Berks County

Governor Tom Wolf speaking to reporters.
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AP News
March 27, 2020 - 2:55 pm
An order that restricts people's movement is being expanded to nine additional Pennsylvania counties, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday as his administration confirmed more coronavirus cases and deaths. Read more here.
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Reading Orthodontics Group collection drive
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Mark Abrams
March 26, 2020 - 10:48 am
After hearing health care workers’ plea for personal protective equipment, an orthodontist based in Berks and Montgomery counties is spearheading a collection drive for face masks, gloves and gowns. Read more here.
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razor wire on perimeter fence
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Cherri Gregg
March 24, 2020 - 9:41 pm
The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the release of more than a dozen detainees housed in Pennsylvania facilities due to the spread of coronavirus. Advocates are demanding Gov. Tom Wolf to step in. Read more here.
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Gov. Tom Wolf coronavirus press briefing
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KYW Staff
March 19, 2020 - 12:49 pm
Pennsylvania reported another big jump in confirmed coronavirus Thursday. The state Department of Health confirmed that there are 52 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 185, up about 40%. Read more here.
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Spotted lanternfly
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AP News
March 04, 2020 - 2:39 pm
The invasive spotted lanternfly is continuing its westward march across Pennsylvania. Read more here.
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A Berks County home where murder charges have been filed against a woman whose children were found hanging in this home's basement.
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Jim Melwert
February 12, 2020 - 3:04 pm
The Berks County woman whose children were found hanging in the basement of her home will stand trial on charges she killed them. Read more here.
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Amish farm
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Jim Melwert
January 31, 2020 - 3:08 pm
A Berks County man has been charged with running one of the largest Ponzi schemes based in Pennsylvania, where he allegedly he ripped off the Amish and Mennonite communities for $60 million. Read more here.
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Gavel in a courtroom.
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Cherri Gregg
January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
Berks County will pay tens of thousands of dollars to a woman who was detained in its ICE facility. The settlement came on the eve of a trial scheduled to begin Friday — the woman was sexually abused as a teenager by one of the staffers. Read more here.
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U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain
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Jim Melwert
January 22, 2020 - 3:28 pm
New federal charges have been filed against alleged members of a violent sex and drug trafficking gang in Berks County, which U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain described as “shocking” and “depraved.” Read more here.
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Bulldozer
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Jim Melwert
December 13, 2019 - 2:31 pm
The family of a Reading man, who was run over and killed by a bulldozer while hiding from police, is suing. They claim the use of a bulldozer to search for him — because he was discovered tending to a few marijuana plants on state game lands — was excessive, reckless and dangerous. Read more here.
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