April 29, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing around a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. Around 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, Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 1 1/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. - Darran Simon
March 29, 2012
A REGISTERED sex offender, already accused in a federal indictment of exploiting a 1-year-old to produce pornography, has been bound over for trial on charges of raping the child in Montgomery County. Robert Knappenberger, 41, of Boyertown, Berks County, was being held at the Montgomery County prison in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said. He is accused of rape, statutory rape, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. The images of the abuse were posted on the Internet, according to the 2011 indictment.
February 9, 2012 |
The forecast for a coating to two inches was right on the money. The snowfall that started Wednesday afternoon wasn't a major headache - no area schools are closed today - but drivers, especially north and west of the city, had to be wary of icy spots on back roads this morning, after scraping off their cars. East Nantmeal in north-central Chester County got 2.0 inches, and 1.9 was measured in Trappe, Montgomery County, and Kutztown, Berks County, according to the National Weather Service.
November 3, 2011
A man who had been arrested for DUI was found dead hours later after setting his Berks County house on fire and then shooting himself as the flames raged, the Reading Eagle reports. ( http://bit.ly/ttpbfR ) The newspaper says Jeffry Hollowbush, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene from a shotgun wound by Berks County Deputy Coroner Gretchen Weyant. About two or three hours before he set his Pike Township home ablaze, Hollowbush was involved in had crash and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, State Police told the Eagle.
August 2, 2011 |
AN EASTERN Pennsylvania man has been ordered to pay nearly $14,000 for yelling racial slurs at his neighbor and threatening to burn her house down. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said Dino Concordia of Shillington, Berks County, also ridiculed Kelly Walton over her disability and "continually humiliated her" in front of neighbors and friends. Walton, who is black and suffers from neck and spinal injuries, had asked for $8,000 in damages. But the commission said it found Concordia's behavior so "vile," "heinous" and "despicable" that he should pay her $10,000.
July 18, 2011
READING - Fire rescue crews recovered a Berks County man's body Sunday morning from the Schuylkill about 50 yards from where, witnesses said, he went into the river. Police identified the victim as John Yerger, 38, of Exeter Township, WFMZ-TV reported. He apparently was trying to wade across part of the river when swept away, the station said. The body was recovered after a search of the Schuylkill in Cumru and Exeter Townships in Berks County, close to the Scenic River Bike Trail, officials told WFMZ.
June 29, 2011 |
Looking across their Berks County farm an hour outside of Philadelphia, Landon Jefferies and Lindsey Shapiro aren't exactly where they expected to be. Sure, Landon sold blackberries on the side of a Massachusetts road as a child, but, as the 26-year-old political-science grad put it, he was just in it for the cash back then. His girlfriend, Lindsey, 26, a Vassar College sociology grad, thought she'd be working at a "bad-ass nonprofit" by now. So maybe they aren't a natural fit among the tractors and cows.
June 15, 2011 |
Pitching is pitching, according to Jeff Singer and Dylan Johannink. Starting or relieving, the job is the same: Throw strikes, change speeds, trust the fielders. Singer and Johannink were starters for their high school teams. They were relievers Tuesday for the Burlington County team in the 26th annual Carpenter Cup Classic. But despite new roles and steady rain, both seniors seized command on the mound and led Burlington County to a 7-4 victory over Suburban One League American/Continental at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
June 14, 2011 |
All-star games often are messy affairs, given the unfamiliarity of the players, frequent substitutions, and casual atmosphere. But the Tri-Cape team was open for business Tuesday morning. Combining solid pitching with timely hitting and strong defense, Tri-Cape rolled to a 6-2 victory over Berks County in the first round of the 26th annual Carpenter Cup baseball tournament at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park. "This is a really good group," said Tri-Cape manager Keith Gorman, the coach at Holy Spirit.
May 29, 2011 |
READING - The president is running late, and the crowd - a courteous mixture of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians assembled on the tarmac in front of the hangar - is getting restless. After all, the feature attraction of the evening, the big-band USO show, can't resume until he says a few words. Nor does it matter that everyone already knows those words - or at least the first 11 of them - by heart: "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy . . . . " Finally, FDR, played by Delmas Wood, arrives in his blue 1936 Ford Phaeton, delivers the speech that signaled America's entry into war after the attack on Pearl Harbor - and then the music and dancing resume at Reading's annual WWII Weekend.