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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...
May 20, 2018
Driver allegedly kept hurtling along on sparking rims after tires fell apart
MADISON TWP. — A Jerseytown-area driver led police on a chase that topped 100 mph, refusing to stop even after his...
‘Power in love’ bridges Atlantic and cultural differences
WINDSOR, England (AP) —The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service...
Lawyer asks top state court to reject latest appeal from neighbors
HARRISBURG — A lawyer defending owners of a Salem Township hog farm in a legal fight brought by neighbors argues the...
Court papers: Danville-area man investigated in more break-ins
DANVILLE — A Danville-area man stole items worth nearly $10,000 during two burglaries in Montour County in 2015,...
Psychiatric report finds defendant competent
DANVILLE — A patient who stole an ambulance outside the emergency entrance at Geisinger Medical Center last fall was...
May 19, 2018
Authorities: Meth-addicted chase suspect faces several traffic violations
BERWICK — A 20-mile chase with a pregnant woman inside the car started with an attempt at a routine traffic stop,...
Wonderview son insisted on jail, authorities said
WONDERVIEW — An 18-year-old man beat up his mother Friday afternoon and barricaded himself inside her apartment,...
Leases are slated for the auction block around the same time
BUCKHORN — It’s hard to say what, if anything, will fill the void left by Bon-Ton at the Columbia Mall, the manager...
BLOOMSBURG — A drunken teenager lied to police about her age during Block Party, then ran away before officers could...
May 18, 2018
Berwick man facing a long prison term
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man facing trial for kidnapping and robbery pleaded guilty as the jury waited outside the...
Distraction to town council cited
BLOOMSBURG — Eric Bower resigned Thursday as both mayor of Bloomsburg and as a state constable while he prepares to...
Authorities allege Plains Township robbers first burglarized residence in Salem Township
SALEM TWP. — Two men accused of robbing a bank in Plains Township and leading police on a car chase Wednesday have been...
Special to the Press Enterprise BERWICK — As of July 1, the Berwick Area Ambulance Association will be a part of...
SUV’s collision with rig closed Route 54 for more than an hour
RIVERSIDE — A man may have fallen asleep behind the wheel Thursday afternoon when his SUV crossed into the opposite...
May 17, 2018
Scott Township man jailed
SCOTT TWP. — Police climbed into a second-story window Tuesday night to rescue a 6-month-old after the baby’s father...
Official: Veterans monument could go near Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
BLOOMSBURG — A long-stalled memorial honoring Columbia County’s military veterans that was first proposed in 2004 is...
HARRISBURG — Neighbors who have been fighting for years to shut down a controversial hog farm have taken their fight to...
Plea deal made in Liberty Township bust
DANVILLE — A YouTube celebrity from California pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges arising from a drug bust along...
Man had $2G in cash at Valley Township motel, troopers report
VALLEY TWP. — A 19-year-old man claimed he rented a motel room not to sell drugs, but to party with female students...
May 16, 2018
Wreck shuts Danville-Riverside span as wind, rain batter area
DANVILLE — High winds from a fast-moving storm pushed a tractor trailer onto its side as it crossed the Danville-...
Dozens of trees downed, roof torn off
BERWICK —Thelma Allen, 68, watched Tuesday’s storm from inside her 1551 First Ave. home. When the rain and winds...
Catawissa-area pole barn wrecked, content spared
FRANKLIN TWP. —Farmhand Dennis Crawford was returning 60 heifers from a pasture to a barn during Tuesday’s storm when...
Former state revenue secretary finishes way ahead of the pack
Former State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser handily won the GOP primary, beating out two competitors even though he no...
Columbia farmer says he will be voice for working class families
Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture and Columbia County farmer Denny Wolff secured the Democratic nod for the...
May 15, 2018
Source, goal of mailings unclear, state election officials say
BLOOMSBURG — Letters have begun arriving in area mailboxes purporting to show the voting history of their recipient —...
