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Gates convicted of child sex crimes

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury took about a half-hour Thursday to convict a Hollidaysburg area man of sexually assaulting four girls and related child pornography offenses. Robert D. Gates, 71, who took the stand in his own defense and maintained his innocence, watched each of the 12 ...

Thomas found guilty of murder

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County jury on Thursday found a man guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a Philipsburg man. About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2017, Dustin T. Thomas, 28, of Hawk Run, shot Brett Bamat of Philipsburg after a shoving match outside a Morris Township ...

Sex abuse case ends in mistrial

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The child sexual abuse case against an Altoona mother of four ended in a mistrial Thursday night after seven hours of deliberation, with the 12-member jury evenly split between conviction and acquittal. The nine women and three men who comprised the jury hearing the case ...

New Paris man accused of choking girlfriend

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BEDFORD — A New Paris man faces charges of strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment for the alleged abuse of his girlfriend. Aaron Poole, 36, of 1064 Reynoldsdale Road, East St. Clair Township, is accused of strangling the victim, pushing a pillow against her face ...

Police: Man fled police, hid

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A Tyrone man is in jail on additional charges after he allegedly tried to hide and then run from Blair County sheriff’s deputies. Carlos J. Mills, 38, of Tyrone, was taken into custody Wednesday by deputies after he allegedly tried to hide in a home on Park Avenue. According to charges ...

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HUNTINGDON Comcast launches new service Comcast has launched a new internet service that delivers speeds up to 1 gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers in Huntingdon County and has extended this service in Blair County. These speeds are among the fastest and most ...

Area

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Back-to-school party planned The Allegheny Township police and the Blair County Sheriff’s Office will host a back-to-school party from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Chick Fil A. The Chick fil A Cow and McGruff the Crime Dog will be there. A free plush cow will be given to children who get ...

Panel sees trend from heroin to crack

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EBENSBURG — A trend away from heroin and toward crack cocaine might be part of the reason Cambria County’s overdose death rate has decreased, panelists at a public hearing were told Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Arnold Bernard Jr. noted the move toward crack during remarks at a ...

Hewitt: Ex’s family behind abuse claims

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The former stepmother of an Altoona boy stated Wednesday that she was not liked by several members of her ex-husband’s family, and she indicated to a Blair County jury that they were “working together” to bring child abuse allegations against her. Jessica Dawn Hewitt, ...

Bellwood-Antis to improve school security

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday took additional steps to improve security for the school district. Board members approved Gary Bacher, a retired Pennsylvania State Police captain, as the substitute security officer for the 2018-19 school year. Board members ...

Schools to get funds for safety

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All Pennsylvania public school districts will see more state dollars — a minimum of $25,000 more — in mid-March to be used for school safety measures, senators said Wednesday. With the start of school around the corner, four senators, including Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, ...

Man accused in shooting unaware of man’s death

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CLEARFIELD — An accused killer testified Wednesday that he didn’t know about the fatal shooting until the next day because he was intoxicated. Dustin T. Thomas, 28, of Hawk Run, took the stand in own defense during the third day of his murder trial in Clearfield County Court. On Oct. ...

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HOLLIDAYSBURG ALSM aids flood victims Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries has been collecting supplies for flood buckets to distribute in Blair County. With flooding wreaking havoc on the local community and being the local representative of the Lutheran Disaster Response, ALSM saw an ...

Friends remember Julius ‘Sky’ Iacurto

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No one knew his name was Julius. “His name was ‘Sky,’” former state Rep. Richard A. Geist said. Julius Iacurto, 93, Altoona, who served as an aide to Geist for 25 years, died Monday at his home. Iacurto served in the Navy in World War II and went to Saint Francis University on the ...

Mother charged for allegedly leaving 1-year-old home alone

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An Altoona woman faces charges after police say she left her 1-year-old child home alone. Crystal Horne, 33, of 1510 19th St., allegedly left the child in a crib in the upstairs of her home while she went to the Sheetz at Seventh Avenue and 17th Street because her boyfriend had called her in ...

Tyrone makes plans to disperse feral cats

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TYRONE — Borough Council may seek to put some bite into ordinances to control a feral cat problem described by a resident at a meeting this week. During the past year, due to the feeding of cats by residents, a group of half-dozen on the 400 block of 18th Street has grown to a colony of ...

Bedford woman accused of sexually assaulting boy

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BEDFORD — A Bedford woman is headed for trial on numerous criminal charges for the alleged sexual assault and stalking of a 14-year-old male victim. Sarah Marie March, 21, of 112 W. Pitt St., is charged with statutory sexual assault, 15 counts of stalking, three counts of interference with ...

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Teens accused of guitar theft Two teenagers face charges in the theft of a guitar in Logan Township. Dylan Riscigno, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile are accused of taking a $900 electric/acoustic guitar from a car parked on the 300 block of North 15th Avenue on June 24, according to police. ...