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Mother found drunk while taking care of her children

Johnstown, Cambria, County, Pa. - Three young children are now in the care of their grandmother after a woman was found allegedly intoxicated while taking care of them. Police arrested Stephanie Sullivan on Saturday, along with James Carney at Oakhurst homes. Both are facing Child Endangerment cha

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 01:32:42

Three charged in arson case

Three people are facing multiple charges in connection to a house fire that happened in Elk County almost 2 years ago. Police say back in November of 2015, Cody Miller, the man officials originally thought was the victim of that Ridgway house fire, actually set his own home on fire with the help of

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 11:14:59

Altoona girl helps light up Broadway in Times Square event

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. - A little girl from Altoona helped light up Broadway over the weekend. Sophia Hollobaugh is sharing her smile and raising awareness for a condition that has never held her back. "I'm going to get choked up," Jake Hollobaugh, Sophia's dad, said. "It was very special they c

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 03:32:37

Unemployment compensation amnesty program deadline

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. - Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today reminded claimants and businesses that the opportunity to take advantage of Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation (UC) Amnesty program, which ends September 30, is dwindling fast. "Your

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 14:57:18

How much alcohol during pregnancy?

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. - If a woman drinks alcohol when she's pregnant, her child can be born with a condition called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. On Monday, state health and welfare officials spoke out to raise awareness of the disorder in hopes of preventing it. FASD can cau

WTAJ - 2017-09-18 21:46:42

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Toys 'R' Us is filing for bankruptcy protection. The toy retailer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States, it said in a statement on Monday. Meanwhile, it said its Canadian subsidiary will "seek protection in parallel proceedings" in the Ontario Supe

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 06:12:15

Police officer who resigned has criminal record

Long exposure to capture the full array of police car lights. 12MP camera. Somerset County, Pa. - A former Windber police officer who resigned earlier this month has a criminal record in Maryland. William Smith, 53, served six months in prison in 2007 for a misdemeanor sex offense in Anne Arundel Co

WTAJ - 2017-09-20 02:02:51

PA unveils 65 prescription take-back boxes

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. - In an effort to fight opioid addiction, state officials announced the opening of 65 prescription drug take-back boxes on Tuesday. They're now available 24 hours a day at in the lobbies of Pennsylvania State Police barracks across the commonwealth. The initiative is

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 20:42:39

New technology reduces patient risks

For people who have multiple health conditions, fixing one can sometimes lead to problems with the other. Now, some doctors are using new technology which precisely controls and measures the amount of dye used in heart catheterizations and other procedures requiring imaging. For some patients, the d

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 20:28:58

Student accused of filming fight, suspended and kicked off cheer squad

A mom is speaking out after she said her daughter was accused of filming a fight in the Juniata Valley High School cafeteria. Candy Waite told us her daughter, Alyssa, was there when it happened Friday morning and admits to trying to record the fight. "She had pushed the wrong button on her phone an

WTAJ - 2017-09-20 03:30:24

Money, guns stolen from cars in Richland Township

Somerset County, Pa. - Richland Township police are reminding drivers to lock their cars after a string of recent car break-ins. More than 13 cars have been broken into in Richland Township, Cambria County over the past three days. Several break-ins happened near Teryln Drive. In one case, two guns

WTAJ - 2017-09-20 01:26:47

Mural coming to life at skate park

Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. - A skate park in Cambria County is getting a little brighter. A mural is being painted on the walls and ramps at the skate park in the West End section of Johnstown. The West End Improvement Group is working with an artist from Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center for the p

WTAJ - 2017-09-20 01:05:17

Local students raise money for Harvey victims

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. - The Altoona School District really used their heads when coming up with a fundraiser for Harvey victims. For a one-dollar donation on September 8, students, staff and faculty were allowed to wear their favorite hat during the school day. They raised $5,000 dollars for JJ

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 03:53:38

Cambria County sees drop in drug overdoses

Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. - In past couple of months, doctors at Conemaugh Hospital, paramedics and the Cambria County Coroner have noticed a decrease in the number of drug overdoses and overdose deaths. West End Ambulance Manager Ira Hart said paramedics have responded to fewer drug overdoses

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 23:10:42

Audit reveals company misused state grant

Harrisburg, Pa. - The state audit revealed that over the last 3 years, Real Alternatives has spent $497,368 of state grant money outside the state of Pennsylvania and the misused has gone on for at least 2 decades. Real Alternatives is a company that helps women who are dealing with a crisis pregnan

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 22:51:54

DuBois Central Catholic spirit week looks to give back to community

DuBois, Clearfield County, Pa. - Students swapped their uniforms for pajamas Tuesday at Dubois Central Catholic. The students were comfy in class as they wore their best bedtime attire. It's all part of their spirit week. This is the 39th year of spirit week for the high school and middle school.

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 22:20:03

The Most Awesome Pirate & Princess Adventure

Calling all pirates and princesses to join Central Blair Parks and Recreation for an adventure! The Most Awesome Pirate & Princess Adventure in Blair County is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Juniata Civic Center & Memorial Park in Altoona. Enjoy a free indoor

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 22:11:00

Fire Companies upset about Pa budget plans

Adams Township, Cambria County, Pa. - The PA House recently passed a budge proposal that has been called the "taxpayers budget" by republicans. This method proposes to transfer funds from various state funds to cover the deficit rather than raise taxes or borrow from the tobacco settlement fund. The

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 01:06:08

Upgrades underway for popular river spots

Mt. Union Borough, Huntingdon County, Pa - River recreation in Huntingdon County is going to transform this fall. Matt Price, Exec. Dir. for Huntingdon County's Visitors Bureau, said the Juniata River is a local hot spot. But limited accessibility makes it tough to recommend spots for folks who wan

WTAJ - 2017-09-18 22:05:00

Man threatens officers, asks them to kill him

Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa. - A Centre County man is behind bars after threatening to harm an officer. Police were called to a Reynolds Avenue home in Bellefonte around 1:45 Monday morning. Dennis Hassinger was drunk and causing problems with a woman living there. He allegedly said he wanted offi

WTAJ - 2017-09-19 03:57:05