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Blair splits budget votes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners voted 2 to 1 Tuesday in favor of introducing a $55.2 million budget for 2019 keeping real estate taxes at current levels. The split vote on the tentative spending plan, subject to adoption in December, reflects a difference of opinion over to how ...

Two wanted for bar burglaries

Altoona police are searching for two suspects and have arrested a third in the string of bar burglaries or attempts that occurred over a span of two months. The two wanted suspects are Jordan Ramsey and Ryan M. Wolfe. Ramsey is a 29-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 ...

Convicted dealer loses appeal

An Altoona-area man who alleged state police drug investigators violated his Fourth Amendment rights during his arrest and interrogation as the leader of a marijuana distribution ring more than a decade ago has lost his appeal of a jury verdict in a civil case that found for the state ...

House fire causes nearly $200,000 in damage

Nine volunteer fire companies responded to a house and garage fire along Route 53 in Cambria County late Monday into Tuesday morning. The structure was gutted and the property owners who live in Johnstown estimated the damage at $100,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the content. Reade ...

Driver in Turnpike collision identified

DNA testing has identified the truck driver killed in a two-vehicle accident on the Penn­sylvania Turnpike last month. The Bedford County coroner was called to a accident involving two tractor trailers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at mile marker 158 eastbound on Oct. 17. One driver was ...

Hit-and-run investigated

The Logan Township Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian near the Norfolk Southern tracks and 200 N. Fourth Ave. A woman reported she was crossing the block to go to work when a vehicle at a red light bumped into her while she was in the ...

Huntingdon County arrests 32 for drug ring connections

Thirty-two suspects for connections to two extensive drug rings, which brought in more than $4.6 million in controlled substances into Huntingdon County, have been arrested, according to a Tuesday press release. Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith said in a release the two ...

Tears, praise for veterans

When it was her turn to speak from the stage on 11th Avenue after Altoona’s Veterans Day parade Monday, Van Zandt VA Medical Center Director Sigrid Andrew touched cryptically on an event that her manner suggested had been life-changing. It was 30 years ago, when she was a nurse in her 20s, ...

Alleged church burglars charged

From Mirror staff reports HUNTINGDON — Three people now face charges in last year’s rash of church burglaries in Blair and Huntingdon counties. James A. Shaulis, 20, and Chace P. Gable, 19, both of Alexandria, along with a 17-year-old juvenile, have been charged in Huntingdon County for ...

City’s first medical marijuana dispensary draws crowd

Patients packed Altoona’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Herbology, on its opening day Monday. As he waited to pick up his medicine, one patient who did not want to be named said he was very excited about the dispensary’s opening at 514 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. in the Rosehill ...

Tough topics tackled at community dinner

Simple things like soup and bread combined with the more complex — conversation with topics like racism, immigration and gun control — Monday at a Penn State Altoona community dinner that organizers hope will spark many more. The idea for the dinner came from the same concept that created ...

Parental rights case sent back to court

A case in which a Blair County father’s parental rights were terminated has been vacated and sent back to the county court for further explanation of how termination may affect the “legal interests” of his oldest child and for the judge to further examine the emotional bond between the ...

VFW food drive assists service members in need

DUNCANSVILLE — Air­tight packages of meat, cartons of eggs and milk and assortments of produce filled grocery charts wheeled in and out of the VFW Post along Newry Lane Monday. Volunteers hauled the stacked food items out of the building and into car trunks of local veterans as part of a ...

28th Infantry wraps up mission

From Mirror staff reports CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait –– The 28th Infantry Division’s headquarters and headquarters battalion of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard transferred control of Task Force Spartan Monday wrapping up a nine-month deployment. The 34th Infantry Division, comprised ...

City police investigate Jeep theft

From Mirror staff reports Altoona police continued to investigate the theft of a Jeep over the weekend. According to Altoona po­lice Sgt. Matthew Plummer, a 2003 Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen early Sun­day from the rear of a home on the 200 block of Maple Avenue. A friend of the ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges waived to court June 13-22: Benjamin A. Otto, 43, no fixed address, charged by Al­toona police with fleeing or at­tempting to elude a police officer, DUI, flight to avoid apprehension, possession of drug ...

Christmas parade to usher in season

Before 2006, Altoona’s annual Christmas parade stepped off near the Altoona Area School District campus, traveled over the 17th Street Bridge, through downtown and back over the bridge before dispersing. It was a long route, and in spots, the crowd was often sparse. In 2006, when the ...

Army National Guard veteran living the ‘American dream’

TYRONE — An Army National Guard veteran and business owner anticipates opening his fourth Domino’s Pizza in Tyrone in time for Thanksgiving, offering locals more choices for the doughy Italian-inspired dish. Sheldon Port, an Alexandria native and Juniata Valley High School graduate, ...

Veterans Day parade set for today in downtown

The Blair County War Veterans Council will hold a parade at 10 a.m. today in downtown Altoona. There will also be a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. More than 10 units have signed up for the parade. Command Sgt. Maj. Harry Buchanan, state senior ...