Dean Kriner recently turned 80 and is in his 58th year as a funeral director, but he still puts in 12 to...
Stillwater suspect allegedly attempted to conceal evidence
FISHING CREEK TWP. — A man allegedly fired a shotgun at a kitchen cabinet directly behind a table where two teens were...
Woman will be sentenced after guilty pleas in arrests
BLOOMSBURG — The co-owner of a popular restaurant and bar in Berwick is facing a minimum of 90 days in jail for...
When the Bloomsburg Nationals Car Show opens its gates Friday, Aug. 10, for a three-day meet, there will be two very...
July 28, 2018
Arrests include three women charged with robbing man on Christmas Eve
BERWICK — Eight people were arrested for various crimes Friday during a warrant sweep here, including three women who...
Commission orders cuts for customers
HARRISBURG — Thanks to last year’s federal tax reform, you should start seeing savings on some of your utility bills...
Defenders want evidence suppressed from search of Berwick house where meth, heroin were allegedly being sold
BLOOMSBURG — Defense lawyers want to suppress evidence seized from a suspected drug house in Berwick, claiming a judge...
Defendant spent time in rehab after arrest
BLOOMSBURG — A former Bloomsburg University student who admitted viewing child pornography was sentenced to two years...
July 27, 2018
Woman crashed near Weis in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — A woman from Drums died from injuries suffered in a crash Wednesday morning at East Fifth and Spruce...
Resident skipped sleep to keep eye on Fishing Creek
BLOOMSBURG — Charlotte Knorr of West First Street didn’t go to bed Wednesday night. She spent the evening and most of...
In Bloomsburg, the Susquehanna River crested at 16.06 feet at 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather...
Mayor admits better information exchange with Talen Energy needed
WASHINGTONVILLE —After the latest flood here, the borough mayor and residents are suggesting emergency alerts need to...
Staffers ready Elysburg park to open today
For the Press Enterprise ELYSBURG — For the last 21 years, Karl Hoffman of York has gone to Knoebels Amusement Resort...
Zoning variance sought, public meetings set for fast-food spot off Route 11
DANVILLE — A developer wants to build a Taco Bell fast-food restaurant at the Danville Plaza off Route 11, records show...
July 26, 2018
Rescuers pull 10 to safety
LOCUST TWP. — Rescuers here plucked 10 people from rising water early Wednesday after Roaring Creek trapped five people...
BLOOMSBURG — In ways big and small, the town braced for a serious flood Wednesday. In Bloomsburg’s west end, residents...
HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP — A large portion of a saturated mountain beside Little Fishing Creek gave way Wednesday, dropping...
BERWICK — Despite curveballs from Mother Nature, the state Little League tournament at Ber-Vaughn Park is going on as...
Cops: Driver hit minivan, tree on Weis property
BLOOMSBURG — A woman was critically injured when her SUV hit a minivan and slammed into a tree at the intersection of...
About 150 staffers clean up in Elysburg
ELYSBURG —Knoebels Amusement Resort will remain closed today due to floodwaters from this week’s heavy rainfall....
July 25, 2018
Montour super charged with looting former employer’s laundry machines
BLOOMSBURG — A Montour Township supervisor and Democratic Party activist stole money from his former employer by...
Man facing 13 to 32 years blames drugs, apologizes
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man was sentenced Tuesday to state prison for 13 to 32 years for a kidnapping and robbery last...
Minor overflow expected, but conditions could change, forecasters say
BLOOMSBURG — The National Weather Service says the Susquehanna River is going to flood in Bloomsburg and Danville on...
Borough eyes law to control strays
CATAWISSA — An anonymous donor has contributed money to the borough to neuter feral and stray cats to help control the...
Bloom man trapped in vehicle, critically injured in Jerseytown collision
JERSEYTOWN —A car ran through a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle here, trapping the driver of the other car...
July 24, 2018
With more rain on way, Knoebels readies for trouble
A stalled weather system funneling moist air from the tropics has dumped nearly five inches of rain here in the last...
