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* ARRESTED *On 09/15/21 at 6:11pm officers were dispatched to a suspicious person (later identified as CHRISTOPHER S. CA...
09/16/2021

* ARRESTED *

On 09/15/21 at 6:11pm officers were dispatched to a suspicious person (later identified as CHRISTOPHER S. CATICH) inside of the Dollar General Store, 1013 N.4th Ave. in the Juniata section of Altoona. It was reported that CATICH was in the store for several hours, looking at the store surveillance cameras. Officers discovered that CATICH concealed several stolen items in his pants and ultimately placed him into custody for Retail Theft. CATICH was then handcuffed behind his back and placed into the back of a marked police cruiser.

As officers were still investigating the incident, CATICH shattered the rear driver's side window of the police cruiser and crawled out of the vehicle, fleeing on foot. It was later discovered that CATICH jumped into a railcar of a Norfolk Southern train in Juniata and was located by authorities this morning in Dauphin County, still in handcuffs. Arrangements are being made to transport CATICH back to Blair County for arraignment.

CHRISTOPHER S. CATICH is charged with felony Escape, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Retail Theft, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Mischief. He is currently IN CUSTODY in Dauphin County.

* ARRESTED *

On 09/15/21 at 6:11pm officers were dispatched to a suspicious person (later identified as CHRISTOPHER S. CATICH) inside of the Dollar General Store, 1013 N.4th Ave. in the Juniata section of Altoona. It was reported that CATICH was in the store for several hours, looking at the store surveillance cameras. Officers discovered that CATICH concealed several stolen items in his pants and ultimately placed him into custody for Retail Theft. CATICH was then handcuffed behind his back and placed into the back of a marked police cruiser.

As officers were still investigating the incident, CATICH shattered the rear driver's side window of the police cruiser and crawled out of the vehicle, fleeing on foot. It was later discovered that CATICH jumped into a railcar of a Norfolk Southern train in Juniata and was located by authorities this morning in Dauphin County, still in handcuffs. Arrangements are being made to transport CATICH back to Blair County for arraignment.

CHRISTOPHER S. CATICH is charged with felony Escape, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Retail Theft, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Mischief. He is currently IN CUSTODY in Dauphin County.

09/14/2021

Footage from an armed robbery that occurred today at 11:21am at Juniata Trading Cards 1019 N. 4th Ave. If anyone recognizes the suspect/clothing etc. please contact this department immediately or send a private message to this page.

If anyone recognizes this vehicle or knows the registered owner, please contact this department immediately at 814-949-2...
09/14/2021

If anyone recognizes this vehicle or knows the registered owner, please contact this department immediately at 814-949-2490 or send a private message to this page. Thank you

If anyone recognizes this vehicle or knows the registered owner, please contact this department immediately at 814-949-2490 or send a private message to this page. Thank you

* WANTED *The following list of names are currently on the Altoona Police Department’s WANTED list. Obviously there are ...
09/14/2021

* WANTED *

The following list of names are currently on the Altoona Police Department’s WANTED list. Obviously there are people in the area who may have the same name, however dates of birth were not provided on social media to protect identities.

If you think you are on this list, you may contact APD at 814-949-2490, MDJ JONES’ office at 814-941-4550, or MDJ DEANTONIO’S office at 814-942-6421 to turn yourself in. Thank you

2,565 civilians and 412 first responders lost their lives on September 11, 2001.NEVER FORGET 🇺🇸
09/11/2021

2,565 civilians and 412 first responders lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

NEVER FORGET 🇺🇸

2,565 civilians and 412 first responders lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

NEVER FORGET 🇺🇸

09/09/2021

* ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY *

The Altoona Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is attempting to identify the male in the video who is operating a dirtbike from the alley onto 13th St. and then back onto 1st Ave. This male suspect was involved in a separate incident on 09/02/21 at approx. 2:30pm on the 1300 blk. of 1st Ave.

