Local News 1/11/22

News 1-11-22 AK

A Clasyburg man is facing charges after a doorbell camera caught him on film trying to steal said doorbell camera from a home. Police were called to a residence in Kimmel Township on Christmas Eve and the footage from the camera showed a man stealing the camera and was later identified as Cody Bush. Police were able to recover the doorbell camera, cabling and battery. Bush is currently facing theft charges and court documents show another active theft charge under his name.

A storage building was destroyed in a raging fire Monday morning in Allegheny Township. First responders were dispatched for a working commercial structure fire on Foot of Ten Road, with multiple callers reporting that flames were visible from the building. According to the State Police Fire Marshal’s Division, the building was deemed a total loss, and all the contents of the building were destroyed. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

New daily COVID cases are increasing in Pennsylvania. State health officials confirm that over the past week there were nearly 160 new daily cases of the coronavirus for every 100-thousand people across the state. That compares 80 point four new daily the week prior.

An Altoona man has been accused of grooming and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl last summer. Jack MacFarlane Jr. faces a dozen felony counts that include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault. MacFarlane is accused of sending the 14-year-old girl inappropriate messages over Snapchat. MacFarlane initially denied sending any of the messages and said that his account was hacked. Later, he told police he did send the messages to the 14-year-old but denied having any sexual contact with her. The girl told police she had sexual intercourse with MacFarlane multiple times. 

A Nanty Glo man faces charges after police say illegally possessed and sold eastern box turtles. Terry Shuler was charged after an investigation by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Shuler allegedly had the turtles for sale on Craigslist in 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Investigators found multiple turtles and eggs within the home.

Four recently elected city councilmen were sworn in Monday — two newcomers and two incumbents. The newcomers: Dave Ellis and Ron Beatty; the incumbents: Bruce Kelley and Dave Butterbaugh. The new councilmen have met with City Manager Omar Strohm for initial orientation.