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Florida man charged with assault

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A Florida man is in Blair County Prison after police said he sexually assaulted a woman at a local hotel. Mark A. Roberts, 49, of Tampa, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday at the Econo Lodge, 2906 Pleasant Valley Blvd., and charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault by forcible ...

Lawsuit status conference set

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A status conference in a federal lawsuit filed against the Altoona Area School District over bullying is set for next month. A case-management conference in the lawsuit filed by Marc Lansberry against the school district will be at 2 p.m. May 18 in U.S. District Court in Johnstown, WJAC ...

Prom schedules

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Proms have been scheduled for the following area high schools. Schools not included on the list can call 946-7520 to be included. - Bellwood — 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Discovery Center - Huntingdon — 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Raystown Resort - Bishop Guilfoyle — 6 p.m. April 27 ...

Tea Party to host candidate forum

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The Blair County Tea Party is hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum for those seeking the 13th Congressional District seat at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St. Republican candidates Travis Schooley, Bernard Washabaugh, John Joyce, Benjamin Hornberger, Art Halvorson and ...

Hollidaysburg library seeks more funding

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The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has asked the school board double its funding from $40,000 to $80,000. Library Director Janet Eldred, Treasurer Sue Burket and President Joe Keller made their request at the Hollidaysburg Area School Board meeting Wednesday. “We are asking you to ...

Friday Drug Sweep

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Altoona police, state narcotics agents and members of the Blair County Drug Task Force hit the streets this morning to round up 17 suspected dealers accused of selling prescription pills, heroin and other illicit drugs.

UPMC opens new outpatient facility

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EBENSBURG — A new UPMC outpatient facility along Route 22 opened Wednesday in Cambria Town­ship, with no an­nounce­ment to the public or local officials. “This is a $19 million investment by UPMC to expand health care services and access — bringing these services close to home for ...

Briefcase

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Central Pa. Walmart stores set free wellness day Central Pennsylvania Walmart stores will be hosting the second Walmart Wellness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. This free health screening event provides people in the community an opportunity to learn valuable health information, ...

Faithful look to beef up security

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Organist Carol McCracken of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Altoona concedes there’s a touch of “oxymoron” in religious congregations — whose existence is based largely on charity for all, including the downtrodden — setting up safeguards against the possibility of a lethal ...

Pa. court: Child has a right to lawyer

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Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a child in a parental termination case has the right to be represented with “zeal and professionalism” by an attorney. A three-judge panel concluded Friday that a 5-year-old child in a Cambria County case did not have adequate representation ...

Police charge woman with felonies in two deaths

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SOMERSET — A 24-year-old woman was arrested Monday in Ohio in connection with the disappearance and deaths of Damian Staniszewski of Duncansville and James Smith of Portage, whose remains were found in a wooded area in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, on Sept. 29. Jasmine Marie Browning ...

Miller loses bid for shorter sentence

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A 70-year-old Altoona man serving a minimum of 55 months in the State Correctional Institution at Somerset has lost his bid to receive a shorter prison sentence, Pennsylvania Superior Court said Tuesday. On March 27, 2017, Gary Paul Miller entered an open guilty plea to charges of flight to ...

Blair observes child abuse prevention

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Clouds parted and the sun shone on the patio of the Blair County Courthouse on Wednes­day, just in time for the raising of the children’s memorial flag in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Blair County deputy sheriffs Trinitie Applas and ...

Police: Curwensville man tampered with evidence

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CLEARFIELD — A Curwensville man will stand trial for destroying evidence in the Chase Anderson homicide case. Joseph Clayton Ralston, 38, was charged by state police with felony counts of reckless burning and criminal conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of tampering with physical evidence ...

New trail plans near final draft

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A study outlining the viability of a new trail in the Bellwood-Antis area is nearing its final draft and likely will be presented for adoption in May. “It is very exciting, and it’s very rewarding,” Township Manager Lucas Martsolf said, reflecting on the multi-year project’s ...

Pipeline fines to fund clean water program

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Money paid to cover a “historic” fine levied on developers of the Mariner East 2 pipeline will be used to fund a new grant program geared toward minimizing pollution and protecting clean water. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the program Tuesday. Funding is to be made available to qualifying ...

Penn Cambria discusses truancy

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CRESSON — Attendance issues and school climate were chief among topics discussed at a Tuesday evening Penn Cambria School Board meeting. Middle school Principal Jeff Baird briefed board members on key aspects of the current year. First, he spoke about truancy and new rules in place to ...

Two killed in Williamsburg plane crash

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Two people were killed in a Blair County plane crash this morning, according to police investigating the scene. According to the Federal Availation Administration, a Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in a residential area of Williamsburg at 8:44 a.m. Officials at Blair County Airport could not ...

Births

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April 7, 2018 Asher Kenneth Shoop, a son born to Maddie E. Estep and Ronnie H. Shoop, Roaring Spring, at Cone-maugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 6:09 a.m. April 10, 2018 Ryker Liam Himes, a son born to Lindsey M. Green and Shawn D. Himes, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical ...