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February 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A task force investigating a string of daytime burglaries and attempted burglaries in western Montgomery County and Berks County has made three arrests in about 21 cases. Michael R. Benner Jr., 28, of Limerick; Joseph A. Samsel Jr., 25, of Limerick; and Philip M. Becker, 26, of Douglassville, Pa., were arrested Thursday, according to authorities in the two counties. The three face multiple counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy. criminal attempt, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property in the burglaries, which occurred between July and last month, according to a news release on behalf of the task force from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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July 3, 2004 | By Reid Kanaley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There will be no Independence Day for Preston Lee Burns. Burns, who spent nearly a year in Chester County Prison because of a clerical error, was released yesterday - into the arms of Berks County correctional authorities to await a July 14 parole-violation hearing. Berks officials say Burns, 28, of Norristown, had disappeared from a shelter and failed to contact his parole officer sometime before July 2003, when he landed in Chester County Prison to await trial for marijuana possession.
NEWS
August 20, 1996 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Berks County commissioner is searching for allies in Montgomery County to fight a proposed 76-acre expansion of the Pottstown landfill. Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott has sent letters to officials in Pottstown Borough and Upper Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships, asking them to join a potential lawsuit against the landfill's host community, West Pottsgrove. In the letter, dated Aug. 1, Scott wrote that Berks County and West Pottsgrove resident Bill Fontaine would likely sue if the West Pottsgrove commissioners approved a zoning variance that would allow Waste Management Inc. to expand its 230-acre landfill.
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September 28, 1999 | By Aileen Soper, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Pottstown toddler was killed early yesterday when his mother's car was struck from behind on Route 100 by a motorist who walked away from the scene, abandoning his vehicle and his driver's license, police said. Police did not catch up with Alfred Kisch, 36, of Pottstown, until relatives brought him to a Pottstown hospital for treatment eight hours later, said Police Cpl. Jack Harris of Colebrookdale Township, Berks County. Harris said the accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. when Kisch, driving south on Route 100 just north of County Line Road, rammed into the back of the Geo Tracker driven by Christina Jackson, 19, of Pottstown.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | STAFF REPORT
The first-round baseball matchup between Delaware County and Philadelphia Public in the Carpenter Cup was postponed today because of heavy rain. Tournament officials pushed the game back to 2 p.m. Wednesday, a day that was already designed for makeup games in case of bad weather. There are no other games scheduled for Wednesday. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will meet Burlington County on Friday afternoon. Burlington County beat Berks County, 12-8, Wednesday morning before the rain poured.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing near a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. About 4 p.m., authorities from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department were dispatched to investigate the boy's death on a farm along Topton Road in Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 11/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. - Darran Simon
NEWS
August 4, 2010
Jay S. Sidhu's New Century Bank, blocked recently by a federal judge from using the name Customers 1st Bank because it was already being used by Broomall's Alliance Bank on checking accounts, is renaming itself Customers USA Bank instead, the Phoenixville company said. The bank has seven offices in Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties and this month plans to open branches in Wyomissing, Berks County, and in Yardley. Wyomissing was home base for Sovereign Bank, which Sidhu led until he was ousted in 2006.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Willow, 2, was a "warrior" who loved Donald Duck. Her sister, Liana, 8, was "witty, sassy," and the family prankster. Mark Jr., 5, "approved of hugs, but kisses were out. " As those descriptions emerged Wednesday of the three siblings shot and killed alongside their parents in the living room of their home in Sinking Spring, Pa., on Saturday, investigators signaled that their work was nearing an end. Berks County officials did not disclose details...
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first, Brian Hartranft brushed off suggestions he should take a scuba-diving lesson. That is not something he could do, he thought, with one leg. Hartranft, of Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, was putting up Christmas lights for his mother when he fell off a ladder. He shattered his shinbone and fibula in his right leg. After 20 operations and struggling through infections - he called the experience "literally hell" - doctors removed his leg at the knee last August. After some prodding by fellow amputees, Hartranft joined about a half dozen other men who have lost a leg to learn to scuba dive in a pool at a retirement community outside Reading on Saturday.
NEWS
April 4, 1986 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Goode administration, concerned that its plan to burn the bulk of Philadelphia's trash in Berks County may be doomed, has begun reconsidering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a possible site for a trash-to-steam plant. Sources familiar with the issue said Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks met Wednesday with Navy officials in Washington to discuss the controversial South Philadelphia project, which would produce energy for the naval shipyard. Perks would not comment on the meeting.
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