The Latest for Berks and Lancaster 03/14


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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: People in Chester and Lancaster Counties should still boil their water for a bit longer. The district attorney in Reading says the recent rash of homicides there has been caused by having too many guns on the streets. All animals have been safely evacuated after a huge barn fire at a Berks County farm.

>>Boil Water Advisory in Effect for Lancaster, Chester Counties

(Lancaster, PA) -- Officials with Pennsylvania American utility company says people in Chester and Lancaster Counties should still boil their water. The recommendation to 14-thousand 500 customers comes after the company's Rock Run Water Treatment Plant near Coatesville experienced a lower-than-normal chlorine change at the water plant over the weekend. A spokeswoman for the company says they hope to lift boil water advisory sometime Monday if tests are favorable.

>>Twenty Companies Respond to 'Devastating' Barn Fire

(Berks County, PA) -- All animals have been safely evacuated after a huge barn fire at a Berks County farm. Fire officials say no people were injured either after more than 20 companies responded to the blaze Sunday in the 200 block of Meadow Drive in Longswamp Township. Topton Fire Company Chief Jason Robinson tells WFMZ-TV the loss will be devastating for the community. He says a lot of extra tankers had to be used at the scene because there are no fire hydrants in the area.

>>Berks' Co. District Attorney Speaks Out on Recent Homicides

(Reading, PA) --  District Attorney John Adams says the recent rash of homicides in Reading has been caused by having too many guns on the streets. Two men died in a shooting Thursday night about two blocks away from a double-shooting at a convenience store. He says the investigations remain in their early stages and no one is in custody right now for either case.  

>>Stevens Woman Charged with Furnishing Minors with Liquor

(East Cocalico, PA) -- A 43-year-old Stevens woman has been charged with letting minors drink alcohol at her home. Melissa Marie Ferrell reportedly let the four juveniles and two 18-year-olds drink in her home and possibly provided the alcohol to them. One juvenile was also charged with giving a false name to an officer.  

>>Special Conference to Be Held on Grief and African Americans

(Lancaster Co., PA) -- A day-long conference on Grief in the African American Community will be taking place in Lancaster city soon. Promoters say the event will explore healing for various types of grief including individual grief -- such as loss of a spouse or child, or societal - such as various types of loss in black communities. The daylong conference will take place Saturday, March 26 at the Groff Event Center in Lancaster.


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