Local News 2/16/22

News 2-16-22 AK

One person is dead following a house fire in Altoona Tuesday evening. The victim has not been identified at this time. The fire happened on the 100 block of East Fifth Avenue. The fire was called in at 6:24 p.m. and crews were at the scene within four minutes. When they arrived, the second and third floors of the home were fully engulfed. Crews were able to save one man from the home. Two firefighters were injured, but are currently in recovery. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Officers found crystal meth in a vehicle following a police chase Monday afternoon, where three people face charges in relation to the incident. Tanner Alley is accused of trying to elude police on Route 879 and Interstate 80, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph before he was taken into custody. Alley had a suspended license, numerous warrants and appeared to be under the influence. Joanne Greendoner and Apryl Knode were taken to the Clearfield County Jail after police discovered they were on probation.

Police are looking for answers regarding a theft that took place at Walmart in Richland.

On Feb. 2 around 2:45, Richland Township police said a theft occurred at the Walmart located on Town Center Drive. Anyone with information should contact the Richland Township Police Department through Cambria County 911 at 814-472-2100.

A Cameron County man was locked up after police said they were called about shots being fired from his Emporium home. Police arrived at the home on Sizerville Road around 1:45 a.m. to find the victim at a neighbor’s home and Edwin Welch inside of his residence, yelling out of a window for police to leave and stating he had a rifle. Welch had come home drunk and began to yell and argue. He eventually fired his pistol into the floor multiple times. The woman said she was able to escape the home when he ran out of ammo only to hear more gunshots while at the neighboring residence.

A man is in custody after he allegedly showed his genitals to people, including a 15-year old, at a hotel. Jeffrey Newman exposed himself to a juvenile that was walking by. Police reported that the worker did tell Newman to stop or he would be asked to leave, but instead got more reports of Newman exposing himself. Police escorted Newman from the hotel, but he allegedly returned a few hours later. Police then received a third report of Newman being on the hotel grounds, but this time police said he was walking in the lobby with his pants around his ankles. Newman faces multiple misdemeanor charges.

Pennsylvania drivers are paying more at the pump as gas prices see an increase across the country.  According to Triple-A, the average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Pennsylvania is three-dollars-and-68-cents, which is 20-cents above the national average.