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March 12, 2019
Pleas allow ex-Berwick doctor a chance to clear top charges
BLOOMSBURG — A former Berwick podiatrist admitted in court Monday that he illegally dispensed painkillers and...
Officials say district can’t pay share of expansion without voter-approved tax hike over state cap
FRANKLIN TWP. — Southern Columbia officials revealed Monday night the district will be hard-pressed to afford its share...
Woman escapes Bloom fire only to watch flames devour possessions
BLOOMSBURG — Toni Kester awoke around 4 a.m. because she couldn’t breathe. Her basement bedroom was filled with smoke...
Store scores $10G bonus; winner’s identity unknown
BERWICK — A winning Cash 5 lottery ticket worth a record-setting $2.4 million was sold at the Sheetz store here Friday...
One suspect fled hospital after crash, the other drove 130 mph, authorities allege
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A pair of traffic stops led to two high-speed chases and felony charges for two Berwick men, police...
March 11, 2019
Berwick High will offer three-year course of study in criminal justice
BERWICK — Beginning in August, students at Berwick Area High School will have a new option for their career path. The...
Berwick couple had images on a home computer, cops say
BERWICK — A Berwick couple accused of keeping a journal detailing their fantasies of sexually abusing a 9-year-old are...
Women in Columbia jail donate creations to the needy, seniors
BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia County Prison has a cell block that can easily be confused with a small-scale clothing...
‘You’re going to die tonight,’ he allegedly said
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man who told his ex-girlfriend “you’re going to die tonight” is now charged with making...
Football player to start spring break in cell for punching bar patron
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University football player will be spending spring break in prison for an assault last March...
March 10, 2019
Authorities: Victim critically wounded in fight outside Berwick bar
BERWICK — A bloody stabbing outside a bar here late Friday left a man in critical condition Saturday night while police...
Hangout specializes in purrfect matches as far off as Hollywood
LEWISBURG — A Hollywood animal trainer traveled all the way here from the West Coast to adopt a cat from The Scratching...
Man apologizes for the damage
BERWICK — A man who allegedly led police on a car chase, crashed his vehicle, then fled on foot, said he’s sorry for...
Educator is seeking Orange supervisor seat
ORANGE TWP. — Central Columbia School District Superintendent Harry Mathias may be retiring in June, but that doesn’t...
No one at home when blaze began
LIBERTY TWP —Flames leveled a large modular home here Saturday morning in a three-alarm blaze that kept volunteers from...
March 9, 2019
Woman alleges Gardens at Orangeville policy made health woes worse
ORANGEVILLE — A woman is suing the owners of an Orangeville nursing home where she worked about four years, claiming...
BU freshmen charged
BLOOMSBURG — Two Bloomsburg University students were jailed on Feb. 25 after being arrested on suspicion of dealing...
Millville business offers comfort in portable potties with sink, cool air
MILLVILLE — The newest product on the lot at Starr Portables portable toilet business has a toilet and sink, as well as...
Police: Catawissa man went to hospital after Ranshaw motorist rear-ended him
ELYSBURG — A chain-reaction crash sent one person to a hospital and damaged three vehicles Friday morning along Route...
Doctor appeared on screen, upset relative tells news station
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A family is devastated after their relative was told he didn’t have long to live by a doctor...
March 8, 2019
Developer vows to appeal decision
BLOOMSBURG — In a unanimous decision, Bloomsburg’s zoning board voted Thursday to uphold a zoning officer’s decision to...
Democrat: Severance tax could bring $75M for protection
BLOOMSBURG — If Gov. Tom Wolf gets a severance tax passed through the state legislature, Columbia County could stand to...
Parent, parish efforts credited with keeping Holy Family open
BERWICK — Holy Family School has been saved. The Diocese of Harrisburg and Bishop Ronald W. Gainer announced Thursday...
Suspect locked up in Columbia County Prison
BERWICK — A Berwick man carrying 200 packets of heroin fled from police, first running, then trying to crawl away...
BLOOMSBURG — A Danville man won $125,000 on a $30 scratch-off ticket called $3 Million Cash, state records show. That...
March 7, 2019
School superintendent: Payout aims to save in long run
BERWICK — Some teachers and administrators who retire this year could receive $39,000 in addition to all their usual...
Police: BU student declared himself ‘very intellectual,’ threatened to sue
LOCUST TWP. — A Bloomsburg University student led police on a high-speed chase Tuesday night that topped speeds of 100...
Siblings to offer locally sourced products in Scott Township spot
SCOTT TWP. — The owners of a popular food truck specializing in locally sourced ingredients are bringing their fresh...
Full restitution within a year required
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg teen charged with vandalizing buildings and the Skyride at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be...
BERWICK — A Berwick man on house arrest fled from police and tried to swallow a bag of meth when the vehicle he was...
March 6, 2019
Relatives of troubled Bloom-area man say they have doubts
MONTOUR TWP. — A man with a history of mental health issues and self-mutilation has died after stabbing himself in the...
Philly man accused of threatening wife and her boyfriend
BERWICK — A Philadelphia man who repeatedly threatened his estranged wife and her boyfriend tried to break into her...
Local native helps rescue 700-pound behemoth on job in Georgia
SUMTER COUNTY, Ga. — Central Columbia graduate Graham Rhone’s first alligator call as a wildlife technician turned out...
Man arrested in Catawissa allegedly had meth
CATAWISSA — A man acting erratically allegedly strangled an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment then lunged at police...
Cops: Injured man thought assailant suspected him of crime
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man followed another patron into a bathroom at the Good Old Days and repeatedly punched him...
