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Tyrone man headed to court

Charges against a Tyrone man accused of fleeing Tyrone police are headed to court. Derek S. Moore, 18, of 244 Gypsy Camp Hollow Road, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday for a hearing on charges he fled a Tyrone police officer who was trying to pull him over for ...

Job fair pairs employers, workers

CRESSON — Nearly 80 regional employers converged on the Mount Aloysius’ Athletic Convocation & Wellness Center on Tuesday looking for some good workers. The Job & Internship Fair Extravaganza, sponsored by Mount Aloysius College, Saint Francis University and the South-central ...

Fire ruins Frankstown Twp. home

FRANKSTOWN — Three people were displaced and seven dogs were killed early Monday evening when fire destroyed a modular home in Frankstown Township. Firefighters from numerous local companies responded about 5 p.m. to the home at the end of Pokey Drive, a dead-end dirt road, said Denny ...

Renovations likely to keep Lakemont Park closed this summer

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Lakemont Park's amusement rides and related attractions are expected to remain closed this summer while the park operator undertakes improvements. Plans call for removing some of the older amusement park rides, with exceptions, to make way for a mini-golf course, a volleyball ...

Schultz, Curley to testify vs. Spanier

HARRISBURG — Two former Penn State officials who struck plea deals with prosecutors are expected to testify against ex-university president Graham Spanier at a child endangerment trial linked to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Prosecutors picking jurors Monday in Spanier’s trial said former ...

Holocaust survivor: Remember the lessons

Standing before a packed auditorium at Penn State Altoona’s Devorris Downtown Center, Peter Stein pointed out sepia-tone photographs of a happy upbringing: family gatherings, his parents’ wedding, the streets near his home in Prague. On the screen behind them, faded in the background, was ...

Dashboard camera leads to dismissal of charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Driving under the influence and related charges filed against a Roaring Spring man were recently dismissed in Blair County Court based on a judge’s review of a dashboard camera video showing no reason for the man to have been stopped. Court records show that charges filed ...

Doyle weighs candidates’ challenges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle is expected to rule by Wednesday on candidate challenges that have surfaced in connection with the spring primary. In court Monday, attorneys clashed over the validity of the materials submitted by Troy Wright, a candidate for magisterial ...

State College police arrest theft suspect

A New York woman wanted in Blair County is behind bars. Franchesca Mercedes LaChapel, 24, of New York, N.Y., was arrested Saturday by State College Borough police and on Monday was arraigned by video conference on 29 felony counts in Blair County, including identity theft, forgery, theft and ...

Police to crack down on aggressive driving

Local and state police gathered with PennDOT officials Monday to announce the kickoff of the latest wave of enforcement targeting aggressive driving. Local and state police will ramp up enforcement on area roadways, particularly I-99 and Route 22, said PennDOT spokesman Anthony ...

City police find heroin, fentanyl in home search

A search of a city home over the weekend turned up nearly 100 packets of fentanyl as well as close to two dozen packets of heroin. Frank J. Lang 42, was taken into custody Saturday by Altoona police, and a subsequent search of 125 Sixth Ave. about 7 p.m. turned up a potent prescription ...

Lakemont Fire Co., AMED could go separate ways

AMED and the Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company could be heading for the breakup of a 30-year partnership. The fire company needs more room at its station for lockers and equipment storage to accommodate a growing number of firefighters — and for a bigger fire truck that will arrive at the end ...

Police looking for assault suspect

TYRONE — State police are looking for a man they say assaulted a woman in Snyder Township over the weekend. James A. Martin Jr., 35, no known address, is suspected to be in the Altoona area with an unknown female, state police at Hollidaysburg indicated on Monday. Martin is wanted on a ...

‘You have to do some studying’

Crystal Walton of Altoona doesn’t have a car, so she rides the bus and helps others do likewise. Walton has mastered the intricacies of traveling multiple routes to get where she needs to go in the most efficient and least costly manner and at the most convenient times, and she shares that ...

Senator: Families want choices

Families have alternatives to public school districts if they want them, but whether they can actually obtain them is another matter. Tens of thousands of students are on waiting lists for publicly funded charter schools in Philadelphia, according to Great Philly Schools website. Tens of ...

Curve GM balancing family with new job

Derek Martin took over as the Altoona Curve’s new general manager in October, after being away from professional baseball for nearly a decade. Martin has spent the past few months acclimating to the new job, personally and professionally, and is getting set for the Curve’s season to begin ...

City man found safe

A 90-year-old Altoona man who was reported missing Saturday has been located safe in Maryland, Altoona police said Sunday. Police distributed identification information on Saturday about Clement Freidhof, asking for help in locating the man who suffers from dementia and was last seen driving ...

Candidate information sought

Candidates in the communities the Mirror daily circulation area who seeking nominations on the primary ballot can submit their information and a photograph to the Mirror for a candidacy announcement story through March 31. Candidate’s information should be include name, age, address, ...

Medical marijuana faces hurdles

With one day left for prospective medical marijuana growers and distributors to turn their paperwork in to state authorities, interest is already stirring in some quarters to legalize the drug outright. But many forces — including those of the federal government — are dead set against ...

Pair may testify against Spanier

Recent guilty pleas to misdemeanor child endangerment by two former Penn State administrators involved in the Jerry Sandusky scandal may signal the pair have struck a deal to testify in the upcoming trial of their former boss, according to local defense attorneys. Because they have no prior ...