Local News 2/11/22

News 2-11-22 AK

The Richland Township Police Department is looking for answers regarding a hit-and-run incident that took place Monday. On Feb. 7 around 7 p.m., a hit-and-run occurred at the parking lot of Pappy’s Restaurant located at 1020 Eisenhower Boulevard in Richland Township. Anyone with information please contact the Richland Township Police Department through Cambria County 911 at 814-472-2100.

A Saint Marys man is facing charges after he allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old in exchange for $126 and a gift card. Police were called about Troy A. Cool based on accusations of him paying a 14-year-old to have sex with him. Through the investigation, police found numerous messages between Cool and the girl’s friend to set up a sexual rendezvous. Police said that Cool messaged and offered to ”make her rich” by offering her a “finders fee” and paying the girl money and her friend $20 for hooking them up.

The girl went to police about the sexual assault and gave them full details.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees announced a man was killed Wednesday after being crushed by a tractor. Charles Strashensky was replacing a hydraulic line on a front-end on Wednesday afternoon. While he was underneath the tractor, the tractor slipped off the jack, and the front-end loader fell on his chest. Strashensky was pronounced dead at the scene, and his manner of death has been determined to be accidental.

A woman who was hit with rape-related charges of a child less than 13 in 2018 has pleaded guilty in federal court to creating material showing sexual exploitation of a minor. Amanda Nichelle Downs pleaded guilty to producing images of a young girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct using materials that were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. The court was advised that this was happening from December 2018 to September 2019. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Haines scheduled Downs’ sentencing for June 23.

About 60-thousand bees are missing from a Pennsylvania supermarket chain’s headquarters.  Giant Food Stores said three of its bee hives worth two-thousand-dollars were taken. The hives were part of a pollinator-friendly solar field the company used to help the lowering bee population. Giant is cooperating with local authorities investigating the heist.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 455 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, bringing our total to 171,335 known COVID-19 cases.