Local News 6/27/21

News 6-27-22 AK

A man is dead after a tractor fell on him on Saturday in Cambria County. Christopher Eckenrode was moving dirt on his Susquehanna Township property with his front end loader at about 2:30 p.m. Eckenrode got too close to a drop off and was thrown out of the loader when it overturned and the tractor fell on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An Altoona woman, who police said hid in a closet after they went to a home on 2nd Avenue to serve felony drug warrants, is now behind bars. Destiny Gardner faces a felony charge of flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment. Gardner is currently lodged in Blair County Prison.

A man who escaped from the custody of the Clearfield County Jail nearly a month ago has been recaptured. Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers said Sunday that Lawrence Township Police Department, with assistance from Clearfield Borough Police, arrested Robert Miller.

A New Jersey woman is charged with damaging the iconic Penn State statue in May. University police charge 23-year-old Julia Cipparulo of Hillsborough, N.J. with felony counts of institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and other theft charges. The criminal complaint said a search warrant was served on her home in Hillsborough where evidence was recovered.

Pennsylvania motorists continue to pay slightly more than the current national-average when it comes to prices at the pump.  The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline fell yesterday in PA, settling at just over four dollars, 98 cents.  That’s just a few cents above the corresponding national average of just under four 97.

Three quarters of Pennsylvania residents believe in global warming. More than half of respondents reportedly agreed with the statement that climate change is “a very serious problem.”  A quarter characterized the issue as “somewhat” serious.