THE LATEST FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 09/13


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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The seventh annual "Hear our Voices - Team Holly 5K" helped to raise money Sunday for Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County. The suspect in Reading's first murder of 2021 is now behind bars. Palmer Township officials are calling their pilot program for recycling plastic such as bags a success so far. 

>>Berks County 5K Raises Money For Breast Cancer Support

(Reading, PA) -- The seventh annual "Hear our Voices - Team Holly 5K" helped to raise money Sunday for Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County. All money raised will go directly to support services for patients and their families. Greg Lamont's wife Holly was among the founders of the event but died of breast cancer in 2014. He says she envisioned survivors getting together and staying in touch due to the 5K.

>>Suspect Arrested For January Murder In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- The suspect in Reading's first murder of 2021 is now behind bars. Police arrested Valintine Meredith on Friday for criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery. He is accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Tyre Little on January 12th. Little died at Reading Hospital.

>>Palmer Township Says Plastic Bag Recycling Is Cutting Costs

(Palmer Township, PA) -- Palmer Township officials are calling their pilot program for recycling plastic such as bags a success so far. It began May 1st, and Palmer Recycling coordinator Cindy Oatis says the flexible plastic is taken to TotalRecycle in Berks County. The Palmer Township recycling center cannot take the bags, as they clog the machinery. Oatis says the plastic can be used for decks, walkways, and playground surfaces.

>>Woman Found Safe After Missing Ten Days

(Elizabethtown, PA) -- Police say they have found 46-year-old Nicole Gill-Schlegel of Elizabethtown. She had been missing since August 31st and was returned home on Saturday. Gill-Schlegel was last seen leaving Your Place Pizza and Pub in Hersey before she was found.

>>117 Kids In Berks County Tested Positive For COVID-19 At Start Of September

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Hospital's chief of pediatric emergency care says the increase in children testing positive for COVID-19 is due to the delta variant, fewer people wearing masks, and people not social distancing. There were 117 children who tested positive in Berks County the week ending September 1st along with over four-thousand children in the state. Dr. Christopher Valente says kids' symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as adults and can also result in Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C. Valente says to his knowledge, all kids have recovered from MIS-C.


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