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Past articles by Shawn:

Safe stolen with forklift from local business, Police investigate

UPDATE: A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information can contact Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or through their online tip form. The original story can be found below. JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State Police out of Punxsutawney responded to an early […] → Read More

Mount Nittany sees increase in COVID-19 patients

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) —Mount Nittany Health is reporting an increase in the amount of daily COVID-19 patients, stating that they currently see an average of nine patients a day in comparison to last month’s average of six a day. As of Oct. 16, there were 11 people hospitalized for COVID-19. These patients are between […] → Read More

SportsBeat Week 5: Richland blows out Penn Cambria, 56-13

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn Cambria made the trip over to Johnstown to take on the red-hot Richland Rams, however they wouldn’t start hot. Early in the first quarter, Richland’s Kellen Stahl looking for his receiver but finds Penn Cambria’s Nicolas Marinak instead. The Panthers would not be able to capitalize on the […] → Read More

SportsBeat Week 5: Berlin takes down Windber, 27-14

WINDBER, SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Berlin made the trip to Windber to take on the Ramblers in a game of two halves. The first half was all Windber as they held a 14-0 lead, but early in the third quarter, Berlin’s Will Spochart would punch his way into the endzone to put the Mountaineers […] → Read More

SportsBeat Week 4: Berlin battles North Star, wins 63-0

BERLIN, SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — North Star made the trip to Berlin to take on the Mountaineers Friday night. In the third quarter, North Star’s Mitchel Pristas throws it up looking for his receiver Carter Weible but find’s Berlin’s Brandon Thompson who takes it back for the pick-six, Berlin up 56-0. Later in the […] → Read More

SportsBeat Week 4: Windber blows out Meyersdale, 61-7

MEYERSDALE, SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Windber made the trip down to Meyersdale to take on the Red Raiders. In the first quarter, Windber has the ball, Aiden Gray takes the snap and finds his guy Aaron Willis for the score as the Ramblers go up 7-0. Later in the quarter, Meyersdale ball, Sam Deist […] → Read More

814 Lanes & Games nearing completion, hoping for November opening

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ Plus) — The former Richland Lanes in Johnstown, newly named 814 Lanes & Games, is well on its way to reopening. The facility is getting a complete revamp. “We are touching almost every part of the building in some way. We’ve put in new electric, new HVAC, we have new […] → Read More

Trump flags stolen from home in Bedford County

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police have responded to a report of Trump flags being stolen from a residence in Bedford County. The flags were stolen between the night of Sept. 28 and the morning of Sept. 29 from a residence in Colerain Township. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police. → Read More

Amish man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting multiple girls

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Amish man has pleaded guilty in Clearfield County court to sexually assaulting multiple girls. Wallace Schmucker, 56, of Punxsutawney was charged by police in March of 2019. Police said he inappropriately touched six girls between 2004 and 2016 at his home in Bell Township. His wife is currently serving […] → Read More

Man found guilty of ordering murder of Johnstown woman in 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — A man accused of ordering the murder of a Johnstown woman in 2015 has been found guilty. Shakir Mosi Smith was found guilty of an accomplice to first-degree murder and solicitation of murder, according to District Attorney Greg Neugebauer. Smith was charged with ordering the murder of 30-year-old Carol Ashcom while […] → Read More

Re-vote to be held to replace State College councilman

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — The search to find a new member of the State College Borough Council continues. The council will re-vote for a replacement for Dan Murphy, who resigned last month. Council members were split 5-5 between Ezra Nanes and Jeffrey Kern for the vacant seat during their vote last night. The council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Wednesday to hold the re-vote. → Read More

Three arrested after Somerset County drug bust

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Three people are in custody after a drug bust in somerset county. District attorney Jeffrey Thomas said that Somerset County detectives along with borough and state police executed a search warrant on the 400 block of Berlin Plank Road. WTAJ is told that authorities found drugs, cash and other paraphernalia. […] → Read More

Car garage catches fire in Johnstown, ruled accidental

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Cambria County fire officials determined the cause of a car garage fire in Johnstown as accidental. The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday at an auto repair shop behind the Sheetz on Coleman Avenue, causing two neighboring apartment complexes to be evacuated. One fire chief said the fire […] → Read More

Suspect charged after string of Walmart thefts

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A suspect is behind bars after being accused of being involved in a string of thefts at a local walmart. Michael Wells, 50, of Clearfield reportedly walked out of the Lawrence Township Walmart without scanning items. Video surveillance has linked Wells to previous thefts in the same store. Charges against Wells were filed. → Read More

Former DuBois mayor faces theft charges

DUBOIS, Pa. (WTAJ) — The former mayor of DuBois is facing theft charges after reportedly stealing more than $80 worth of items from a Sheetz over the course of five months. Police said Randy Schmidt, 64, stole various food and drink items from the Sheetz on North Brady Street in downtown DuBois. Schmit resigned as […] → Read More

Johnstown has something for everyone, even amidst a pandemic

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Whether you’re young or old, the city of Johnstown has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting friends or family, here are five things you may or may not have known about. If you love food, Johnstown’s got you covered. The city has more than a hundred restaurants to choose […] → Read More

Community enjoying the reopening of the Patton Pool

PATTON, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ Plus) — For the past year and a half, the Patton Pool has sat empty but now it’s a thriving place. The Patton Borough Council voted to reopen the pool and since June 13, families have been enjoying themselves. “I like when we get to go here because it’s very […] → Read More

Johnstown Farmer’s Market kicks back off in Central Park

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Johnstown Farmer’s Market kicked back off in Central Park along Main Street Friday morning. Dozens of vendors gathered to sell their products while interacting with the community. The farmer’s market was set to start up in May, but was pushed back because of the coronavirus. “It’s great to […] → Read More

Heritage Discovery Center reopens in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Heritage Discovery Center in Johnstown is reopening some of its facilities to the public. The children’s museum will remain closed, but staff tell us most of their facilities will be open. Visitors are asked to wear a mask inside and hand sanitizing stations will be available. → Read More

ICYMI: Top Stories from May 25-29

(WTAJ) — Welcome back to another week of In Case You Missed It (ICYMI). You can find the top stories below from Blair, Cambria and Centre Counties this week. Blair On Wednesday, the Central PA Humane Society was vandalized by 44 year old Matthew Calhoun . Calhoun—who also vandalized a private residence and a golf […] → Read More