TOP STORIES FOR BERKS, LANCASTER 11/09


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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: Police in Easton are studying driver-provided video to help them understand why a school bus crashed into a creek Monday. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is taking a neutral stance in speaking about a teachers' strike in Scranton. A small earthquake hit Berks County Sunday afternoon.

>>Police Looking for Witnesses to School Bus Crash Into Pennsylvania Creek

(Easton, PA) -- Police are looking for witnesses of a school bus crash that ended up in a creek near Easton Monday. The driver and eight students were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Police said they have dash-board video that shows a car right behind the bus on Bushkill Drive. After both vehicles travel under the Route 22 overpass, the bus rounds a curve in the road and appears to go onto the shoulder, then swerves and travels into the other lane and through a guardrail. Two cars are seen stopping at the scene until another bus drives up and stops to assist.

>>State Police, Lebanon Co. D.A. Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

(Union Township, PA) -- Pennsylvania State Police and the Lebanon County District Attorney's office are investigating an officer-involved shooting from over the weekend. It happened Sunday night on Ridge Road in Union Township when troopers were trying to arrest a man for violating a protection order. They had tried to get him to get out of his car to take him into custody, but he reportedly drove the car over one trooper and dragged him. After trying to use a Taser, another trooper then shot his gun and struck the man. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. Pennsylvania State Police and the Lebanon County District Attorney's office are investigating the shooting.

>>Sen. Casey Takes Neutral Stance On Scranton Teachers' Union Strike

(Washington, DC) -- Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is taking a neutral stance in speaking about the teachers' strike in Scranton. In a statement this week, the senior senator urges both sides to redouble efforts to ensure students can continue to learn, especially since the pandemic has already been so disruptive to their lives. Even though he acknowledges educators have been working without a contract and without a raise for five years, he still urges both sides to keep working until the issues are resolved. The strike is in its sixth day, as of Tuesday. 

>>York Salvation Army Leader Worries About Meeting Kettle Goal

(York, PA) -- Officials with the Salvation Army in York say they're worried about meeting their Red Kettle campaign goals this year. Major Tom Babbitt is worried about whether the organization will meet its goal of collecting 200-thousand dollars in donations because he says a lot of people are out of work and not able to give. He's also worried that the supply-chain problems will affect their toy distribution. Money from the kettle campaign supports the Salvation Army's holiday assistance program, which goes toward toys, food and clothing.

>>Small Earthquake Felt All Over Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- If you felt a small change in the atmosphere or rumble on Sunday afternoon, you weren't imagining things. State officials say a small earthquake hit in Berks County about 1:45 p.m. The 1.7-magnitude earthquake was centered west of Sinking Spring. Residents in Reading, Wernersville andLancasterreported feeling it. No damage was reported.


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