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Appeals court denies man’s bid for new trial in rape case

A former Williamsburg-area man who is serving a lengthy state prison term for the rape of a child, an offense that occurred 19 years ago, has lost his argument for a new trial before the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Howard Scott Allison, now 52, was charged with the sexual offenses ...

Amtran to seek funds for more CNG buses

Amtran plans to apply for about $3.1 million in federal and state grants for six new compressed natural gas buses — in addition to three it has ordered for delivery next year. Success in obtaining the grants would give the authority 12 CNG buses among its 26-vehicle fleet to run on fuel ...

Altoona to form Blight Task Force

The City of Altoona is calling for applicants for a Blight Task Force to develop new strategies for solving the city’s chronic problem of building and neighborhood deterioration. “(The task force) will be comprised of individuals from local organizations, community associations, the ...

Mixing it up

ROCK SPRINGS — Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition has an international touch. Four Canadian provinces are represented among the 500-plus exhibitors at Ag Progress Days being held through Thursday at Penn State’s Research Center at Rock Springs. Several of the ...

Guard charged in prison assault

A corrections officer has been charged for allegedly helping a half-dozen inmates carry out an assault at the Blair County Prison. Dalton R. Zeiders, 23, of 14048 S. Eagle Valley Road, Tyrone, is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy and assault of a prisoner along with ...

Disaster declared in train accident

BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners formally declared a disaster emergency Tuesday around the town of Hyndman, freeing officials in the area to respond more readily two weeks after a train derailment. The commissioners voted to allow Hyndman Borough, Londonderry Township and the ...

Second expert to check tower

Click here to see a PowerPoint show on the clocktower's condition HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is calling in a second expert to examine the courthouse clocktower for structural issues that may need to be addressed while making plans to repair conditions identified by the first ...

Man’s body found in Juniata River

A search-and-rescue team found the body of the Altoona man who went missing during a camping and fishing excursion on Friday. John Paul Prunkard, 70, was missing since Friday night when he failed to show up for an arranged ride. He had been camping and fishing for several days in the ...

Blair to shift funds for gain

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Retirement Board has agreed to shift a small portion of its investment assets from U.S. equities to non-U.S. equities, a strategy recommended to preserve the fund’s latest returns. In the second quarter of the year, the county’s $33 million fund gained ...

Cesare Battisti club seeks to continue outdoor music

At a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board hearing Tuesday on renewing permission for the Cesare Battisti club to play outdoor music, officials testified there have been no neighbors’ complaints during an exemption that began in July 2016. The PLCB should rule in mid-September whether it will ...

NS probes vandalism

TYRONE — The vandalism of more than a dozen pieces of railroad maintenance equipment is under investigation with a reward offered for information leading to an arrest. The Blair County Crime Solvers Crime of the Week occurred overnight between Monday and Tuesday when railroad equipment ...

City man’s sentence stands in heroin case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A jail sentence of six to 12 years for an Altoona man convicted on charges of heroin delivery, possession and criminal use of a communication facility will stand. Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron was scheduled Tuesday to consider a change in Zachary Z. Moore’s sentence ...

Couple in court on abuse charges

A week after their arrests over the alleged abuse of their infant daughter, a Tyrone couple were back in front of a judge on Tuesday. Tyler M. Biddle, 21, appeared briefly in Tyrone District Court to waive charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and ...

Rose Hill group seeks help

Three members of a group that recently took control of maintenance-challenged Rose Hill Cemetery in hopes of restoring it to sustainable operation have asked the Logan Township supervisors for help. They received encouragement but no promises. Ed Mackey, an Altoona native who lives in ...

Beaverdale woman faces arson charges

A dozen felony charges have been filed against a Beaverdale woman, who is accused of attempting to burn down a Summerhill Township home on three occasions. Charges were filed against Rose M. Meier, 63, of Beaverdale late last week by Summerhill Township police, online court documents ...

Mall sale to be finalized in third quarter

The Logan Valley Mall has been sold. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust announced the execution of three transactions that will yield about $75 million toward the company’s outlined capital plan, according to a company press release. One of those transactions is the local mall. ...

Candidate pushes Altoona board

Altoona Area School Board candidate Ed Kreuz pressed the sitting board members on Monday about additional costs the district would incur as a result of building a new high school on the intramural field on Seventh Avenue. Such construction would mean removing Leopold varsity tennis courts ...

Dodson pulls out of council race

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg Borough Councilman Joseph Dodson has withdrawn his name from the Ward 2 Republican ballot in November’s general election. His name will remain on the Republican ballot for the borough’s mayoral race. County Elections Director Sarah Seymour said Dodson ...

Town hall attendees tout single-payer insurance

A regional town hall meeting Monday in Altoona on the setting of next year’s Affordable Care Act exchange rates in Pennsylvania devolved into a mini-rally for national health insurance. “Health care is a human right,” read the T-shirts of several attendees from Put People First! PA,” ...

Altoona to look into offer to accept motto plaque

All seven City Council members recently welcomed a local couple’s offer to provide a plaque bearing the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” to be posted in council chambers — but the city manager and solicitor said afterward they’d need to research the legality of such a posting ...