Press Enterprise Archives

June 19, 2018
Trucker toting hammer made threats, cops say
BUCKHORN — A trucker naked from the waist down ran amok at the truck plaza off Interstate 80 here Sunday night,...
Engineering firm will learn if South Centre needs public system
Press Enterprise staff LIME RIDGE — A study to determine if South Centre Township would be better served by a public...
Motorist charged with driving drunk at more than twice the legal limit
BERWICK — A Mifflinville man who’s required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle was charged...
BLOOMSBURG —The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for six more fugitives named in warrants. Some of them may...
June 18, 2018
Millville grower says trade war with China would hurt rural communities
MILLVILLE — If China imposes a tariff on U.S. soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s comments about possible...
Lincoln crashed through front windows and out again, witnesses say
BERWICK — A woman mysteriously managed to ram a car into a downtown store Sunday and drive back out after smashing two...
BERWICK — A teenager was locked up over the weekend on rape charges after he invited a woman to a campfire late Friday...
WASHINGTON — “The economy,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared last week, “is doing very well.” And it is...
Florida suspect jailed on aggravated assault, other charges
DANVILLE — A Florida man slammed a police officer against a wall, then fled despite being hit with a Taser several...
June 17, 2018
Volunteer passed background checks under new identity, Berwick-area companies say
BERWICK — Local fire companies lost a helpful volunteer when they learned he had passed their criminal background...
Southside suspect said he was dying, resisted arrest, charges state
ROARING CREEK TWP. — A man who was acting erratically told police he was high on meth and dying, describing his insides...
State residents can have blast to rival pros’, Riverside seller says
RIVERSIDE — With a change in the state’s fireworks law, residents can now buy “the good stuff” that rivals some of the...
BERWICK — A Bloomsburg man whom police found sitting in the middle of the road after a three-vehicle crash here May 12...
Drivers stop seeking help after flood rescuers are allowed to send bill
PHOENIX (AP) — This monsoon season, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce a so-called “stupid motorist law...
June 16, 2018
Former solicitor criticizes culture, lack of cooperation in Town Hall
BLOOMSBURG — Unhappy with the culture and management in Town Hall, lawyers for Hummel & Lewis, LLP abruptly turned...
Wilkes-Barre-area damage is estimated at more than $18 million
WILKES-BARRE — A tornado that ripped through 23 buildings here Wednesday night caused over $18 million in damage,...
DANVILLE — A man accused of squatting at a shuttered golf course was set to be freed from jail on unsecured bail, but...
BENTON TWP. — A Berwick man was charged with forgery after police say he stole his father’s check information and used...
Video showed woman taking other shopper’s cash, court papers allege
Press Enterprise staff HEMLOCK TWP. — A Berwick woman who found $20 left behind at a self checkout at Walmart here...
June 15, 2018
Troopers allege Berwick parolee started new operation
BERWICK — A former Columbia County probation officer who’s on parole for his role in a nationwide steroid ring dubbed “...
Weather experts believe winds likely reached about 130 mph
WILKES-BARRE (AP) — National Weather Service officials confirmed Thursday that two tornadoes touched down late...
BERWICK — A Nescopeck man who was wanted by the sheriff’s department and parole fled from police by jumping out of the...
Woman in Bloomsburg police fracas put on probation, must get alcohol evaluation
BLOOMSBURG — A woman who kicked a police officer in the stomach during a disturbance outside Good Old Days was placed...
Danville police say Milton motorist will likely be cited after accident
DANVILLE — A woman who was driving the wrong way on a one-way street caused a two-car crash a block from Geisinger on...
June 14, 2018
Bloom man gets year on probation, $500 fine in prostitute case
BLOOMSBURG — Former Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower was sentenced to a year on probation Wednesday when he pleaded “no...
56-year-old may face up to 28 years in prison, $60G in fines
BLOOMSBURG — A former philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University is now a convicted felon after he pleaded guilty...
