TOP STORIES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 10/28


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(Undated) - Here's the latest news: Striking workers at the Kellogg Plant in Lancaster are getting a boost from the Biden Administration. A Lancaster man is facing rape and assault charges for abusing two girls over seven years. A national publication says Lancaster is the fifth-best place to retire in the nation.

>>Labor Secretary Visits Striking Kellogg Plant in Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) -- Striking workers at the Kellogg Plant in Lancaster are getting a boost from the Biden Administration. This come as Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited the site Wednesday.  Hundreds of workers have been on strike there and at three other plants across the country over a system that they say gives newer workers fewer benefits and lower pay. Secretary Walsh says he came to support the workers and let them know "We stand with them." The plant continues operating with temporary non-union employees while the regular workers have been striking for more than three weeks.

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>>Lancaster Man Charged for Repeatedly Raping, Assaulted Children for 7 Years

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster Township man is facing felony sexual assault charges after allegedly abusing and raping two young girls over a seven-year period. Court documents show 30-year-old Robert Harry Austin has been charged with over a dozen felonies. One of the girls told officers that the abuse started when she was six-years-old and the other says Austin started with her when she was 12. The charges against him include rape of a child and many counts of child pornography.

>>Youth Football Coach Reportedly Aims Gun at Two Adults, Two Children After Game

(Marietta, PA) -- Susquehanna Regional Police say a Columbia youth football coach is facing felony charges. This comes after Damien Omar Seals allegedly pointed a gun at four people, two of whom are children, following a game Sunday. He reportedly pointed a gun at a car full of people at East Market Street and River Road. Police say Seals had been in an argument with one of the adults inside the car after a game at War Memorial Park. He was charged with a felony firearms violation among other counts, that include four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

>> Lawyer Accused of Plotting to Kill Senators Wants Release While Awaiting Trial

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A federal judge is scheduling a hearing on Friday about a release request from a man who allegedly plotted to kill Democratic Senators. Attorneys for disbarred Ephrata lawyer Kenelm Shirk say he would like to be let out of jail while he awaits trial. They added alcohol was partly to blame for Shirk's actions. State Police arrested him in January near Shippensburg, while they say he was on his way to Washington after he made threats to shoot government officials. Federal prosecutors oppose his release.

>>U.S. News and World Report Cites Lancaster as 5th Best Place to Retire

(New York, NY) -- Lancaster is the fifth-best place to retire in the nation for 2021-2022. That's according to U.S. News Best Places, which shared its findings after looking into 150 large metropolitan areas to analyze how well they meet American retirees' needs. Criteria included happiness of local residents, affordability for housing, tax rates and quality of health care. The first four spots on the list are in Florida: Sarasota, Naples, Daytona Beach and Melbourne, respectively.


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