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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Rich Kish of Nanty Glo paints the front of the future business front of Cook’s Painting and Renovation on Broad Avenue in Altoona on Tuesday afternoon.

Home invasion robbery probed

A home invasion robbery where three people were held at knifepoint remains under investigation. Logan Township Police Chief Tim Mercer said Tuesday investigators believe the home on Grandview Road that was hit by two masked men with knives was targeted and that no residents in the area are in ...

Claysburg man faces charges in fatal crash

A Claysburg man faces charges in a July motorcycle crash that killed his passenger. Michael P. Feathers, 29, of 279 Walter Hollow Road was arraigned Tuesday morning on a felony charge of accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed stemming from a motorcycle crash ...

AMED ambulances delayed

Radio problems have delayed the availability of three new Mercedes ambulances for AMED, according to the agency’s executive director. The ambulances, scheduled to be available in August, didn’t arrive until Oct. 13, because conversion specialist Demers Ambulances of Quebec needed to ...

Blair moves step closer to lawyers lobby repairs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have taken another step toward renovating a second-floor courthouse lobby that will be paid for by $136,600 from county bond funds and an $80,000 state grant. Commissioners agreed Tuesday that architect David Albright should move ahead with design ...

Townships’ creation to be marked

Two hundred fifty years ago, the ground you’re standing on was likely considered a wild frontier: an area with no local government and no official status, where American Indians fought running battles with new colonists. That changed in October 1767 — 250 years ago this week — when a ...

Clarification

Updated to correct address The Eric J. Frick accused by Johnstown police of sexually assaulting an autistic boy in May at a Johnstown hospital isn’t the Eric Wayne Frick, who won a state wrestling champion while at Hollidaysburg and was the Mirror’s 1998-99 wrestler of the year. Eric J. ...

Williamsburg parents, student voice complaints

WILLIAMSBURG — A couple of parents and a student told the Williamsburg Community School Board that a district teacher ignored doctors’ orders, putting children at risk. Robert Loucks said a teacher refused to excuse his 7-year-old asthmatic daughter from class to get her inhaler. He ...

Former Blair prison guard on trial for assault

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury is being asked to decide if a former Blair County Prison guard made unwanted sexual advances in 2015 toward a female licensed practical nurse while they were alone. The former guard, Paul David Keefer of Duncansville, lost his job after Hollidaysburg ...

Crime

Bellwood man faces drug charges A Bellwood man is behind bars after Altoona police say he sold painkillers to an informant in front of the Blair County Prison. Sean W. Buckmaster, 42, was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly delivered four Dilaudid painkillers to the police informant ...

Spring Cove tables vote on kitchen staff

ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board pushed back a decision on privatizing the district’s kitchen staff Monday, amid concerns that it hadn’t been discussed enough and could push some workers to take new jobs. With eight members present, the board voted unanimously to table the ...

Johnstown residents to receive recognition

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambra, will honor two Johnstown residents Thursday with the second annual Charlie Vizzini Volunteerism awards. Tiffany A. Jones and Conner C. Hagins, both of Johnstown, will receive the awards at a 6 p.m. banquet at the Noon-Collins Inn in Ebensburg. Jones is an ...

Reade authority expected to name office manager

A new office manager likely will be hired by Reade Township Municipal Authority board members at a Thursday evening meeting, board Chairman Jim Thompson confirmed. “We have two candidates,” Thompson said Monday. “One, I feel, is very good.” Thompson said between 30 and 40 applicants ...

Area

Candidates forum planned The public is invited to a forum for magisterial district judge candidates to be held Monday between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Devorris Downtown Center. The forum is being hosted by the Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships’ Committee to Prevent DUI and Underage ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal crash case

A Lycoming County man who was involved in a car accident that killed two area women and injured another pleaded guilty Monday in Cambria County Court to charges including involuntary manslaughter. Marc J. Bruscoe, 28, of Hughesville was charged late last year for his part in a collision at a ...

Pipe bombs found in Huntingdon County house

HUNTINGDON — An investigation into two pipe bombs found in the basement of a Huntingdon County home is ongoing. According to Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith, Huntingdon Borough police found the two pipe bombs in a backpack in the basement of a home at 1211 Mifflin St. on ...

Wolf: Health costs will spike

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Monday blamed President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress for a sharp increase in the cost of health insurance that will take effect next year for some of the 500,000-plus people who buy individual plans in ...

AASD: Test scores ‘close but below’ Pa. average

Altoona Area School District administrators said students’ recent performance on state standardized tests are “close but below” the state average. Administrators gave an analysis of 2016-17 tests to the school board at a work session Monday and set goals to improve. A district’s ...

Police: Man sexually assaulted boy at hospital

A Johnstown man faces numerous charges after being accused of sexually assaulting an autistic boy in May at a Johnstown hospital. Eric J. Frick, 31, of the 400 block of Cypress Ave., Johnstown, was arraigned Sunday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali, online court records ...