The primary elections to select Democratic and Republican candidates for state and federal offices are today. Polls...
Prison staffer looks after the flowers at historic Catawissa Quaker site
Press Enterprise Managing Editor CATAWISSA —Bob McDonald spends his workdays tending the inmates at SCI-Coal Township...
Bloom green-lights Fourth bash thanks to campus veterans
BLOOMSBURG — With more than $6,000 pledged from local businesses, private donors and a university group, town officials...
TV meteorologist comes home to share story of young man’s recovery from devastating strike
ELMIRA, N.Y. — A Southern Columbia graduate now working as a TV meteorologist here will be on the air today telling the...
Only errant motorist taken to GMC after Route 11 crash, police say
Press Enterprise Managing Editor SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A driver went through a red light, smashing into the side of an...
May 14, 2018
Woman allegedly stole $5,000 from Berwick man willing to loan her $20
BERWICK — A Berwick resident was willing to lend $20 to an acquaintance — instead police say she stole $5,000 from him...
Finnegan will keep seeing his patients at revamped Scott site
BERWICK — An eye doctor is closing his office downtown, shifting his patients to a newly refurbished eye-care center...
Alleged victim also charged in domestic
***EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CORRECTION WAS PRINTED IN MAY 15, 2018's EDITION: "Jeremy Linn of Berwick, charged in a...
Cops: Nescopeck man took $4G+ worth of items
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A Nescopeck man allegedly stole $4,450 worth of items from his former employer, according to court...
Attorney General’s office to seize admitted trafficker’s Chevy
LIBERTY TWP. — A man arrested with 20 pounds of marijuana in his car while on Interstate 80 recently avoided being sent...
May 13, 2018
Owner blames BU, town for driving her out, but officials see room for competition
BLOOMSBURG —The owner of Ready Go Burrito is calling it quits, saying Bloomsburg University and the town drove her out...
BERWICK — A Berwick man who admitted using meth was dancing on the sidewalk and hollering obscenities while his 2-year-...
Family to meet man who received late Vo-Tech senior’s lungs
SUMMERHILL — Duncan Heidler was one excited 16-year-old when he passed his driver’s test on his second try in the...
Police take Honda sedan’s driver into custody after three-vehicle accident
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man was taken into custody Saturday morning after a three-vehicle crash that left his car in a...
Three Democratic Congressional candidates are facing off in Tuesday’s primary election in a bid for the 9th District...
The primary elections to select Democratic and Republican candidates for state and federal offices are Tuesday. Polls...
May 12, 2018
Health system honored for its anti-discrimination measures
DANVILLE — Long-time Geisinger executive Lynn Miller is haunted by an ugly memory: Years ago, when her brother was a...
DANVILLE — Dawn Fisher works for Geisinger to educate fellow employees about empathy and tolerance when dealing with...
Competition plays into Millville-area woman’s recovery from PTSD
MILLVILLE — Janelle Lykon is heading to Colorado Springs in a few weeks to compete in the 2018 Warrior Games. The Air...
Marketing student, 22, goes to jail, not home, after raid
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University senior about to leave town after finishing classes this week was instead taken to...
Bloom man allegedly demanded trip to rehab
BLOOMSBURG —A man seen trying to steal a tractor-trailer from a truck lot Friday told police the rig belonged to him,...
BLOOMSBURG — Three conservatives are battling for the Republican nomination in the new 9th Congressional District in...
May 11, 2018
Official: Bloomsburg units to mix professionals, subsidized tenants
BLOOMSBURG — A multi-million dollar housing complex offering a mix of subsidized and market-rate apartments is to be...
Ex-Bloomsburg man helped market and sell synthetic drugs
WILLIAMSPORT — A former Bloomsburg man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for his role in a $10 million...
Mayberry Township dinosaur-costume designer has eye on directing
MAYBERRY TWP. — As Mackenzie Wertman works her way through film school, she also has a book for sale on Amazon and...
