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Suspect in child porn ring waives hearing

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The last suspect in the investigation of Stephen Apostolu’s alleged efforts to run a child pornography and child prostitution business in Altoona has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Kara Tornatore, 28, appeared briefly before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on Friday for her ...

Woman tied to Copley death behind bars in Nebraska

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A woman charged with helping dispose of Catherine Copley’s body is behind bars in Nebraska. Samantha J. Musselman, 30, has been arrested in Nebraska and is facing extradition to Blair County, the Blair County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday. According to the Gage County Jail ...

Prison board to monitor overtime, inmate numbers

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A standing committee of the Blair County Prison Board is being asked to regularly monitor overtime and the inmate population with a goal of reducing both. Prison Board Chairman Daniel Milliron, who is stepping down from the board at the end of December, is naming his ...

Blair planners receive award

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ERIE — The Blair County Planning Com­mission recently received a statewide award for comprehensive planning from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association during its annual conference in Erie. This is the first time Blair County has received the award. The planning ...

Prince Gallitzin park gets car charging station

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An electric car charging station was dedicated at Prince Gallitzin State Park Friday, the second to be installed in the state parks system. Installation of other charging stations, capable of fully charging vehicles in 2.5 to seven hours, is expected by 2020. Four other parks in Central ...

Lawmakers raising stakes for repeat DUI offenders

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State lawmakers are raising the stakes for repeat DUI offenders in hopes of saving lives. Currently, the worst punishment for three or more prior DUI offenses at the maximum blood-alcohol content of 0.10 to 0.159 is a first-degree misdemeanor, 18-month license suspension, one to five years ...

Husband arrested in killing

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Michael Copley showed no emotion as he sat before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on Thurs­day for his arraignment on charges that he killed his wife nearly three years ago. Altoona police investigators pointed out a lack of emotion by Copley several times in an eight-page ...

Victim’s family: ‘We’ve been fighting for her’

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Leading up to Thursday’s arrest of the man who police say killed her sister, Amy Boob said little things were telling her something was going to happen soon. “The last couple of days, I had a weird feeling,” she said. “I kept praying and hoping it would go down. And it went ...

Court: Parental rights rules create challenges

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court admitted this week that there are some “growing pains” at the county court level with new rules that dictate that, in cases of termination of parental rights, children must be assigned attorneys who represent their interests. The state appeals court in the ...

Friday Live Football Scoreboard

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AREA State College 49, Altoona 14 (FINAL) Bellefonte 63, Bishop Carroll 14 (FINAL) Berlin Brothersvalley 38, Blacklick Valley 8 (FINAL) Cambria Heights 13, Bedford 7 (FINAL) Huntingdon 52, Central 18 (FINAL) Bishop Guilfoyle 12, Chestnut Ridge 0 (FINAL) Portage 42, Conemaugh Valley 14 ...

Tyrone installs all-access playground

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TYRONE — Borough Manager Ardean Latchford’s daughter, Shena, a behavioral therapist, once had a middle-aged client with disabilities who resisted her suggestion that he look for a job to counter his feelings that he wasn’t worth much — thoughts that reflected his experience as a child ...

Sunoco fines to fund projects

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Money from a fine paid by Sunoco Pipeline LP will fund a handful of watershed restoration and stream protection projects in the area and others across the state. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced this week how money from a $12.6 million fine imposed because of ...

Area briefs

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Roaring Spring Decontamination drill set The Conemaugh Nason Medical Center is conducting a decontamination drill at 9 a.m. Saturday at 105 Nason Drive, Roaring Spring. The drill will be at the emergency department and coordinated with the Friendship Fire Company and Hollidaysburg ...

Altoona man charged in wife’s death

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The husband of an Altoona woman whose body was found in a city garage months after she disappeared has been charged in her death. Michael D. Copley, 30, was taken from Blair County Prison, where he is serving a sentence from a March assault, to the Altoona Police Department at about 11:30 ...

Window to sue abusers in limbo

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HARRISBURG — The state legislature of Pennsylvania plowed through its final scheduled voting day of 2018 on Wednesday amid a showdown over legislation to respond to a landmark state grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over ...

Ex-PA receives 4 years in prison

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CLEARFIELD — A former Philipsburg medical professional will be spending up to eight years in state prison for writing oxycodone prescriptions for people who were not her patients. In January 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration received an anonymous tip that Holly Jean Hipps, 42, ...

Reliance on standardized tests decreased

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With unanimous agreement in both of Pennsylvania’s Legislature, the state is lessening its heavy reliance on Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. “This proposed bill allows school districts more options to ensure student success,” Altoona Area School District Community Relations ...

Pink Jail raises breast cancer awareness

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BEDFORD — Escorted in pink handcuffs and wearing pink-and-white striped shirts, people participating in a breast cancer awareness event stood behind pink mock jail bars to help raise funds for local residents impacted by the disease. Bedford County community members participating in ...

State court rejects further hearing in drug case

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected further hearing in a Blair County drug case in which the defendant was sentenced from 37 to 74 years in a state correctional institution, which amounts to a life sentence, according to his attorney. The defendant, Gene Donta Carter, 46, is serving ...