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69 News week in review

By Gina Johnson, Web Producer
Published On: Apr 06 2013 11:17:55 AM CDT

Week in Review

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News week in review.

On Monday Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey had a dramatic change of heart.

The socially conservative Democrat announced he was now in support of gay marriage.

Casey says if two people of the same sex fall in love and want to marry, the government shouldn't stand in their way.  Originally, Casey supported civil unions, but not marriage.

He says letters he received from members of the LGBT community helped change his mind.

Casey comes out in support of gay marriage

Tuesday, firefighters from around the area said good-bye to a Hunterdon County brother who was killed in the line of duty.

Jeff Scheuerer of the Readington Fire Department was hit by a car while working a controlled burn in March.

Authorities say a wind shift may have limited the driver's visibility.

Scheuerer was a volunteer with the Readington Department since he was 17 years old.

Hundreds gather to remember fallen firefighter

Also on Tuesday, Allentown awarded the bid on its sewer and water lease to the Lehigh County Authority.  The LCA bid 220 million dollars for the 50 year lease.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski says that was more money than he was expecting, and he's happy with the outcome.

But critics are worried there will be rate hikes that come along with the lease.

Allentown City Council must still approve the bid.

Allentown awards water and sewer lease bid to LCA

Thursday a Lehigh County jury found Andrew Gesslein guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

Gesslein, of Tilden Township, was accused of shooting and killing aspiring rapper Michael Randolph in Allentown.

It happened at the North End Republican Club in the city last April.

Gesslein testified he thought he was going to die, and said he shot Randolph to defend himself.

Randolph's family said they are happy with the conviction.

Gesslein is facing up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced in June.

Jury finds Gesslein guilty of voluntary manslaughter

And Friday, a Berks County jury said William Landis Junior, who was accused of killing his wife was guilty.

Prosecutors said he shot his wife Sharon in their Spring Township home during an argument in 2009.

A jury convicted Landis of first degree murder, but his children are sticking by him, saying he was innocent.

He'll be sentenced in about four weeks.

Landis found guilty of killing wife

And that's your 69 News week in review.