Local News 9/27/22

News for 9.27.22

The jury trial began this week for a Johnstown man accused of stabbing a woman to death over the price of a mini refrigerator during a Facebook Marketplace sale that went wrong.

WJAC TV reports Joshua Gorgone appeared in front of a jury Monday in Cambria County court. He is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 54-year-old Denise Williams in April of last year.

Investigators say Williams’ body was found in Gorgone’s Geistown apartment, with 68 of stab wounds. The jury and Gorgone were taken to his apartment yesterday during the trial where they visited the scene of the crime.

Gorgone’s defense attorney talked about his struggle with drugs and says that he had been addicted since he was 14 years old.

The victims daughter testified that she logged into her mother’s Facebook account and saw the messages with Gorgone, which led to police his apartment, and Williams’ body.

State police report one person was killed early Monday morning due to a rollover crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County.

Investigators say the single-vehicle crash, involving a tractor-trailer, occurred at the 139.9 eastbound mile marker in Napier Township just before 2am Monday morning.

Investigators determined that the tractor-trailer had left the roadway and struck the guide rail prior to overturning.

Police say the driver was found dead inside the vehicle and their identity is being withheld, pending notification of family.

Health experts are warning us about a possible flu surge in Pennsylvania over the next few months.

WTAJ TV reports that UPMC infectious disease expert Dr. John Goldman says the pandemic slowed the spread of the flu because of precautions like masks and social distancing. But now that those are mostly a thing of the past, Goldman expects flu cases to uptick quickly this year.

Goldman says because the last couple of seasons have been mild he is worried that people have not been exposed as often and there is not much pre-existing immunity.

Goldman encourages everyone to get both flu and COVID vaccines to prevent more hospitalizations and overcrowding. He recommends getting them separately but says it’s safe to get them at the same time.

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 is being unveiled this week and will be in stores for a limited time.