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Police: City man ran from officers

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An Altoona man faces charges after he allegedly ran from Altoona police. Brian A. Lassiter, 33, of 1106 14th Ave., Apt. 1, is charged with misdemeanor counts of escape, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief stemming from a Nov. 14 incident, when he allegedly ran from and ...

Man accused of beating cat loses bail modification bid

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of beating his cat in October is likely to remain in jail on $3,500 cash bail. Najat Shamir Rowland, 22, of 331 22nd Ave., said Wednesday in Blair County Court that he has no money or resources to meet bail. And if he remains in jail, Rowland said he ...

Woman pleads to fraud

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield woman pleaded guilty to altering a prescription during sentencing court in Clearfield County on Tuesday. Denise Joleen Stephens, 21, was charged with a felony count of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud in connection to an incident at the CVS Pharmacy in ...

Two city men accused of child endangerment

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Two Altoona men face charges over an October incident in which police say two children were left unattended in an SUV. About 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Altoona police were dispatched to the 600 block of 10th Street and were told by several people they had heard the screaming of two children coming ...

Mirror prepares for biggest paper of the year

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At more than three pounds, the Mirror’s Thanksgiving Day newspaper, the largest paper of the year, comes close to the size of a small turkey. Just like the traditional Thanksgiving feast, the huge paper requires behind-the scenes preparation to pull off a successful delivery. It takes the ...

Bedford human remains identified

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BEDFORD — The human remains a hunter stumbled upon in October in the woods above Mile Level Farm Market in Bedford County belong to Robert E. Cochran, a New York man who went missing five years ago. There was no indication of trauma, and the death of the 47-year-old white male cannot be ...

Top court orders bite mark review

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is directing the state Superior Court to review the validity of bite mark evidence for the pending murder retrial of Paul Aaron Ross, charged with kill­­i­ng a Hollidaysburg woman in 2004. In a one-paragraph order issued Tuesday, the Supreme Court remanded the ...

Driver gets up to 8 years for firing gun

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CLEARFIELD — A truck driver will be spending up to eight years in state prison for shooting a gun near a cleanup crew on I-80. On June 12 near Kylertown in Clearfield County, police said Jernane Lamont Coleman, 43, stopped his tractor-trailer at the scene of a vehicle fire that was being ...

Police: Altoona man’s unlawful ride leads to charges

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An Altoona man was charged for driving with a suspended license and other crimes after he allegedly took a vehicle without permission either to run errands or for a joy ride, reports state, but he crashed into a pontoon boat while swerving away from a plow truck. A plow truck pulled out in ...

Consumers warned not to eat romaine

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NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Briefcase

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. LifePoint completes merger LifePoint Health, Inc. has completed its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. As a result of the merger, LifePoint’s common stock is no longer trading on ...

Let’s talk turkey

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The nation’s highways will be crowded over the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more ...

Court vacates Summit value

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The Pennsylvania Common­wealth Court has vacated a decision by a Blair County judge that established the fair market value for tax purposes of the Summit Tennis and Athletic Club at $3.2 million. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, in an opinion issued last week, ruled that Blair ...

City man pleads in drug death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will serve 8.5 to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to drug delivery resulting in death, a charge filed in connection with the 2017 fatal overdose of a 46-year-old Altoona man. Gary Lee Decker, 47, rendered the plea Monday in Blair County Court where he ...

Man involved in fatal ATV crash pleads to assault charge

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — One of the two men involved in a 2017 fatal ATV crash in Blue Knob has pleaded guilty to a count of simple assault in a separate case instead of pursuing a jury trial on a charge of indecent assault. Jacob Ralph Helsel, 19, Duncansville, rendered the plea Monday in Blair ...

Christmas in the Park planned

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An annual Christmas parade starting at 3 p.m. Saturday will kick off Clays­burg’s Christmas in the Park event. The parade will start at the Claysburg American Legion and proceed to the Claysburg Community Park along Old Route 220. Festivities at the park will follow the parade and run ...

Area

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Fire destroys family’s home A fire destroyed a Clearfield County family’s home while they were away for an extended time at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Clearfield County State Police started investigating the cause of the fire on Saturday. It consumed the mobile home at ...

Patton business owner seeks help with traffic

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PATTON — The owner of Lacue’s Sunoco gas station along Magee and Fourth avenues asked Borough Council on Monday to consider removing “no turn on red” signs at the intersection. Albert “Hap” Lacue said traffic backed up from Fourth Avenue prevents his customers from pulling into ...

Tyrone backs off digester plan

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TYRONE — It’s a big project, and it takes time to digest all the implications. Three-and-a-half years after Borough Council began talking about how to deal with the increasing cost of disposing of sewer sludge — and just on the verge of deciding whether to proceed with a proposed $13 ...

Maybrook Hills employees prepare Thanksgiving meals

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Maybrook Hills Re­habilitation and Health­care center employees spent the day working with Blair Senior Services and Southern Blair Senior Center to provide Thanks­giving meals on Monday. Maybrook Hills annually sponsors the Thanks­giving meals. Marketing and clinical nurse liaison ...