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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 ...

Higgins’ resignation shocks residents

BEDFORD — Numerous Bedford County residents were shocked that corruption charges had been filed against the former District Attorney William Higgins and stunned by his resignation. But a victim advocate applauded Wednesday’s developments. “It’s a good day today to see him held ...

Inmate admits terrorizing another

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County Prison inmate admitted Wednesday to terrorizing a fellow inmate last year but denied putting his fingers into the inmate’s rectum to get tobacco. Inmate Charles M. Frank, 44, told a jury in county court that he wanted the tobacco because he could have made a ...

Madera homicide case sent to court

CLEARFIELD — Families of both the victim and an accused killer filled a hearing room Wednesday to hear testimony regarding the death of Joshua Sahm. Sahm was stabbed at a Madera residence on March 20 and reportedly died on the way to a hospital. Johnathan Maines, 20, of Madera, is ...

Man faces felony child endangerment charges

A Cambria County man faces a felony child endangerment charge after police said they saw a video of the man “aggressively” placing a child into a vehicle. Joshua A. Davis, 26, of Haida Village, Hastings, was arraigned on charges late Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Prebish ...

Blair commissioners asked to apply for drug court grant

A coordinator for the Adult Drug Court and the DUI Court has asked the Blair County commissioners to apply for a state grant that will allow for the increased testing of the specialty court participants. Scott A. Schultz was among the first parole and probation officers associated with the ...

Fort Roberdeau, AAHS project lauded

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Commissioner Ted A. Beam Jr. said Tuesday that too often people don’t hear about the good things that go on in area schools — only when something bad happens. On Tuesday, Beam highlighted how Fort Roberdeau director Glenn Nelson teamed up with the Altoona ...

Cambria man arrested on strangulation charge

After allegedly assaulting a woman wearing a “breathing-treatment vest,” an Elmora man faces criminal charges, including felony strangulation. Michael J. Kline, 45, of 255 Number One Road, was arraigned Wednesday morning before Magisterial Dis­trict Judge John Prebish Jr., online court ...

Construction restarts at Van Zandt VA center

Construction resumed Tuesday on the second story of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation building at Van Zandt VA Medical Center, after officials rescinded a stop-work order that had gone into effect after last Thursday — following a worksite gate left unsecured for the fourth time in a ...

Reade Township might have to co-sign for Pennvest loan

BLANDBURG — Reade Township Supervisors may have to co-sign with a local water authority as it continues its pursuit of a state infrastructure loan. Supervisors’ Chairman John McElheny announced the possible requirement at a Monday evening meeting, when a loan from the Pennsylvania ...

Houtzdale man pleads guilty to drug charges

CLEARFIELD — A Houtz­dale man whose family was involved with a cocaine ring has pleaded guilty in Clearfield County Court. Robert Stephen Gavlak, 28, was sentenced to 11.5 months to two years less one day in jail with five years’ probation by Judge Fredric J. Ammerman after he pleaded ...

Madera man sentenced to jail

CLEARFIELD — A Madera man charged with a felony count of strangulation pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday in Clearfield County Court. Erik Stephen Nicholson, 32, had originally signed a plea agreement with a six-month sentence for strangulation and simple assault. This was rejected ...

Police: Man went to wrong school

EBENSBURG — Ebens­burg Borough police said they have learned a man who went to Holy Name Elementary School to pick up his daughter on Tuesday was actually at the wrong school and no crime was committed. Police sought the man’s identity after he asked for a student who was not enrolled ...