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Friday | WFMZ

Task force to battle heroin problem in Montgomery County

Heroin is becoming a widespread problem in Pennsylvania. First Berks County started taking steps to fight the epidemic.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Montgomery County, PA, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Pottstown, PA

Friday | WFMZ

Auto, roof repairs continue months after massive hailstorm

It's been months since a destructive hail storm rocked parts of Berks County, and even now, repair shops and businesses are still backlogged, trying to manage all of the damage. "Talking to other contractors, everybody is in the same boat, where we're trying to get as much as we can done and service our clients in the best manner we can," he said.

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Related Topix: Hurricane, Weather, Hurricane Sandy, Wernersville, PA

Friday Sep 12 | WFMZ

PJ Whelihan's set to open its first pub, restaurant in Berks County

The Collingswood, New Jersey-based company is set to open its 15th location this fall on the site of the former Toscani restaurant on Rocky Road in Spring Township, according to an announcement on its website. In a post on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, P.J. Whelihan's said it is accepting applications for employment at Grande Plaza, Suite 104.

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Friday Sep 12 | NJ.com

Judge denies bail reduction for man who led Colonial Regional police...

Aaron Wadgdy Ibrahem, of Longswamp Township, Berks County, gave up his right to a preliminary hearing today before District Judge James Narlesky. By doing so, Ibrahem acknowledged there was sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to Northampton County Court, where the 23-year-old will go to trial unless he pleads guilty or another disposition occurs.

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Friday Sep 12 | WFMZ

Police: Berks man skips out on cab fare from Philadelphia casino

The gamble didn't pay off for a Berks County man who, police said, skipped out on paying a $160 cab fare. A driver for All City Taxi picked up the suspect, identified as Guillimo Manuel DeJesus, at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia at approximately 2 a.m. on Sept.

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Related Topix: Reading, PA

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Daily Kos

The beat goes on: 100 More GunFAILS, and we're not even caught up yet.

TSA agents have discovered approximately 182 guns at airports around the country since we last tallied our GunFAILs in mid-August. It's time to catch up with the world of GunFAIL, with another economy-sized packages of 100 accidents, mishaps and assorted failures.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Pottstown, PA, Oley, PA

WFMZ

News organizations seek data on Pennsylvania's execution drugs

Four news organizations are asking a federal judge to unseal information about where the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to get drugs for use in executing inmates. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Guardian U.S. on Thursday filed an emergency motion in a long-running federal lawsuit that challenges the state's execution procedures.

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Related Topix: York County, PA

PennLive.com

With support growing, medical marijuana bill gets focus in the Pa. Senate next week

After a unanimous June vote to pass his medical marijuana bill out of its Pa. Senate committee, bill sponsor Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, in the tie, met with a group of supporters with children who suffer from intractable epilepsy.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Lebanon County, PA, Lancashire County, England, United Kingdom, Law, Healthcare Law, US Governors, Tom Corbett

The Sanatoga Post

Thursday's Headlines In The Sanatoga Post

Surprise! Pottsgrove's Delayed Reimbursements Ahead Money the Pottsgrove School District might have thought it would never see, $350,000 in state reimbursements for construction of Ringing Rocks Elementary, may roll in soon. Pole Barn Proposal Attracts Commissioners' Notice Lower Pottsgrove's manager has been asked by township commissioners to appear at a Sept.

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Related Topix: Pottsgrove, PA, Sanatoga, PA, Education Etc., Montgomery County, PA, Pottstown, PA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

WFMZ-TV Allentown

Petition aims to keep people who owe fines out of jail

It has been three months since a Berks County mother died in jail. Now people in Berks County are making sure her death was not in vain.

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WFMZ

Hiring heroes: Local veterans get help finding jobs

For the first time at Reading Area Community College, an employment workshop and job fair was hosted by Hiring Our Heroes , a nationwide initiative aimed at connecting veterans with employers in their region. "They stand in harm's way protecting us.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs

The York Daily Record

Associated Wholesalers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization ...

