Local News Headlines 10/13/21

The trial for Ryan Blazier began Tuesday, with District Attorney Pete Weeks advising jurors that he and First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith are seeking guilty verdicts on charges of institutional sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and witness intimidation. The former junior high employee pleaded not guilty in March 2020 and was suspended from the school district, according to The Altoona Mirror.

Police say a Mount Union man is accused of raping a girl in 2017 and 2018.

Michael Harris has been charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. WJAC reports that state police say their investigation began in 2018 when they were contacted by a girl who said she had been assaulted by Harris multiple times. The girl told troopers that she would accompany Harris on trips to Walmart where Harris would steal items and while on the trips, the girl said Harris would supply her with alcohol then assault her.

Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry is responding to accusations that he urged the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election results. Last week, a report from the Senate Judiciary Committee accused him and state senator Doug Mastriano of providing false election claims to the former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General, which were debunked.

Rhonda Novak of Tyrone was charged with three misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and trespassing. WTAJ reports Novak waving a knife in a “threatening manner” at her neighbor, and the neighbor told police that Novak came out of her home and began yelling at the neighbor before going back into the home and getting a knife. The neighbor then said that Novak used the blunt end of the knife to bang on their door and she was then seen licking the knife while maintaining eye contact with the neighbor, who said they believe Novak’s intent was “to scare people,” police said.

Television news reports indicate a Clearfield woman has been sentenced to 302-604 days in prison for involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of her husband. Kimberly Sue Williams claimed that her husband Ronald Williams Jr. was disabled from a stroke and shot himself in 2019. She was in jail for 604 days while awaiting trial and was found guilty in June.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added nearly 39-hundred new cases, pushing the total over one-million-486-thousand.  About 151 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 30-thousand.