>>Murder Charges Filed In Veteran’s Death
(Bern Twp., PA) -- Charges are filed in the death of a military veteran from Berks County. Raphael Perez-Rodriguez is charged with first degree murder and related offenses in the stabbing death of 76-year-old Dennis Fink. Authorities found Fink's body earlier this month in a wooded area behind his home in Bern Township. The discovery came after police stopped Perez-Rodriguez in a stolen car and found several of Fink's belongings. At that time he was charged in connection with a break in at a funeral home in Reading. Officials say they believe the motive in Fink's murder was robbery. The two didn't appear to know each other.
>>Spring Township Woman To Prison For Young Daughter’s Death
(Spring Twp., PA) -- A Spring Township woman is heading to state prison in connection with the death of her infant daughter. A judge ordered Samantha Trump to serve 17-and-a-half to 40 years behind bars. Earlier this year, she entered a no contest plea to third-degree murder and other charges in the death of six-month-old daughter Harper. Authorities say they found the infant's body in a container of cat litter inside an apartment in 2018. The infant's father, Shaun Oxenreider, is also facing charges. He's due in court next month.
(Sinking Spring, PA) -- A large number of shoppers are checking out a new grocery store in Sinking Spring. German chain Lidl opened its first store in Berks County Wednesday, filling a long vacant space in a shopping center off Penn Avenue. Sinking Spring's mayor says the opening of the store ties in well with the borough's revitalization plan.
>>Reading Sets New Record For Summer Heat
(Bern Twp., PA) -- Officials say Reading has a new record when it comes to the summer heat. The city's official temperature, which is actually recorded at the Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township, reached 90 degrees Wednesday, the 21st day it has done that this month. It’s believed the city will get at least one more 90-plus degree day in before month’s end.
>>Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Moving Forward With Fall Sports
(Williamsport, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is confirming that the fall sports season will proceed as planned if guidelines set by the sports medicine advisory committee are followed. Officials say if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs then all the seasons could be pushed back to October, also local school districts will be allowed to make decisions on fall sports. The high school fall sports season begins with football starting August 10th with heat acclimation practices, with the rest starting on August 17th.
>>P-I-Double-A Releases Return To Competition Guidelines
(Mechanicsburg, PA) -- As it stands now, there will be no fans in the stands for P-I-Double-A football this fall.The state’s high school sports governing body released its Return to Competition guidelines Wednesday, using P-A Department of Health and C-D-C guidelines.The document states that should spectators eventually be permitted to attend, those in seating areas will have to adhere to social distancing requirements and adults are to wear face coverings.
>>PennDOT Extending Driver License Expiration Days Again
(Harrisburg, PA) -- PennDOT is extending the expiration dates for driver licenses and photo I-D’s to August 31st.That grace period applies to cards that expired after March 16th.The extension was set to expire this Friday.
>>Four Hurt In Allison Hill Fire
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Four people, including an infant and two firefighters, are hurt after a fire in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.It broke out at a home near 14th and Swatara Streets and looks to have begun on a back porch.One firefighter was treated for an electrical shock while the other first responder suffered heat exhaustion.The infant and mother were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.In all, 12 people were displaced by the blaze.
>>State Police Searching For Missing Adams County Man
(Hanover, PA) -- State police are continuing to search for an Adams County man who hasn’t been seen in about a week.Investigators say Joshua Glass was last seen in Hanover Friday.Anyone with information on the man’s whereabouts is asked to contact state police.
>>Fentanyl Blamed For Deaths Of Two Men Found In Quittapahilla Creek
(Lebanon, PA) -- The Lebanon County Coroner is blaming drugs for the death of two men found in the Quittapahilla Creek in May.Kenneth Santiago was found May 1st while Alexander Hernandez was discovered two days later.The coroner’s office says Santiago died from fentanyl toxicity while Hernandez’s death is blamed on drowning complicated by fentanyl toxicity.The two are from Lebanon city.