Press Enterprise Archives

April 7, 2020
Truckloads of dirt, police aim to rub out attraction
CENTRALIA — Graffiti Highway will soon be dead and buried. Literally. On Monday, drivers of tri-axle dump trucks...
Sekisui, Kawneer and N-plant taking steps to limit transmission
Three industries in the region announced they had seen a case of the new coronavirus at their plants. Sekisui Kydex...
News elicits groans from some on council
EDITOR'S NOTE:Commonwealth Health says it has no plans to take coronavirus patients from Hazleton. Borough Council...
Judge: ‘You don’t get to shop’ for taxpayer-funded defenders
BLOOMSBURG — A Missouri man being held in the fatal shooting of a motel worker in Valley Township last fall asked...
April 6, 2020
Police: Man, mom confined during shutdown brawled over supplies
BERWICK — A mother and son confined to their small apartment for days by the statewide coronavirus shutdown got into a...
Bloom construction wins exceptions to statewide virus shutdown
BLOOMSBURG — A critical construction project has just been given the green light to continue amid a statewide shutdown...
Coronavirus order applies to factories, offices, large facilities
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s health secretary issued new standards Sunday for cleaning large buildings that remain open...
MAHONING TWP. — A Sunbury man who was taken to Geisinger’s emergency room after cutting his head open by banging it off...
LOCUST TWP. — A man allegedly used wire to hang letters and “I Love You” teddy bears on his ex’s mailbox in violation...
April 5, 2020
Bloodied pit bull had broken bones, punctures, local shelter staffer says
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A dead dog full of puncture wounds and broken bones was dumped along the road Saturday afternoon,...
Area faith leaders juggle outreach, finances during pandemic closure
BLOOMSBURG — Local churches that can’t open their doors to the faithful for traditional worship due to the coronavirus...
Coroner: Man, 56, succumbed Saturday due to COVID-19
BERWICK — A nursing home resident who was admitted to the Berwick Hospital with coronavirus has died, according to the...
One woman sent to state prison for fentanyl; the other admits to smuggling heroin into jail
BLOOMSBURG — A woman busted last spring with 600 packets of fentanyl and heroin in a motel room in Mifflinville has...
Officials: Five homeless after blaze that began in bathroom
BRIAR CREEK —A quick-moving fire destroyed a mobile home Saturday afternoon, killing several pets and leaving five...
April 4, 2020
Three workers receiving treatment for coronavirus, company says, as it adds measures to prevent spread
BERWICK — Three employees at the Wise Foods plant here have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, the company...
Chief: First among area responders had no symptoms
SALEM TWP. — An officer with Salem Township police department is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus to hit...
Man sentenced to six to 14 years in state prison for dealing meth and heroin
BLOOMSBURG — A man who was caught with large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin a mere week after he was arrested...
BLOOMSBURG — Three men are charged with burglarizing an apartment and stealing a PlayStation gaming system that was...
April 3, 2020
Danville-area development agency granted opportunity to revitalize derelict property
VALLEY TWP. — An economic development agency has the go-ahead to try to rehabilitate a long-neglected hotel near...
Berwick Middle School art assignment was ‘clearly an oversight,’ according to principal
Press Enterprise Editor BERWICK — The instructional packets handed out to some Berwick Middle School students...
Former Walmart worker sentenced by conference call
BLOOMSBURG — A former Walmart employee who pretended to be his boss when he sent an email to the FBI threatening to...
Man sentenced in burglary faces charges elsewhere
BLOOMSBURG — A man sentenced for breaking into a house and stealing a dozen silver half dollars asked a judge Thursday...
April 2, 2020
Columbia and Montour residents traveling more than they should, according to study
Residents of Columbia and Montour counties haven’t changed their travel habits enough since the coronavirus hit the...
In Columbia County, the state reported that eight residents had tested positive for coronavirus, up one from the...
Nescopeck center, other charities ask givers to stop during virus crisis
Donations of used clothes, furniture and household appliances keep showing up in the foyer of the Hope Center, even...
Woman got order after alleged attack
CATAWISSA — A man accused of beating his ex-girlfriend in December now is charged with violating her protection-from-...
SCOTT TWP. — In what’s quickly becoming the norm, supervisors here held a meeting via video conference Wednesday...
April 1, 2020
Restrictions cancel funerals, making mourning a challenge
Gary O’Neal would have liked to hold a memorial service for his wife, Sandy, after she died March 25. But that wasn’t...
Officials want Pa. to answer queries about education
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — With school indefinitely postponed in Pennsylvania, it’s not clear how students in the hands-on...
People who die from COVID-19 can still have a traditional burial, said Joshua Allen, funeral director for Allen Funeral...
MAHONING TWP. — Township supervisors here plan to purchase thousands of dollars worth of teleconferencing equipment to...
