News for Tuesday November 22, 2022
An Altoona man accused in January of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after providing her with alcohol and marijuana has rendered guilty pleas to more than a dozen felony offenses.
The Altoona Mirror reports that 49 year old Jack MacFarlane Jr., rendered the pleas Friday in Blair County Court to six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a victim less than 16 years old and additional counts of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a victim less than 16 years old and witness intimidation.
The Blair County District Attorney’s office is recommending a sentence of 10 to 20 years in jail followed by 7 years probation in exchange for the guilty pleas. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb 8th. MacFarlane has remained in Blair County Prison since his Jan. 8 arrest.
Pennsylvania travelers will see the highest gas prices ever during this time of year. The state average is just over four dollars a gallon, an increase of 43-cents from last Thanksgiving. The national average is three-sixty-six a gallon. Triple-A says prices may drop slightly before Thanksgiving Day.
Lawyers for the estate of Kevin Siehl announced an $8.2 million settlement with Johnstown Police, the Cambria County District Attorney’s office and state police in his wrongful conviction lawsuit.
WJAC TV reports Siehl was accused of killing his wife in 1991 but later won release from prison after a judge ruled that the evidence used to convict him had been tainted.
In 2018, Siehl’s defense filed the wrongful conviction lawsuit against the police and the prosecution.
Siehl passed away in March but his family continued the lawsuit on his behalf.
Siehl’s lawyers say the settlement is one of the the largest payout for a case in state history.
Check your tickets because the Pennsylvania Lottery announced two $50,000 weekly drawing winners were sold at a Sheetz in Centre County and a Sheetz in Somerset County.
The winning numbers are the first two $50,000 weekly drawing prizes that are part of the New Year’s Millionaire raffle. The game features eight weekly drawings that each award two top prizes of $50,000 up to the Jan. 7, 2023 drawing.
The Millionaire Raffle ticket numbers sold between Nov.8 and 14.