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Roaring Spring woman accused of stealing checks

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From Mirror staff reports A Roaring Spring woman faces 18 felony counts after police say she stole checks and used the credit cards of a man she did housework and other chores for in late 2018. Tanya J. White, 38, of 404 Main St., remains free on an unsecured $25,000 bond and is scheduled ...

Blandburg man dies from injuries

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From Mirror staff reports CLEARFIELD — A Bland­burg man who crashed his car in early April has died. Arthur R. Britten, 32, died Wednesday of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash on April 2 in Penn Township, Clearfield County, according to state police and Britten’s obituary. ...

Historic site hosts Friends meeting

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From Mirror staff reports GALLITZIN — Alle­ghe­ny Portage Railroad Na­tional Historic Site will host a Friends-Raising meet­ing at 6 p.m. Wed­nesday in the park’s visitor center at 110 Federal Park Road. Park Superintendent Steph­en M. Clark and other staff will share what’s ...

City man pleads to child porn charge

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From Mirror staff reports JOHNSTOWN — An Altoona man has rendered a guilty plea in federal court to possession of child pornography. John F. Boslet, 53, of 1302 N. Second St., is scheduled for sentencing at 10 a.m. Aug. 12, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Scott W. ...

Smooth operator

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A plasterer works in the rain on the Graystone Grande Palazzo along Seventh Avenue in Altoona on Friday. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

AASD deficit could be $5.9M

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A budget summary of what Altoona Area School District taxpayers can expect next year (2019-20) shows a $9.2 million deficit, but the district’s net deficit is projected at $5.9 million if additional savings are found and if the district does not spend certain contingency funds that are ...

Third lawsuit filed in Hyndman derailment

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A third lawsuit stemming from the derailment of a CSX Transportation freight train in Hyndman Borough 32 months ago was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Johnstown by a man who was forced from his home of 53 years, and his daughter, who owns the home. The legal action, which requests ...

Altoona Water Authority might save $1.2 million

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The Altoona Water Authority on Thursday authorized a consultant to prepare for refinancing a pair of 2010 loans totaling $27.4 million, in hopes of saving perhaps $1.2 million over the remaining payback periods. The loans, in the form of taxable bonds with 35 percent subsidies to offset the ...

Shade Gap man jailed on sex abuse charges

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A Shade Gap man is behind bars on accusations that he sexually abused four juveniles in Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. Howard Anthony Strait, 27, of 21272 Main St., faces numerous criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old juvenile female, an 11-year-old ...

Joyce’s trip to border called ‘eye opening’

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U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, said his three-day trip to the nation’s southern border in Arizona reaffirmed his support for President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall and closing immigration law loopholes. “It’s been eye opening to say the least,” Joyce said on a conference ...

City man allegedly strangled girlfriend

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A city man faces charges after police say he strangled his girlfriend during an argument. Justin C. Means, 41, of Altoona, was arrested Wednesday night at his father’s home after the alleged incident about 7:30 p.m. on the 2200 block of Union Avenue. The incident allegedly started while ...

Area

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Low flying aircraft spotted Several Blair County residents reported seeing a large military-style aircraft flying at low levels on Thursday. The Mirror was unable to confirm the aircraft’s origin, but it may have been associated with the West Virginia Air National Guard training base in ...

Correction

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In the article Taking on Hollywood on Page B10 in Thursday’s Mirror, the name of former Altoona Area High School drama club adviser was incorrect. Her name is Nanette Anslinger.

Briefcase

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MARTINSBURG PSU plans program for women The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering a day for women to relax, learn and network on May 9 at the Bistro at the Village Green, 403 Village Way, Martins­burg. Part of the continuing series, Women Rooted in Agriculture, the meeting will be ...

‘What a Miracle am I’

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders combined efforts Wednesday to draw attention to the longtime prevalent issue of child abuse. “My office alone cannot stop child abuse,” county Children, Youth & Families administrator Ashley Gehrdes told about 100 people who joined together ...

Doctors among accused in sweep

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CINCINNATI — Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including a doctor accused of trading drugs for sex and another of prescribing to his Facebook friends, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other ...

Police: Man accused in stabbing said he was high on meth

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A stabbing suspect who crashed Tuesday while trying to get away from pursuing Altoona police is now behind bars with bail set at a total of $150,000 cash. Russell L. Schooley, 30, of 319 Milton Ave. is accused of walking into his ex-girlfriend’s Logan Hills apartment Monday afternoon and ...

Man accused of assault to face trial on charges

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Charges against a Hollidaysburg man accused of assaulting his wife in late March are headed to Blair County Court. “This is not going to be a plea deal case,” said Michael Cohen, the attorney for 44-year-old Matthew Shoenfelt, after Shoenfelt’s preliminary hearing Wednesday at Central ...

Amtran eyes shared-ride service to State College

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At the suggestion of Amtran board member Bruce Kelley, Amtran resolved Wednesday to ask the Centre Area Tran­sportation Authority whether it’s interested in a mutual effort to enhance commuting opportunities between Altoona and State College. CATA already operates CATA Commute, which ...