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Group seeking criminal charges for Presby project

A Hollidaysburg community group urged state Attorney General’s Office officials Wednesday to file criminal charges related to the construction of a senior-housing building. Hollidaysburg Com­munity Watchdog members traveled Wednesday to Harrisburg to allege wrongdoing in the process that ...

Superior Court judges tout fast-track system

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise last Dec. 14 issued an opinion concerning a parental rights case. The Pennsylvania Superior Court on May 15, just four months later, concluded its review of the decision, upholding Kagarise’s ruling that ended the parental rights of a ...

Woman accused of strangulation

A city woman faces a felony strangulation charge over allegations she assaulted and choked her fiancee. Danielle M. Kuny, 25, of 2700 Eighth Ave., was arrested late Tuesday by Altoona police who responded to a home on the 100 block of Lloyd Street over a domestic violence call about 9 p.m. ...

Central Cambria working to improve attendance

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria administrators have been taking steps to improve student attendance and decrease dropout rates through early implementation of a plan soon to be mandated by state law. “I believe there would be some folks that would be surprised that truancy is still an issue. ...

Cambria to host ceremony for bridge project

The Cambria County commissioners will host a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Carney’s Crossing Bridge replacement project in Lilly. The 1 p.m. ceremony is to kick off the creation of a new bridge to replace a single-span structure that carries Carney’s Crossing Road over the ...

C-K passes budget with tax increase

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board agreed to a 2017-18 budget Wednesday that raises $11.7 million with the help of a tax increase. The budget includes $12.3 million in expenditures, with much of the roughly $600,000 difference made up of pension fund payments and a deposit into ...

HASD OKs budget

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board passed a final 2017-18 budget of $49 million on Wednesday. The budget represents a 2.9 percent increase in expenditures, while revenues increased 1.8 percent. The board is not raising taxes but is making up the projected budget deficit ...

Man facing charges in statutory sex assault case

A Williamsburg man is behind bars on charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Luke A. Kauruter, 21, of 212 Pearson Lane, is charged with felony counts of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors along with misdemeanor indecent assault for ...

City Council fires Starr

City Council on Tuesday fired Altoona police Sgt. Matthew Starr, who was charged May 9 with 10 felony counts for allegedly cheating the police department to satisfy a gambling habit. Starr is charged with dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities, deceptive or fraudulent business ...

Driver requests crash video

The driver of a car involved in a crash with an Altoona police SUV that was responding to a call at high speed said he wants to see the dash cam video. Altoona police records indicate Patrolman Julie Kelleher was driving at 79 mph with lights and sirens when she drove through a red light in ...

B-A approves new contract for teachers

BELLWOOD — Teachers in the Bellwood-Antis School District have a new contract, and residents of the school district won’t see a tax increase to support the next budget. School board members Tuesday approved a three-year contract for members of the Bellwood-Antis Education Association, ...

Tyrone Area passes budget, tax increase

TYRONE — The Tyrone Area School Board unanimously passed a final 2017-18 school budget of $24.7 million Tuesday with a tax increase. The district’s three representative sections will see varying property tax millage rate increases. In Blair County, where a major countywide reassessment ...

Tyrone council works on parking

TYRONE — At its meeting Monday, Tyrone Borough Council acted to solve one downtown parking problem but declined — for now at least — to act upon what a councilman believes is another problem. Council agreed to lease about 21 spaces at a borough lot near the VFW and several spaces in the ...

Central Cambria approves 2017-18 budget

EBENSBURG — A balanced 2017-18 general fund budget with no tax increase was approved Monday night by Central Cambria School board members, who unanimously accepted the nearly $23 million plan. The final budget also eliminates a nearly $70,000 deficit included in an earlier draft. At ...

Authority seeks operator for restaurant in airport

MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority is looking for a restaurant operator again. After nearly three years of depending on tenant Roger Hull to operate the Kitty Hawk restaurant on the second floor of the airport terminal, Hull recently exercised a clause to terminate the ...

Hearing set for chase suspect

A hearing is set today for the suspect in a Bedford County car chase that left both the driver and a state police trooper injured. According to court documents and employees at Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham’s office, 35-year-old Jeffrey Owen Davis of Schellsburg is scheduled ...

Man gets house arrest for assault with baking dish

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Ebensburg-area man was sentenced Tuesday to four months of house arrest for using a glass baking dish in 2015 to assault an Altoona man who received life-changing head injuries. Judge Wade Kagarise imposed the sentence on 63-year-old Matthew Colopy after witnesses urged ...

Concert time rescheduled

The time for Hollidaysburg Borough’s Downtown Live Concert, featuring Rokkandy, has been changed. The Thursday concert will now begin at 7:30 p.m. due to the Police Memorial ceremony, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. in front of the Blair County Courthouse. Those planning to attend the ...

Townships in Cambria receive block grants

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced Tuesday that Cambria, Cresson and Jackson townships have been awarded more than $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds. Cambria was awarded $100,175; Cresson, $85,672; and Jackson, $86,132. “The grants will benefit the health of ...