TOP HEADLINES BERKS, LANCASTER 04/02


>>Amtrak Planning To Add Train Route Between Reading And Philadelphia

(Reading, PA) -- People in Berks County are looking forward to having an easier travel option to Philadelphia after Amtrak revealed its Connect US plans. The company announced the plans this past Wednesday, and according to the Amtrak's Connect US map, there will be a new rail that connects Reading to Philadelphia. It will be the first time the two cities will link via train since 1981 when SEPTA stopped running passenger trains. Amtrak officials say the project to grow rail service across the country will be underway for the next 15 years.

>>Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing Lancaster County Woman in North Carolina

(Manheim Township, PA) -- The man who is being accused of shooting and killing a Lancaster County woman in North Carolina is now behind bars. Police arrested Dejywan Floyd of Lumberton, North Carolina yesterday at the Parkview Apartments. Floyd is being charged with first-degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property for allegedly shooting and killing 47-year-old Julie Eberly of Manheim Township while she was on vacation with her family.

>>Fifteen-Year-Old Boy Accused Of Killing Teenager In Reading To Stand Trial

(Reading, PA) -- The 15-year-old boy who is being accused of shooting and killing a teenage girl in Reading earlier this year is going to be standing trial. A Berks County judge ordered Abelle Hector Ruiz to stand trail yesterday at a preliminary hearing. Ruiz is facing first-and-third degree murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a 16-year-old girl on Scott Street in the city's Oakbrook neighborhood on February 5th. He is expected to return to court on April 26th for a formal arraignment.

>>Lancaster Man Charged With Manslaughter For Son's Death

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster man is being charged with manslaughter after the death of his infant son. Authorities announced recently that Rolston Sturkey is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and two drug charges. Officials say police responded to his home in the 700-block of Wyncroft Lane in Lancaster last September where they found Sturkey's three-month-old son dead from accidental asphyxiation while he was under Sturkey's care. He is currently free after posting a 50-thousand-dollar bail, but his preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place this Wednesday.

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>>Ephrata Man Accused Of Raping Child

(Ephrata, PA) -- A man in Lancaster County is being accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor. Officials confirmed yesterday that 24-year-old Jacob Newnam of Ephrata was arrested this past Tuesday by East Earl Township Police. He is being charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a minor from 2012 to 2014. He is currently being held in the Lancaster County Prison on a 250-thousand-dollar bail.


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