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Darby Sparks


Hollidaysburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Darby:

State College man receives over eight years in prison for rape, sexual assault

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — A State College man convicted of rape and sexual assault has been sentenced to prison for eight and a half – 20 years. Nnaemeka Ani, 25, received his sentence on Tuesday. According to police, Ani raped a woman after breaking into her Ferguson Township apartment three years ago. A DNA […] → Read More

Altoona man restores space capsule to its former glory

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The huge steel object sitting in Mark Koch’s front lawn on Logan Boulevard is not your ordinary Halloween decoration. It’s actually an original NASA space capsule he obtained from a field in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Mark discovered the capsule after reading a New York graduate student’s thesis paper about the history of the obscure […] → Read More

Altoona plans budget cuts to even revenue loss

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The city of Altoona announced on Wednesday that it plans to make budget cuts in city spending to make ends meet. City council members say that Altoona experienced revenue loss due to COVID-19 and additional structural costs, including pay raises and health insurance. The total losses are estimated to be around $1 million in revenue. While an exact plan is […] → Read More

In case you missed it: June 8-12

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories coming out of our area: Blair County: On Monday, a storefront in Altoona was driven into by a customer. Police say a man was looking to get curbside pickup at the marijuana shop “Herbology” at around 4 p.m. when […] → Read More

ICYMI: Top Stories from May 25-29

(WTAJ) — Welcome back to another week of In Case You Missed It (ICYMI). You can find the top stories below from Blair, Cambria and Centre Counties this week. Blair On Wednesday, the Central PA Humane Society was vandalized by 44 year old Matthew Calhoun . Calhoun—who also vandalized a private residence and a golf […] → Read More

WTAJ Originals: Sheetz new menu launch

If you order lunch at Sheetz on Plank Road in Duncansville, you may notice its menu has changed. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: It's national Martini day!

Everyone's take on a dirty martini is different, but a good bartender knows that it's all in how you shake it. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: Altoona fugitive still at large

Altoona police are still searching for a man who fled a routine traffic stop on Saturday, June 15. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: CBD store coming to Altoona

Your CBD Store will be opening its doors in Altoona on Wednesday, June 19. → Read More

WTAJ Original: Local man with Meghan's Law history arrested for assault

David Christy was arrested Monday for sexual misconduct with a minor under age 13, but that’s not his first time. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: Press box vandal

Police are searching for an individual who vandalized Memorial Field's press box last week between June 5 and 6. → Read More

WEB Originals: It's strawberry week at the Altoona Farmer's Market

You could smell the scent of strawberries coming from the market. → Read More

WEB ORIGINALS: Blair County the Second World War

Central Pennsylvania played a pivotal role during WWII. → Read More

WEB Originals: How much do you know about whats in your food?

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) -- Do you know what's in your food? If you don't you could easily be fooled. A video that has recently gone viral on Facebook makes shocking claims about food being tampered with in order to gain profit, but how much of it is true? WTAJ's Darby Sparks finds out. → Read More

WEB Originals: Kicking off the summer with a tribute

No one gives the AC/DC experience better than the AC/DC tribute band LIVE WIRE. → Read More

Missing runaway

Natasha M. Urso, 17, was last seen on May 8 at 11:40 a.m. in the Indiana Borough of Pennsylvania. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: Buy a bag and give back

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ) -- Feel the need to lend a helping hand? Buy a reusable bag from Martin's and help donate to a local nonprofit of your choice. WTAJ's Darby Sparks spoke with a Salvation Army representative to talk about why they need your help in donating to their food bank. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: A new type of business

Have you ever heard of the maker movement? → Read More

WTAJ Originals: What is a potentate?

'Potentate' is probably a word you haven't heard before. → Read More

WTAJ Originals: Have you ever wanted to grow your own food?

What's a better outdoor activity than gardening?  → Read More