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Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court June 6: Nicholas M. Leonard, 28, 2112 Sixth Ave., charged by Blair County Sheriff’s Department with resisting arrest on the 2100 block of Sixth Avenue April 13. Michael S. Erb, 56, 1200 14th ...

Senate measure for lifers pulled

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The Pennsylvania Senate during its now-closed session debated many bills, but Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio is pleased that at least one bill dealing with life-sentenced inmates never made it to the floor. Senate Bill 942 proposed that any inmate sentenced to life would ...

Court of Appeals upholds dismissal of lawsuit against REA

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The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown dismissing a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in payments to customers of a rural electric cooperative. Initially filed in Blair County, the lawsuit was against ...

Back to the old clothesline

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It is a common saying often heard from those of us who are retired, “I don’t know when I found time to work!” It is true that somehow as we age, there seems to be fewer hours in the day, and for some reason, try as we might, we just can’t seem to get everything done. Speaking ...

‘Fear’some creatures

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Betsy Wasil of Cresson (left) and her daughter, Valerie Gresko of Lilly, wait to enter Fear ’N’ Beer on Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Halloween-themed event offered craft beer tasting and food vendors, and a portion of the proceeds went to benefit Mending Hearts Animal ...

Fire ignited by faulty cord

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A fire ignited by a faulty extension cord for a work light caused about $50,000 damage Saturday afternoon to a house on Franklin Street that was being remodeled. There was extensive heat and fire damage to the first and second floors, although the main part of the blaze ...

Razor’s Edge turns 50

Local Business

Joe DeGennaro Sr. didn’t plan on becoming a barber. “It wasn’t one of my aspirations. I wanted to be an auto mechanic. I found I had the talent for doing hair. It came so naturally, and I enjoyed doing it,” DeGennaro said. The business that he founded in 1968 — Razor’s Edge — ...

Two die in fire near Saxton

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Two people died in a house fire before dawn Sat­urday on Broad Top Moun­tain Road near Dudley. Authorities didn’t identify the pair, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, because there may be relatives left to notify, Hunting­don County Coroner Paul Sharum said. The house, about 6 miles ...

Behind the Desk

Local Business

Name: Vicki Seiler Company name: Anytime Notary Service Address: 430 Donnertown Road, Duncansville Telephone number: 695-8766 Position: Notary Years with company: 10 Family: Husband, Mike; two daughters: Gwendolyn and Helen; and a son, Michael A. What products or services does ...

Water Authority moving ahead with digester plan

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The Altoona Water Authority has given the go-ahead for a preliminary energy savings “audit” that could lead to creation of a digester operation at its sewer plants — producing gas that could heat the plants, be sold to the gas company or be used to generate electricity — which could ...

Wolf stops Medicaid bill

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Of the scores of bills Gov. Tom Wolf is sorting through after the Legislature’s final fall session days, one is already in the bin: a plan to force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get jobs or participate regularly in job-training programs. The bill — cosponsored by Rep. Judy Ward, ...

Deeds

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Blair County Ronald R. Jr. and Kaitlin Ross to James M. Raihl, 2324-2326 Third Ave., Altoona, $57,750. Steven J. Jr. and Kimberly A. Bacza and Kimberly A. Woodcock to Amy L. Romig and Jonathan M. Benson, property in Logan Township, $89,900. Helen A. Fleming to WYSY LLC, property in ...

Area briefs

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Blair County trick or treat Thursday Blair County municipalities will observe trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The countywide observance has been planned for the evening of the last Thursday of October for several years. The police agencies of Blair County remind parents to walk ...

Bankruptcies

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The following people have made filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. Chapter 7 involves selling assets to pay debts. Chapter 13 is a plan to pay debts using income. Chapter 11 involves reorganization to pay off debt. The information is from the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. Filings ...

Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Christopher J. Rimbeck and Kathleen A. Merrill, both of Altoona. Adam F. Givler and Heather A. Koontz, both of Altoona. Bedford County Thomas Wason ...

Divorces

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County WELLER — Kaw-Liga T., Tyrone; Ashley M., East Freedom. Married Feb. 20, 2012. DANGELO — Lynn R.; Michael P., both of Tyrone. Married Nov. 17, 1996. ...

Lady luck

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Francine Shuty of Portage purchases what she hopes will be a few lucky Mega Millions tickets Friday from Joey Baker at Fifi’s convenience store, 14th Street and Valley View Boulevard. The jackpot hit $1 billion after no ticket matched the winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing. While the odds ...

Social service complex outlined

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A chunk of property on 23rd Street between Branch and Beale avenues will soon become a headquarters for helping people who are homeless or otherwise struggling economically. On the Branch Avenue side, Family Services Inc. plans to create a 35-bed family shelter, plus six apartments for ...

Police: City man beat cat with shoe

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An Altoona man is behind bars on a felony count of aggravated assault of an animal after a neighbor called police to report he was beating his cat. Najat Shamir Rowland, 22, of 331 22nd Ave., Apt. 213, was arrested early Thursday after Altoona police re­sponded to his apartment and found the ...

Suspect in child porn ring waives hearing

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The last suspect in the investigation of Stephen Apostolu’s alleged efforts to run a child pornography and child prostitution business in Altoona has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Kara Tornatore, 28, appeared briefly before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on Friday for her ...