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Police: Man shot and killed dog while enraged

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MARTINSBURG — A Roaring Spring man is behind bars after police said he killed a dog in a fit of anger after another dog urinated on the floor inside a home. According to the criminal complaint, state police at Hollidaysburg were called just after midnight Monday to a home in Duncansville, ...

Blair convention center ballroom could be vaccine site

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If and when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Blair County Convention Center could become the local site for mass inoculation. The authority managing the facility learned Wednesday of a proposed agreement requiring the center, with four days’ notice, to be available for use as an ...

Williamsburg man’s challenge dismissed

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The latest challenge by a former Williamsburg-area man to child sexual abuse charges that landed him in prison for 12.5 to 25 years has been dismissed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The court last Friday rejected the last of four post conviction appeals filed within the past decade by ...

Two face charges after argument

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Two people face charges after state police responded to a domestic dispute in a Frankstown Township parking lot. According to the charges filed by state police, a trooper was en route to investigate a report of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle about 11 a.m. Sunday when he was ...

House OKs bill to honor Geist

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HARRISBURG — Legislation to honor former state Rep. Richard A. Geist was approved by the House, said state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, the author of the bill. “Rick” Geist was an Altoona native and a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 79th ...

Red cross offers COVID-19 relief

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The Greater Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People can visit redcross.org/get-help to access a support hub with special virtual programs, ...

Company planning community center

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Berger Rental Communities plans to demolish a strip commercial building that is part of its Walton Heights development near Logan Elementary School and replace it with a community center for development residents — along with a maintenance garage. The Logan Township supervisors recently ...

Businesses vow to keep Centre County ‘strong’

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STATE COLLEGE — More than 75 Centre County businesses have signed on to the “Centre Strong Pledge,” which commits a business owner to carrying out COVID-19 precautions like masking, social distancing, sanitation and hand washing on behalf of employees, customers and the ...

Briefcase

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Motorcycle ride benefits vets Texas Roadhouse, for the 17th year, will host a nationwide motorcycle ride to benefit Homes For Our Troops. This year, participants will ride separately. Home For Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for ...

Court closes city man’s gun case

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A Pennsylvania appeals court has finally closed the case of an Altoona man who was convicted in 2017 of illegal possesion of a firearm and sentenced to a state prison term of five to 10 years. In an opinion issued Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Superior Court stated that the case involving Brian ...

Woman allegedly hit UPMC officer

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An Altoona woman faces charges after she allegedly assaulted a UPMC Altoona police officer. Lesley Ann Travis, 32, allegedly hit an officer with a black binder after UPMC Altoona police were responding to a disturbance in the hospital about 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the charges. Travis ...

Police: MDMA found

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TYRONE — A Bellwood woman who police said had one pill in her SUV when she was pulled over by Tyrone police now faces a felony charge. According to police, Shelby L. Figard, 24, was pulled over on May 16 and after agreeing to a search of her Ford Edge, police allegedly found one MDMA, known ...

Charges brought for May 28 double homicide

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A Philadelphia man police allege sold drugs out of a Beale Avenue apartment where two people were shot to death in late May is now charged with two counts of homicide. Isiah S. Payne, 32, remains in Blair County Prison this morning on drug charges is awaiting arraignment on two dozen charges, ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Matthew S. Dunio: Jeffrey A. Holmberg, 36, 1601 Princeton Road, charged by state police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and four traffic violations on Nov. 2, 2019. Guilty pleas were entered to charges of ...

Nations vow to share virus vaccine fairly

COVID-19

LONDON — More than 70 rich countries have signed up to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative intended to ensure that any effective shots are fairly distributed around the world –– but which may also allow them to buy more vaccines to stockpile for their own citizens. In a statement on ...

Congress eyes new aid plan

COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months after House Democrats approved a $3 trillion COVID-19 aid package, Senate Republicans are poised to unveil their $1 trillion counteroffer, straining to keep spending in check as the virus outbreak spreads and societal fallout deepens. Senate Majority Leader ...

Data switch worries critics

COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up reporting but one that concerns some public ...

Safety costs complicate school reopening plans

COVID-19

As school districts across the country decide how and when they can bring students back to campus safely, a major sticking point is emerging: the money to make it happen. Keeping public schools for 50 million students and more than 7 million staff safe from the coronavirus could require more ...