Local News 2/8/22

News 2-8-22 AK

The former Penn State Altoona student accused of sexually assaulting four underage girls and running a prostitution and drug-selling business in the area pleaded guilty Monday to 35 felony and misdeameanor offenses. Jeffrey Guo’s sentence is for May 9.

An Altoona man is behind bars after police said he assaulted a woman after the two couldn’t come to an agreement of where to have dinner. The woman wanted to have dinner in the dining room, however, Davin Mapes wanted to watch a movie. Mapes allegedly punched her 8 to 10 times, grabbed her and dragged her onto the floor from the couch, and choked her to the point she couldn’t call out for help. She added that he head-butted her four times, but she was able to get away by kicking him.

A Johnstown man faces charges after police were told he assaulted a woman and threatened to kill her and cause harm to three kids. Damian Ross Tingstrom allegedly assaulted the woman on Friday. The woman police the two had been arguing all day over her sleeping in. The arguing escalated when Tingstrom reportedly grabbed a knife and threatened to harm the woman and three children. The woman told police he grabbed her and pushed her into the door frame and continued to assault her. The woman called police, and he left the home, but police found him.

An Altoona man is facing charges of theft, criminal trespass and drug possession. David P. Winters Jr. accused of stealing a 12-pack of beer from Sheetz and leaving without paying. Hours later, Winters was found inside a home on 16th Avenue after a resident called 911. The resident said she woke up to Winters standing inside her bedroom. Winters was “trying to make casual conversation with her about her dogs” and at one point had his hand on the handle of a sheathed knife. All residents within the home said they do not know Winters and that they have never seen him before.

One person was killed in a Sunday morning crash in which the vehicle caught fire and “burned entirely,” A 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling south on Tannery Road when it went off the road and struck a tree along the western side of the roadway. The car caught fire, police said. The driver was pronounced dead. The driver has not been identified pending notification of family.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 591 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday, bringing our total to 169,825 known COVID-19 cases.