Sears will close at Columbia Mall

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BLOOMSBURG — The Sears Department Store will close at the Columbia Mall early next year, but the store at the Susquehanna Valley Mall will remain open. More than 50 employees at the Sears store at the Columbia Mall were notified this week that the store will close on January 18. Sharon Leonard is Marketing Manager for the Susquehanna Valley Mall and says they have not been notified of a closure of their Sears location.   Sears will also close its store in the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville. Analysts say Sears has been struggling since it merged with Kmart in 2005. Follow

PSP shoots chase suspect in Columbia County

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BLOOMSBURG – A Bloomsburg man was shot–then arrested after a chase on Interstate 80 from Luzerne to Columbia County Saturday.  State police say they were monitoring traffic on I-80 west in Luzerne County when they tried to stop 20-year-old William Tyler of Bloomsburg.  Tyler pulled over, but then swerved back onto the highway and tried to get away at a high rate of speed. Troopers say they followed Tyler, who exited the interstate onto Route 487 in Columbia County and was eventually forced into a concrete barrier.  He then fled on foot and troopers used a Taser to try to stop him, which was unsuccessful.  A trooper eventually fired his gun at Tyler, who was…

One man killed in a multi-vehicle crash on I-80

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BLOOMSBURG – One man was killed in a crash yesterday afternoon after several vehicles collided on Interstate 80 in Scott Township, Columbia County.  60-year-old William Boettinger of Danielsville in Northampton County was killed in the accident around 1:15 p.m.   State police say Boettinger was driving a garbage truck approaching a construction zone on the westbound side of the highway near mile marker 236 and failed to stop for slow traffic ahead.  Boettinger struck a tractor-trailer driven by 35-year-old Michael Catchings of Mississippi.  This triggered a chain reaction crash involving another tractor-trailer, an SUV and a car.   A woman driving the SUV, 21-year-old Brittany Driscoll of Pittston, sustained moderate injuries in the accident.  She…

Woman shot at gun show doesn’t blame vendor

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ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A woman wounded at a Bloomsburg gun show during the weekend says she doesn’t blame the vendor who shot her accidentally while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster. In fact, 25-year-old Krista Gearhart told the Press Enterprise Sunday that her heart goes out to him for what she calls the “horrible accident.” Police in Columbia County say Gearhart was shot in the right thigh on Saturday at the Eagle Arms Gun Show at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. She was treated at Geisinger Medical Center and released. Prosecutors will determine whether criminal charges will be filed. Gearhart says “it’s very ironic” to be shot at a gun show. But she says if there’s another gun…

Two-alarm fire in Bloomsburg

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BLOOMSBURG — There is a large response to a two-alarm fire in Bloomsburg. The blaze in the 300 block of East First Street started around 10:00a.m. Volunteer crews from Columbia and Montour County are on the scene and caution is advised in the area. The American Red Cross is also said to be helping at the scene. We will have more details as they become available. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Bloomsburg man sentenced for selling counterfeit goods

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BALTIMORE (AP) – A Bloomsburg man who pleaded guilty to selling thousands of counterfeit goods, including military-grade integrated circuits, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. 25-year-old Hao Yang was also ordered to forfeit $59,000 in several bank accounts at sentencing Thursday in federal court in Baltimore. According to his plea agreement, Yang and others operated companies in Maryland and Pennsylvania to import counterfeit goods from China and sell them in the United States. Prosecutors say the items included hundreds of professional sports jerseys, DVDs, computer software and integrated circuits. Follow

Missing dogs returned to Orangeville man

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BLOOMSBURG — We can stop hunting for two stolen hunting dogs.  The dogs that were taken from an Orangeville man Friday have been returned.  State police in Bloomsburg said a woman entered the Columbia County property Friday, placed the two female dogs in a dark colored sedan and fled.  The dogs were discovered at the Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital Wednesday morning.   Both dogs were reportedly healthy.  No word on who took the dogs or why.  They were dropped off at the kennel facility outside the veterinary hospital sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  The owner was contacted and picked up the dogs right away.  Anyone with information on who stole Missy and Susie is asked…

Liverpool man hurt in a crash

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BLOOMSBURG – A Liverpool man is hospitalized following a crash on Interstate 80 Sunday night. State police say 47-year-old Frank Spinnler was traveling west on Interstate 80 near Bloomsburg when he tried to avoid hitting an animal in the road.   His vehicle slid off the road and struck an embankment and flipped onto its roof. Spinnler was taken to Geisinger Medical Center and is listed in serious condition. The accident took place around 10:45 p.m. and no other vehicles were involved. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Fire at the Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg

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BLOOMSBURG – Crews from across Montour and Columbia County were called to a fire at the Moose Exchange at 203 W. Main Street in Bloomsburg.  Crews were called to the scene around 11:40a.m. The fire was said to have started in a stock room at the building. A number of groups rent space from the exchange, including small businesses and clubs.   No serious injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  Witnesses say heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the second floor windows. Route 11/Main Street was closed between Market Street and Railroad Street due to the fire. photo courtesy of George Chamuris       Follow

Bloomsburg flood protection designs revealed

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BLOOMSBURG – The design of the Bloomsburg Flood Protection System is now 25 percent complete and officials hope the project will be complete sometime in 2017. A public meeting took place Tuesday evening at Bloomsburg High School to show the designs for a U-shaped flood wall, that will be just over one mile in length and will protect two industrial properties in the community.   Borton-Lawson, project engineers, says mapping and surveying are being done to determine the exact alignment of the flood protection system. The plants that will be protected by the flood wall include Windor Foods and Autoneum North America. At its highest point, the wall will reach 14-feet.   The estimated cost…