Local News 1/5/22

News 1-5-22 AK

A man is facing charges after a 911 hang-up call led police to his home in the midst of a physical domestic fight on New Year’s Eve. State Police report that Jacob Kelichner is facing charges after a 9-1-1 call was received, but the caller hung up on the 911 center on Dec. 31 at around 11:30 p.m. When going to the home, troopers were alerted that it was an active domestic dispute. Kelichner is now facing charges including strangulation, aggravated assault and simple assault.

A city man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a man in the abdomen during an argument. Khalil Andrew Daniels-­Murphy faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with attempt to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon. The victim was transported to UPMC Altoona via AMED for moderate injuries.

State agriculture officials are beginning a plan to ban a popular ornamental bush that they say harbors ticks that spread Lyme Disease.  The Japanese barberry was added to the commonwealth’s list of noxious weeds, and officials have started a two-year plan to phase out its sale in the Keystone state.  The bushes reportedly are popular with black-legged ticks and officials say they crowd out native vegetation in woodlands, pastures and fields.

A Johnstown man is behind bars after investigators reported he was abusing his two children several times. The children told officials that their father, Michael Rummel, assaulted them on several occasions. Some instances of abuse the children described to officials include being choked, punched and left alone with little food to eat. At one point, one of the children ran away. After Rummel found the child, he hit their face off the sidewalk. He faces several charges including endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and harassment.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 24,850 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Monday, bringing the state total to 2,119,464 known cases since the start of the pandemic.  11 new deaths were identified in our central region.

Tolls have increased on the Pennsylvania Turnpike by five percent on the roadway that spans the state. The Turnpike Commission approved the increase in July for all E-Z Pass and Toll-By-Plate rates. The most common toll for passenger E-Z Pass vehicles has increased ten cents to one dollar and 70 cents, while it has increased to four-dollars and ten cents for  Toll-By-Plate drivers.