Local News 12/8/21

News 12-8-21 AK

An early morning fire tore through a barn at the Thousand Hill Dairy Farm on Tuesday. No animals were lost in the blaze that took nearly 12 hours to extinguish. The large barn, used to store heavy machinery and grain, was a total loss.  No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The man charged in the deadly shooting of a Centre County woman, now plans on an insanity defense. Christopher Kowalski is accused of killing Jean Tuggy in her Pine Grove Mills home in 2016. He was arrested earlier this year in South Carolina.

Police say Kowalski confessed to killing Tuggy. The two were coworkers at a grocery store and, according to police, Kowalski said he thought about killing her for months before the shooting.

A Coalport man sentenced to serve time in state prison for indecent assault is now out on bail. Kenneth Elroy Glass pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and indecent assault in connection to three incidents in Clearfield County during summer 2016.

Bellwood-Antis School Board members will be looking for a new leader after accepted the resignation of retiring Superintendent Thomas McInroy. McInroy came to Bellwood-Antis in October 2014 after serving as superintendent of the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District in Somerset County since 2006. McInroy said he hopes he is remembered positively for his time with the district.

Recruiting is a nationwide problem in multiple police departments, including those in Central PA, who are seeing significant drops in applicants. Altoona Police Department said that they would receive nearly 70 applicants five years ago. Now, they are seeing almost a quarter of that amount of applicants. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke in Altoona Tuesday afternoon about the issue. He is now asking state legislators to fund $30 million to local police departments. That funding will hopefully help with the recruiting but also maintain officers.

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 7,912 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Monday, bringing the state total to 1,791,030 known cases since the start of the pandemic. Our central region shows 566 new cases since Monday, bringing our total to 121,780 known COVID-19 cases.