Bloom council persuaded to drop sidewalk hurdle for farm market
BLOOMSBURG — A planned warehouse for a local farmer’s market nearly stalled after town council insisted the owner...
Board won OK for hikes higher than Pa. cap
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia school district’s property tax rates will increase by 3.6 percent in Northumberland...
Man was accused of wounding husband of woman he was seeing
BERWICK — A man who spent almost a month in jail after allegedly slashing the husband of a woman he was seeing saw the...
June 13, 2018
Berwick Offray wants government to impose a tax on cheap imports
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — Berwick Offray wants the federal government to slap Chinese companies with a...
Officer shares his story as reminder not to ignore signs of trouble
BUCKHORN — When Jeff Sutton began to have trouble swallowing food in December, he brushed it off as a sore throat. By...
Official’s test search finds wrong address despite 9-1-1 data sent to tech giant
DANVILLE — A Google executive says the tech company has Montour County’s new addresses, but local officials contend...
Leaders sign pact to work toward removing Kim’s nukes
SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump wrapped up his five-hour nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...
Police: Quad rolled on top of pair off rural road
MONTOUR TWP. — An 86-year-old man and his 7-year-old great-grandson were each hurt when an ATV flipped on top of them...
June 12, 2018
Bloom stands by decision to suspend sorority house over disruptive conduct
BLOOMSBURG — A student housing landlord who had his rental license suspended for a North Street property lost his...
Cops: Bloom driver hit AC units at medical center, later rolled off road
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A 91-year-old woman crashed through a fence and into air conditioning units at a medical center...
Family questioning what happened to father of eight, 41
WILKES-BARRE — A Berwick father of eight died after a short stay in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, and now...
Defendant says he was hallucinating on day he took vehicle
DANVILLE — A man who went to Geisinger Medical Center last fall seeking mental health care, but instead ended up...
Senior to serve at least 10 years for repeatedly assaulting girl, 12, making videos of the abuse
DANVILLE — A 75-year-old Danville man has been sentenced to spend at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a...
June 11, 2018
Officials: Faulty record-keeping led GMC to investigate RN from agency
DANVILLE — A registered nurse took opioids for herself from Geisinger Medical Center last summer, authorities said....
Berwick youth help raise $6G to help families of kids with cancer
BERWICK — A recently launched Teen Center here held a celebration to mark the fact that one of its first fundraisers...
Police say underage drinker’s caper foiled when pal got citation
BLOOMSBURG — An underage drinker gave another person’s name and personal information when police stopped him for having...
Members to vote on whether to dock pay of colleagues who miss meetings
BERWICK — Council members here plan to vote on whether to withhold pay from their own members for missing meetings....
Father networks with law enforcement, other families
Press Enterprise staff BLOOMSBURG — Two-and-a-half years ago, Steven Whitenight Jr., then 30, went missing while...
June 10, 2018
Trump targets conservation programs that have yielded millions for area landowners
For the Press Enterprise WASHINGTON — Federal programs that have funneled millions of tax dollars to area landowners...
Drunken Bloom man made threats, missed target, charges say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Bloomsburg man who shot at his neighbor with a rifle-style pellet gun was heavily intoxicated,...
Community swim spot in Millville calls for members to keep it afloat
MILLVILLE — Use it or we might lose it. That’s the message the swimming pool committee here is trying to get out to...
Rescuers revived 22-year-old at truck stop, cops say
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Nescopeck man who was found unresponsive in the bathroom of Love’s Travel Stop had just used...
Driver accused of possession with intent to deliver
BERWICK — A Hazleton man had pot and marijuana wax in his vehicle when he was pulled over for a traffic violation,...
June 9, 2018
Reports had moguls courting leader for a health-care project
DANVILLE — Geisinger CEO David Feinberg says he’s not going anywhere amid reports he would be tapped to engineer a...