Pact would not pay Mahoning police secretary, official says
MAHONING TWP. — Supervisors voted to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by their longtime police secretary, but...
Accuser said she was assaulted by man met on adult hookup site, according to charges
VALLEY TWP. — A woman told police that a man she met through an adult website had raped her in a Danville-area hotel,...
HARRISBUR — An appeals court has ruled that Pennsylvania’s religious freedom law needs to be considered more fully in a...
Systems can also be programmed to detect types of weapons
LOCKPORT, N.Y. — The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is...
July 23, 2018
Mickey Truck Body near Berwick plans to hire
SALEM TWP. — When you see a truck hauling Coca Cola or Nestle products, chances are the vehicle body was made by Mickey...
Players, parents, fans focus on the game at Ber-Vaughn tourney
BRIAR CREEK — Sunday kicked off the start of the Little League State Tournament in Ber-Vaughn park, and for the parents...
Police: Man said he’d put bullet in woman’s head over breakup
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man grabbed a gun and threatened to “put a bullet” in his girlfriend’s head when she told him...
After 20 years, woman shares story of brutal gang rape to help survivors
SUGARLOAF (AP) — Colleen Cavallo was 14 years old when she went to a party at a house blocks from her home where five...
Sock full of syringes found in car at drug hot spot, cops say
MIFFLINVILLE — A man and woman accused of robbing a man at knife point last month now face charges of having heroin and...
July 22, 2018
Drug-use items allegedly found scant feet from the child’s bed
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man overdosed in a child’s bedroom, leaving a used syringe on the dresser and other drug use...
About a dozen ewes escape flames in North Centre blaze
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Stacks of hay inside a sheep barn caught fire Saturday afternoon, killing two rams trapped inside...
Archaeology team making sure project doesn’t ruin historic items
BLOOMSBURG —Archaeologists have been digging test spots along the proposed floodwall route here, looking for signs of...
Superintendent’s 2.5 percent hike brings salary to nearly $136G
DANVILLE — Danville Area School District gave pay raises to its superintendent and other administrators for the 2018-19...
50-year-old yelled she was being raped after scuffle, charges say
NUMIDIA — A police officer fell on top of a woman outside Palachick’s General Store during a scuffle while the officer...
July 21, 2018
Berwick super to attend meeting on plans to level field between public, private schools
BERWICK — School superintendents are set to discuss changes the PIAA can make to correct what some call unfair...
Public schools have won two-thirds of PIAA championships in the last decade, but private schools have evened the number...
Feds reveal plan for 11 properties on Drinker Street, not which ones
HEMLOCK TWP. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday it will pay $1 million for 11 flood-...
Fire chief says Berwick man should have called 8-1-1 for utility locations
BERWICK — A homeowner who was attempting to dig a foundation for a garage in his backyard ruptured a gas line, sending...
Trucker suffered minor injuries in Lime Ridge wreck, trooper says
LIME RIDGE — A tractor trailer overturned early Friday morning, shutting down an interstate off-ramp near here for...
July 20, 2018
County claims taxes from Buckhorn, Mifflinville inns have not been paid
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County claims the owner of a pair of hotels in Buckhorn and Mifflinville hasn’t paid taxes for...
Safe haven taking over former church
BERWICK — The domestic violence shelter here is moving to a new building because its old home has become too crowded,...
Device transmits animal’s details to nearby phones, keeping everyone safe
RIVERSIDE — A new device designed to locate pets can warn users if a lost dog might take off or if the animal is...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A truck struck a woman jogging near Hog’s Hollow Saloon on Thursday evening, police said. Julie...
Little League state tournament games will begin Saturday and last through week, organizers say
BERWICK — If a baseball team from Pennsylvania makes it to the Little League World Series this year, it’ll have to...
BERWICK — When Jeannie Murray learned a patron on her Books on Wheels route was turning 101, she was determined to...
July 19, 2018
Defendant blames family feud, says accuser was ‘high’
BERWICK — A man accused of helping tie up his grown son and holding him prisoner for three days says the son faked the...
