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Police nab wanted Tyrone man

A Tyrone man wanted in two counties is behind bars after fleeing police Monday.

Travis Hammond, 40, allegedly drove through a stop sign on Seventh Street and got away when Tyrone police tried to pull him over Monday after he was spotted driving along Garden Alley, according to Tyrone police.

Tyrone police located him about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at 702 Washington Ave. After he refused to come out of the home, Bellwood police and Blair County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the home, along with the Tyrone police K-9 unit.

When the police dog Getro was sent in to get Hammond, he surrendered, police noted.

Hammond was also wanted in Hunting­­don County, as well as in Blair County on an Altoona police arrest warrant.

In that case, Altoona police allege Hammond deposited a bogus $680 check into a bank account he had closed before writing checks to himself and making withdrawals in January and February 2019. In all, the bank lost $1,671.75, police contend.

Altoona police charged Hammond on Dec. 5 with a felony count of forgery along with misdemeanor charges of theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks.

Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger arraigned Hammond on the Altoona police charges on Tuesday along with the charges filed in Tyrone District Court related to Hammond’s arrest. Bail was set in the bad check case at $10,000 cash with a preliminary hearing slated for Jan. 29 at Central Court.

Tyrone police charged Hammond of Tuesday with felony escape and flight to avoid prosecution, as well as several traffic citations. Judge Blattenberger set bail on the Tyrone police case at $30,000 cash and Hammond remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing in Tyrone District Court scheduled for Tuesday.

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