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Ellis gets life sentence for murder

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Philadelphia native was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole in the 2013 shooting death and robbery of an Altoona resident, an alleged drug seller who was preparing to go to Erie for his 4-year-old child’s birthday party. Kashif Omar Ellis, 32, showed no ...

Hyndman derailment spurs suit against CSX

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A lawsuit brought in the Bedford County Court of Common pleas by a Hyndman family, claiming damages for injuries suffered during a 2017 train derailment, has been moved by the CSX railroad to the U.S. District Court in Johnstown. The family includes Robert Scaife; his wife, Diane Scaife; and ...

Stabbing suspect taken into custody

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A suspect in an Altoona stabbing is now in custody after a police chase through city streets Tuesday afternoon. Russell Schooley, 30, of Altoona, took off on foot after crashing a blue 2018 Subaru Forester on the 500 block of Ninth Street just before 5 p.m. as he tried to get away from ...

‘In God We Trust’ decals proposed for city vehicles

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City Council members seem inclined to accept a proposal by local veterinarian Matt Stachmus to create decals for city vehicles bearing the slogan “In God We Trust,” following a presentation by Stachmus at a recent meeting. Stachmus suggested the decals to commemorate an incident involving ...

Logan police to take on intern

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Logan Township police will take on a student in­tern, restarting a program that hadn’t been used in years. She is Sarah Wilson, a student at Pittsburgh Tech­nical Institute, according to Police Chief Dave Reese, speaking at a recent meeting at which the supervisors approved the ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Almalik H. Harper Jr., 19, 404 E. Walnut Ave., Apt. D, charged by Altoona police with possession of drug paraphernalia on the 100 block of Lloyd Street June 23. Charge was withdrawn Oct. 31. Michael A. Burchfield, 43, 1452 ...

Cut tree causes outage in Tyrone

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From Mirror staff reports TYRONE — About 1,000 customers were left without power because of a felled tree in Tyrone. A tree that was cut down on the 700 block of Park Avenue in Tyrone on Tuesday cut electricity at 12:18 p.m., Penelec spokesman Todd Meyers said. Power was restored at 2:15 p.m.

Cut tree causes outage in Tyrone

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TYRONE — About 1,000 customers were left without power because of a felled tree in Tyrone. A tree that was cut down on the 700 block of Park Avenue in Tyrone on Tuesday cut electricity at 12:18 p.m., Penelec spokesman Todd Meyers said. Power was restored at 2:15 p.m.

Births

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March 3, 2019 Gemma Jean Link, a daughter born to Chelsea (Weimert) and Adam Link, Flinton, at UPMC Altoona at 11:36 p.m. March 31, 2019 Bristol Reign Sandoval, a daughter born to Cheyenne R. (Pasley) and Donaldo Sandoval, Williamsburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Edward Jones recognized Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 18 full-service ...

Fire engulfs cathedral

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Smoke billows as the spire on the Notre Dame Cathedral collapses in Paris on Monday. A massive fire engulfed the upper reaches of the famed landmark, but officials said the structure has been saved. In commiseration, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1401 12th Ave., has planned a vigil for 7 ...

High bids has AMED reviewing options

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Bid for construction of AMED’s proposed new station and headquarters in Lakemont have come in high, leading the organization to postpone the awarding of contracts, pending evaluation of its options. The $3.4 million total for the low bids on four phases of work exceeds the estimated cost ...

AASD won’t raise taxes

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Altoona Area School District administrators will present a budget with no tax increase for the school board’s approval May 6. A 2019-20 budget that holds taxes at 6 mills is not what board member Dave Francis expected, he said after a committee of the whole meeting Mon­day night. He ...

Tea Party: Gov’t to serve people

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Tea Party marked its 10th anniversary Monday with a rally on the courthouse patio, the same location where the group assembled a decade ago. While the original event drew about 400 people and Monday’s drew only about 20 — both on cold and damp weather ...

Hollidaysburg ordinance changes parking permits

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HOLLIDAYSBURG—The mayor refused to sign it, but an amended ordinance is expected to change parking permits in the courthouse district as the result of a 6-1 vote by the council. Moving forward, residents wanting reserved street parking spots in the highly trafficked courthouse parking ...

Imlertown Road Bridge to be named after Bedford serviceman

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BEDFORD — The Imlertown Road Bridge over Imlertown Run in Bedford Township will be dedicated in honor of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Eric Fisher Wood Jr. at 2:30 p.m. April 26, at the Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, said Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford. Wood, who grew up in Bedford, ...

Blair response time second in Pa.

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State Department of Health statistics for 2018 show that Blair County ambulances — including AMED, which handles 80 percent or more of the calls — arrive at emergency scenes after being dispatched faster than those in any other county except Delaware, said AMED Executive Director Gary ...

Church services

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Good Friday service planned HOLLIDAYSBURG — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hollidaysburg, will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Orthodox Palm Sunday service set Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, will hold a Palm Sunday service on April 21 with divine ...

Area

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HUNTINGDON Hospital lifts restrictions J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital has lifted visitation restrictions that the hospital has had in place since Feb. 25 due to the high incidence of flu during the past six weeks. Infection Control Coordinator Shelly Brown announced to staff that the ...

Police chase in borough leads to crash, arrest

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From Mirror staff reports A police chase in Hollidaysburg ended with a crash and one person behind bars. Robert M. Loner, 31, of 110 S. Seventh St., was arrested early Sunday after he crashed a black Dodge Neon on Newry Lane at Forsht Lane while trying to flee police, according to charges ...