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Priest to remain in US custody

September 30, 2014 JOHNSTOWN — A priest accused of illicit sexual contact with children while in Honduras and possessing child pornography here in the United States will remain in federal custody, a U.S. more »»

Commissioners to approve 2 percent raises

September 30, 2014 The Blair County Com­missioners said Monday they plan to raise the salaries of county elected officials 2 percent per year for the four years starting in 2018, after hearing a near-consensus in favo... more »»

Bedford man dies in crash

September 30, 2014 A 40-year-old Bedford man was killed on his motorcycle after colliding with a tractor-trailer on Business Route 220 in Bedford on Monday. more »»

Bedford, Everett schools to get federal grants

September 30, 2014 Two school districts in Bedford County are set to receive a federal grant to operate community learning centers for students. more »»


September 30, 2014 LORETTO Saint Francis gets $1.5M Saint Francis Uni­ver­sity has received a $1. more »»

Commissioners consider changes to care for aging county courthouse

September 29, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Courtroom 2 on the second floor of the original portion of the Blair County Courthouse has long been recognized for shortcomings. more »»

Judge keeps priest in federal custody

September 29, 2014 JOHNSTOWN -- A federal judge has ordered Father Joseph Maurizio remain on federal custody. U.S. more »»

Bedford County DA: Voice of group left out of desecration case

September 29, 2014 Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said in an email that he is a “tireless advocate” for giving youth second chances, but much of the discussion on a high-profile desecration case has lef... more »»

Counselor strives to help inmates with mental health

September 29, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Abbie L. Tate told the story last week of an inmate who vowed, when released, that he was going to throw himself in front of the first car he saw. more »»

Housing authority’s weapons policy upsets board member

September 29, 2014 The Altoona Housing Authority recently adopted a revised employee handbook that includes a prohibition against possession of weapons on authority property or while engaged in authority business,... more »»

Fourth man linked to homicide arrested

September 29, 2014 Pennsylvania State Police have made a fourth arrest in connection with a Bedford County homicide, according to a releas. more »»

Fake defendant helps catch judge

September 29, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — To catch a Philadelphia municipal judge they suspected of corruption, FBI agents invented a defendant — complete with a staged arrest and court appearances. more »»

Two murder trials scheduled close

September 28, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Friday scheduled the first-degree murder trial of Hugo Baez for early December, essentially the same time as another murder case is expected to... more »»

Effectiveness of spanking still debated

September 28, 2014 When a parent hits a child, it’s a common explanation: “It happened to me as a kid, and I turned out OK. more »»

Activists rally around teenager accused of desecrating Jesus statue

September 28, 2014 BEDFORD — Chris Renz said she made the 35-mile trip between Bedford and her hometown of Jennerstown Saturday morning to prove that local atheists are “out of the closet. more »»

Petition requests link for trail, Canoe Creek

September 28, 2014 A grass-roots group, Sunday Riders & Sunday Strollers, has gathered over 1,000 signatures in an ongoing petition to urge PennDOT and elected officials to create a safe bike and pedestrian crossing o... more »»

Three arrested in homicide case

September 28, 2014 Charges have been filed against three people in connection to a homicide in Bedford County, according to a release from Pennsylvania State Police. Jonta St. Clair Bishop, 18, of Hagerstown, Md. more »»

Potatofest cooks up food, entertainment

September 28, 2014 EBENSBURG — As the band prepared to launch into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Acoustic Stew guitarist Jamie Dubetski offered a sweet sentiment to the crowd at Potatofest. more »»

Christmas parade route is extended

September 28, 2014 Several years after shrinking the route of the Spirit of Christmas parade to swell crowd density, the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. is expanding it, to counter too much of a good thing. more »»

Two men accused of stealing copper wire

September 28, 2014 Two Altoona men are behind bars after police say they snipped copper grounding wire from 28 utility poles. Terry L. Bennett Sr., 46, of 1917 Sixth Ave., and Richard W. Farber, 22, of 608 10th St. more »»

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