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.

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)  

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      

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…

Interstate 80 shut down after truck overturns

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BLOOMSBURG – Interstate 80 was closed for several hours yesterday after a tanker truck overturned and spilled gasoline in Columbia County. The wreck happened around 4 p.m. when the tanker truck collided with another vehicle in the eastbound lanes near the Lightstreet Exit near Bloomsburg.   Interstate 80 eastbound was closed between the Buckhorn and Lightstreet exits for about seven hours on Sunday evening. No serious injuries were reported. The truck was hauling gasoline which spilled on the highway. (Ali Stevens)    

Plane left Bloomsburg before crash

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  BIGLERVILLE, Pa. (AP) – The manager of the Bloomsburg Airport says a plane that crashed into a field in a fruit-farming region outside Gettysburg, killing at least two people, had taken off from the airfield about a half-hour earlier.   Bloomsburg Airport manager Dick Sharrow told the Press Enterprise that the owner rented hanger space last week for the twin-engine Piper PA30 Twin Comanche.   He said state police visited the airport Thursday to confirm that the flight originated there but asked him not to release the owner’s name. Autopsies on the victims are slated Friday.   Police said the plane went down at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday east of Biglerville, scattering debris over…

Man pleads guilty to fatal drunk driving accident

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BLOOMSBURG – A Columbia County man has pleaded guilty to being intoxicated when he struck and killed a pedestrian on September 16th of last year. 19-year-old Joseph Rish is charged with hitting 50-year-old Robert Mohr with his pickup truck along Ridge Road in North Centre Township.   The Press Enterprise reports Mohr was pushing his bicycle home from work along a berm when he was struck by Rish. Police say Rish never stopped to offer help and he was found hiding in a bedroom at his sister’s home. Mohr was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.   Rish was also driving with a suspended license at the time and his blood alcohol level…

Agape celebrates four years Saturday

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BLOOMSBURG – A local organization is celebrating four years of helping others.  Agape, a non-denominational faith-based group that works to help those in need, will be holding Agape Palooza tomorrow.   Agape board member Kathy Lowe said, “This is really an event to let other faith-based organizations come out and show their stuff.  I know in my own church we are talking about having a stand to show our ministry and what we can do for the community.  So many, many groups will be out there doing the same at Agape Palooza.”   She said this year they will be adding a kayak float to the fun.  “The Susquehanna Kayak Float is being organized by…

Route 11 wreck leaves Bloom woman ‘critical’

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BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg woman is hospitalized at Geisinger Medical Center after her vehicle was hit by a truck hauling a trailer full of animals Thursday afternoon on Route 11. 76-year-old Patricia McLaughlin is in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center. According to tThe Press Enterprise, the crash happened when the driver of another vehicle, 58-year-old Neil Young of Young’s Funny Farm, was towing his therapy animals, including two horses and three donkeys, when he turned into the path of a vehicle driven by McGlaughlin. She was pinned in her car and had to be cut free from the wreckage. McLaughlin was flown to Geisinger Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. Young suffered…