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Sexual assault suspect facing trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Duncansville man accused of sexually assaulting a girl for years is heading to court. James E. Bryar, 79, of Duncansville, waived his preliminary hearing on 22 sex-related crimes on Friday before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner. Bryar was arrested in late ...

Police searching for missing man

Altoona police are trying to locate a Juniata man who is missing. Franklin Lee Shoenfelt, 69, of 1731 N. Fourth Ave, Apt. 203, hasn’t been seen since March 7. He was last seen by staff at Tyler Hall in Juniata between 8 and 10 p.m. that night, police said. Shoenfelt was wearing a gray ...

Police: 34 mailboxes damaged

BEDFORD — An East Freedom man and two juveniles face charges they damaged nearly three dozen mailboxes and three vehicles. Matthew D. Pittman, 18, of East Freedom, along with a 16-year-old boy from Imler and a 16-year-old boy from Sproul, allegedly damaged 34 mailboxes and three vehicles ...

Tyrone-area men receive jail time for heroin sales

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two Tyrone-area men have been sentenced to prison for multiple heroin sales in 2015 and 2016. Michael A. Hankerson, 42, whose residence at 4505 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. was the subject of a police search in May 2016, entered guilty pleas Monday in Blair County Court to ...

Arson suspect to pay $148K in restitution

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The man accused of starting an April 2014 fire that ripped through a Greenfield Township apartment building, displacing five families, has been ordered to make restitution of $148,000 during the next 15 years. Bryan Donald Flickinger, 26, who now lives in Allegheny County ...

Health groups seek affiliation

UPMC and Pinnacle­Health of Harrisburg have signed a letter of intent to pursue an affiliation to expand health care services in central Pennsylvania, according to a news release from Pinnacle. “An affiliation would offer a larger scope of health care choices for patients and give the ...

Cove barn fire kills goats, calves

A Morrisons Cove barn filled with goats and calves went up in flames early Tuesday, killing many of the animals and destroying the structure, firefighters said. Responders were called about 2 a.m. to the scene along Fair Valley Road in Huston Township, Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Chief ...

Man enters pleas for assault

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has entered guilty pleas to criminal charges filed in June after he became angry and caused a woman to flee onto the roof of their home with a baby in her arms. Kyle Brody Kagarise, 31, entered the pleas Monday in Blair County court to charges of simple ...

Man to face charge in Virginia

An Altoona man is headed back to Virginia to face a felony charge. According to Altoona police, Kenneth Lee Sheppard, 48, was arrested Friday on the 300 block of Fourth Street for public drunkenness and a Blair County Sheriff’s Department warrant, but a further check revealed he was also ...

Street closing plan spurs outcry

The Altoona Area School Board engaged in a heated discussion Monday evening with a crowd of about 40 people — and each other — for an hour on the ongoing plan for a new $88 million high school building. It started with Monsignor Timothy Stein of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish on 14th ...

Curley, Schultz plead guilty

HARRISBURG — Two former Penn State administrators admitted Monday to mishandling child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky, pleading guilty more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno. Tim Curley, a 62-year-old former ...

Worst of storm behind region

The Altoona area’s streak is missing big snowstorms has come to an end. Both AccuWeather and the National Weather Service meteorologists expect between 6 and 12 inches of the white stuff to cover the area when it tapers off this morning. Most of the snow was expected to fall ...

Police say drunken driver led chase

A Williamsburg man faces charges after leading Altoona police on a chase. Brandon P. Cruthers, 29, of 826 Yellow Springs Drive was driving the wrong way on Sixth Avenue and headed for two Altoona police officers in a patrol car about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, prompting a serpentine chase through city ...

Appeals court chastizes federal, magisterial judges

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has cleared the way for a state inmate to sue a prison nurse for lax medical care and in the same opinion chastised a federal judge and a magistrate judge in Johnstown for critical comments about inmate lawsuits. A three-judge panel that ...

Pacifico touts city’s progress

Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico touted the accomplishments of city departments, the development of new businesses, especially in the downtown, and financial successes — most notably the city’s upcoming exit from the Act 47 distressed municipalities program — in his state-of-the-city ...

Man accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend

A city man is behind bars after police say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Rickie O. Bollman Jr., 31, 1412 17th Ave., is charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and false imprisonment stemming from an alleged incident Friday night about midnight in which ...

Firefighters finish basic training

About 25 firefighters from Hollidaysburg, Allegheny Township and Claysburg finished their basic training Sunday at a controlled burn near Canoe Creek State Park, qualifying themselves as full-fledged firefighters who can wear air packs and fight fires in the interiors of burning ...

Storm could slam region

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist who theorized about archetypes — unconscious mental constructs we all have that represent kinds of people, events and situations we recognize as universal. Peter Jung is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, and he remembers a ...

Reilly retiring after 20 years as police services director

Altoona Police Services Director Jack Reilly is retiring on March 31 after 20 years of protecting the district’s students, staff and faculty. “Everything that kept our schools safe every day, it was him,” said Assistant Superintendent Patty Burlingame. Burlingame was a principal ...

C-K pursuing improved curriculum

CLAYSBURG — A Claysburg-Kimmel School Board discussion on the district’s long-term teaching and curriculum plans again devolved into a series of tangential arguments last week, as the district prepares to publish a new report on its educational strengths and weaknesses. With state ...