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>>Person-Of-Interest Identified In Death Of Bern Township Air Force Vet

(Bern Twp., PA) -- A person-of-interest is being identified in the death of an Air Force vet in Bern Township. Rafael Perez of New Jersey is already accused of the break-in and police-involved shooting at John P. Feeney Funeral Home in Reading back in June. Perez was found driving a stolen car that belonged to 76-year-old Dennis Fink. It’s believed he was stabbed multiple times before his body was discovered near his home on Tully Lane late Friday. Perez is in jail on a half-million-dollars bail.

>>Owner Of East Donegal Township Daycare, Former Staffer Face Charges In Abuse Of Child

(East Donegal Twp., PA) -- The owner of Kinderhook Early Learning Center and a former employee are facing charges amid allegations of a child being physically assaulted. Erin Finnegan is accused of picking up the child by the next and throwing him into a cabinet. The East Donegal Township facility’s owner, Michelle Patterson, was reportedly told by other employees about the abuse on November 23rd but she failed to report it to police. Staff members told a state fire marshal about the abuse in December after a fire happened at the facility. The child is expected to be ok.

>>One Dead In I-78 Crash

(Bethel Twp., PA) -- One person is dead following a crash on I-78 in Bethel Township Tuesday. The crash happened in the westbound lanes, between the Bethel and Grimes exits. While state police haven't said much about exactly what happened, it was initially reported that a pedestrian was struck.

>>Berks D-A Says Wyomissing Cops Acted Appropriately In Arrest Of Walmart Bike Rider

(Wyomissing, PA) -- Berks County’s D-A says Wyomissing police officers acted appropriately while arresting a man who was yelling profanities at shoppers as he rode a bicycle through a Walmart store. Officers were dispatched Monday to the Walmart on the eleven-hundred block of Boulevard for reports of the man weaving back and forth through the store's aisles on the bicycle, playing loud music, and yelling profanities at other shoppers. The man was told multiple times by the store manager to leave, but he refused. By the time the officers arrived, 37-year-old Stanley Gracius was paying for the bicycle, only to be detained by the responding officers. Gracius is in Berks County Jail on 25-hundred-dollars bail.

>>Muhlenberg Township Awards New Five-Year Trash Hauling Contract

(Muhlenberg Twp., PA) -- Muhlenberg Township’s Commissioners are awarding a new, five-year contract for trash and recycling to J.P. Mascaro and Sons. The township has contracted with Mascaro for the past 19 years, with a one-year extension of the previous contract set to expire December 31st. Commissioner Kevin Lerch said Mascaro had responded well to solve complaints over the past year.

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