Local News 11/24/21

News 11-24-21 AK

Police out of Tyrone took to social media to try and find information on four people wanted on various warrants. Wanted is Brian Dean, Michael McClellan, Lori Rhodes, and Bryan Keller. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the wanted is asked to call Tyrone police at 814-684-1364, or The Blair County 911 Center at 814-940-5910.

Early Sunday morning, there was a report of multiple gunshots fired near a basketball court in Altoona. The Altoona Police Department is investigating the incident, noting that there were no reported injuries or any property damage. However, they did find shell casings near the Booker T. Washington outdoor basketball court. Information can be reported to police can be privately messaged to the department on Facebook or by calling them at 814-949-2492.

The state House of Representatives has approved a measure designed to create stronger penalties for drivers who have several DUI convictions.  The bill calls for higher penalties for multi-offenders who have higher blood-alcohol content levels when they’re tested. It also aims to guarantee that fourth DUI offenders get their sentences raised to a second-degree felony level. The bill passed 168-32, and now passes to the state Senate for consideration.

A candlelight vigil for slain Blair County Corrections Officer Rhonda Russell will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Court building. The public is invited. There will be a moment of silence, prayers, candles and stories about Russell, who was killed Nov. 17 when an inmate awaiting a hearing disarmed her and was holding her hostage.

A Tyrone man faces charges after police seized methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Daniel Lee Batts faces felony charge of drug possession with intent to deliver. Police detained him and an unnamed female and video surveillance from inside the police cruiser shows Batts allegedly providing meth to the female. Police then accuse Batts of tampering with evidence because they said he swallowed the small bags that the meth was held in.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported nearly 52-hundred additional coronavirus cases on Tuesday.  The seven-day moving average of newly-reported cases was just over 61-hundred per day, down 19 percent from a week ago.  To date, there have been 1 point 7 million cases statewide.