Local News 3/3/22

News 3-3-22 AK

A Clinton County man faces burglary charges after he allegedly stole a Polaris UTV, worth nearly $27k, and planned to sell it for meth. Dustin Askey stole a 2021 Polaris General XP 1000 side by side from a shed at a property located on South Eagle Valley Road in Julian. The Polaris UTV was found off in a wooded area in Clinton County.

A man was arrested after state police say he stalked and made threatening phone calls to a woman. Jerry Gardner harassed and called the woman several times while she was staying at her mother’s home along Jacksonville Road in Marion Township. Gardner reportedly called her while she was running errands and threatened her saying “I know you’re not home, come home or I’ll kill you.” The woman then returned to the residence where Gardner continued to threaten to kill her. A few hours later, police were contacted after he continued to call her. State police said Gardner called the woman 8 times during the incident.

State police in Bedford County are asking for the public’s assistance after firearms were stolen from a garage in Juniata Township. Police said a Colt AR15 rifle, a Montgomery Ward 410 shotgun and $300 in cash were taken from a detached residential garage on Feb. 26 on Bittner Road. Anyone with information can anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

An Altoona man is facing multiple charges, including felony assault after he used a hammer to smash out the windows of one woman’s car and threatened to kill another woman. Altoona police said they responded to two calls of domestic violence that night, and Samuel Bechdel was behind both calls. Bechdel smashed one victims car up with a hammer, and he threatened to smack the other victim with the same hammer and punch her in the face. Once police arrived, Bechdel resisted arrest by threatening officers and throwing his shoe at them. While at the police department, Bechdel broke a light inside his holding cell. He is being held at Blair County Prison.

A Saint Marys man was taken into custody on March 2 after he allegedly sold stolen firearms. George Cheatle is accused of selling stolen firearms in November 2021 during an undercover operation. During the operation, Cheatle allegedly said he would trade the firearms for crystal meth, but later negotiated to sell them for $800. Police said Cheatle is not allowed to possess a firearm due to a felony conviction.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says while the number of COVID cases has increased somewhat in the state, the number of hospitalizations are down. As of Tuesday, there were just under 12-hundred additional cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.