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69 News Week In Review

Published On: Jun 29 2013 08:47:50 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 30 2013 07:10:14 PM EDT

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.

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Monday, loved ones grieved the loss of two young kids from Reading who lost their lives in a car accident in Arkansas.


10-year-old Alex Hurtado and 8-year-old Karen Hurtado-Espinoza were headed to Mexico for a family vacation.

They both attended 12th and Marion Elementary School in Reading.

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Tuesday, a gas leak wreaked havoc in part of Allentown.

A large stretch of Emaus Avenue was shut down for almost an entire day after a UGI subcontractor accidentally punctured a gas pipe.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Officials said the subcontractor responsible for the accident was also connected to an explosion last January on North Fulton Street.

Four people were hospitalized in that incident.

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Wednesday, a collapsed building becomes the center controversy in Reading.

The building partially collapsed in the 12-hundred block of Buttonwood Avenue on Tuesday. No one was injured.

City Officials said they have spent more than 15 years trying to get the owner to bring the building up to code.

The owner said a lot of work has been done toward bringing the building up to code since it was damaged in a fire a decade ago.

The city is contemplating tearing the entire building down.

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Thursday, a Schuylkill County jury convicts a man accused of murder...on other charges.

Keith Reber was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping. He was found not guilty on a more serious charge of second degree murder.

Authorities said Reber gagged and shackled a man to a tree and left him there for 20 hours.

The man died while being tied to the tree.

Despite being acquitted of murder.. Reber could still face up to 25 years in prison.

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Friday, Lehigh County's top cop said Allentown police were justified in shooting a man who was wielding a machete.

Saturnino Perez De La Rosa died in February after authorities said two police officers shot at him 13 times after he came at them with a machete.

De La Rosa's family said police should have handled the situation differently since they knew Saturnino had a history of mental illness.

And that's the 69 New Week In Review.