Headlines for Berks and Lancaster 12/07


>>Wintry Mix of Weather Could Arrive Wednesday, Hazardous Outlook Issued Through Saturday

(Lancaster, PA) -- A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College says Lancaster County could see some winter weather Wednesday. Meteorologist Bill Gartner says about a tenth of an inch of rain and snow could come throughout the day Wednesday before tapering off late at night. He also says there's some potential for some snow mid-week, though it would likely be light if it arrives. A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Lancaster County and much of central Pennsylvania through Saturday in anticipation of the winter weather.

>>Lancaster Father And Son Sentenced On Sexual Assault Charges

(Strasburg, PA) - A father and son from Lancaster have been sentenced on sexual assault charges after pleading guilty to numerous counts involving young teens and children. The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office says the father, 52-year-old Daniel Glick Beiler, was sentenced to between 10 and 30 years in prison. His first victim was 13 at the time of the incidents, and the second was between 14 and 19 years old. The son, 25-year-old Daniel King Beiler, was sentenced to ten years of probation after pleading guilty. Officials says his victim was between the ages of 8 and 10 when the incidents happened, while Beiler was between 12 and 14. He will serve four years on house arrest and must complete 200 hours of community service. Daniel King Beiler has also been mandated to work with Amish community leaders in reducing his conduct. 

>>Person Killed in Early Monday Crash with A Tractor Trailer Rig on Route 30

(East Lampeter Township) -- One person has died in a crash involving a tractor trailer truck on Route 30 Monday morning. That person's name has not been released. Police said the truck was heading east on Route 30 when it collided with a westbound Ford Escape. Two people, including the person who died, were taken to the hospital. The wreck and its investigation shut down the roadway for about six hours. The crash also took down power lines in the area and crews were called in to make repairs.

>>Officials: Cigarettes Caused House Fire that Displaced 8 in Mount Joy Township Sunday

(Mount Joy, PA) -- Fire investigators say the cause of a house fire Sunday that displaced eight people was caused by someone not extinguishing cigarettes properly. Rheems Fire Department Chief Charles Stanford says embers from discarded cigarettes in a butt can near the home's porch ignited and were then blown to the first-floor apartment by the wind. He says the blaze then quickly spread along the wood siding, into the attic and through the rest of the building. Everyone, plus one family's dog, got out safely, but Stanford says the house sustained severe damage and was determined to be uninhabitable.

>>Penn Manor Educator Named 2022 Pennsylvania Teacher Of The Year

(Lancaster, PA) -- A sixth-grade teacher from the Penn Manor School District has been named the 2022 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. Elizabeth Raff, known for helping her students love to learn and think critically in her classes at Pequea Elementary School, was chosen for the honor Monday afternoon. She will travel across the state giving speeches, supporting preservice teachers and advocating for positive change in education. She also will be honored along with the country's other state teachers of the year at the White House and will be in the running for next year's National Teacher of the Year Award. Raff is 31 and lives in Lancaster with her husband, Jeremy -who is also a teacher in Lancaster-- and their three-year-old son. They are expecting a baby girl in March. 

>>Fifteen-Year-Old Shot In The Face In Eastern Berks County

(Boyerstown,PA) --  A 15-year-old boy is recovering in a local hospital after he was shot in the face in eastern Berks County. Emergency officials say crews were dispAtched shortly after midnight Saturday to the four-hundred-block of Landis Store Road in Pike Township for reports of gunfire. When they arrived, the victim was found at the scene with a gunshot wound to the jaw and rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Officials say the gunshot came from a .22-caliber weapon. The circumstances of the shooting aren't currently known.

>>Berks County Adds Over 300 COVID Cases in Past Few Days

 --  Health officials say Berks County in the past four days has seen a surge in the case counts of the COVID delta variant. Statistics available from Sunday, the most recent count available, show 307 new COVID cases and reinfections. That adds to the nearly 66-thousand 500 total for the county since the pandemic began. Right now, 147 people are in the hospital with 23 of those in intensive care.

>>No one injured in Mount Joy Township Home Fire

(Mount Joy,PA) --  Emergency response officials say no one has been injured after a two-story home caught fire in Mount Joy Township. The fire broke out just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday onPArkview Drive, near Cloverleaf Road east of Elizabethtown. It took firefighters about a half an hour to knock down the blaze. No injuries were reported.

>>Male Victim Identified from Fatal Fire in York

(York,PA) --  The York County coroner has identified the man who died in a house fire Friday night. Seventy-year-old Anthony Brown was found dead in his York home in the three-hundred block of Roosevelt Avenue. The three-alarm fire had also spread to several other home on the block, displacing about 12 people. The Red Cross is assisting those people in finding temporary homes. York City Fire Chief William Sleeger says the cause of the fire is under investigation; damage estimates have been placed at just under 300-thousand dollars. 

>>New Area Code Assigned for Berks County 

  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has announced that it has assigned 835 as the new area code for the part of southeastern Pennsylvania that already uses the 610 and 484 area codes. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator said it estimates the remaining supply of available telephone numbers in that area will be exhausted in early 2023. The PUC said it will not assign phone numbers with the 835-area code until the remaining supply of 610 and 484 numbers is exhausted. 


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