TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LACASTER 12/16


>>Berks County Woman Charged with Murder

(Berks County, PA) -- A Berks County woman is being accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death. The 38-year-old woman was charged yesterday for first and third-degree murder. The stabbing occurred Sunday night on Maywood Avenue in South Heidelberg Township. She is being held without bail and is also facing charges of aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of a crime.

>>Berks County Man Found Dead in Home

(Exeter Township, PA) -- Authorities are investigating a man's death in Exeter Township. The incident happened Monday night in a home on Hillside Road. Police say a 35-year-old man was found unresponsive in the home with a cut wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police are investigating the case as a possible homicide.

>>Berks County Buildings to Close Early Today

(Reading, PA) -- All Berks County buildings are going to be closing earlier today in preparation for the oncoming winter storm. President Judge Thomas G. Parisi announced yesterday that county buildings will be closing at noon today. The judge says the decision was made to protect employees before the snow starts to fall. Employees who are not in 24-7 operations are being asked to stay at home. A further decision about Thursday's operations will be made later this evening.

>>Reading City Council Approves Next Year's Budget

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading City Council is adopting next year's budget. City council approved the 2021 budget on Monday. The budget of over 92-million-dollars is going to include about a two-and-a-half percent tax increase. It also includes a deficit of about two-million-dollars, but will be made up from the city's reserve funds.

>>Lancaster County Police Searching for Man Involved in Overdose Death

(Lancaster County, PA) --  Lancaster County Police are searching for a man who allegedly sold fentanyl to an overdose victim. Twenty-year-old Noel Jerome Thompson was charged yesterday for drug delivery resulting in death and criminal conspiracy. Police say Thompson sold fentanyl to a person last month who later died of an overdose in Manheim Township. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts are being asked to contact the Manheim Township Police.