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Pennsylvania Woman Killed After Falling Into Meat Grinder At Work

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a woman was killed when she fell into a meat grinder at a processing plant in northern Pennsylvania. It’s not clear what caused the accident at the Economy Locker Storage Company in Muncy.


Rita's opens in Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) -- A new shop just opened up in Altoona where you can satisfy your sweet tooth. Rita's Italian Ice is open for business in the Bedford Candies shop at the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center in Altoona.


Former Altoona Police Sergeant sentenced to five years probation

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) -- Former Altoona Police Sergeant, Matt Starr was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation. Starr was first charged in 2017 after investigators say he stole thousands of dollars from the city and local businesses, and billed the city for overtime hours he spent at Rocky Gap Casi


Voters keep Mowery in contest

Altoona native Jimmy Mowery captured Monday’s public vote to move on in NBC’s “The Voice,” it was announced Tuesday night. On the Monday show, Mowery, representing John Legend’s team, went head to head with Kendra Checketts from Adam Levine’s team with the public vote deciding who would move on. The


Did ‘The Voice’ contestant Jimmy Mowery survive his cross battle?

Yesterday saw another round of singer competition on NBC’s singing contest, “The Voice.” Contestants from four teams went head-to-head to compete for votes. But there is good news for fans of Altoona native Jimmy Mowery: the voters have spoken, and he survives to see another week on “The Voice.”


CDC: Blood-sucking 'kissing bug' confirmed in Delaware; Pennsylvania may be next

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a bug with a bite that can lead to serious cardiac and gastrointestinal complications, or even death if the person bitten goes without treatment, has been found in Delaware.


Police: Man threatened baby

ROARING SPRING — An argument in Roaring Spring has led to charges against a man after witnesses told police he allegedly threatened to throw a newborn onto the road. Michael D. DiGiacobbe, 29, of East Freedom, is accused of making the threat while holding a carrier seat with the newborn during an ar


Altoona teams roll; B-A boys clinch ICC title

The Altoona boys dominated Penn Hills, 131-19, and the Altoona girls prevailed, 107-33, at Mansion Park in high school track and field action on Tuesday. Connor Adams won the 100-meter dash, 200 dash and long jump for the Mountain Lions.


Inmate at federal prison ordered to serve 13 additional months for possessing opioid

A 34-year-old man already serving a five-year term in a federal prison in Cambria County for distributing heroin in Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a prohibited object in prison and was sentenced to serve 13 additional months.


Officials warn Blair County residents and businesses of phone scam

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) -- Officials are urging residents of Blair County to be alert to a phone scam going around. Residents and businesses may be getting phone calls from a male identifying himself as a "Deputy/Lieutenant" with the Blair County Sheriff's Office, stating that there


Paul Manafort sent to prison camp in Pennsylvania

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a minimum-security prison near Scranton, Pennsylvania, to serve his federal prison sentence after being convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. He is set to be released on Christmas Day 2024, according t


In Pennsylvania, Two Health Care Behemoths Are Fighting. Patients Are Caught In Middle.

Cancer survivors Evalyn Bodick, 74, and Barbara Marsic, 63, are caught in the crossfire of one of the fiercest health care fights in the country. They fear they are about to lose access to the doctors they say have kept them alive.


City woman faces assault charges

An Altoona woman is accused of strangling and physically assaulting a family member Friday evening. Buffy Jo Eckenrod, 43, of 2007 Eighth Ave., allegedly had the victim in a chokehold during an argument at the residence, according to a police criminal complaint.


Will Pennsylvania legalize recreational marijuana?

MANSFIELD, Pa. (WETM) - The "Keystone" state debating whether or not to legalize marijuana. On Tuesday, the states Lt. Governor made a stop at Mansfield University on his listening tour.


Pennsylvania neighbors erect “anti-crime” wall

(WBRE) Residents of a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania neighborhood have put up a fence in an effort to stop drug dealing and prostitution. The fence is six feet tall and 30 feet long.


Deaths of Gallitzin couple ‘reminder’ of drug epidemic

Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees on Tuesday released the names of a young Gallitzin couple found dead on Monday morning of suspected drug overdoses and said that their deaths are “a clear reminder” that the drug-use epidemic is still a major problem in Cambria County.


City man sentenced to prison

An Altoona man has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to almost seven years in prison and 10 years’ probation for distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Thurs­day.


Shootout in Florida kills man Altoona Police arrested.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WTAJ) -- Last week a man was killed in a shootout with law enforcement in Florida. It has been confirmed by Altoona police that they actually had a run in with that man in Blair County.


City man accused of sexual assault

Altoona police say a man accused of sexually assaulting a girl starting when she was 8 years old allegedly told a detective he did it in his sleep. “If she said these things happened, then they are true,” 28-year-old Charles R. Fagan told Altoona police Detective Sgt. Terry Merritts multiple times w


Speed cameras coming to Pennsylvania

In 2018, crashes in works zones killed 23 people in Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT’s preliminary data. In 2017, they killed 19 people. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to lower that number to zero.