Local News 1/7/22

News 1-7-22 AK

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reducing the speed limit on interstates due to heavy snowfall. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour on the following interstates: Interstate 99 in Blair and Bedford Counties, Interstate 99 in Centre County, Interstate 80 from Clarion to through Clinton County. PennDOT says that they will be treating roadways throughout the snowstorm until conditions clear up.

A former Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach will spend the next 21 years or longer in state prison after being found guilty of the sexual assault of two boys. Ryan Blazier was found guilty on six out of nine counts related to the sexual assault of two boys back in October. His official sentence was handed down Thursday, January 6, and he’ll see 21 to 43 years in state prison for his crimes. He’ll also have to attend sexual offender classes while incarcerated and will be a lifetime registered sex offender.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 27,364 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Wednesday, bringing the state total to 2,174,846 known cases since the start of the pandemic.

A Hollidaysburg man is being charged after police responded to a house fire and found the man in the driveway, listening to music as his house went up in flames. Marion Dean Patterson IV is facing charges after investigators say he put a golf bag on his stove and lit the burners to burn the home to the ground. Patterson was reportedly found wearing two bathrobes, golf shoes, fingerless gloves on one hand and had a golf club in the other hand. While taking Patterson to the patrol car, he said to police “Beautiful though, ain’t it.” He was taken into custody and placed in Blair County Prison.

A Roaring Spring man faces charges after police allegedly found 75.82 grams of meth in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Isaac William Detwiler faces felony charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver. Detwiler was identified as having a warrant for his arrest and was also operating the vehicle with a suspended license.

The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show is unveiling this year’s butter sculpture.  It honors the urban and rural farmers and features them toasting glasses of milk.  Half a ton of butter was used to create the Farm Show stable.  Folks can see it at the Expo Center’s main hall in Harrisburg from January 8th through the 15th.