TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 10/08


>>Abilities In Motion Launches First Voting Campaign

(Reading, PA) -- Abilities in Motion is launching its first ever voting campaign. The organization provides resources for people with disabilities and paid for 15 billboards around Reading and Berks County. Leaders say the billboards are meant to encourage people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote.

>>Lancaster Center For Racial And Gender Equality Opens

(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster's YWCA is celebrating the opening of its Center for Racial and Gender Equity. The center opened yesterday and will be a space where people can come to the table and learn tools to help make a change in the world. The center's mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.

>>Dream Leaguers To Have Safe Halloween Event

(Alsace Township, PA) -- Dream League players are invited to a safe Halloween event. The Reading Fightin Phils and its nonprofit Baseballtown Charities announced the trick-or-treating event yesterday. It will be held the afternoon of Halloween at the Baseballtown Dream League field in Alsace Township. People with special needs can dress in costume and enjoy fun and candy while observing social distancing. The event is sponsored by Spring Township-based Utilities Employees Credit Union.

>>More People Applying For License To Carry Permits

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County Sheriff's Department is reporting a rise in license to carry permit applications. Officials say they think the social unrest, fears of an unseen enemy and the election are behind it as they reported seeing more than 35-hundred new applications from the start of the pandemic to the beginning of this month. They added that there are well over two-thousand more people applying for new license to carry permits than there were at this time, last year. Officials urge that people learn the county and state laws before planning to buy a gun.

>>Scranton Cop Arrested

(Scranton, PA) -- A 30-year-veteran of the Scranton police force is in custody for more than a dozen charges. Officials say the charges for James Beahan stem from a domestic violence incident involving his ex-wife and children. Yesterday he allegedly became violent, swung a baseball bat at two victims and led police on a foot chase. Beahan is being charged with aggravated assault, burglary, reckless endangerment and more. He is also on unpaid administrative leave.

>>Lock Haven University Continuing Remote Learning In Spring

(Lock Haven, PA) -- Lock Haven University is planning to continue with remote learning in the spring semester. Classes will also begin on January 25th, which is a week later than usual and there will be no spring break. University officials say on-campus residency will be limited to two-thirds occupancy and COVID-19 asymptomatic testing will take place on campus before the semester begins.