Local News 12/1/21

News 12-1-21 AK

The driver of a Cadillac that slammed into a house and burst into flames in May is in jail on a slew of charges. The incident occurred May 2 when Breanna Lord was high on THC wax and crashed into a house while driving at a high rate of speed. Both Lord and her passenger suffered severe injuries. The female passenger was severely burned to a significant portion of her body and had to have all her fingers amputated as well as her left leg below the knee and right leg above the knee. She’s confined to Blair County Prison with bail set at $75,000 cash.

A Tyrone man faces charges for inappropriately touching two underage victims. Colby James Wagner faces 42 total charges, with additional misdemeanor counts of indecent assault without the consent of others and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided to keep the school mask mandate in place until at least December 8, when the court will hear oral arguments on the issue. Tuesday’s ruling overturns the November 10th decision by the Commonwealth Court. The mandate was voided then after that court found the state health secretary’s mandate didn’t follow proper procedures and was adopted without an existing disaster emergency declared by the governor.

Matthew Wade Smith of Duncansville faces assault charges after being accused of hitting a woman in the head with a frying pan and a microwave. She was transported to UPMC Altoona for her injuries and told police she was hit in the head multiple times. Police said they found a kitchen knife stuck in the wall in the kitchen area and clothes placed on a stovetop with the burners on high. Smith left the scene before police arrived, but was later found hiding behind the residence.

A Roaring Spring man facing attempted homicide and reckless endangerment charges rendered guilty pleas Tuesday to drug-trafficking offenses filed in 2019. Caleb L. Lanzendorfer submitted pleas in Blair County Court instead of proceeding with what was slated to be a three-day trial on the drug-trafficking offenses.

The American Red Cross says donation numbers are at their lowest in a decade. The situation is reaching crises mode. Blood drives at colleges as well as business have not been held due to people being home-based because of the pandemic. They are urging people, if they can donate, to come out to do so – between now and the end of this year.