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69 News week in review

Published On: Dec 01 2012 12:14:17 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 02 2012 06:34:43 PM EST

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.

Tuesday morning, the area was greeted with its first blanket of snowfall for the season.

The snow fell across the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area for much of the morning and early afternoon Tuesday.


The morning commute was a bit messy, causing a few minor accidents in Northampton and Lehigh counties.

While there weren't too many headaches on the road, black ice was a concern leading into Tuesday evening.

Some welcome first snow, others see it as nusiance

On Wednesday, State Police said they busted a multimillion dollar meth ring based out of Reading.

27 people were charged in the bust.

Investigators said Robert Snyder of Pottstown, along with Raul Cosme of Reading funneled huge amounts of Mexican meth through Reading, before lower-level dealers sold it throughout the Northeast.

State Police were investigating the alleged drug ring for three years.

$3.5 million meth ring busted in Berks, Bucks counties

Also on Wednesday, a man charged with killing a 10-month old girl and her grandmother in Montgomery County was in court, and is heading to trial.

A video taped confession by Raghunandan Yandamuri was played during his preliminary hearing.

Yandamuri claimed he killed Saanvi Venna and her grandmother by accident.

Police said he planned to kidnap Saanvi from her parent's apartment in Upper Merion Township in October, and hold her for ransom, but the girl's grandmother fought back.

Yandamuri said he put the baby in a suitcase and left it in the gym of the apartment complex.

When he went back to check on her, he said she was already dead.   

Yandamuri will next appear in court in January for his formal arraignment.

Confession of alleged baby killer played in court

Thursday, a Hellertown pharmacy was raided by federal agents, and court documents show two of its pharmacists were involved in an illegal internet drug prescription ring.

The document charges pharmacy owner Peter Riccio and his head pharmacist Lena Lasher with taking part in a scheme that allowed people to buy prescription pain meds without a legal prescription.

Officials said the two made 13 million dollars between 2010 and 2012.

Charges against the two include narcotics distribution, conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering.

If convicted, Lasher and Riccio each face 88 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

The US Attorney's office says the investigation is ongoing.

Hellertown pharmacists charged in alleged online drug scheme

And that's your 69 News week in review.