TOP STORIES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 12/01


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(Undated) - Here's the latest news: If you're a PECO's electric customer your rates will go up in January. Manheim Township Police are asking for the public's help to identify suspects linked to a shoplifting incident at a mobile phone store last Tuesday. Lancaster's Santa Stumble returns to the city December 11th. 

>>Over 300LancasterCounty hospitality businesses receive Industry Relief Funding

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf says nearly 59-hundred state businesses have received funding this year through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Relief Program (CHIRP). Some 325 of those establishments are in Lancaster County. The CHIRP Funds range from 5-thousand dollars for small bed and breakfasts, franchise and small restaurants to 45-thousand for larger businesses and hotels. Restaurant group Thomas E. Strauss, Incorporated received 45-thousand, as did companies called Thirty, Inc. and Seven Hills Incorporated.

>>iPhone Thieves Sought in Manheim Township

(Lancaster, PA) -- Manheim Township Police are asking for the public's help to identify suspects linked to a shoplifting incident at a mobile phone store last Tuesday. Police say both men walked around the T-Mobile store on Oregon Pike and then cut the security cables attached to the Apple iPhones. The total loss was about 33-hundred dollars. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 9-1-1.

>>State Utility Commission Approves PECO Rate Increase

(Harrisburg, PA) --  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently approved PECO's [[pee-CO]]'s filed settlement agreement for a $132 million increase in electric distribution rates. The funds would reportedly be used to invest in strengthening the local energy grid stronger so that it's more resilient to extreme weather and to prevent outages. The increase would also be used to advance clean energy technologies and expand assistance for low-income customers. A typical residential customer would see an increase of about seven dollars a month and a typical commercial bill would go up by 25-dollars per month, or three percent. The new electric delivery rates will take effect on January 1, 2022.

>>Lancaster Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For 2019 Shooting

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life in prison after his sentencing for a shooting that happened two years ago. Raymond Lydell Speller was found guilty in May in the shooting death of Pedro Almodovar in the three-hundred block of Howard Avenue in 2019. Lancaster County Judge Jeffrey Wright sentenced him to life plus seven-and-a-half to 20 years. After receiving his sentence, Speller apologized to the victim's family, stating he was not in his right state of mind when the shooting happened.

>>Santa Stumble Returns to downtown Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) The trek known as the Santa Stumble will once again be making its way through the city in December. To take part, revelers donate ten bucks to the Lancaster City Police Foundation and receive a button to enter nearly 20 participating bars in downtown at no cover charge. There is also a costume contest at the Village Nightclub. According to reports, the bar-hopping event raises funds for the police department's dogs and horses. The Santa Stumble will take place on Saturday, December 11th, from 5:00-11:30 pm.


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