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Volunteers assist with donations

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It’s a classic sound of the giving season — the tinkling bells rung by the Salvation Army’s volunteers as they stand by red kettles accepting donations from shoppers. The 2018 campaign started Nov. 13 when firefighters with the Altoona Fire Department volunteered at Walgreen’s to kick ...

Judge: Bilak’s acts were ‘inhumane’

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Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan in an opinion sent to the state Superior Court said he imposed a lengthy sentence on an Everett man involved in a fatal 2017 ATV accident because the defendant’s actions that night were “sel­­fish, cal­c­u­l­­ating and inhumane.” Trenton Ross ...

Shoppers hit stores early

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Justin Rainey of Portage had a reason for standing in a long line outside J.C. Penney’s on Thanksgiving Day, waiting for the store to open its doors at 2 p.m. “We came out early so we didn’t have to clean up,” Rainey said with three smiling companions shaking their heads in ...

Theater leader remembered for his guidance

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A fixture and well-known leader of Altoona’s theater arts has died. Steven C. Helsel, 63, the operations manager of Altoona Community Theatre, died early Thursday at UPMC Altoona where he was a patient for about two weeks. “It was a brief illness,” Steve’s brother, Dean Helsel Jr. ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges waived to court June 27: Anthony J. Turiano III, 31, 303 Willow Ave., charged by Altoona police with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and seven summary traffic violations on the 900 block of 24th ...

AWA awards millions in sewer contracts

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The Altoona Water Authority recently awarded $8 million in contracts for sewer repairs — $2 million less than preliminary estimates for the work. Based on the unexpectedly good prices, the authority plans an estimated $1.86 million worth of additional sewer repairs that would be authorized ...

Fire damages three homes

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Altoona firefighters spent Thanksgiving night battling a fire that spread to three residences on the 300 block of Walnut Avenue. Firefighters were dispatched about 9 p.m. for a working structure fire. Shortly after arriving on scene, dispatchers indicated that everyone was out of the ...

One found dead after blaze

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COLVER — One person was found dead Thursday in a house fire in Cambria Township, WJAC-TV reported Thursday. The fire broke out Thursday night at a two-story residence at 20 Row Road in Colver. Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees told WJAC-TV that one person was found dead on the second floor ...

Sharing — an American tradition

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With his 9-month-old son propped on his arm, Ibrahim Ali gingerly held a bottle of milk to the baby’s lips, a plate of half-eaten sliced bread and mashed potatoes on the table in front of him. The Sudan immigrant left what he described as an oppressive country and spent five years ...

Weather to swing from ice to rain

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The weather Thursday through Monday is anticipated to experience mood swings with possible record low temperatures, a chance of freezing rain and then sunshine and warmer temperatures. National Weather Service Meteorologist John Banghoff said there is the possibility of a record cold high ...

Logan introduces new K-9 officer

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Nearly a year ago, Fiore Toyota pledged $17,000 to bring a second dog to the Logan Township Police Department. “My family and I are dog people,” Dan Fiore said on Wednesday as the latest K-9 unit in Blair County was introduced to the public at the Logan Boulevard car dealership. “The ...

Ebensburg

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REA Energy office closed Monday The front reception area at REA Energy’s Ebensburg District office will be closed Monday. It is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with billing questions during this time should call 472-8570. To report any power outages, call 800-332-7273. ...

Thanksgiving dinners offered

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The following churches are offering free Thanksgiving dinners: - Champion Life Church will host a citywide Thanksgiving dinner in celebration of the holiday. The free meal will be served at 1 p.m. today (Thanksgiving Day) at the church, 1314 12th St. The church is across from City Hall. The ...

Police probe diamond heist

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Logan Township police continue to investigate the theft of $16,000 in diamond jewelry. About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday two unidentified men ran off with three diamond tennis bracelets from Macy’s in the Logan Valley Mall, police said. A fourth bracelet was dropped by the men as they fled the ...

Giving gifts

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Alijah Snyder talks with Jeff Lingafelt at the teen shelter on Sixth Avenue. Alijah, a 4th-grade student at Baker Elementary School, collected donations for the shelter instead of receiving gifts at his 10th birthday party. Donations included snacks and drinks along with $50 in Sheetz gift ...

Imler man faces threat charges

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An Imler man faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Christopher Lloyd Lockard, 19, of 1482 Imler Road, is accused of threatening to slit the throat of a male victim while holding a knife Nov. 15, according to a police ...

Police: City man ran from officers

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An Altoona man faces charges after he allegedly ran from Altoona police. Brian A. Lassiter, 33, of 1106 14th Ave., Apt. 1, is charged with misdemeanor counts of escape, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief stemming from a Nov. 14 incident, when he allegedly ran from and ...

Man accused of beating cat loses bail modification bid

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of beating his cat in October is likely to remain in jail on $3,500 cash bail. Najat Shamir Rowland, 22, of 331 22nd Ave., said Wednesday in Blair County Court that he has no money or resources to meet bail. And if he remains in jail, Rowland said he ...

Woman pleads to fraud

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield woman pleaded guilty to altering a prescription during sentencing court in Clearfield County on Tuesday. Denise Joleen Stephens, 21, was charged with a felony count of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud in connection to an incident at the CVS Pharmacy in ...

Two city men accused of child endangerment

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Two Altoona men face charges over an October incident in which police say two children were left unattended in an SUV. About 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Altoona police were dispatched to the 600 block of 10th Street and were told by several people they had heard the screaming of two children coming ...