Man Wanted In Calfornia Rape Is Arrested In Berwick

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.

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Another Berwick-Built Stuart Tank To Return Home This Weekend

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.

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Former Northumberland County Juvenile Probation Employee Admits To Sharing Nude Selfies WIth Teens She Supervised

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.

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Berwick Man Sentenced To Send Up To 82 Years In Prison For 2015 Shootout With Police

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.

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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In Columbia County Soon

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.

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State Health Officials Urge Caution For This Weekend's Hot & Humid Weather

We could see some of the hottest temperatures of the summer this weekend and state health officials are urging caution. Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, says its important to stay well-hydrated during the high heat, drinking plenty of water. Dr. Levine says it’s also important to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion which include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness and fainting, as well as the signs of heat stroke which include high body temperature, red hot dry skin, a rapid pulse and unconsciousness.

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Federal Appeals Court Decision Allows Civil Rights Lawsuit Against BU To Move Forward

A federal appeals court has reinstated the civil rights lawsuit of two former Bloomsburg University professors who claim the university didn’t renew their contracts back in 2014 based on their race, religion, and national origin. The decision by the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court decision granting the university’s motion for a summary judgment. Harisadhan Patra and Petula Vaz, who are married, are Hindu and natives of India. The couple also contends they were victims of retaliation for speaking out about Bloomsburg’s alleged practice of falsifying student progress and graduation data. In May, 2013 they sent an email regarding graduation statistics to fellow faculty members in the audiology and speech pathology department and the university president. Their contracts were not renewed when they expired on May 30th, 2014.

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Federal Funds Flow To Some Local Elementary Schools To Provide Students Plenty Of Fruits & Veggies

More than 220 elementary schools in the state, including some in our area will receive grants totaling almost $5.5 million to provide students with a greater variety of fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The Berwick Area School District is receiving the funding for Salem Elementary and West Berwick Elementary Schools. The Shamokin Area School District is receiving the funding for Shamokin Elementary, Shamokin Elementary Annex, and Shamokin Intermediate School.

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Bill Proposed In State Senate To Give Some Lifers A Chance At Parole

A bill awaiting consideration in the state Senate would affect some prison inmates serving life sentences. The bill would offer the possibility of parole after 20 years for someone convicted of second-degree murder, and 30 years for first-degree murder. It would apply to three types of inmates—domestic violence victims sentenced to life before the state began recognizing a battered spouse defense, elderly inmates who no longer pose a threat to society, and an accomplice whose actions did not directly result in a person's death.

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Bloom Man Facing Charges After Leading Police On Chase

A man from Columbia County is facing charges of child endangerment after a police chase last week. 32-year-old Theron Bowers, of Bloomsburg, was arrested Monday and charged with fleeing and eluding police, and endangering the welfare of a child. An arrest warrant was issued for Bowers Friday after police found his vehicle near Walnut Street on its side and partially in a creek. Police say the vehicle ended up there after they tried to pull Bowers over for a traffic violation late Thursday night and he took off. Police chased him until they realized that Bowers had a small child in the vehicle. Bowers is currently locked up in Columbia County with bail set at $75,000.

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PennDOT Tries Oiling And Chipping Rt. 239 Again

PennDOT crews were back on Route 239 near Shickshinny Monday morning, once again oiling and chipping. Last month, they tried it, but something went wrong and the mixture didn’t set. People who drove through had tires and vehicles coated in the tar like oil. PennDOT sent the oil off to be tested. There is no word on the results. Drivers who had damaged vehicles last month can apply for PennDOT to cover their costs.

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It's Shaping Up To Busy Year For UFO Sightings In PA

If you live in Pennsylvania and believe you've seen a UFO, you're not alone. More than 80 people across the Keystone State have reported UFO sightings thus far this year. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, they've received 82 reports of something in the sky, the latest on July 6th. Strange lights make up the most commonly spotted object, although saucers, spheres and cigar-shaped items are also noted frequently. This could be a big year for spotting UFOs throughout Pennsylvania as the Center only lists 90 reports for all of 2018. Only 52 were declared last year by this time in Pennsylvania.

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Danville Man Charged With Possessing Child Porn

A Danville man was locked-up on $500,00 bail after being charged with possessing child pornography. Agents from the state Attorney General’s Child Predator Section raided the home of 49-year-old Kevin Franklin Reibsome in the 100 block of Montour Street last week and say they found than 5,000 child porn files on a USB flash drive and 15 child porn videos on the desktop computer.

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New Owner Of Columbia Mall Plans Upgrades

The new owner of the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn says he plans upgrades at the mall. The mall was sold earlier this month for $7 million to Bloomsburg real estate developer, Cristian Foust. Foust tells our news partner Newswatch 16 he plans to renovate the mall as well as repair the parking lot and bring in new retailers. Foust is also working on a proposed Hilton Hotel next to the mall in Columbia County.

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Berwick Man Killed In Scooter Vs. Pick-Up Truck Crash

A man is dead after the motorized scooter he was riding was hit by a pickup truck in Columbia County. Police say the crash happened around 10:30 Friday morning at the intersection of 5th and Walnut Street in Berwick. 62-year-old Robert DeMent, of Berwick, was taken to Berwick Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash in Columbia County is under investigation.

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Bridge Replacement Project To Get Underway in Briar Creek Township This Week

A PennDOT bridge crew will begin replacing a bridge on Lake Road in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County this week. The bridge is located between Route 93 and Evansville Road. The existing 29-foot-long bridge, which spans the East Branch of Briar Creek, was built in 1938. A detour will be in place during this project using Evansville Road, Cemetery Road, Freas Avenue, and Route 93. Work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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Local Lawmakers Secure $1 Million for Columbia Montour Vo-Tech

State Senator John Gordner and State Representative David Millard delivered news of $1-million surprise state grant this week to students, staff, and members of the Joint Operating Committee at the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. The money is from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the lawmakers were successful in getting the money earmarked in the recently passed state budget. The money is meant to help fund an upcoming renovation project at the 50-year-old school. Rep. Millard and Sen. Gordner began working on securing the funds after being invited for a tour of Vo-Tech by student Rylan Fagan, of Bloomsburg, earlier this year.

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Two Finalists Vying For Superintendent's Job In Danville

The Danville Area School Board has narrowed its superintendent search to 2 finalists. Another round of interviews will be conducted. The board is seeking a replacement for former Superintendent Dr. Jason Bendle who abruptly, and without explanation from either party, resigned back in March. He had just started the second year of his five year contract at the time of his resignation. Bendle is now Superintendent in the Shikellamy School District.

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