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Loretto friary denies verbal abuse, discrimination claims from aides

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St. Francis Friary of Loretto has denied that it retaliated last year by firing two nurse aides at its residence for friars after the women complained about a “hostile work environment” in which they were allegedly subjected to verbal and physical harassment. The aides, Joyce Benzinger of ...

Tuckahoe Park’s Kennedy monument to come back

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It was the kind of drama that often happens in construction work butisn’t often dramatized. On Monday, a crew under direction of local art conservator John Ritainstalled a 75-pound granite plinth (the square box at the base), then a 400-pound refurbished column on the foundation block of ...

Lower rent price discussed

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EBENSBURG — Be­cause a tenant’s funding was reduced, Ebensburg Borough officials on Mon­day debated lowering the rent for space in the basement of the Young Peoples Community Center. The basement of the borough-owned community center at 300 Prave St. has been leased to the Cambria ...

Police: Six Mile Run man threatened to kill his family

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A Six Mile Run man faces multiple criminal charges for reportedly threatening to kill his family. Roy Edgar Shuey, 49, of 130 Aur Ladies Acres Road, is being charged with 18 felony counts of terroristic threats, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and a misdemeanor count of disorderly ...

Smithfield officer sickened

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An officer at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield was taken by ambulance to a hospital after becoming disoriented after picking up a piece of paper an inmate dropped on the floor, the state Department of Corrections said. Two Smithfield officers observed an inmate acting ...

Route 53 bridge reopens

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CLEARFIELD — A Route 53 bridge in Morris Township, Clearfield Coun­ty, has been replaced and reopened, PennDOT said. The bridge spans Emigh Run, near the village of Morrisdale. Replacement work was performed by Clearwater Construction Inc. of Mercer.

Lower rent price discussed

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EBENSBURG — Be­cause a tenant’s funding was reduced, Ebensburg Borough officials on Mon­day debated lowering the rent for space in the basement of the Young Peoples Community Center. The basement of the borough-owned community center at 300 Prave St. has been leased to the Cambria County ...

Inmate, visitor under investigation

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HOUTZDALE — An inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale and his female visitor are being investigated in a possible effort to smuggle drugs into the facility. At 12:20 p.m. Sunday, SCI Houtzdale security staff observed an inmate place an item in his mouth that he received ...

Sweating the cost

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Classroom temperatures can reach 85 degrees or higher the beginning of the school year. But some area school officials sweat the cost of putting in air conditioning because of the costs involved or the age of school buildings. Officials at the Bellwood-Antis School District are researching ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court March 28: Michael W. Brecht, 42, 1401 Conemaugh Ave., Apt. 5, Portage, charged by Blair County Sheriff’s Department with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia ...

Logan to rezone college woods

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The Logan Township supervisors on Thursday agreed to rezone the 39-acre Penn State Seminar Forest off Juniata Gap Road, across from the Ivyside campus, from residential to institutional, to help the college obtain grants so it can use the ground to its full potential. Funding agencies, ...

Mills enjoys providing leadership to Mount Aloysius

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John Mills assumed the interim presidency of Mount Aloysius College in May, and he did it with the understanding that he would provide a transition. Having come out of retirement in 2017 after having served 10 years as president of Paul Smith’s College in New York, Mills finds Mount ...

Tyrone police investigate burglary

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Tyrone Borough police are investigating a burglary that happened Saturday afternoon at a residence at West 22nd Street and Madison Avenue. A police report states one suspect lured the homeowner away from his property, saying they were surveying property lines and needed help finding the ...

Motorcycle crash injures 59-year-old

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A motorcyclist was hospitalized for potentially serious injuries after striking a wooden fence post 8 p.m. Saturday on Allegheny Road, Bedford. Kenneth J. Davidson, 59, was thrown from the motorcycle after striking a wooden fence connected to a high tensile electrical wire, a police report ...

Annual festival serves up food, bonding

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Authentic Greek food and music, community, good weather, a bounce house — what more can you want at a church festival? The 13th annual Greek Festival at was held Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., but it was a special festival, said Gus Nichols as he manned the ...

Drug bust underway in Blair County

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Police and state narcotics agents fanned out across Altoona and northern Blair County this morning looking for about 70 people suspected of selling drugs. Read more in Tuesday's Altoona Mirror.

Failure to yield

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For a lot residents, getting around Altoona means putting one foot in front of the other — and taking their lives into their own hands. “A lot of people don’t stop,” said James Gillespie, who pointed out that drivers don’t always yield to pedestrians when they should. Gillespie and ...

Boy, 9, lauded for actions that saved younger brother

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Rebekah Clough was downstairs doing laundry when she heard her 9-year-old son, Matthew English, yelling. “He said, ‘Mom, hurry up, Gabriel’s turning blue,’” Clough said. Gabriel Clough is Matthew’s little brother. He wasn’t yet 2 years old at the ...

City woman takes plea deal

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman will serve four to 10 years in prison for her role in what police described last year as a heroin deal gone bad. Tonia Lynn McConnell, 49, who has been incarcerated since August 2016, entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Blair County Court to felony charges of ...