TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS, LANCASTER 10/13


>>Two Rescued From Smoke-Filled Reading Home

(Reading, PA) -- Firefighters have rescued two people from a burning, smoke-filled home in Reading. The home in the 400 block of Elm Street caught fire just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. Reading Fire Lieutenant John Naylor said neighbors were already fighting the fire when they arrived and found two people on the roof. Investigators have not yet determined the cause.

>>Berks County Man Charged With Homicide By Vehicle

(Lehigh County, PA) -- A 39-year-old Berks County man is facing several charges for a crash that killed someone in Upper Macungie Township. Jonathan Richards was arraigned yesterday on charges of homicide by vehicle when under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and other related offenses. Police say his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit at point-24. The crash in January killed Wadnor Louis.

>>Ransomware Attack Details Revealed

(Lancaster, PA) -- The LNP Media Group is releasing more information about a ransomware attack. The Lancaster County newspaper publisher says access to critical systems and computer files was disabled by foreign extortionists. They also report the sophisticated attack continues to limit their ability to publish complete newspapers. LNP Media Group has not indicated if they paid a ransom.

>>Reading Considering Incentives To Change Properties To Single-Family Homes

(Reading, PA) -- Multi-unit property owners will be asked soon in Reading to convert the properties back to single-family homes. The city council has been discussing the idea for months, and it came up again this week. Councilwoman Donna Reed says the city will need to offer incentives and have very clear guidelines. She is suggesting grants or tax abatements.

>>PennDOT To Hold Job Fair Today

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- PennDOT is holding a job fair today in Muhlenberg Township from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and officials say applicants may be hired on the spot. Hundreds of jobs are open in the state. In Berks County, equipment manager Rick Stone says they have 15 job openings, adding whatever someone feels they are qualified for, they have a position. The job fair will be at PennDOT's district office on North Fifth Street Highway.


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