Scott Township farmer to halt chase, fearing animals will run off weight
SCOTT TWP. — Six cattle from Gensemer’s Meat Co.’s farm have eluded their owner for the third day in row, aided by...
Police chief’s contract renewed early, offers a number of bonuses
BERWICK — Police Chief Ken Strish saw a 5 percent bump to his salary this year when council members agreed to renew his...
VALLEY TWP. —Three people were taken to the hospital when a white GMC Envoy and a red Subaru Impreza collided on Route...
VALLEY TWP. — A man burglarized his mother’s home days after attending a family picnic there, police said. Aaron...
June 8, 2018
Bloomsburg woman stole nearly $50G from school group
BLOOMSBURG — A judge ordered the former treasurer of the Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher...
Fathers of baseball players set up indoor training center in Buckhorn mall
BUCKHORN — When Don Harris and Dave Yost’s sons became old enough and talented enough to play on travel baseball teams...
Neighbors object to do-it-yourself shop
BERWICK — Plans for a new self-service garage stalled Thursday night when the zoning board voted 4-1 to deny the...
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — The final grandstand act to be announced for this year’s Bloomsburg Fair...
Danville Business Alliance aims to draw visitors, encourage activity
DANVILLE — Bicycle racks created by a local artist will soon make their debut downtown as part of a project led by the...
June 7, 2018
Part-time staffer: Managing Bloomsburg event a challenge
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair has hired a retired banker to oversee operations for a newly-created administrative...
Fire chief says Bloomsburg fire looks like vandalism
BLOOMSBURG — A police officer climbed a chain link fence and rushed into a smoke-filled warehouse to extinguish a tire...
Mifflinville man says encounter was consensual, according to cops
MIFFLINVILLE — A woman told police she was raped by a friend at his parents’ home last fall, according to court...
Scott Township farmer says be on the lookout for herd
LIGHTSTREET — Six cows walked away from a pasture along Ridge Road near Gensemer’s Meat Co. here sometime between...
NESCOPECK — A man arguing with his girlfriend over dinner grabbed several knives and threatened to slit her throat...
June 6, 2018
CSS Industries: Berwick Offray bucks trend
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — CSS Industries, the company that owns ribbon maker Berwick Offray, is cutting costs...
DANVILLE — Geisinger turned a $145.9 million profit over the first nine months of its current fiscal year, which is a...
Berwick self-service business needs zoners’ OK
BERWICK — Gary Bedio is hoping to open a self-service garage, where do-it-youselfers and vehicle enthusiasts would have...
Ranger: Dozens of volunteers had searched Ricketts Glen
RICKETTS GLEN — A 16-year-old boy who was hiking with his dog Monday was reported missing, but was found Tuesday...
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — Borough residents and others from nearby communities packed the Shickshinny...
June 5, 2018
Client says Bower refused to reimburse her for faulty video system
BLOOMSBURG — Ex-mayor Eric Bower’s surveillance company installed a video system that did not work as pledged, but...
Central students introduce kindergartners to science of farming
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. —Carson Farr was 10 years old when he started his own vegetable garden. That’s not a typical hobby...
GREENWOOD TWP. — A Benton woman damaged and set fire to multiple items inside her home before being pulled over for...
Colorado man: ‘Tolerance is a two-way street’
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) —Jack Phillips seems like an unlikely U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff. The laconic 62-year-old has...
June 4, 2018
Cops: Two passed out on patio display, wouldn’t leave restrooms
BERWICK — A man and woman high on drugs passed out on patio furniture in front of Weis Markets here and then refused to...
Geisinger says ‘care was appropriate’
DANVILLE — A premature baby suffered permanent brain injuries when his mother gave birth to him and his twin brother at...
Berwick library forgives $5G+ fine for daughters of late reader
BERWICK — A pair of sisters nervously approached the circulation desk of the McBride Memorial Library recently to...
