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Superior Court again places appeal on hold

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For the second time in three weeks, the Pennsyl­vania Superior Court has placed an appeal from Blair County on hold while awaiting required statements from the county court. The appeals court on Friday gave a Blair County defense attorney 21 days to prepare a statement clarifying the legal ...

Area

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ALEXANDRIA Juniata Valley students to bike to school Drivers traveling on Route 305 between Petersburg and Alexandria on Wednesday may encounter possible traffic delays between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. Students from the Juniata Valley School District will be participating in the seventh annual ...

Police: Man resisted arrest

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A city man faces charges after police said he caused a commotion at a Juniata restaurant and then fought with responding police. According to Altoona police, Michael Scott Erb, 56, of 1200 14th Ave., Apt. 4, was drunk the night of April 28, when he walked in the Original Italian Pizza at 610 ...

Teen skateboarder injured in crash

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A city teenager was injured after police said he struck a moving vehicle while riding a skateboard about 1:22 a.m. Monday at 11th Avenue and 23rd Street. Police said 18-year-old Jon Mort ran off after he ran into the passenger-side door of the vehicle and then hit the windshield, causing ...

Inmate dies at SCI Houtzdale

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HOUTZDALE — An inmate has died at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale. Superintendent Barry Smith said inmate Shane Savage, 32, was found unresponsive in his cell about 8:56 p.m. Sunday. Officers and medical staff began performing CPR. Savage was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. at ...

Briefcase

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HRMA sets program The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County will hold its May educational program from 7:45 to 9 a.m. May 16 at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. The program “10 Proven Tips to Better Manage Conflict” will be presented by Philip Sukenik. The interactive ...

Area firefighter recruits battle blaze in training

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PATTON — Volunteer fire departments in Cambria County were reinforced with volunteers over the weekend as new local firefighters completed state-certified training. In order to be a certified firefighter by the National Fire Protection Agency, volunteers must complete 164 hours of hands-on ...

GOP 79th House District

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Sharon L. Bream Address: Altoona Employment: Business Manager of Evergreen Farms Inc. Previous elected experience: Currently serving in my seventh year on the Altoona Area School Board Education: Graduate of Altoona Area High School, attended Mount Aloysius College and Cambria Community ...

GOP 79th House District

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Lou Schmitt Address: Logan Township Employment: Partner at McIntyre, Hartye, Schmitt & Sosnowski; founder/principal at ADR Solutions Previous elected experience: Blair County Republican Committee Education: Altoona Area High School graduate; bachelor’s from Saint Francis ...

‘A needed project’

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Family Services Inc. is seeking funds to create a 35-bed shelter for homeless people to replace its existing 16-bed shelter — which has proven inadequate for the county’s needs. The current shelter, not far from the former Bon Secours hospital, housed 279 individuals in the last fiscal ...

Bedbugs a ‘part of your future’

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Bedbugs, unlike mosquitoes, don’t spread illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — nor are they found only amidst squalor. Nonetheless, most people recoil at the idea of finding the little creatures in their homes. So it’s understandable that city Fire ...

Lyme disease sufferer, advocate: ‘You have to fight this’

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DUNCANSVILLE — Lisa Worrell had been sick for about a decade. She felt tired and weak to the point where she couldn’t stand. The symptoms were followed by seemingly endless doctors visits and hospital stays. But they yielded no results. “They did a variety of tests,” she said. “They ...

Shelter a safe place for people in need

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As a supervisor for the homeless shelter operated near the former Bon Secours hospital by Family Services Inc., Bryan Lytle has had to turn away many potential residents. “It’s hard,” Lytle said recently, standing outside the front door with resident Brad Latocha. It could get easier ...

Farmers getting a late start

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Farmers say the cold, damp spring set them behind but a recent warm spell is allowing them to catch up with their planting. Rainfall for April was above normal and temperatures were below normal in the Altoona area, said AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines. Precipitation recorded at the ...

Johnstown man charged in standoff

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A Johnstown man is facing multiple charges after a nearly five-hour standoff in Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, on Saturday night during which he opened fire on police as they approached his home, according to published reports. Aaron Ometz, 36, was arrested and placed in the Cambria ...

Police seeking information

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The CVS in Bedford reported a forged prescription on Saturday about 4:30 p.m. Upon the state police’s arrival, the person had fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford at 623-6133.

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Todd F. Kelly: Tristan A. Scott, 35, Allegheny County Prison, Pittsburgh, charged by Altoona police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on the 700 block of 21st Street Oct. 16. Guilty plea entered ...

Agriculture briefs

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HARRISBURG Farm bureau supports high speed broadband Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is urging members of the state General Assembly to support efforts to expand and improve access to high speed broadband in rural Pennsylvania. About 300 farmers discussed rural broadband and other priority issues ...

FFA spotlight

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Johanna Whiteford Age: 16 School: Bellwood-Antis High School Family: Mother, Sherri Whiteford; father, Joe Whiteford; little brother, Joey Whiteford FFA chapter: Bellwood-Antis Years involved with FFA: 2 Amount of time spent on FFA: About an hour every day but could increase to ...

Troubling discovery

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Much of Altoona’s housing stock is on the verge of lapsing into deterioration, unless attention is paid on a broad scale, according to Community Development Director Lee Slusser. A survey undertaken by the city planning office last summer involving examination of all 9,300 parcels in the ...