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News 3-1-22 AK

Police arrested a woman who was wanted for possession and intent to sell a controlled substance after finding her hiding in a trap door of a home. When police arrived they spoke with a man who told them that Breanna Park was either inside the home or had left out of the back prior to police arriving. While searching the home, police found Park inside a trap door within the laundry room. Park was attempting to hide in approximately five feet of standing water in the corner. Park was then arrested, along with Wade Wilson and another woman, Terry Cromley. Police said that Wilson and Cromley were arrested in an attempt to conceal Park’s location and were hindering in her arrest.

The Johnstown Fire Department responded to a vacant house fire Sunday evening.

Fire Chief, Robert Satler said the fire began around 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. The fire spread to another vacant house next door. Nobody was injured in the fire and the State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is urging residents to file their taxes as soon as possible to protect themselves from tax refund fraud and identity thieves.  Officials say tax filing season is a prime time for criminals to target Pennsylvanians and steal their personal information. Tax refund fraud often may involve threatening phone calls, deceptive letters sent through the mail and realistic-looking phishing emails or texts.

A school bus accident sent one to the hospital with unknown injuries Monday afternoon. A school bus accident occurred Monday, Feb. 28, around 3 p.m on Admiral Peary Highway in Munster Township. The victim was transported to a hospital in Altoona and injuries are unknown. It is also unknown the victim was a student.

A man that was previously convicted for sexually assaulting a girl starting when she was 9-years-old, faces new allegations for a separate incident. Michael Berchick was convicted to SCI Albion in 2018 for sexually assaulting a young girl several times between 2015 and 2018. Another victim came forward. A young girl told Stonycreek Township police that Berchick had assaulted her, showed her porn, and exposed himself at the Luxor Gardens apartments. He’s currently lodged in Cambria County.

According to Triple-A, the average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Pennsylvania is three-dollars-and-75-cents, up two-cents from this time last week.  The state’s gas prices have dropped against the national average, with Pennsylvanians now paying only 14-cents more compared to 20-cents last week.