Top Stories for Berks and Lancaster 01/25


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: The PIAA state championships says District Three tournaments will start next week as scheduled. An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who police say choked a woman in Quarryville, Lancaster County. State farmers need to apply by January 31st to take advantage of tax credits if they've taken measures to improve soil and water quality.

>>PIAA Competitions Still on for District III Tournaments

(Mechanicsburg, PA ) -- Despite many parents' fears that high school sports competitions will be cancelled again this year, the PIAA state championships says District Three tournaments will start next week as scheduled. They also say the PIAA playoff fields will be conducted at their normal size. Even though some precautions will remain in place as far as social distancing, the PIAA says it will not have a universal mask mandate for state championship competitions. It also will not require proof of vaccination to attend events. It will, however, follow local rules and regulations for venues.

>>Man Sought In Strangulation Attempt In Quarryville

(Quarryville, PA) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who police say choked a woman in Quarryville, Lancaster County. According to a report released by the Pennsylvania State Police, officers responded to a domestic altercation on Friday, January 21st, where William Weaver is alleged to have choked Bonnie Winters at a home on Four Pines Road in Quarryville. Weaver had already left the location when PSP officers arrived on the scene. Anyone with information about where he is can leave a tip with PSP Lancaster.

>>Filing for Agricultural Tax Credits Due Soon

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says state farmers need to apply by January 31st to take advantage of tax credits if they've taken measures to improve soil and water quality. Nearly 13 million dollars in tax credits are available through Pennsylvania's nationally recognized Resource Enhancement and Protection Program or REAP, which was expanded under the PA Farm Bill. Farmers may receive up to 250-thousand dollars in any seven-year period, and spouses filing jointly also can use REAP Tax Credits. Almost 350 farms in the state were approved for the agricultural tax credits last year.

>>Reading Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 years in Prison for Home Drug Operation

(Reading, PA) -- A 33-year-old Reading man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for running an illegal drug operation out of his home. United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Luis Gomez also was ordered to pay a two-thousand-dollar fine. His main sentence is for possessing a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine, running a drug operation and being a prior felon possessing a loaded pistol. Gomez was arrested in September of 2019 after an FBI sting in the Reading area. He was sentenced Monday. Five other defendants were also arrested in connection with the investigation.

>>76ers Host Pelicans Tonight

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The 76ers are on their home court tonight. Philadelphia will host the New Orleans Pelicans. The 76ers are 7-and-3 in their last 10 games. Philadelphia is 27-and-19 on the season.


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