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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reading Police Warn of Holdups Targeting Small Businesses

December 2016 ended with a crime spree in northeast Reading. Three small businesses — San Francisco Deli in the 700 block of North 13th Street, M&M Multi Service on North Ninth Street, and Amanda Grocery on Buttonwood Street — were robbed by a masked gunman. According to WFMZ TV, the robber was described in two […]

Ex-Congressman Begins Serving Sentence for Public Corruption

On Wednesday, January 27, 2017, Chaka Fattah, the ex U.S. Congressman from Philadelphia, began serving a 10-year prison term at the federal prison in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, for crimes related to public corruption that include racketeering, bribery, money laundering, and fraud. Indicted in 2015, Fattah, 59, ran for re-election in 2016. He lost his primary […]

After Court Ruling, PA Prosecutors Nix Blood Tests for DUI

In January of this year, the AP reported that prosecutors throughout Pennsylvania were advising police not to use blood tests on DUI suspects, but only to rely on Breathalyzer tests. This change in policy comes about six months after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Birchfield v. North Dakota, which requires law enforcement to get […]

Police Chief Uses Facebook to Call for Tougher DUI Laws in PA

Following a DUI crash that killed two people in early January, Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder posted a lengthy message on Facebook lamenting that “bodies are piling up,” and urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass stricter DUI laws. According to ABC27 News, Snyder’s “social media rant” cited a study claiming Pennsylvania’s DUI laws are among […]


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