69 News Week In Review

It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News Week In Review.

Monday, police in Berks County said a major drug ring operating in the Topton area has been brought to its knees.

Two Brandywine Heights High School students are accused of playing roles in the drug ring.

Police said the alleged drug ring was selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

On Tuesday, an arrest was made in a hoax that forced a lock-down at Liberty High School in Bethlehem.

Police said 25-year-old Shae Quawn Najee Watson made a 911 call last month claiming three gunmen were inside the school.

Police said they were able to track Watson down by tracing the 911 call to a disposable cell phone purchased at a local Walmart.

Wednesday, a Northampton County man pleads guilty to stealing millions of dollars from investors in a Ponzi scheme.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Richard Freer pleaded guilty to 181 counts of theft.

Freer, the former president of Lafayette Bank, was sentenced to 12-to-30 years in prison.

On Thursday, firefighters struggled to contain a massive brush fire in Reading.

The flames erupted early in the afternoon and left several residents fearing for their homes.

Crews were finally able to get an upper-hand on the fire by nighttime.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Friday brought another step forward in the ongoing transformation of downtown Allentown.

Ground was broken to construct a 167,000 square-foot office and retail building at the site of the former Colonial Theater.

The project, dubbed Three City Center, is expected to be completed next year.

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