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Estate of Slain Blair County Correction Officer Files Wrongful Death Suit


September 8, 2022

The estate of the Blair County Prison guard who was killed in the line of duty in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and several other entities alleging a “state-created danger” that led to Rhonda Russell’s death.

The lawsuit, filed last month in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown, names the county of Blair, Blair County Prison Warden Abby Tate, deputy wardens James Eckard and Shaun Edmundson, Lt. David Fogle, shift commanders Nathaniel Port and Zachary Stitt, Blair County Sheriff James Ott, the City of Altoona, and the estate of late Altoona Police Sgt....

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