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Bedford DA’s staff on temporary leave

BEDFORD — The new Bedford County district attorney has placed all of the office’s staff on temporary administrative leave “until certain concerns and issues can be addressed.” Lesley Childers-Potts took over as Bedford County’s chief prosecutor after William Higgins resigned ...

Police say man chased schoolgirl

Altoona police are investigating an incident Thursday involving an unknown man chasing a girl walking home from school. According to Altoona police, it started about 3 p.m. on 16th Street near Kiesel Avenue when the girl was walking home from school. The girl walked by a man with a medium ...

Two Antis fire departments could merge

Two volunteer fire departments operating in Antis Township could become one, as their members announced Thursday that they are willing to participate in a consolidation study. “After many years and many discussions ... we feel now is the right time for the township and the two fire ...

Pipeline company wants two-way fuel shipments

A Houston-based company said Friday that it is taking steps to move refined fuels in two directions in a portion of its pipeline west of Altoona while it asks state regulators to allow it to reverse the flow from west to east. Buckeye Partners said it wants to make service bi-directional ...

City police investigate McDonald’s robbery

The robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant in Altoona remains under investigation. About 9 p.m. Thursday, a man walked into the McDonald’s at the Station Medical Center and demanded money while threatening a cashier. “Put all of the money in the bag, or I’ll shoot you in the face,” ...

Altoona man arrested after car surfing incident

An Altoona man who allegedly rode on the hood of his girlfriend’s vehicle for about five blocks during an argument now faces charges. Nicholas R. Horton, 23, of 119 Crawford Ave., was allegedly upset because his girlfriend was going to another bar with some friends that she had bumped into ...

Duncansville woman jailed on theft charges

BELLWOOD — The theft of about $2,000 has landed a Bellwood woman in jail. Bellwood police arrested 35-year-old Marni Miller in Duncansville on Wednesday night, and she was arraigned Thursday on misdemeanor theft and receiving stolen property charges filed in late March. According to the ...

I got this

Samuel Mikolajczyk, 4, of Altoona was ready for a foul ball to come his way during the Altoona Curve’s home opener against the Akron Rubber Ducks on Thursday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Samuel was at the game with his grandmother, Joan Rhodes of Duncansville. See game story on Page ...

Centene expanding into Blair County

A St. Louis-based company headed by an Altoona native announced plans Thursday to expand into Blair County creating nearly 300 new jobs. Centene Management Co., a health care services provider, will expand into Allegheny Township, Gov. Tom Wolf said. “This expansion by CMC represents a ...

Inmates found guilty in attack

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two Blair County Prison inmates were convicted Thursday night on all criminal charges filed in last year’s assault of a fellow prison inmate with tobacco in his rectum. At the end of a four-day trial, the jury deliberated about two hours before finding Charles M. Frank, ...

Leidy remembered as ‘a real nice guy’ who always had a story

MARTINSBURG — A familiar face is missing from the Martins­burg business community. Richard F. “Dick” Leidy, 84, Henrietta, owner/operator of Leidy’s Home Furnishings, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. Leidy was still active at the business he took over from his ...

Police: Man assaulted mother

A Tyrone man is in jail after police said he assaulted his mother during a dispute. Ronald P. Blazier Jr., 29, was arrested by Tyrone police after an alleged incident Wednesday morning at his home, 1459 Pennsylvania Ave. According to the charges, Blazier was yelling at his girlfriend in ...

AASD parents fight bullying

Two Altoona Area School District parents, Brett Cornelius and Brad Swander, are extending help to bullied kids as well as a few nonprofits through their Facebook page and fundraisers. Cornelius said he has aligned 30 corporate sponsors for a one-day summer camp June 30 at Prospect Pool, run ...

City man charged with strangulation

An Altoona man faces a felony charge after police said he choked his girlfriend. Altoona police were called about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to a home on the 700 block of Second Avenue for a domestic dispute and were told by a woman that her boyfriend and the father of her children, 35-year-old ...

Former AWA employee wins UC case

A former Altoona Water Authority custodian fired for allegedly making “false and malicious complaints” of harassment, age discrimination and retaliation has won an unemployment compensation reversal. Last week, the state Unemployment Compensa­tion Board of Review undid previous rulings ...

Area

Cleanup postponed The Little Juniata River Association has postponed its river bank cleanup scheduled for Saturday due to a forecast of snow for that day. The association plans to reschedule, according to its president, Bill Anderson. Presentation set Fair Districts PA will host an ...

Pennsylvania Highlands Blair center adding programs

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center is adding two new health care programs, pre-health professions and pharmacy technician to its list of program offerings. These programs are becoming available in Blair as a result of the college’s adding over 14,000 square feet to ...

Head running for GOP committee

Longtime Blair County resident Nancy Head is running for Republican State Committee, with hopes of giving back to a community in which she’s established her roots. “This area’s been very good to me. I really want to give back and I feel this is the best way to do that,” Head said. ...

Bedford County DA arrested

Higgins-affidavit-of-probable-cause Higgins-criminal-complaint BEDFORD — For 14 years, William Higgins prosecuted criminals as Bedford County’s district attorney. On Wednesday, the 43-year-old Higgins found himself on the opposite side of the courtroom when he appeared in magisterial ...