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PennDOT to study extended services

There have been several studies on the feasibility of adding passenger rail service beyond the single Amtrak train that runs both ways each day between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh — none of which have led to more trains — but PennDOT, nevertheless, is taking another look. The department has ...

Blair prison reworks FMLA policy

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will tighten its rules for prison employees seeking temporary leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, a factor contributing to the prison’s overtime. Under the forthcoming policy, prison employees will be expected to use their sick time and vacation time ...

Google tip ties man to suspected child porn

An Altoona man is in jail after a tip from Google leads state investigators to a cache of suspected child pornography. Ronald Lee Holley, 29, was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit culminated in a search of Holley’s Altoona home, ...

Bishops support sex abuse compensation program

HARRISBURG — The Roman Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims’ compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic ...

Woman faces assault charges

Accused of drunkenly swinging a baseball bat at two people and striking a teen in the face, a Flinton woman faces a list of criminal charges, including felonies. According to a state police information release, officers were called to a home along Swartz Road in White Township, where Cindy M. ...

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HARRISBURG Jobless rate hits 18-year low as payrolls slips further Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate hit a nearly two-decade low in August, even as payrolls slipped below July’s record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate ...

Police: Theft report was false

An Altoona woman is accused of giving false information to law enforcement authorities and permitting an unauthorized person to drive her vehicle. Kittymae Cogan, 65, of 1018 Second Ave., reported her vehicle as stolen when it had instead been driven and crashed by an unlicensed family ...

Man allegedly doesn’t comply with registry

An Antis Township resident is accused of failing to comply with registration of sexual offenders requirements. A 56-year-old registered sex offender, Kenneth Paul Vanallman, reportedly failed to update his address within three business days after moving, as required by Megan’s Law. The ...

Man allegedly flees police

A Cambria County man faces charges after he allegedly fled a traffic stop in Hollidaysburg on a motorcycle. Craig J. Yoder, 34, of Belsano, allegedly hit speeds of over 100 mph after he fled a Hollidaysburg Borough police officer who tried to pull him over Thursday night because the license ...

State police offer safety seat checks

To honor National Child Passenger Safety Week from Sunday through Sept. 29, the Pennsylvania State Police will offer safety seat checks. Last year, police checked more than 1,900 seats and detected more than 750 misuses by drivers, according to a news release. The checkups are designed to ...

Child porn suspect back in Blair

A woman whose boyfriend is accused of trying to start a child pornography and teenage prostitution ring is back in Blair County to face charges. Kara S. Tornatore, 28, was extradited from Florida, a process she unsuccessfully fought, after she was charged July 31 with multiple child ...

City man pleads to child rape

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will serve 10 to 20 years in jail after pleading no contest Thursday to charges of child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors. Michael Scott Hampton, 35, who has been incarcerated since Oct. 19 after being arrested by Altoona ...

Police ride Logan school buses

In his first interview as the newly hired police chief of Logan Township in April, Dave Reese spoke about the need for “community outreach.” During the recent first few weeks of school, Reese demonstrated a bit of what he was talking about by placing all his officers at various times on ...

Festival will support local ‘makers’

Downtown business owner Stephanie Hite constructed a market for the soaps and lotions she makes for her Trade Secrets store on 13th Avenue by setting up as a vendor at events like the Blair County Arts Festival — where artists and artisans can get exposure for their goods. Based on a ...

Friday Live Football Scoreboard

FRIDAY AREA Marion Center 28, Northern Cambria 12 (FINAL) Tussey Mountain 44, Williamsburg 0 (FINAL) West Branch 21, Mount Union 20 (FINAL) Conemaugh Twp. 35, Blacklick Valley 7 (FINAL) Central Dauphin East 17, Altoona 16 (FINAL-Overtime) Clearfield 49, Central Mountain 7 (FINAL) Bald ...

Court upholds resentencing ruling

For the second time this week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a decision by a Blair County judge who ordered a new sentencing hearing for a defendant convicted of drug offenses. Robert David Ranger, 43, who is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, was ...

Plea delayed for man facing sex abuse charges

BEDFORD — A plea for a criminal case involving a Hyndman man faced with 45 sexual abuse, assault and corruption related charges has been delayed. Bradley Allan Blocher, 30, of 2399 Cooks Mill Road, allegedly sexually abused and assaulted a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, between ...

Police find 7 pounds of pot

An Everett man faces a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after police found seven pounds of processed marijuana Sept. 14. Michael Brian Diehl, 38, is also being charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana for possessing an ...