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Portage residents say farewell to tree

December 3, 2014 PORTAGE — A large blue spruce standing at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Hammers Street, lit with thousands of lights, has long signaled the start of Christmas season for many in Portage. more »»

Police: Va. theft mirrors Kranich’s

December 3, 2014 Police have linked a smash-and-grab jewelry store robbery in Virginia to last week’s heist at Kranich’s Jewelers. more »»

Huntingdon teen killed in Rt. 22 crash

December 3, 2014 HUNTINGDON — A 19-year-old female was killed in a two-vehicle accident about 5 p.m. Tuesday on Route 22 in Brady Town­ship, state police in Hunt­ing­don said. more »»

Police: Dad left son in car during Walmart robbery

December 3, 2014 EBENSBURG (AP) — Police said a 22-year-old shoplifting suspect endangered his 1-year-old son by leaving the boy alone in a parked car while he went into an Ebensburg Wal-Mart to steal. more »»

Bedford leaders approve pay raises

December 3, 2014 The Bedford County commissioners approved four years of pay raises for the county’s elected officials on Tuesday, marking the first hikes for county leaders after an eight-year freeze. more »»

Blair County commissioners mull bridge repairs in Tyrone

December 3, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County owns a pedestrian bridge in Tyrone that could cost as much as $490,000 for repairs that could last 50 years. more »»

Donations to help fray teen’s funeral cost

December 3, 2014 Relatives have identified the boy killed Sunday by a passenger train as 16-year-old Jonah Kindya of Hyndma. more »»

Bedford hires assistant DA

December 3, 2014 Everett lawyer Jonathan David Thomas is set to join the Bedford County district attorney’s office as an assistant district attorney after the county commissioners approved his hiring Tuesda. more »»

Five charged after alleged break-in

December 2, 2014 Four adults and a 14-year-old juvenile face charges after what police describe as the bungled break-in of an Altoona home. Jared Beere, 24, of 1912 11th St., James Skinner II, 19, of 2013 18th St. more »»

Defense: Murder suspect ambushed

December 2, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The prosecution is asking a jury to find a New York City man guilty of murder in the first degree for the Halloween night 2013 shooting death of Willie Solomon, 22, in a hallway at... more »»

Nearly one-third of reassessment data collected

December 2, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Information has been collected for about one-third of the 65,000-plus properties in Blair County undergoing their first collective reassessment since 1958. more »»

Sun Air, Altoona-Blair airport kicking off partnership, flights

December 2, 2014 MARTINSBURG — In July 2005, the Altoona-Blair County Airport introduced daily flights to the Washington-Dulles airport and cut its Pittsburgh route to one daily flight. more »»

Teenager killed after being struck by train

December 2, 2014 A 16-year-old was killed Sunday night when a train filled with passengers struck him on a Hyndman railway stretch, police and railroad officials said. more »»

Mother accused of child abuse

December 2, 2014 An Altoona woman faces charges after allegedly abusing her 12-year-old daughter. Renna L. Gailey, 32, of 417 Sixth Ave. more »»

Woman pleads no contest for fake calls

December 2, 2014 EBENSBURG — An Altoona woman who called police in August claiming to have been kidnapped pleaded no contest on Monday to misdemeanor criminal charges. Police said Kelly Miller, 42, 514 Sixth Ave. more »»

Martinsburg Borough approves budget

December 2, 2014 MARTINSBURG — The Martinsburg Borough Council approved an $820,000 budget Monday that keeps 2015 taxes at this year’s rate and includes few major changes from recent budgets. more »»

Portage approves 2015 tentative budget

December 2, 2014 PORTAGE — Borough Council unanimously approved its tentative 2015 budget Monday — the fifth in a row without a tax increas. more »»

Police reports

December 2, 2014 Altoona police – Jason Bittner of 617 N. Second St. was arrested early Thursday near 25th Street and Sixth Avenue and charged with driving under the influence. – Kelly Lynn Miller of 514 Sixth Ave. more »»


December 2, 2014 Man accused of selling painkillers HOLLIDAYSBURG -- An Altoona man is behind bars over an alleged sale of painkillers to a state police informant. Anthony J. Turiano III, 28, of 2018 18th St. more »»

Majoring in roughing it

December 1, 2014 HUNTINGDON — When classes wrap up for the day at Juniata College, most students head back to their residence hall or an off-campus apartment. more »»

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