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Harpster offers help in dark time

The survivors of suicide — the family and friends of the person who died — often share some common traits, said someone who has helped many of them through the grieving process. As part of her mission as chairwoman of the Blair County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Jacqueline Harpster, a ...

Fallentimber man faces charges

DuBOIS — Felony drug charges have been filed against a Fallentimber man who was allegedly found to have 24 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle. DuBois police reported on Sept. 12 that an employee of Sheetz on North Brady Street advised them a man in a blue vehicle in their parking lot ...

Police: Woman pocketed ATM cash

A Tyrone woman faces charges she stole more than $41,000 in cash from a Bald Eagle convenience store. Nichole Anne Kibler, 35, of 12455 S. Eagle Valley Road, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Friday for arraignment on a felony charge of theft after a state police ...

Johnstown man gets jail time in runaway case

BEDFORD — A judge sentenced a former Johnstown truck driver — charged with interference of custody for reportedly picking up three juvenile runaways — with 75 days to a year in jail, a year of probation and a $750 fine. Gordon Charles McClellan, 55, of 283 Cove St., pleaded guilty in ...

Food stamp work plan thwarted

A plan to add work requirements for the SNAP food assistance program — still commonly called food stamps — was cut out of a congressional deal this week, despite support from several local Congress members. Both chambers of Congress have been sparring over their versions of a new farm ...

Cambria County man loses appeal of lengthy sentence

A Cambria County man convicted in 2015 of several burglaries in the northern part of the county has lost his appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in which he contended the trial judge imposed a long sentence out of vindictiveness. The state appeals court upheld a sentence of 72 to 144 ...

Mount Union man loses bid for new homicide trial

The second-degree murder conviction and life sentence for a Mount Union man involved in a drug deal that turned violent in 2015 has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The court, in an opinion issued Wednesday, addressed 12 issues presented by Perry Henderson, 48, who represented ...

Reflecting on the year’s happiness

I subscribe to a philosophical notion that personal happiness largely consists of three things: Something to do, someone to love and something to hope for. In my case, the something to do includes writing this column and supporting causes I value, such as political campaigns for candidates I ...

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BEDFORD Historical society sponsors bus trip The Bedford County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip on Jan. 24 to see Vikings: Beyond the Legend at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Six hundred artifacts on loan from museums in Denmark and Austria and a full-size 21-foot ...

Buffalo Mills man charged with assault

A Buffalo Mills man faces charges of simple assault and harassment for an alleged dispute that turned physical. Christopher Scot Harder, 36, of 1343 Milligans Cove Road, is accused of striking the victim with a closed fist on the left side of her face on Nov. 17, according to a police ...

Gregory keeping offices

Rep.-elect Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, will be keeping the same office locations in Hollidaysburg and Bellwood as were previously operated by former Rep. Judy Ward. The offices are located at 324 Allegheny St. in Hollidaysburg and 135 Stadium Drive in Bellwood. The Hollidaysburg office will ...

IRC at Buckhorn to use solar power

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee will soon be drawing power at its Buckhorn composting facility in a matter befitting the organization’s environmental mission, from a source that goes beyond sustainable to nearly inexhaustible — the sun. This week, the IRC, which operates ...

PSU tickets to cost more; game day parking to change

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s going to cost fans more to attend Penn State football games in 2019, and the university also has announced changes in parking and traffic patterns. Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics announced Friday that public 2019 season football tickets will increase by $2 per ...

School holds ‘Girls’ STEM Day’

A group of Pleasant Valley Elementary School fourth-grade girls talked about their future careers. One girl said, “a veterinarian,” and another said, “a police officer.” They have a lot of time to figure it out, but on Friday, the school district designed activities specifically for ...

Crash kills tractor-trailer driver

An early morning crash in Bedford County killed the driver of a tractor-trailer. The rig, which was carrying cattle, overturned on Bedford Valley Road near U.S. Route 220 about 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to the state police at Bedford. Police said the single-vehicle crash occurred north of ...

GACTC wins competitive grant

The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center won a competitive state grant of $49,800, to shore up equipment that will give students hands-on training for in-demand local jobs. The Pennsylvania Depar­tment of Education is awarding nearly $1.2 million in grants to 38 career and ...

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Area man charged in plywood theft A Breezewood man faces three charges of theft by unlawful taking of movable property and a charge of receiving stolen property. Melvin William Smith, 63, of 2125 S. Breezewood Road, is accused of taking plywood from a property along Bohn Road in Bedford ...

Man accused of child sexual abuse arraigned at UPMC

Bail was set at $250,000 cash Friday for a city man who crashed while fleeing state police with a 15-year-old girl he’s accused of sexually abusing over the past several months. Jonathan Lee Burd, 31, of Altoona, was arraigned Friday morning by Magi­sterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio ...

Blair settles on lower pay increases

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Salary Board settled Thursday on less-than-requested pay raises to answer three department heads who have been speaking out about their difficulties with finding and retaining staff. In three separate votes, the salary board approved: n A $46,000 annual ...

Altoona man wanted on alleged sex crimes in custody after wreck

An Altoona man wanted for sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl is in custody after a police pursuit that ended in a crash Thursday afternoon. Jonathan Burd, 31, of Altoona, was wanted on a felony arrest warrant stemming from an Altoona police investigation into allegations that Burd had ...