Press Enterprise Archives

October 27, 2018
Bloomsburg woman, 53, told authorities she is addicted to alcohol
SCOTT TWP. — A woman who had worked as a caretaker is accused of twice stealing pain medication from an elderly woman’s...
Buck was trapped in pit at Geisinger
Press Enterprise staff DANVILLE —Fire volunteers and a state game officer used ladders and ropes to extract a male...
Berwick firm lost $1,397, cops say
Press Enterprise staff BERWICK — A Berwick woman is accused of forgery and theft while employed at the Berwick Notary...
Florida man allegedly targeted prominent Trump critics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cesar Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who...
October 26, 2018
Non-profit showcases rent-to-own homes
BERWICK — Twenty-four new houses will soon be ready for rent by working families — people the developers hope will...
SCOTT TWP. — A home health aide admitted stealing collectible coins from a man she was hired to care for, police say,...
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville State Hospital patient with a history of violence attacked two nurses who accompanied her to...
Police: Contractor’s equipment used in heist
MIFFLIN TWP. — A brazen thief stole more than $30,000 worth of equipment from a construction project using the...
Apple tracking app, security footage allegedly led to suspect
SCOTT TWP, — A woman found an iPhone in a restroom at Giant Foods but failed to return it to store officials or police...
October 25, 2018
Developer says he’s moving ahead with 48-bed project in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — While the town is still grappling with whether to allow a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation facility on a...
Animal cruelty alleged
FISHING CREEK TWP — A woman is accused of tying up three cats and leaving them unattended inside a zipped-up tent at a...
Bloom, Berwick shelters join forces for feature at Teen Center party
BERWICK — Teens throughout Columbia County have a chance to test their wits against a new escape room at the Berwick...
SCOTT TWP. — A 35-year-old man who was pulled over for the “125th” time because of vehicle violations tried hiding a...
Zoners allow variances to convert Mill Street building into upscale housing
DANVILLE — The former Danville Manor, which has been unoccupied for the last six years, could soon become dorm-style...
DANVILLE — Danville’s zoning board unanimously approved variances requested by the borough and the police department...
October 24, 2018
Danville-area man accused of cooking drug in Washingtonville
WASHINGTONVILLE — A couple playing with their child outside the old Washingtonville school uncovered a suspected meth...
Volunteers move historic Mooresburg aircraft lookout to new home
MOORESBURG — A watchtower that once stood guard against invading airplanes in World War II is again in public view...
BERWICK — A drunken man allegedly attacked his father in a dispute over a cell phone, then threatened to kill a police...
State expands income rules
HARRISBURG (AP) — More older Pennsylvanians will qualify for prescription drug assistance under newly enacted...
Vandal fashioned heavy metal bolt and tire chains into booby trap to damage harvester, police say
BEAVER TWP. — A farmer’s field was booby trapped with tire chains and a massive steel bolt in what appears to be a “...
October 23, 2018
Suit response: Ousted dean inflated complaint against president
WILLIAMSPORT — Bloomsburg University says that fired former business dean Jeffrey Krug is exaggerating a secretary’s...
Descendants of Jackson family maid bring chairs home to Berwick
BERWICK — After more than a hundred years, and with the help of a surprise discovery on the back of an old photograph,...
Danville woman says former boss propositioned her in exchange for job
DANVILLE — A Danville woman testified Monday that her former boss repeatedly groped her in empty guest rooms and a...
Woman refuses plea deal, defends herself
BERWICK — A Berwick woman arrested for being confrontational after police took her suicidal brother into custody...
HARRISBURG — A look at where the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican...
October 22, 2018
Operator of area inns ups reward to $4G for tips on English bulldog
FAIRMOUNT TWP. — A bed and breakfast operator whose English bulldog puppy enjoyed mingling with guests remains...
Woman is accused of attacking police and her fiancé
BERWICK — A woman accused of assaulting police officers after hitting her fiancé with a car says the officers hit her...
Man’s self-published story holds clues to hunt for prize in Berwick
BERWICK — A local man has self-published a new children’s Christmas story with a twist — it comes with a treasure hunt...
Violators will get warnings, increasing fines
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania will place cameras in highway construction work zones as part of a pilot program to...
Patient, 51, also allegedly wielded pill crusher in assault
MILLVILLE — A resident of a Millville nursing home assaulted a nurse with his wheelchair and a pill crusher, later...
October 21, 2018
Bloom woman allegedly tried to bilk insurer by lying about hail damage
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg woman is accused of filing a fraudulent insurance claim on a car she bought at a discount...
Zoners: Business doesn’t need a special exception
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — The Freas Farm Winery can have outdoor entertainment, without the township having to grant it a...
With some help from technology, Millville vet finds comrade in arms, returns his letters
MILLVILLE — Fifty-two years ago, a 19-year-old soldier getting discharged promised to mail a coffee can of love letters...
Callers impersonate utility staff, ask for prepaid cards
BENTON — Scam artists have been posing as PPL staffers, calling local numbers here and demanding payment for what they...
Company: Coach full of visitors from Australia, New Zealand
CHILLISQUAQUE — A Sunbury man was identified Saturday as the driver killed in a violent crash involving two pickups and...
October 20, 2018
Police and school superintendent appeal for information
CATAWISSA TWP. — Police continue to investigate whether the death by suicide of a 14-year-old girl here was caused by...
