Archives for December 2014

Police Probed Armed Robbery

There was an armed robbery at a pizza restaurant in Blair County. Logan Township Police are investigating the stickup that happened a little after 10:30 Tuesday night at the Best Way Pizza on East Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Greenwood.The robber was armed with a knife. Witnesses say the man’s face was covered with a blue bandanna.

Flu Reaches Epidemic Levels

The flu has reached epidemic levels across the country. That’s the word today from The Centers for Disease Control. The CDC says the flu is now widespread in 36 states, and is responsible for the deaths of 15 children. According to the Department of Health, there have nearly 400 cases in Central Pennsylvania. Flu season starts in October, and since then, UPMC Altoona has had 63 cases of positive testing for the influenza virus.

Local Company Offers Free Rides, Tows

A Blair County business is doing all it can to keep drunk drivers off the road tonight. Professionals Auto Body in Duncansville is not only offering free rides home– but will also tow your vehicle home as well for no charge. If you find you need a ride home tonight, give them a call.

Man Charged with 300 Counts of Sexual Assault

An appalling story out of Centre County this morning, where a man is accused of holding a woman he knows at knifepoint and demanding sex since 2013. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was too afraid to come forward, stating Frank Moravec would hold a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her if she did not give him what he wanted. But when police went to Moravec’s home after a traffic stop revealed an arrest warrant from Georgia, the woman decided to tell them everything. Moravec has been charged with more than 300 counts of sexual assault. He’ll be in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

Community Offering Support to Victims of Christmas Eve Fire

A Blair County family that lost everything in a Christmas Eve fire is discovering the generosity of their neighbors. Firefighters believe Christmas lights started the blaze that destroyed the Richey family’s home and killed some of their pets. Christina Dyson, a member of the Duncansville Fire Department , has been busy organizing benefits for the Richeys, including a gofundme account that collected more than five thousand dollars in two days.

Number of Homes Without Heat Has Doubled

Some of our neighbors are heading into the bitter cold of winter without heat in their homes. A survey by the state’s utility regulators say the number of households without heat has almost doubled since 2003. The Public Utility Commission said its survey shows that more than 23 thousand households didn’t have heat-related utility service. The utility commission says that’s up from 12,000 in 2003 and nearly 20 thousand last year.

Beer Can Be Delivered

The state Liquor Control Board has confirmed that restaurants with a special license can deliver beer right to your door. The Board says up to two six-packs worth of beer can be delivered. Mama Randazzo’s restaurant in Juniata has already applied for that special “transporter for hire” license to deliver beer. Owner Paul Randazzo says it’s a good opportunity if it’s done correctly.

State Residents Urged to Become Organ Donors

If you’re a person who makes New Year’s resolutions, Pennsylvania Physician General Carrie DeLone has a suggestion

DeLone says becoming an organ donor is easier than you might think.

DeLone is asking all Pennsylvania residents to “Resolve to Register” in 2015.

Habitat Builds Home for Veteran in Altoona

Habitat for Humanity has a special project underway in Altoona. On Spruce Avenue, they’re building a home for a veteran who has a child with special needs. It’s the first “veteran’s build” for Blair County. Most of the interior will be worked on during the rest of this winter. There will be a ribbon cutting at the home in spring 2015.

State Issues Flu Report

The state has issued a report on the flu season so far. The report says that, since the end of September, there have been more than 51 hundred reported cases of the flu in Pennsylvania. Eleven people have died from the flu this year. The report estimates that up to 20 percent of state residents get the flu each year.