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­­­Blair County John D. II and Gwendolyn M. Antesberger to Anthony D. Rodriguez and Joyce A. Hann, 2301-03 W. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, $85,000. Amanda D. Irvin and Amanda I. and Michael D. Petrecca to Stephen T. Mullins, 2806 Ivyside Drive, Altoona, $131,000. S. Dwayne Meadows to Jason M. ...

Bankruptcies

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The following people have made filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. Chapter 7 involves selling assets to pay debts. Chapter 13 is a plan to pay debts using income. Chapter 11 involves reorganization to pay off debt. The information is from the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Amber M. Henney, 26, 13151 Redstone Ridge Road, charged by Altoona police with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, Sept. 29. Guilty plea entered to disorderly conduct; other charges dismissed Nov. 20. Richard E. ...

Poll: Lost jobs not returning

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not a new ...

Jobless aid snags new coronavirus bill

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Negotiations over a new COVID-19 rescue bill were in flux Friday after the White House floated cutting an unemployment benefits boost to as little as $100 and President Donald Trump turned to a new priority, adding money to build a new FBI headquarters. Senate Majority Leader ...

Housing refund plans irk students

COVID-19

RALEIGH, N.C. — When Laura Comino opened the housing email from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in June, she knew she had to take action. At the direction of the state’s public university system, UNCG asked her to sign a housing contract addendum acknowledging that she ...

England makes masks a must

COVID-19

ROME — New rules on wearing masks in England came into effect Friday, with people entering shops, banks and supermarkets now required to wear face coverings, while Romania reported a record for daily infections and France announced mandatory testing for arrivals from 16 countries, including ...

Time to remember

Local News

Carole Carbaugh leans in close to take photos of names on The Wall That Heals, while her husband, Harold, reads the names on a panel of the half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Carbaughs traveled from Mercersburg to Bedford on Thursday morning to see The Wall that is on ...

Health chief justifies restrictions

Local News

The state’s recent re-tightening of restrictions on bars, indoor dining, nightclubs and indoor gatherings is based on regional, statewide and national data, coupled with federal recommendations, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Thursday in a press conference, after a reporter ...

AASD offers learning options

Local News

The Altoona Area School District is offering three educational options for its 7,405 returning students, and is asking district families to let them know which option they choose for their children. While high school students will be learning virtually through at least Sept. 25 due to ...

Teen facing murder charges wants new attorney

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A replacement attorney will be appointed for one of the four teenagers facing murder and related criminal charges in the Feb. 25 shooting death of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching of Altoona. Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle granted permission Thursday for defense ...

Corrections officer accused of offering drugs to inmates

Local News

HOUTZDALE – A corrections officer at the state prison in Houtzdale is facing charges for allegedly offering to supply drugs to inmates. On Wednesday, an agent of the Department of Corrections filed charges at District Judge James Glass’s office of conspiracy-contraband/controlled ...

BG, Spring Cove set reopening guidelines

Local News

As area school districts prepare for the upcoming academic year, two more area schools have released guidelines for bringing students back into the classroom for the first time since March. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has announced its reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year. BG ...

Court: Bedford County man can’t withdraw guilty pleas

Local News

A Bedford County man serving a state prison sentence for sexual offenses against two young girls has lost his attempt to withdraw his guilty pleas based on a contention that his initial confession to the offenses was forced by police. The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday upheld a ...

City man faces drug charges

Local News

An Altoona man is in jail on charges he sold fentanyl and heroin to a police informant. Gage M. Barnhill, 21, allegedly sold fentanyl to a police informant on the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue Alley on Sept. 16, 2019, according to charges filed by Altoona police. Barnhill originally told the ...

High-speed police chase ends in crash

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LIGONIER — A man driving a stolen SUV led police on a high-speed chase through two counties in western Pennsylvania before crashing into cars parked at a restaurant, authorities said. Gary Austin Blough, 18, of Johnstown faces numerous counts including unlawful restraint, reckless ...

Nonprofit of the Month: Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps

Local Business

Years in existence: 26 Total number of employees: Five Type of nonprofit: National service organization Populations served: The AmeriCorps members of PMSC serve in communities across 15 counties of southwest and southcentral Pennsylvania. Area(s) of focus: We have three main areas of ...

Panel rejects carbon tax plan

Local Business

An advisory panel that reviews the impact of state environmental policies on Pennsylvania’s small businesses opposed Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Wednesday, according to Sen. Joe Pittman and State Rep. Jim Struzzi, ...

Virus restrictions questioned

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Warren County had less than a handful of new COVID-19 cases during the past seven days — and eight total confirmed cases since the start of the virus outbreak — and a restaurant owner in that county wants to know why he can’t have more than 25-percent occupancy in his ...

City man guilty of abusing toddler

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is facing five to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault charges involving a 2-year-old girl. Anthony J. Ditton, 36, who has been incarcerated since his arrest in August 2018, was scheduled to be tried in August when jury trials resume in ...