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>>No Word Why Part Of Route 61 Closed Wednesday Morning

(Tilden Twp., PA) -- State police are not saying why part of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill counties closed for several hours yesterday. The road was closed between Tilden Township and the Deer Lake area following initial reports of some kind of pursuit and crash. State police haven't confirmed that or said anything about why the road was closed.

>>Lancaster’s Chief Of Police Calls Deadly Police Involved Shooting Justified

(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster’s chief of police says the deadly shooting of a man with a knife over the weekend was justified. It’s reported that Chief Jarrad Berkihiser believes the officer’s actions were appropriate after looking at the body camera footage. The officer shot 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz on Laurel Street Sunday after the man approached with a knife in a threating manor. The shooting has prompted protests and some violence in Lancaster.

>>Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Blaze In Amity Township

(Amity Twp., PA) -- Firefighters from Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties say they battled a three-alarm fire in Amity Township Wednesday. Crews shut down part of Route 422 for several hours while firefighters worked on a large garage that housed several businesses. There’s no word on what sparked the fire.

>>Friends Raising Funds For Exeter Township Man Who Lost Everything He Owned In Crash

(Exeter Twp., PA) -- A GoFundMe page is set up to help an Exeter Township man who lost nearly everything he owned in a fiery crash at his home. Police say an S-U-V hit a mobile home in the 48-hundred block of Perkiomen Ave, with both bursting into flames. First responders pulled the driver from the vehicle and took him to a hospital. The man who lived in the home wasn't seriously hurt.

>>West Reading Calls Off Officially Sanctioned Trick-Or-Treat Night

(West Reading, PA) -- West Reading officials are calling off their officially sanctioned trick-or-treat night. The mayor of West Reading, Andrew Kearney, says while the borough made the decision out of concerns for the health and safety of people the borough is still encouraging those who plan to venture out to do so safely with COVID-19 protocols in mind. It’s believed other Berks County communities may make a similar call due to the pandemic.

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