Associated Wholesalers Inc., a Berks County food distributor with a facility in Springettsbury Township, said Tuesday, it has a deal to sell its assets to C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. of Keene, N.H. To facilitate the sale, Associated Wholesalers and its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for a Chapter 11 reorganization Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. The company expects to continue to operate as usual during the bankruptcy proceeding, it said in a press release.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy, Robesonia, PA

WFMZ

BCIU executive director tapped to head Montgomery County unit

The executive director of the Berks County Intermediate Unit is stepping down to assume the same post with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit . John George, who took the BCIU's top job in 2008, will become executive director of the MCIU, effective Oct. 20. "There are many reasons, both professional and personal, why accepting this new challenge is the right thing to do at this point in my life," George said in a statement he released Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Montgomery County, PA

WFMZ

Food distributor AWI files for bankruptcy, to sell assets

A Berks County-based food distributor has filed for bankruptcy with the intention of selling its assets to another distributor. The company, located in Robesonia, said it intends to sell its assets, including its White Rose distribution business, in a court-supervised auction to New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers .

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Related Topix: Robesonia, PA

New Jersey Herald

Police still investigating murder-suicide case

Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania are still investigating the slaying of a man in his apartment earlier this week but say they are sure he was the victim of a murder-suicide. Officials in Berks County say 44-year-old Alexis Nogueras-Torres was shot to death early Monday in the Mount Penn Manor complex in Reading in front of his girlfriend and her 14-year-old son.

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Related Topix: Mount Penn, PA, Reading, PA

The Morning Call

Mertztown man injured as motorcycle crashes on curve

State police in Bucks County are investigating a purse-snatching robbery reported Monday near Milford Township's municipal building and Molasses Creek Park A juvenile female told state police a 22-year-old Milford Township man, Allen S. Scheaffer, stole her purse containing money and a... State police in Bucks County are investigating a purse-snatching robbery reported Monday near Milford Township's municipal building and Molasses Creek Park A juvenile female told state police a 22-year-old Milford Township man, Allen S. Scheaffer, stole her purse containing money and a... A Mertztown man was injured seriously Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle went off an east Berks County road and crashed, police said Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Mertztown, PA, Bucks County, PA

Tue Sep 09, 2014

PennLive.com

Suspect nicknamed 'buckshot' arrested in connection to alleged heroin distribution ring

Staley Williams, aka "Buckshot," 35, of West Reading, has been charged in connection to an alleged drug operation that distributed heroin and other drugs in parts of Pennsylvania. Staley Williams, aka "Buckshot," 35, of West Reading, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in the first block of E. Main St. in Fleetwood, according to a news release issued by the Berks County District Attorney's Office.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Fleetwood, PA

WFMZ

Historic VF Outlet Center expected to sell

The VF Outlet Center, the last surviving piece of the one-time "Outlet Capital of the World," is expected to sell in the coming months, a result of declining sales and rising competition, officials said. Executives with the center in Wyomissing told 69 News that the 52-acre property is currently being assessed by Atapco Properties, a Baltimore-based commercial real estate development company.

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Related Topix: Wyomissing, PA

WFMZ

Website finds local credit card data being sold online

The hacking could affect customers who used credit and debit cards at Home Depot stores from as far back as April. A website on which hackers sell personal information includes information from the 19610 ZIP code, which covers the Wyomissing area of Berks County, and 18103, which includes the Allentown area, according to the website, " Krebs on Security ."

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Related Topix: Wyomissing, PA, Allentown, PA

WFMZ

Grant to fund relocation of train terminal in Birdsboro

State money will help the Colebrookdale Railroad keep chugging along toward its goal of restoring passenger train service between Boyertown and Pottstown. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $676,029 grant to the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, according to Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Mensch and Rep. David Maloney, both Republicans who represent parts of Berks County.

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Related Topix: Birdsboro, PA, Railroad, PA, Boyertown, PA, Pottstown, PA, Montgomery County, PA

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