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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
June 3, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An historically significant headstone that marked the grave of a preeminent Montgomery County scion for more than two centuries is gone. Towamencin Township police are seeking the thief or, more likely, thieves who swiped the monument — dated 1803 and valued at approximately $1,000 — from the final resting place of Samuel Tennis in the Tennis-Lukens Cemetery on Allentown Road between May 1 and 17. "It is one of the smaller, older headstones,...
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
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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2011 | By Sam Watson, For The Inquirer
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.
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