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Man sentenced for domestic dispute

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man’s incarceration time was extended by 18 to 60 months on Wednesday during his second courtroom sentencing in two days. Joseph F. Weakland, 40, apologized in court for his actions and advised Blair County Judge Wade Kagarise that he had apologized to his ...

Bogus bills passed in Tyrone, Bellwood

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Police in two northern Blair County communities responded Monday to reports of counterfeit $100 bills. Tyrone police arrested Thomas Hawes, 27, of Tyrone about 3:30 p.m. Monday after Domino’s Pizza reported a delivery driver had come back with a $100 bill after delivering food to a home on ...

Council awards $56,000 grant

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TYRONE — Borough Council awarded $56,000 to Tyrone Hospital to help pay for rehabilitation of the facility’s deteriorated back-entrance road. The amount matches the cost of charity care provided to borough residents for 2018 — making the payment for repair of the private, hospital-owned ...

Jury finds Clearfield County man guilty of child porn

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CLEARFIELD — A French­ville man was found guilty of possessing child pornography on Wednesday after a two-day trial in Clearfield County Court. It took the jury about 20 minutes to decide Dennis Paul Hudgens, 68, was guilty of 50 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of ...

Births

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July 31, 2019 Hunter Aron Cox, a son born to Berneda (Zimmerman) and Kurtis Cox, Roaring Spring, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 12:20 p.m. James Aleksander Wilson, a son born to Carly and Derrick Wilson, Altoona, at Cone-maugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at ...

Bishop Carroll teacher faces assault charges

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A Bishop Carroll teacher faces charges after two students allege he inappropriately touched them during a field trip. James E. Luksik, 68, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on felony and misdemeanor charges after allegations he inappropriately touched two 15-year-old girls during a March field ...

Spotted lanternfly a real pest

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PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE — Pennsylvania agriculture communities need residents to help stamp out an invasive species responsible for decimating fruit crops in eastern and central counties, a Penn State University spokesman said. “(Spotted lanternflies) are singularly the worst grape pest I ...

Spring Cove hikes violent incident insurance

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ROARING SPRING — At the suggestion of Spring Cove School District’s insurance carrier, CM Regent, board members have increased the district’s Violent Incident Protection coverage from $250,000 to $6 million. During the board’s regular meeting Monday, Superintendent Betsy Baker ...

Trump touts cracker plant, jobs, economy during Pa. visit

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MONACA — The president is crackers about the cracker plant — and job creation and the economy. He touted all of them — and himself — Tuesday afternoon. Donald Trump toured the massive Beaver County petrochemical complex Royal Dutch Shell is constructing along the Ohio River. An ...

Tyrone lauds new effort to solve feral cat problem

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TYRONE — A new participant in the effort to help solve the feral cat problem here introduced herself to Borough Council this week, eliciting praise for her demeanor and receiving permission to hold a fundraiser to support her efforts. Bridgette Gill is not a member of the Tyrone Community ...

B-A improves security at district schools

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday took another step to improve security at the district’s schools. Board members approved an updated contract with Dagostino Electronic Services of Pittsburgh to add new locks at the district’s buildings. Earlier this year the ...

Town hall to focus on legal pot

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Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships will have a town hall meeting Thursday to provide education on the risk related to the potential legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Comfort Inn, 130 Patchway Road, Duncansville, with ...

City man sentenced for assault on officer

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced Tuesday to a state correctional institution for 24 to 48 months on charges he assaulted and threatened a UPMC Altoona police officer after becoming agitated while being treated in the emergency room. Blair County ...

County sending more bite-mark records to court

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is forwarding two more court documents to the state Superior Court for use in evaluating the validity of bite-mark evidence in the pending murder retrial of Paul Aaron Ross, charged with killing a Hollidaysburg woman in 2004. Retired Senior Judge Jolene G. ...

Courthouse work in final ‘push’

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The restoration work on the second floor of the Blair County Courthouse is moving into the final weeks, with possible completion at the end of September. Inside the 1875 courtroom bordering Allegheny Street, contractors have been installing lights that make the newly painted ...

Bedford County roadwork begins today on Egolf Road

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. of New Enterprise will begin a project today to upgrade 5.4 miles of Egolf Road in Colerain and Snake Spring townships, Bedford County, PennDOT said. The contractor will begin saw cutting the roadway today for pipe placement. This ...

Local diocese named in two new lawsuits

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The Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese is among the defendants in two new lawsuits filed in State College stemming from the alleged abuse of two boys by a Jesuit seminarian decades ago. Attorney Richard Serbin in a release said, “The lawsuits against the Jesuit Order, the Altoona-Johnstown ...

Births

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July 30, 2019 Dalton Edward Huston, a son born to Michelle J. (Hammond) and Michael D. Huston, Claysburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 7:04 p.m. Winifred Romaine Kurtz, a daughter born to Chelsea L. (Steward) and D. Christopher Kurtz, Roaring Spring, at Conemaugh ...

Four named to Blair Business Hall of Fame

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Four businesses will comprise the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Beard Legal Group PC, City Beverage and Tender Love for Children, all of Altoona, and Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg will be honored at the Business Hall of Fame Dinner Oct. 21 at ...

Child found injured in alley

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An 18-month-old was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after the child was found injured in an Altoona alley, according to Altoona police. Blair County Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks said Monday the child’s injuries were criminal in nature and not accidental. Altoona police were ...