Local News 3/11/22

News 3-11-22 AK

A Bedford County man is in custody after state police said they found a gun along with drugs on him while he was passed out in a car at a gas station. State police found Matthew Koontz of Bedford passed out in his car at the Sheetz located in Snake Springs Township. Police noted they approached the vehicle and saw a firearm on the passenger seat while they were speaking with him. Koontz is currently in Bedford County Prison.

State police are searching for answers regarding a theft that occurred sometime between Friday and Tuesday. A 2003 blue Jeep Liberty that was parked on Berlin Plank Road in Somerset Township had a snap-on toolbox and canopies stolen from it. Anyone with information relative to this case should contact state police in Somerset at 814-445-4104.

A Port Matilda man accused of raping four Penn State students pleaded guilty on Thursday. Jeffrey Fields pleaded guilty to 17 of his 19 charges, including felony rape and sexual assault of four victims. Fields was arrested in July 2020 for raping four women between 2010 and 2017. Each incident happened outdoors in the borough of State College with the victims between 19 and 20 years old.

State police in Somerset are warning the community of multiple unknown males going by “David” who have been calling residents claiming to be from “Publisher’s Clearing House.” The males, who are described to have foreign accents, targeted two elderly victims by convincing them to purchase Visa gift cards to “process/pay taxes” on their winnings. There have been several reports of scams targeting the elderly since February.

Federal authorities say a former Clearfield resident has pled guilty to producing and possessing child pornography. Jackson Curtis Martin III, 46, was charged with the production and possession of material that showed the sexual exploitation of a minor. Authorities say Martin faces anywhere from 10-30 years in prison for the various charges.

A city woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly sold 19 stamp bags of heroin to a confidential informant. Rennee Elizabeth Towndrow faces a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Police said the incident occurred Tuesday, when Towndrow allegedly sold the heroin to a confidential informant, who then entered the officer’s vehicle and stated that the defendant sold him the drugs for $260.