TOP HEADLINES 12/07 (BERKS, LANC)


>>Tower Health And Southern Berks EMS Set To Merge

(Reading, PA) -- Tower Health and the Southern Berks EMS are planning to join together. Tower Health announced the partnership Friday. Officials say the new merge will allow over 140 medical professionals to respond to about 22-thousand calls a year. Tower Health is also offering its EMT school and training building to Southern Berks employees.

>>Penn State Health St. Joseph Expanding COVID-19 Testing

(Reading, PA) -- Penn State Health St. Joseph is extending its COVID-19 testing at its Reading campus. Starting today, people can be tested from one-to-four in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Only those who have a doctor's order can be tested. The college is also offering testing at its hospital in Bern Township.

>>Alvernia University Awarded Grant

(Reading, PA) -- Alvernia University is accepting a grant for its CollegeTowne program in downtown Reading. The Wyomissing Foundation announced Friday it is giving a 300-thousand-dollar grant to the university's O'Pake Institute. The program offers students a chance to team up on new business opportunities around the community.

>>Hamburg Logistics Center Begins Construction

(Upper Bern Township, PA) -- Construction on the Hamburg Logistics Center is beginning in Upper Bern Township. Transwestern Development Company is building the center on Mountain Road off of the Shartlesville Exit on I-78. The center is planning to open next year, and it will support the needs of e-commerce companies.

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>>Lancaster Man Accused Of Kidnapping 13-Year-Old

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A Lancaster County man is being accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old from Indiana. Thirty-eight-year-old Andrew Howland is facing kidnapping, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault and other charges after allegedly taking a 13-year-old girl from her home last Tuesday evening. He was arrested the following day at a Comfort Inn in Indiana. Police say Howland talked with the girl online and planned on bringing her back to Lancaster County to sexually assault her. His preliminary hearing is being held December 16th.


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