SCOTT TWP. — A Berwick man is accused of twice having sex with a 15-year-old girl, including once in a room at the...
March 31, 2020
People flock to Graffiti Highway amid outbreak
CENTRALIA — Despite a nationwide recommendation against gatherings of more than 10 people to help stop the spread of...
System is exploring options for workers if needed in outbreak
Press Enterprise Editor BLOOMSBURG — Geisinger is considering using Bloomsburg University’s vacant resident halls as...
Council extends emergency during video conference before topic switch
BLOOMSBURG — It was a different forum, but a familiar problem. At a meeting held by video conference Monday afternoon...
More than 90 log in for school board meeting over Facebook
FRANKLIN TWP. — More than 90 people “attended” Southern Columbia’s school board meeting Monday night, not by entering...
March 30, 2020
Struggling western borough tries rebranding with new designation
BLOOMSBURG — After decades of economic depression and financial distress, the borough of Greenville needed a change. A...
Former NYC dressmaker crafts masks for local health-care workers
BLOOMSBURG—A former seamtress is using her talents to help local health-care workers. Emily Weisgerber was a...
Two more children accuse man serving state time for rape
BLOOMSBURG — Gabriel Leshko already is serving up to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting children in the...
Poorly faked inspection sticker drew attention of officers, charges say
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Catawissa man stopped for an altered inspection sticker was also charged with driving without a...
Suspect turned used plastic jug into pipe, police say
VALLEY TWP. — A man used a plastic gallon jug he found while trespassing inside the shuttered Days Inn hotel to smoke...
March 29, 2020
Southside shampoo manufacturer to make, donate hand sanitizer
CLEVELAND TWP. — High demand for cleaning products during the worldwide coronavirus crisis has inspired a local...
Case: Woman let go after absences due to ill health
WILLIAMSPORT — Suncom Industries fired a Catawissa-area woman from her job as a care worker at the non-profit’s...
Policy on ‘life-saving’ treatment eyed during COVID-19 emergency
DANVILLE — If Geisinger faces a situation of severely limited resources during the new coronavirus outbreak, it plans...
Children’s Museum, Box of Light offer online video learning
BLOOMSBURG—A new website with activities provided by local organizations could give bored youngsters a few new hobbies...
March 28, 2020
Berwick center won exception to serve essential workers
BERWICK — Daily child-care services at Berwick Area YMCA, closed two weeks ago amid coronavirus concerns, will resume...
Second virus death reported in county amid surging cases
Press Enterprise Managing Editor Luzerne County on Friday was added to the list of Pennsylvania counties under Gov....
$8,000 in damage done, Montour rec director says
MAHONING TWP. —Vandals in vehicles tore up sports fields at the Hess Recreation Area here sometime late Thursday or...
Child-endangerment charge dropped for plea
BLOOMSBURG — A man who was seen struggling to maneuver a small boat with a boy on board last summer on Fishing Creek,...
March 27, 2020
Bench help needed for soaring caseload in Columbia, Montour
HARRISBURG — If a legislative push succeeds, Columbia and Montour counties could have a third county judge on the bench...
Officials: Patient discharged into home quarantine
BERWICK — Berwick Hospital confirmed Thursday it has treated its first patient testing positive for coronavirus. That...
Bail cuts, early parole granted in nonviolent crimes to trim risk of spreading infections
BLOOMSBURG — Local prisons are hitting record-low numbers of inmates as courts look to clear space in confined housing...
Officers report finding meth, heroin, coke, pot, pills, handgun
BERWICK — Police who pulled over a car because a stuffed animal was obstructing a rear window found crystal meth,...
March 26, 2020
Wilkes-Barre-area 70-year-old first in area to succumb as infections rise
Press Enterprise Managing Editor A 70-year-old from near Wilkes-Barre became the area’s first death in the new...
Area beer makers struggle as outbreak rules limit sales to takeout
Area brew pubs and microbreweries are still trying to tap into sales, even through they’re limited to take-outs under...
$4M project would add events, visitors at Elysburg complex
ELYSBURG — A sport shooting organization plans a $4 million expansion at the former Valley Gun and Country club that...
BERWICK — Borough Council members say they hope new vehicle weight limits will prevent a landowner from bringing heavy...
March 25, 2020
Area schools ramp up for longer outbreak closure
At Central Columbia, students have been attending class in a virtual classroom since Monday. By next week, most...
Shortages loom with surge of coronavirus cases on the horizon
Some Pennsylvania hospitals face a “legitimate credible threat” of permanently closing in the face of battling an...
Hundreds of employees to travel here for slated maintenance of N-plant reactor
SALEM TWP. — Talen Energy plans to bring hundreds of extra workers to the area in the next few weeks to perform regular...
Judge: Case failed to prove unfair depiction of man as racist
BLOOMSBURG — A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former WHLM-AM broadcaster David Reilly, saying it...