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69 News Week In Review

Published On: Apr 27 2013 08:56:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 28 2013 06:32:35 PM EDT

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, a Bethlehem neighborhood is on lock-down following a shooting.

Tactical teams swarmed the Marvine-Pembroke projects Monday evening after a man was shot multiple times.

Police say the victim.. who was treated for critical injuries.. has a lengthy criminal past.


Police are continuing their search for the two men they say are behind the shooting.

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Tuesday, a Berks County man is lucky to be alive after a massive fire devours his Spring Township home.

Officials say he was running for his life from the flames.

The fire also damaged homes on either side of Richard Kimber's Marcor Drive house -- and had firefighters running for safety.

Officials say the fire led to the evacuation of about 30 people.

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Wednesday, an Allentown woman is charged with beating her 15-month-old son to death.

34-year-old Essence James is facing homicide and other charges for the March death.

According to court documents.. the Lehigh County Coroner's Office found injuries to the baby's head, neck and torso.

The 15-month-old also had broken ribs and a broken collar bone that was in the process of healing.

James is being held in the Lehigh County Prison.

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Thursday.. a horrible mistake or Allentown's salvation?

After 13 months, the debate over the city's proposed lease of its water and sewer systems is over.

City Council on Thursday approved the 220-million-dollar lease of the city's water and sewer systems to the Lehigh County Authority.

City officials in favor of the 50-year lease say it is needed to cover unfunded employee pension obligations.

Opponents say the bidding process lacked transparency and there continues to be more questions than answers.

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Friday, some closure for the family of a Berks County fisherman who disappeared in the Susquehanna River after a boat capsized.

The family of 57-year-old Jose Suarez had been praying for two weeks that the Exeter Township man would come walking through their front door.

Late in the week, the family learned that Suarez was found dead on the banks of the river.

Officials say Jose Suarez was fishing with his girlfriend when the boat capsized.
He was able to save his girlfriend.. but was swept away by a treacherous current.

The family says Suarez died a hero.