Obviously the video does not provide a good description of the suspect, however if anyone who resides in this area recognizes the operator or the dirtbike, please contact Detective Heuston at 814-949-2517. Also, if anyone locates a better view of the suspect on home surveillance, please contact the same number or send a private message to this page. Thank you

The Altoona Police Department welcomes Officer Annie Lucas to our team!  Ofc. Lucas has already completed the police aca...
09/08/2021

The Altoona Police Department welcomes Officer Annie Lucas to our team! Ofc. Lucas has already completed the police academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was previously employed by the Centre County Sheriff’s Department. After her completion of orientation and assignment of uniforms/equipment, Ofc. Lucas will begin our 14 week training program later this month. Congratulations Annie and thank you for choosing to serve the City of Altoona! 👮🏻‍♀️💙

The Altoona Police Department welcomes Officer Annie Lucas to our team! Ofc. Lucas has already completed the police academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was previously employed by the Centre County Sheriff’s Department. After her completion of orientation and assignment of uniforms/equipment, Ofc. Lucas will begin our 14 week training program later this month. Congratulations Annie and thank you for choosing to serve the City of Altoona! 👮🏻‍♀️💙

Next month, we will be sending officers Over the Edge for Family Services Incorporated. In an effort to raise money for ...
09/08/2021

Next month, we will be sending officers Over the Edge for Family Services Incorporated. In an effort to raise money for FSI, officers will be rappelling off the 82 foot side of the Altoona Curve Stadium. We want to send as many officers as possible Over the Edge but in order to do so, we need your help!

The more money we raise, the more officers we get to send Over the Edge. All funds raised will go to FSI to help further the great work they do. Please consider donating to our fundraising page by clicking the link below!

https://events.handbid.com/fundraisers/over-the-edge/list/altoona-police-department

Next month, we will be sending officers Over the Edge for Family Services Incorporated. In an effort to raise money for FSI, officers will be rappelling off the 82 foot side of the Altoona Curve Stadium. We want to send as many officers as possible Over the Edge but in order to do so, we need your help!

The more money we raise, the more officers we get to send Over the Edge. All funds raised will go to FSI to help further the great work they do. Please consider donating to our fundraising page by clicking the link below!

https://events.handbid.com/fundraisers/over-the-edge/list/altoona-police-department

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09/07/2021

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The Altoona Police Department was dispatched to SHOTS FIRED just after midnight at 1100 13th Ave. Officers found that at...
09/07/2021

The Altoona Police Department was dispatched to SHOTS FIRED just after midnight at 1100 13th Ave. Officers found that at least two rounds struck the apartment building that is pictured. We’re asking anyone in the area that may have outdoor surveillance to please check their footage from 09/06/21 at 11:30pm to 09/07/21 at 12:10am for any suspicious persons or vehicles. Please send a private message to this page with any additional information pertaining to this incident. Thank you

A big thank you to the family who brought lunch today for all 3 shifts! It is very much appreciated. Happy Labor Day eve...
09/06/2021

A big thank you to the family who brought lunch today for all 3 shifts! It is very much appreciated. Happy Labor Day everyone! 😋

A big thank you to the family who brought lunch today for all 3 shifts! It is very much appreciated. Happy Labor Day everyone! 😋

On Sunday September 5, 2021, APD officers responded to 1010 12th St (IDA Towers) at approximately 4:47am in reference to...
09/05/2021

On Sunday September 5, 2021, APD officers responded to 1010 12th St (IDA Towers) at approximately 4:47am in reference to a stabbing that was called in to 911. Officers entered the apartment complex and found the DEFENDANT, SHANNON ERB, standing and waiting for officers. ERB was detained and told officers that she stabbed the victim, whom she lived with. The victim was found on the balcony, severely bleeding from a laceration to the neck and a stab wound to the upper chest. Officers performed emergency medical aid on the victim until AMED arrived and transported the victim to UPMC Altoona. SHANNON ERB admitted on scene and again at APD to Detectives, that she stabbed the victim after an argument over how loud she was being. Officers located the knife used in the stabbing, a 15” kitchen knife. SHANNON ERB was charged with one count of CRIMINAL ATTEMPT: HOMICIDE, two counts of AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, and one count of RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON. She is committed to the Blair County Prison in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

