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AMED hopes to make bid soon

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AMED hopes to advertise soon for bids for construction of its proposed ambulance substation on Shand Avenue in Lakemont — a building that will also house the authority’s overall headquarters, which are now on Seventh Avenue in Altoona. The advertisements could run in two or three weeks, ...

Hollidaysburg man gets time for DUI, alcohol-fueled fight

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 27-year-old Hollidaysburg-area man with a locally recognizable surname will serve a day in jail, a day on house arrest and six months on probation for an alcohol-fueled fight and a drunken driving arrest. David A. Consiglio, nephew of Blair County District Attorney ...

Briefcase

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PITTSBURGH UPMC unveils figures UPMC’s strong financial results for the first six months of 2018 are supporting the increasing demand for UPMC in communities beyond the western Pennsylvania region. For the six months ended June 30, UPMC’s operating revenues increased to $9.3 billion, ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Johnathan R. Hatch, 22, 304 Crawford Ave., charged by Altoona police with DUI and two summary traffic violations on the 500 block of Pleasant Valley Boulevard Feb. 3. Michael T. Wilkes, 19, 319 Sixth Ave., charged by ...

Altoona Area School District teachers defend attending workshop

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A few of the seven teachers who attended a conference in New York spoke about it during a school board meeting Monday after an Aug. 13 meeting in which a board member challenged the $3,000 cost of hotel rooms. The teachers attended a Columbia University workshop in New York from June 24 to 29 ...

Federal judge recuses himself from lawsuit

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U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown has recused himself from presiding over a civil lawsuit brought by a Johnstown man who recently was released after his life sentence for the murder of his wife was vacated. On Monday, Gibson asked that the case be reassigned because he learned ...

Standoff ends peacefully

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TYRONE — State police spent most of Wednesday outside a Snyder Township home in what troopers say was a psychiatric situation. A man at a home on Vanscoyoc Road, across from Camp Anderson, had refused to give himself up to state troopers who had attempted to take him into custody on an ...

Inmate accused of stealing drug-laced mail

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EBENSBURG — A Cambria County prisoner held on homicide and related charges is now accused of retrieving drug-laced mail sent to another inmate. He is one of three to face charges in the alleged June 27 incident. Nijan T. Joiner, 29, of 200 Grove Ave., Johnstown, faces a felony charge ...

Altoona cyberacademy enrollment rises to 36

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The Altoona Area School District’s homegrown cyberacademy is starting the school year with the most students in its six-year history, said cyber administrator and Altoona Area assistant 12th-grade principal Jason McGinnis. “The program is rapidly growing,” he said during a school board ...

Boutique Air to replace Southern at Johnstown

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has named a new airline carrier for the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Starting Nov. 1, Boutique Air will begin offering daily passenger flights to the Pittsburgh and Baltimore-Washington airports, replacing Southern Airways Express, which ...

Retired AASD school superintendent leaves behind legacy

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Retired Altoona Area School District superintendent and longtime Kiwanis club member Charles M. Hill, 90, Altoona, will be remembered for his dedication to children, said those who knew him. Hill died Monday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. He was a 1945 graduate of Altoona High ...

Philipsburg man pleads guilty in drug case

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CLEARFIELD — An area man charged with possessing metham­phetamine, cocaine and other drugs pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court. Mark Lynn Rinehart, 39, Philipsburg, was sentenced by Judge Paul Cherry to 7.5 to 15 years in state prison for a felony count of conspiracy, three ...

Patton Park’s pool gets four donations

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PATTON — Four donations have ensured that the cost to repair a pump motor for the Patton Park’s pool will be at little to no cost to the borough. Earlier this month, the borough received three anonymous donations totaling $5,200 to cover the estimated $5,000 cost of repairing the ...

Three area men waive hearings

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CLEARFIELD — The three men accused of having sex with animals on a regular basis waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. But two did receive reduced bail amounts. Matthew Joseph Bru­baker, 32, Terry James Wallace, 40, and ...

Former Blair man loses latest appeal

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A former Blair County resident has lost his latest appeal on charges of child rape and corruption of a minor because he was late in filing his post-trial petition. Howard Scott Allison, 53, is serving 12.5 to 25 years in the State Correctional Insti­tu­tion at Waymart for the sexual abuse ...

Bedford man faces harassment charges

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A Bedford man faces multiple charges for the alleged assault of state troopers while resisting arrest after escaping a hospital. Daniel Adam Weaver, 37, of 164 Betsy Ave., is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and two counts of ...

Briefcase

Local Business

FLINTON Dollar General opens store Dollar General has opened its newest store at 2535 Glendale Valley Blvd. in Flinton. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening at 8 a.m. Saturday with free prizes and special deals. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at ...

Court OKs child sex abuse sentence

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An Altoona man who is incarcerated for a minimum of 73 years on an attempted child rape charge has lost his case for a reduced sentence, according to a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision issued last week. David Allen Helsel, now 38, was sentenced to the lengthy term in 2012 by Judge ...