THE LATEST FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 10/06


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A health advisory council is expected to be approved today by the Lancaster County commission. Six more Berks County residents have been claimed by COVID-19. A Reading man has escaped a fire by jumping from the third floor window of his home.

>>Lancaster County Commission Likely To Create Health Advisory Council

(Lancaster, PA) -- A health advisory council is expected to be approved today by the Lancaster County commission. Most commissioners have rejected creating a county health department, which Commissioner Ray D'Agostino called "unaccountable, unelected, authoritarian" and not what most would want. The advisory council would be based on the emergency team that was created in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

>>Berks County Records Six More COVID-19 Deaths

(Reading, PA) -- Six more Berks County residents have been claimed by COVID-19. Acting Coroner John Hollenbach says the six deaths yesterday bring the pandemic total to one-thousand-39. The county added 133 more positive cases yesterday. Since the pandemic started, 55-thousand-421 Berks residents have had COVID-19.

>>Pipeline Developer Charged With Contaminating Water

(Downingtown, PA) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging Energy Transfer with nearly 50 environmental crimes. The company's Mariner East 2 Pipeline that goes through 17 counties including Lancaster has contaminated the water supply for many people. Shapiro says people that lived next to the pipeline's construction suffered. The pipeline carries natural gas.

>>Man Jumps To Safety From Reading Fire

(Reading, PA) -- A Reading man has escaped a fire by jumping from the third floor window of his home. The fire last night was on the first and second floors of the house, and firefighters were called to Cotton Street just before 6 p.m. The man jumped to the roofs of the other floors out the back of the home. A woman was arrested.

>>Berks County Commission To Vote On South Campus

(Mohnton, PA) -- A vote is expected tomorrow by the Berks County Board of Commissioners on creating a south campus for county services. It would be at the former Gai-Tronics location in Mohnton, which the Berks County Nonprofit Development Corporation is buying for over five-million dollars. The group is offering a lease of 100-thousand square feet of office and warehouse space to the county.


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