Press Enterprise Archives

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...
October 13, 2018
Catawissa boy hiked 25 miles to Shickshinny
CATAWISSA — After two days of hiking away from home, missing teen Wyatt Yohey changed direction and walked into a...
Witnesses: Spencer feared ex, her dad
BLOOMSBURG — Frank Spencer made at least 37 complaints to police in Hemlock Township leading up to his murder in 2012,...
Clever way to pop question was real labor of love
ROHRSBURG — Marriage is sometimes hard work. For Tyler Avery, so was proposing to the love of his life. Tyler’s clever...
Council decides woman meant message, no harm
BLOOMSBURG —The town will withdraw charges their police department filed against a resident who dropped off buckets of...
Man blames daughter’s accusations on parents’ bitter divorce
BLOOMSBURG — A York County man was found not guilty of molesting his daughter at a relative’s home in Montour Township...
October 12, 2018
Experts foresaw full Berwick building collapse
BERWICK — While a roof collapse only damaged one half of the Masonic Building last month, there was evidence that the...
Scott woman, 81, says diverted creek has posed threat for 40 years
SCOTT TWP. —Blanche Breisch dodged some house flooding Thursday morning —thanks to her Route 11 neighbors from Flick...
Defense says case is based on ‘jabbering’ as murder trial opens
BLOOMSBURG — On the first day of accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin’s trial, the prosecution argued Franklin and his...
WASHINGTONVILLE — Folks along Chillisquaque Creek can now receive emergency text alerts or phone calls warning when...
Police: Catawissa 16-year-old with Asperger’s went missing Wednesday
CATAWISSA — A team of professional searchers —including a team armed with tracking dogs —combed the borough Thursday...
October 11, 2018
Auditor: $241G went missing on Tarlecki’s watch
CONYNGHAM TWP. — Former township supervisor and secretary Linda Tarlecki issued herself extra paychecks, accepted...
Six-week-old reportedly has injuries to face, brain
For the Press Enterprise NESCOPECK — A borough man choked a six-week-old baby boy three times to stop him from crying...
Firefighters: Man in SUV may have suffered broken leg
LIME RIDGE — The driver of a Ford Explorer cut across traffic and was clipped by a tractor trailer, sending the smaller...
Police, fire departments submit early budgets
DANVILLE — Danville’s police chief is asking borough council for funds to buy wearable steel plates for officers, and...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph...
October 10, 2018
Zoppetti: Firm has bought land on former silk mill site
BLOOMSBURG — A developer who’s been sparring with the town over the location of a proposed drug and alcohol rehab said...
Berwick manager had BAC of .22, police say
BERWICK — Borough manager Krunal Thakore abruptly resigned Tuesday, following a weekend arrest here on charges that he...
Berwick-area suspect jailed on $40G bail
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A 50-year-old woman was jailed Saturday night after allegedly cutting a man with a large kitchen...
Designation would exempt land from many local rules
SALEM TWP. — Six farming families have applied for a special designation that would protect them from lawsuits, but...
Suspect allegedly followed Bloom U student to party
BLOOMSBURG — A Hazleton man allegedly followed a Bloomsburg University student to a party and raped her, court papers...
October 9, 2018
Critics blame Southern pupil suicide on tormentors
FRANKLIN TWP. —An emotional crowd of parents and students —some tearful, some angry and profane — blasted Southern...
She’s charged with possession for fifth time this year
BLOOMSBURG — Erika Marie Powlus was in the Columbia County Courthouse in early September on a set of drug charges....
Investigation launched into Greek activities due to ‘gravity’ of alleged incidents, official says
BLOOMSBURG — Reports of hazing have prompted a temporary suspension of all Greek pledging and new-member recruitment...
October 8, 2018
14-year overseer welcomes challenge, points to record
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain will challenge longtime Bloomsburg Fair security boss William...
Suspect allegedly had heroin, weed and beer in his van
NUMIDIA — A man with heroin, marijuana and beer in his van took off running wearing a bloodied shirt after allegedly...
New owners of Bloom business switching to chemical-free process
BLOOMSBURG — The new owners of a dry cleaner here say they’re aiming to make their business more environmentally...
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Mifflinville man stopped for drunken driving reportedly told police he’d learned his lesson: next...
Police: Victim said man was high during fight
BERWICK — A woman told police her boyfriend threatened to “blow her head off with his gun” if she went to police after...
October 7, 2018
Housecleaning service owner denies accepting stolen cash from ex-staffer
LIGHTSTREET — After a cleaner was accused of stealing $34,000 from a client’s home here, he told police his boss...
Bail set at $250G for man accused of posing as cop
DANVILLE — A man out on bail on charges that he impersonated a police officer and tied up several people in Berwick...
Orangeville woman who allegedly drove over curb in Scott faces DUI, other charges
SCOTT TWP. — An Orangeville woman who drove her car up over curbing off Fifth Street Hollow Road here was asked by...
Big drawing jackpot puts local July total at $608G
A lottery player from Bloomsburg won a $500,001 jackpot from a $1 drawing game in July, records show. John Downs of...
October 6, 2018
Woman claimed heroin benefits her addicted unborn child, charges say
CATAWISSA — A mother of two children who had heroin and crystal meth in her apartment told police that if she didn’t...
Two Little League venues must move from floodwall path
BLOOMSBURG — The state has earmarked $290,000 for the Town to relocate two of four Little League baseball fields after...
Criminal justice major tried to head-butt a constable as he toted street sign, cops say
BLOOMSBURG — A criminal justice student at Bloomsburg University got locked up early Friday after police say he fought...
Bloom man allegedly choked, beat girlfriend
BLOOMSBURG — Early morning screams sent neighbors running outside, where they discovered a bloody and beaten woman on...
School officials welcome public to new $16.5M performing hub
DANVILLE —Danville Area School District officials welcomed the public into a new performing arts center Friday night,...