TOP HEADLINES BERKS, LANCASTER 5/26


>Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center Offering Johnson-And-Johnson Vaccine

(Lancaster, PA) -- The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center is now offering doses of the Johnson-and-Johnson vaccine for the first time since it has been open. About 240 doses of the J-and-J vaccine were available at the center as of yesterday as well as a limited number of walk-in appointments. You can choose that option while scheduling an appointment by visiting www.vaccinateLancaster.org.

>>Berks County Working Towards Opening Its Own Health Department

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County Commissioners are putting plans together to open the county's own health department. The county commissioners announced recently that they are looking to hire an outside company to see if the county needs a health department after they received criticism for not having one during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt says the study will cost the county about 150-thousand-dollars that will be paid for by funding from the federal government's American Rescue Plan.

>>Berks County Receiving New Funding From State

(Reading, PA) -- The City of Reading and Berks County are going to get some help thanks to grants from the state's Blight Remediation Program. State Senator Judy Schwank announced yesterday that the city and the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks have been awarded about 200-thousand-dollars' worth of grants from the program. Officials say the funding will be used towards the Reading Buttonwood Gateway West Improvements Projects and a project in Reading's South of Penn Area.

>>Reading Appoints New City Solicitor

(Reading, PA) -- Reading is welcoming in a new city solicitor this year. City council voted five-to-two on Monday to confirm Mayor Eddie Moran's appointment of Fred Lachat. Mayor Moran first appointed Lachat as acting solicitor in February after he allegedly fired Elizabeth Kraft.

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>>Lancaster Man Accused Of Groping Women

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster man is being accused of grabbing and groping several women in the city. Twenty-eight-year-old Philip Choub was arrested yesterday after authorities say he assaulted women in the area of East Chestnut and North Lime streets. He is being charged with indecent assault and harassment. Any other victims or witnesses of the incidents are being asked to contact Detective Ryan Hockley at the Lancaster Police Department.


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