Local News 1/14/22

News 1-14-22 AK

There was a single-vehicle crash near Tyrone that caused a gas leak and closed surrounding roads yesterday morning. The crash occurred on Old U.S. 220 at 5249 East Pleasant Valley Blvd. when a vehicle left the roadway striking a tree and hitting a gas meter. One individual was reportedly transported by ambulance with unknown injuries.

The cause of the crash also remains unknown at this time. 

An Everett man was caught trying to cut off and steal a catalytic converter for the second time in the past month. Travis Sloas was caught trying to steal a catalytic converter from a U-Haul truck roughly a month after he was caught trying to cut one from a BMW with another man. Sloas, working with two others, Ryan Rogers and Shianne Knechtel. Knechtel drove the two to the scene on Little Valley Road in a car she didn’t have permission to use and waited to pick Sloas and Rogers up after the theft. All three are currently facing charges. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region shows 1,304 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing our total to 146,075 known COVID-19 cases.

A woman faces charges after police say they found bath salts in her vehicle and she gave them a false name. Police were patrolling in Cambria County at night when they saw a van with no lights on but saw two people inside it. When speaking to police outside the van, Ashley Hofer gave them a different name and said that she was just giving her partner a ride. When she was patted down police found a container that had powder residue in it. Police searched the vehicle and found bath salts, drug paraphernalia, $798 and Hofer’s ID. In a written statement to police Hofer said that she was giving her partner a ride to buy bath salts.

A tractor-trailer crash that sent a Duncansville man to the hospital in December is now under state police investigation. The crash happened on Dec. 20 when the vehicle lost control after missing a left turn on I-99 near Exit Ramp 23. It then overturned and rolled into a ditch where it came to a final rest on its roof, on the right shoulder of the ramp.

Police are looking for answers after nearly 150 gallons were stolen out of Bedford County. Sometime from Dec. 1 to Jan. 12 at about 8:34 p.m. an individual stole $498, or almost 150 gallons, worth of oil from a residence off of Raystown Road. State police say that the individual then ran away from the scene in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State police Bedford at (814)-623-6133.