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Judge advances lawsuit against Berks County over plans for immigrant detention center

Civic groups and community members say the county should have shared more information and allowed public comment on plans for the Berks Family Residential Center.

By Anthony Orozco

Updated: April 16, 2021 | 11:00 am

Berks DA: Police killing of Muhlenberg man was justified

District Attorney John T. Adams said police reacted reasonably when 62-year-old Stephen Hughes approached them with a knife.

By Anthony Orozco

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Berks County District Attorney: Police officer shoots and kills man wielding a knife

DA John Adams says the shooting was reported at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon at a home in Muhlenberg Township.

By Staff

Settlement near in case of pot suspect killed by state bulldozer in Berks County

Gregory Longenecker, a 51-year-old short-order cook and Grateful Dead fan, had fled into thick brush after being caught growing 10 marijuana plants on public land near Reading. His body was found under the treads of a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer that state police had commandeered in pursuit.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Lawyers: Asylum seekers whose claims were rejected under illegal rules should get another chance

Lawyers representing families detained at the Berks County Residential Center say Immigrations and Customs Enforcement may deport two families as soon as this weekend.

By Alanna Elder

Updated: November 10, 2020 | 10:00 pm

Election day mishap in Berks County highlights need for culturally competent poll workers

Poll workers at one Reading polling location could not locate Spanish last names

By Anthony Orozco

Berks County judge: Man cannot be retried in 1996 slayings of 2 cousins

The judge last month dismissed the charges against 44-year-old Roderick Johnson, saying his initial trials were unfair and trying him again for the same crimes would violate federal double jeopardy laws, the Reading Eagle reported.

By The Associated Press

Corridor Counts series: She could lose her home. She can’t vote. But, she says, ‘I am an activist’ for this Reading community

The election affects not only Americans, but also millions of immigrants. One mother in Reading is doing what she can to change her community. 

By Anthony Orozco

Employee at Berks County immigration detention center tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Berks County Residential Center received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Oct. 16, a week after last working in the building, according to a letter sent to families detained there.

By Alanna Elder and Laura Benshoff/WHYY