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Prison, Logan to swap services

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Prison Board has endorsed a plan to swap services with Logan Township. If an agreement is signed, the prison administration will be able to request Logan Township’s drug-sniffing dog to search the prison. In return, prison personnel will handle cleanup and ...

Gutshall discovers niche to fill in local government

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Fleeting near involvement in the most galvanizing American event of this century triggered an Altoona native’s subsequent involvement for 17 years in an activity that hardly registers on the public-interest scale. On Sept. 11, 2001, Bob Gutshall was flying from his home in Florida for a ...

Making laps for baby Liam

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — In the face of challenges often comes the greatest platform for awareness. On Sunday, the community came together in support of one baby boy and to raise awareness for an important cause. Liam Dugan was born June 13 with spina bifida, a birth defect involving the formation ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Garrett J. Bowser, 23, 94 Adams Lane, Duncansville, charged by Allegheny Township police with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and five ...

Passion for the past — Classics remain popular

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They come from near and far, drawn by the shine, the glitter, bright colors and loud rumbles and by a shared interest in an era in vehicle manufacturing that many think is unmatched by today’s companies. Antique and classic car aficionados come in all shapes, sizes and ages — much like ...

Deeds

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Blair County Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. to Charles D. Henzler and Cathy J. Berger, 537 Sourwood Drive, Martinsburg, $267,500. Michael L. and Diane L. Selfridge to Paul A. and Mollie L. Bradford, property in Allegheny Township, $317,000. Vance Lyle Seagle to Jeremy J. and Anna Marie ...

Altoona-Blair County Airport — Ridership improves; subsidy at risk

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MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair County Airport’s passenger numbers have increased steadily this summer and very few flights are being canceled. But without more passengers, the airport remains at risk of losing its Essential Air Service subsidy that helps sustain daily passenger flights to ...

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. Filings by ...

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court Jan. 8 – Feb. 26: Justin M. Stern, 27, 465 Cabin Lane, Hollidaysburg, charged by Blair Township police with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and one summary traffic violation on the 400 ...

Corrections officer accused of relationship with inmate

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HOUTZDALE — A Patton woman has been charged with having sex with a state prison inmate. Crystal Rose Bloom, 54, a corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale, became a suspect because she was spending an “excessive amount of time interacting alone” with the ...

I blinked and the world changed

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My younger brother lives in Florida, and we speak by phone at least once a week with scattered emails in between. Our conversations used to center on family, work and day-to-day life in general, but lately that has changed. Today, our conversations often start with, “Do you remember?” ...

‘Red flag’ gun plans up for debate

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A string of mass shootings spurred Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to launch a new anti-gun violence project last week — but not before its announcement was delayed by an hours-long gun battle that left several Philadelphia police officers wounded. Another round of public killings — one ...

Divorces

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Blair County FARINO — Patricia S., Altoona; Frank R., Somerset. Married July 24, 1992. KENNEDY — Jarred W., Hollidaysburg; Lindsay M., Altoona. Married May 15, 2018. GRADOS — Kelsey L. (Bender), Hollidaysburg; Matthew L., Salix. Married Aug. 2, 2018. WARNER — Tiffany, Tyrone; ...

Marriage licenses

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Blair County David A. Bartlebaugh and Lori L. Wilt, both of Hollidaysburg. Matthew W. Trexler, Cresson, and Ashley B. Bollinger, Altoona. Charles F. Shuke and Patricia J. Deeters, both of Altoona. Daniel R. Brumaugh and Brianne M. Weymer, both of Duncansville. Brian A. Stewart and Nicole ...

Police: Former teller stole $17K

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TYRONE — A former teller faces charges she stole thousands from a Tyrone bank. Bernadette R. Finochio, 28, of 511 51st St., Altoona, is accused of taking $17,870.50 from Citizens Bank in Tyrone between February and March, money she allegedly then tried to replace by withdrawing thousands ...

Accused arsonist to face trial

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A man accused of burning down a vacant house on his family’s sprawling property in Logan Township will face trial. Michael L. Feather Jr., 41, of 2716 Sixth Ave., appeared before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson on Thursday for his preliminary hearing on arson and related charges ...

Ex-pro wrestler aids local woman

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Erin Kelly first met wrestling hall of famer Mick Foley at an Altoona Curve game three years ago, and they began a friendship that has continued ever since. It’s only fitting, then, that Foley will be back for another Curve game Monday night trying to help his friend raise money for a ...

Man accused of assaulting 15-year-old

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CLEARFIELD — A Tyrone man is facing five felony charges for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Dante Malik Prigg, 22, was charged by state police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and ...

Joyce, Ward address Farm Bureau members

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MARTINSBURG — U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, told Blair County Farm Bureau members Friday that Congress needs to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “This would provide a big opportunity for agriculture to expand outside of the U.S. I am a big advocate to bring it to the floor ...