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>>Walmart Officials Close Store Saturday Amid Rumors Of Demonstration

(Wyomissing, PA) -- Officials with Walmart in Wyomissing say they closed their doors late Saturday morning after hearing rumors of a protest inside their building. A spokesperson tells the Reading Eagle they store closed to customers as a precaution. The protest was reportedly in response to the arrest of Stanley Gracius, who was taken into custody after purchasing a bike at the store, then riding it around the inside of the building and becoming disruptive when he refused to leave. Gracius is facing aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, and other charges. He is free on bail.

>>Police Searching For Warwick Township Rape Suspect

(Warwick Twp., PA) -- Police in Lancaster County are looking for a man they believe is connected to a rape investigation. Northern Lancaster County Police are calling William Phillips dangerous after he allegedly strangled and raped a woman Thursday morning in Warwick Township. Anyone with information on the man’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.

>>Five People Hurt In Exeter Township Deck Collapse

(Exeter Twp., PA) -- Five people are recovering from minor injuries after a home’s deck collapsed over the weekend in Exeter Township. It happened on the 100-block of Cathy Ann Drive in the township’s Farming Ridge section during a picnic Sunday. It’s reported the deck pulled away from the house and collapsed.

>>Crews Searching For Missing Boater At Hopewell Lake

(Union Twp., PA) -- Crews will continue to search a Union Township lake today for a boater who went missing Sunday. It happened last night at Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park following reports that a boat had overturned, dumping three people into the water. It’s reported two of the three were able to get out of the water safely.

>>Child’s Death Being Investigated As Accident

(Bern Twp., PA) -- The death of a newborn baby who tested positive for COVID-19 is being investigated as an accident. Acting Berks County Coroner Jonn Hollenbach said Friday his office is looking at the 26-day-old girl's death at Reading Hospital on Sunday as an accidental suffocation due to co-sleeping with an adult. While final autopsy findings are still pending, Hollenbach stressed there is no evidence indicating coronavirus caused or contributed to the infant's death.

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