Danville man to be evaluated as potential predator after allegedly assaulting teen boys
DANVILLE — A Montour County man admitted sexually assaulting two teenage boys, then calling one of them from jail to...
SEATTLE — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical...
May 10, 2018
Police: Motorist blamed deer for damage in Bloomsburg accident
BLOOMSBURG — Police have identified and charged a woman they say hit a juvenile with her vehicle just after midnight...
West Berwick Elementary students learn responsibility tending to its flowers, food
BERWICK — The white tower in Megan Culver’s fourth-grade classroom looks like something that belongs in a space colony...
Suspect in kidnapping, robbery sought new lawyer, continuance
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who’s charged with kidnapping and robbery is going to trial under protest after a judge...
BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man who claims he was choked and abused by guards while locked up in Columbia County Prison has...
Authorities allege Catawissa driver also had suspended license
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A Catawissa man originally stopped for a traffic violation was found to be in possession of...
May 9, 2018
Tempers flare; mayor’s mom taken from room briefly after disturbance
SHICKSHINNY — Fire Chief Kevin Morris had hoped a show of support from residents might convince borough council to...
Police track man, 24, to rural Bloomsburg home after a chase
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A drunken 24-year-old man on an off-road vehicle maneuvered around a police car, then led officers...
Bloom and Scott no longer accept clippings due to compost fires
Press Enterprise Managing Editor BLOOMSBURG — The town and neighboring Scott Township have stopped accepting grass...
Bloomsburg suspect faces drug and corruption charges
BERWICK — An 18-year-old faces charges after he was allegedly found in a car with a juvenile girl and marijuana. Ethan...
Frustrated commissioners sought Toomey’s help
DANVILLE — More than a year after new addresses were assigned countywide, Montour County Commissioners say Google is...
May 8, 2018
Officer revived OD victim for whom driver didn’t seek aid, charges say
SCOTT TWP. — What started as a routine traffic stop ended with a township police officer saving a woman’s life from an...
Developer hopes to lodge travelers in 10 tiny houses at Stillwater
STILLWATER — Travelers can rent 10 tiny houses at the new Vista Lodge at 3726 Route 487 here, a developer says. Each...
Son, 18, menaced woman after she asked him to stop pestering their cat
SCOTT TWP. — A teenager menaced his mother with a butter knife and fork after she asked him to stop harassing the...
Eviction proceedings planned against family accused of homophobic slurs, rock throwing
BERWICK — Borough officials are planning to start eviction proceedings against a family that was accused of yelling...
Witnesses reported sedan driver was speeding, officials say
VALLEY TWP. —Witnesses said a man was speeding just before his car wrecked with a pickup and ended up on its roof along...
May 7, 2018
System wants DNA screening to be part of everyday preventative care
DANVILLE — A simple draw of two tablespoons of blood to explore patients’ genetic risks for disease may soon become as...
Mobile restaurant owner rolls out fresh, authentic Mexican menu
BLOOMSBURG — A food truck owner who started his business serving fresh, authentic Mexican meals just off Interstate 80...
Affidavit says parole agent hit by window before call for SWAT
BERWICK — Parole agents tried to serve an arrest warrant on John Fitzgerald Karns peacefully, spending about half an...
Rural Illinois governments say it’s a stand for Second Amendment
CHICAGO (AP) — Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives...
Brett Eldredge, Devin Dawson to share stage
BLOOMSBURG —Two country acts will take the Bloomsburg Fair grandstand stage on the last Saturday of the fair, the...
May 6, 2018
Briar Creek store clears first hurdle toward adding alcohol and seating
BRIAR CREEK — Sheetz customers may soon be able to pick up a bottle of wine or a six pack here. Briar Creek Borough’s...
Same judge presided over wedding, first of two violence cases
BERWICK — About three months after officiating the wedding of Rayshaun and Shawndra Stepney, District Judge Richard...
