The trial of Ryan Blazier, who is accused of sexually assaulting two students while serving as a wrestling coach in the Bellwood-Antis School District, continued Wednesday. The second day of the trial featured testimony from investigators, the mother of one victim, and the victim himself. The ex-wrestling coach is on trial for sexually assaulting two students at his school in 2019 and keeping them silent by threatening to harm their families. Blazier is also accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a years-long period, according to WJAC.
A Spring Cove school bus rear-ended a Hollidaysburg Area school bus that was stopped to let students off, police told WTAJ. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon. Both buses reportedly had students on board with 13 being on the Hollidaysburg bus. Most were elementary school age. EMS responding to the scene reported that no one was injured.
A Tyrone man was killed in a Morris Township, Clearfield County, crash Friday afternoon. According to state police at Clearfield, Clayton A. McGonigal was driving north on Hardscrabble Road when the Yamaha dirt bike he was operating crossed the road and struck a southbound vehicle. Police said McGonigal suffered serious injuries and died during transport to the hospital. The operator of the vehicle was not injured, according to The Altoona Mirror.
Ridgway man faces charges after police say he exposed himself to a 14-year old.
When police spoke to the child’s mother, police learned that Christopher Pesce exposed himself, according to television news reports. Police then spoke with Pesce and he admitted that he did expose himself. Pesce faces a felony of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor of indecent exposure. He currently has bail set at $10,000.
An electrical malfunction sparked a fire that killed a child and a teenager last month in western Pennsylvania, the Altoona Mirror reports. Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said that DNA analysis was used to identify the bodies of 8-year-old Zyvre Gaines and 15-year-old Nakiya Success following the Sept. 29 fire. Both died of toxic smoke and gas inhalation, and the teenager had fourth-degree burns, Lees said. Their deaths were ruled accidental.
Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a field hockey club director that allegedly sexually assaulted a teen. Police say 77-year-old William Gaudette sexually assaulted a juvenile twice a week from June 2020 until July of this year. The 77-year-old reportedly resides in South Hanover Township, but he fled and his whereabouts are unknown. Gaudette is described as being five-feet eleven-inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. Anyone with information on the man is urged to call police.