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Judge pledges to start trials in alleged drug ring

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is pledging to begin holding jury trials this fall for members of an alleged drug organization arrested a year ago and accused of distributing large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine in the Altoona and Johnstown areas. Judge Daniel Milliron made the ...

Man accused of sending girl obscene video waives hearing

CLEARFIELD –– A Philipsburg man accused of sending obscene videos to a teen girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Hunter Thomas Harris, 24, is charged with felony counts of disseminate explicit sexual material to minor and ...

Man faces drug charges

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale man is facing a felony drug charge for allegedly possessing a variety of drugs during a traffic stop. Brian James Miller, 23, was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of ...

Man accused of being violent during arrest

A Bedford man faces multiple charges for allegedly becoming violent while resisting arrest for hit-and-run crashes. Dakota Wesley Chalfont, 26, of 253 Imlertown Road, is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. ...

Model railroaders plan event

The Bedford Model Railroaders will have its 14th anniversary N-Scale Weekend at the Jaffa Shrine Center Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature model train displays, with 11 large N-Scale model train layouts and 28 vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. ...

National Weather Service issues flash flood warnings

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for Blair County and North central Bedford County. Around 9 a.m., the Doppler radar showed heavy rain across those areas. More than two inches of rain has already fallen as of this morning. The NWS expects flooding in Altoona, ...

Collision traps drivers

WILLIAMSBURG — A head-on collision of two vehicles trapped both drivers in their seats for half an hour Wednesday afternoon while nine passengers in one of the vehicles escaped the wreckage. All 11 people involved in the crash were rescued and transported to UPMC Altoona, said ...

Region to stay warm, wet

As raindrops keep falling on the heads of Altoona area residents, AccuWeather issued its fall forecast Wednesday that calls for guess what — more rain. The mid-Atlantic region, in particular, may be faced with tropical rainfall early in the season, said AccuWeather long-range forecaster ...

Police trained to sniff out DUIs

For decades considered an illicit drug, marijuana has gained legitimacy in Pennsylvania as a medicine that can be used to treat “serious medical conditions.” But that doesn’t mean all rules are off, and law enforcement officers — at both the state and local level — have explained ...

Patton Borough seeks funds after flooding

PATTON — Borough officials are looking to secure possible funding from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for its residents after several homes were flooded from Chest Creek on Monday. A statement posted on the borough’s website Wednesday morning said Cambria County commissioners ...

Fireman allegedly lies about incident to police

An Altoona firefighter faces charges for allegedly lying to police and his superiors about getting hit by a passing pickup truck while at the scene of a crash in Juniata. Shawn L. Patosky, 37, of 1401 Logan Blvd., applied for and received workers’ compensation benefits for his injury, which ...

New office opened in Bedford

BEDFORD — Headline Marketing & Communications has opened a second office in the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce building at 203 S. Juliana St. According to Cheryl Ebersole, HMC agency manager, an increasing number of clients as well as the growth of products and services offered, has ...

Eight arrested after drug sweep in Cambria County

Eight Cambria County residents face drug-related charges following a drug sweep targeting felony crimes, District Attorney Kelly Callihan announced Wednesday. “This was a successful effort by collaborating law enforcement agencies to rid the streets of Cambria County of drug activity and ...

Man faces charges hurting cat

Christopher M. Zacker, 37, of 2107 W. 11th St., Tyrone, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when state police responded to his home and found a cat trying to walk but having to drag its back legs because Zacker allegedly threw it out of the house during a fight with his mother. According to ...

Police: Man hid child’s location

BEDFORD — A Johnstown man is accused of attempting to drive out of Pennsylvania with a female runaway. Gordon Charles McClellan, 55, of 283 Cove St., faces a felony charge of concealment of the whereabouts of a child and a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody of committed ...

Firefighter seeks reinstatement

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is being asked to decide if a Hollidaysburg man was wrongfully discharged from membership in the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department and if he is entitled to be reinstated. Judge Daniel Milliron convened a trial-by-court Wednesday to begin taking testimony ...

State court vacates woman’s sentence

The Pennsylvania Superior Court in an opinion issued last week vacated a prison sentence imposed on a Cambria County woman with a history of drug offenses, finding that the judge who imposed the sentence had no power to do so. The decision by the state appeals court does not mean that ...

Bedford jail inmate faces assault charges

A Bedford County Jail inmate is accused of assaulting and harassing two corrections officers. Tracey Lynn Miller, 28, of 425 Imlertown Road, reportedly shoved, kicked and hit corrections officers July 16 after escaping from her handcuffs, according to a police complaint. Miller allegedly ...

Blight team seeks subsidy expansion

At a recent meeting, City Manager Marla Marcinko proposed reworking the typical slate of projects funded by Community Development Block Grants to provide more money for the city’s homeowner rehabilitation subsidy program to fight blight. Expansion of that program was one of the primary ...

Police: Couple abused six adopted children

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County couple will stand trial for allegedly beating and abusing their six adopted children. Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 50, both of Houtzdale, are charged with six felony counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy/aggravated assault, ...