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Over $55,000 made available for Berwick businesses impacted by COVID-19

BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Berwick Borough Council has made $55,799 available in the form of Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funding to help restaurants impacted by COVID-19. The deadline for applications is Feb 26.

Officials say the funds can be used for "eligible demonstrable costs such as rent/mortgage, utility, staffing salaries, inventory/supplies, and/or marketing/advertising." They can't, however, cover anything a previous financial assistance program has funded.

Rape suspect apprehended in Berwick

BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Berwick Police Department announced the capture of a suspect wanted on charges of rape.

According to a report, Anthony Michael Maisey was apprehended following a brief pursuit Monday. Maisey was wanted on multiple charges of rape, strangulation and possessing an instrument of crime.

Maisey was arraigned Monday night and was lodged at the Columbia County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail. The preliminary hearing for Maisey has been set for January 11th.

Missing woman found dead, man charged with criminal homicide

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Officials have arrested a man involved in the killing of Erica Shultz who went missing at the beginning of December.

According to Pennsylvania State Police after an investigation into the disappearance of Erica Shultz, the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office along with the Columbia County District Attorney's Office have charged Harold Haulman with criminal homicide, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse.

River level remains high in Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Flooding is always a concern in many areas in North-Eastern Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg is just one of those spots, stuck between two bodies of water.

Twigs, logs, and other debris rushed down the Susquehanna River Saturday.

The water levels rose slowly over the morning hours as rain from the Christmas storm accumulated with melted snow and ice.

This part of the river in Columbia County crested at just over 20 feet, but Eric Stahley, resiliency officer for Columbia county, says they braced for worse.

National Weather Service issues flood warning for Columbia County Dec. 26

COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency has a message from the National Weather Service regarding the impending forecast for the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood warning for Columbia County starting Saturday, December 26th. According to the NWS, the Susquehanna River near Bloomsburg is expected to pass the 19-foot flood stage Christmas Day and a crest of 22 feet is predicted to occur on December 26th.

Police searching for man wanted on rape charges

COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Police in Columbia County are searching for a man wanted for an overnight rape.

They are looking for 32-year-old Anthony Maisey of Berwick who they believe is trying to flee the area.

Maisey is wanted on three counts of rape, one count of felony strangulation and other related crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Berwick Police or 911.

Detour on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg

A three-week detour will go into effect at approximately 7 a.m. next Monday, April 29, on Route 487 (Lightstreet Road) in the Town of Bloomsburg. A contractor will construct a pedestrian bridge over the street at Bloomsburg University.

The detour route will be Routes 11/487 (East Street) and Central Road.

Work is expected to be completed and the detour lifted by May 18.

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