Berwick Police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force have arrested a man wanted for a 2002 rape in California. 37-year-old Donald Sanders was arrested without incident Thursday morning at his home in the 500 Block of West Front Street in Berwick. Court records here offer no details on the California rape case. Sanders is locked up in the Columbia County Prison on $250,000 bail awaiting an extradition hearing.
You can step back in time at the 4th annual World War II weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Test Track Park in Berwick. The event will feature WWII living history encampments, battle reenactments, WWII vehicles, weapons demonstrations, historical displays, live Big Band music, and food vendors. One of the organizers of the event, Tom McLaughlin, says perhaps the biggest attraction at this weekend’s event is a restored Berwick built M3 Stuart Tank. The M3 is on long-term loan from the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia and it will be housed at the Stuart Tank Memorial Museum which is expected to open later this year at 309 North Vine Street in Berwick. There is free admission and free parking at Berwick’s WWII Weekend which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
A former Northumberland County Juvenile Probation Department employee who in the summer of 2017 supervised teenagers who were required to perform community service has admitted sharing nude selfies with them. 22-year-old Brooke Zeiders, of Selinsgrove, pleaded guilty in Columbia County Court this week to corruption of minors and displaying obscene or sexual materials. The case was heard in Bloomsburg because Northumberland County judges recused themselves because Zeiders is a former county employee. According to State Police, Zeiders showed nude pictures of herself and discussed details of her sexual activity with multiple individuals in the presence of juveniles while transporting them to and from community service work sites.
A Berwick man will be spend decades behind bars in connection with a shootout with police at the Berwick Industrial Development Association complex back in 2015. 39-year-old James Calderone was sentenced Wednesday to 33-to-82 years in state prison. A Columbia County jury rejected Calderone’s temporary insanity defense at his trial in May and convicted him on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering others in connection with his heavily-armed shootout with police back in November, 2015 when he fired dozens of AK-47 rounds at police. Shrapnel from one of the rounds hit a police detective in the head.
Nature’s Medicines which operates a medical marijuana dispensary in State College will soon open locations in Bloomsburg and Selinsgrove. The Bloomsburg location is expected to open in a few weeks in the plaza where AT&T and Miracle Ear are located just outside the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The State College location is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the Buckhorn location is expected to have the same hours. Nature’s Medicines also has about half-dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in other states including Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Connecticut.
Monday's rain forced the postponement of the Class AAA state softball semifinal. Bloomsburg will play Pine Grove today at 4 at the Drifton Complex in Hazleton.
The Bloomsburg High School softball team is two wins from a state championship. Yesterday in the Class AAA quarterfinals, the Panthers beat Delone Catholic 5-1 to improve their record to 17 and 8. On Monday Bloomsburg will play unbeaten Pine Grove in the semifinals at a site and time to be determined. Yesterday, Pine Grove beat Warrior Run 8-0.
The season ended Monday for the Central Columbia baseball team. The Bluejays lost to Lake Lehman 6-5 in a first round Class AAA state playoff game played at Hanover Area High School.
In softball, Bloomsburg advanced to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs with a 2-1 win over Mid Valley in a game played at Central Columbia.