June 26, 2015 |
WYOMISSING, Pa. - The doors are locked at Valley Forge Flag Co. Employees must ring a newly installed doorbell and wait outside the dark tinted windows for someone to let them in. Inside, phones are ringing. The Berks County flag manufacturer, one of the nation's largest, has been fielding angry calls since making headlines Tuesday when it announced it would no longer make the Confederate battle flag. The decision came in the wake of the June 17 killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., and growing public opposition to a flag seemingly embraced by alleged shooter Dylann Roof and others as a symbol of white supremacy and slavery.
June 11, 2015 |
Andrew Wenger tallied the only goal of the match as the Union defeated Reading United, 1-0, in a friendly Tuesday at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter, Berks County. Wenger was one of nine former Reading players to suit up for the Union. Goalkeeper John McCarthy, who also played for Reading, got the start in goal after sitting out the last six Major League Soccer matches. Reading is a player developement club for the Union.
May 16, 2015 |
They went by the artful nicknames of "Pudge," "Cream," and "Pizza," but law enforcement officials said they were nothing but "thugs" connected to two homegrown, violent street gangs, intent on dominance, that terrorized a community for months. On Thursday, officials announced the arrests of 34 people connected with the gangs Straight Cash Money Gang and Brothas From Anotha, which operated in Pottstown, Montgomery County, and whose tentacles reached into Berks County and Philadelphia.
April 3, 2015 |
On Easter Sunday, after the sugar crash from too much candy, dinner traditionally revolves around a big, glossy ham. It may look picture-perfect as a holiday centerpiece, but if that ham came from the supermarket, its origin story is probably not so pretty. Luckily, there are options in locally produced hams with backstories you can feel good about. Ember Crivellaro, who runs Country Time Farm in Berks County with her husband, Paul, wants those who buy her hams to know what kind of life the pigs had. Because pictures speak louder than words, she carries a small collection of photographs in her wallet.
March 7, 2015 |
About half of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have stopped honoring federal demands to detain county jail inmates beyond their eligible release dates, ending the practice of holding them solely to accommodate Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, according to "A Changing Landscape," the first comprehensive study of "ICE holds" in Pennsylvania. The 51-page study, released this week by the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, is based on a survey sent to county officials in August.
February 26, 2015 |
Pet owners in Berks County will soon have a new state of the art veterinary hospital in their area. Humane Pennsylvania has acquired a new building adjacent to the Humane Society of Berks County in Reading, it announced Tuesday. The facility will act as the group's headquarters as well as that of Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading. The extra space will be used to expand medical services that will allow the group to seek accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association, the accrediting body for small animal hospitals in North America.
October 19, 2014 |
A volunteer equipment coach at a Montgomery County high school was one of two men found shot dead Friday morning inside a parked vehicle in Berks County, authorities said. Steven E. Mixon, 27, of Pottstown, volunteered with the Pottsgrove High School football team and was a 2006 graduate. The other man was identified as Joseph E. McCullough, 20, also of Pottstown. "The initial stages of this investigation indicate that there are no other persons involved in this crime and therefore there are no concerns for public safety," Pennsylvania state police said in a brief report.
June 17, 2014 |
Kevin Mohollen and Nick DiGregorio each had two hits and a pair of RBIs Sunday as the Delaware County all-stars beat the Philadelphia Public League, 9-1, in the first round of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Mohollen, a Strath Haven senior, went 2 for 4 and scored a run. DiGregorio, a Ridley junior, finished 2 for 3 with a run. In other Carpenter Cup action: Boyertown junior Dalton Hughes delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the seventh inning in Berks County's 2-1 win over the Suburban One League American and Continental stars.
March 17, 2014 |
Police in the Bahamas are investigating the stabbing of a Berks County businessman found dead at an island resort. The body of Carl Yerger, 45, of Ruscombmanor, was discovered early Friday on the grounds of his hotel in Bimini, a popular deep-sea fishing destination 50 miles off the Florida coast. Royal Bahamas police said Saturday that Yerger had been stabbed multiple times and that four male suspects were in custody but had not yet been charged. Yerger's widow, Rebecca, said police told her her husband was killed in a random act of violence.
February 20, 2014 |
DON TOLLEFSON got sober 131 days ago, but rock bottom was waiting for him last night in a Bucks County prison cell. Yesterday, the former Philadelphia TV sports anchor was jailed on allegations that he used his "good-guy" celebrity status and off-the-grid charities to scam more than 100 people out of about $100,000 and dupe the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, the Salvation Army and a memorial foundation for slain Montgomery County police officer...