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February 6, 2014

Bail reduction denied in Altoona bomb materials case

ALTOONA — A Blair County judge has refused to reduce bail for a college student from Russia charged with possession of bomb-making and marijuana-growing materials.

Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker declined the motion in the case of 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov of San Carlos, Calif. He was arrested after Altoona police said they found the materials in his rented room near the Penn State-Altoona campus.

A preliminary hearing on charges including possession of weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe was rescheduled for Feb. 18.

Defense attorney Robert Donaldson said his client comes from a good family and has no criminal record, and there's more to the story. He said "once the facts come out, people will see a different side of this."

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