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Regional: Lehigh Valley
It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News Week In Review.
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Fri Apr 18, 2014
Xavier Lacosta-Franco arrested in 2010 rape of child
Members of the Berks County sheriff's office fugitive task force and detectives with the district attorney's office apprehended Xavier Lacosta-Franco without incident at a home in the 1300 block of North 10th Street in Reading, officials said Friday.
Local Woman Earns Scholar Award for Ph.D. Work
Alvernia University student and Audubon native Tracey Brown was recently awarded the $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Men can't make their voice sexy and alluring but women CAN
Last-minute reprieve: Incredible moment an Iranian killer is spared execution by his victim's parents while he had the noose round his neck Want to sound sexy? Sorry guys, it's IMPOSSIBLE: Men can't make their voice alluring but women CAN, reveals study Women lower the pitch of their voice and increase their hoarseness to sound sexy but men who try ... (more)
Thu Apr 17, 2014
Berks Bard Fest 2014, the 16th annual poetry festival
It is that time of year again for the Berks County Bard Festival 2014. This is the 16 years the poetry festival which is held in April to coincide with National Poetry Month.
Arts Around Town: Caricature carver Pete LeClair creates from ?eggs-aggeration?
Pete LeClair is surrounded by eggheads small enough to be put all in one basket before he hops a plane in Florida and heads north.
$5.5 million tax credit to help fund residential, commercial development in Reading
Pennsylvania has added the final piece of the financing puzzle for the proposed redevelopment of a former Reading Outlet Center building.
HoneyBaked Ham hoping to head back to Lehigh Valley
That's when she's hopeful the company will have a HoneyBaked Ham franchise back in the Lehigh Valley area, focusing on the Easton area.
First Person View Of New Downhill Bike Course
Originally from Reading, PA, he has considered Harrisburg home for many years, and is related, according to family folklore, to John Harris, founder of Harrisburg.
Wed Apr 16, 2014
Police: Reading man admits to burglarizing three churches
Disbelief in the house of God; pastors in Reading and Mount Penn say they were stunned when their churches were burglarized.
Officials working to get new street lights in Reading neighborhood
Neighbors in the Wyomissing Park section of the city told 69 News a few weeks ago that they felt their pleas for help were being ignored.
Customers Bank invests $2 million in fund for loans to small businesses
The announcement was made Tuesday at the Journey Fellowship Day Care on Alton Avenue in Reading.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
Car goes up on sidewalk in West Reading
Police are investigating a wild set of circumstances involving a car that struck several parked vehicles before hitting a pole and coming to rest on a sidewalk in West Reading.
Images: Wild crash on Penn Avenue in West Reading
Police said they suspect the driver of a car was under the influence of alcohol when he struck several parked vehicles before crashing onto a sidewalk on Penn Avenue in West Reading.
Heavy rain briefly floods Spring Street Subway in Reading
Heavy rain that fell in Reading late Tuesday morning was again too much for the Spring Street Subway to handle.
Police: Man tries to run away with baby inside state building
Nevin Walls tried to lift the baby from her stroller while her mother stood in line at the welfare office on the 3rd floor of the state office building at 625 Cherry St. in downtown Reading around noon Monday, according to court documents.
Mon Apr 14, 2014
Police: two charged after meth bust in Reading
Residents in a Reading community are still in shock after learning that one of their neighbors was arrested on serious drug charges.
Unused playground finds new home at school in Reading
That is, until the school partnered with Wood-to-Wonderful to move the existing playground at Thomas Ford Elementary over to 10th & Green.
Sat Apr 12, 2014
'It's the Wild West out here,' Reading man says following shooting
Residents in one Reading neighborhood are on edge after a man was shot in the neck.