Dozens spurred to defend U.S. after Helsinki press event
BLOOMSBURG — About 50 protesters gathered at the fountain here Wednesday night to protest President Donald Trump. “...
Troopers: Request led to beating for mom, grandfather
PLYMOUTH TWP. — Enraged he was asked to help clean the house, an 18-year-old knocked his mother out and beat his...
Bloomsburg man granted bail reduction
BLOOMSBURG — A man accused of pulling a knife on a passenger in a car and robbing the man of his wallet has opted to...
You can tour garden during Danville Heritage Day this weekend
DANVILLE — A family’s vast garden — with a covered bridge, a grape arbor and fish ponds spread out over a 5-acre...
July 18, 2018
Man allegedly forced SUV into ditch in road rage incident
MILLGROVE — A man used his pickup to force an SUV, carrying both his girlfriend and “soon-to-be ex-wife,” off Ringtown...
Danville attempted-murder suspect held on $250G bail
DANVILLE — A borough man stabbed another man in the back 11 times on Monday, police say. But by Tuesday, the victim —...
Owner laments lack of business at Route 11 eatery that replaced Terrapin’s Cantina
Press Enterprise Managing Editor SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Jax’s Steakhouse won’t see a second fall. The restaurant, which...
Montour County defendant says he was molested
DANVILLE — A Montour County man who admitted sexually assaulting two teenage boys over several months sobbed in court...
Husband ‘just went crazy,’ woman told police
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man grabbed his wife by the throat and threatened to kill her and her family during an outburst...
July 17, 2018
Rural residents say Verizon failures cost them money; company pledges it’s looking for a fix
MILLGROVE — Laura VanWieren of Millgrove Road says she’s not exaggerating when she reports losing tens of thousands in...
Catawissa-area couple turns small profit in first growing season
FRANKLIN TWP. — Wes Fahringer was stunned last tax season when his accountant broke the news. He and wife Dena...
Birthday party host put others at risk in fracas, charges say
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Berwick man fired a shotgun near three people early Sunday morning, after a birthday party on...
Regular won on Cash Five, store owner says
BENTON — A $1 lottery ticket paid off in a big way for a player here who won $500,000 in Friday’s Cash 5 drawing. Uni-...
Strong Industries employee caught with heroin on job, police say
POINT TWP. — A rural Danville man is accused of selling drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine while at work here...
July 16, 2018
Berwick woman vows to fight ticket; witness says intervention saved pet
BRIAR CREEK — A woman who locked her service dog in a car while she went shopping during a recent heat wave came back...
Father threatened during visitation pick-up, police say
For the Press Enterprise HUNTINGTON TWP. — A man pointed a shotgun, cocked it and threatened to shoot another man who...
Benton teachers create fun lesson plans based on Lego blocks
BENTON — Kimberly Todd didn’t know what to expect when she and two fellow teachers at L.R. Appleman Elementary came up...
Man among two sentenced to state prison terms
DANVILLE — Two admitted drug dealers are headed to state prison, including a Berwick man who will undergo an evaluation...
Arrest is woman’s third in four months, court records show
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 20-year-old Danville woman who was pulled over for a cracked windshield had 12 meth baggies, an...
July 15, 2018
Man, 26, allegedly pointed firearm at his father and brother
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 26-year-old man accused of pointing a gun at his father and brother turned himself in to...
Berwick area’s dog center up and running after five-year journey
SALEM TWP. — It took five years, but the new Berwick Area Dog Park is finally open. From sunrise to sunset, dogs of...
Admitted opioid user apologized to officers in Danville
DANVILLE — A man apologized to police when he was caught stealing Imodium AD from Weis Markets, admitting he was a...
Berwick motorist has five previous DUI arrests on his record
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man pleaded guilty to driving drunk and simple assault for drifting into two women who were...
School custodian, 58, must pay $300 plus costs
BLOOMSBURG — A school custodian from Philadelphia pleaded guilty recently to stalking a Bloomsburg University coed....