Local News 2/18/22

News 2-18-22 AK

State police are investigating after a Huntingdon County residence was robbed of power tools and a catalytic converter. Over $500 worth of power tools were stolen from a property off of Croghan Pike. List of items stolen according to state police include: Catalytic converter, Dewalt 142 piece socket/wrench set, Pittsburgh socket set 3/8 and 1/2 drive, 1/2 and 3/8 battery impact, Battery hammer drill, Dewalt drill, Dewalt battery saw. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntingdon State Police at (814)-627-3161.

The State College Police Department officially announced that the 19-year-old Penn State student from New Jersey’s death was ruled accidental with no evidence of foul play. Justine Gross was reported missing on the evening of Nov. 11, 2021. Her body was found the next day in a waste receptacle that originated from the ground floor of her Beaver Terrace apartment. Gross reportedly died as a result of falling inside an 11th floor solid waste disposal shoot. Video evidence suggests she was alone in the waste disposal room when she fell. Toxicology results were taken from liver tissue, and the coroner’s office added that there was THC and alcohol in her system.

State officials say nearly 15-thousand applications have been sent in to a debt-relief program for Pennsylvania-licensed nurses. Funding for the Student Loan Relief for Nurses program comes from the state’s share of federal American Rescue Plan dollars and offers up to 75-hundred dollars in student loan debt relief per nurse. The deadline for licensed nurses to apply is March 1st. 

State police in Clearfield County have charged a man accused of assaulting a woman during a domestic dispute. The victim told authorities that she and Keith Zatwaski has been drinking at a local VFW and that “she must have said something that set him off.” Troopers observed that the victim had suffered a swollen, black eye, a large red mark on the top of her head, a cut on her inner lip and a small, red mark on the back of her neck as a result of the assault. He is being held at the Jefferson County Prison.

Catalytic converters are stolen from under vehicles monthly if not weekly in Central Pennsylvania, according to State Police. There are ways you can protect your vehicle from catalytic converter thefts. One way is by installing a catalytic guard or plate under your vehicle. State Police say if you’re a victim of theft, talk with your insurance company and report it to your local police department.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 293 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, bringing our total to 173,249 known COVID-19 cases.