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5 sent to hospital after Tyrone home explosion

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Emergency responders were at the scene of a house explosion on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Tyrone Monday afternoon. Five individuals have reportedly been transported to UPMC Altoona. There are no confirmed fatalities at this time and one person is currently unaccounted for, according to emergency officials. Two adjacent buildings were also impacted by the fire.
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State College, PAWTAJ

Police search for Goodwill theft suspect in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — State College police are looking for help to identify a Goodwill theft suspect that was caught on camera. The incident happened on Thursday, July 15 around 4 p.m. at the Goodwill in College Township. The suspect was found to be changing tags on items to pay a lower price.
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Clearfield County, PAWTAJ

Police: Two women found sleeping in woman’s apartment in Clearfield County

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two Houtzdale women are facing charges after police report that they were found sleeping in another woman’s apartment in Clearfield County. According to the report, Brittany Billett, 29, and Joanna Shylock, 33, both of Houtzdale, were found sleeping in a 2nd-floor apartment on W. Hannah Street in Woodward Township on July 13. When searched, Billett reportedly had suspected meth and paraphernalia on her.
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State police: Blair County man shot his brother

A Blair County man is charged with criminal homicide, accused of shooting his brother on Saturday, and then dumping his body in a field, authorities said. State police in Bedford charged Larry Michael Claar, 41, of Claysburg, with homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
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Blair County man pleads guilty to possession of fentanyl, meth

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Blair County resident pleaded guilty in federal court on July 23 to possessing and intending to distribute multiple drugs, including fentanyl. Jesse Daniel Ginter, 40, of Williamsburg will be sentenced Nov. 23. According to the Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigation agents executed a federal search warrant on Ginter’s residence in March 2018. Agents recovered numerous controlled substances, including fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
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State College Police Looking for Suspect in Theft from Goodwill

State College police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying a person who allegedly stole from the Goodwill store at 387 Benner Pike. At about 4 p.m. on July 15, the suspect (pictured) switched tags on an item “to make it substantially cheaper,” before checking out, police said. Anyone who...

Traffic stop in Penn Township leads to discovery of bundles of heroin

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — An Alexandria man is facing potential felony offenses after a traffic stop uncovered nine bundles of heroin in his car. Northern Lancaster County Regional Police pulled over the 31-year-old man’s car for a vehicle code violation. After talking with the driver, the responding patrol officer noticed drug-related behaviors.
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Oliver Twp. woman stabs brother

McVEYTOWN — An Oliver Township woman has been charged with attempted homicide and other related charges after police said she stabbed her brother in the back while he fought with her boyfriend Friday evening at her residence. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the Pennsylvania State Police,...
Blair County, PAWTAJ

DUI check points, patrols coming to Blair County roadways

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — DUI Task Force officers will be hitting the road in Blair County this week. Officers will conduct checkpoints, roving patrols and mobile awareness to prevent intoxicated driving and unsure safe roadways. According to crash data released by PennDOT, 17% of the fatalities in drivers age...
Altoona, PAWTAJ

Police search for Altoona hotel theft suspect

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Logan Township police are asking for help to identify a suspect regarding the theft of a cash box at a hotel in Altoona. Police were called to the Quality Inn and Suites on Pleasant Valley Blvd. July 24 at around 5:15 p.m. for a theft that occurred around 12:15 p.m. that day. The suspect pictured allegedly stole a cash box that contained cash and PA Skills Machine Vouchers. He then left in an unknown direction.
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When and how to see the Space Station over Pennsylvania this week

The International Space Station is expected to offer great, naked-eye viewing opportunities as it passes over central Pennsylvania this weekend. The ISS will appear in our sky at 10:37 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 28 about the width of a fist at the end of an outstretched arm (10 degrees) above the northwestern horizon. Over the next 3 minutes it will move toward the northeast, rising to a maximum height of 67 degrees before disappearing to the north-northeast.
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The Centre Region’s second medical marijuana dispensary is in the works. Here’s what’s next

A new medical cannabis dispensary is planned to occupy the former Home D Pizzeria building on South Atherton Street. Owners announced in June that Home D Pizzeria, which had been in business for nearly 70 years, was closing its State College location. Brandon Nemec, government and regulatory affairs associate director for PharmaCann, told the Centre Daily Times in an email that the company plans to turn the building into the Centre Region’s second medical marijuana dispensary.