Local News 6/21/22

News 6-21-22 AK

A homeowner was burglarized over the weekend, telling police he was at a family funeral and came home to find various things missing. State Police were called to the home in Nicktown/Barr Township on Saturday, June 18. It’s reported that the unknown burglar(s) made off with two long guns, prescription medicine, a John Deere riding mower, a weed whacker, a personal safe and various other items. Anyone with any information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 814-471-6500.

A new database is coming online soon that will provide enhanced transparency for customers for vehicle state inspections. The new tool from PennDot will show which vehicle inspection stations, inspectors, dealers, and issuing agents are under suspension for infractions of state regulations and laws, as well as contact violations.

Multiple people were involved in a two vehicle crash Monday night. The crash reportedly occurred on Port Matilda Highway in Rush Township around 9:30 p.m. with entrapment in both vehicles. Two helicopters were sent to the scene to help assist crews and transport those involved. The extent of injures suffered in the crash is currently unknown.

Police are investigating after five catalytic converters were stolen from the Red Roof Inn and The Super 8 Motel during the same night in Lawrence Township. On Thursday, June 16, between 11 p.m. and midnight, catalytic converters were stolen from four vans and one SUV. Anyone with information should reach out to the Lawrence Township Police Department at 814-765-1647.

Floriculture continues to rise in Pennsylvania. A USDA report shows Pennsylvania has the most flower growers of any state in the nation and has new businesses opening each year. State officials say annual bedding and garden plants are by far the largest floriculture sector, generating a third of the industry’s nearly six and a half billion dollars in sales.   

Gas prices are down slightly in Pennsylvania.  The statewide average for a gallon of regular gas is five-dollars-and-two-cents. It’s down over four-cents from the same time last week.