But Columbia County must still defend itself in federal case
WILLIAMSPORT — A federal lawsuit filed against Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain failed to prove claims of sex...
Then homeless, suspect says he broke into Benton Roller Mill to find a place to sleep
MILLVILLE — A man accused of burglarizing the Benton Roller Mill five years ago, leaving behind enough DNA for police...
June 3, 2018
Sewer overseers booted from Town Hall after 60 years
BLOOMSBURG — For the first time since its incorporation nearly 60 years ago, the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority will...
Former trauma patients gather at Geisinger as healing continues
DANVILLE — Lance Hemmen remembers eyeing the doctor riding in the elevator with him a few weeks ago on his way to visit...
Volunteers air books for all at open house
SHICKSHINNY — More than 100 people have signed a petition asking borough council to let the Shickshinny company fight...
DANVILLE — The last time nurse Marcy Tyson saw Dale Soules, he was still in the trauma ward, bruised, swollen, and...
Man admitted having drug ingredients at Sugarloaf home
BLOOMSBURG — A man facing sentencing recently for operating a meth lab in rural Benton last year told a judge he’s “...
Mental health evaluation ordered for 18-year-old
CATAWISSA — An 18-year-old man accused of beating his mother and resisting arrest has been released from prison, but...
June 2, 2018
Manager: Scott Township units target professionals
SCOTT TWP. — A new apartment building at the Lions Gate complex is nearing completion, but it will have a different...
Drivers injured in Hemlock Township accident, authorities report
HEMLOCK TWP. — A motorcyclist was “catapulted” when his bike collided with a car Friday along Route 42, police say....
MILLVILLE — Installation of a bank drive-thru may eliminate three public parking spaces instead of just the one shown...
DANVILLE — The Danville Area primary and high schools were locked down just before noon Friday afternoon because of “a...
Student, 19, facing several charges
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University student who fled from law-enforcement officers wearing only a flannel shirt and...
June 1, 2018
Briar Creek supervisors cite stabbing, tales of misbehavior in rejecting worker camp plan
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — The Briar Creek Township supervisors issued their formal denial of a local farmer’s migrant camp...
Mahoning Township concerns addressed by safety director
BLOOMSBURG — When a storm hit the region recently, the Columbia-Montour 9-1-1 dispatch center was inundated with...
Authorities allege Bloomsburg man stole trooper badge in spree
SCOTT TWP. — A Bloomsburg man who was allegedly responsible for a theft spree in the Lightstreet area in December was...
Riverside woman allegedly took cash, goods
DANVILLE — A woman stole $20 from a coworker’s purse at a convenience store and helped herself to lottery tickets and...
Girl alleges house guest harassed her in North Centre Township
BERWICK — A 13-year-old girl told an interviewer a house guest tied her to her bed in an attempt to force her to have...
May 31, 2018
Officials visit Bloom with word of money for extension
BLOOMSBURG — Work to extend Bloomsburg’s existing floodwall to protect the high school, town-owned buildings and over...
Mahoning fire chief questions missed calls, possible siren, dispatch errors
MAHONING TWP. — Township supervisors have asked county officials to look into why a fire chief couldn’t reach 9-1-1...
Bloom man allegedly filed claim for crash damages, knowing policy had been canceled
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man is charged with insurance fraud for filing a claim for damages sustained in a car...
16-year-old allegedly kicked mom-to-be in abdomen
DANVILLE — A pregnant woman and her brother’s 16-year-old girlfriend fought each other, but both females claimed to be...
Ga. man denies pulling pistol at Mifflin stop, officers say
MIFFLINVILLE — A Georgia trucker was arrested Wednesday for brandishing a pistol during an argument with another rig...
May 30, 2018
Bloom project extension will shield homes, sewer plant, Sen. Casey says
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg will receive $10 million in federal dollars to extend flood...
