Local News

Lewd photos lead to charges

After allegedly sending lewd photos to a juvenile girl over a popular social media application, a Cam­bria County man faces multiple felony charges. Patrick J. Fyock Jr., 29, of 716 Bloom Ave., Nanty Glo, is accused of using Snap­chat to send the girl messages. According to a criminal ...

Incidents at public pool land woman in hot water

A city woman is facing charges after police were called to Prospect Pool twice on the same day. Police said about 2 p.m. July 5, Sarah M. Anthony, 62, of 1805 Fifth Ave., al­legedly grabbed an 11-year-old boy and pulled him into one of her bare breasts after it fell out of her bathing suit ...

No change to sentence for mom convicted in child abuse case

CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills woman sent to state prison after her 3-week-old child was seriously injured appeared in Clear­field County Court on Thursday for resentencing. Stephanie McGuire, 23, and her boyfriend, Aaron Mills, 33, were charged in March 2017 with assault and various ...

Businessman to pay back taxes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The owner of a local business is pledging to pay almost $31,000 in state taxes to resolve criminal charges filed against him in October. The state Attorney General’s Office accused Dennis C. Helsel, 73, owner of the Calvin House, of failing to remit sales tax between ...

Gallitzin council discusses officer

GALLITZIN — Despite a recommendation from an attorney to hold personnel discussions behind closed doors, a Gallitzin Borough police officer was publicly scrutinized at a meeting this week. The focus of the discussion was officer Gil Barton, whose name was mentioned by Councilman Phillip ...

CareerLink to move to Cambria library

NEW GERMANY — An organization geared toward helping the unemployed find jobs will soon operate out of the Cambria County Library after a Thursday vote by county commissioners. Pennsylvania Career­Link is to find a new home on the downtown Johnstown li­brary’s first floor, vacating its ...

Charges set for man who threw bike

A homeless man who Altoona police say threw a bicycle off the Seventh Street bridge and then lied about his identity is due in court. Nicholas H. Martin, 23, was arrested last Saturday after two Altoona police officers driving on Seventh Street saw Martin throw a bicycle off the side of the ...

Area briefs

Woman arrested for smashing ornament over boyfriend’s head A city woman is in jail after police said she smashed a ceramic ornament over the head of her boyfriend. Harriet Borgans Zellars, 28, of 5011 C Evergreen Court, was taken into custody last week on a warrant filed in late May in ...

Sentencings

The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. Brian A. Thomas, 47, 327 S. Second St., Bellwood, sentenced Dec. 18, 2017, to $100 fine and six months’ probation for ...

Southern Airways hosts party

MARTINSBURG — New agreements will allow passengers to book seamless travel from the Altoona-Blair County Airport to points around the globe. Southern Airways, the airline providing daily passenger service at the local airport, announced Thursday the launch of its new interline agreements ...

Family says man did not injure son

MARTINSBURG — Outside Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger’s courtroom, family and friends of a 24-year-old father accused of injuring his infant son waited anxiously for his preliminary hearing, insisting police have it all wrong. “I feel like he’s been treated like he’s ...

Cambria to continue to house parole violators

NEW GERMANY — State prisoners who violate agreement terms while on parole will continue to be housed in Cambria County, according to a Thursday vote from commissioners. It’s a vote that will result in revenue for the local prison, with the state paying a per inmate housing fee of $72 for ...

City man sentenced for assaulting inmate

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 25-year-old Altoona man has been sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison for his role in the March 2017 assault of a fellow inmate with tobacco in his rectum. Maurice D. Wakefield II told Blair County Judge Wade Kagarise in court Thursday that he was sorry about what ...

Superior Court denies Smith appeal

A DUI case that the Pennsylvania Superior Court earlier this year labeled a “procedural quagmire of sorts” has been decided in favor the prosecution. The case has taken more than two years to make its way through the appeals process, but on Tuesday, a Superior Court panel upheld the ...

State rejects Laurel Pipeline request

HARRISBURG — Penn­syl­­vania utility regulators are rejecting an application to reverse the flow of refined fuels on a portion of the Laurel Pipeline west of Altoona. The Public Utility Com­mission voted 5-0 Thursday to uphold an administrative law judge’s recommendation that it ...

Hazardous waste collection planned at PNG Field site

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee will hold a household hazardous waste collection from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The organization is charging $15 per car trunkload, except for paint, which will cost 50 cents per pound. The ...

Paving sparks complaints in Logan

A Pottsgrove Road resident complained to Logan Township supervisors Thursday that the recent paving of Pottsgrove has caused flooding in his garage and the yard of a house he owns across the street. Randy Collier stressed that he wasn’t angry and didn’t blame the supervisors or the ...

Looking to the stars

SINKING VALLEY — As twilight faded to darkness Wednesday, a few hundred people filled the area of the new Mountain Lion Observatory at Fort Roberdeau. Inside the observatory is a permanently mounted NexStar 9.25-inch telescope, which many waited in line to use Wednesday night. Many others ...

Council voices support for parks

At a discussion Wednesday on how best to spend excess reserve funds, City Council didn’t monkey around when it came to a proposal to restore playground equipment that has been stripped from Altoona’s parks because of liability concerns. Council members informally agreed to authorize the ...

County supports lake, Brush Run restoration

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are supporting a developing project that calls for streambank restoration measures along portions of Brush Run above the lake at Lakemont Park. The county owns Lakemont Park and surrounding grounds that would be affected by the proposed ...