TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 09/30


>One Dead After Lancaster County Crash Causes Building Fire

(Bainbridge, PA) -- One person is dead after a Lancaster County crash caused a house fire. The vehicle involved crashed into the home on Kissel Barrick Road yesterday evening. One male inside the vehicle died. No one was home at the time of the crash, which is still under investigation.

>>Drivers Facing Charges For Crash That Killed Berks Man

(Robesonia, PA) -- Two drivers are facing charges after a crash that killed a Berks County man who was walking his dog. A month-long investigation led to the arrest of 55-year-old Todd Frey. Frey was driving his employer's box truck August 26th and hit 67-year-old Robert Hate and his dog while they crossed Penn Avenue at Robeson Street. A 71-year-old woman who drove over Hatt following the initial crash is also charged with failure to give information and render aid.

>>Berks Nonprofit Paying To Settle Allegations They Double-Billed HUD

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness is paying to settle allegations that the organization double-billed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the resolution yesterday. The double-billing allegation stemmed from the renovation of a property in Reading. The organization is set to pay over 121-thousand dollars.

>>PDE Secretary Addresses Latino Convention In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- The Secretary of the state Department of Education is sharing his story with a Latino convention in Reading. Noe Ortega gave the keynote address at the Pennsylvania Latino Convention, which got underway yesterday. Ortega spoke about his family and how he got involved in education. Reading Mayor Eddie Moran and Berks County Commissioner Michael Rivera welcomed those attending. They are the first Latinos to hold those positions.

>>Lancaster County Juror Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Mask Up

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A potential Lancaster County juror may face jail time, a fine, or both for refusing to mask up at the courthouse. Judge Jeffery Wright ordered Eric McPherson removed from the courtroom during jury selection last Monday for failing to comply with the county courthouse's mask rule. McPherson was taken to the a holding cell and returned later and agreed to comply. Jury selection had been completed, so he was dismissed.


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