TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 11/11


>>Reading Man Charged for Arson After Apartment Fire

(Reading, PA) -- A Reading man is facing charges including arson for an apartment fire. A multi-unit building at North 10th and Walnut streets was condemned due to damages from a fire late last month. Reading's fire marshal says it was no accident after they investigated the first-floor apartment where the flames broke out. On Monday, police arrested Richard Donofrio who they say was carrying a green lighter and had blackened and charred areas to his face, neck and clothes.

>>Police Stop Alleged Gun Trafficking Ring From Philly to Berks

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County and Montgomery County investigators are looking into an alleged gun trafficking ring that has led to one arrest so far. A Philadelphia man was arrested after buying about 35 guns in several southeastern Pennsylvania counties including Lancaster and Berks. Police say the man was buying the guns for people who aren't legally allowed to have them. He is currently behind bars at Montgomery County Jail and his bail is set at about one million dollars.

>>Berks County Veterans Day Events Change Due to COVID-19

(Berks County, PA) -- Veterans Day plans are going to be changing in Berks County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Veterans Making A Difference group will be delivering sandwiches to veterans at local nursing homes. The county's VA department director is hosting a virtual talk at Penn State Berks later today. A ceremony won't be held at Reading City Park this year but people are invited to show up to support veterans.

>>Berks County Public Libraries Launching New Job Lab

(Berks County, PA) -- Libraries in Berks County are going to be launching a new lab to help residents look for jobs. Berks County Public Libraries announced Monday it'll be sending out a mobile job lab to different locations in the county. The labs will provide resources like computers, internet access and free printing.

>>Exeter School Board to Vote on Not Raising Taxes

(Berks County, PA) -- The Exeter School Board will be voting on a resolution to not raise taxes more than four-percent. The board reviewed an opt-out resolution at a meeting yesterday. The proposal says the district will not raise the tax rate on the 2021-to-2022 budget by more than the Act 1 index. The budget year begins in July of 2021 and the Act 1 index is four-percent. The board will make its vote at a meeting next Tuesday.