Press Enterprise Archives

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....
July 14, 2018
Ex-Beer Cafe staffer, Scott Township, faces felony charges
BLOOMSBURG — A Weis Markets employee took nearly $24,000 from the Beer Cafe over the course of the year by pocketing...
Official says no injuries were reported at Montour Township business
MONTOUR TWP. — Fire and smoke damaged multiple storage units Friday evening at McMahan’s Self Storage at 110 Cross Road...
Madison Township man, 38, is charged
MADISON TWP. — A woman told police she was beaten and dragged out of her home, bloodied and stripped naked by a man she...
Berwick widow credits family, hard work for her longevity
BERWICK — Woodrow Wilson was president and World War I was coming to an end when Dorothy Knelly was born July 14, 1918...
Man allegedly on pot, coke in Liberty Township wreck
LIBERTY TWP. — A driver was high on marijuana and cocaine with two children in his car when he crashed into a pickup on...
July 13, 2018
Nescopeck, Salem Township lose bins
A local trash hauler decided to pull his recycling bins out of Salem Township and Nescopeck because people repeatedly...
Knorr Hauling, which handles curbside recycling pickup for Berwick, says residents should make sure their recycling is...
BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg University has a new home for its football broadcasts on the FM radio dial, but the same...
Slabtown campground pool ideal for art project
SLABTOWN — A huge great white shark has been inhabiting the waters of Ideal Park Campground’s pool this summer. But...
ORANGE TWP. — A man who spent the night in his truck parked along Green Creek Road was charged with driving drunk at...
HARRISBURG — The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on Thursday approved a $112-a-...
July 12, 2018
Police investigate as squatting evidence found
BLOOMSBURG — A mailbox thief stole coins, scattered letters and dumped a box of medicine intended for a nearby resident...
Possible buyer would open new venture, owner says
NUMIDIA — For decades, Shirr Keithan has been Palachick’s General Store’s loyal first customer each and every morning...
Man still facing felony
For the Press Enterprise HAZLETON — A couple charged with animal cruelty for allegedly running a dog breeding...
Gas protests delayed Espy volunteers’ return
ESPY — Eight members of the LCBC church here were among numerous missionaries and volunteers stranded in Haiti when...
Danville officials trying to address residents’ fireworks fears
DANVILLE — A change in state law had people shooting off aerial fireworks in the borough this Fourth of July, and the...
July 11, 2018
Montour official: Geisinger’s growth coincides with spike
DANVILLE — A growing workload is overwhelming the Montour County Coroner’s Office, where the official is handling...
Berwick fire chief: Two boys lauded for waking family played with lighter
BERWICK — Two boys credited with saving their siblings and mother from an early morning house fire Tuesday are actually...
Geisinger CEO hopes routine checks will revolutionize medicine
DANVILLE —Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg sat down in a blood-drawing lab at the hospital here Tuesday to take a first...
Borough leasing land for soccer fields to school district, will get site for police HQ
DANVILLE — Public officials approved a deal to lease land to the Danville Area School District for new soccer fields,...
July 10, 2018
Deal would give district soccer fields, borough a site for new police station
DANVILLE — Danville Area School District would get land for new soccer fields, while Danville Borough would get the...
Impact tore cab off tractor trailer on I-80; neither driver badly hurt
BLOOMSBURG — A tractor-trailer driver drove through a closed lane on Interstate 80 Monday morning, slamming into a...
Conyngham crowd shocked at details of alleged misdeeds
WILBURTON NO. 1 — The first of Conyngham Township’s five missing audits was finished last week and the resulting report...
Not yet sworn in, DeMelfi speaks up on status of pool
Press Enterprise staff BLOOMSBURG — Council unanimously chose a new member Monday night, filling a position opened...
Construction rig rolls on bridge
CLEVELAND TWP. — A worker was taken to a hospital Monday after a pipeline construction vehicle rolled over on a...
July 9, 2018
Bloom working for replacement after more than a year
BLOOMSBURG — It’s been more than a year since a pizza shop owner cut down a shade tree in front of his Main Street...
Ex-WHLM staffer alleges his name was ‘smeared’
BLOOMSBURG — Defendants in a defamation lawsuit filed by former WHLM Radio broadcaster David Reilly say they were...
Owner puts Catawissa-area shop on market after more than 30 years
CATAWISSA — Bob Bunge learned the art of cutting meat as a high school kid making $25 a week during the 1960s and ’70s...
