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Police: House unfit for animals

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Allegheny Township po­­lice filed animal-cruelty charges Monday against two residents after the couple’s pets were discovered living in a home “not habitable for animals,” court documents stated. Ashleigh Savercool, 21, and Antonio Savercool, 23, are each facing numerous animal-care ...

Woman charged in alleged assault

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Pennsylvania State Police accused a Roaring Spring woman Tuesday of assaulting a man with numerous items including a pool cue, cookie sheet and DVD player, court documents stated. Jamie J. Detwiler, 18, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on charges including ...

Man held in break-in, vehicle theft

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A man with no fixed address was charged Monday for the alleged burglary of a business on Sixth Avenue in which $13,000 in goods and a vehicle were reported stolen, court documents stated. Robert F. Vogel Jr., 48, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones after police ...

Felon facing new firearms counts after search of home

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Martinsburg police reported they discovered eight firearms April 29 at a convicted felon’s home shortly after he was arrested elsewhere for possessing a firearm. While following up on a call about an abandoned car April 29, Martinsburg police responded to George Stewart’s home on the 300 ...

Reward offered in fatal hit-and-run

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Crime Solvers of Blair County is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information about a fatal hit-and-run that occurred April 29 on Pleasant Valley Boulevard. Logan Township police are investigating the crash that happened at 11:06 p.m. near the Red Lobster. The victim was Lynn Jury, 65, ...

Maryland man accused of $1,500 in retail theft

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Nearly $1,500 of merchandise was allegedly stolen from an Altoona retailer by a man from Hagerstown, Maryland, according to a criminal complaint. Chase T. Worthington, 30, faces four counts of retail theft charges from two February incidents at the Target on Sierra Drive, police ...

Ag chief announces farm to school grants

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HARRISBURG — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the approval of nearly $400,000 in Farm to School Grants to fund 39 projects that will improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agricultural awareness opportunities for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The ...

Judge: Inmate’s challenge too late

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An Altoona man serving a minimum of 20 years in prison for his part in a cocaine distribution ring broken up by the West Drug Task Force in 2011 is too late in filing a challenge to the forfeiture of money and multiple electronic items seized during the investigation, according to a Blair ...

Work to start on slide area

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — On Monday, work will begin on Route 26 to stabilize the Jacksons Corner slide area in Miller Township, Huntingdon County, according to PennDOT. The contractor will start with drainage work and excavation of the existing material and replacing it with rock. This work will take ...

Briefcase

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Loretto SFU sets business webinar The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center and Somerset Trust Co. have scheduled a pre-business planning webinar at 5 p.m. May 26. The free webinar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business. ...

‘It’s been too long’

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https://youtu.be/ih_L_3uYGwQ Bill and Kassy Olewiler of Altoona just visited the Grand Canyon for the first time over the past few days, and their trip was everything they had hoped it would be. But they still couldn’t wait to get back home for another very important and long-awaited ...

Businesses ready for relief

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The Wolf administration’s announcement Tuesday that coronavirus “mitigations” — except for masking — will end Memorial Day prompted satisfaction and optimism, as well as surprise and a bit of caution from local stakeholders. “It’s a step in the right direction,” said Mike ...

Easing restrictions ‘welcome news’

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Pennsylvania will lift nearly all COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day, the Wolf administration announced Tuesday, promising to restore something approaching normalcy to the state more than a year into the pandemic and just in time for summer. Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and ...

Residents urged to get vaccine

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s director of public safety is continuing to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations to counter health threats presented by the potentially deadly virus. As of Tuesday, 42,539 Blair County residents were fully or partially vaccinated against ...

AAHS grad on ‘Price is Right’

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Altoona native T.J. Jefferson appeared as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” that aired Tuesday. Jefferson, who currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a commentator on the Rich Eisen show, advanced to the program’s Showcase Showdown before he overestimated his guess on a ...

Land plan OK’d for new Greenbean

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The Altoona Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a land development plan for a new Greenbean Coffee House on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue — across the avenue from the leased and currently operating facility it will replace. Owners Katy and Travis McCabe — Kavi Partnerships LLC — ...

Former city man accused of theft

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After allegedly making multiple purchase attempts with stolen credit cards in April, a former Altoona resident is facing two identity theft-related felonies, court documents stated. Daniel I. Sabo, 41, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, who set Sabo’s cash ...

Kephart appeals rejected

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Pennsylvania’s Superior Court and Commonwealth Court in the past three weeks have rejected appeals in which a former trucking company executive from Clearfield County challenged his convictions for withholding contributions to his employees’ retirement funds and medical insurance ...

City woman faces assault charges

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An Altoona woman was charged Saturday for allegedly strangling and assaulting another woman, police reported. Crystal D. Patterson, 36, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger, and Patterson faces charges of strangulation, making terroristic threats, simple assault ...

Young farmers urged to get involved

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Pennsylvania Young Ag Professionals is working to get more people involved in agriculture. YAP, part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, has regional chapters throughout the state and is open to Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. They’re involved in networking, getting younger farmers engaged in ...