Local News 9/23/22

News for 9.23.22

A Bedford County woman who was charged with homicide in the death of a 3-year-old boy over the Memorial Day weekend will  head to trial.

WJAC TV reports that all charges against 31-year-old Chelsea Cooley from Everett- were waived during her preliminary hearing this week.

Police allege that Cooley “shoved wet wipes down the child’s throat” after she reportedly became angry with him for “soiling himself.”

Authorities also say doctors discovered “extensive bruising” on the boy.  Police say the child passed away Sunday, May 29, at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

A trial date for Cooley has not yet been scheduled.

Local and state education leaders are gathering to address the statewide teacher shortage.  The Pennsylvania Teaching and Technical Assistance Network met yesterday, hoping to come up with solutions.  Teacher shortages are impacting lower-income districts, which officials agree is partly due to the state’s school funding formula.  One major concern among education officials is the disproportionate distribution of property taxes to school districts who are more financially stable.

State police are investigating a second theft case involving a Skills machine, this case is in Clearfield County.

WTAJ-TV reports that back on July 26 sometime between 7:05 to 8:05 p.m., someone stole approximately $12,000 from a Skills machine at a building along Walton Street in Decatur Township.

Just yesterday, Sept. 21, police announced they were also investigating a theft of over $12,000 from a Skills machine in Blair County. However, the suspect(s) in that case also made off with the Skills machine itself, which has an estimated value of $10,000.

The investigation continues for both theft cases. Anyone with information regarding the theft in Clearfield County is asked to reach out to state police in Clearfield at 814-857-3800.

Some state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would make school lunches free for all students in Pennsylvania public schools.  The legislation would devote two-hundred-75-million dollars annually to providing the meals.  Sponsors of the bill say it is the simplest solution to food insecurity for kids.  The proposal comes roughly two weeks after Governor Tom Wolf announced free breakfast for all students, beginning next month.

Weis Markets is launching a limited edition ice cream flavor to benefit breast cancer awareness.  Ten-thousand dollars in proceeds from new Pink Peppermint Patty ice cream will go directly to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  The local grocery chain says they have long supported causes that advance the health of the communities they live and work in.  The new flavor will be unveiled Monday for a limited time only.  

 Veterans Day is right around the corner, so all veterans are invited to participate in Altoona’s Veterans Day parade.

WTAJ TV reports the parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 in downtown Altoona starting at 10:30 a.m. The Parade lineup will begin at 10 a.m.

All veterans interested and able can participate in the parade. Additionally, a bus will be available for those who would feel more comfortable riding.

For more details and to register, send a letter before Oct. 28 to Commander Michael McDonough, 1720 Annapolis Drive, Altoona, Pa, 16602.

Following the parade, there will be a service held on 11th Avenue and 14th Street.