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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
January 20, 2021

            The implementation of a proposal to remove a bridge on Main Street in Pennsburg has been pushed back more than a year. Work to replace the structure at 11th Street is anticipated to commence in the summer of 2022, according to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

            As of 2019, the project to replace the 1920s era structure was supposed to go out for bids in the fall of 2020 with construction expected to begin this spring, according to Robyn Briggs, PennDOT's community relations coordinator and safety press officer. She wrote that delays in the right-of-way clearance process delayed the work.

            The new timeline calls for the advertisement of the project next winter, with construction to begin in June of 2022. The work is expected to take approximately nine months, according to the information provided by Briggs.

            Despite objections from Pennsburg council, the plan ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
January 20, 2021

            A Berks County couple is accused of stealing numerous items from multiple storage units at a facility in Bally. Jeffrey Allen Stump, 34, of Temple, and his wife Tamara Stump, 32, face identical sets of criminal charges in the Boyertown Court of District Judge Mike Hartman.

            Each has been charged with five felony counts of burglary and related conspiracy, five counts of criminal trespass and one count of theft by unlawful taking. They each also face five summary offenses of criminal mischief, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            The couple is accused of burglarizing multiple units at Bally Storage, located at 20 North Front St., last year. Authorities claim they sold some of the items -- including multiple items from a home medical equipment company -- on Jeffrey Allen Stump's Facebook page.

            The items that were stolen include a ...



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