Police: Driver, 83, dozed at wheel; neither he nor wife badly hurt
ALMEDIA — A driver dozed off Saturday afternoon and crashed a Jaguar head-on into a utility pole along Old Berwick Road...
Danville-area woman wanted torn nation to heal
DANVILLE — In the 1800s, a local school teacher was not a fan of Abraham Lincoln but supported the troops and wanted...
May 5, 2018
$250G report lists ways to shore up struggling state-owned universities
HARRISBURG — Weakened by falling enrollment and hamstrung by inflexible union contracts, Bloomsburg and the other state...
Berwick dealer appealing court judgment in faulty-vehicle dispute
BERWICK — A Berwick-area woman, frustrated by a used car with a balky engine and a dealership that either couldn’t or...
Council may raise cost of tickets from $10 to $30 or more
MILLVILLE — The price of a parking ticket here may be increased. Council recently discussed raising the fine from the...
Burned Danville-area home considered too risky to enter, delaying investigation into blaze cause
MAHONING TWP. — Losses are estimated as high as $550,000 from Wednesday’s fire that destroyed a family’s two-story home...
Benefits add up to more than $300G per month
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Henry South served as technology director for McKeesport Area School District, until investigators...
May 4, 2018
President: Social-media savvy a must for year-round post
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair may hire a manager to oversee year-round operations, according to Fair President Paul...
Catawissa Military Band favorites span generations
CATAWISSA — Catawissa Military Band conductor Jessica Martz hopes Tuesday’s spring concert that celebrates its 140th...
Bloomsburg mom’s lawyer said she has paid back the funds
BLOOMSBURG — A former PTO treasurer at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School admitted embezzling nearly $50,000 in a...
DANVILLE —Schuylkill County commissioner George Halcovage Jr., a Republican running for a congressional spot in the May...
Woman, 20, allegedly damaged car downtown
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University women’s lacrosse player was charged with criminal mischief for damaging a car with...
May 3, 2018
Lawyer: Berwick residents must keep up home
BERWICK — Fred Berlin may have the title to a house that’s allegedly infested with cockroaches and other bugs, but that...
Police chief: Calls were up as staffing lagged
BERWICK — For the second year in a row, the number of arrests declined here, despite more calls for assistance from...
Danville student escapes as blaze breaks out in Mahoning Township
MAHONING TWP. — A Danville Area High School student returning home from school walked into his smoke-filled house...
Montour Township Police: Sudden turn led to rear-end crash
MONTOUR TWP. — A Danville officer and a DUI suspect he was transporting were both taken to the hospital when a truck...
Southbound lanes closed in Valley Township
VALLEY TWP. — A tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injuries when his rig veered off Route 54 near Sugar Camp Road...
May 2, 2018
Outdoors shop suffered ‘pretty good loss’ in busiest season, owner says
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — Firefighters saved the building that houses a small, family-owned outdoor-sports shop on top of...
Senator sees growth ahead for economy
BLOOMSBURG — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey told local business leaders he’s “very bullish” about the future of America’s...
Three candidates for Congress field questions at Bloom forum
BLOOMSBURG — Speaking to a packed house at the Greenly Center on Tuesday night, three Democratic Congressional...
Massive research project will ‘transform medical care’
WASHINGTON — Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for...
Borough officials say it’s already doing its part for MARC
DANVILLE — Montour County commissioners are asking all municipal governments — including Danville borough council — to...
May 1, 2018
Town attorney’s restroom station brings ‘decency’
BLOOMSBURG — An experiment to add “just a touch of human decency” and safety to Block Party this year — a row of...
Route 11 surface in Bloom area is eroding years ahead of schedule, PennDOT admits
A microsurfacing project that covered a section of Route 11 in Scott and South Centre townships in 2013 began crumbling...
Five-year teachers contract also alters health insurance
CATAWISSA — Teachers in the Southern Columbia Area School District will collectively receive $870,000 more in salaries...
