TOP HEADLINES (BERKS) 10/07


>>Women, Children Caught In Shooting Crossfire

(Reading, PA) -- Reading police say one woman was injured after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting incident. Officers say two women, a child, and two babies were in the vehicle that was moving through the 12-hundred-block of Church Street Monday night when at least two individuals started firing at each other from opposite sides of the street. One of the women received a head wound, but it isn't known whether it came from a bullet or from broken glass.

>>Authorities Say Fugitive Operation Made Reading Safer

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Authorities say an operation that was planned over three months helped make Reading safer. The U.S. Marshals Service announced yesterday the results of Operation Triple Beam-Vigilant Resolve in Berks County, along with Delaware, Lancaster, and Northampton counties. Officials say 19 of those arrested were confirmed gang members, and 17 were wanted for homicide. A total of 45 arrests were made, and 53 warrants were cleared.

>>Reading Hospital Raising Money For Mobile Mammogram Unit

(West Reading, PA) -- Reading Hospital is raising money for a mobile mammography unit. The Reading Hospital Foundation announced yesterday that it is launching a campaign to raise two-million dollars for the effort. The modified RV would provide routine breast cancer screenings for women who might not have good access to medical care. 

>>Services Set For Mom Who Died Saving Kids At NJ Shore

(Wyomissing, PA) -- Services are set for a woman who died while saving the lives of three of her children at the New Jersey shore. Evelyn Himlin will be remembered at Park Road Presbyterian Church in Wyomissing on Saturday. Burial will follow at Sinking Spring Cemetery. Himlin died last Tuesday while trying to rescue her eight-and ten-year-old boys and 19-year-old daughter from the Atlantic Ocean.

>>Bethlehem Confirms City's First Female Police Chief

(Bethlehem, PA) -- The City of Bethlehem is making history as the city council approved its first-ever female police chief yesterday. Michelle Kott was previously a captain in the department before Bethlehem City Council voted unanimously for Kott to become the next police chief, effective immediately. Kott says she's humbled to have this opportunity to serve the community as well as the men and women of the Bethlehem Police Department. She added that she will focus on listening to her constituents during these times.

>>Senator Accuses Postal Service Of Delaying Lehigh Valley Mail

(Lehigh, PA) -- Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is accusing the United States Postal Service under the Trump Administration of delaying Lehigh Valley mail from reaching residents. Casey's office says postal workers in Scranton took photos on September 25th showing at least five tractor-trailer loads of delayed mail sent from the Lehigh Valley facility, sitting in theirs. Casey says Postmaster General DeJoy promised to reverse changes that were slowing mail, but it's clear that his only policy is delay and deny. He added that this is unacceptable and the photos demand answers, saying the delays did not begin with the start of the pandemic but when DeJoy started implementing operational changes to the USPS.

>>State Updates Gathering Limit Guidelines

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is releasing the amended guidelines for gathering limits for indoor and outdoor venues. The new guidelines allow indoor and outdoor venues to calculate and set their new capacity limits based on the venue's maximum occupancy. Wolf says people will still have to social distance and wear masks as they are imperative to stopping the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines will take effect starting October 9th.

>>Pennsylvania Auditor General To Investigate COVID-19 Business Waiver Applications

(York, PA) -- Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is investigating tens of thousands of business waiver applications that gave businesses an opportunity to appeal the governor's COVID-19 closures. DePasquale claims he found inconsistencies in the approval process as some business owners say the requirements were very specific, and that the process lacked transparency and provided inconsistent answers. The auditor general says waiver decisions were being made by multiple individuals based on constantly changing guidelines. About 42-thousand business owners applied for the waiver between March and April, and DePasquale says so far, they found 171 applications that were changed from no to yes.