Local News 12/29/21

News 12-29-21 AK

A Centre County man has been charged with murder in the fatal Christmas Eve shooting of a man at a cabin in Michigan. Nicholas Millard was arraigned Sunday on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm. The shooting remains under investigation.

An Osterburg man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman and said she would be “cut up into pieces by his people.” Timothy W. Mock II faces charges of terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault and flight to avoid apprehension. Mock assaulted and strangled a woman before making terroristic threats, then allegedly grabbed the woman about the throat, threw her into a room and kicked and punched her. Mock also faces charges of resisting arrest, false imprisonment, harassment and driving an unregistered vehicle

PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Customers may still obtain driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

State police are looking for more information regarding a scam that cost a man $8,700. The man was contacted by a fraudulent email account from an old acquaintance claiming he had received $150,000 from a federal grant through the “Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program.” He was told the “grant fee” was $600, $2,900 for “form delivery,” and $5,200 for “processing fee.” The man then said he was informed he needed to pay the $8,700 with “STEAM” and Apple gift cards. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Somerset at 814-445-4104.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania is down by half a cent as compared to a week ago.  Triple-A says the price at the pump statewide as of Tuesday is three dollars and 53 cents.  The national average for regular gas is three-28 a gallon.

Liquor sales in Pennsylvania are up.  Two-point-91-billion dollars’ worth of spirits and wine were purchased in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. That figure represents a nearly 350-million dollar  increase over the year prior and beat out the pre-pandemic-era record set in the 2019 fiscal year.