Local News 12/15/21

News 12-15-21 AK

A Saint Marys man is facing charges after being accused of spending six months stealing from Walmart more than a dozen times. Joshua Sporner had stolen from the Walmart  more than a dozen times, spacing it out over six months. State police were alerted in August and the investigation has led to felony and misdemeanor charges against the Saint Marys man.

State Police out of Somerset are investigating after a driver crashed their truck early Tuesday morning then fled the scene with open ‘Fireball’ containers left behind. The crash happened just after 2 a.m. yesterday when a Ford F-150 hit a guardrail and then struck a utility pole. The driver then left the scene before troopers could arrive, leaving his truck behind. This investigation is ongoing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 7,441 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Monday, bringing the state total to 1,850,578 known cases. Our central region shows 494 new cases since Monday, bringing our total to 125,449 known COVID-19 cases.

A Saxton man was taken into custody after state police say he drove through the front doors of a local business in an attempt to rob the store and then slapped a bystander in the face before fleeing. Jordan Duvall is facing charges after he drove his car into the front doors of the Saxton Market so he could gain entry and take items from the store. State Police say he then got agitated with bystanders and slapped one in the face before fleeing on foot. A search of his vehicle found suspected meth and related paraphernalia.

An Altoona woman is facing charges after she was caught on camera trying to hide a bag of stolen items. Rachel Weigner is being charged after police were called to Ashley Furniture for a report of employees finding a duffle bag behind their store. After police were given an image of her trying to hide the bad in the bushes, officers were able to locate and identify Weigner nearby. Roughly $1,017 in merchandise was taken.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania is up only one-cent a gallon compared to a week ago.  Triple-A says the price at the pump statewide as of Tuesday is three-dollars-and-56-cents.  The national average for regular gas is three-32-a-gallon.