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


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


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


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


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


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


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)     Follow

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…