It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News Week In Review.
Monday, the Berks County District Attorney said homicide charges will not be filed in the case of a homeless man who died a few weeks after being savagely beaten at a Reading laundromat.
The death of 49-year-old Robert Mohler was originally ruled a homicide, but DA John Adams said another expert stated the cause of death is undetermined.
The four people accused in Mohler's beating are still facing aggravated assault and other charges.
On Tuesday, a U.S. solider from our area was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Officials said Captain Jason Jones died of wounds received from small arms fire.
The Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County native leaves behind a wife, parents and a sister.
Officials said his death is under investigation.
Wednesday, a teacher's aide in Berks County was charged with sending sexually explicit pictures and videos to two high school students.
Police said 44-year-old Sherrie Kugel admitted to some of the allegations involving students from the Tulpehocken Area School District.
Kugel is on unpaid leave.
On Thursday, a major step forward for a massive shopping center proposal in Lehigh County.
The Lower Macungie Township Commissioners voted to participate in a tax incentive program for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center.
The shopping center would include a Target, Whole Foods and Costco.
Developers are hoping to begin construction this year.
Friday, police from three states were needed to stop what authorities called a one-man crime spree.
Police said 32-year-old Luis Figueroa tried to abduct a pregnant woman in Hazleton.
They said he later assaulted a National Park employee in Warren County and stole her vehicle.
Officials said Figueroa then tried to trade the stolen vehicle at a car dealership in New Jersey, and started a fire there.
He was finally arrested near the George Washington Bridge in New York.
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