Medical condition contributes to crash near Bloomsburg


BLOOMSBURG – A Bloomsburg man says he was suffering from a medical condition when he crashed his vehicle on Sunday.  49-year-old Robert Boysha was traveling east on Back Branch Road in Mount Pleasant Township, Columbia County, when he lost control of his pickup truck around 4 p.m.   The truck went off the road and slid down an embankment before striking a tree and a concrete fixture.  Volunteer firefighters had to rescue Boysha, who was trapped in the pickup truck.  Boysha was carried up a 15-foot embankment and transferred to Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital.  He sustained moderate injuries and his condition is not known.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Woman stabs husband with a corkscrew

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  BLOOMSBURG – A Bloomsburg woman is in jail after stabbing her husband with a corkscrew. 21-year-old Alice Malave-Roque faces attempted homicide and other charges after stabbing her husband in the leg with the corkscrew and punctured his lung with a knife. The victim, Michael Eyer, has been upgraded to serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.   Eyer told police his wife threatened to shoot them both if she had a gun before stabbing him. Malave-Roque had obtained a protection-from-abuse order against Eyer earlier this year. She was denied bail and is being held at Columbia County Jail.  (Matt Catrillo) Follow

Motorcycle accident in Columbia County


BLOOMSBURG — A motorcycle accident has been reported in Columbia County.  According to county communications, the accident is on Route 487 near Interstate 80 in Scott Township.  At least one injury has been reported.  The accident was reported just after 3:00p.m.   Life Flight was headed to the scene, but the request was canceled.  Use caution if you are traveling in the area.  We will update you with details as they become available.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Groundbreaking set for flood protection project


BLOOMSBURG – A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next week to kick off a $30-million flood protection project in Bloomsburg.  The federal Economic Development Administration is providing a $15-million grant for the project, which was secured with the help of SEDA-COG.  Also, about $11.8-million was secured in state grant funding, with the assistance of State Senator John Gordner (R- 27th, Berwick) and State Representative David Millard (R-109th, Bloomsburg).   The flood protection system will primarily protect Autoneum, one of the largest employers in and around Columbia County.  It will also protect the former Windsor Food facility, which closed recently.  The project will consist of installing a U-shaped floodwall, over a mile in length.  Officials from Columbia County,…

Porch collapse injures five

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BLOOMSBURG – Five people were injured in Columbia County, following a porch collapse Saturday.  The incident happened around 2:00p.m. at 345 W. Main Street in Bloomsburg. Benjamin Woolridge, Frank Woolridge, Kayla Balazs and two friends were reportedly injured when the third-floor porch gave way, sending them crashing down to the porch below.  The group was said to be doing repairs to the home. All five suffered injuries and were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.  Benjamin Woolridge is currently listed in fair condition following an injury to his back.  Kayla Balazs is still in the ER.  No treatment or condition is available on the others.  The building is now allegedly condemned.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Bloomsburg man killed in Route 11 crash


BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man was killed in a crash on Route 11 Thursday morning. The Press Enterprise reports 34-year-old Michael Moskovich was driving north on Route 11 around 6 a.m. when a box-truck driver, headed in the opposite direction, crossed the road and struck Moskovich’s vehicle. The driver of the box-truck, 23-year-old Joshua Sietsma of Lackawanna County, was ejected from the truck. Two Life Flight helicopters responded and the drivers were taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Moskovich was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sietsma is listed in critical condition. Route 11 was shut down in Scott Township for seven hours following the crash. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Moose Exchange done with Moose building


BLOOMSBURG – After fire destroyed their building, the Moose Exchange has decided not to move back in.  The Press Enterprise reports the non-profit group has $1.12-million in insurance money, but an architect expects it could cost $4.5-million to rebuild. A fire last January at 203 W. Main Street left the building heavily damaged. The group now plans to show the building to potential developers.  In the meantime, they will drop “Moose” from their name and seek out a new location. The mission of the Exchange is to support the arts, promote education, encourage creativity and enrich downtown Bloomsburg and the surrounding community.  They have hosted art exhibits featuring work from nearly 100 artists.  Their website…

Bloomsburg considers non-discrimination law


BLOOMSBURG – About 300 people are expected to attend Monday’s Bloomsburg Town Council meeting where a non-discrimination ordinance is being considered.  In the ordinace, it will make it illegal for privately owned businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender residents.  This issue emerged after a bridal store declined service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation.   Dwayne Heisler, a human rights advocate and community organizer, talked about Monday’s meeting on WKOK Sunrise Wednesday.  He says council moved the meeting to the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in anticipation of a large crowd, “In conjunction with the meeting, there is a four o’clock rally in support of the ordinance, which will be taking…

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting juvenile


DANVILLE — A teacher from Bloomsburg has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile. According to police, 45-year-old Melissa Anne Brindisi sexually assaulted a juvenile at North Central Secure Treatment Unit in Danville.   State police say they were called to investigate a report of sexual assault between a teacher and a juvenile resident at the treatment facility between October 24 and November 21. Upon investigation, Brindisi was charged with Institutional Sexual Assault and Corruption of Minors. (Codi Jade) Follow

Sears will close at Columbia Mall


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