Officials: Nearly three dozen hurt in Chillisquaque
CHILLISQUAQUE — An apparent head-on crash between a pickup and a tour bus killed the driver of the smaller vehicle and...
BERWICK — Berwick Hospital Center is reaching out to the community by offering free hernia screenings and other...
Bloomsburg woman also cited, records say
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man, accused of punching and choking his girlfriend when she charged he was cheating, has...
Fantasy gift guide offers jaunts around globe, custom candy
NEW YORK —Need a $7.1 million yacht? How about jumping out of a plane on a top secret spy mission with a $315,000 price...
October 19, 2018
PASSHE leader forming task force to help university students, establish new culture
BLOOMSBURG — Due to a shrinking population of high school graduates, declining college enrollment, and diminished...
Council president says there’s little to be done about public space use
BERWICK — Neighbors are taking up too much on-street parking, two residents on different streets complained to council...
Police: Hunlock Creek woman hit BU student
ORANGEVILLE — A woman from Hunlock Creek was in critical condition after her SUV drifted into the path of a full-size...
HARRISBURG (AP) — Tougher penalties for repeat DUI offenders will soon become state law following passage by the...
BLOOMSBURG — A state representative hopes to gather a coalition of municipalities along Fishing Creek to apply for...
October 18, 2018
Official: Without repair funds, spot could remain closed
BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg’s town pool will likely be closed a second straight summer in 2019. And John Green, co-chair of...
Online contributions to the Bloomsburg’s Town Pool Renovation Project can be made by visiting bloomsburgtownpool.org...
Berwick official, store owner explain openings at Masonic Building
BERWICK — Holes in the walls of the foundation where the Masonic Building once stood may look like tunnels, but they...
Benton man accused
JACKSON TWP. — A Benton man repeatedly hit his girlfriend in the face and bit her face, arms and legs after she...
For the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK — A man charged with inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl claims to have no...
Scott Township resident: Beagle mix stricken after being in yard
SCOTT TWP. — A woman is hoping the public may be able to help her discover how her healthy 5-year-old dog suddenly...
October 17, 2018
Man faces life in Spencer murder
BLOOMSBURG — Anthony Rocco Franklin was found guilty Tuesday of murdering his son-in-law Frank Spencer in 2012 and...
$16M job won’t add disliked roundabout, will create turn lanes
VALLEY TWP. — PennDOT will construct left-turn lanes on Route 54 west here to reduce crashes in the area of Route 642...
Dump truck careened onto Bloom sidewalk, slammed tree, KO’d pole
By JULYE WEMPLE Press Enterprise WriterBLOOMSBURG — An unresponsive driver was pulled from a dump truck and taken to...
Republican’s grandson undergoing cancer care
DANVILLE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s re-election campaign has yanked from TV airwaves a political advertisement that...
State system overall sees totals skid for eighth consecutive year
From staff and wire reports HARRISBURG — Enrollment at Bloomsburg University is down about 4 percent this fall, and...
October 16, 2018
Prison pal testifies that defendant confessed in Spencer slaying
BLOOMSBURG — Anthony Rocco Franklin confessed to gunning down Frank Spencer shortly after Spencer’s murder, Franklin’s...
Retiring Mathias is proud of academics, tired of weather woe
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — The one thing Central Columbia Superintendent Harry Mathias won’t miss when he retires in June...
Columbia courthouse flower beds attract bees, but also complaints
BLOOMSBURG — Tall plants going to seed in the courthouse flower beds are luring in the butterflies and bees they were...
Blocked sidewalk near former Gepetto’s hinders safe travel for pedestrians coming from Nescopeck
BERWICK — The borough is giving Wade Perry until Nov. 23 to repair the crumbling Geppetto building, or face fines of $...
Offender’s son also accused of liaison with same teen
DANVILLE — A 45-year-old man must spend at least three years in state prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl,...
October 15, 2018
Program invites seniors to campus for a quick course in offerings, tour
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg resident Sandy Latour was sitting in on a gerontology class at Bloomsburg University two years...
Owner has moved out, to sell home where sons grew up, but ‘it hurts’
DANVILLE — Fire Chief Ken Strausser’s heart sank when he saw the address for the fire come across his pager Sunday...
Police: Drunken man aimed blade and told woman he’d slit her throat
BLOOMSBURG — An “intoxicated and agitated” man pointed a knife at a woman’s neck and threatened to slit her throat when...
Bloom man makes similar score among 96 local lottery players who won over $110G in August
A Catawissa woman won three $1,000 lottery prizes from a $10 scratch-off game in August, records show. Heather...
October 14, 2018
Police: Woman threatened girl who tried to stop kids’ scuffle at Central
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — After police gave a stern warning to three juveniles who fought at a recent Central Columbia High...
Mom grappled with decision to donate organs of 23-year-old in motorcycle crash
MAINVILLE — Brenda Albertson broke into tears in the living room of her Wonderview home as she tried to fathom emotions...
Eight-week, $595G project won’t disrupt classes, officials say
BERWICK — Work on a new roof for Nescopeck Elementary should start by the end of the month and be finished in eight...
Defendant vowed to kill Bloomsburg officers and their families in tirade on Facebook
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who made online threats to kill Town Police officers and their families has pleaded...