Local News 2/22/22

News 2-22-22 AK

A Curwensville man is facing theft charges after police say he walked into a convenience store and stole a case of Twisted Tea alcoholic beverages. Michael Burkland walked into Snappy’s on State Street in Curwensville just after midnight on Feb. 18. Burkland then reportedly grabbed a 15-can case of Twisted Tea and fled from the store without paying.

Burkland is facing a charge of retail theft for the $50.85 case of beverages.

Multiple crews were called out to two different fires in Blair County Monday morning.

Fire companies were called to a multi-unit building in Tyrone at 4:15 a.m. No injuries have been reported and the building was deemed a total loss. Just moments after first responders were called to the fire in Tyrone, firefighters were dispatched for a dwelling fire in Logan Township. The residents reportedly had all their smoke detectors working and were able to get out of the house without injury.

One person was flown via helicopter to the hospital Monday morning after a shooting in Barr Township. The male who was shot was airlifted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The other male is currently in Pennsylvania State Police custody pending further investigation.

A body was discovered in Cambria County on Feb. 21. The body was found 200 yards from Oakridge Drive across from the Galleria Mall at 10 a.m. According to Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees, the death does not appear to be suspicious and the body was found by a walker in the woods. The identity of the person has not been released at this time. An autopsy will be performed today.

It’s pothole season and Pennsylvania drivers may be getting the worst of it.  A January 2022 report from a national transportation research company shows 40-percent of roads and highways across the U.S. are in poor or mediocre condition.  Pennsylvania is ranked number eight on the list, with more than 15 complaints from drivers for every thousand kilometers of road.  Most of that is due to the state of bridges, as the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has said PA has the second-worst bridge conditions in the U.S.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 98 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, bringing our total to 173,601 known COVID-19 cases.