Punch took out a front tooth, broke another, charges say
BLOOMSBURG — A man who tried to break up a fight between a friend and a group of “bigger guys” at Tri Pi Pizzeria was...
Inmate adopted by Mifflin couple sought earlier release
WILKES-BARRE — Sentenced as a teenager to life in prison for a double-murder, Kenneth Crawford on Monday was offered...
April 30, 2018
700 Suboxone patients treated in first year, Geisinger officials say
BLOOMSBURG — A year after Geisinger opened the area’s first Suboxone clinic here, hospital officials say it’s so...
Nescopeck woman revises plans, takes step toward dream of an event venue
MIFFLIN TWP. — A Nescopeck woman who has dreamed of hosting barn weddings moved one step closer to making it a reality...
24 energy-efficient homes springing up in aging neighborhood
BERWICK — The West End is being rebuilt, with workers constructing 24 energy-efficient houses on lots that once held...
Rick Springfield headlines nostalgia bill at grandstand
BLOOMSBURG — Four 1980s acts will take the Bloomsburg Fair grandstand stage on Wednesday of Fair Week. Rick...
Woman allegedly held captive, head-butted after night of drinking
BERWICK — A drunken man allegedly held his girlfriend captive overnight as he repeatedly strangled her and threatened...
April 29, 2018
State’s replacement mandate vexes Columbia officials, who say taxpayers face $750G tab
BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County officials are miffed about a recently floated state order that would require all...
Caretaker charged after boy, 2, found way onto Berwick demolition site
BERWICK — A 41-year-old woman faces a felony charge after the 2-year-old she was baby-sitting allegedly wandered onto a...
Shick residents can’t go home, don’t know who’ll cover repairs
For the Press Enterprise SHICKSHINNY — Two weeks after a massive tree toppled in a windstorm here, residents are still...
Vandalism meant as retaliation, court papers say
BERWICK — Two Nanticoke residents “keyed” a vehicle outside District Judge Richard Knecht’s office, court papers say....
Police: Pair was on way to Knoebels
MAIN TWP. —A 4-year-old girl and her grandmother were taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after the woman lost...
April 28, 2018
Bloomsburg raid allegedly netted over 34 pounds of marijuana
BLOOMSBURG — Authorities seized more than 34 pounds of marijuana, several guns and nearly $31,000 in cash during a raid...
MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. —A man roughed up his wife and threatened to burn down a house while they were inside Thursday...
Syrian immigrant formally inaugurated
BLOOMSBURG — When Bashar Hanna was formally inaugurated as Bloomsburg University’s 19th president, one word was...
VALLEY TWP. — An alternative plan to a much-contested roundabout at the Route 54/642 intersection would add two...
ANTHONY TWP. — A Turbotville man molested an 8-year-old girl twice in January and confessed during an interview with...
April 27, 2018
Couple alleges installation mess settled on gift card
ELYSBURG — Charles Kaslavage ordered a large Pella window from Lowe’s in Buckhorn about 20 months ago and it’s still...
Police: Warrant led to standoff near Berwick
BRIAR CREEK TWP. — A man who absconded from state parole barricaded himself and his girlfriend inside a trailer on...
Two-vehicle Berwick accident shut down road for a time
BERWICK — A two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Orange Street sent one woman to the hospital and shut down the...
Montour commissioners accept $1M grant for plan likely to save on insurance
DANVILLE — Danville will raise its levee by the Susquehanna River to meet new federal requirements, and that should...
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — Police were called to Central Columbia High School Thursday morning when school officials...
April 26, 2018
Directors bar groups from meeting off school property in surprise move
BERWICK — School directors here unexpectedly banned booster clubs from meeting off school property, sparking objections...
Renovation tab estimated at $990G
BLOOMSBURG — Despite a last-ditch effort by advocates to keep the Norris E. Rock Memorial Swimming Pool open this...
