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Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Past articles by Bill:

Wawa moving forward with first Centre County location

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Move over Sheetz, rival convenience store/eatery and gas station Wawa is looking to move in across the street in Centre County. Wawa, a Philadelphia-based convenience store and gas station, has plans to enter Benner Township to open a store on Benner Pike across the street from Sheetz, Sharon Royer, Benner […] → Read More

Police: More than $12k, Skills machine stolen in Blair County

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State police are investigating a burglary where someone reportedly made off with a Skills Redemption Center machine. The machine itself is valued at $10,000 and it had nearly $13,000 in cash inside of it. The burglary happened at a business on River Road in Blair Township (East Freedom) on Sept. […] → Read More

3 Pennsylvania eateries make New York Times’ best restaurants list for 2022

PENNSYLVANIA (WTAJ) — Three Pennsylvania restaurants, including one in Pittsburgh, have been named to New York Times’ 50 best restaurants in the US list for 2022. First up on the alphabetical list is Andiario in West Chester. Andiario touts a menu that changes on the regular and may reflect local Pennsylvania farming and harvests. You […] → Read More

$130k in jewelry, cash stolen from Clearfield County home

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police are searching after $130,000 in jewelry and cash were stolen from a Clearfield County home Tuesday. State police were called to the home on Five Points Road in Burnside Township Sept. 20. It was reported that an unknown person(s) entered the home sometime between 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. […] → Read More

Man accused of slapping woman at Altoona Sheetz, ‘I’ll break her jaw’

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Duncansville man was taken into custody after Altoona police said they watched him smack a woman across the face Sunday afternoon at an Altoona Sheetz. Police were called to the Sheetz on 25th Avenue near the Altoona Campus around 2 p.m. Sept. 18 for the report of a man and […] → Read More

$500 in diesel stolen from Mack trucks in under 45 minutes in Bedford, police report

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State police are looking for information after $500 worth of diesel fuel was reported stolen from two Mack trucks in Bedford. It was reported to state police that an unknown actor made off with the large quantity of duel within a 45-minute timespan on Sept. 2. The owner of the […] → Read More

Route 219 reopened after fiery multi-vehicle crash

ELK COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Route 219 has been reopened after multiple crews worked on a multi-vehicle crash that saw at least one vehicle catch fire Sunday night. The crash happened on Route 219 between Ridgway and Johnsonburg. While details on the crash are limited right now, PennDOT has reported that 291 reopened just before […] → Read More

Crash in Blair County leaves major road closed

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A multi-vehicle crash on Pleasant Valley Boulevard has left the road closed in both directions Sunday evening. According to 511PA, the crash happened not far from the I-99 Pinecroft entrance/exit near Comfort Suites. The road is currently closed from the Pinecroft exit to Forge Road. While details on the crash are […] → Read More

Police: Altoona duo charged, woman found with drugs in private area

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Altoona duo is in Blair County Prison after a traffic stop resulted in finding drugs, brass knuckles and more, police report. Logan Township police conducted a traffic stop Sept. 6, just before 7 a.m. and found Kayla Risbon, 38, and Troy McKee, 39, along with a third person, in a […] → Read More

Route 22 cleared after reported crash in Blair County

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Route 22 through Hollidaysburg is free and clear after a Thursday morning crash left lanes restricted. According to 511PA, The crash happened near the Geeseytown Fire Hall not far from Canoe Creek State Park. The lane restriction was in place between Juniata Valley Road and Campbell Hill Road. While details […] → Read More

Arrest made in Blair County construction crime wave

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Williamsburg man faces dozens of felony charges after state police discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in excavating equipment stolen from around the area. Wayne Baker, 46, is facing a slew of charges after police say he was the leader of a group of people who traveled around Blair […] → Read More

Central Pa principal charged with having sex with student heads to trial

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (WTAJ) — A former Williamsport Area School District principal, Dr. Roger Freed, will face charges at trial that include 30 felony counts of having sex with a student, according to court documents. Freed, 34, will head to court after the student, now in their early 20s, came forward about a sexual relationship between […] → Read More

Armed PA man in wig trying to ‘restore Trump as President’ arrested at Dairy Queen

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An armed Pennsylvania man in a rainbow wig who was trying to ‘restore Trump as President’ was arrested at a Dairy Queen, Delmont Borough police report. The wigged man who reportedly told police he “talks to God” is 61-year-old Jan Stawovy, of Hunker Pa. Police were called Saturday afternoon, Sept. […] → Read More

Parolee nailed with $14K in drugs at Clearfield motel

CLEARFIELD, Pa. (WTAJ) — A state parolee was nailed with $14,000 worth of meth and fentanyl, along with a prohibited weapon, at a Clearfield County motel, police report. Lawrence Township police were called to the Royal Inn in Clearfield by state parole to help them with 31-year-old Joshua McLaughlin after finding drugs in his room. […] → Read More

Altoona police: Tyrone woman nabbed mid-break-in

TYRONE, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Tyrone woman is behind bars after police say they caught her in the middle of a reported break-in at a home. When police arrived at the home on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, in the Weis/Advanced Auto area, just after 1 a.m. Sept. 13, they said they found 41-year-old Tara Ramos sitting […] → Read More

Get ready for a new Pennsylvania driver’s license, ID card

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — New year new me? Well, not exactly — but PennDOT is rolling out new driver’s license designs towards the end of 2022. As part of ongoing security enhancements, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is updating the design of the state driver’s license and ‘enhancing’ the security features, the department announced […] → Read More

Argument over food leads to cinder block fight in Bedford County

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An argument over food turned into a fist fight that led one man to smash a cinder block over another man’s head before allegedly strangling him, state police report. Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) were called to the scene of a fight on Aug. 24 on Amber Road in Monroe Township […] → Read More

NC man steals dumpling in Bedford County, urinates on cell walls: Police

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A North Carolina man is in trouble with the law after he allegedly trespassed at a Bedford County market, stole an apple dumpling, then urinated all over the cell state police put him in, according to troopers. Quintin Womack, 32, of Winterville, NC, was taken into custody over the weekend […] → Read More

$5K in car parts stolen from Bedford business, troopers report

BEDFORD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Approximately $5,000 worth of catalytic converters were cut and stolen from a business in Bedford, according to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Troopers were called by Cumberland Truck Parts located on Business 220 in Bedford the morning of Sept. 6. It was reported that an unknown actor(s) cut two catalytic converters off […] → Read More

Multiple counties see increase in COVID-19 transmission

Pa. (WTAJ) — A number of counties in Pennsylvania have seen an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in the past week, according to CDC data. The seven-day total, from Sep. 2 to Sep. 8, pushed Centre County into the high category, something they haven’t seen in 15 weeks. Cambria and Huntingdon County have also […] → Read More