TOP HEADLINES BERKS, LANCASTER 03/12


>>Pennsylvania Reaches Settlement With Family Of Bulldozer Victim In Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- The family of a man who was killed by a bulldozer in Berks County more than two years ago is settling out of court with the state of Pennsylvania.

Officials announced yesterday that the family of Gregory Longenecker will receive about 475-thousand-dollars. The family sued the Pennsylvania State Police and the state's Game Commission after Longenecker was killed in 2018 when a state trooper and a game commission employee accidentally ran him over with a bulldozer during a pursuit. State Police officials say the settlement was made as part of the resolution of litigation and is not an admission of wrongdoing.

>>Customers Bank Donates To Alvernia University Ror After-School Program

(Reading, PA) -- A local company in Reading is giving Alvernia University some help to support an after-school program. Customers Bank donated 150-thousand-dollars to the university yesterday for its Reading Youth Initiative. The initiative focuses on enhancing the academic progress of students through enrichment, mentoring and support for healthy choices. Officials say the money will be used to expand services to children during the school year and in the summer.

>>Visions Federal Credit Union Donates Six-Thousand-Dollars To Café Esperanza In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- A nonprofit organization in Reading is getting some help to battle hunger in Berks County. Visions Federal Credit Union donated six-thousand-dollars yesterday to Café Esperanza located along West Greenwich Street in the city. Café Esperanza is a pay-what-you-can restaurant that also gives the community a space for art, music, education and job training. The money will be used to help end food insecurity in Reading and Berks County by providing healthy and affordable meals to the region.

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>>Convicted Sex Offender FromLancasterCounty Accused Of Having Sexual Contact With Minor

(Lancaster, PA) -- A convicted sex offender fromLancasterCounty is being accused of having sexual contact with a minor. Paul Woolery was charged yesterday with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor. The charges follow the end of a lengthy investigation that revealed Woolery had sexual contact with a juvenile at a home in the 500-block of Brandywine Road in Manor Township from 2012 to 2014. He is a registered sex offender on the Megan's Law website after being convicted in 2000.

>>Townhome Damaged After Fire InLancasterCounty

(Ephrata, PA) -- The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a townhome inLancasterCounty. The fire broke out early yesterday morning at a residence in Ephrata. Officials say about seven surrounding crews helped battle the blaze. No injuries were reported from the scene.


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