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Tyrone to ease feral cat rules

TYRONE — Borough Council plans to work with a still-to-be-formed committee of cat lovers on possible revisions of a recently adopted feral cat ordinance, after a delegation of those cat lovers appeared at a meeting this week. Except in the context of a Trap, Neuter & Release program, ...

Child sexual assault case moves forward

An Altoona man accused of killing of a baby appeared again at Central Court for a preliminary hearing on new charges that he also sexually assaulted the girl. Drue S. Burd sat in silence, his bouncing knee jingling the chain of his ankle shackles, as prosecutors and his defense attorney laid ...

Man arrested for stepping on puppy’s head

An Altoona man faces charges after police said he stepped on a puppy’s head and then fought with officers. Richard P. Jukes Jr., 25, was arrested on Tuesday night after Altoona police were called to his home at 1526 Fifth St. and learned that Jukes had stood on the head of a Chihuahua puppy ...

Convention center prepares for transition

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Convention Center is about to embark on a transition in leadership as CEO Barry Kumpf makes plans to retire next year. The authority responsible for operating the center is hiring Jim Boston, 49, Hollidaysburg, as general manager, effective Dec. 3, to work ...

Bellwood-Antis seeks out PIAA classifications reform

BELLWOOD — Members of the Bellwood-Antis School Board on Tuesday approved a resolution calling for PIAA classification reform — creating separate playoffs for boundary (public) and nonboundary (Catholic and charter) schools. According to the resolution, regular season competition may be a ...

PenDOT: Traffic signals to be upgraded

Duncansville — HRI Inc. of State College is beginning signal upgrade work on Route 22 and Plank Road as part of the Route 22 safety improvements project in Duncansville, PennDOT said. The contractor will begin work at the signal at Third Avenue and Sunbrook Manor and then will move along ...

City plans to help with trees

The gripes may have borne fruit. The city plans to all­o­cate about $31,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to help qualifying residents — many on Seventh and Eighth streets — comply with a recent, unpopular order to trim or fell trees that are interfering with Amtran’s new, ...

Police: Bar burglar in custody

One of two men wanted for allegedly burglarizing eight Altoona bars is now in custody. Jordan P. Ramsey, 29, of 3002 Broad Ave., second floor, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Days Inn in Pinecroft after Altoona police received a tip through Facebook that Ramsey’s girlfriend, Taylor ...

Logan taxpayers to receive notices

Logan Township property owners with unpaid real estate taxes will receive final notices this week, tax collector Christina M. Blake said. The notices are issued annually, as a courtesy, to assure those with unpaid taxes are aware they have an outstanding tax bill. Regular office hours ...

County sees high voter turnout

BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners said Tuesday they might be spending more for paper ballots next year after 14 polling locations ran out of paper ballots on Election Day because of a much higher than expected voter turnout. About 59 percent of registered voters turned out for the ...

Hollidaysburg schools receive grades

If people are snowed in today, they could go to the state Department of Education’s Future PA Ready Index website to check on the score of a child’s school. The indexes are the department’s new public report card on each school in the state. They are scheduled to be released today on ...

Contract granted in hangar project

MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair Cou­n­ty Air­port Authority is expected to sign a contract with Leonard S. Fiore Inc. for construction of rental aircraft hangars to be built next year. The Altoona-based bui­lder submitted a bid of $2 million, the lowest of six base bids for construction ...

Bellwood-Antis School Board may increase taxes

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board’s streak of two years without a tax increase may be coming to an end. Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2019-20 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of ...

Blair splits budget votes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners voted 2 to 1 Tuesday in favor of introducing a $55.2 million budget for 2019 keeping real estate taxes at current levels. The split vote on the tentative spending plan, subject to adoption in December, reflects a difference of opinion over to how ...

Two wanted for bar burglaries

Altoona police are searching for two suspects and have arrested a third in the string of bar burglaries or attempts that occurred over a span of two months. The two wanted suspects are Jordan Ramsey and Ryan M. Wolfe. Ramsey is a 29-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 ...

Convicted dealer loses appeal

An Altoona-area man who alleged state police drug investigators violated his Fourth Amendment rights during his arrest and interrogation as the leader of a marijuana distribution ring more than a decade ago has lost his appeal of a jury verdict in a civil case that found for the state ...

House fire causes nearly $200,000 in damage

Nine volunteer fire companies responded to a house and garage fire along Route 53 in Cambria County late Monday into Tuesday morning. The structure was gutted and the property owners who live in Johnstown estimated the damage at $100,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the content. Reade ...

Driver in Turnpike collision identified

DNA testing has identified the truck driver killed in a two-vehicle accident on the Penn­sylvania Turnpike last month. The Bedford County coroner was called to a accident involving two tractor trailers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at mile marker 158 eastbound on Oct. 17. One driver was ...

Hit-and-run investigated

The Logan Township Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian near the Norfolk Southern tracks and 200 N. Fourth Ave. A woman reported she was crossing the block to go to work when a vehicle at a red light bumped into her while she was in the ...