Press Enterprise Archives

February 2, 2019
Berwick motorist high on pot when he hit Sunbury man, authorities allege
BLOOMSBURG — A man who slammed his car head-on into another vehicle at the west end of Bloomsburg in December — killing...
Pine Township pair: Necropsy attributes death to mare’s age
PINE TWP. — A couple charged with neglecting a horse that had to be euthanized says police and a veterinarian ignored...
Jewish reporter dons a hijab, relays tales of bigotry and kindness
I was nervous as I got out of my car Friday to walk into the Dunkin’ Donuts in Danville. My head was wrapped with my...
Fishing Creek Township couple left homeless
FISHING CREEK TWP. —Malfunctioning heat tape likely caused a fire that destroyed a trailer and left two people homeless...
Bloomsburg business to reopen Tuesday
BLOOMSBURG — For the first time in 15 years, Brennan’s Big Chill won’t be throwing open its doors on Groundhog Day. A...
February 1, 2019
Authorities report motorist, 60, gutted Pizza Hut in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — A pickup that rammed into Pizza Hut here Thursday afternoon critically injured a delivery driver and...
Southern staffer fined for calling her ex
CATAWISSA — A teacher pleaded guilty this week to harassing Catawissa District Judge Craig Long by phone. Southern...
Layers of clothing, hand warmers help on the job
BERWICK — As a U.S. Postal Service carrier, Hector Gonzalez is prepared for any conditions Mother Nature produces. “...
‘Elvira’ singers, Old Dominion, minivan demolition derby set
BLOOMSBURG — Two country acts — one old and one new — and a demolition derby featuring minivans are among the...
January 31, 2019
Charges filed in Bloomsburg fracas over parked vehicle
BLOOMSBURG — A tow truck operator required two hand surgeries after a man allegedly stomped his hand during a dispute...
Motorist lost control on Interstate 80 near the Lightstreet/Bloomsburg exit
SCOTT TWP. — A pregnant motorist fell out of a rolling vehicle and into a ditch along the westbound lanes of Interstate...
BU graduates donate $5G to thank-you plan
BLOOMSBURG —Customers shopping downtown this year could receive a surprise “Thank you” courtesy of the Duane and Susan...
Pedestrian still ‘critical’
BLOOMSBURG —Town Police are still looking for a silver Cadillac SUV that they say struck a pedestrian near Carver Hall...
Proposal would see hourly pay increase to $12
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out a second-term proposal Wednesday to vault Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to one of...
January 30, 2019
Two Millville-area residents accused of failing to feed and shelter animal
PINE TWP. — Police have charged two people with animal cruelty after officers say they failed to provide a horse with...
Passenger in car accused of putting a baby in danger
BERWICK — A passenger in a traffic stop threw open packets of heroin to hide them from police, scattering the drug...
Bloom council agrees to grant exceptions for 20-unit park near river
BLOOMSBURG — A campsite and “special events” venue is one step closer to development along Fort McClure Boulevard here...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman who stole less than $20 worth of beauty and health products at a Dollar General Store will...
Report: State should do more to help counties pay for new voting machines
HARRISBURG — A report issued Tuesday says Pennsylvania should adopt changes to make its elections more secure —...
January 29, 2019
Inspection showed residents missed meds; BRV says remedies planned
BERWICK — A September state inspection at the Berwick Retirement Village revealed nursing home staff failed to...
SALEM TWP. — Police charged a Berwick man Sunday with kidnapping a 5-year-old boy after the man had an argument with...
Students use boxes to study a species in decline
BLOOMSBURG — Few people like to venture out into the bitter cold this time of year. But for one group of Bloomsburg...
Frozen at 12:15, Columbia’s courthouse timepiece needs repair
BLOOMSBURG — If you’re heading through town, don’t depend on the clocktower of the Columbia County Courthouse to keep...
Force veteran will serve as interim leader
BLOOMSBURG —Longtime police sergeant Len Rogutski was named interim police chief at Monday night’s council meeting,...
January 28, 2019
Woman allegedly ran up $13,000 in charges to father-in-law’s account
HEMLOCK TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman stole a debit card from her father-in-law and made over $13,000 in fraudulent...
Catawissa pastor and Bloom cop dance way out of relationship rut, invite others to learn
CATAWISSA — Some 25 years ago, Sue and Len Rogutski were looking for something to spice up their young marriage. In...
Frenzied man’s teeth drew blood, court papers say
BLOOMSBURG — An out-of-control patient at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital allegedly bit a male hospital worker with such...
BERWICK — Police here say a man arrested during a traffic stop turned out to be hiding a plastic bag of crystal meth in...
Man allegedly refused to let wife out or police in rural home
MADISON TWP. — A 32-year-old man allegedly ripped his wife’s shirt as he pulled her back into the house during an...
January 27, 2019
Police: Driver rear-ended trailer hauling porta-potties
BRIAR CREEK — A Bloomsburg woman was trapped in a mangled Toyota for over 30 minutes in 20-degree temperatures early...
Bloom-area pair allegedly put infant in danger
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Bloomsburg couple admitted using meth in front of a 6-month-old child before driving the infant...
Beach Haven woman admitted using heroin before family trip to Burger King, charges say
BERWICK — Burger King staff called police at about 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 7 because they were worried about a woman in the...
When gunmakers and dealers gathered last week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they grappled...
