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Police say man attacked family member over nails

Accused of strangling a family member who refused to cut his toenails, a Hastings man now faces criminal charges, including a felony. Officers were called about 9:41 p.m. Thursday to a home at 1365 Spangler St., where resident Christopher Gibbons, 51, allegedly assaulted a family member, ...

Carpenters Training Center to build addition

DUNCANSVILLE — Plans for an addition to the Carpenters Training Center building received a positive review Thursday from Blair County Planning Commis­sion members. Plans call for construction of a 6,500-square-foot addition to the existing Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of ...

Prosecutors weigh death penalty in resentencing

Prosecutors in a 29-year-old murder case from Clear­field County must now decide if they will once again pursue the death penalty in a resentencing hearing. Daniel Crispell, now 47, was sentenced to death for the October 1989 kidnapping and murder of a St. Marys woman, Ella M. Brown, from ...

Woman arrested for pot plants

A Hyndman woman faces multiple drug possession and manufacturing charges for allegedly planting marijuana at her residence. Polly Ann Brick, 38, of 247 Church St., admitted to owning and planting all six marijuana plants found in the basement of the residence Sept. 27, according to a police ...

Logan to spend funds on Greenwood Park

Logan Township’s planning director on Thursday recommended that supervisors spend this year’s $168,000 in Community Develop­ment Block Grants on Greenwood Park, the township’s housing rehabilitation program, demolition of blighted properties and administrative activities. The ...

City police investigate shooting

A male was shot in the arm along the 500 block of Third Avenue in Altoona on Friday evening. The victim was sent to UPMC Altoona with a noncritical gunshot wound to his left forearm area below the elbow, according to the Altoona Police Depart­ment’s Facebook page. He reportedly got into a ...

Senators still split over Kavanaugh

A day of deeply emotional testimony and another of behind-the-scenes maneuvering did little to change the way Pennsylvania’s senators see Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey remains firmly in support of Kavanaugh, the D.C.-based federal judge backed by Republicans to ...

Agencies seek winter clothing for area kids

Registrations start Mon­day for the Toasty Toddler Program designed to keep young children warm during the winter. At the same time the Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County and participating agencies, businesses and groups are accepting clothing donations. New coats, ...

Congressional candidate forum set

A 13th District congressional candidates forum featuring John Joyce and Brent Ottaway will be held Oct. 12 at the Bedford Elks Country Club. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., and the program will start at 8 a.m. at the club, which is located 937 S. Richard St., Bedford. Tickets are $25 per ...

Seeing red

The Altoona area is predominantly Penn State country, but Ohio State also has some loyal fans in the area —such as retired cardiologist Dr. Marvin Meisner and his wife, Judi Sue. “I was born in Columbus and went to Ohio State. I was born a Buckeye. How could I not be?” Marvin Meisner ...

Hollidaysburg drug dealer facing charges in East Freedom man’s death

The April overdose death of an East Freedom man has led to charges against a convicted drug dealer. Michael Lee Forshey, 37, was arraigned Friday on charges that include felony drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly supplying the heroin that ...

Former Blair County resident pleads in child starvation case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Blair County woman rendered guilty pleas Friday to criminal charges filed in late 2012 after an investigation into the malnourished condition of a 3-year-old child. Elizabeth Ann Stahl, 31, who now lives in Mississippi, could be facing almost five years in jail based ...

Assault suspect’s bail increased

An Altoona man accused of assaulting and strangling his girlfriend was taken into custody Wednesday after a district judge increased his bail. Nicholas A. Weidlich, 35, of Altoona was arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 7 after his girlfriend allegedly fled their Bell Avenue house and ...

Somerset inmate’s sentence extended

A judge has increased the sentence of a state prison inmate serving time for operating a meth lab for escaping from the halfway house where he resided at as part of a drug rehabilitation program. Steven Cameron Brode, 44, of 1607 Wall St., Saxton was charged with charges of operating a ...

Duncansville OKs raffle fundraiser

DUNCANSVILLE — Borough Council this week gave permission for Mayor Lloyd Forshey to hold a raffle-style fundraiser so the borough can buy dashcams for its two police cruisers. The dashcams currently on the cruisers are several years old and don’t work anymore, Forshey said at a meeting ...

Mold causes student relocation at PSU

Penn State Altoona officials said they are temporarily relocating students living in sections of the campus’ Cedar Hall, citing mold growth from abnormally high rainfall and high humidity conditions. September rain has led to excessive moisture build-up in areas of the first and second ...

Huntingdon physicians to join UPMC obstetrics

Because Broad Top Area Medical Center and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital will discontinue pre- and post-natal office services and childbirth deliveries in Huntingdon County starting Nov. 7, childbirth deliveries by doctors Ralph Aldinger and Diane Adams will relocate to UPMC Altoona. The ...

Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival kicks off Saturday

The two weekends of Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festi­val will kick off Saturday morning. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 7 and Oct. 13 and 14, rain or shine. Now in its 54th year, the event offers local arts, crafts, an antique car parade, kids’ activities and ...

Friday Live Football Scoreboard

AREA Altoona 49, Carlisle 42 (FINAL-2OT) Bishop Guilfoyle 24, Penn Cambria 0 (FINAL) Somerset 11, Bedford 7 (FINAL) Clearfield 49, Bellefonte 21 (FINAL) Forest Hills 30, Cambria Heights 6 (FINAL) Chestnut Ridge 33, Central Cambria 0 (FINAL) State College 39, Central Dauphin East 15 ...