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69 News Week In Review

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 24 2013 03:28:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 25 2013 07:38:52 PM CDT

69 News 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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Monday, a Berks County family gathered to grieve the loss of a 15-year-old boy whose throat was slashed in broad daylight.

They gathered to remember Wilberto Rojas, who was killed at Douglass and Church streets in Reading.

Police have identified the suspect as Jose Espinoza Diaz from Reading.

So far, he continues to elude authorities.

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On Tuesday, an Allentown doctor was arrested for allegedly using fraudulent prescriptions to peddle more than 10-thousand pain pills.

Dr. Jack Manzella is accused of prescribing more than 300-thousand dollars worth of Oxycodone pills to phony patients.

Officials said Manzella ran the drug ring out of two medical offices in Carbon County.

Authorities said the drug network stretched into two states and at least eight counties.

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Wednesday, a Fountain Hill police officer who had been fired for alleged brutality was reinstated.

An arbitrator ruled Grady Cunningham should have his job back.

The decision comes despite video evidence showing Cunningham choking a handcuffed suspect and throwing him to the ground.

Officials in Fountain Hill said Cunningham confessed to covering up the incident.

The borough is considering more litigation to try to take Cunningham's shield.

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Thursday, a mysterious homicide case began to unfold in Reading.

Police said someone dumped the body of 43-year-old Hector Velez-Gonzalez along the side of Route 12.

He lived in the 100 block of Spring Street in Reading and moved to the city from Puerto Rico about three months ago.

An autopsy determined the man died from gunshot wounds to his head and neck.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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Friday, Bethlehem Area School District officials decided to delay the opening of two schools after mold was uncovered.

Officials said the East Hills Middle School and Farmersville Elementary will not open as planned on Monday.

District officials said humidity caused the problem.

Dehumidifiers have been running at full blast and an independent company is monitoring the situation.