TOP HEADLINES BERKS AND LANCASTER 01/08


>>Kutztown University President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(Maxatawny Township, PA) -- The Kutztown University president is positive for COVID-19. The university's office of communications announced yesterday that president Kenneth Hawkinson has tested positive for the virus. Hawkinson is going to be working from home for at least the next ten days and says he has mild symptoms. There are currently five active cases at the university, including Hawkinson's.

>>Lancaster General Health Appoints New CEO

(Lancaster, PA) -- Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is getting new leadership this new year. The University of Pennsylvania Health System announced yesterday that John J. Herman will be the new chief executive director at LG Health. Herman is going to succeed Jan L. Bergen who retired last August. He is currently serving as CEO of the North Shore Region for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Herman will take over the new position after March 30th, as Bergen will stay with LG Health until then to ensure a smooth transition.

>>Fox Berkshire To Reopen Next Friday

(Wyomissing, PA) -- A popular movie theater in Berks County is going to be reopening soon. Fox Berkshire in Wyomissing announced yesterday that it will finally be reopening next Friday after Governor Wolf's COVID-19 restrictions were lifted this past Monday. The theater is going to be showing a selection of new and recent releases including "Wonder Woman 1984," "The Croods 2" and "The Marksman." Its private screening program will also be available.

>>Man Gets At Least 40 Years In Prison For Reading Shooting

(Reading, PA) -- A man is going to be spending a long time behind bars for shooting and killing a man in Reading. The Berks County DA announced yesterday that Bryan Casiano-Figueroa was sentenced twenty-to-forty years in state prison. He pleaded guilty to third-degree murder after shooting and killing a man at an apartment in the one-hundred-block of South Third Street in 2019.

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>>Seventy-Eight-Year-Old Reading Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Boy

(Reading, PA) -- A 78-year-old Reading man is being accused of sexually assaulting a teenager. Berks County DA arrested Johnathan K. Rai yesterday after he allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old inside a city home over the summer. Rai is facing multiple charges including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, corruption of a minor and indecent assault. He is currently being held at the Berks County Jail, and his bond is set at 30-thousand-dollars.


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