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Pair sentenced in girl’s ATV death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The distraught parents of Hollidaysburg Area High School senior and softball star Mikayla Dawn “Mick” Focht, who was killed in an ATV accident last year, told the driver of that vehicle on Tuesday, “The greatest pain a human being can experience is the loss of a ...

Helsel faces up to 8 years for role

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Jacob Ralph Helsel of Duncansville, one of two men involved in a fatal ATV accident last year in the Blue Knob area was sentenced Tuesday to four to eight years in a state correctional Institution after an emotional hearing before Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan. Helsel, 19, entered ...

Broken transportation center elevator to be fixed in October

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The trackside elevator for the 10th Avenue pedestrian bridge that links the downtown Altoona Transportation Center with the Amtrak platform has been out of order since late July and won’t be fixed until October, according to an Amtrak spokeswoman. The elevator is out of service because of a ...

Police: Woman assaulted by man

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A Breezewood man faces charges of simple assault and harassment for an alleged domestic violence incident. Trent Edward Clark, 31, of 778 E. Graceville Road, is accused of throwing a woman on a couch, pinning her arms down and “head-butting” her during an argument on Saturday. The two ...

Olanta man pleads to fleeing, hitting cop

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CLEARFIELD — An Olanta man accused of a fleeing from police and then assaulting a trooper in Clearfield County has pleaded guilty to those charges. Dale Edward Shaffer, 35, was charged with aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, two counts of endangering the welfare of ...

Pair arrested for allegedly making meth in house

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Two people are in jail after Altoona police allegedly found materials used to make methamphetamine in a Logan Hills apartment. Aleeta N. Queen-Dively, 29, and David W. Blankenship, 30, were taken into custody Monday after Altoona officers responded to the couple’s apartment at 279 Fairway ...

Red Cross teams assess water damage

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The American Red Cross will send teams to Bedford County today for damage assessment from the recent flooding. The Bedford County commissioners signed a declaration of disaster emergency, which allows information to be collected on damages and relaxes rules around municipalities’ work on ...

Blair airport authority seeks county backing for a loan

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The Blair County Airport authority asked county commissioners Tuesday to be the guarantor of a $1 million bank loan needed for a construction project that authority officials say will help the airport avoid insolvency. The commissioners, recognizing there is risk either way, decided to wait ...

Sentencing continued in script case

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CLEARFIELD — A former Philipsburg medical professional charged with writing oxycodone prescriptions for people who were not her patients was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Clearfield County Court. In January 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration received an anonymous tip that ...

Births

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Aug. 28, 2018 Hayley Nicole Dixon, a daughter born to Alicia N. (Vance) and Nicholas C. Dixon, Riddlesburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 2:55 p.m. Aug. 30, 2018 Ella Rose Clark, a daughter born to Lauren E. (Turkovich) and Obie J. Clark, Bedford, at Conemaugh ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Chamber sets Down on the Farm The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee will hold its annual Down on the Farm event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Mill Hill Farms, 161 Mill Hill Road, Williamsburg. Down on the Farm is an event that the entire family can enjoy. An all-you-can-eat ...

Rising waters swamp region

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Firefighters with large military-style brush trucks assisted in 10 or more voluntary home evacuations in Blair County on Monday afternoon, especially in Frankstown Township, Blair County Emergency Management Director Mark Taylor said. Some schools dismissed early as superintendents feared ...

Former prison guards face charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A pair of Blair County prison guards face criminal charges for hazing a third guard in April by allegedly taping him to a chair and possibly lighting him on fire. Joshua B. Luther, 28, of Hollidaysburg, and David A. Urish, 34, of Gallitzin, are charged with felony counts of ...

AASD approves more change orders

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More construction change orders were approved Monday night by the Altoona Area School Board, bringing the total number of change orders to 39 since renovations began in May. The cost of changes now totals $662,500. But the district is still within its $88 million budget approved for the ...

Spring Cove urged to leave realty transfer tax unchanged

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Updated 1 p.m. Tuesday to correct attribution on statements from two board members. - ROARING SPRING — Multiple representatives from municipalities within the Spring Cove School District voiced their concerns at Monday’s meeting for a proposed resolution that would allow the district to ...

Community backs its teachers

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EBENSBURG — More than 100 people stood, some in a hallway, because of limited space at Central Cambria School Board’s meeting Monday, in support of the district’s teachers as contract negotiations continue. Some of those packed into the high school classroom spoke during the meeting’s ...

Portage man faces felony charge

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A Portage man has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death after he allegedly supplied drugs to a man who fatally overdosed. According to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Ebensburg, Lawrence E. Foreman, 57, of 156 Ida Drive, supplied the “dope” that killed James P. ...

City woman accused of theft

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Accused of stealing prescription medications from a pharmacy, an Altoona woman is charged with felony crimes, including using deception to obtain the drugs. Rebecca A. McConnell, 44, of 1533 N. Fourth Ave., was arraigned Monday morning before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, ...

Clearfield trio face drug charges

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Three Clearfield County residents are facing felony charges for their roles in a drug ring that trafficked and sold crystal methamphetamine and cocaine in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The charges include drug offenses and child endangerment, since two children were present at home during many drug ...

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Local Business

PINECROFT Rutter’s buys local land M&G Realty Inc., the real estate company for Rutter’s, has purchased 119.43 acres along East Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Sabbath Rest Road, where Rutter’s plans to construct a store. A time frame for the project has not been determined, but ...