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69 News week in review

By Gina Johnson, Web Producer
Published On: Mar 02 2013 10:38:15 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 03 2013 05:32:18 PM CST

Week in Review

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

It's time now to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News week in review.

On Monday, Bethlehem police announced a cold case nearly 20 years old was cracked.

Bethlehem police arrested Francisco Miranda, 49, after he was extradited from the Dominican Republic and charged him with murder.

Police said Miranda stabbed Jorge Velazquez, 30, in the chest in the 600 block of Aaron Street in Bethlehem in June of 1994.

He was arrested with the help of local authorities in the Dominican Republic and is currently in Northampton County Prison.

Police crack cold case from 1994

Also on Monday, a Berks County couple spent their 12th wedding anniversary watching their home go up in flames.

The fire broke out in the 3500 block of New Holland Road in Cumru Township Monday morning.

Firefighters from eight departments spent nearly two hours fighting the flames.

No one was injured, but the house is a total loss.

Officials have not determined an exact cause but believe the flames started in the laundry room.

Family's home goes up in flames on wedding anniversary

Wednesday, officials in Chester County announced the arrest of a man in the brutal killing of a teenager near Pottstown.

Investigators said Shakeem Carter, 20, stabbed, then set fire to the body of Kevin Allen, 17, all for $350.

They said Carter knew Allen's father left him the money to buy clothes.

Officials said Carter left behind a bent butcher knife and two other knives and two bottles of cooking oil they said Carter used to burn Allen's body.

Officials used surveillance footage from a SEPTA bus to put the pieces of the homicide together.

Carter is being held at Chester County Prison without bail.

DA names Shakeem Carter as suspect in killing of Kevin Allen

Thursday, parents in Lehigh County were worried as two assaults caused police to beef up school security at Northern Lehigh High School.

Police said the situation started when assaults happened in Walnutport and Slatington boroughs earlier in the week.

Officials said threats started to appear on Facebook, which caused the security boom.

Police said three juveniles have been arrested, and more arrests could be coming.

They plan to keep security heightened at the school until they feel there are no longer any threats.

Security beefed up at Northern Lehigh High School

And that's your 69 News week in review.