Bloom shop owner admitted mail fraud, money laundering
WILLIAMSPORT — A federal judge ordered the longtime owner of a downtown Bloomsburg head shop to serve nearly four years...
Patient thanks Geisinger doctors for saving his smashed leg
MAHONING TWP. — After a rock climbing accident in 2003 that left his leg shattered, Carl Byington didn’t know if he’d...
Bloom man and Danville mom injured in accident along Route 11
DANVILLE —Both drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in front of the Route 11 Car Wash here....
Benton man ordered to pay over $2G to end strangling case
DANVILLE — A former police officer accused of strangling a man outside a church after Easter services saw the most...
May 29, 2018
18 units may be joined by 100 more, plus hotel, restaurant/distillery, developer says
BUCKHORN — Eighteen new townhouses are in the works for the Buckhorn area, and the developer has his eye on building a...
Judge says success unlikely for a revised discrimination case
HARRISBURG — Longtime Mahoning Township Police Secretary Kim Wilt revised her discrimination and breach of contract...
Danville man allegedly close to triple alcohol limit when he crashed into post
DANVILLE — A driver was nearly three times over the legal limit for alcohol when he struck a yellow post at a handicap...
BERWICK — A woman accused of attacking her neighbor, then vandalizing his car when he and his wife showed up for her...
Appeal to top state court signifies last gasp for hog-farm foes
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve been covering the court fight over the Will-O-Bett hog farm for years. With residents now asking...
May 28, 2018
Lawyer argues Facebook rant against police wasn’t specific
BLOOMSBURG — A video rant posted on Facebook by a Bloomsburg man containing obscenities and threats against police...
Turners of Nescopeck served heroically, suffered losses in three wars
On Memorial Day, we are reminded of the sacrifices and bravery of our veterans and military personnel. Many local...
Woman admits son, 12, used cord in her defense during fight
BERWICK — Tina M. Maisey says she never cut her boyfriend with a box cutter, and it wasn’t she who beat him with an...
Some directors unclear on reasons for policy to ‘rein in’ groups
BERWICK — The head of Berwick’s football booster club wants to know why the school board voted to ban his and other...
Son allegedly shoved mom, punched her partner and bit a male relative in dispute over girl, 16
DANVILLE — A 19-year-old man threw a violent tantrum when his family told a 16-year-old girl to leave their home,...
May 27, 2018
Berwick chief: Force guiding users to rehab, hunting dealers
BERWICK — When a drug addict showed up at the Beyond Violence domestic violence shelter here, police responded — not...
Shows to be on hold for review, changes
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is suspending its Celebrity Artist Series for the upcoming season while officials...
Driver trapped in puzzling downtown crash; other motorist unhurt
BLOOMSBURG — An emergency dispatcher on her way to work turned to see an SUV’s tire coming at her car window during a...
Rescue boats rush to aid N.Y. campers who found way to land
MONTOUR TWP. — Weekend kayakers from upstate New York got into trouble in the fast-moving water of a swollen...
Nuke generating more power than ever amid upgrades, positive report, Talen spokesman says
SALEM TWP. — The nuclear power plant here is operating safely and has finished some upgrades that should prevent...
May 26, 2018
Troopers probe Ohio teens’ claims of lost items
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Ohio teenagers who had their senior trip to New York City ruined when their bus crashed along...
Limestone Township residence was to be renovated; owner suspects electrical issue
LIMESTONE TWP. — On Friday morning, Daniel and Sarah Bingaman were renovating their newly purchased home at 325 Ottawa...
Official reports that Shickshinny group has repaid $23,034
SHICKSHINNY — Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Co.’s Fireman’s Relief Association is back in compliance with state...
Selinsgrove motorist hurt in Mahoning Township accident
MAHONING TWP. — A woman ran a stop sign on Friday and crashed her minivan into a pickup on Bloom Road at Woodbine Lane...
BRIAR CREEK — Ber-Vaughn Pool opens today for the season, and features a new summer reading program for kids, floating...
