Archives for November 2013


A road-side fight that ended in a wild car chase in Greenfield Township, which then resulted in a crash, will now be responsible for also sending a Claysburg man to prison.
32 year old Kenneth Ritchey was sentenced on Wednesday to at least a year behind bars in the Blair County Prison for his rold in the assault on some family members and friends back in September.
Blair County President Judge Jolene Kopriva sentenced Ritchey to one year, minus a day, to two years, minus two days, in the county prison for aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and driving under the influence.
The judge then added seven years’ probation on three counts of retail theft and one count of theft.
Ritchey told the judge he thinks he has a drinking problem.


Hundreds of people across Central Pennsylvania were left in the dark for more than a day after the recent winter storms.
The worst was in Centre County where around there were around 6,000 reported power outages. At the peak of the mess, more than 10,000 customers lost electricity.
Some who lost power said in all the years they have lived in the area, it’s never taken as long to get the power back on as it did this time.


An Altoona man who left his 17-month-old daughter unattended in a parked car for 23 minutes was placed on two years’ probation Wednesday on a charge of child endangerment.
28 year old Warren Baxter told officers that he forgot his child was in the car when they caught up to him in a parking lot on September 1st.
The child had an elevated body temperature and was reportedly red in color and sweating when EMS crews arrived.
She was treated at UPMC Altoona.
Baxter, another adult and a child had left the car and gone shopping in Walmart.
Authorities were called when someone noticed the child sleeping in the back seat.


State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Huntingdon County.
It happened on Tuesday morning around 10 at the intersection of Route 522 and Lenape Drive in Shirley Township when police say 66-year-old John McGarvey traveled into the path of 68-year-old Diane Cramer.
Cramer was taken to JC Blair when she was pronounced dead. McGarvey was taken to UPMC Altoona with major injuries.
No official word yet on the reason behind that fatal accident in Huntingdon County.


State police are investigating an early morning home invasion and robbery in Beford County.
At about two in the morning on Tuesday, State Police say an eighty one year old woman in Napier Township was sleeping when a man entered the woman’s home, woke her up, and demanded money. The thief went though the woman’s personal belongings, took a small amount of cash and then fled on foot.
She then went to a neighboring house looking for help.
State Police have described the robbery suspect as a white male, about five foot seven, in his mid-20s weighing 180-200 pounds and wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans at the time of crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Bedford County.


State Police in Bedford have released the name of the person killed in a fatal crash the day before Thanksgiving.
24-year-old Alex Morris of Schellsburg died after he lost control of a car which ran down an embankment and hit a tree.
It happened early Wednesday morning, around 2 o’clock, on Route 56 and Adams Run Road in East St. Clair Township.
State Police say Morris was not wearing his seatbelt.
His passenger, 38-year-old Thomas Isenberg, was injured and taken to UPMC Altoona.


A break in at a Somerset County Dollar General Store…
Police say someone smashed through the front door of the Dollar General in Boswell sometime early yesterday morning.
After breaking through the door, the thief or thieves made straight for the cash register which they then broke into.
Police think it happened right around 2am on Thanksgiving. If you think you might have seen something or you might have information, give State Police a call.


(((Winter Weather)))

The storm system that brought a mixed bag of precipitation to the area, will continue to plague the area during the day. Meteorologist Matt Steinbugl with the National Weather Service in State College says the area should see snow today.

Snowfall accumulations are expected to remain on the light side.


It seems people just wait till the last minute. Human nature possibly, is what is behind the long lines being reported at area tire stores.
One Altoona tire store reported that they had more than 100 vehicles waiting to get winter tires mounted ahead of the storm yesterday.
Tire experts say that while all season tires generally do a good job, the more driving you plan to do in winter weather conditions, the more you should consider actual winter, or snow tires.
Experts say the winter tires have softer compounds and more grooves that are designed to just work better in the snow.


An Altoona couple now are looking at felony charges after a check by probation officers turned up drugs.
Blair County Parole and Probation officers visited the home of 26 year old Richard A. Wood III at 204 Maple Avenue in Altoona last weekend. They immediately called in Altoona police after they discovered, pills, marijuana and an LSD-like substance in the home.
Invetigators say Wood had 33 packets of heroin in a glass jar in the bedroom along with a wooden box holding marijuana pipes, snorting straws, scales and other drug paraphernalia, including other drugs and drug compounds.
Wood was already serving five years’ probation after pleading guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges last fall.
22 year old Acacia Kelley of Logan Avenue in Altoona was with Wood at the time of the search.
Both Wood and Kelley were charged.
Kelley was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond. Wood remains in Blair County Prison.