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AASD teacher at center of probe

Police on Thursday confirmed an investigation centered around an Altoona Area High School teacher, although officers and school district officials declined to give details into what prompted the probe and what charges the teacher potentially faces. “I can confirm there is an investigation ...

Former prison guards get ARD

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two former Blair County Prison guards are entering the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Dis­position program in response to last year’s criminal charges filed after a prison hazing incident. Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron on Thursday directed Joshua B. Luther, ...

City man sentenced in child porn case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend 10 to 23.5 months in the Blair County Prison on three counts of possession of child pornography. Judge Wade A. Kagarise handed down the sentence Thursday to Jason F. Miller, 45, who said he made a mistake and wanted to take responsibility. “It ...

Officers found not guilty in assault case

CLEARFIELD — Light applause filled a Clearfield County courtroom as a verdict of not guilty was announced in the case against two corrections officers accused of assaulting an inmate. Brian Eugene Showalter, 32, and William B. McGroarty, 60, of Clearfield, were acquitted of all charges ...

City man pleads to drug charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man ended his jury trial Thursday by rendering guilty pleas to all charges filed in connection with four heroin sales in 2017. “I think he was just ready to accept the responsibility for his actions,” defense attorney Doug Keating said of his client, ...

Logan planners OK AMED plan

The Logan Township Planning Commission this week is recommending the township supervisors approve a land development plan for AMED’s proposed new station and headquarters on Shand Avenue in Lakemont. The plan doesn’t include a proposed exit driveway onto nearby Park Avenue to be used ...

City man wanted in burglary case

CLEARFIELD — A bench warrant has been issued for an Altoona man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. Joshua Cody Wertz, 26, was charged by state police with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief as a result of his alleged behavior on Oct. 28 at a residence in ...

Area schools receive computer education grants

Altoona Area and Williamsburg Community school districts are among those receiving $35,000 targeted grants to improve computer education. Gov. Tom Wolf announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth on ...

Bedford residents urged to clear sidewalks

Bedford Borough Manager Barbara Diehl reminds owners, tenants and occupants of every property fronting upon or alongside any sidewalk in the borough to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks. There must be a clear path the full width of the sidewalk or at least 36 inches wide, whichever is ...

‘Stella the Star’ celebrated

DUNCANSVILLE — November was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of a woman whose activities a generation later in World War II help illustrate the difference for the U.S. between those great conflicts. Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, ...

Wind chill, wintery mix predicted

Meteorologists predict blasts of wind chills, low single-digit temperatures and a “wintry mix” of snow, sleet and freezing rain in upcoming days. Both the National Weather Service and AccuWeather estimate there will be 1 to 3 inches of snowfall this afternoon into the evening. Alan ...

Staff to target vaping by teens

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Standing in front of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board Wednesday night in the high school library, High School Principal Maureen Letcher covered her mouth with her hand as if to stifle a yawn. And that, she said, is how easily vaping is concealed by students. In her hand ...

Blair convention center ponders bar, lounge

The authority managing the Blair County Convention Center is showing interest in creating an interior lounge and bar as an attraction for guests. Space for the remodeling project could be available at the front of the building by moving some offices and adjusting utilities, Scott Bofinger of ...

City man faces assault charges

A city man had felony assault charges dismissed on Wednesday and was immediately arraigned on sexual assault charges in a separate incident. William R. Gibson, 50, of Altoona, was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault after his wife told Altoona police that ...

Trial for 2 Clearfield officers accused of assault continues

CLEARFIELD — The trial for two corrections officers accused of assaulting an inmate at the Clearfield County Jail began Tuesday. Brian Eugene Showalter, 32, and William B. McGroarty, 60, both of Clearfield, are charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal ...

Bedford considers treatment center

BEDFORD — A day treatment and reporting center at the Bedford County Jail is on the table for consideration as a way to provide more services for inmates and to address the correctional facility’s recidivism rate. The proposed treatment center would be for nonviolent offenders referred ...

Blair’s Burke seeks Democratic nomination for commissioner

Former Democratic candidate for state representative Laura Burke is now eyeing the Blair County commissioner seat, describing her previous campaign run as deepening her desire to serve. “I learned more about our county and the people who live here, and their stories and experiences really ...

Altoona teacher under investigation

An Altoona Area High School teacher is under investigation and has been placed on leave, according to police and the school district. “I can confirm there is an investigation involving an Altoona Area High School teacher. However, I can not release any details at this time,” Altoona ...

Blair OKs $400,000 to settle suit

(This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.) HOLLIDAYSBURG — An insurance company will pay $400,000 on behalf of Blair County to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a former inmate who reported being raped 25 months ago in the county prison. Commissioners Bruce Erb, Terry Tomassetti and ...

Planners back PSU rezoning of woods

The Logan Township Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend the township supervisors rezone 39 wooded acres that cover a hill across from the main entrance of Penn State Altoona. The change could allow the college to obtain a grant to create a master plan for the tract. The board ...