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Patton residents swamped by flooded creek

Residents told to evacuate Late Monday night, Patton Borough officials sent out an automated warning to borough residents’ phones. “Ground immediately, this is Patton Borough. The Chest Creek dam is in jeopardy of breaking. If able, please evacuate. Get to higher ground immediately,” ...

Homicide suspect back in court

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The 33-year-old Altoona man facing criminal charges in Thursday night’s fatal shooting was in Blair County Court on Monday for a preliminary arraignment before President Judge Elizabeth Doyle. John Patrick Stiver II, who remains in the Blair County Prison, advised Doyle ...

Martinsburg man faces assault, related charges

A Martinsburg man faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and strangulation. Steven Eric Gacik, 49, of 909 Lock Mountain Road, is accused of pulling the victim out of her bed and throwing her to the ground before kicking and punching her Saturday, according to a ...

Former AASD bus driver faces charge

A former bus driver for the Altoona Area School District was charged with endangering the welfare of children because she failed to clear her bus, leaving behind an 11-year-old boy who had fallen asleep on the bus. The incident happened March 2. Driver Elizabeth Roller returned to the bus ...

Dozens attend prayer vigil

In the spot where violence took the life of an Altoona man last week, people gathered to pray on Sunday. “Everyone’s in need of prayer and also, we lost a life in this community,” said Pastor Drew McCaffery of the Bethany Lutheran Church on Second Street. It was in the church’s ...

Marijuana dispensary all-cash businesses

STATE COLLEGE — Behind a locked glass door, about half dozen people sat in black leather chairs with shiny metallic armrests arranged atop a bright green carpet and set beside rustic wooden tables. They sipped from paper cups and watched as a cooking show played on a television hung above ...

Teaching yoga a work in progress

It began inauspiciously for yoga teacher Diane Strohm, and it took a long time to mature. It’s well-matured now. Strohm was a clerk working for the state in the mid-1970s, and an administrator gave her and each of four other clerks a book for Christmas titled “Yoga: 28 Day Exercise ...

City man arrested for cocaine

An argument on Fourth Street led to the arrest of an Altoona man on cocaine charges. Charles Johnson, 29, was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. Sunday after Altoona police were called to his apartment, 1809 Fourth St., Apt. 2, for a report of a woman screaming, police said ...

Saint Francis facing academic cutbacks

Saint Francis University has confirmed an academic shift that will affect its arts and humanities programs, and a reduction in personnel is expected. A public announcement with more details about faculty position eliminations is planned for next Thursday after those most impacted are informed ...

Budding plans in Saxton

FREDERICK, Md. — Philip Goldberg turned the handle on a heavy metal door, opening it to reveal a white-walled room bathed in yellow light. Below those lamps were plants, sitting atop platforms, stretching toward the ceiling while supporting large, green flowers covered in sugar-like ...

Police: ‘Murder weapon’ recovered

While waiting to sign paperwork after his arraignment on homicide and related charges for the killing of David Alan Hoover, 33-year-old John Patrick Stiver II downplayed the evidence against him as he read down the list of charges. “Without circumstantial evidence, you would have no case,” ...

Blue-and-white fans urged to embrace mobile ticketing

Penn State season football tickets were delivered across the region and far beyond in mid-July, but some officials anticipate — even hope — that as many as a quarter of blue-and-white fans enter Beaver Stadium without a traditional ticket this season. Penn State plans to embrace mobile ...

State

Scranton Head-on crash kills both drivers A coroner said a head-on crash in northeastern Pennsylvania killed the drivers of both vehicles. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported that the crash in Scranton occurred shortly before midnight Friday. The Lackawanna County coroner’s office ...

Area

Huntingdon Barr Road resurfacing to start New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. will begin work on Monday on the Barr Road resurfacing project in Jackson Township, Huntingdon County. The contractor will start with tree trimming and tree removal in the project area, PennDOT said. Work ...

Man killed in crash

HUNTINGDON — A Huntingdon County man was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle crash. Teddy Dean Mays, 60, of Mount Union, died Thursday afternoon after crashing a pickup truck on Hares Valley Road in union Township, Huntingdon County, according to state police in Huntingdon. Police indicated ...

Former Blair resident plans duress defense

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Blair County woman charged in December 2014 of abusing her young son may go to trial this year and use her diagnosed mental health conditions as a defense. Elizabeth Ann Stahl, 31, who now lives in Mississippi, contends that, at the time of the alleged offenses in ...

Input sought on Gallitzin forest plan

Ebensburg — The Bureau of Forestry is in the process of revising the Gallitzin State Forest Resource Management Plan. The plan provides a framework for bureau staff to approach its work and make management decisions and to inform Pennsylvanians how their forest is being managed. As part ...

Panel: Traffic stop was OK

The persistence of a Pennsylvania State trooper paid off in 2013 when he made a traffic stop of a Chevrolet Impala on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset and found a million dollars worth of heroin in the trunk. It wasn’t until March 1, 2017, after four years of court proceedings, that ...

Amtran union loses 3 to Janus

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME has led three employees at Amtran to drop out of the Amalgamated Transit Union, according to General Manager Eric Wolf. The court’s decision ended the practice of public employee unions extracting “fair share” payments from ...

Lawmaker: Expunge cannabis convictions

As state authorities and dispensaries brace for a surge of interest in new, more powerful medical marijuana, a lawmaker is launching another long-shot effort to legalize the drug and free those jailed for using it. State Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr., D-Pittsburgh, said he is preparing a bill to ...