Archives for May 2016

Police Search for Suspect in Altoona Dollar General Store Theft

Altoona Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect believed to be responsible for stealing several items from the Dollar General Store on South Lloyd Street. They were caught on camera and the photos are posted on the Altoona Police Department’s Facebook page at

Altoona Infant Death Investigation

The Blair County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a 3-month old baby. Altoona Police and Fire were called to a home on 9th Street for a medical emergency Monday afternoon. An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted today.

Blair County Buys Computers for Reassessment Project

Blair County Commissioners have approved the purchase 34 desktop computers to be set up at the County Convention Center, where property owners will be able to use them to research a database of property information following the release of real estatae reassessments in July. The database will also be accessable online, but not everyone has internet access or is comfortable using computers, so those who don’t will be able to use the ones at the Convention Center. Some of the computers are also expected to be used by appeal board members during meetings with property owners. More than 2,100 Blair County property owners attended this month’s informational meetings explaining the reassessment process. Last Wednesday’s meeting, held in Hollidaysburg was recorded and will be made available on the county’s website.

“Oath Keepers” Coming To Greenfield Twp

If you plan to attend this week’s Oath Keepers summit in Greenfield Township, here’s a piece of advice that’s being offered by one likely attendee… “Bring whatever you need to survive for three days on a mountain in PA.” That’s what appeared in an online post. Although some are concerned because they say it appears more like a military exercise, complete with a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter and armed men and women taking part in infantry training, the people behind the event say it’s nothing like that. The event has however, drawn controversy nationwide. It’s being held on June 3rd through the 5th. The Oath Keepers, according to their literature, are a nationwide group of current and former military personnel, police and emergency responders who pledge to uphold the Constitution and resist illegal government action. Some however, see the group as an anti-government militia group. Oath Keepers from Pennsylvania and neighboring states are now set for their first local summit, where they will hold classes on combat first aid, speak with “constitutional sheriffs” and take part in an intensive infantry training session. So… how many will attend locally? Well, a similar summit last year in West Virginia drew hundreds. Local police aren’t expecting trouble… Oath Keepers representatives contacted the Greenfield Township officers in advance to let them know they’d be in the area.

Altoona Area Observes Memorial Day

A Memorial Day service was held this morning at Union Cemetery in Claysburg. American Legion Post 516 sponsored a Memorial Day Parade in Hollidaysburg. There was also a parade in Juniata sponsored by VFW Post 8685. The Catholic War Veterans Honor Guard was at the Wall That Heals at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center this afternoon to fire a salute to all those in uniform who have died in service of the United States.

Central Cambria and State College Sgare Top Honors at ISAACS Awards

For the second year in a row, Central Cambria High School and State College Area High School paired against each other in the top honors at Altoona Community Theatre’s ISAACS AWARDS which recognize excellence in high school musical theatre. Students, teachers, family and friends joined ACT in its performance home, the Historic Mishler Theatre, for the 11th year of awards that are patterned after Broadway’s Tonys. 13 schools participated in this year’s ISAACS, sponsored by Reliance Bank, during which $40,000 in scholarships and prize money was distributed. Central Cambria and Bishop Gilfoyle tied for the most number of awards at five each, State College and Altoona both received four. Philipsburg-Osceola and Great Commission took two awards each, and Hollidaysburg, Bedford and Bald Eagle each received one.

Airports Threatened By Federal Order

Last week, the federal Department of Transportation issued a regulation that would eliminate essential air service to three local airports. The decision could mean the end of commercial air traffic at airports, including here in Altoona. The affected airports include Altoona, DuBois, and Johnstown. That could effectively shut down commercial traffic at airports in DuBois, Altoona and Johnstown. The regulation says it’s “tentatively terminating eligibility for air service.” Meanwhile, the affected airports are scrambling to get a waiver to stay open. The reason is money… The government claims that for every passenger, taxpayers are footing the bill for an extra $324. That’s because of low passenger numbers. All in all, 30 airports nationwide are possibly affected. Contracts with carriers are at risk because of the news. Blair County Airport’s contract with SunAir is up on Oct. 31.

Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund Seeking Donations

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has added a new opportunity for individuals or businesses to make an online donation to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund. Donations can be made via the online application at Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, acting adjutant general for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs explains…

ChildLine Deficiencies Targeted

Thousands of children across the commonwealth could have been left in dangerous situations, according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, because of severe deficiencies at ChildLine, the state hotline for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect…

State Announces Plans For Affordable Housing

On Monday, state officials released a five-year housing strategy to connect
Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, and supportive housing. DHS Secretary Ted Dallas…

Dallas was joined by Brian Hudson, executive director & CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency…

Also on hand, was Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin….

And finally, DHS’ executive housing director, Ben Laudermilch also spoke at the event…