Shoplifting suspect broke through fence on run, police say
BERWICK — A Berwick woman who fled from police had a warrant out for her arrest, according to court documents. Police...
Police: Woman asked husband to leave before assault
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man slammed his wife into a wall, threw her on a bed, choked her and twisted her arm, all...
July 8, 2018
Tariffs already eroding profits, local manufacturers say
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — Steel and aluminum tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump’s administration...
18-year-old called 9-1-1, threatened to ‘snap’ on cops, court papers say
FERNVILLE — A woman who called 9-1-1 threatening to “go crazy on people” and “snap” on police was jailed late Friday...
BERWICK — As steel tariffs drive up Cheetah Chassis’ supply costs, the company is lobbying Washington to impose another...
Homeless man allegedly ‘in relationship’ with girl, 12
BERWICK — An 18-year-old accused of being “in a relationship” with a 12-year-old girl drooped in his seat at district...
BERWICK — Zoning board members delicately threaded the needle to approve a new hairstyle salon without annoying an...
July 7, 2018
Ordinance aims to make street safer, says Salem Township police chief
SALEM TWP. — A father is upset after police told him his son’s basketball games on East Third Street were breaking the...
Public sees master plan at event in Bloomsburg
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport would like a bigger parking lot and a fuel depot within the next five...
Mahoning Township blaze left three homeless, officials report
MAHONING TWP. —Nearly 100 firefighters from all over the area battled a blaze Thursday night that displaced three...
Bloomsburg woman: Medication cost me job
WILLIAMSPORT — A Bloomsburg woman claims Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital officials agreed to hire her as an emergency...
Licensed season, with special permits, runs through end of July
The hunter and his son scrambled up a secret mountain in Columbia County. Far above them, a serpent knew they were...
July 6, 2018
Expert: Online review scam criminal, hard to prosecute
For the Press Enterprise BLOOMSBURG — M.J. Moss was trying to be polite but firm when she turned down a cold caller’s...
Shickshinny tourism idea would cost about $200,000
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — A group aiming to promote the borough here has a vision of a campground near...
Bloomsburg man accused in fracas involving refund
BLOOMSBURG — A customer threatened a CVS pharmacist here, saying he’d use “a six-shooter” to play Russian roulette with...
BLOOMSBURG — Less than two weeks after town officials denied needing or hiring a regular solicitor, a Lewisburg lawyer...
Ex-Columbia County Probation officer still locked up in drug case
BERWICK — A former Columbia County Probation officer quietly agreed to send new charges of manufacturing steroids to...
July 5, 2018
Fast action saves Berwick woman, 88; flash flooding rushes through area
BERWICK — A lightning strike burned a hole through the roof of woman’s home and caught her attic on fire during...
Berwick show delayed to Friday
BERWICK — Berwick’s fireworks at Jingle Hall have been postponed to Friday. Organizers called off the Independence Day...
Berwick council prefers not to get borough involved
BERWICK — Council members here asked dueling ambulance services to try to work out differences between themselves...
Tab can top $20G, depending on insurance coverage
A helicopter trip to a hospital may not be the only shock a patient faces after a bad accident. The next one could hit...
July 4, 2018
Columbia prisoner’s wife charged with hiding narcotic in envelopes
BLOOMSBURG — The wife of a Columbia County inmate was charged Tuesday with twice sending her husband a narcotic drug by...
Flames damage Berwick double home; father and son safe, but cat’s fate unclear
BERWICK — Flames tore through the roof of a two-story double home here Tuesday night, drawing crowds of spectators as...
Man jolted with Taser as he resisted arrest, according to officers
BERWICK — A Jim Thorpe motorcyclist led police on a roughly 20-mile chase early Tuesday, from Interstate 81 to Berwick...
MILLVILLE — A Shamokin man tried to use counterfeit $5 bills to buy a cheesesteak and other goods from the Millville...
Growth at Nescopeck car wash hampered by repeated damage
NESCOPECK — The Riverside Car Wash here is struggling to overcome vandalism that’s making it difficult for the business...
July 3, 2018
Teen driver, critically injured sibling are sons of BU head football coach
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A teenage driver and his 28-year-old brother are facing a long road to recovery after a crash early...
Commissioners file complaint with feds on wireless outages
BLOOMSBURG — With Verizon Wireless service down across the area June 24, Columbia County emergency management director...
