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Suspects want nightclub shooting video barred from upcoming trial
Defense attorneys for Hugo "Juice" Baez of New York and Brandon A. Midder of Altoona argued Tuesday that a video of a shooting last Halloween night at Altoona's Choices Nightclub should be barred as evidence in their upcoming trials.
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Conservation district official receives state award
Traveling from various parts of Pennsylvania, nearly 180 individuals comprised of conservation district staffs, state officials and legislative partners convened in Altoona to honor conservationists during the PA Association of Conservation Districts Inc. and State Conservation Commission's 67th Joint Annual Conference.
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Megan's Law registrant receives 15 to 30 years for sexual assault
An Altoona man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been sent to a state correctional institution for 15-30 years by Blair County Judge Wade Kagarise.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Man pleads guilty to drug charges
Jermaine J. Morgan of Altoona has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison for the illegal possession of a firearm and related charges after he appeared in a Blair County Courtroom Monday.
Sun Jul 20, 2014
Rent changes upset some
In keeping with a provision of the national Appropriations Act of 2014, the Altoona Housing Authority has changed the way it calculates rent for 106 tenants, most of whom will pay more - with one category slated eventually to pay an additional $286 a month.
Sat Jul 19, 2014
Man, 54, accused of molesting girl
Freedom Township police allege Jay A. Musselman Sr., 54, 617 Old Mill Lane, East Freedom, sexually assaulted the girl, 5, on two occasions between February 2013 and July 2013 at Musselman's home.
Man charged after standoff
A Hollidaysburg man faces charges after a standoff with sheriff's deputies and the state police, according to the Blair County Sheriff's Department.
Fri Jul 18, 2014
Teenager - sorry' for fatal accident
An Altoona teenager who was the driver in a fatal traffic accident in Sinking Valley just over a year ago tearfully told a judge and those in court Friday that she "will always be sorry" for what happened, and then she said the experience of losing a friend has forever altered her.
A - labor of love': Area man creates backyard haven with garden rooms
Told that his sprawling yard and garden seem almost like a vacation area, George Dempsie nodded in agreement, before adding with a laugh, "With one tired gardener."
Annual Bike Ride for Multiple Sclerosis Offers Chance for Riders, Radio Operators to Give Back
State College Magisterial District Judge Carmine Prestia and his wife, Lane, have personally felt the impact of multiple sclerosis after the autoimmune disease claimed the life of Lane Prestia's younger sister a number of years ago.
Summer Sounds All Over
The Fabulous Flashbacks take the stage at downtown Altoona's Heritage Plaza on Friday night in the latest installment of the Summer Sounds concert series.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Altoona Business Privilege Tax Expansion Violates Local Tax Reform Act
On June 2, 2014, the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County ruled that a 2007 Resolution enacted by the Altoona Area School District , which purported to eliminate a tax exclusion for gross receipts attributable to services rendered outside the AASD, improperly expanded the scope of AASD's Business Privilege Tax in violation of the Local Tax Reform ... (more)
Dog attack critically injures Pa. man
Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a man was critically injured in an attack by one of his dogs, which was then shot to death by police officers.
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Probation officers address change
Eighteen-year-old Vincent stood before a group of Blair County workers, including adult and juvenile parole and probation officers, and talked about how his life had changed in the last two years, a transition from someone who committed theft to, as he put it, "a better man."
Commons receives $2M grant
The state has awarded a $2 million grant to the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. to support the proposed Convention Center Commons development in Allegheny Township.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Blair County to take over role formerly held by hospital
Blair County's adult parole and probation office is making plans to take over responsibilities for management of community service assignments and related efforts previously coordinated by Altoona Hospital, now UPMC Altoona.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
GOP tabs Stickel
Blair County Republicans elected Chairman A.C. Stickel to another term in a 69-58 vote Wednesday, putting an end to his second consecutive challenge from GOP activist Lois Kaneshiki.
Sat Jul 12, 2014
City woman faces up to 15 years in jail after plea to drug charges
A 35-year-old Altoona woman was sentenced Friday to three to 15 years in a state correctional institution after entering a guilty plea to drug-related charges.
Dickey asks for aid to hire three experts in Ross case
Paul Aaron Ross' lead attorney asked Friday that three expert witnesses be appointed to help the defense in the homicide case.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Arsonist apologizes, accepts conviction
Timothy Allen Hughes of Altoona has sent a letter to a Blair County judge stating he no longer wants to challenge his conviction for a 2011 arson that resulted in the destruction of three homes on the 100 block of Third Avenue.