Local News 4/6/22

News 4-6-22 AK

A grandmother is accused of threatening a Hollidaysburg police officer with what she calls “White witchery” if he didn’t drop her grandson’s felony drug charge. Celestia Barker III told the officer that she practices “witch” activities and he’d be in jeopardy if he failed to drop the charges.  When state police questioned Barker about her actions she replied “Yes, I did do that. Is there a law against it?” and explained to the trooper that she practices “white witchery” and that they “best be looking over their shoulder.” Barker is now facing a felony charge of threatening unlawful harm to a public servant to the judicial process.

An Altoona couple has been charged with felonies after police say they were called to check on a baby whose home was filled with garbage, old food, maggots and flies. 18-year-old Dominic Socie and 19-year-old Carly Steele each face a felony count of endangering the welfare of children. Blair County Children and Youth were called, and authorities agreed to remove the child from the home and place the baby with a family member.

The current average for a regular gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is at four-26 cents. A week ago, it was at four-30 per gallon. Diesel’s selling for five-40 per gallon.

The state Supreme Court will hear the appeal of an Altoona teen accused of murdering 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching. The Supreme Court will take up Damien Green’s appeal of an Oct. 2022 decision by the state Superior Court, which said that a decision by Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle last year to send Green’s case to juvenile court came too late. As a result, this kept his case in adult court. Green turned 18 on April 1.

A Johnstown man charged for shooting and killing his wife last April pleaded guilty in court Monday. Chad Busch pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of Tiffany Busch. Police say Busch shot his wife in the head inside their home on April 27, 2021. Investigators noted that two children were present in the home at the time of the shooting.

The early morning death of a toddler in Johnstown Friday has been ruled a homicide. Coroner Jeff Lees identified the toddler as 14-month-old Gianna Lewis-Rice. Lees said the girl died from massive blood loss due to blunt force trauma from abuse. Investigators have people of interest, but charges have not yet been formally filed.