Police attorneys want federal suit dismissed
WILLIAMSPORT — Lawyers for Scott Township Police say the parents of a mentally ill man shot and killed by an officer...
Prothonotary: Seniors struggle to find place for dental work
DANVILLE — Sue Kauwell confronted Geisinger executives Wednesday with concerns that some senior citizens are having...
Berwick man was allegedly speeding while on meth, with pregnant girlfriend in passenger seat
For the Press Enterprise HUNTINGTON TWP. — A Berwick man led police on a high-speed chase for approximately 20 miles...
April 25, 2018
Animal-cruelty suspect faces trial on two charges after hearing
MILLVILLE — Eric Bankes took the witness stand in court Tuesday to describe the day he discovered his dog Lexi dead in...
Flood-protection group awards Montour funds
DANVILLE — Montour County commissioners voted Tuesday to accept a $1 million award from the Luzerne County Flood...
Late president’s daughter brings Alzheimer’s initiative to Geisinger
DANVILLE — President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis shared personal stories at Geisinger Medical Center Tuesday...
Mock case staged to show error of stereotypes, meaning of consent
BLOOMSBURG —A young woman testified Tuesday night that her date forced himself on her after the two went to a party,...
Police: 20-year-old also punched youth in face
BERWICK — A Berwick man allegedly kneed a juvenile in the groin and punched him in the face, court papers say. Police...
April 24, 2018
Council concern over juggling two jobs behind officer’s decision
MILLVILLE — Millville’s officer in charge has resigned. Jonathan Yaskiewicz told council he’s leaving his post after a...
Bloom official, stripped of police role, vows to stay on
BLOOMSBURG — Just three days after his arrest on charges of soliciting prostitution, Eric Bower presided over Monday...
BLOOMSBURG — Mayor Eric Bower has been suspended from duties as a state constable because of his arrest Friday for...
Efforts to curb annual booze bash may be working, say BU, town leaders
BLOOMSBURG — Saturday’s Block Party drew fewer people and led to fewer serious arrests than in recent years, leading...
No tax hike likely in coming year
BERWICK — School directors here narrowly passed the same preliminary budget they rejected at their last meeting, which...
State Police support governor’s ‘commonsense’ plan to expand background checks on firearms
HARRISBURG —Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday asked the Legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in...
April 23, 2018
Suspect allegedly vowed to burn house with girlfriend, kids in it
BERWICK — A Berwick man threatened to loose his dog on police when they came to his home in March to investigate a...
Bonsai creator turns wire into 7-foot willow
BUCKHORN — Local artist Mark Golomb has been making intricately wire-woven bonsai trees for four decades. Using common...
Berwick-area fugitive fought arrest, cops say
SALEM TWP. — A Berwick-area man wanted in multiple states led police on a vehicle chase from Sugarloaf Township to...
Fellow prisoner informed on Mifflinville man
BLOOMSBURG — A man charged with DUI and possession of meth with the intent to deliver got into more trouble after his...
Prosecutor says time error is not enough to scuttle charges
BERWICK — A man wants his burglary case dismissed because arrest papers list the wrong time for a break-in at Ber-...
April 22, 2018
Bloom leader says he suspects sex case may be political setup
BLOOMSBURG — Alleging that his arrest may have been politically motivated, Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower says he intends...
Woman calls dad in custody fuss abusive to his child’s mother
BERWICK — A woman accused of stabbing a man in the back during a custody dispute involving another woman’s child says...
Fun, games and booze reign at this year’s bash in Bloom
BLOOMSBURG — Some party-goers were so eager to attend Saturday’s Block Party, they came on crutches. As in past years...
Local customers will see little change, official says
DANVILLE — FNB Bank and a bigger bank are seeking approval for a merger, but customers won’t notice much change, an...
Nescopeck man also charged with pot possession, speeding
BERWICK — A Nescopeck man who abandoned his car after crashing it on Lake Road had meth, marijuana and a large knife,...

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