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Two additional Blair doctors certified in medical marijuana

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Two more Blair County doctors have completed training and have been listed by the state as being allowed to certify patients suffering from ailments that qualify them for medical marijuana cards. The latest list from the Department of Health adds Dr. Anthony Bartkowiak, whose focus is ...

Woman accused of theft by deception

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An Altoona woman faces charges after she allegedly failed to report her income while living in subsidized housing. Stephanie B. Weyandt, 39, of Altoona was arraigned Friday on a felony theft by deception charge after an investigation by Altoona police allegedly showed she received a housing ...

Man facing firearm charge

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CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man has been charged with illegally possessing a firearm. When state parole officers were checking on a parole violator at a Bradford Township, Clearfield County, home on Nov. 30, they found Joshua Louis Graham, 29, and a 9 mm pistol. Graham, who had a warrant ...

Court upholds sentence in shooting, fire case

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A Huntingdon County man who received a minimum of 18 years in a state prison for firing a shotgun at state troopers responding to a plea for help and then setting a fire in his family’s trailer has failed to convince a Superior Court panel that a judge erred by imposing such a stiff ...

Centre County man accused of criminal attempted homicide

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A Snow Shoe Township man is facing six counts of criminal attempted homicide after allegedly shooting at state troopers last weekend. Franklin A. Furl III, 53, of 231 Walnut Road, Clarence, was charged Friday in Centre County on six counts of first-degree attempted homicide; 10 counts each of ...

Area briefs

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Football group donates The Cove Youth Football League donated $2,952 to replace a faulty speaker/ amplifier system at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field. The donation covers the full cost to replace the system. The league has ordered the equipment to be installed for graduation ceremonies ...

Centre DA criticizes judge in frat case

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BELLEFONTE — A prosecutor Thursday used a press release to sharply criticize a judge hearing the case against former Penn State fraternity members charged in a pledge’s drinking death. Defense attorneys accused her of violating rules of professional conduct. “While this case may be ...

Antis Township spends $100,000 for land

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BELLWOOD — More than $100,000 was spent Thursday night by Antis Township supervisors with the intention of improving area recreation and conservation. Much of that money was spent to acquire land from cooperative owners. However, supervisors also moved to use eminent domain to seize land ...

Cambria seeking ethics probe

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EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners, through their solicitor, have asked the state Ethics Commission to investigate a possible conflict of interest related to a War Memorial Authority official. The request for an investigation involving Dean Gindlesperger, Cambria County War Memorial ...

Police: Man stole from hair salon

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TYRONE — A Tyrone man is behind bars on charges he stole thousands of dollars worth of items, including Christmas presents, from a Tyrone hair salon. Gary Weaver, 34, 966 Pennsylvania Ave., was arrested Wednesday night after a search of his apartment allegedly turned up items taken in the ...

Police, state investigating Hollidaysburg day care center

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg day care is closed as police investigate reports that a 21-month-old wandered away from a fenced area last week and was found near Route 22. The Hollidaysburg Child Development Center is closed, and an investigation by police and the state Department of Human ...

Tyrone Hospital touts partial cornea transplant success

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TYRONE — Winifred Thorpe is a satisfied “customer.” Thorpe, 80, of Hollidays­burg underwent a partial cornea transplant in her left eye Nov. 3 at Tyrone Hospital. She has nothing but praise for the hospital staff and Dr. Parag Parekh — the founder of ClearView Eye Consultants and ...

DCNR awards $1.1M to regional projects

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded $1.1 million to regional organizations for a variety of recreational and conservation projects. The money from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program is among $44 million awarded for a total of 266 ...

Couple face child endangerment charges

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EBENSBURG — A Cambria Township couple face charges of endangering the welfare of a child after authorities reported that they found weapons and drug paraphernalia next to a child’s toys. Andrew D. Podoletz, 30, and Brittany M. Podoletz, 31, are accused of endangering a young male child at ...

Court: Reconsideration motion was a ‘nullity’

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A Commonwealth Court judge has characterized an Altoona resident’s recent appeals asking that he be permitted to challenge his driver’s license suspensions as a “procedural slog.” The upshot of the opinion written by Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini — issued last week — was that ...

Kids First CEO wary of AASD idea

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The Altoona Area School District is hoping for a financial boon if it can find a way to move away from leasing its school rooms to a nonprofit and instead run its own before- and after-school day care programs in its elementary schools. However, the board received some words of caution from ...

Camp reaches half of campaign goal

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TYRONE — Camp Anderson Corp. has reached 51 percent of its $500,000 capital campaign goal. The corporation, which took over operation of Camp Anderson on Jan. 6, has been designated as a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit by the federal government. During the past year, it has been going through ...

Spring Cove School District

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Foreign Language Club gets grant For the second consecutive year, a Central High School teacher has been awarded the PA Association of School Retirees Grant. This year’s grant was for $250. Kevin Buynack applied for the grant for funds to help support the activities of the Foreign ...

Emergency texting showcased

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When it comes to contacting 911 centers in Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties, texting is now an option. Imagine being in an upstairs bedroom when someone is breaking into a house, Blair County Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor said Wednesday during a demonstration of the ...