Press Enterprise Archives

February 20, 2019
Nescopeck fire report highlights dispatch hitch
BLOOMSBURG — When Janet Knoblauch called 9-1-1 to report the house next door to her home in Nescopeck was burning, she...
SALEM TWP. — When a fire broke out at 111 E. Sixth St. in Berwick in December, Salem Township firefighters were able to...
Salem mart manager said she was denied a raise, charges say
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — A former convenience store manager admitted stealing money from the cash register...
But Montour rec group faces a constant grind to find funds despite recent grants
WASHINGTONVILLE —Four years after his organization took over the Montour Preserve, the Montour Area Recreation...
Three people taken to hospital after chain-reaction crash in Benton
BENTON — A minivan was crushed between a pickup and tractor-trailer Tuesday in a chain-reaction crash along Route 487...
Ex-Bloom visitor to register as sex offender
BLOOMSBURG — A Maryland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child porn and criminal use of a computer while living...
February 19, 2019
Bower says he wants to help Bloom and put prostitution scandal in past
BLOOMSBURG — Former Mayor Eric Bower is throwing his hat back into the political ring less than a year after pleading...
Resident fighting blaze overcome by smoke; crews save Scott home
SCOTT TWP. — An out-of-control cooking fire sent a man to the hospital and left enough smoke and water damage to...
Bloom work could even start this week
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — The owners of the Pizza Hut here plan to start rebuilding now that their...
Woman and grandson escaped unhurt; two of five dogs still missing after weekend house fire near Rohrsburg
GREENWOOD TWP. — A woman had plugged in an electric frying pan to dry when it caught on fire, leading to a blaze that...
Man shoved his way past pair at security checkpoint
MIFFLINVILLE — When a man caused a commotion at the Orlando International Airport on Saturday, he pushed his way past a...
February 18, 2019
Man pulled over for DUI in Berwick is in U.S. illegally, court papers say
BERWICK — An illegal immigrant pulled over for drunken driving was arrested, then released when immigration officials...
Veteran dispatcher at Bloom center to hang up her headphones
BLOOMSBURG — When B. Jane Boyer first sat at a dispatcher’s desk in 1981, all she had was a phone, a radio, and a large...
Police: Benton man did $6G in damage after drinks stopped
ORANGE TWP. — A Benton man went on a drunken rampage, causing approximately $6,000 in damage at a bar when employees...
Rohrsburg-area kitchen fire spread throughout main part of rural house
GREENWOOD TWP. —Flames that spread from a kitchen fire gutted a home here Sunday night, leaving at least one woman...
February 17, 2019
Illegal driver, draped in Moroccan flag, insists that U.S. doesn’t exist
BERWICK — The man police say is Elijah Issac Taylor walked into district court Feb. 4 with a fez on his head and the...
Landlord boots woman, four kids after Danville building ruled ‘unfit’
DANVILLE — A mother and her four children were forced out of their apartment last month when codes officers inspecting...
Suspect admitted to exploiting generosity in past, records show
DANVILLE — A Danville woman duped her boyfriend’s grandfather into loaning her over $140,000, providing him with a...
Police: Drunken suspect claimed he’d been in fight
DANVILLE — An intoxicated man allegedly spat blood into a police officer’s face when the officer responded to the man’s...
Berwick man blames addiction for long crime career
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man facing up to five years in prison for violating parole was sentenced to an additional 4 to...
February 16, 2019
Cops: Dog lunged at Bloomsburg suspect
BLOOMSBURG — A town man allegedly tried to carjack a vehicle Friday morning on Main Street only to be scared off when...
BLOOMSBURG — Five gunshots heard early Friday on Pine Street here sent police rushing to the neighborhood, but no...
New Jersey motorist allegedly caused an outage, left passenger in Berwick-area spree
BERWICK — A fugitive from New Jersey led police on a wild car chase Thursday through this borough and into Salem...
State crew blames mine subsidence for gap discovered last week
CENTRALIA — A crew from the state Department of Environmental Protection on Friday began filling an estimated 100-foot...
Victim told authorities he was beaten with a stick, threatened by group
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man surrendered to be charged Friday for allegedly beating a boy with a stick while...
February 15, 2019
Dropout is accused of spree at fairgrounds
BLOOMSBURG — An 18-year-old high school dropout accused of damaging historic buildings and the Skyride at the...
Berwick DUI suspect faces slew of charges following fatal Bloomsburg wreck
BLOOMSBURG — The driver charged with killing a man in a head-on crash while high hobbled into court Wednesday morning,...
Caregivers hope to send dog to camp in March
RIVERSIDE —Vicky Burnside says Raven, the paralyzed puppy she is fostering, is like an energetic 2-year-old toddler....
Judge OKs $750,000 sale of Danville school
BLOOMSBURG — A judge approved the $750,000 sale of the former Danville Elementary School to Montour County for a new...
All three officials say they’re running again for $46,872 posts
Press Enterprise Managing Editor DANVILLE — All three Montour County commissioners plan to run for re-election this...
February 14, 2019
Bloom council balks at $50 tab to reword signs, or $150 to install bathroom fixtures
BLOOMSBURG — Council here put a hold on adopting new fees at Monday night’s meeting when several members pointed out “...
Police: Pair used kids as lookouts
BLOOMSBURG — Two people accused of using children as lookouts while they burglarized laundromats here have sent their...
United Way, bus firm hope to ferry workers to area job openings
BERWICK — Local United Way chapters are teaming up with a bus company in hopes of starting a new bus service that would...
