Tulpehocken Phys-Ed Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault Of Student

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Tulpehocken High School physical education teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Nicole Kurowski, who was also a cheerleading coach, surrendered to authorities and was arraigned on an institutional sexual assault charge before District Judge Thomas M. Gauby Sr.

She was released on $25,000 bail.

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A Clothes Call: Spring Township Nixes Naked Haunted House

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The owner of Sinking Spring‘s Shocktoberfest was pumped about offering his customers a one-of-a-kind experience: the chance to go through a haunted house stark naked.

But Thursday, Patrick Konopelski found out that his guests are going to have to keep their underwear on.

Konopelski’s application to have the naked haunted house challenge on the Spring Township portion of his Park Avenue property was turned down, three days after Sinking Spring officials said there could be no nude entertainment on the borough side.

Township officials said they would need more time to evaluate the request, and Shocktoberfest kicks off today. Konopelski emailed his request to the township about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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Birdsboro Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder, Sex Assault, Attempting To Hire Hit Man

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

READING — The Berks County man accused of shooting a Limerick fire official in the head, sexually assaulting a minor and attempting to hire a hit man from jail to eliminate witnesses plead guilty to all charges against him on Wednesday.

Christopher Yingling, 43, of Birdsboro, received no special agreements in exchange for his guilty pleas and will spend the next 27 to 70 years in jail for his crimes, according to the Berks County District Attorney’s office.

“Given the brazenness of his crimes and the harm that he caused his victims, we are pleased with what is effectively a life sentence for the defendant,” said Berks County Assstant District Attorney Jesse Leisawitz in a statement late Wednesday night.

Berks County Common Pleas Court Judge Stephen B. Lieberman was scheduled to preside over Yingling’s trial.

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‘We Have To Do Better’

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A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City statistics showing that the once-declining number of violent crimes in Reading began to edge up in 2012 drew a variety of reactions Thursday from city, county and community leaders.

Most agreed the trend means it is even more pressing to work on the follow-up ideas coming from last week’s crime summit.

Released Wednesday, the statistics also show crime is less than it was a decade ago.

But that brought a warning: Don’t accept the situation as the city’s new normal.

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Shots Ring In New Year; 2 Killed, 2 Hurt In Reading

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A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reading did not see sunlight in 2013 before police were investigating two killings on city streets.

Two men were also wounded in the separate shootings about 80 minutes apart early Tuesday, police said.

Police identified the dead as Luis Medina, 19, of South Third Street and Najeebie Johnson, 34, of Robeson Street.

The killings marked a rough start to a new year in a city that has seen a resurgence in violent crime.

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