Local News 12/21/21

News 12-21-21 AK

Christian David Gardner of Hollidaysburg was sentenced Monday to five to 10 years in state prison for committing sexual offenses against a young child. The child’s parents took the victim to Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring after the child told them she and Gardner had been in the basement of the home “just hugging” and that they had a secret. The child then revealed Gardner had touched her inappropriately. Gardner told the child they were playing an “adult game.”

A man was arrested early Sunday after police say he tried to drive through a DUI crash scene, ignoring police orders to stop. Matthew Nesbit began to drive through an emergency scene, ignoring orders to stop. After finally stopping, police noted that Nesbit had glassy eyes and uttered that he had consumed alcohol. He was then taken into custody after field sobriety tests and taken to UPMC Somerset for a chemical draw. Police say charges are pending.

Pennsylvania State health officials are reporting nearly 20-thousand new cases of COVID-19.  That’s a total from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The statewide positivity rate is now about 14-and-a-half-percent.  Over 45-hundred people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

An Altoona man was placed behind bars after police reportedly found him in a car with a gun, bag full of drugs and $900 in cash while he already had warrants for guns and drugs. Brandon Moore was found in a recently damaged parked vehicle, looking through the interior with a flashlight. When making contact with Moore, police stated they noticed what looked like a handgun in the center console of the car. When detained, Altoona police say they found another gun in his jacket pocket. One of the officers noticed Moore’s name as having active warrants.

Police say a Johnstown man has been charged after he was paid to build a retaining wall, but never completed the work. Eli Zasadni is facing charges related to making false statements about home improvement services and receiving advance payments for services and failing to perform them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says some 14-thousand acres of farmland have been preserved in 2021. That amount of land mostly stems from a confirmed 166 conservation easements, including 30 new farms that were preserved this past week.