TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANCASTER) 12/22


>Reading Hospital Gives Out COVID-19 Vaccine

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Hospital is starting to give out the first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine. The hospital announced yesterday it has distributed about 180 doses of the vaccine to health care workers. The vaccinations were received by the hospital this past Thursday. Officials say they are preparing to have more vaccines delivered this week.

>>Lancaster County Man Charged with Murdering Amish Teenager

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster County man accused of kidnapping an Amish teenager is now being charged for her murder. Thirty-four-year-old Justo Smoker was charged yesterday for criminal homicide in connection to the death of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos. The Lancaster County District Attorney's office released court documents yesterday with new evidence about the day Stoltzfoos disappeared. According to the court documents, the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab found Smoker's DNA on the girl's stockings which were buried in the ground.

>>Reading Parking Authority Extends Free Parking

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Parking Authority is extending free garage parking in the city. The RPA announced yesterday it is extending free downtown garage parking until January 4th. The decision was made to ease congestion at the curb caused by last week's snowstorm. Residents are being advised to pull a ticket to enter a garage.

>>Muhlenberg Township Approves Next Year's Budget

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- Muhlenberg Township Board of Commissioners is approving next year's budget and tax rate. The board announced yesterday it accepted the 2021 budget and residents will continue to pay five mills. The township hasn't raised its taxes for the sixth year in a row. Commissioners say they also promoted three police officers in Monday's virtual meeting.

>>Berks Woman Arrested for Buying Guns for Minor

(Berks County, PA) -- A Berks County woman is being accused of buying firearms for a minor. The woman was arrested Friday afternoon after Cro-Arms Gun and Ammo in Oley Township reported her to the Central Berks Regional Police Department for suspicious behavior. Police say she purchased about ten-to-12 guns for a minor who is allegedly associated with a gang in Reading. She is facing multiple charges including one felony firearm offense.