Neighbor complains of Berwick woman’s loudly crowing roosters
BERWICK — Crowing roosters sent a woman to council recently in hopes of having the birds banned from the borough....
Accused decides to forgo his hearing and face charges in court
BERWICK —Shouts erupted from the waiting area of the district magistrate’s office Monday when supporters of a teen...
Suspect suggested that victim’s office was only reason for charges, court papers say
CATAWISSA — A man allegedly threatened to punch the mayor of Catawissa’s “teeth down his throat and kill him,” after an...
July 2, 2018
Fed-up residents near Berwick snack plant say problem worsens despite complaints
BERWICK — Residents who live across the street from Wise Foods say dust from the parking lot keeps them from opening...
Homeless man jailed on assault and other charges on $10G bail
Press Enterprise staff BERWICK — A homeless man, detained for riding his bicycle drunk the wrong way on a one-way...
Police: Car careened up hill, hit tree on Old Berwick Road near Bloom
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A 17-year-old driver and his 28-year-old passenger were both listed in critical condition after the...
Experts warn of teens’ digital deceptions and their consequences
CHICAGO (AP) — Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment...
Bloom lottery player also claimed $10G prize
A player from Berwick won two lottery prizes totaling $11,000 in May, records show. Dana Grosz got a $10,000 prize...
July 1, 2018
Ambulance outfits can offer 24-hour service, reduced waste, officials say
BENTON — In order to provide better service with a smaller staff, the Millville and Benton ambulance companies have...
Wise workers control flames; firefighters’ chemicals finish job
BERWICK — An oven at Wise Foods burst into flames Saturday, forcing most employees from the building while the...
Berwick woman’s SUV shoved car six feet up street, overturned, officers say
BERWICK — A police officer had to cut a woman out of her seat belt as she dangled upside-down after flipping her car...
Homeless teen allegedly caught kissing child
BERWICK — A Berwick man admitted he was “in a relationship” with a 12-year-old girl after the girl’s father caught them...
Two local residents traveled to Seattle to compete in the 2018 USA Special Olympics. Nina Kaneriya, 35, of Danville,...
June 30, 2018
Bloomsburg aimed to save money by not hiring solicitors, mayor said
BLOOMSBURG — The abrupt resignation of lawyers for Hummel & Lewis, LLP at a council meeting in June was unnecessary...
Band offers to play free for firefighters after joke falls flat
BEACH HAVEN — A week ago, a band’s attempt at a joke led to the abrupt cancellation of its concert at the Beach Haven...
Scott Township congregation hopes ‘Star Wars’ screening boosts its appeal
SCOTT TWP. —Tim Karnes estimated he’s put in about 150 hours — and counting — building a two-seat cockpit replica of...
SCOTT TWP. — A driver was impaired by drugs when he crashed his parents’ car into trees off Columbia Boulevard here,...
BERWICK — A Berwick man choked his pregnant girlfriend until she lost consciousness, according to court documents....
June 29, 2018
Ruling upsets businessman’s retirement plan
HEMLOCK TWP. — The owner of Ken’s Cattails garden center had hoped that selling his Buckhorn property to a church would...
Truck wound up in Valley Township front yard
VALLEY TWP. — When a dump truck careened into a front yard and flipped over here, Franke Alexander didn’t hesitate to...
BERWICK — A 16-year-old who was charged as an adult when police received a report that he body-slammed his mother and...
Graduate pioneered new program
BLOOMSBURG — Having been deployed to Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar during his 25 years spent in the military, it’s hard to...
BLOOMSBURG — Most of the tenants who live at the new Bloom Mills Apartment complex have returned to their residences...
June 28, 2018
Lawyer says Berwick parents wanted help for troubled teen who instead wound up in jail
BERWICK — A couple called 9-1-1 hoping to get help for their raging teenage son, but instead, the boy was charged as an...
Nescopeck girl, not yet 2, and her family face uncertainty
NESCOPECK — She’s not quite 2 years old, but Temprince Avera already bears scars from a lifelong battle with cancer....
Man who allegedly molested girl, 8, now faces a rape count
DANVILLE — A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl is facing new felony charges in the case, including rape of a...
He now plans to put two mobile homes on Berwick property
BERWICK — A man who planned to put up two self-storage units on a vacant piece of property near a former hydroponics...
81-year-old viewed as ‘man in the middle’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s decisive man in the middle on abortion, gay rights and...
