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Houses destroyed by fire to be knocked down

Houses destroyed by fire to be knocked down in Reading

Quick work by the Reading Fire Department prevented a neighborhood, just ravaged by a massive fire, from going up in flames yet again.

Person hit by train coroner called to the scene

Person hit by train, coroner called to the scene

For the second time in two weeks, the Berks County Coroner's Office has been called to the scene of a pedestrian accident involving a train in western Berks County.

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Lehighton man charged in shooting of bald eagle

Multiple charges have been filed against a Carbon County man for allegedly shooting a bald eagle.

Special needs students job puts them on route to success

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Special needs students' job puts them on route to success

It's hard work, but some students at Reading High School are never caught without a smile.

Dermatologist firm with local offices under fire

Jace Codi/69 News

Dermatologist firm with local offices under fire

A Georgia-based dermatology company with offices in our region is coming under fire.

Police ID suspects in burglary of sleeping KU students' apartment

Surveillance video released by police earlier this week has led them to identify two men as suspects in a daring burglary near Kutztown University.

Pa Gov Wolf returns to Berks on schools that teach tour

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Pa. Gov. Wolf returns to Berks on 'schools that teach' tour

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf returned to Berks County on Wednesday, as he continues his 'schools that teach' tour across the commonwealth.

 

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Special kind of 'senior' prom in downtown Reading

Special kind of senior prom in downtown Reading
READING, Pa.

It was a special kind of senior prom in Reading on Tuesday.

History, math, cooking combined for Cinco de Mayo celebration

History math cooking skills combined for celebration

Chad Blimline/69 News

READING, Pa.

The classroom turned into a Cinco de Mayo celebration for some Reading students on Tuesday.

Police: Woman gets licking from ice cream-eating bus rider

Shakilya Allen
WYOMISSING, Pa.

A Reading woman faces assault charges following an incident involving ice cream on a BARTA bus.

Crews prepare to demolish fire-ravaged homes in Reading

Crews prepare to demolish fire-ravaged homes in Reading

Jace Codi/69 News

READING, Pa.

Crews are finalizing plans to demolish four row homes that were destroyed by a fast-moving fire in south Reading.

Red Cross Heroes: Fire safety

Red Cross Heroes Fire safety
ALBANY TWP., Pa.

A life goal of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is still not realized for a young man who tried to do just that in Berks County last summer.

3-alarm fire guts row of homes in Reading; 25 people displaced

Reading fire scene

Matt Roth/69 News

READING, Pa.

Firefighters battled a fire that either destroyed or damaged a half-dozen homes in Reading and displaced 25 residents.

Ribbon cut on 200-acre nature preserve near Birdsboro

Ribbon cut on new nature preserve in Robeson

Chad Blimline/69 News

ROBESON TWP., Pa.

Fans of nature have a new spot to explore in Berks County.

Phillies' Billingsley, Berks resident, set to make 2015 debut

Chad Billingsley
PHILADELPHIA

Chad Billingsley's two-year climb back to the major leagues after two elbow surgeries will end when he starts for the Phillies against the Braves on Tuesday night.

Magic marathon raises money for cancer charity

Magic marathon raises month for cancer charity
READING, Pa.

A local store is reaching into its bag of tricks to raise money for a good cause.

Police investigate link between armed robberies in Amity Twp.

Armed robberies
AMITY TWP., Pa.

Police are calling on the public to help them find a dangerous thief.

Reading holds first "comprehensive plan" meeting

Reading holds first comprehensive plan meeting
READING, Pa.

Residents, business leaders and property owners in Reading are getting a say as the city looks to the future.

Pa. Association of Broadcasters honors Al Boscov

Pa broadcasters honor Al Boscov Art Moore

Andrew Valentino/69 News

HERSHEY, Pa.

A Berks County icon has taken home a gold medal.

Reading Fightin Phils' Screwball gets checkup

Reading Fightin Phils Screwball gets checkup

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

WYOMISSING, Pa.

Screwball is getting a checkup.

Police: Students' apartment hit by thieves as they slept

Police Students apartment hit by thieves as they slept
KUTZTOWN, Pa.

Police in Kutztown are trying to identify two men accused of breaking into an off-campus apartment as college students slept inside.

Red Cross Heroes: Medical

Red Cross Heroes Medical

Matt Schaffer/69 News

EXETER TWP., Pa.

Every day, ordinary people do extraordinary things, and every year, 69 News partners with the Berks County chapter of the American Red Cross to honor these heroes.

Star-studded cast of ice skaters to put 'chill' in Halloween

Halloween on Ice logo
READING, Pa.

Some of the world's most renowned figure skaters are set to put their own spin on Halloween in Berks County this fall.

Disney's Mickey and the gang plan return to Reading

Disney Live

Feld Entertainment

READING, Pa.

Mickey Mouse and his friends are set to share their Disney magic with audiences in Reading.

3 row homes damaged in fire

Fire damages three homes in Reading
READING, Pa.

Three row homes were damaged in a fire late Saturday night.

Tip jar thief steals employees' hard-earned cash

Russo's surveillance
READING, Pa.

Many people in the restaurant business live on tips, so the owner of a Reading pizza place is calling out a thief who took away their hard-earned cash.

Van hits West Penn Township home, causes heavy damage

Van slams into West Penn Township home
WEST PENN TWP., Pa.

A West Penn Township home received major structural damage Saturday morning as the result of a two-vehicle crash.

Berks officials rethinking prisoner transport procedure

Berks officials rethinking prisoner transport procedure

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

READING, Pa.

Following the arrests of six police officers in Baltimore, Berks County officials are rethinking some procedures on how they transport prisoners.

Pa. State Police pay tribute to fallen troopers in Reading

Pa State Police pay tribute to fallen troopers in Reading
READING, Pa.

Pennsylvania State Police in Reading are remembering those lost in the line of duty.

Federal judge invites students inside courtroom in Reading

Federal judge invites students inside courtroom in Reading
READING, Pa.

Some local students are getting the book thrown at them by a federal judge.

Former MTAA treasurer pleads guilty in theft of thousands

Former MTAA treasurer pleads guilty in theft of thousands
READING, Pa.

A woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from the Muhlenberg Township Athletic Association.

Postmaster general, Pottsville native addresses chamber

Megan Brennan -- United States Postmaster General

Chad Blimline/69 News

RYAN TWP., Pa.

The first woman to serve as postmaster general of the United States returned to her hometown Friday.

2-way traffic returns to 700 block of Penn Street in Reading

Penn Street reopened

Chad Blimline/69 News

READING, Pa.

Traffic is once again moving in both directions on a stretch of Penn Street in downtown Reading.

Knife-wielding man sought in robbery of store in Amity

Amity Speedway robbery surveillance
AMITY TWP., Pa.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a convenience store in Berks County.

Tenant sought for BARTA's Franklin Street Station in Reading

Franklin Street Station

Matt Roth/69 News

READING, Pa.

Nearly two years after its much-anticipated re-dedication, the restored Franklin Street Station in downtown Reading remains vacant.

Berks performer prepares for 'most exciting show'

Berks performer prepares for most exciting show
AMITY TWP., Pa.

A country music singer from Douglass Township, Berks County, is tuning up for one of the biggest gigs of her life.

Man sought in armed robbery of store in downtown Reading

Man sought in armed robbery of store in downtown Reading
READING, Pa.

Police in Reading are searching for the man who held up an adult bookstore at gunpoint.

 
 
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