TOP HEADLINES 02/18 BERKS, LANCASTER


>>Reading Parking Authority Making Garages Available Over Weekend

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Parking Authority is offering some relief for residents in preparation for upcoming winter storms. The authority announced yesterday that downtown garages in the city will be available this weekend for free parking. Officials say anyone using the garage will have to pull a ticket to enter and must exit by eight-in-the-morning on Monday to avoid having to pay. Five-to-nine inches of snow is expected to fall in Berks County beginning today.

>>Berks County To Close All Government Buildings Today

(Reading, PA) -- Government buildings in Berks County are going to be closed today due to the winter weather. President Judge Thomas Parisi announced yesterday that all county buildings will be closed today for employees who are not involved in 24-seven operations. While the commissioner's meeting has been canceled, the virtual retirement board meeting is still expected to go on this morning at 9:30 a.m. Officials say they will be monitoring the snowstorm to see how it will affect operations for tomorrow.

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>>Kutztown Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Child Pornography

(Kutztown, PA) -- A Kutztown man is going to be spending about two decades behind bars on child pornography charges. Joseph Krasley was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday by a U.S. District Court judge. Prosecutors say Krasley was originally convicted in 2019 on 14 counts of child exploitation offenses after he was investigated for sharing images of children being sexually abused with other sex offenders. Along with his prison sentence, he will also serve ten years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay about 30-thousand-dollars in restitution.

>>Fire Heavily Damages Apartment Building In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged an apartment building in Reading. The fire happened yesterday morning at an apartment building in the 900-block of North Fifth Street. No injuries have been reported yet, but officials say two apartments that were vacant are now uninhabitable.

>>One Person Dead After Lancaster County Crash

(Paradise Township, PA) -- Police are investigating the cause of an accident in Lancaster County that killed one person. The crash happened yesterday afternoon at the intersection of South Belmont Street and Georgetown Road in Paradise Township. Police say a tractor-trailer collided with a pickup truck. The Lancaster County Coroner confirmed that one person was pronounced dead at the scene, but no other injuries have been reported.


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