Archives for March 2017

Multi-vehicle crash…

Multiple injuries following a crash Thursday on Plank road right around noon time. Allegheny Township Police say a 73 year old man driving a Nissan Rogue south on Plank Road, turned left into the path of a Nissan Sentra. Officials say the vehicles hit nearly head-on. Five people were injured in the crash, including a one year old child who was strapped into a rear-facing child safety seat. The 73 year old drive of the Rogue will be cited for failing to yield while making a left turn.

Altoona man in jail…

Logan Township police say an Altoona man is in the lockup facing a felony charge. 27 year old Dwght Sullins allegedly attacked a woman in their hotel room while she held her five year old child. Sullins may have also left drug paraphernalia near the child at the Cedar Grove Motel on Bellemeade Drive. Sullins left before police arrived at the scene, but they tracked him down within an hour. he remains in jail with a preliminary hearing set for April 6th.

Blair County Sheriff.

In a story we’ve been followng, Blair County Sheriff Sam McClure has threatened to sue the county. McClure has been on admnistrative leave since March 16th for unknown reasons. McClure says the county has no legal right to remove him and it’s preventing him from doing his job.. No resolution reached so far between McClure’s attrorney and the county. Even though he’s been sidelined, that didnt prevent McClure for taking part in a question and answer session Tuesday night, hosted by the Tea Party that included another candidate for sheriff, Jim Ott.

Graham Spanier email…

Media reports are pointing to a Graham Spanier email from 2001 as a key part of the evidence against the former Penn State president. Juror Victoria Navazio said an email from Spanier to former co-defendents Gary Schultz and Tim Curley proved that Spanier knew children were at risk. Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was eventually convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. All three men are awaiting sentencing….Spanier’s lawyer says they will appeal.

Bus driver fired…

According to news papers reports, a longtime bus driver for the Altoona Area School District is claiming she was fired because of her religious beliefs. Officials at Altoona Student Transportaton Inc. deny that claim and say that Bonnie F. Kaite of Altoona was “administratively fired” pending the outcome of a backround check. Kaite’s lawyers say she believes fingerprinting goes against her Christian religion that urges her to avoid “the mark of the devil” from the Book of Revelations. Kaite, who has been a bus driver since 2001, says she wants the court to declare her termination in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that she be reinstated.

Unemployment Call Center…

Possible good news for those of you filing unemployment claims. A new bill in the state Senate would re-open Altoona’s state unemployment call center. Senate bill 250 would put $15-million dollars into technology upgrades. Three of the call centers were shutdown in December after funding ran out. Those closures impacted out of work Pennsyl-vanians’ ability to handle their claims. This temporary bill could buy enough time for a long-term deal to be struck by Governor Wolf and the General Assembly.

Blair County Chief Deputy…

According to newspaper reports Blair County Chief Deputy Holly Garner is running the department for the time being. Sheriff Sam McClure is suspened but still on the payroll. McClure had only been the county’s sheriff since early January and those in the department are declining to say why he was suspended.

Assault victim…

State Police in Holidaysburg are looking for your help. James Martin Jr. of Blair County allegedly threatened a woman, he said was a gun but turned out not to be. He then allegedly shoved the woman to floor. State officials say if you have any information, get in touch, he is believed to be in the Altoona area.

Frankstown Township Fire…

Cleanup continues today after a house fire in Frankstown Township, Blair County Monday evening…According to Fire and Rescue reports, all four people living inside the home were able to escape without injury, but several pets perished in the blaze. The fire did cause some backups along Route 22 but is now back open. The Red Cross is helping the familywith their living arrangements.

Frankstown Township fire…

Cleanup continues today after a house fire in Frankstown Township, Blair County Monday evening…According to Fire and Rescue reports, all four people living inside the home were able to escape without injury, but several pets perished in the blaze. The fire did cause some backups along Route 22 but is now back open. The Red Cross is helping the familywith their living arrangements.