TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 11/19


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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: The Lancaster County Prison Administration and union workers have joined together to ask for better pay for correctional officers. Instead of waiting for a court ruling on the issue, many schools in Lancaster County reportedly are deciding to make masks optional on school grounds. A detective fromLancaster's Police Department is now speaking freely after being cleared of excessive force charges.

>>West Reading Police Chief Leaves Job After Just A Few Months on the Job

(West Reading. PA) -- After less than five months on the job, West Reading's police chief is handing in his resignation. Glenn Granitz Jr. submitted his official intentions Thursday as the borough's police chief. Borough Council President Jack Gombach tells WFMZ-TV Granitz says wants to work in the private sector. His last day on the job will be December 13th. Granitz joined the West Reading Police Department in June after resigning as the chief of the Allentown Police Department, where he had previously spent his entire career.

>>Lancaster Policeman Says Revenge Motivated Accusations of Excessive Force

(Lancaster, PA) -- Detective Sergeant Nathan Nickel of Lancaster's Police Department says he can now speak freely about excessive force charges that had been brought against him. He was exonerated Wednesday in a two-year-old case after a federal jury rejected Jessica Lopez's claim. Nickel said the motivation was revenge because Lopez held him responsible for her boyfriend's prison sentence when he encountered her during one of last summer's social justice protests.

>>Lancaster County Prison Officials, Workers Join Together to Ask For Higher Pay

(Lancaster, PA) -- Both the Lancaster County Prison Administration and union workers have joined together to ask for better pay for correctional officers. Both groups spoke Thursday at a county commissioner's board meeting to advocate for raising the starting wage for correctional officers. The county recently implemented a bonus program for guards, but the commissioners indicated Thursday they might also consider raising wages before the current contract ends in mid-2022.

>>Many Lancaster Schools Opting to Go Mask-Less Before State Rules on the Issue

Lancaster, PA -- Instead of waiting for a court ruling on the issue, many schools in Lancaster County reportedly are deciding to make masks optional on school grounds. Schools, department spokesperson Paul O'Neill tells Lancaster Online the schools should follow the mask mandate until December 4th until the Commonwealth Court is expected to throw out the previous rule. The state Department of Health, however, says nothing has changed and that masks still need to be worn by everyone when they're on school property. 

>>PA Bear Hunting Season Starts Nov. 20th

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania's regular bear harvesting season starts this weekend. It opens Saturday, November 20th, and lasts through Tuesday, November 23rd. "Penn Live" reports during the early hunting season in the southern part of the state, nearly 12-hundred bears were harvested.


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