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Upcoming proms

Today Bedford Area — 7 p.m. Bedford Elks Spring Cove — 6 p.m. The Casino at Lakemont Park Tussey Mountain — 7 p.m. Lake Raystown Resort Williamsburg — 7 p.m. Altoona Grand Hotel Saturday Bishop Carroll — 5:30 p.m. promenade school; prom 6:30 p.m. Crystal ...

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Disaster trailers to be displayed The Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association will be displaying mass disaster trailers and equipment from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the AMED Building, 1012 Seventh Ave., Altoona. People are invited to see the trailers and learn about disaster preparedness ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 3, 1969 A four-person folk group called The Four of Us: Kathy Byrne, John Little, Alfie Miller and Bill Cruscial, sponsored by the Fifth Ward 4-H Club, had been together for about 18 months and entertained at the Booker T. Washington Center. 25 YEARS AGO: May 3, ...

Police: City man fired at friend

A city man is facing a charge of attempted murder after police say he allegedly opened fire on a friend over a $40 drug debt. Jahlil Curtis Williams, 19, is accused of shooting five rounds from a 9 mm handgun at a friend as the other man fled in an SUV from the alley behind Williams’ home at ...

Judge will not separate charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is declining to separate drug-related charges from homicide-related charges against John Patrick Stiver II, even though several hours passed between the alleged offenses. Stiver is the Altoona man accused of fatally shooting 58-year-old David Alan Hoover ...

Veteran groups face issue with flagpole size

Two local veterans groups working to rehabilitate military monuments in the county face an ironic potential problem with their latest project site, a triangular grass median bounded by Bryant, East Southey and Tennyson avenues in Garden Heights. The flagpole there is too tall, but fixing the ...

Death investigation named Blair crime of the week

A state police investigation into the death of pedestrian in Roaring Spring is the crime of the week by Crime Solvers of Blair County. John R. Garner, 64, of Everett, left Conemaugh Nason Hospital on foot about 6:30 p.m. April 17. He was discovered deceased about 9 a.m. the next day in the ...

Coroner called to plane crash

PHILIPSBURG — Authorities said a coroner has been called to the scene of a small plane crash in central Pennsylvania. Emergency crews in Centre County were called to the Sandy Ridge area of Rush Township on Wednesday afternoon. According to the FAA, the plane, a Cessna C172, crashed about 1 ...

Man allegedly raped child

A 19-year-old man is in jail on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. Donovan A. Lynch, 19, no fixed address, was arraigned Wednesday morning on felony and misdemeanor sex crimes that include rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor stemming from an ...

18-year-old accused in theft

An 18-year-old faces charges in connection to stolen pickup truck in Altoona. Jordan Dane-James Miller, no fixed address, was arrested Monday by Altoona police. After questioning, Miller allegedly admitted to stealing a 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck from the 2500 block of Bell Avenue on ...

Centred Outdoors program returns

Clearwater Conservancy and its partnering organizations announced the third season of Centred Outdoors, a program focused on encouraging central Pennsylvania residents to get outside by offering free outdoor opportunities “at some of the most beautiful areas in our region,” according to a ...

Officials to attend water summit

If Blair County were located on a summit, last year’s excessive rain might not have been a problem. But the populous parts are in a valley, and disruptive flooding occurred, so state Sen. Judy Ward is holding a “Water Summit” today in Duncansville — where perhaps the worst events took ...

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Plank Road work meeting planned PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display Tuesday on the proposed Plank Road Culvert Replacement Project in Logan Township from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at PennDOT District 9 Office, 1620 N. Juniata St. The Plank Road Culvert Replacement ...

Altoona man wanted for allegedly shooting at SUV

A 19-year-old city man is wanted by police for allegedly shooting at an SUV Tuesday night. Altoona police allege Jahlil Curtis Williams, 19, fired five rounds from a 9 mm handgun at an SUV about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday behind his home, 111 Fifth Ave. Altoona Sgt. Matthew Plummer said Wednesday that ...

Venture aims to be unique

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A place to enjoy a beer or two and throw axes could be coming to the borough of Hollidaysburg. Businessman Dan Kroko aims to open an ax-throwing alley with a bring-your-own beer policy, modeled after those gaining popularity in other cities across the country. Kroko has ...

Judge tosses Spanier’s conviction

HARRISBURG — A federal judge threw out former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s misdemeanor child-endangerment conviction on Tuesday, less than a day before he was due to turn himself in to begin serving a jail sentence. The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in ...

Jury reaches split verdict in domestic dispute case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man at the center of a domestic dispute in 2017 was convicted Tuesday of criminal trespass and terroristic threats. A jury of six men and six women heard the charges against Joseph F. Weakland Jr., 40, and acquitted him of the most serious charge of burglary, as ...

Former Altoona nurse charged

A former UPMC Altoona nurse faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges after an investigation by state narcotics agents into missing drugs. Registered nurse Bradley J. Carter, 35, of Altoona, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on one felony count of acquiring a ...

Mowery ends ‘Voice’ journey

Altoona native Jimmy Mowery was not one of eight contestants who won a public vote Tuesday night on “The Voice,” ending his journey on the show as one of the top 24. Each coach had the opportunity to save one contestant from elimination on each team, but he was not chosen by his coach, ...

Court dismisses Whitaker’s claim of ineffective counsel

The Pennsylvania Su­perior Court has dismissed the claim of a Clearfield County man who requested a new trial on rape and assault charges because his attorney, who died in 2008, used such offensive language during the case that it turned the jury against him. The defendant, Joseph Clair ...