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Cocaine found in Altoona man’s toilet

An Altoona man is in jail after a police raid Wednesday night uncovered cocaine, cash and about a pound of marijuana. Norman M. Hardy, 50, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. when Altoona police descended on his home at 1009 S. 10th St. with a search warrant and found cocaine in the toilet, a ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Craig E. Ormsby: Scott A. Croft, 52, 226 Dumb Hundred Road, Roaring Spring, charged by state police with simple assault and disorderly conduct on the 300 block of Poplar Street June 11. Charge of disorderly conduct was moved to nontraffic ...

Man due in court after allegedly using cigarette to burn his girlfriend

A Tipton man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and burning her with a lit cigarette is due in court. Patrick W. Leeper Jr., 30, of Tipton, was arrested May 22 after state police responded to his mother’s home on the 200 block of Spruce Street to find his girlfriend with a black eye and a ...

Commissioners Chairman: No ‘magic wand’ for parking

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Finding a parking space around the Blair County Courthouse has been a longtime problem. But it’s not one the county has ignored, commissioners said Thursday. “The county has done an awful lot to address parking,” Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said. “We just can’t ...

Parents discuss social media abuse

Parents learned tactics Thursday night to identify and prevent social media abuse among their children. Ryan Klingensmith, founder of Shape The Sky — a network of concerned parents, educators and clinicians — spoke at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. One grandfather in the ...

Hollidaysburg keeps school taxes level

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A straw poll Wednesday found a majority of Hollidaysburg Area School Board members are against raising taxes next school year to shore up funds for future expenses. With a show of hands all board members, except for Lois Kaneshiki and Lonna Frye, indicated they did not favor ...

Ebensburg finds cooking grease in sewer system

Work has begun on a $9 million sewer improvement project in Ebensburg, Borough Manger Dan Penatzer said this week. The announcement came on the same day that Penatzer revealed an unusually high amount of cooking grease had been found in the local sanitary sewer system. Penatzer said work on ...

United Way plans Day of Caring

United Way of Blair County is calling local nonprofit and human service agencies to sign up at 208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncans­­ville, for volunteer projects for its 25th Annual Day of Caring on June 27. The yearly Day of Caring event is an opportunity for nonprofit agencies to use ...

South Fork man faces felony sexual assault charges

A South Fork man faces more than a dozen criminal charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child over a period of months in Portage Borough. William H. Sinclair Jr., 58, of 510 Church St., was charged following a report made by the child at a therapist’s office, police ...

Chestnut Ridge burglary probed

State police are investigating a reported burglary that occurred late Sunday evening at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in East Saint Clair Township. Three unknown suspects reportedly used the middle school’s ladder to access the top of the building to gain entry to the courtyard area. They ...

Higgins pleads guilty to all charges

BEDFORD — Former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins pleaded guilty Wednesday to all charges accusing him of exchanging sexual favors for lenient sentences of female drug dealers and compromising the identities of numerous undercover informants, among other allegations. He ...

Hollidaysburg students punished for video

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Holli­days­burg Area School District officials said Wednesday that punishment has been dealt to students involved in a racially insensitive incident that went viral in a video shared on social media on Tuesday. Senior high school Principal Maureen Letcher said the students ...

Judge allows alcohol testimony at ATV trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge will allow some alcohol-related testimony in an upcoming jury trial where two men face criminal charges linked to a fatal ATV crash that killed a Hollidaysburg teenager in April 2017. Defense attorneys representing Trenton Ross Bilak, 20, Everett, had ...

Two ex-aides sue friary

Federal lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court in Johnstown by two former nurse’s aides who worked at an assisted living facility for elderly friars in Loretto, contending they were fired after making complaints about a “hostile work environment.” The two former aides, Melissa ...

Man waives right to preliminary hearing

CLEARFIELD — A Wood-land man accused of possessing a stolen gun waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Zachary Scott Duckett, 28, is charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a ...

Woman fails to show for court appearance

An Altoona woman is now wanted after failing to appear at Central Court to face an assault charge. Linear E. Quinones, 34, of 304 11th St., was charged by Altoona police after she allegedly punched and kicked another woman repeatedly in the parking lot of the 4D’s Lounge about 2 a.m. April ...

Graduation

Graduations Today Hollidaysburg — 6 p.m. at high school Juniata Valley — 7 p.m. at high school Northern Bedford — 7 p.m. at Panther Stadium Northern Cambria — 7 p.m. at elementary/middle school Tussey Mountain — 7 p.m. at high school Tyrone — 7 p.m. at high ...

Duncansville ponders future as part of 11-member ISC

DUNCANSVILLE — Responsibility for the future of the Intergover­nmental Stormwater Com­mittee is being parceled out to the governing bodies of its 11 member municipalities, and on Wednesday, Duncans­ville Borough Council learned of its prerogatives in the matter. The ISC recently found ...