Local News 11/15/22

News for Tuesday November 15, 2022

Cold air will set the stage for our first widespread wintry weather event that could cause some issues on the road later today and in to tonight. WTAJ TV reports snow will likely develop from the southwest to the northeast during the midday into the afternoon hours. There may be a few raindrops at first, but primarily this event will start as snow.

All of this precipitation will taper off by Wednesday morning and temperatures will mostly rise above freezing by sunrise…which is good news for tomorrow mornings commute.

PennDOT District officials are issuing safety reminders and updates just ahead of our winter season.

Assistant District Executive for Maintenance of District 9 David Kammerer said they’re fully stocked with the materials to keep the roads smooth. Additionally, he noted they have 8,400 miles to maintain and 220 trucks.

Penn Dot is still in need of plow drivers. There are a  number of vacancies primarily located within the Southern counties in the district (Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset).

Penn Dot also reminds motorists to ensure their tires have enough tread for winter weather.  They also advise you to carrying an emergency travel kit that should include a snow shovel, flashlight, warm clothing, and ice scrapper.

Two Johnstown residents are facing child endangerment charges after police found two children “sleeping in urine and surrounded by dog feces and dog urine.”

WJAC TV  reports police detained 33 year old Anthony L. Westscott, and 25 year Ziairah Shanea Graham,  from a home on napoleon street in Johnstown.

Two children, a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were also removed from the residence. Police also found a family dog that had no food for water.

During their search, police say they found drug paraphernalia.

Westscott and Graham are both being held in Cambria County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Control of Pennsylvania state House down to two races where election results are not yet clear.

WJAC TV reports democrats in the General Assembly believe that come January, they will be in control of the chamber for the first time since 2010, as Republicans have seen a more than 20-seat majority in the house vanish.

But that will all depend on the outcome of two races in the Philadelphia suburbs, that have seen their narrow results move away from the Democrats.

Democrats need to win one of them to win the majority, though it’s likely that either way there could be recounts, and court battles over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to not count undated mail-in ballots, that could drag it out for weeks.