January 26, 2019
Declining enrollment, debt cited
BERWICK — Berwick’s Holy Family School will close at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment and...
Couple’s business teaches retrievers, their owners how to hunt, compete
BLOOMSBURG — At the 37th Annual Early Bird Sports Expo on Friday night a Labrador retriever puppy opened her eyes as...
Anesthesiologist gets house arrest
BLOOMSBURG — A doctor who supervised emergency surgery on a woman during childbirth admitted he was drunk during the...
Defense points out potential DNA evidence in shooting
BLOOMSBURG — Convicted killer Anthony Rocco Franklin was back in court Friday, asking for a new trial in the murder of...
Federal agencies back to work through Feb. 15
WASHINGTON — Submitting to mounting pressure amid growing disruption, President Donald Trump signed a bill Friday to...
January 25, 2019
Authorities credit tipsters with homeless man’s arrest
BERWICK — Police captured the black-clad man they say robbed Fulton Bank last week, and he’s the same man who allegedly...
Experienced pie maker opens his own pizza place in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — The old Papa John’s on Iron Street has a second life as a pizzeria. But this time, the business owner is...
BLOOMSBURG — A Stillwater man charged with firing a 20-gauge shotgun near a table where two teenage boys were seated...
Scott Township accident shut part of Fifth Street Hollow Road
SCOTT TWP. — A tractor-trailer was hung up on a guardrail here Thursday afternoon, but the crash resulted in minimal...
HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration wants to open a “conversation” about legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania and...
January 24, 2019
Worker charged with a felony over alleged document of talk with boss
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A 48-year-old woman faces a third-degree felony charge after allegedly recording a phone...
Zoners grant parking request for proposed store in Orange Township
ORANGE TWP. — A Dollar General store is a step closer to reality here after the zoning board unanimously granted a...
Man allegedly stole jewelry at Southside home
LOCUST TWP. — A man accused of breaking into a house along Old Reading Road here and stealing jewelry told police he...
Woman claimed boyfriend tried to run her down with his car during spat, officers say
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — A woman claimed her boyfriend tried to run her over with his car and assaulted...
Denied House platform, Trump team scrambles to find a venue
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a high-stakes case of dare and double-dare, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi served notice Wednesday...
January 23, 2019
Two area deaths reflect drug-mixing trend, official says
DANVILLE — Two overdoses in the past month are likely part of a trend that highlights the risk of using or mixing...
Overflow of items offered for victims of fire sparks idea
BERWICK — So many household goods were donated to the victims of a fire here last month, officials plan to stockpile...
Official: Heating tape in use, but cause of Catawissa blaze unclear
CATAWISSA — A two-alarm fire destroyed a large pole building early Tuesday on the Whistle Stop Fence Co. property here...
Guilty plea brings chance to avoid felony record
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a truck tractor from a local truck yard here....
Police say they found wanted woman, dozen bags of heroin
BERWICK — A traffic stop turned up a suspended driver, a wanted passenger, and a dozen bags of heroin, according to...
January 22, 2019
Rescuers raise $800G, say talks with Girl Scouts falter
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A group fighting to buy Camp Louise and keep it as a public camp says negotiations with the Girl...
Most serious count dropped against man who injured housemate in ‘17
BLOOMSBURG — A North Centre Township man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for shooting his roommate in Briar...
Both Republican officials say 2019 probably will be the last time they run for re-election
CLEVELAND TWP. — All three Columbia County commissioners plan to seek re-election in 2019, saying they still have work...
Driver cited with long list of vehicle violations
BUCKHORN — An unregistered trailer hauling an oversized boat had two flat tires, and the tires that weren’t flat were...
Defendant balks at order to register as sex offender for 25 years
DANVILLE — An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty recently to exposing himself to a 12-year-old boy and touching the younger...
January 21, 2019
Bloom dad accused of endangering welfare of child, assault, harassment
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Bloomsburg man who struck his daughter with a paddle allegedly asked the girl to lie about...
No injuries in Bloom-area crash; storm leaves mess, opening for cold
A mother driving four children to church Sunday morning rolled her SUV on an icy hill. But no one was hurt, and the...
New BU program trains experts to ease ‘Child Life’
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University has launched a program to train Child Life Specialists, making it one of four...
35-year-old alleged OD’d in McDonald’s restroom
BRIAR CREEK — A Nescopeck man who overdosed inside McDonald’s last May has been declared a fugitive, according to court...
Offender sent directly to jail
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick woman was jailed recently when officials discovered she consumed alcohol prior to pleading...
January 20, 2019
Use of maiden name causes problems getting REAL ID
BERWICK — Velma Burrows’ decision to replace her middle name with her maiden name 42 years ago landed her in a...
Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Pennsylvania driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as identification to board commercial...
Factory on Southside farm worth estimated $110M
CLEVELAND TWP. — A company that mixes customized shampoo and conditioner inside three pole barns on a farm along a one-...
Benton native missed target
BLOOMSBURG — A Benton native pleaded guilty Monday to firing a hunting rifle at an ex-girlfriend during an argument...
Suspect allegedly admitted passing counterfeit money at restaurants, gift shops, and for rides
BLOOMSBURG — A Luzerne County woman admitted using 10 counterfeit $100 bills at Knoebels Amusement Resort last summer...