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Altoona Man Charged With Attempted Arson

A 41-year-old Atloona man has been charged with attempting to set his apartment building on fire early Thursday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 12:36 a.m. Joshua Winslow lit a roll of paper towels on fire inside his Walnut Avenue apartment.

Winslow was allegedly intoxicated at the time and police had previously responded to the apartment for a verbal altercation he was having with his mother.

Winslow allegedly made several threats prior to starting the fire, including saying “I’m going to burn this house down” and “you all stay here and burn,” according to the affidavit.

Winslow has been charged with first-degree felony arson, third-degree felony risking a catastrophe, first-degree misdemeanor terrorist threats, two second-degree misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and a summary offense.

He was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Paula M. Aigner, of Hollidaysburg, and was sent to the Blair County Prison on a $150,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 15 before District Judge Benjamin F. Jones, of Altoona.

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