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Police bust meth operation

An alleged partnership trafficking in large quantities of cystal methamphetamine has ended with both men in handcuffs and pounds of the drug in the hands of police. In an investigation by Altoona police and agents from the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation that ...

Blair inmates facing trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Five Blair County Prison inmates were bound over for trial Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner after she heard testimony concerning charges they sexually assaulted and beat another inmate in March because they wanted the tobacco he had in his possession. Three ...

Grant helps provide funds for ‘Startup Alleghenies’

As a 16-year-old student at Altoona Area High School, Michael DePiro began designing websites for businesses, eventually parlaying effort into the downtown business he has today — DePiro Entertainment & Designs. As a neophyte, DePiro could have used the help that is now available to ...

Coroner: Man likely dead in tractor-trailer for days

A man was found dead Tuesday inside a tractor-trailer that had been parked in a Jackson Township convenience store’s parking lot for several days. Cambria County emergency dispatchers said state police called in the death about 11:20 a.m., when the body was found at a Sheetz store at 115 ...

State announces grow permits

State officials announced the winners Tuesday of two medical marijuana grow permits in south-central Pennsylvania, of 12 issued statewide. The winners are set to operate facilities in Fulton and Franklin counties, bypassing the Altoona area in the first round of permits. The two scored ...

County leaders review equipment for voting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders on Tuesday reviewed another piece of voting equipment that could change the ballot-casting practices county voters have used since 2006. Earlier this month, commissioners looked at voting equipment presented by Dominion Voting of Toronto, Canada, and ...

Judge places stay in lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown has placed a 150-day stay on further action in a lawsuit in which former Altoona Mayor Wayne Hippo and his law firm are protesting a decision by an insurance company not to defend them in legal action brought by local developer Gregory ...

Cresson man faces numerous charges in alleged robbery

A Cresson man faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges for his part in an alleged robbery, in which a convenience store clerk was held at knife-point and told to hand over cash and cigarettes earlier this month. Roy V. Noonan Jr., 25, of the 200 block of Keystone Avenue admitted to ...

Woman accused of filing false report

BEDFORD — Police charged a Bedford woman Tuesday with filing a false report, two months after she allegedly accused a consensual sexual partner of assaulting her. State police at Bedford said Julia Alexis Reffner, 23, told troopers in April that a 59-year-old man had sexually assaulted her. ...

Area briefs

Gority to address Blair County Tea Party Former Blair County Commissioner Donna Gority will address the Blair County Tea Party at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St. Gority will talk about the role of county commissioners, what they do and how citizens can be involved at ...

Deadline set to contest reassessment values

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County property owners interested in contesting values assigned through the county’s reassessment project will have another chance. The deadline for filing an appeal aimed at reducing one’s property value and next year’s real estate tax bills is Aug. ...

Gearing up

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Area high school football players participating in Friday’s Lezzer Lumber All-Star football game, including Bellwood-Antis’ Ethan McGee, claimed their game jerseys Monday at Mansion Park.

Potent opioid causes Bedford death

BEDFORD — A powerful opioid that can kill those exposed to even tiny quantities has caused its first death in this part of the state, Bedford County Coroner Rusty Styer announced in a Monday news conference. A 45-year-old man found dead of an overdose in May was confirmed last week to having ...

Blair eyes prison study

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The chairman of the Blair County Prison Board has suggested hiring an independent party to review all aspects of running the county’s prison and offer recommendations. Judge Daniel Milliron recently presented the idea to the prison board and asked board member Bruce Erb to ...

AASD sells Wright building

The Altoona Area School Board voted unanimously Monday to sell the former Wright Elementary School to the Nehemiah Project for $140,000. Dave Miller of the Nehemiah Project said the new use of the building is uncertain but said the faith-based organization’s general purpose is to revitalize ...

Spring Cove track project hits $66,000 snag

ROARING SPRING — An unexpected problem in the Spring Cove School District’s ongoing track repairs forced the board Monday to scale back its plans and spend about $66,000 more than intended. Superintendent Betsy Baker said the district’s track replacement hit a snag last week when ...

Spring Cove votes for property tax hike

ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board agreed Monday in a pair of 7-2 votes to pass a $26.5 million 2017-18 budget and raise property taxes about 3.2 percent. The budget covers rising expenses in several areas, including its employee pension contribution, which is expected to reach a ...

Judge terminates parental rights of Altoona-area man

The parental rights of an Altoona-area man have been terminated by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because of his refusal to cooperate with Blair County’s child welfare agency, his recent incarceration and the fact he has had “virtually no active involvement in the child’s life.” The ...

Men charged after dispute

A domestic dispute over the weekend has led to charges against two men. Philip J. Galloway, 26, and David A. Leonard Jr., 23, both face charges stemming from a domestic dispute Saturday morning at the couple’s home, 712 S. Eighth St., that at one point involved a knife. According to ...

Civility needs to become new priority

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very ...