Local News 4/19/22

News 4-19-22 AK

An Altoona man is facing assault charges after he allegedly punched two psychiatric aides at The Meadows psychiatric center in Centre Hall. Thomas Birkl was acting out and throwing food around the facility, when two aides were trying to help clean up when Birkl reportedly walked directly toward one and punched her in the face with a closed fist. The other aide coming over to help her, and Birkl subsequently hit her in the back of the head as well as her back. He’s lodged in Centre County Prison.

An Altoona man is behind bars for allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer and threatening to kill him. Police responded to a home on 6th Avenue, in which they met with a man who told officers the homeowner invited him over to grab his clothes and asked him to turn on the dryer in the basement. As he was about to turn on a dryer the victim claimed Joshua James Claar struck him on the head with a hammer and said “I’m going to kill you.” He is being held in Blair County Prison.

Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a burglary that took place in March, stealing over $800 of property. The suspect(s) forcibly entered a home on Main Street in Franklin borough part of Cambria County and stole an estimated $880 worth of items. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 814-471-6500.

A man that was accused of stealing $2,000 worth of items from Dick’s Sporting Goods last year was arrested again for allegedly stealing from Sheetz on Friday. Matthew C. Robinson stole a Twisted Tea from a beer cooler at Sheetz, opened it, and walked out without paying for it. He also took a buffalo chicken sandwich. When police arrested Robinson, they noted he was swearing at officers and told them that he “was not going to jail for anyone.” While being searched, Robinson also allegedly headbutted an officer.

Police in Patton Township have charged a State College man after he was accused of breaking into an apartment, assaulting another man and stealing cash. David King faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, robbery, simple assault and theft. King has been arraigned to the Centre County Correctional Facility, on $82,500 bail.

Wildlife experts advise Pennsylvania residents to reconsider the placement of backyard bird feeders due to an Avian Flu outbreak.  The CDC says the highly contagious bird flu has been found in at least 31 states and can be spread by humans and human equipment that has been in contact with infected birds.