Local News 1/13/22

News 1-13-22 AK

A former Coalport woman will stand trial for having sex with three underage teens. Police say an investigation into Sarah Kathleen Lichty began after police received a call from someone who claimed she provided the teens, between 15 and 17 years old, with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana as well as had sex with all three of them. Lichty is charged with felony statutory sexual assault and three counts of corruption of minors.

A Bedford woman was arrested after she allegedly stole a diamond ring valued at $1,500 from a Bedford County jewelry store. Maurice J. Horne faces a felony charge of retail theft in relation to an incident. After positively identifying Horne from the surveillance footage, police approached her later that day at her residence and discovered the stolen ring upon searching through her purse.

A Hastings man accused of pulling a gun on an officer during a traffic stop last summer will face up to 15 years behind bars. Police said they saw Austin Yannella run a red-light July 13 and pulled him over. They say Yannella got out of his car, refused to obey commands and then pulled a gun out and aimed it at an officer who immediately tased him. The gun was an unregistered Heritage .22 caliber firearm that was loaded and had one in the chamber.

A Somerset County man has pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in 2019. James Kline pleaded guilty earlier this month to third-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Cora Kline disappeared in April 2019 and her husband was arrested in early July of that year, charged with strangling her to death and then burying her beneath their Windber home. Kline then reported her missing, misleading investigators.

Police in Somerset County have charged a man for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a period of four months in 2019. Mark Swope Jr. faces dozens of counts of various sex-related charges including felony sexual assault, child endangerment and indecent exposure. The victim reported the sexual abuse to a school official. Police say when they interviewed Swope about the accusations, he blamed the victim but did confess to the sexual abuse.

Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are close to being able to use mobile apps to pay for tolls.  State Senator Marty Flynn has spoken  about his plans to introduce legislation to add PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, and Zelle as turnpike payment methods.  Flynn said people are frustrated by the Toll By Plate system and expanding options would improve collection rates.