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Teens arraigned on murder charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Three Altoona teenagers were arraigned Thursday in Blair County Court on murder and related charges from Tuesday night’s shooting death of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching of Altoona. President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle, who conducted Thursday’s court proceedings, advised ...

Police: Teenager killed over pot

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While police say the original plan was to rob Devon Pfirsching of his marijuana, after the 15-year-old was shot in the head at close range and left to die in an Altoona alley, the three teenagers now accused of his murder ran off and left the bag of pot laying in a stairwell next to the ...

Coach faces sex abuse charges

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TYRONE — While waiting to sign his paperwork during his preliminary arraignment on child sex crimes on Thursday, Bellwood-Antis Middle School wrestling coach Ryan Blazier sat, shaking his head. Blazier, who is accused of sexually assaulting three children, including two boys at the middle ...

Dealer loses conviction appeal

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A convicted drug dealer serving a state prison term of 31 to 46 years has lost a bid to overturn his conviction because the issue he raised on appeal had previously been rejected by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The appeals court last week — for the second time — dismissed a challenge ...

Court rejects Altoona man’s eviction dispute

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An Altoona man lost his bid to keep his apartment in a building owned by Improved Dwellings of Altoona because his legal brief to the Pennsylvania Superior Court was “rambling” and “confusing.” In a footnote to an opinion writ­ten by Superior Court Judge Judith F. Olson, the appeals ...

Shooting involving officer probed

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MARTINSBURG — State police at Hollidaysburg continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting along Cove Mountain Road in Martinsburg on Wednesday night. According to State police spokesman Trooper Joseph Dunsmore, at about 6 p.m., a Martinsburg Borough police officer observed a vehicle ...

Blair County briefs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Deal inked to study prison upgrades Blair County commissioners are signing an agreement with CDI-Infrastructure LLC of Ebensburg to prepare bidding documents, outlining specifications for upgrades to several electronically controlled systems inside the county ...

Police arrest city man on drug, gun charges

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A call about an idling car has led to the arrest of an Altoona man who allegedly told police he’s an enforcer for a methamphetamine supplier. Jean-Taft Kelley Gray, 40, was taken into custody by Altoona police at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after officers allegedly found methamphetamine and a ...

Amtran plan gets positive review

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Blair County Planning Commission members on Thursday gave a positive review to Amtran’s plans to construct a 4,800-square-foot storage garage. The project also includes a paved parking lot, sidewalks and landscaping. The parking lot will include 29 spaces including two Americans with ...

Three facing charges in shooting

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Three juveniles face homicide charges in the killing of a 15-year-old Altoona boy. Devon Pfirsching, 15, was shot in the head at point-blank range just before midnight Tuesday, and after an extensive all-night and all-day investigation, Altoona police said late Wednesday that three juveniles ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges waived to court May 28-Aug. 13: Tiffany K. Iraca, 32, 1272 Evergreen Drive, Coalport, charged by Tyrone police with theft, receiving stolen property, carrying an unlicensed firearm, criminal trespass and ...

Students shocked, saddened by death

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Altoona Area High School students arrived at school Wednesday morning to the news that one of their classmates lost his life in a shooting the previous night. The 15-year-old male victim, Devon Pfirsching of Altoona, was shot Tuesday evening just before midnight on the 100 block of Fourth ...

State police investigate shooting

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MARTINSBURG — State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting along Cove Mountain Road in Martinsburg. Reports indicate a Martinsburg Borough police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle about 6 p.m. Wednesday, but the suspect failed to stop and fled south ...

Police: Union leader embezzled funds

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HUNTINGDON — A Hollidaysburg man faces felony charges in Huntingdon County after state police allege he embezzled almost $30,000 while serving as a union treasurer. Bryan Peroni, 57, is accused of writing multiple checks to himself for a total of $29,365 while serving as treasurer of the ...

Man accused of assaulting woman

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CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale man is facing charges for allegedly kicking, punching and strangling a handicapped woman. Daniel Katz, 41, was charged by state police with felony strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of ...

Schools get grants for safety

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A number of area school entities will receive a combined Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grants to improve student safety. The Altoona Area School District is in line for $45,000, while Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is getting $449,945 and Penn Cambria School District ...

Court upholds man’s sentence

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A state prison sentence for an Altoona man with a history of DUI and other offenses has been upheld by an appeals court, which agreed with the sentencing judge that the man’s treatment programs have not worked. Donald Eugene Clark, 65, has a record of six DUI convictions, according to the ...

Two teens arraigned in killing

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Two of the three teenagers charged in the killing of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching appeared in court this morning for arraignment with a third scheduled to appear this afternoon. Appearing this morning were Owen Sutherland, 15, who was charged with first-degree murder, robbery and related ...

Bellwood-Antis Junior High wrestling coach arrested

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The Bellwood-Antis Junior High wrestling coach is now in custody and faces 13 felony charges that include two counts each of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child as well as counts of sexual contact with a student and indecent assault of a person less than 14 ...

Briefcase

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Altoona photographer part of TV event Photographer Tim Boyles of Altoona will be in Nicaragua with Nik Wallenda as he walks the highwire across an active volcano. The event will air live on ABC on March 4. Boyles, a 1977 graduate of Altoona Area High School, has been Wallenda’s personal ...