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69 News Week In Review

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 25 2013 11:38:27 AM CDT
Updated On: May 26 2013 05:52:15 PM CDT

Week in Review

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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The tragic death of a teacher who overdosed on heroin leads to a major policy change in the Bangor Area School District.

On Monday, the school board approved a mandatory random drug testing program for all teachers.

The move comes several years after the death of teacher Gina Riso, who overdosed on heroin while at the apartment of another district employee.

The policy will need to gain approval from the teacher's union before it can take effect.

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Tuesday, an ex-cop and his wife are charged with stealing nearly $1 million from a township in Lehigh County.

Officials say Nancy Tonkin stole more than $850,000 from South Whitehall Township as the long-time head of its utilities department.

And officials say her husband William Tonkin was in on the scheme, which provided money to fuel the couple's gambling habit.

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Wednesday, an alleged serial burglar is nabbed in Reading.

Police say 18-year-old Jacques Hutchinson was stealing copper from vacant homes around the area.

Officials say the teen took the copper to scrap yards, and got cash in exchange for the stolen material.

Police say Hutnchinson was finally caught after being seen breaking into a home on Hampde Boulevard.

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Thursday, four Lehigh Valley men are behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a Connecticut jewelry store owner.

Officials say 39-year-old Kasam Hennix of Easton, along with 31-year-old Timothy Forbes, 25-year-old William Davis and 26-year-old Jeffrey Houston of Allentown have all been charged with federal kidnapping and robbery.

Officials say back on April 11 all four men forced their way into the home of a Fairfield, Connecticut jeweler.

Police say they abducted the man and forced him to open his store where the robbers stole more than $4 million in jewels.

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Friday, two bank robberies only moments apart in Montgomery County leave authorities scrambling for answers.

The robberies happened late Friday afternoon at the Harleysville Savings Bank in Upper Providence and Univest Bank in Skippack.

Police are investigating whether the robberies are connected.

No arrests have been made.