TOP HEADLINE (BERKS, LANC) 10/01


>>Developer Has Plans For Reading Eagle Building

(Reading, PA) -- A Philadelphia-based developer has plans for the Reading Eagle building. Orlando Cuevas is president of IPM, which is set to buy the 100-thousand square-foot space. Cuevas says there will be designated restaurant space, a family fun area, and space for several different vendors. 

>>Berks Woman Dies Trying To Save Children In Ocean

(North Wildwood, NJ) -- A Berks County woman is dead after trying to rescue her three children in the Atlantic Ocean. The 49-year-old Wernersville woman died Tuesday at the New Jersey shore. The North Wildwood and Wildwood fire departments responded and found two of the children coming to shore and one still in the water with the mother. The third child was pulled safely from the water about 50 yards out, and the mother was rescued about 150 yards out and was unconscious. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died. The victims' names haven't been released.

>>Lancaster Police Social Worker Helps With Mental Health Calls, Issues

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Mental health is in the spotlight after a Lancaster Police officer shot and killed a paranoid schizophrenic man. The Lancaster Police Department is one of the few that has a social worker on staff to help officers deal with calls involving the mentally ill. Leilany Tran is a civilian and doesn't respond to emergency calls, but often comes in after officers leave for follow up. Tran also makes contact with the homeless population in the city, which often includes the mentally ill. 

>>Police Searching For Suspect Vehicle In Road Rage Shooting

(Wyomissing, PA) -- Wyomissing Police are searching for a suspect vehicle in connection with a road rage shooting. The vehicle is described as a small, gold sedan. It was caught on surveillance video driving west on Lackawanna Street, and a short time later, three shots are fired into a car on the bypass near Route 222. The driver wasn't shot but did have minor injuries.

>>Photography Studio Donating Toward Care For Damascus The Adventure Cat

(Spring Township, PA) -- A Spring Township photography studio is donating toward the care of a kitten that would die without proper treatment. Laura James adopted Damascus and found out several weeks later that the kitten had dry ocular feline infectious peritonitis. Treatment for the condition is expensive, and the Willow Street Pictures stepped up to help her pay for the months-long injections to save his life. James had consulted the studio about a photo shoot with the cat previously. The studio also did an adventure cat photo shoot with Damascus after finding out the kitten regularly goes kayaking with James.

>>Bethlehem Shooting Leaves High School Senior Dead

(Bethlehem, PA) -- Several suspects are being sought by police while two are in custody in connection to the shooting and killing of a Whitehall High School senior. Police say on Tuesday night they responded to reports of shots being fired in Saucon Park and arrived to the 17-year-old with gunshot wounds. The Northampton County District Attorney says the teen was shot during an alleged drug sale, then other teens put him in their car and flagged down to police and he was taken to the hospital, where he died. Police took two 16-year-olds into custody, they have an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Gabriel Ramos and two other suspects that police have already identified are being sought.

>>Multiple Scranton School District Officials Facing Charges

(Scranton, PA) -- Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging multiple former Scranton School District officials with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment. Shapiro says former superintendent Alexis Kirijan, former chief operations officer Jeff Brazil and maintenance supervisor Joseph Slack knew that several schools had dangerous lead and asbestos levels in 2016 and did nothing. Shapiro added that they recklessly endangered nearly ten-thousand students and after being shown data on how their inaction hurts students and staff, they chose to ignore it again and again. The investigation is ongoing and more details are to come.

>>Wilkes-Barre City Hall Closed Temporarily Due To COVID-19

(Wilkes-Barre, PA) -- Wilkes-Barre City Hall is closing for several days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say they're closing for precautionary measures and the building will be cleaned and disinfected. City Hall will be closed from today through October 5th.