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Convicted felon arrested for illegally having gun

Police allegedly also found drugs in man’s car

Altoona police arrested a Tyrone man at Valley View County Park around midnight Wednesday, after finding myriad drugs and a gun in his vehicle, a commonwealth criminal complaint stated.

Richard Ewing, 42, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger on charges relating to illegal possession of a firearm and possession of controlled substances, court documents said.

Just after midnight, police patrolling the Valley View County Park area pulled up to Ewing’s vehicle parked near a sign stating the park hours, court documents said.

When police asked Ewing if he knew the park closed after dusk, they said they saw a bottle of alcohol at his 18-year-old passenger’s feet, smelled marijuana in the vehicle and saw a tray in the back seat with a rolled up dollar bill and white powdery substance on the tray, according to a police report.

Ewing’s passenger identified herself as his niece and said she smoked some marijuana earlier in the day and in Ewing’s vehicle, but she would not tell police who provided her the alcohol, court documents stated.

The Blair County District Attorney’s office was advised of the situation and granted police permission to search Ewing’s vehicle based on probable cause presented at that point in time, court documents stated.

In the vehicle, police said they discovered a Ruger handgun, digital scale, suspected ecstasy pills, about 40 small plastic bags, suspected lysergic acid diethylamide (also known as LSD or acid) strips and paraphernalia containing suspected marijuana and methamphetamine residue.

The handgun’s serial number was “obliterated” and because Ewing was found guilty of aggravated assault in 1998, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm, police reported.

Ewing was transported to Blair County Prison before posting his $40,000 cash bail and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28 with Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, court documents stated.

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