Local News 3/4/22

News 3-4-22 AK

A man died after a mining accident in Somerset County sent him to the hospital on Wednesday. Paul Springer, 44, of Somerset County, died in the hospital after a nearly six-foot rock fell on him while in the mine, according to Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees. Coroner Lees said the rock fell on Springer and pinned him up against machinery inside the mine, about three miles back. His death was due to crushing injuries to his upper torso and his death has been ruled an accident.

A woman faces charges after an attempted criminal homicide in Mount Union that sent two people to the hospital. Katelyn Stutzman stabbed another person inside the Dairy Queen on 224 US-22 on Thursday during an altercation. Stutzman fled the scene and left out the back and as she was trying to get away in her vehicle, she hit a person in the parking lot. The two people injured in the incident were transported to UPMC Altoona for their injuries.

According to Triple-A, the average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Pennsylvania is three-dollars-and-87-cents, up 12-cents from this time last week.  The state’s gas prices are well above the national average, with Pennsylvanians now paying almost 13-cents more than the average price around the U.S.

An Altoona man is in custody after police said he allegedly destroyed items in a home and threatened a woman with a wooden bat. Christopher Lauver kicked the back door in at a residence. Lauver allegedly threw a stereo at drywall, shattered a flat-screen TV and spit food in a woman’s face. Lauver also went upstairs, broke a window and kicked a hole in the woman’s bedroom door. He is accused of smashing another TV and breaking a bed frame. When Lauver went back downstairs he had a small wooden bat and threatened the woman. Lauver is currently confined in Blair County Prison.

A Centre County man faces charges after state police said he assaulted and strangled a woman. State police arrived at Penns Valley Pike in Potter Township for a domestic dispute but found no one at the residence. Later, around 11 p.m. state police got a call from a woman who said Willis Klinger assaulted her and strangled her to the point that she couldn’t breathe. Klinger is currently lodged in Centre County Prison.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is seeking project applications for the State Wildlife Grants Program. The work involves a variety of tasks such as determining species designations and “Species of Greatest Conservation Need.” For more information and an application packet, visit the PFBC website and select “State Wildlife Grants Program.” Applications must be received by Friday, April 22nd.