The Latest for Berks and Lancaster 09/29


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Tower Health will be closing one of its seven hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania and selling another. A 38-year-old Reading man will be sentenced October 8 after being convicted Tuesday of resisting arrest. The Reading Parking Authority will be giving more time for people to pay parking tickets. 

>>Tower Health Closing One Of Seven Hospitals

(Reading, PA) -- Tower Health will be closing one of its seven hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania and selling another. Officials say its flagship Berks County hospital will not be closed or sold. Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia will be sold to Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic along with more than half of its urgent care centers. The Jennersville Hospital in Chester County will begin to close in January.

>>Reading Man Convicted Of Resisting Arrest

(Reading, PA) -- A 38-year-old Reading man will be sentenced October 8th after being convicted Tuesday of resisting arrest. Stanley Gracius was acquitted of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct for his arrest on December 31st after police were called to the one-thousand-block of Union Street when he was found on a porch. Gracius said it was his girlfriend's house and started kicking and yelling at officers, who eventually handcuffed him. She says they dated about 20 years ago, and she called police when he hadn't left after five hours.

>>Reading Parking Authority Giving More Time For Ticket Payments

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading Parking Authority will be giving more time for people to pay parking tickets. The authority extended the deadline to 30 days before it's considered late. Tickets had to be paid within ten days previously, and a late fee was issued after 30 days.

>>Berks ARL Needs Foster Families

(Cumru Township, PA) -- The Animal Rescue League of Berks County has an immediate need for foster families due to overcrowding at the shelter. The ARL has 258 animals along with 188 kittens, 21 cats, 15 puppies, and 18 dogs that are currently cared for by foster. Officials add being in homes instead of cages is much better for animals to learn socialization.

>>COVID-19 Concerns Cancel Football Game

(Reading, PA) -- Reading High School will not play its Saturday afternoon football game at Governor Mifflin due to COVID-19 concerns, as the Red Knights had to cancel last week's game as well. The Reading School District says the game is off due to COVID-19 protocols, calling for 14 days of quarantine. They are hoping to get back on the field next week, while Governor Mifflin is seeking a new opponent for the Homecoming game. Mifflin is currently the top ranked team in Class 5A in the state according to Pennlive.


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