CRIME & SAFETY
Feds demand Pa. agency turn over inspection records related to deadly West Reading chocolate factory blast
The NTSB and Pa. Public Utility Commission are at odds over documents related to the fatal chocolate factory explosion in West Reading. The NTSB says PUC refused to turn over documents, so it issued a subpoena. The PUC says its hands are tied.
Weekly Safety Report: Road Rage, Murder, and Assault Cases in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
This week in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, there were three notable incidents. Firstly, a road rage incident in Lafayette Hill resulted in at least one shot being fired and two arrests. Secondly, a Norristown woman admitted to her role in the murder of a man under the Stony Creek Bridge. Lastly, a Philadelphia man was convicted of assaulting a Pottstown man with a metal pipe during a dispute in the borough.
16-year-old faces murder charges for Reading homicide
16-year-old faces murder charges for Reading homicide. 16-year-old Jovanni Pena is charged as an adult with first-degree murder after a shooting death in Reading earlier this week.
'Possibly Confused' 88-Year-Old Man Found, PA State Police Say
UPDATE:Jaime Palacio, 88 of New Holland Borough has been found safe, according to PSP. No additional information was released. ORIGINAL:An elderly man is missing and he may be "at special risk of harm or injury," Pennsylvania State Police announced on Friday morning. Jaime Palacio was las…
Reading Film Office holds social media challenge to raise opioid awareness
READING, Pa. – The Reading Film Office is holding a social media challenge to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and violence. Officials want people to create up to one-minute-long videos focusing on one of two topics and post them to the social media platform TikTok. The mini-movies should...
Missing man found safe
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — UPDATE: A missing man has been found. Police in New Holland, Lancaster County, say the 88-year-old man is safe.
Reading man sentenced on animal cruelty charges in deaths of 3 kittens in Upper Pottsgrove
NORRISTOWN — A Reading man faces seven years of court supervision on animal cruelty charges in connection with the deaths of three kittens who suffered “blunt force trauma” while in his care at the Upper Pottsgrove Township apartment he shared with the owner of the kittens. Andres...
Reading Witnesses Fatal SUV-Motorcycle Crash, Teen Shooting and Apartment Fire
A fatal vehicle accident occurred last night in Reading, involving a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle. As a result, one individual has lost their life. Police are currently investigating the specifics of the crash, which happened on the 1300 block of Hampden Boulevard.
Man charged in Pa. crash that closed I-78 for hours
A California man is facing charges after he was involved in a crash that shut down I-78 in Berks County on Saturday. The incident occurred around 8:39 p.m. near Mile Marker 37 of I-78 East, according to state police. Enrique A. Gonzalez-Guerra, 49, of El Centro, Calif., was traveling east...
Seriously Injured Pedestrian Cited After Hit By Car: Pa State Police
A 28-year-old woman has been cited after she was struck crossing a street, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Alyssa Nicole White of Newmanstown was crossing South Sheridon Road at its intersection with Memorial Boulevard of Millcreek Township when she was struck by a 2017 Audi A4, st…
Richland Community Park soccer field damaged
Richland resident Justin Lee takes his son to play soccer at Richland Community Park, so when he heard that the field had been vandalized, he was concerned. “My son is in the under-5 group for soccer and they practice at Richland Community Park. When I saw what had been done to the field, I contacted the police department to see what could be done and to file a police report,” Lee said.
Monday, Sept. 18
• Nine teens recaptured after escaping from detention center: The teens had overpowered two guards and fled Sunday evening from Abraxas Academy in Morgantown. (Source: WGAL) • Jan. 6 defendant Samuel Lazar’s case adjudicated in secrecy: Lazar, 37, of Ephrata, was released last week after being tried, convicted and sentenced with no public record filed in his docket. (Source: AP | WITF)
Person who crashed vehicle in Reading had suffered a fatal gunshot wound, police said
Sep. 23—A battle of unbeaten contenders from Section 4 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League lived up to the billing Saturday as Wyomissing defeated Elco 28-14 on a rain-soaked Bob Wolfrum Field in Wyomissing. "I thought they were pretty damn good and they played us hard," Spartans coach Bob Wolfrum said....
How are dogs like Yoda trained to aid law enforcement?
Yoda, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, was instrumental in capturing escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante last week after a 12-day manhunt. As Cavalcante attempted to crawl through underbrush, armed with a rifle, Yoda was released to pursue him. Yoda bit Cavalcante on the forehead and then latched onto his thigh and wouldn’t let go. It gave law enforcement time to catch up to Cavalcante and take him into custody.
18-year-old succumbs to gunshot wound after Tuesday evening shooting in Reading
The Reading Police Department is investigating a shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man. The incident occurred Tuesday, September 12th, just before 5pm, in the 1100 block of Amity Street, just outside of the 11th and Pike Playground property. According to police, the victim, whose identity has not...
Police fine pedestrian injured in central Pa. crash
A woman was fined after getting hit by a car over the weekend in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania State Police said. Alyssa N. White, 28, of Newmanstown, was struck around 2:17 a.m. on South Sheridan Road at Memorial Boulevard in Millcreek Township, state police said. The driver who hit White, Nathan...
'I hope that I can have an impact' : School resource officer building relationships in Antietam School District
MT. PENN, Pa. - It's an opportunity she couldn't pass up. "I knew that I had to apply. I love the community and I love the school district. It's something I really wanted to be a part of,” said Officer Sulivette Morales. Officer Morales, with the Central Berks Police...
Retired FBI agent weighs in on Cavalcante search
There are many questions surrounding the prison break and search for Danelo Cavalcante, and a retired FBI agent has his fair share.
Reading shooting leaves one injured
READING, Pa. - An afternoon shooting in the City of Reading left one person injured. It happened just before 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of N. 11th Street. Reading Police confirm one person was shot in the head and taken to the hospital. There is no word at this...
District takes swift action after Snapchat threat against Reading High School identified
In a rapid response to a concerning Snapchat threat involving violence against Reading High School, The Reading School District announced Wednesday morning their Safe School Officers have successfully identified the student responsible. The District says the Reading Police Department has been contacted, who will complete an investigation. The District says...