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Two murder trials scheduled close

September 28, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Friday scheduled the first-degree murder trial of Hugo Baez for early December, essentially the same time as another murder case is expected to... more »»

Effectiveness of spanking still debated

September 28, 2014 When a parent hits a child, it’s a common explanation: “It happened to me as a kid, and I turned out OK. more »»

Activists rally around teenager accused of desecrating Jesus statue

September 28, 2014 BEDFORD — Chris Renz said she made the 35-mile trip between Bedford and her hometown of Jennerstown Saturday morning to prove that local atheists are “out of the closet. more »»

Petition requests link for trail, Canoe Creek

September 28, 2014 A grass-roots group, Sunday Riders & Sunday Strollers, has gathered over 1,000 signatures in an ongoing petition to urge PennDOT and elected officials to create a safe bike and pedestrian crossing o... more »»

Three arrested in homicide case

September 28, 2014 Charges have been filed against three people in connection to a homicide in Bedford County, according to a release from Pennsylvania State Police. Jonta St. Clair Bishop, 18, of Hagerstown, Md. more »»

Potatofest cooks up food, entertainment

September 28, 2014 EBENSBURG — As the band prepared to launch into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Acoustic Stew guitarist Jamie Dubetski offered a sweet sentiment to the crowd at Potatofest. more »»

Christmas parade route is extended

September 28, 2014 Several years after shrinking the route of the Spirit of Christmas parade to swell crowd density, the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. is expanding it, to counter too much of a good thing. more »»

Two men accused of stealing copper wire

September 28, 2014 Two Altoona men are behind bars after police say they snipped copper grounding wire from 28 utility poles. Terry L. Bennett Sr., 46, of 1917 Sixth Ave., and Richard W. Farber, 22, of 608 10th St. more »»

Domestic, sexual violence program set

September 28, 2014 The Victim Services Program will offer a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence training program beginning Oct. 7. The 16-session training will take place at Family Services Inc. from 5 to 8 p.m. more »»

Improvement work to start

September 28, 2014 STATE COLLEGE — Improvement work to Route 322 in the State College area is set to begin Monday and last through mid-2015, PennDOT announced. Concrete patching work will get underway Monday. more »»

Police reports

September 28, 2014 Altoona police - Donald Jay Norris, 1010 E. Atlantic Ave., was arrested Friday afternoon on the 1300 block of Seventh Street and charged with driving under the influenc. more »»

Speaker urges students not to follow his example

September 28, 2014 It’s not often that an inspirational speaker tells his audience, especially a group of young people, not to follow in his footsteps. more »»

Town hall meeting planned

September 28, 2014 State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, will have a town hall meeting Tuesday in Huntingdon County. The meeting will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. more »»

Forum set to discuss city problems

September 28, 2014 Area residents are invited to a forum on Oct. 7 in Altoona to discuss problems facing cities across the state. The Penn Project for Civic Engagement will have a session from 7-9 p.m. Oct. more »»

Magisterial district judge

September 28, 2014 Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: – Bonna L. Kunkle, 48, 1925 15th Ave. more »»

Game officials say coyote population is rising across Pennsylvania

September 27, 2014 Roy Boyles said his 15-year-old Chihuahua, Molly, didn’t even have time to yelp before a coyote snatched her in its jaws and dragged her off into the wood. more »»

Judge requests renewed complaint

September 27, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stephen M. Espenlaub Jr., 40, of Altoona filed a federal lawsuit last week contending he was facing two sets of charges in the Blair County court related to the same incident. more »»

Conference set to review stay of execution for man

September 27, 2014 A federal judge in Pittsburgh has scheduled a telephone status conference Monday to begin a review of a petition by two assistant public defenders who have requested a stay of execution for Miguel... more »»

Former banker accused of stealing about $100K

September 27, 2014 A former Altoona bank employee allegedly stole more than $100,000 over the span of several years, according to Altoona police. Jennifer L. more »»

Woman accosts city councilmen

September 27, 2014 City taxpayer advocate Virginia Marino on Wednesday scolded two councilmen who’d been accused of surreptitiously mocking Altoona Water Authority member Tom Martin at a recent meeting, after Martin... more »»

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