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69 News week in review

Published On: Feb 23 2013 11:43:06 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 24 2013 06:59:57 PM EST

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, the Lancaster community was mourning the loss of a woman and her six-year-old niece.

Officials said Pauline Stone and her niece Lelany Roman died in a two-alarm fire on Madison Street in Lancaster.


The fire started around 4:30 in the morning, and trapped Pauline and Lelany in a second floor bedroom, according to officials.

Neighbors say they heard the aunt and little girl screaming as flames engulfed the home.

Firefighters are still investigating a cause.

Fire kills woman, niece

On Wednesday a father accused of abusing his young daughter in Reading was charged with attempted murder.

Hector Garcia, 23, is accused of the abuse which happened nearly three years ago, when the girl was only 26 months old.

Officials said the "shake and slam" case happened in the 1000 block of Spring Street in Reading in March 2010.

Court documents show the girl suffered a skull fracture, ligament twisting in her neck, and eight rib fractures.  Now, the child is blind, will never walk and is completely care dependent.

He's in prison on $200,000 bail.

Police: Man tried to kill daughter

Also on Wednesday, the Northampton County District Attorney announced more charges against an accused serial rapist.

D.A. John Morganelli said three additional counts of rape were filed against David Martinez, 20.

Police said the rapes happened between 2011 and January of 2013.  And officials said two of the victims were 17 and pregnant when the alleged assaults took place.

Martinez was arrested in January and charged with raping two teens he said he met on Facebook.

A number of accusers have some forward with allegations since then.

Alleged serial rapist slapped with more charges

On Thursday Allentown Police officers shot a man wielding a machete in center city.

It happened in the alleys near the West End Cemetery and Chew Street.

Officials said Saturnino Perez de la Rosa, 44, of Allentown was carrying a knife that was almost two feet long, and making aggressive gestures toward police.

Police first tried tasing de la Rosa, but when that didn't work, they resorted to deadly force.

District Attorney Jim Martin said the fatal gun shots appear to be justified.

Police: Machete wielding man shot in Allentown

And that's your 69 News week in review.