Suspect in police custody for the homicide of Nescopeck and the accident of many victims in Berwick
This is a developing story.
Two people are dead and at least 17 injured after a series of violent incidents rocked northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday night.
Pennsylvania State Police in Bloomsburg received a call for assistance from the Berwick Police Department around 6:15 p.m. after a vehicle ‘ran through a crowd at a community event on West 2nd Street, Berwick Borough’ PSP N Troop Communications Officer Anthony Petroski said in a press release early Sunday.
Soldiers and officers arrived and discovered numerous injuries and one death.
Shortly after, Petroski said, Shickshinny State Police received a call in Nescopeck Borough about a “man physically assaulting a woman.” The woman was found dead when soldiers arrived at the scene and the man was arrested by local police.
The man is believed to be a suspect in both incidents and is being held at Shickshinny Barracks pending criminal charges.
As of 12:00 p.m. Sunday, there was 1 confirmed fatality in the Berwick crash, along with 17 people injured. Twelve victims were transported to Geisinger Danville, 3 to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, 1 to Berwick Hospital and 1 to Geisinger Bloomsburg for treatment.
The accident happened during a fundraiser at the Department of Poisoning in Berwick, Columbia County, WNEP reported.
The benefit was held for the families of the victims of the Nescopeck fire. The fire, which occurred in the early hours of Friday August 5, claimed the lives of 10 people, including relatives of a volunteer firefighter who arrived on the scene. All 10 victims died from smoke inhalation.
“Today was an absolute tragedy.” Department of Intoxicology posted on Facebook Saturday night. “We will be closed until further notice. Please respect our privacy as we grieve and try to process the events that have transpired. Thank you.”
“These investigations are very active.” Private Petroski said, noting that the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office along with the N Troop Major Case Team are investigating the fatal crash as a Berwick homicide.
The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office and the P Troop Major Case Team are investigating the homicide in the Luzerne County Borough of Nescopeck.
Petroski said PSP would release more details, along with the identity of the suspect, later.
Anyone with video surveillance or photos of either incident should contact PSP Bloomsburg at 570-387-4261 or PSP Shickshinny at 570-542-4117.
Funeral services for the victims of the Nescopeck fire began on Friday, the first of which was for siblings Ariana Trout, 7, and Bradley Trout, 5. More funerals were scheduled for Sunday and Monday, including a joint service for teenage firefighter Dale Baker and his sister Star. Baker’s father, also a firefighter, was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the blaze.
According to the Luzerne County District Attorney, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Pocono Record: Car Crashes Into Crowd Benefiting Northeast PA Fire Victims