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Property owners consider appeals

Two property owners whose land was taken by eminent domain for AMED’s new substation and headquarters building on Shand Avenue in Lakemont may appeal a board of view order for payments equal to AMED’s appraisals because appraisals done for the property owners were a combined $56,000 ...

Blair to buy printed ballots

A Pittsburgh company expects to charge Blair County almost $144,000 to print and supply ballots for seven elections, starting in November when the voter-verifiable paper record voting system is introduced. The William Penn Printing Co. submitted the only bid in response to the county’s ...

Warriors Mark man to face trial in stabbing

A Warriors Mark man accused of stabbing a man in the chest will face trial. Benjamin C. Wrye, 31, appeared briefly in Tyrone District Court on Tuesday afternoon, where he had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on attempted homicide and related charges stemming from the Aug. 23 stabbing ...

Court: Alexandria man’s sentence for assault not excessive

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Friday that a Huntingdon County judge did not impose an excessive sentence on a Alexandria man charged with indecent assault of a teenager more than a decade ago. Daniel R. Hostetler, 57, entered guilty pleas to three charges of indecent assault of the ...

Penn State Altoona group plans Pride Parade

Pride Alliance, Penn State Altoona’s LGBTQ student organization, will hold a Pride Parade at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Altoona. The parade will begin at the corner of Green Avenue and Ninth Street and end at the intersection of 15th Street. A ceremony and celebration will follow in ...

Woman accused of punching man

A Freedom Township woman is accused of punching a man in the face before struggling with responding police. About 9 a.m. Saturday, Freedom Township police responded to 118 Chas Lou Court, East Freedom, for a report of a domestic assault and encountered 4’9”-tall Lacey M. Custer, who ...

Police: City man pushed way into house

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he walked into a 15th Street home along with the family dogs. Robert C. Johnson IV, 33, of 1520 18th St., was arrested Monday night after he allegedly pushed past a woman as she was letting the family’s dogs back inside a house on the 1500 block of ...

Pennsylvanians can pick up free naloxone

HARRISBURG — As part of the commonwealth’s second Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday reminded all Pennsylvanians that the life-saving, overdose-reversal medication naloxone will be available free at more than 95 locations across the state today and Sept. ...

Teen charged in stepfather’s death

A dispute in Bedford County has left a man dead and his stepson facing homicide charges. Brendon T, Thompson, 19, was arraigned on charges that include homicide, aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter after an alleged altercation at his family’s home in Defiance ended with his ...

City man convicted in child porn case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has been convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography, despite his insistence that the images and videos found on his computer were unintentionally downloaded. Kensil Wayne Bowman Jr., 52, will remain out of jail on bail pending a Nov. 21 ...

Vietnam vets discuss experiences

HOLLIDAYSBURG — He returned from Vietnam 51 years ago, but the knowledge that he had to speak publicly about his experience Tuesday kept Dan Martellacci up the night before. “Just knowing I was going to speak today, my mind was over there," he said. Martellacci was part of a panel that ...

Judge reinstates ex-inmate’s lawsuit

An opinion written last week by the chief judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former inmate at the State Correctional Institution Houtzdale, claiming he was deprived of his wheelchair and a walker while in the institution. The former ...

Eckels ‘can turn a dull moment into a wonderful day’

The Blair County community benefits tremendously from the service of its own residents, and in the Eckels family, serving the community is a habit that has become a legacy. Joseph Eckels was recognized for his service at the Blair Bedford Central Labor Council’s 39th Annual Person of the ...

Rally to urge climate action

When left-leaning local activist Steve Elfelt told City Council recently of a rally planned for this week to insist on governmental action to counter the heating of the earth, the reception was cool: no council member responded at the time. Asked at the end of the meeting for comment on ...

Encompass Health to present awards

Seven people will be honored Sept. 23 when Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona presents its annual Rehab Awards. Kenneth Cook of Hollidaysburg, Adam Gee of La Jose, Roderick Baronner of Altoona, Richard Shaffer of Hollidaysburg and Brennen and Cameron Yingling of ...

‘Fix’ leaves fans fuming – PSU admits ‘work to do’

UNIVERSITY PARK — The sign on North Atherton Street said Park Avenue was 13 minutes away. But it took 1 hour and 43 minutes of driving in gridlock traffic to finally navigate the 2.5 miles. The parking situation for Penn State’s game against Pitt on Saturday was disastrous in many ways. ...

Draft outlines CWD controls

More guns earlier in the hunting season, aimed at more bucks, is how the Game Commission proposes to manage chronic wasting disease starting in 2020. After the Game Commission released its draft proposal for controlling chronic wasting disease Thursday and opened it up to public comment, ...

Pennsylvanians’ right to bear arms not a hassle-free zone

Carrying a gun for self-protection in Pennsylvania is an unjustified hassle, according to the speaker at a recent seminar hosted by State Rep. Lou Schmitt in Altoona. The Pennsylvania Constitution states: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall ...