TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 12/03


>>Reading School Board Reinstating Winter Sports

(Reading, PA) -- Reading School sports and extracurricular activities are coming back. The school board voted yesterday to reinstate high school sports and activities at the middle and junior high-level. The vote passed five-to-four. New measures are going to take place such as students must have their parent's permission to play, there will be no spectators allowed for home games, and athletes must wear masks when they aren't participating.

>>Fire In Perry Township

(Perry Township, PA) -- Residents in Perry Township are now displaced after a porch fire caused unfixable damage to their home. The fire happened at 40 Perry Road yesterday morning. Investigators say the fire started by an electrical outlet that caused the front porch to go up in flames. Three other vehicles also caught fire. An estimated cost of damages is over 300-thousand-dollars.

>>Lancaster County Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A Lancaster County man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a 56-year-old man. Police say they arrested the 19-year-old suspect yesterday on the 200-block of Main Street in Mountville. The man is being charged for attempted murder in the stabbing incident and is also facing charges for burglary from earlier this year.

>>Lancaster Couple Charged For Stealing From Over 20 Vehicles

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster couple is being accused of stealing from over 20 vehicles in York County. The couple is facing charges of criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle. Police say the couple were breaking into vehicles that were in the Lock 12 parking lot by the Norman Wood Bridge on Holtwood Road during a six-month span. 

>>Mineshaft Hole Expands In Washington Township

(Washington Township, PA) -- A mineshaft hole is expanding in Washington Township. The hole is off of Old Route One-Hundred near Barto Road. Officials said yesterday the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation is working on a plan to fill it. The hole first opened last month and will most likely be filled in with gravel.