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Magisterial district courts

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Michelle M. Sherman, 53, 704 St. Thomas St., Gallitzin, charged by Allegheny Town­ship police with retail theft at Walmart, 2600 Plank Road, Altoona, July 15. Charge was moved to nontraffic court Jan. 10. Derrick S. ...

Suspected rapist ‘forgot’ his age

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A 19-year-old man is in jail on charges he raped a 16-year-old girl. According to Altoona police, it didn’t take much to get Dylan Weatherwalk to admit he had sex with the girl, although he contends it was consensual. “Is this about the rape and the broken phones?” Weatherwalk ...

Six face charges in prison smuggling

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Six people face charges in what police say was a conspiracy to smuggle Suboxone strips into Blair County Prison. Four inmates and two women on the outside are now charged with felony conspiracy, drug and contraband charges stemming from an investigation by Hollidaysburg Borough police into an ...

Area Sheetz stores offer Bitcoin purchasing stations

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Residents in the Altoona and State College areas are able to buy and redeem Bitcoin with U.S. dollars at kiosks in two area Sheetz stores. Sheetz has installed Bitcoin ATM kiosks at six stores in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Local stores with the kiosks are 1915 Pleasant Valley Blvd., ...

Superior Court dismisses Philly man’s review appeal

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The appeal of a Phila­delphia man convicted of cocaine deliveries in the Altoona area has been dismissed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because of a new Supreme Court rule that became effective just days before the defendant asked his case be reviewed. A Superior Court panel last Friday ...

Area

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Police: Fiancee threatened with sword An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he threatened his fiancee with a sword. John W. Hoover, 47, was taken into custody about 8 p.m. Monday after Altoona police were dispatched to his home on the 2800 block of Sixth Avenue for a report of a domestic ...

Ordinance endorses land bank effort

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will soon advertise an ordinance endorsing an Altoona-led effort to set up a land bank aimed at reducing blight and encouraging development. An earlier version of the proposed ordinance generated questions about coverage of county-assigned costs that are ...

New service combats fraud

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Recorder of Deeds office is offering a new service to guard against property and mortage fraud. “Honestly, we don’t see too much of this in Blair County,” Recorder Mary Ann Bennis said Tuesday. “But there is interest in this service ... and it’s ...

Officers can work as detectives

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have authorized a pair of memorandums to permit Altoona and Logan Town­ship police officers to work as county detectives when engaging in drug task force investigation efforts. The authorization, de­scribed as having no cost or liability for the ...

Correction

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In a photo caption on Page A2 in Tuesday’s Mirror, the address for the The Bakery should have been 1402 1/2 11th Ave.

Births

Public Records

June 11, 2019 Amelia Grace Franco, a daughter born to Danielle M. Franco and Brenton T. Maher, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 4:40 a.m. June 15, 2019 Kayzlee Mavie Mills, a daughter born to Natashia J. (Dively) and Kent A. Mills, Riddlesburg, at Conemaugh ...

Briefcase

Local Business

JOHNSTOWN JARI sets Lunch & Learn JARI will hold its next Lunch & Learn program from noon to 1:15 p.m. July 18 at JARI Center, 160 JARI Drive. Lindsey Bennett of KIZ Resources LLC will share her expertise on the variety of tax credit programs that may be available to area small ...

Court: Arsonist’s sentences flawed

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered that a Hollidaysburg man convicted of a series of arsons that occurred more than 20 years ago be resentenced on six of those charges because the trial judge failed to include restitution for the victims. The case involved Christopher Michael ...

Electrical outage

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By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com A power outage affected 1,776 Penelec custom­ers in Altoona and surrounding municipalities Mon­day afternoon and required several hours to repair. The outage Monday started at 1:06 p.m. About 1,150 of the customers affected were in Altoona, ...

Blair receives grant money for lead abatement

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Blair County has been awarded a Lead Hazard Control grant administered through the Penn­sylvania Department of Health to provide lead abatement to residents. With the help of other grants from the Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Community and Eco­nomic Development and other combined funding ...

Drenning Center plan approved

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The Altoona Planning Com­mission has approved land development plans for the Drenning Center — the proposed new headquarters of the Community Action Agency — at the corner of Beale Avenue and 23rd Street. At the request of the Durbin family, which is developing the project in ...

The icing on top

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Owner Curt Drost of Altoona ices a coconut cream pie on Wednesday afternoon at The Bakery at 1402 1/2 11th Avenue. Drost started baking in the mid-’80s, but stepped away to become a corrections officer. After retiring, he said, he baked for restaurants and friends before opening his own ...

Registrations accepted for Stuff the Bus event

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From Mirror staff reports Registration of students and donations of supplies are being accepted until Aug. 1 for the Stuff the Bus campaign by the Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County. Parents and area agencies may register children by calling 317-5108 to make an ...

Parking Authority begins garage maintenance work

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The Altoona Parking Authority has undertaken a pair of parking garage maintenance projects costing a total of $500,000. It recently awarded a $178,000 contract to reseal the garage floor, except for the roof level. It had previously awarded a contract for $322,000 to replace the elevator ...

New York man held on charges of huffing

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From Mirror staff reports A New York man is in Blair County Prison after he was allegedly spotted huffing duster in Walmart’s parking lot. Jeremy J. Brumfield, 37, of Jamestown, N.Y., was alleg­edly just waking up and in the passenger side of his Chev­rolet pickup when Alle­gheny ...