Two patients sentenced in attacks on DSH staffers
DANVILLE — A judge here is calling on lawmakers to reform rules to better protect workers who deal with violent...
‘There’s no reason to walk during bad times’
BERWICK — The fiancée of a man accused of making meth said she was sticking by him and would make sure he stayed out of...
February 13, 2019
Fired Geisinger physician apologized in court, transcript shows
BLOOMSBURG — A teenage girl “stared evil straight in the eye” when Dr. Abraham J. Layon sexually harassed her in his...
Complaints about flood-buyout homes sent on to DA office
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — The Luzerne County agency that oversaw the demolition of flood-damaged homes...
Police: Bloom pair blamed boredom
BLOOMSBURG — Two teenagers who caused at least $7,650 in damages and stole artifacts from buildings at the Bloomsburg...
Supporters team up, appeal to diocese with plans, pleas to save Berwick’s Holy Family
BERWICK — A group of parents and alumni of Holy Family School has banded together to try to save the private Catholic...
Two taken to hospital after accident on Route 11 near Danville
COOPER TWP. — Slippery conditions along Route 11 near Ranger Enterprises here led to a two-car crash that sent two...
February 12, 2019
Fired GMC physician gets 10 days in jail after striking plea deal
EDITOR'S NOTE - This story has been corrected to accurately reflect the charges that were dropped as part of a plea...
‘Grossology’ dissection session teaches biology at Children’s Museum in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — A dozen kids learned a lot about basic anatomy — and how not to be squeamish — while dissecting rats at...
Principal says job is a ‘dream come true’
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — As a boy “raised by the Central Columbia school district,” it never occurred to Jeff Groshek he...
Group spokesman calls proposal a ‘danger’
BLOOMSBURG — After last week’s zoning board hearing left many residents without an outlet to voice their concerns over...
Developer plans 31 homes valued at $700G and up
MAHONING TWP. — A developer wants to build 31 upscale single-family homes on 26 acres of land north of Red Lane here....
February 11, 2019
Woman allegedly endangered son, 3, left crying for help in Berwick store
BERWICK — A little boy’s cries for help from a store restroom led to the discovery of his unconscious mother who passed...
'One-stop' market to offer head start for those seeking new Pa. credential
BLOOMSBURG — State and county officials are planning a “one-stop” event at the courthouse here later this month for...
Undercover state agent allegedly set up future drug buys
ROHRSBURG — An undercover state agent arranged to buy three grams of crystal meth for $250 from a Millville man in a...
Berwick Police say failure to use turn signal led to a traffic stop, plus drug and other charges
BERWICK — A driver pulled over for not using a turn signal hid two glassine bags of heroin under his tongue before...
Woman, 70, tried to douse late-night fire with bucket of water
UNION TWP. — A woman tried to put out a fire at her home here with a bucket of water late Saturday, but was driven back...
February 10, 2019
Recovering alcoholic urges addicts to reach for help
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — Julie Rishkofski is carrying a lot of bad memories from the last couple of years when alcohol was...
Group: Deputies wrongly disarmed constable entering county courthouse
BLOOMSBURG — A statewide constable organization alleges Columbia County sheriff’s deputies illegally seized a constable...
Suspect allegedly wanted on warrants
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man who fled police when officers attempted to stop him for vehicle violations had warrants,...
Biting, shoving and punching alleged at Danville residence
DANVILLE — Police filed simple assault charges against two women who got into a fight over a child’s birthday party Jan...
February 9, 2019
Luzerne County pair safe, official said
HUNLOCK TWP. — Fire crew members cut a hole in an icy pond here Friday morning to fight a two-alarm fire in a two-story...
Catawissa teen is charged after tip called in to service
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Southern Columbia High School student is accused of threatening to “shoot up the school” after he...
Ephrata man allegedly caught on video
DANVILLE — A Geisinger nurse has been charged with stealing narcotic medication from the hospital on Dec. 23. Wayne...
Officer says motorist ran red light, hit cars, building
BERWICK — A driver ran a red light and hit two cars before crashing into the Eagles building here Friday morning,...
WASHINGTON — Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill —creating a swallowable gadget, inspired...
February 8, 2019
Zoners make no decision
BLOOMSBURG — Nearly 70 residents packed a zoning board hearing at Town Hall Thursday night to listen to testimony about...
Fire chief believes vacant Nescopeck residence can be salvaged
NESCOPECK — A man used plastic salad bowls with water to douse the flames blossoming from a vacant house next door, but...
Berwick discussions may help employers
BERWICK — Local business leaders say they’re having trouble finding enough employees to fill job openings. But some...
BERWICK — A Berwick man, who police saw rolling around on the floor and making multiple, unusual noises, was under the...
Woman previously jailed for failure to disclose new residence
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman who failed to report an address change as required of convicted Megan’s Law offenders was...
February 7, 2019
Bloomsburg man accused of stealing boss’s ID, threatening officers
BUCKHORN — A Walmart employee claimed to be his boss when he sent a profane, rambling and racist email to the FBI and...
Suspect, 34, is facing felonies in case involving girl
MILLVILLE — A Benton man was arrested Tuesday on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old girl at his home and engaging...
RED ROCK — A little more than a year ago, a Dollar General store opened a mile from Red Rock Corner Store, which for 28...
FRANKLIN TWP. — Homeowners in the Southern Columbia school district are facing at least a 3-percent property tax hike —...
Greenwood Township woman reported incident
GREENWOOD TWP. — A man caught in a woman’s backyard here pretended to be a state dog warden, according to State Police...