Local News 3/17/22

News 3-16-22 AK

 A truck slammed into Port Matilda’s municipal building late Tuesday night during a borough meeting, moving the structure off its foundation. Will Bracken was driving the truck and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently taken into custody. While a borough meeting was going on at the time, nobody was injured in the crash.

A Centre County man has pleaded guilty in relation to a fatal hit and run from 2020.

Christopher Hort pleaded guilty to a felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury. Hort was charged after John David King was killed in a hit and run along State Route 45 in April of 2020. Hort’s sentencing is scheduled for July 5.

According to Triple-A, the  price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Pennsylvania is four-dollars-and-42-cents, which is above the national average by ten-cents.  Gasoline prices in the state have risen ten-cents since last week and 74-cents since last month.

A vacant home has been destroyed after officials said two children, ages 6 and 7, unintentionally set the home on fire. It’s reported the two kids were playing with a stick lighter on the back porch of the home on Woodvale Avenue in Johnstown around 7 p.m. There was a mattress on the porch that caught fire, which eventually caused the rest of the home to catch fire. no criminal charges will be filed due to the circumstances of the incident, and no injuries were reported.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the spike in omicron COVID cases is slowing down.  There were just over 943 new cases and 64 new deaths from coronavirus cases reported statewide as of Monday.  State health officials also say case rates are declining in virtually every county in the state.

State officials say there are many reasons to protect yourself as ticks are returning along with warmer weather.  Potentially serious tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and deer tick virus can be contracted through tick bites. The deer tick virus has been found this year at high levels for the first time in many locations around the state. The state health experts also say about 12 percent of people with severe disease from ticks die and about half of those who survive suffer long-term health problems.