On Sunday September 5, 2021, APD officers responded to 1010 12th St (IDA Towers) at approximately 4:47am in reference to a stabbing that was called in to 911. Officers entered the apartment complex and found the DEFENDANT, SHANNON ERB, standing and waiting for officers. ERB was detained and told officers that she stabbed the victim, whom she lived with. The victim was found on the balcony, severely bleeding from a laceration to the neck and a stab wound to the upper chest. Officers performed emergency medical aid on the victim until AMED arrived and transported the victim to UPMC Altoona. SHANNON ERB admitted on scene and again at APD to Detectives, that she stabbed the victim after an argument over how loud she was being. Officers located the knife used in the stabbing, a 15” kitchen knife. SHANNON ERB was charged with one count of CRIMINAL ATTEMPT: HOMICIDE, two counts of AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, and one count of RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON. She is committed to the Blair County Prison in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

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09/03/2021

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APD officers have been dispatched to the Station Medical Center McDonald’s at approx. 3:30pm nearly every day since the ...
09/03/2021

APD officers have been dispatched to the Station Medical Center McDonald’s at approx. 3:30pm nearly every day since the start of the school year for physical fights involving students.

If your child is a walker, please talk to them about using an alternate route. If you pick your child up, do not pick them up here. Students will no longer be permitted to congregate here due to this behavior.

This area will be monitored daily by APD officers during dismissal. It is not our desire to arrest juveniles whatsoever, however we are being left with no choice. PARENTS, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN! Thank you

Labor Day parade canceled
09/02/2021
Labor Day parade canceled

Labor Day parade canceled

The Blair Bedford Central Labor Council has canceled Saturday’s Labor Day Parade in downtown Altoona due to cancellations of groups planning to take part. The cancellations were a direct result of the recent spike in hospitalizations locally and the very large community spread of the delta variant...

09/01/2021

Because We Care Foundation will be teaming up with the Altoona Police Department - Altoona, PA to present our annual banquet, A Night Amongst Heroes (Heroes with Heart). Spend an evening with our local heroes who watch over and protect our community. Enjoy a delicious meal, great company, and heartfelt speeches from those who have been impacted by our local heroes. This will be a family event with a buffet meal, speakers, and a basket raffle.

Keynote Speakers:
Chief Leo Berg, Allegheny Township Police Department
Jessica DiGennaro, BWC Founder

The evening will begin at 5:00PM with hors d'oeuvres with dinner to follow at 6:00PM. Buffet dinner includes: Italian Wedding soup, linguini and Penna pasta, red sauce and Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, meatballs, herbed broccoli, house salad, garlic bread, and assorted desserts. The Greenbean Coffee House will also be providing a coffee bar which will also include kid-friendly options and Non alcoholic beverages will also be available.

NOTE: Children 5 and under are free but a ticket is required for the event.

We would like to thank our Platinum Sponsors for this event:
Altoona Grand Hotel
Greenbean Coffee House
JLS Construction Inc
Premier Limousine LLC

Please visit our website to purchase tickets (www.becausewecarefoundation.com). If you would like to purchase a ticket in person, please message the Foundation’s FB page or email us at: [email protected]
💙💛🧸🤍❤️

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08/31/2021

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08/31/2021

* This video has been removed because the juveniles have been identified. Thank you for sharing *

* ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY *

The Altoona Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is attempting to identify the juveniles in this video in relation to an Aggravated Assault incident that took place on 08/05/21 at 7:00pm in the area of 23rd St. & 8th Ave. Anyone who may recognize the juvenile suspects is asked to contact Detective Burns at 814-949-2517 or send a private message to this page. Thank you

The Altoona Police Department announces the arrest of CORIENA MARIE PFAHLER.On Saturday 08/28 PFAHLER is alleged to have...
08/30/2021

The Altoona Police Department announces the arrest of CORIENA MARIE PFAHLER.

