Local News 10/4/22

News for Oct 4, 2022

The Altoona Police Department is warning everyone about a scam that is claiming to be selling t-shirts for the police department.

WTAJ reports the scam is delivered in the form of a text message claiming to be the police department. It also includes a link to a website with a t-shirt for sale.

The shirt includes the departments logo, but again Altoona Police are saying that it is in fact a scam. The department is not selling t-shirts to the public and are advising everyone to not purchase anything from the website.

Doctors have a message for Americans heading into flu season. Don’t skip your flu shot this fall.

According to Altoona Mirror reports, the flu hit historically low levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be poised for a comeback. The main clue: A nasty flu season just ended in Australia.

Annual flu shots are recommended starting with 6-month-old babies. Flu is most dangerous for people 65 and older, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health problems including heart and lung diseases.

Police in Altoona  are searching for a man they say stole a vehicle Monday morning and fled from police.

WTAJ reports 36 year old Travis Pfahler, allegedly stole a vehicle around 6 a.m. Oct. 3, while the car was warming up outside of a residence. Officers searched the area and were able to locate the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.

Police said that Pfahler parked the car at the rear of Logan Hills Apartment complex and took off on foot into a wooded area towards I-99. Multiple witnesses say he crossed over I-99 and towards PNG Field on foot.

Pfahler was last seen in the area of The Altoona Curve stadium and is described as a white male, around 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds with dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark shorts, boots, and a blue baseball cap.

Anyone with information on Pfahler’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Altoona Police Department.

Investigators suspect a gas leak is to blame for a house fire and explosion that happened Monday afternoon.

WJAC TV reports that the Clearfield Fire Department responded to the fire and explosion at a home in Curwensville.

Fire officials say no injuries were reported.  The residents were not home at the time.

An official cause of the explosion is under investigation by a state police fire marshal.