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>>Berks County Commissioners Warned Of Rise In COVID-19 Positivity Tests

(Reading, PA)--The director of the Berks County Department of Emergency Services says Berks County has close to five-percent positivity rate on all testing that gets done. He adds that number is skewed due to testing at nursing homes. When looking at first-time testing being done on people not feeling well, or those exposed to someone with COVID-19, Brian Gottschall said the positivity rate is closer to ten percent. Commissioner Christian Leinbach says the data from contact tracing reveals that the trend for positive cases tends to be among high school and college students.

>>Man Admits To Killing Friend In Columbia Borough Last Year

(Columbia, PA) -- An 18-year-old is pleading guilty to shooting and killing his friend in Columbia Borough last year. Antonio Acosta pled guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of Nicholas Mills July 29th, 2019. The two and several other people were at Mills’ apartment on North Third Street when Acosta pulled a pistol and removed the magazine. He was accused of pointing the gun at Mills and pulling the trigger. Acosta apologized at the hearing, saying he loved Mills like a brother and never thought anything like this would happen.

>>Donald Trump Junior To Rally For His Father In Dauphin County

(Douglass Twp., PA) -- At least one person was hurt in a crash in Douglass Township, Berks County Wednesday night. State troopers say a car went off the road and hit a tree on Douglass Drive. They were able to pull the driver out of the back window of the car, with the driver was taken to Reading Hospital. There’s no word on the extent of the person’s injuries nor what may have caused the crash.

>>Berks County To Pay 750-Grand To Cover Nearly Three Decades Of Unbilled Water Service

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County will pay 750-thousand-dollars to resolve an issue involving nearly three decades of unbilled water service, according to a tentative agreement announced Thursday. The deal calls for both Reading and the Reading Area Water Authority to receive 375-grand from the county in lump sum payments within 30 days of the agreement being approved by the city council and RAWA's board of directors. The tentative settlement comes 19 months after an investigation of a possible water leak led to the discovery of two water meters in the basement of the Berks County Services Center in downtown Reading. Officials said they found that one of the two meters had not been measured and billed since the building was constructed in 1992.

>>Olivet Boys And Girls Club To Reopen September 21st

(Reading, PA) -- Officials with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club say they will open their club locations in a limited capacity starting Monday, September 21st. Virtual learning and after-school programs will be on tap for up to 50 kids at each main site, and up to 20 at each satellite location. Representatives say between 40 and 50 desks will be spaced out in the gyms of each club for virtual learning.

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