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Arrest in Brutal Berwick Beating

BERWICK, Pa. -- Police in Berwick arrested the man they believe tied up and brutally beat a woman inside her home.
Michael Porth, 30, of Berwick, and his brother Christopher Lynn, 26, are facing charges connected to a brutal beating last week that left a woman in a coma.
Geraldine Carson was found unconscious, tied to a chair at a home on East 13th Street in Berwick last week, and beaten so badly she was unrecognizable.

‘Agritainment’ Business Booming This Fall

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Every October, farms in the area invite thousands of people to come and enjoy fall festivities, otherwise known as "agritainment."
Rohrbach's in Columbia County is one of those farms providing some of that agritainment this fall.
"It's just a way to really engage people and community in the farm life, and whether it's a hands-on experience like picking something or actually being on a farm around animals or equipment, allowing them the opportunity to be a little more close up with things," said owner Denise Bosworth.

Career Closet Helps Students Dress to Impress

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Between classes, clubs, and searching for a job after graduation, the last thing on the minds of most college students is what to wear for a job interview -- especially when you're just trying to stay afloat financially.
That's why a special program at Bloomsburg University helps students dress to impress without breaking the bank.
Bloomsburg University's Alumni and Professional Engagement office started The Career Closet.

9th Annual Berwick Riverfest Underway

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pa. — It’s a weekend to celebrate the Susquehanna River, in Columbia County.
The 9th annual Berwick Riverfest kicked off today at Test Track Park.
The event started in 2011 as a way to promote the area here along the Susquehanna, and it continues to grow.
This year, more than 150 food and craft vendors are participating.
“I think the vendors are wonderful and the prices aren`t that bad either, i noticed that right away!” Wanda Hamer of Frenchville exclaimed.

‘Gridiron Gridlock’ – Getting Ready for Traffic, Parking Problems in West Pittston

WEST PITTSTON, Pa. -- A highly anticipated high school football game is planned for Friday night in Luzerne County and that means getting ready for a crowd of thousands.
Kickoff for the game between Southern Columbia and Wyoming Area is set for 7 p.m. in West Pittston,
Accommodating the thousands of fans expected to attend is posing its own challenge. That large of a crowd means a lot of road closures and parking changes.
Police say they will begin closing roads at 3 p.m.

Hot Halloween Costumes of 2019

From Spiderman to the clown Pennywise from the movie "IT," these are just a few of the top costumes for Halloween in 2019.
Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey spotlighted several other popular picks on Friday from Spirit Halloween.
The store is set up inside the old JCPenney at the Columbia Mall near Bloomsburg.
Head here to see Google's predicted top costumes of this season.
Also on Friday, Ryan spotlighted Spirit Halloween's campaign called Spirit of Children.
Spirit of Children is a program aimed at "making hospitals less scary for children and their families."

Man Charged After Police Chase

BERWICK, Pa. -- In Berwick, it has been a brutal two days for police.
First, a vicious assault on Tuesday. Then Thursday, a check on a stopped vehicle led to gunfire and a chase.
The suspect in that police chase was just arrested Thursday night.
38-year-old Frank Snyder was brought in to a magistrate's office in Berwick to face a slew of charges, including aggravated assault, fleeing police, and recklessly endangering another person.

Police Chase Ends Near Berwick, Wounded Suspect in Custody

BERWICK, Pa. -- A check on a stopped vehicle led to gunfire and a police chase in two counties on Thursday.
Berwick police say they pulled up next to a vehicle to check on the driver. They asked him to get out and he took off, hitting an officer. Another cop opened fire, but the suspect kept going.
Officers in Berwick were out on patrol Thursday morning when they came across someone they've dealt with before and decided to check on him.

Berwick Woman Critically Hurt in Assault

BERWICK, Pa. -- People who live in one part of Berwick are frightened after their neighbor was tied up and beaten.
Now, police are asking for the public's help to find who did it.
Investigators say Geraldine Carson's face was unrecognizable when they found her tied up inside her trailer Tuesday morning. She is in critical condition, and Berwick police say they do have persons of interest in her assault.
Berwick police say one or more people were at Geraldine Carson's trailer home on East 13th Street around 5 a.m. Tuesday and brutally beat her.

Report Details Last Seconds before Helicopter Crash at Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the helicopter crash at the Bloomsburg Fair last month.
The report details the last 19 seconds of the flight before the crash in the fair parking lot on September 28.
The sightseeing helicopter approached the helipad in a forward-moving hover, pitched up, and then spun to the right for two and a half spins before crashing into vehicles in the parking lot, according to the report.
The report notes that the weather conditions confirmed by the video were calm.

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