The Latest for Berks and Lancaster 12/02


>>The Latest

(Undated) - Here's the latest news: UGI is one of eight Pennsylvania utilities that have increased their energy prices as of Wednesday. A Reading homicide suspect is now being held in the Berks County jail after his arrest in Puerto Rico last month. A 41-year-old man has been sentenced in a car crash that killed the CEO of a Palmer Township company earlier this year

>>Gas Energy Costs Increasing As Much As 10% Starting This Week

(Lancaster, PA) --  UGI is one of eight Pennsylvania utilities that have increased their energy prices as of Wednesday. Officials say it's a reflection of the higher cost to produce natural gas. Energy charges account for about half of a residential bill, according to the company. If you're serviced by UGI, expect to see your costs increase about ten percent a month for a gas heating customer. Energy executives say their costs are increasing because fuel prices for power generators are going up and that's driven mostly by natural gas. The change is also pushing up electricity prices in wholesale power markets. 

>>Reading Homicide Suspect Captured in Puerto Rico

(Reading, PA) --  A Reading homicide suspect is now being held in the Berks County jail after his arrest in Puerto Rico last month. Alberto Rivera-Vázquez was arraigned in Reading late Tuesday night on charges that include first- and third-degree murder and aggravated assault. He was taken into custody in Puerto Rico on November 10th, three days after police say he fatally shot José Rodríguez-Bultron after a bar fight. Police say another man also was wounded in the shooting, but he has recovered. 

>>Man Gets 5-10 Years for Homicide By Vehicle in Death of Bardot Plastics Founder

(Forks Township, PA) -- A 41-year-old man has been sentenced in a car crash that killed the CEO of a Palmer Township company earlier this year. The Northampton County District Attorney's Office says in a news release that Daniel Zipp has been sentenced from five to ten years in state prison for the death of Joseph Lee Boucher. He was 86 and the founder and CEO of Bardot Plastics in Palmer Township. Zipp had pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. One witness told police they saw Zipp drive into the oncoming lane of traffic and crash into Boucher's vehicle.

>>Lancaster Tree Lighting Ceremony Held Thursday

(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster's holiday tree will be lit in a celebration on December 3rd in Penn Square. The 25-foot, 15-hundred-pound spruce arrived November 22nd from Kelly Rhineer's front yard in Quarryville. Kelly and her husband, Bill, bought the tree at auction 15 years ago, but after he passed away last year, Kelly offered the tree to the city in honor of her husband. The Mayor will flip the switch for the ornaments during the lighting ceremony.

>> "Carnival Of Lights" Kicks Off in Pottstown

(Pottstown, PA) -- A display of 250-thousand Christmas lights is now off and running in Pottstown. The Carnival of Lights event offers holiday and carnival food, visits with Santa, games, and amusement rides that are all lit up in a festive spirit. The display and activities are offered at the Norco Fire Company on West Schuylkill Road. The "Carnival Of Lights" runs until January first - with a fireworks display set for New Year's Eve. Tickets are 14-dollars for adults and ten dollars for kids ages four to 12. 


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