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Housing Authority showing leniency

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Cleanliness may be next to godliness and order may be heaven’s first law, but blessed are the merciful. The Altoona Housing Authority plans to show some mercy to help residents who struggle with housekeeping to avoid eviction. The tradeoff will be that those residents must attend a ...

Martinsburg Borough manager stepping down

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MARTINSBURG — Randy Stoltz calls the Martinsburg Area EMS Station building at 303 W. Allegheny St. his pride and joy. That was just one of numerous projects Stoltz, who is retiring after 28 years working for Martinsburg Borough, had been involved with during his career. The local ...

PennDOT worker killed in I-99 accident

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A PennDOT employee was killed Saturday afternoon while working along I-99 in Logan Township. Robert Gensimore, 45, of Spruce Creek was working about 3:41 p.m. along the southbound travel lanes on I-99, north of Kettle Road in response to an earlier crash, according to state police at ...

Endurance athlete issues challenge

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Adversity can be a driving force for philanthropy, to restore what is lost. A guest at the ninth annual Classic Dinner and Benefit Auction on Saturday evening reminded community members of that message. Eric McElvenny, an endurance athlete who lost part of his right leg in Afghanistan, ...

THON raises more than $10M

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Courtesy photo by Baidi Wang THON Dancer Relations Committee member Ryan Salamo carries fellow committee member Christina Tentilucci on his back late Saturday. Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised $10,151,663.93 for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon. ...

Air Force veteran gets new house

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SAXTON — After years of renting apartments and living in a trailer since he was relieved from service, a disabled United States Air Force veteran finally has a home, built for him by community volunteers. “I am blessed by God to have so many friends and family who participated in ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Raymond C. Ramstad, 48, 319 Raven St., Duncansville, charged by Allegheny Township police with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct at state Route 1001 and Pound Lane, Allegheny Township, May 16. ...

Campaign raises awareness of male sex abuse victims

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BELLEFONTE — A display of photographs shot in black-and-white and narratives of male survivors of sexual abuse formed a semicircle among the bookshelves of the Centre County Library. As part of a series of events, the Centre County Women’s Resource Center hosted informational sessions ...

Inclement weather causes fatal crash on Interstate 99

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A fatal vehicle rollover on Interstate 99 near the Kettle Road overpass was one of dozens of weather-related accidents reported Saturday afternoon. State Police Troop G posted on Twitter about 4 p.m. Saturday that “Interstate 99 southbound between the Pinecroft and 17th Street exits will be ...

Gas tax proposal returns during Shuster’s last year

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As far back as 2014, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, was fending off claims from challenger Art Halvorson that he would make drivers pay a larger federal tax at the gas pump. Much has changed since — Shuster is retiring from Congress and a Republican occupies the White House — but ...

Ex-guard must register with PSP

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The former Blair County Prison guard serving three years’ probation on indecent assault and false imprisonment convictions has been ordered to regularly register his address and related information with state police for the next 15 years. Judge Wade Kagarise recently ...

Convicted drug dealer facing trial on assault charges

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A convicted Blair County drug dealer will face trial in the December assault of two people. Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones found prosecutors have enough evidence to send felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault and disorderly conduct charges against 53-year-old Ramone D. ...

HUD to allow sales of ‘scattered sites’

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has finally approved the Altoona Housing Authority’s request to divest itself of 10 “scattered site” public housing properties. It was an approval that authority officials thought might have been granted within “months” of its initial ...

Measurements of progress vary as we grow older

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It is funny how life changes as you mature. Actually, “mature” is a nice way for saying “getting old.” In any case, as we go down the sliding board of life, I find it amusing how we look at how we measure our progress. When you were a child, your mother may have put marks on the ...

College may swap parking assignments

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Penn State Altoona is considering a shift in parking assignments at its downtown campus to make it easier for students who drive, according to Patrick Miller, executive director of the Altoona Parking Authority. Currently, a 32-space lot behind the Downtown Devorris Center is designated for ...

Woman in medicine case gets probation

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A former Altoona woman who now lives in Bedford has been sentenced to a year’s probation by U.S. District Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown for sending medications prescribed for her to other people. Damaris Rispoli, 56, of the 600 Block of Barclay Drive, was sentenced on a charge of conspiracy ...

Rep. Burns announces fire, ambulance grants

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HARRISBURG — State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has announced the award of $341,661 in state grants to 27 fire and ambulance companies in the 72nd Legislative District. The grants from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program can be used for repairing, building or ...

Area briefs

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SOMERSET Prison: Inmate assaults two guards Authorities said an inmate assaulted two prison guards, seriously injuring one and prompting a lockdown at the facility. Public information officer Christie Schenck said the 22-year-old inmate attacked a corrections officer assigned to a ...

Marriage licenses

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Blair County Damian M. Moist and Leah S. Allen, both of Altoona. Duane A. Roberts and Christine M. Farabaugh, both of Duncansville. Jason M. Daugherty and Destinee L. Henderson, both of Altoona. Robert L. Theys and Marie A. Gallagher, both of Duncansville. Brandon A. Dillon and ...