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  • DUI Task Force Releases Holiday Results

    Jul 8, 2021

    On Saturday, July 3, 2021, officers of the Blair County DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: • 94 individual contacts • 47 warnings issued for vehicular violations • 20 citations issued for vehicular violations • 2 alcohol DUI arrests • 1 drug DUI arrest • 3 other misdemeanor arrests • 6 arrest warrants served • 2 summary non-traffic arrests Police remind drivers to remember that “friends don’t let friends drive impaired....

  • Altoona-Blair County Airport to Receive $400,000 Grant for Runway Completion

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|Jul 8, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a discretionary grant to the Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority to enhance its runway. The grant is for a total of $423,741. The airport received a grant for the same purpose last year. The approximately $1.1 million grant completed two-thirds of the runway project, according to Tracy Plessinger, manager of the Altoona-Blair County Airport. The new grant will complete the final phase of the project. Using the grant, one of the two runways at the airport will be repaved. Two-thirds of...

  • Roaring Spring Man Facing Assault Charges After Alleged Street Attack

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2021

    A Roaring Spring man is facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges after police said he attacked a coworker on a borough street. Tyrone M. Lowery, 19, is accused of punching the victim several times, causing numerous injuries and forcing the victim to seek treatment at the hospital. According to the charges filed by Roaring Spring police, the victim told police he was out for a walk on the evening of June 17 and as he walked along Poplar Street, Lowery approached him and “got in his face.” The victim told police he did not want to fight and...

  • Claysburg Couple Accused of Injuring Child

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2021

    A Claysburg couple is facing a single felony charge each of endangering the welfare of a child by parent or guardian after their three-month-old baby was found with bruises and a head injury. Seth A. Dicken, and Jamie L. Ellis, both 21, were arrested on June 29 after a months-long investigation by Greenfield Township police concluded that they were responsible for the injuries to the child. According to police, on Nov. 3, Ellis took the child to an Altoona pediatrician to be treated for diaper rash. Police said while examining the baby, the...

  • Martinsburg to Gain Coffee Shop Housed in Old Church

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|Jul 8, 2021

    Sunshine Sassano likes to restore things. After years of flipping houses, Sassano is flipping something a little bigger into something a little different. Sassano is turning the old Methodist Episcopal Church on 202 South Market St. into a coffee bar and lounge. In light of the period after the COVID-19 pandemic, Restored Grounds is intended to provide people with face-to-face contact and human interaction. Their slogan, "Bringing people back together one sip at a time," reflects Sassano's...

  • Police Warn of Fake $100 Bills

    Jul 8, 2021

    Martinsburg Police are warning people to be alert to the possibility of fake money in the area. This $100 dollar bill was found on the ground during last week's Agriculture Parade. Martinsburg Police Chief Kerry Hoover said at first glance the bill looks real but has a waxy feel to it and is imprinted with the words "For Motion Picture Purposes." Hoover said there have been no reports of anyone trying to pass the bills but warns that a distracted clerk could accept one without realizing...

  • Mysterious Illness Infecting Songbirds; PGC Recommends Removing Feeders and Baths

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2021

    A mysterious disease is causing the deaths of songbirds in Southeast Pennsylvania and parts of the United States including Washington D.C., and until officials can determine what is causing it, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is recommending people remove bird feeders and baths from their property. According to the game commission, the unknown condition has been reported in 27 Pennsylvania counties. Species affected so far are blue jays, European starling, common grackle, American robin,...

  • Baby's First Ag Parade

    Jul 8, 2021

    Karter Bradley Patterson, son of Kaylie Gortney and Tyler Patterson, enjoyed his first-ever Ag Parade June 29 with his American flag. Karter is 6 months old and his middle name came from his great-grandfather Bradley Baker....

  • Neighbors Credit Firefighters for Saving Their Homes

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2021

    What started out as a relaxing July 4 holiday for neighbors Carol Baker and Phil Logue of Woodbury turned into a nightmare as they watched firefighters battle a blaze at the Woodbury Post Office, which sat between their two homes. Logue and Baker were in the back yards of their homes at a little after 6:30 p.m. when Logue's wife spotted smoke coming from the downstairs apartment of the post office building. Around that same time, Logue said, a nurse had come to visit a bedridden female occupant...

  • One Dead in Woodbury Borough Fire

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2021

    An early evening fire on Sunday, July 4, destroyed the Woodbury Post Office and claimed the life of a woman. Fire crews were called to the post office, located at 143 Main St. Woodbury, Bedford County, at around 6:30 p.m. and arrived to find flames reported to be at least 20 feet high coming from the building. Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company Chief Darl Ritchey said the first tanker arrived on scene within five minutes of the call and due to the intensity of the fire, crews took a defensive...

  • Herald to Close Office Early July 16

    Jul 8, 2021

    Editor’s Note: The Herald office will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on this day. Normal office hours will resume Monday, July 19. Please contact the Herald office at (814) 793-2144 with any questions....

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