June 27, 2018
Dad, girlfriend allegedly allowed bound victim only salt water to drink and threatened to kill him
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A father and his girlfriend tied up the man’s adult son and kept him prisoner in their trailer for...
BLOOMSBURG — A second suspect in a robbery last week surrendered to police Tuesday after news of his codefendant’s...
Residents of Bloom Mills Apartments displaced for the night
BLOOMSBURG — Residents of the new Bloom Mills Apartment complex here were evacuated Tuesday afternoon when an...
Woman convicted in ex-husband’s murder; father also charged
HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court has rejected convicted killer Maria Sanutti-Spencer’s request for a new trial in...
Woman allegedly assaulted special-needs pupil
For the Press Enterprise WILKES-BARRE — A former Northwest Area transportation aide accused of assaulting a special-...
June 26, 2018
Jury quickly convicts Danville-area woman who says she uses weed to treat ailments
DANVILLE — Candi Wetzel admits that she uses marijuana daily to treat mental and physical ailments she’s been suffering...
WASHINGTON (AP) —U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone...
Peers elect Bloom council veteran in unanimous vote
BLOOMSBURG — He may have won his council seat by sheer luck, but Bill Kreisher was the unanimous favorite Monday to...
Homeless mom of three charged in knifepoint holdup; Bloom Police still seek male suspect
BLOOMSBURG — A man and woman picked up an acquaintance in their car last week and refused to let him out, driving...
Motorist found running in road after crash, officers say
BRIAR CREEK — A Berwick man involved in a one-vehicle crash April 29 was found running in the roadway, claiming he had...
Zoning board gives blessing to larger, lighted signs
BERWICK — Allied Services is planning to open a new physical rehabilitation center here, a company official told the...
June 25, 2018
Bower witnessed major changes in 36 years
MILLVILLE — When Rob Bower began working for Millville borough in 1982, he had to go inside people’s homes to read...
Berwick’s lawyer suspects tougher rule already exists
BERWICK — A proposal to withhold pay from council members who miss more than two council meetings per year was put on...
Color makes it harder for addicts to see their veins
WILKES-BARRE (AP) —Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject...
Gun industry sees tactics as Second Amendment threat
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — With Gary Ramey’s fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to...
June 24, 2018
Bloom restaurant can sell ingredients as groceries, then cook them for cash
BLOOMSBURG — The owner of a downtown restaurant now accepts food stamps in a state-sanctioned program that breaks menu...
Zoning variance is first hurdle for cake business
SCOTT TWP. — Nine years ago, a friend asked Tresa Neiderhiser to bake her a wedding cake. By today’s standards, it...
As more folks camp in chain’s parking lots, more also end days there
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Peter Unger traveled the world, first in the Navy at the tail end of the Korean War and then as...
Suspect allegedly opened baby’s room door
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who broke into a residence and opened the door of an infant’s bedroom was under the...
June 23, 2018
Lawsuit claims supervisor bedeviled older African-American woman
BLOOMSBURG — A former director of Bloomsburg University’s Act 101 academic enrichment programs claims her supervisor...
Berwick man accused of $775 in destruction
BLOOMSBURG — An inmate at Columbia County Prison destroyed a security camera used to monitor him, according to court...
Elysburg woman tells of ex-roommate’s kindness at Geisinger transplant picnic
ELYSBURG — For just over a year now,Gwen Bodner has been living a normal, healthy life with three kidneys inside her...
Bloomsburg man on probation for gunman tales
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man agreed to seek mental health counseling and admitted to making a false report of seeing a...
Dump truck carrying family ended up in Elysburg corn field
FRANKLIN TWP. — A Mennonite farmer and his two sons escaped serious injury Friday morning when the truck they were in...
June 22, 2018
Berwick Area Ambulance board member: Geisinger not behind drop in ER patients
BERWICK — Berwick Hospital Center has fewer patients who go to the emergency room by ambulance, and leaders worry it...
Point Township home badly damaged
POINT TWP. — A family escaped from their burning home here Thursday afternoon, but the house sustained extensive damage...
Bloomsburg firm helped develop Informed Delivery
BLOOMSBURG — Residents can get a peek at what will arrive in the mail that day with a relatively new service offered by...
Sales-tax decision a financial win for states, big chains
WASHINGTON — States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme...
LIBERTY TWP. — A California man was arrested Wednesday morning with 21/2 pounds of marijuana inside a backpack that was...

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