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69 News Week In Review

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 11 2014 03:51:45 PM CST

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.

On Monday and Tuesday, an Arctic blast pounded the area and the nation.

Near-record low temperatures lasted nearly two days.

Sub-zero wind chills caused pipes to burst in homes and schools.

Shelters were busting at the seams to provide a warm place to stay.

And ice jams clogged the Lehigh and Delaware rivers, causing localized flooding.

PPL reported record electric use during the cold-spell.

Wednesday, police in Berks County urged residents to be on alert following a disturbing phone scam against an elderly man.

Police said an 86-year-old man from Sinking Spring gave away his life savings to claim a 450-thousand lottery jackpot that never existed.

To claim the fake prize, the man was told to wire $45,000.

Authorities traced the money to the West Coast, but have no solid leads.

On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apologized for traffic jams apparently caused by members of his staff as a means of political payback.

Christie apologized to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and the community for lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last September.

Christie staff members are accused of orchestrating the lane closures as retribution for the Democratic mayor not endorsing Christie's re-election bid.

Christie said the lane closures were ordered without his knowledge.

Christie has fired an official in his administration accused of playing a lead role in the scandal.

The FBI and U.S. District Attorney's Office are investigating to determine if any federal laws were broken.

Friday, police turned to the public for help in tracking down robbers terrorizing taxi and food-delivery drivers in Reading.

The rash of robberies started last week.

Police said the robbers sometimes work in groups three.

So far, authorities have very limited descriptions of suspects.

Police said they are counting on the eyes and ears of the public to help get these men behind bars.