Local News 4/22/22

News 4-22-22 AK

The coroner was called to the scene of a train and car crash that happened in Cambria County Wednesday night. The accident occurred at 100 Carneys Crossing Road in Lilly and emergency crews were called out at about 9:20 p.m. A woman who was driving a Nissan was hit by a train and pronounced dead by the Cambria County Coroner’s office.

A Tyrone man was charged after police discovered he had multiple child pornographic videos on his cell phone and shared them on Snapchat. Upon interviewing Andrew Paul Holpit Jr., he admitted to police he obtained child pornography but had “no real interest in children.” Holpit told police he did not actively search for child porn, but finds it while looking for “regular porn” and that he does not like children sexually but that regular porn became boring. All the children were under the age of 13, with most of them being infants or toddlers.

The discovery of the Omicron variant in white-tailed deer is raising concerns over a new COVID strain.  Researchers at Penn State tested over 130 deer and found nearly 15 percent had COVID antibodies.  A lead researcher said circulation of the virus in an animal population provides more opportunities for COVID to evolve into new strains.  

A man is behind bars after investigators said he admitted to having “sexual relations” with a young girl. A 14-year-old girl came forward to Conemaugh Township police and told them she had been sexually assaulted by 32-year-old Jason Bassette. Police pointed out that when questioned April 11 in a recorded interview, Bassette admitted to having “sexual relations” with the girl knowing she was only 14. Bassette is lodged in Somerset County Prison.

A Blair County man faces drug-related charges after police found various drugs during a parole visit on April 20. Michael A. Koontz was placed on parole for other drug-related charges when parole agents told him they were coming to his Hollidaysburg home for an inspection. When they arrived, Koontz told them he had used cocaine and marijuana was in plain view. Koontz took a drug test and tested positive for cocaine, fentanyl and marijuana.

Pennsylvania drivers are paying more at the pumps than one-week ago as prices continue to rise and fall across the country.  According to Triple-A, the average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Pennsylvania is four-dollars-and-20-cents. Blair County has the lowest average gas prices in the Keystone State at four-dollars-and-ten-cents.