Local News 11/17/22


Another winter weather reminder from Penn Dot and Forecasters for your morning commute today. Snow squalls will develop overnight into Thursday morning out ahead of a strong cold front.

WJAC TV reports The Laurel Highlands  could be waking up to a few inches of new snow in spots, although it won’t be as widespread as Tuesday’s snowfall.

Perhaps of more concern is the risk of snow squalls around the morning commute on Thursday along the I-80/Route 322 corridor.

Scattered whiteouts will be possible across the northern half of the state through midday Thursday, with less intense snow showers farther south in the Laurel Highlands, until the cold front pushes through.

Thousands of families across the region are getting ready to hit the road this holiday season. A new study shows that serious traffic accidents are happening at an alarming pace.

PennDOT crash data shows that deadly crashes have gone up statewide in the past two years, with 2021 being the highest statewide since 2012. And the number of accidents with serious or deadly injuries in 2021 was the highest since 2002.

And it’s part of a national trend.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said deaths from car crashes in the first three months of this year hit the highest quarterly total since 2002. They blame the increase on speeding, impaired driving, and other reckless behavior, brought on by post-pandemic euphoria.

Authorities with the Altoona Police Department say a Blair County man is facing multiple charges after being accused of molesting a 3-year-old boy.

WJAC TC Reports  76-year-old Daniel High faces charges of indecent assault, unlawful contact and corruption of minors, according to court records.

Police say High was reportedly visiting relatives last weekend when the child’s mother allegedly witnessed High “fondling” the toddler inside the boy’s playroom.

Authorities also noted that High had a criminal history of crimes involving children including an arrest in 1973 and he arrested and pleaded guilty to charges of buying alcohol for minors in the early 1990s.

Court dockets show that he is being held at the Blair County Prison, on $175,000 bail.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over two million grandparents in the country are responsible for their grandchildren’s basic needs. In Pennsylvania, it is estimated that nearly 260,000 children live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives.

November is Family Caregivers Month, Pennsylvania is highlighting resources for grandparents who are raising grandchildren impacted by the addiction crisis. 

The Pennsylvania Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Human Services, and  local Area Agency on Aging are highlighting resources for these families, like the Caregiver Support Program.  These agencies can provide information , referrals and education programs for kinship caregivers in Pennsylvania.