Residents unleash anger at B-A board

Investigation into former coach sparks criticism of district

BELLWOOD — Angry residents lashed out at Bellwood-Antis School Board members and administration Tuesday regarding the investigation into former assistant wrestling coach Ryan Blazier.

The criticism came on the heels of state police executing a search warrant Tuesday at the high school as part of the investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of Blazier, who was arrested last week for allegedly abusing three minors, two of whom are believed to have been abused on middle school grounds.

State police spokesman Trooper Joseph Dunsmore said investigators were on school grounds looking for further evidence related to the Blazier case.

Superintendent Thomas McInroy said he couldn’t comment because it is an active investigation.

Blazier, who is facing 13 felony and three misdemeanor charges, remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $750,000 cash bail.

Meanwhile, 10 people have submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the school board.

Those submitting letters include: Tom Hammond, Mackenzie Lechner, Tim Mallon, Tom Martin, Chris Miller, Seth Sager, David Wilt, Matthew Gibbons, Paige McCreary and Jeff Farber.

The board will interview all candidates at Tuesday’s meeting. The interviews will be public as will the discussion and nominations. The board will vote and the person with five votes or more will be selected to the board, McInroy said.

The board needs to find a replacement for Jason Lynn, whose resignation was officially accepted Feb. 11.

Lynn, who had served on the board since December 2017, was arrested by Altoona police on Jan. 12 and faces charges after police allegedly seized methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and stolen guns from two vehicles and Lynn’s home in Bellwood.

He had submitted a letter of resignation to school officials at his preliminary hearing on Jan. 28.

Lynn was arrested again on Feb. 9 on charges that include felony strangulation and robbery stemming from an incident at his home at 1200 E. Fifth St., Bellwood, where he is accused of assaulting a woman and tying her up with plastic cable ties, according to charges filed by state police.


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