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Man takes plea deal to sexual assault charges

October 23, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 23-year-old Altoona man will serve 20 to 40 months in a state correctional institution for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. Joshua Doucette of 1838 Sixth Ave. more »»

$2.5M grant to aid Children’s Hospital

October 23, 2014 PITTSBURGH (AP) — A $2.5 million state grant will help Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to expand and make more room for patients needing certain specialized treatments. more »»

Rock Run receives $580K from state

October 23, 2014 PATTON — The Rock Run Recreation Area in Chest Township was awarded more than $580,000 in state grant funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officials announced Monday. more »»

Williamsburg board OKs buying generator

October 23, 2014 If a disaster should happen in Williamsburg that displaces residents, the high school would be a natural emergency shelter for the small borough. more »»

Baker’s 88 abuse victims receive $8 million

October 22, 2014 Altoona attorney Richard A. more »»

Tax break program could help downtown Altoona

October 22, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County commissioners said Tuesday they are interested in a proposal to use real estate tax breaks as a spur for the development of downtown Altoona. more »»

Area residents hear plans about possible 9/11 trail

October 22, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The second in a series of public hearings and workshops on a potential trail connecting the three 9/11 memorials invited area residents to note local landmarks that the trail should... more »»

Schools scoured in search for accused police killer

October 22, 2014 SWIFTWATER — With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked... more »»

Judge’s suspension divides lawyers

October 22, 2014 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s legal community is torn over the suspension of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery by his fellow justices amid a pornographic email scandal and a nasty feud... more »»

Huntingdon school reimbursed for construction project

October 22, 2014 HARRISBURG — The Huntingdon Area School District has been reimbursed $271,796 for a construction project. more »»

Williamsburg transitions to schoolwide assistance

October 22, 2014 WILLIAMSBURG—The Williamsburg Elementary School’s plan to transition from partial Title I assistance to schoolwide assistance has been approved by the stat. more »»

Police: Burglar stole tools from garage

October 22, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A garage in Williamsburg was burglarized with thousands of dollars worth of tools stolen. more »»

Sex trafficker receives 15 years

October 22, 2014 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A southeastern Pennsyl­vania woman who pleaded guilty last year to sex trafficking charges has been sentenced to 15 years, 5 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervision. more »»

Chairman: Home rule charter faces less dissent

October 21, 2014 With just two weeks left before election day, opposition to Altoona’s proposed home rule charter is evaporating, as those with doubts learn what really is — and isn’t — in the charter, according to... more »»

Court upholds long-term prison sentence

October 21, 2014 A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has upheld the sentence of an Altoona man who last year was convicted of being one of the leaders of a group distributing kilograms of cocaine every few days... more »»

Justice suspended over porn email case

October 21, 2014 HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended one of its members over his participation in a state government pornographic email scandal that involved employees of the attorney... more »»

Locals to help teachers in Qatar

October 21, 2014 BELLWOOD — Alice Flarend believes learning is a lifelong experience. Flarend sees her upcoming trip to Doha, Qatar, as both a learning and teaching experience. more »»

Police: Tyrone robbery suspect said he was ‘just so sick’

October 21, 2014 A man charged with robbing a Tyrone pharmacy told police he committed the crime because he was having trouble getting a prescription transferred, police said in an affidavit. more »»

Judge: Entry didn’t violate rights

October 21, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Wade Kagarise has ruled that Logan Township police did not violate the rights of a New Jersey man who was a student at Penn State Altoona last March when officers... more »»

Area briefs

October 21, 2014 Man, 84, dies after being hit by car An 84-year-old Huntingdon County man died late Sunday night after being struck by a car as he tried to cross a state highway, Pennsylvania State Police at... more »»

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