BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An East Freedom man is in hot water after being accused of breaking into a woman’s house and assaulting her, state police out of Hollidaysburg report. According to the criminal complaint, state police were called to a home on Everett Road in Freedom Township just before 5 a.m. on Aug. […]
Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for ‘Brutal and Senseless Killing’ of Girlfriend’s 16-Month-Old Baby Who Suffered ‘Massive Neurological Brain Damage’
A 23-year-old Pennsylvania man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for violently killing his former girlfriend’s toddler daughter four years ago. Blair County President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle on Friday ordered Drue Scott Burd to serve a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2018 slaying of 16-month-old Angela Elizabeth Jones Beard, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) — The Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships hosted a recovery walk in downtown Altoona Saturday morning. Judy Rosser, the executive director of the Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships said there were over 200 people representing over 450 years of recovery. She said the most important part is that people understand that […]
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Altoona man is back behind bars after he allegedly assaulted a woman so badly to the point she told police her hands were possibly broken. Robert Sprankle, 44, was arrested by Greenfield Township police on Thursday, Aug. 4, after neighbors called police to report they heard a woman screaming […]
A former Washington County college basketball coach who was accused of threatening young girls on social media and trying to extort them has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Investigators said 29-year-old Jacob Kolonis, who once coached at Washington and Jefferson College, lived in both Washington and Blair counties.
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– As the November election draws closer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Mehmet Oz made a few stops in Blair and Huntingdon Counties. On Thursday, Oz made a stop at the Morrisons Cove Dairy Show in Martinsburg after visiting the Martinsburg Fire Hall. Oz’s visits focused on listening to what local farmers had to say about their struggles, especially as rising prices have taken a toll on a lot of Pennsylvanians.
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–The Blair County Commissioners approved hiring a second licensed clinical social worker to the county’s prison Thursday, August 4 at the business session meeting. This second hiring addresses the rapidly increasing mental health crisis among the over 300 prisoners. The counselor comes from PrimeCare Medical, which provides medical health clinicians across multiple […]
Blair Co., PA (WJAC) — Officials say more planes than ever before will soon be flying out of the Altoona-Blair County Airport thanks to a multi-million-dollar runway rehabilitation project that's been taking place over the past three years. A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday morning to celebrate the improvements made...
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A Washington County man who had threatened to extort seven minor girls to get sexually explicit images of them was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh. Jacob Kolonis, 29, who also had lived with relatives...
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – A Duncansville man has been sentenced for the production and attempted production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of children. On Aug. 4, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Colville sentenced 29-year-old Jacob Kolonis to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to […]
Altoona, Pa (WTAJ) – Bellwood-Antis is prepping for its week one opening against Tyrone, the annual rivalry meeting between the two Blair County School. The Blue Devils has won the three-straight Backyard Brawls against Tyrone and are looking to get their fourth in a row. The rivals usually play in week one, a game that […]