News in brief from police and courts
Skills machine theft investigated
The theft of a Pennsylvania Skills redemption machine from a Hollidaysburg bar is under investigation.
According to state police, someone broke into ZMac’s Riverside Pub at 4:16 a.m. Sept. 9 and took the Skills Machine, valued at $10,000. The money in the machine was $12,780, police reported. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact state police at 814-696-6100.
City man faces drug charges
A city man faces charges after allegedly selling drugs to a confidential informant and an undercover officer.
Calvin Wilbert Ward, 55, was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones on felony charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, along with misdemeanor charges of possession drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Unable to post $100,000 bail, Ward was remanded to Blair County Prison. His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.
According to court documents, Ward took the confidential informant and undercover officer to an apartment on the 200 block of Fourth Street where the informant and Ward went in to meet Ward’s dealer. The informant was given $250 in Drug Task Force funds and purchased $175 worth of heroin stamped “Lamborghini” and “Black Summer” using $180 of the funds. Because no one had change for the $5, a bag of marijuana was provided to make up the difference, police reported.
After returning to the undercover officer’s car, the informant gave the remaining $70 to the officer along with three packets containing suspected heroin.
A traffic stop was made on the undercover vehicle, and Ward was taken into custody, transported to the Altoona Police Department and searched. An empty white wax packet stamped “Black Summer” was found in his wallet and a small glass pipe with residue was found in his pants packet.