Local News 2/24/22

News 2-24-22 AK

An elementary school principal has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI after state police say he injured two people in a morning crash. Matthew Hall was reportedly driving on W Loop Road in Blair Township when he crashed into another vehicle. Troopers say Hall appeared disoriented, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Hall told police he drank six beers the night prior to the crash. His blood alcohol content was found to be .258% according to police. A man and woman who were in the other vehicle sustained multiple injuries including fractured ribs, facial lacerations and concussions. Hall is employed as the Claysburg-Kimmel elementary school principal.

A Centre County man faces charges after he allegedly stole a $300 beer sign and resisted arrest. Matthew Allison resisted two state police officers that tried to arrest him. State police said that Allison caused disturbances at different homes in the area. Allison allegedly threw a male to the ground and hit him after he wouldn’t give him his cell phone. At another property, police reported that Allison stole a $300 Rams Head Ale sign out of a horse barn and threatened to hit the property owner with it when he was confronted.

A juvenile has been arrested in connection to a “hit” being put on an adult man. Gallitzin Police Chief Gerald Hagen said officers arrested the juvenile after it was determined he had accepted the “hit” offer put out by another juvenile and had shot a stolen gun multiple times. Three others were also interviewed and are facing criminal charges in connection to the incident.

An Altoona woman who pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in connection with the death of her 5-year-old son in January is being released from jail. Jayde Renate Huber was sentenced to serve three to six months in the county jail with four years’ concurrent probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident in Covington Township. Her attorney filed a motion for reconsideration of her sentence, asking that she be given time served and released. Huber was paroled immediately and placed on home detention.

The body of a man found in Richland Township, Cambria County, on Feb. 21 has been identified as David Simon of Somerset County. Simon’s body was found 200 yards from Oakridge Drive across from the Galleria Mall. Simon was reported missing in October 2021. No trauma was reported following an autopsy, and Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees  said the death does not appear to be suspicious. Simon’s family said he had a pattern of disappearing for months at a time.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports our central region is showing 190 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday bringing our total to 174,380 known COVID-19 cases.