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Man facing additional drug charges

An accused drug dealer currently detained at Blair County Prison faces additional drug-related charges, court documents stated.

Scott Wayne Vipond, 43, of Altoona, was arraigned Oct. 8 by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones for felony charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility.

According to the new charges, police allegedly discovered seven bricks of heroin in a hallway closet and various heroin packets and a digital scale at a family member’s residence on the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue after listening to recorded phone calls Vipond made while in prison.

Vipond was originally arrested in August after police allegedly found 60 bricks of heroin, 11.9 ounces of meth and 8 grams of fentanyl April 1 from Vipond’s residence at the 800 block of First Avenue.

Unable to post cash bail of $100,000, Vipond remains detained at Blair County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday before Jones.

Man accused of trespass, PFA violation

A city man is accused of violating a protect-from-abuse order and trespassing at a woman’s residence.

Tracy Nemeihr Bey, 24, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones for a felony charge of criminal trespassing.

Bey is accused of trespassing into a victim’s residence Oct. 8 on the 1600 block of 14th Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, Bey was discovered sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of the victim’s living room, stating it was cold outside and he needed a place to stay.

Bey was allegedly told by law enforcement and the victim “multiple times” that he was not permitted inside the residence due to the PFA order.

Bey is confined at Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail and is to appear before Jones Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Man allegedly sells drugs to informant

An Altoona man was arrested after he allegedly sold drugs to a confidential informant, court documents stated.

John Joseph Eckard, 61, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger on felony charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility.

Eckard is accused of selling heroin to the informant May 18, a police report stated.

Police said Eckard allegedly sold $100 worth of heroin to an informant after the deal was planned over the phone.

The heroin was purchased with $100 of drug task force funds, the report stated.

Eckard is confined at Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones.

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