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Pair to spend at least a decade in jail for part in heroin ring

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two main players in a heroin distribution network linking Altoona to York and New York have rendered guilty pleas in exchange for sentences that will keep each in jail for at least a decade. Wayne Anthony Davis, 38, rendered pleas Friday afternoon in Blair County Court where ...

Digging out

A small army of Altoona Area School District maintenance workers spent the day clearing snow in and around Mansion Park on Friday in preparation for four high school playoff games taking place over the weekend. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

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Church helps fire victims Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church is spearheading efforts to help a Woodbury Township family whose home was destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning. The church is collecting financial contributions and clothing to help Anthony and Amanda Gonsman and their five ...

Cooney lauded for ‘big heart’

Paul Cooney was a key player in the local coal mining industry. Cooney, 92, Cresson, who in 1955 founded Cooney Brothers Coal Co. with his brothers Charles and James, died Sunday. “He was a very astute guy, very smart. He had 16 draglines; he was the largest surface mine coal producer in ...

Police: Tyrone woman stole car

From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone woman is in jail on charges she stole a car. Valerie Fleck, 22, of 21 W. 15th St., was arrested Wed­nes­day after she allegedly admitted to taking a Ford Focus that belonged to a Park Avenue resident and driving it to Flinton, Clearfield County, before ...

Man accused of hitting boy with broom

From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man is accused of hitting an 11-year-old on the back with a broom handle. Charles F. Bell, 41, of 402 Washington Ave., Apt. 3, is scheduled to appear in Tyrone District Court on Tues­day for a preliminary hearing on a charge of simple assault stemming ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Tamra C. Leaper, 18, 1301 Second St., Altoona, charged by Logan Township police with retail theft at Kmart, 528 W. Plank Road, Altoona, Nov. 24, 2017. Charge was moved to nontraffic court July 5. Nicholas D. ...

Snow ‘slows everybody down’

There have been wintertimes recently with little measurable snow. Thursday guaranteed that this wintertime won’t be one of those — even though the official start of winter is still five weeks away. Less than a week ago, the first outdoor ice showed up in scattered puddles, but Thursday, ...

Police: Flea-infested home ‘deplorable’

Two more people face charges in connection to a flea-infested home in Altoona where a puppy had its head stepped on. Stacy Friday, 28, and Stephanie Obssuth, 30, were both arraigned Thursday on felony endangering the welfare of children charges along with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to ...

Future Ready allows public to see how schools stack up

The Pennsylvania Department of Education gave the public a way to see how schools stack up with the Future Ready PA Index. Gov. Tom Wolf touted the indexes released Thursday as a one-stop location for comprehensive information and data on student and school success. They can be viewed at ...

Man accused of stealing car

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars after police say he stole a car from an Altoona car dealership and then led state police on a high-speed chase. Javier A. Cantos Jr., 22, was taken into custody just before midnight on Wed­nesday after state police, using spike strips and a PIT maneuver to ...

Officers kept busy

Winter’s first snowstorm — although the season is still officially more than a month away, left local and state police busy but without any major accidents as of late Thursday afternoon. “There was nothing out of the ordinary with a storm like this,” said Altoona police Lt. Michael ...

Bedford commissioners hear salary arguments

BEDFORD — Multiple Bedford County elected officials pushed for a salary increase for the coroner, whose salary is the lowest of all officials, at a public meeting Wednesday. Coroner Russell Styer said he is paid an annual salary of $20,541 compared with the average $36,672 for coroners in ...

Judge dismisses charges against woman

BEDFORD — A magisterial district judge on Wed­nesday dismissed charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct filed against a Maryland woman. Dana Hunt, 44, of 14 Klosterman Ave., La Vale, was accused of damaging a residence and vehicle on Sept. 2 in Londonderry Township, according to ...

Early press start

Because of weather conditions, the Mirror went to press early Thursday night in order to help with our home delivery process. Consequently, some later sporting events, such as Penn State’s men’s basketball game at DePaul and the NFL’s Thursday night football game, are not included in ...

Radio system goes live

A radio system upgrade costing Huntingdon County millions of dollars has gone live. The $6.2 million project adds five more radio towers for the county and enables various first responders to communicate simultaneously. “Everyone can talk together now,” John Stevens, the county’s 911 ...

Fire guts home

WILLIAMSBURG — A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a Thursday morning fire that gutted the home of a Woodbury Township family. The blaze, which broke out about 7:55 a.m. at 355 Fairview Road, just south of here, is not considered to be of suspicious origin, said ...

Old and New Route 22 closed in Blair; numerous traffic problems in area

Old and New Route 22 are closed between Duncansville and Cambria County because of weather and road conditions, according to state police and scanner traffic. Roads in the area are snow-covered and slick and numerous traffic problems and accidents are reported. So far, no serious accidents ...

Copley suspect returns to Blair

A former Altoona woman accused of helping hide Catherine Copley’s body is back in Blair County to face charges. Samantha J. Musselman, 30, of Beatrice, Neb., was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of concealing evidence, conspiracy in abuse of a corpse, conspiracy in tampering with ...