Top Stories for Berks and Lancaster 01/26


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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: A 22-year-old man has reportedly admitted to killing his mother by strangling her, then slitting her throat when he thought that wasn't effective.  Detectives in Reading have charged three more men in connection with Operation SmackDown, a drug ring operation. Lancaster City police are looking for and have charged a woman in a case involving a shooting early Sunday. 

>>Son Accused of Strangling His Mother, Slitting Her Throat

(Berks County, PA) -- State police say a 22-year-old man has admitted to killing his mother by strangling her, then slitting her throat when he thought that didn't work. State Police Trooper David Beohm says Jakob Murray killed his mother, Jill Murray Sunday night in a home in the 200 block of North Brobst Street. The victim's boyfriend discovered her body when he went to check on her after not hearing back from his texts. Jakob Murray was arrested in Philadelphia, after telling police he went there to get heroin.

>>Additional Suspects Charged in Drug Operation Sting

(Reading, PA) -- Detectives in Reading have charged three more men in connection with Operation SmackDown, which resulted in the arrest of more than two dozen people allegedly involved a drug ring operation. Berks County District Attorney John Adams says in a news release that Roberto Mendez-Rodriguez of Reading is one of the accused. He and two men from New York are the additional suspects that reportedly were involved with the operation of heroin mills in the Bronx, NY and in Reading.

>>Suspect Tells Police He Set Home On Fire To Keep Warm

(York, PA) -- Northwest Regional police say a man who is a suspect in other arson investigations in southern York County has been arrested for breaking into a house and lighting a fire there. Robert Connor Castro of New Freedom told police he started the fire to keep warm. An affidavit says he allegedly entered a West Donegal Township home Sunday and started the fire using a butane torch and an aerosol can just before 2:30 a.m. Three people were sleeping inside the home at the time. They got out safely. Castro was later found standing about five houses away from the burning home, when a police officer recognized him as a suspect in other incidents. He is being held in Lancaster County Prison on one million dollars' bail.

>>Police Looking for Woman Suspect in Lancaster Shooting

(Lancaster, PA) -- City police are looking for and have charged a woman in a shooting case early Sunday. They believe Janieca Lynnette Rivera shot the man on Chesapeake Street near Lancaster County Central Park around 4:30 a.m. A news release says the victim is expected to recover but gives no other details of the circumstances of the shooting. Rivera was charged Monday with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and discharging a firearm. She had not been arrested as of Tuesday evening.

>>Phillies Lose Radio Announcer To Washington Nationals

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies are looking for a new radio color commentator. Kevin Frandsen has left the Phillies radio booth to join the Washington Nationals television broadcast team. The Philadelphia Business Journal reports Frandsen has spent the past four years in the Phillies' booth with play-by-play man Scott Franzke and color commentator Larry Anderson. He has been splitting duties with Anderson after the 2017 season.


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