On Saturday 08/28 PFAHLER is alleged to have been operating a black Jeep Cherokee with a DUI Suspended License the wrong way on 10th St. PFAHLER struck a vehicle in transit on Howard Ave. causing injuries to the driver. PFAHLER then fled the accident on foot, hiding inside a nearby church. Officers located PFAHLER on the 2nd floor of the church where she displayed numerous signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers discovered suspected Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, and Clonazepam inside of the vehicle, along with a methamphetamine smoking device. PHALER also had 9 outstanding arrest warrants.

CORIENA MARIE PFAHLER is charged with felony Hit & Run, DUI, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and associated charges. PFAHLER is currently lodged in the Blair County Prison.

The Altoona Police Department announces the arrest of CORIENA MARIE PFAHLER.

On Saturday 08/28 PFAHLER is alleged to have been operating a black Jeep Cherokee with a DUI Suspended License the wrong way on 10th St. PFAHLER struck a vehicle in transit on Howard Ave. causing injuries to the driver. PFAHLER then fled the accident on foot, hiding inside a nearby church. Officers located PFAHLER on the 2nd floor of the church where she displayed numerous signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers discovered suspected Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, and Clonazepam inside of the vehicle, along with a methamphetamine smoking device. PHALER also had 9 outstanding arrest warrants.

CORIENA MARIE PFAHLER is charged with felony Hit & Run, DUI, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and associated charges. PFAHLER is currently lodged in the Blair County Prison.

* REMINDER TO ALL LOCAL MOTORISTS *AAHS & AAJHS are at normal capacity this school year.  If traveling to work MON-FRI w...
08/30/2021

* REMINDER TO ALL LOCAL MOTORISTS *

AAHS & AAJHS are at normal capacity this school year. If traveling to work MON-FRI while utilizing 6th Ave, 7th Ave, or 17th St PLEASE be prepared for delays. Congestion is very heavy from 07:00 - 07:45 AM and 02:30 - 03:00 PM. We are well aware of heavy traffic delays during these times, however both schools were constructed on main routes and there is minimal alternatives for school bus / parent drop-off / pick-up & student crosswalks. There are plenty of alternative routes in Altoona to get to I-99 or PVB. Please consider using other routes or begin traveling to work at an earlier time. As always, the school zone speed limit is 15mph. So please slow down & please yield to pedestrian traffic. Thank you 🛑 🚶🏻🚶🏾‍♀️🚦🚍🏫

* REMINDER TO ALL LOCAL MOTORISTS *

AAHS & AAJHS are at normal capacity this school year. If traveling to work MON-FRI while utilizing 6th Ave, 7th Ave, or 17th St PLEASE be prepared for delays. Congestion is very heavy from 07:00 - 07:45 AM and 02:30 - 03:00 PM. We are well aware of heavy traffic delays during these times, however both schools were constructed on main routes and there is minimal alternatives for school bus / parent drop-off / pick-up & student crosswalks. There are plenty of alternative routes in Altoona to get to I-99 or PVB. Please consider using other routes or begin traveling to work at an earlier time. As always, the school zone speed limit is 15mph. So please slow down & please yield to pedestrian traffic. Thank you 🛑 🚶🏻🚶🏾‍♀️🚦🚍🏫

08/27/2021
On Monday 08/23/21 the Altoona Police Department Narcotics Division and PA Office of Attorney General served an arrest w...
08/26/2021

On Monday 08/23/21 the Altoona Police Department Narcotics Division and PA Office of Attorney General served an arrest warrant on SCOTT VIPOND at 1303 2nd St. During the arrest, officers developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the residence. The search warrant was executed yielding 793 packets of he**in and $3,838.00 of US currency. When VIPOND was transported to the Blair County Prison, officers were standing with VIPOND waiting for entry into the jail. VIPOND then fled on foot while handcuffed, but was apprehended after a brief pursuit.

SCOTT VIPOND is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver, Escape, Resisting Arrest, and associated charges. He is incarcerated at the Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bail.

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1106 16th St
Altoona, PA
16601

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