Local News 5/24/22

News 5-24-22 AK

A Kawasaki driver was pronounced dead after reportedly crashing head-on into a tree in Benezette Township over the weekend. The driver, identified as 65-year-old Douglas Stethem from Indiana, Pa. was found dead at the scene when first responders arrived. Stethem reportedly lost control of his Kawasaki while trying to drive through a right-hand curve. There’s no word on how fast he might have been traveling at the time.

A man died in Bedford County Saturday after a kayaking accident caused him to drown. Ronald James McQuait died at the scene of the accident. McQuait was boating on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River at 1:43 p.m. when the incident occurred. The drowning has been ruled an accident.

 A Windber man is facing felony charges after police were told he entered his neighbor’s home and took their child’s Adderall pills. Matthew Richard Miller is being charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass as well as minor counts of receiving stolen property and theft.

State police in Somerset are looking for the person responsible for stealing a man’s grey 2010 Ford Escape off his property. State police were told an unknown person walked onto the man’s property along Beaver Dam Road in Somerset Township. It’s described to have rust on the rear quarter panels along with a peeling PA license plate of JDV-1647. Anyone who spots the vehicle should contact the Pennsylvania State Police Somerset barracks at 814-445-4104.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has begun its yearly spraying operation to protect the trees and wildlife habitats from spongy moths. The operation is conducted across 62-thousand acres of state game lands. The invasive, rapidly-spreading caterpillars feast on oak trees, completely stripping them of all foliage. The spongy moths were formerly known as “gypsy moths.”

Gas prices are up across Pennsylvania ahead of Memorial Day weekend.  Triple-A reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular gas is four-dollars-and-77-cents.  That’s about a 14-cent increase from a week ago and 57-cents more than a month ago.