Local News 2/1/22

News 2-1-22 AK

Multiple fire departments were on the scene of a structure fire in Tyrone Township.

A home on Waite Lane in Altoona has collapsed due to a fire. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross confirmed that Martin Williams died of smoke inhalation and was found near the doorway of the home. Williams’ dog was also found. Fire officials were first notified about the blaze around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31.

An Altoona man faces multiple charges after police say he strangled a woman. Albert Beard Jr. is accused of grabbing a woman by the throat on Jan. 30. The woman told police Beard held her up with his arm around her neck and she was unable to breathe. A juvenile at the home was told by Beard they would be in trouble if they called police. Beard faces a slew of charges including aggravated assault, strangulation and drug possession.

A man is facing charges after he unintentionally shot a man in the head while trying to shoot a deer with a handgun from across a road. Michael Lloyd has been charged with recklessly endangering another person, shooting and injuring a human while hunting, unlawful shooting on or across a highway and propulsion of missiles onto a roadway. Police say the man who was shot was flown to UPMC Altoona where he had to have a piece of his skull removed.

Crews from Clearfield and Centre counties were called to the scene of a second-alarm fire at a Clearfield County apartment complex Monday afternoon. A call came in around 4 p.m. for heavy fire coming from the second floor of the apartment complex. The building is home to three apartment units and no one was inside the building at the time. The building has been ruled a total loss and a cause has not been identified at this time. The fire marshal was on scene investigating.

Pennsylvania college graduates have among the highest student loan debt in the U.S., according to a survey by a national organization.  The Institute for College Access and Success says the commonwealth ranks third, with an average student loan debt at just over 39-thousand-dollars.  The debt amount is also up a little bit — by about three-hundred-and-fifty-dollars over a year ago.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 328 new cases of COVID-19 since Sunday, bringing our total to 166,554 known COVID-19 cases.