March 5, 2019
Super: Football boss and AD to leave for job at King’s College
BERWICK — Frank Sheptock, Berwick’s head football coach and athletic director, is resigning to take a new job with King...
Testimony on Salem farm zone drags on; second hearing slated
SALEM TWP. — A crowd of upset residents showed up for a hearing on farm protections some fear could lead to more...
Locust Police invite truck driver to come get scattered parts
NUMIDIA — A hit-and-run driver who scattered more than a dozen parts of his pickup on roads near here has been invited...
New station will be built this year on empty lot near old elementary school
DANVILLE — By the end of the year, the police here should have a new station to call home. Danville is borrowing $3.5...
Blaze levels Riverside-area home; cause not suspicious, fire chief says
RUSH TWP. — A trailer fire early Monday destroyed a home and killed a dog inside, officials said. The fire at 14...
March 4, 2019
Scott caretaker allegedly stole $2G through debit card entrusted to her
SCOTT TWP. — A caretaker is accused of stealing about $2,200 from her neighbor who trusted her with a debit card to run...
Alleged victim says he wanted suspect out of Slavonic club
BERWICK — An alleged assault victim testified he was trying to get his assailant permanently banned from the American...
HEMLOCK TWP. — A 37-year-old man was drunk when he punched his father in the face during a family dispute Sunday,...
Police: Messages referred to ‘killing (a) few people’ at Bloomsburg-area business
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — A man recently fired from a local business told a former co-worker he would be “killing (a) few...
March 3, 2019
Supers must vote by month’s end or shielding kicks in automatically
SALEM TWP. — Supervisors here are holding a public hearing Monday on whether to designate 536.6 acres as part of an...
Danville-area teen allegedly vowed to kill his grandmother
MAHONING TWP. — A Mahoning Township man threatened to kill his family in a series of messages sent to the Danville...
Danville team’s skit about car that runs on olive oil among scores at Odyssey of Mind
BERWICK — Danville sixth-grader Abril Xu and four of her classmates brought the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci to life...
Rescuers cut windshield to cut driver free from wreckage
MIFFLIN TWP. —A Berwick woman had to be cut from her car after it slid off a steep, snowy road here and struck a tree...
Impact of social media has role in ‘Good Kids’
BLOOMSBURG —“Good Kids,” presented by the Bloomsburg University Players, ventures into the uncomfortable subject of...
March 2, 2019
Judge cites ‘common sense’ in sexual misconduct case
BLOOMSBURG — A judge dismissed complaints of negligence against a former Geisinger doctor convicted of harassing a...
Store co-owner fears fallout from brand’s decision
BERWICK— Nike shoes, clothing and backpacks make up roughly a quarter of the sales at Harry’s Sporting Goods. And as...
Police say they also found hundreds of used heroin packets
For the Press Enterprise SALEM TWP. — When police found more than 100 used heroin packets inside a woman’s apartment...
BRIAR CREEK — A Berwick man who attempted to steal nearly $1,000 worth of items from Giant market was caught after his...
Area residents banked $145,703 in winnings for December
BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man won $4,000 playing the iLottery game called Super Gems, state records show. That made...
March 1, 2019
Data: Stock slide left health system with $156M deficit
DANVILLE — Geisinger had an extraordinarily successful first six months of its current fiscal year, when you consider...
Southern students make effort to be kind following classmate’s suicide
FRANKLIN TWP. — Students at Southern Columbia High School have been on a mission to make kindness cool in the months...
Facebook users can vote with emojis
BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg Fair is asking for the public’s help picking its final act of this year’s grandstand lineup...
‘Peanuts’ pianist composed piece for March 7 service
BLOOMSBURG — The late jazz pianist who composed music for over a dozen “Peanuts” TV cartoons starring Charlie Brown and...
Man faces drug charges in arrests within weeks
BERWICK — A Berwick man was arrested twice in less than a month for numerous drug charges involving meth, court papers...
February 28, 2019
Developer: Warehouse lease has ‘take back’ clause
BLOOMSBURG — A hot tub manufacturer has signed a multi-year lease for the former Windsor Foods plant, effectively...
Kick the Sweet campaign calls on Berwick area to improve diet
BERWICK — A can of Coke has nine teaspoons of sugar in it. Drink two 2-liter bottles, and you’ve downed a pound of...
Charges: Danville woman, 67, yelled homophobic slurs
DANVILLE — A 67-year-old Danville woman harassed a male neighbor because of his sexual orientation, charges say. Mary...
President’s ex-lawyer tells Congress he has no ‘direct evidence’ of collusion with Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a damning depiction of Donald Trump, the president’s former lawyer on Wednesday cast him as a...
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un projected optimism Wednesday as...
February 27, 2019
Rescuers pluck woman from frigid water
MONTOUR TWP. — A woman was rescued from a frigid Susquehanna River after she jumped from the Catawissa river bridge...
Bloom-area suspect allegedly supplied fentanyl-laced heroin
WILLIAMSPORT — A Bloomsburg-area man has been charged with supplying the combination of heroin and fentanyl that killed...
Louisiana company to take over
DANVILLE — Geisinger is farming out its home health and hospice business to a large Louisiana-based for-profit company...
Diocese ‘open’ to idea to save Berwick’s Holy Family, board boss says
BERWICK — A four-person delegation with hopes of saving Holy Family met with Bishop Ronald Gainer and members of his...
Police: Woman flown to Geisinger Monday lost control of car on curve
DANVILLE — A woman who was airlifted due to injuries she suffered in a rollover crash near Wilburton No. 1 on Monday is...