May 25, 2018
Elysburg scam victim to take another swipe at Bank of America charge
ELYSBURG — A scam victim sued Bank of America, N.A., for billing him with a $657 charge from a scammer, according to...
Talen official: Maintenance planned at Salem Township recreation area
SALEM TWP. — The Riverlands recreation area here is in dire shape, longtime user Ren Parker says. But Talen spokesman...
BERWICK — Workers at Wise Foods turned down a contract offer for the second time Thursday, saying proposed pay raises...
Officials: Man ‘fair’ after accident
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A truck driver from Illinois was taken to the hospital when the “handle of a crank” fell on his...
Special to the Press Enterprise BERWICK — The new beer-wine café at the Weis Markets store on Chestnut Street here...
May 24, 2018
Bloomsburg suspect allegedly got drunk, choked woman
BLOOMSBURG — An intoxicated man who choked his girlfriend to the point that she was “gasping” for air jumped out of a...
CEO: Health system hired more doctors as it battles increased costs and less funding
DANVILLE — Geisinger CEO David Feinberg acknowledged that the company’s communications office has a standard response...
Damage surprises Briar Creek Township family, Columbia County official
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Heavy rains overnight Tuesday caused several creeks to flood, washing out roads and creating damage...
BLOOMSBURG — Newspaper reporters will not be required to testify at accused killer Anthony Rocco Franklin’s upcoming...
Police say common household items can hide drugs, weapons
BENSALEM (AP) —There are warning signs parents could easily miss: A blood-speckled tissue in the trash. A misshaped...
May 23, 2018
Hemlock Township coverage to cost borough $70,413 in its first year
MILLVILLE — Millville is disbanding its police force and contracting with Hemlock Township’s department for police...
Refrigerator malfunction also damaged Berwick home
BERWICK — A motor home’s refrigerator malfunctioned Tuesday afternoon, causing an explosion and fire that destroyed two...
BLOOMSBURG — Newspaper lawyers want to prevent reporters from having to testify about published interviews with accused...
But final pre-merger tally falls short of $450,000 goal
BERWICK — The Berwick Area United Way fund drive brought in $343,700 this year. That’s a little more than leaders...
SCOTT TWP. — A 47-year-old woman allegedly tried to break into a neighbor’s house, claiming she needed help because she...
May 22, 2018
Police: Bloomsburg suspect made fake dating profile for Danville man
DANVILLE — A woman posed as her ex-boyfriend on a popular dating website, where she asked strangers to send text...
Berwick high school student aims to build residence by end of the year
For the Press Enterprise BERWICK — It was 4:45 p.m. Thursday on Monroe Street, and Tim Maron was running a bit late. A...
Clerk: Mount Pleasant Township spot may need variance to build
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — An auction for about 116 acres of county-owned farm land drew two bidders Saturday. Columbia...
BERWICK — A former borough public works employee who took a $31,032 lump sum payment when he retired may return the...
Ohio teens waylaid in Danville; cigarettes blamed in other wreck
LIBERTY TWP. — Multiple wrecks on Interstate 80 near Danville, including a bus full of high school students, kept...
May 21, 2018
Man freed, awaits trial for allegedly putting tot in danger while on meth
BERWICK — Police and a judge gave some advice to a man accused of dancing on the sidewalk while high on meth as his 2-...
Suspect allegedly left bedroom, fled after slashing shin
BERWICK — A Berwick man slashed the husband of a woman he was seeing at her apartment about 10 p.m. March 29, according...
Borough files own $12G case alleging it overpaid ex-worker
DANVILLE — Danville borough has filed a $12,000 counter-lawsuit against a retired street superintendent who recently...
Teen turning left at busy Danville-area intersection didn’t see biker, who was injured, trooper reports
VALLEY TWP. — A high school senior on his way to his baccalaureate crashed into a motorcyclist Sunday evening, State...

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