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Florida man charged with assault

A Florida man is in Blair County Prison after police said he sexually assaulted a woman at a local hotel. Mark A. Roberts, 49, of Tampa, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday at the Econo Lodge, 2906 Pleasant Valley Blvd., and charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault by forcible ...

Lawsuit status conference set

A status conference in a federal lawsuit filed against the Altoona Area School District over bullying is set for next month. A case-management conference in the lawsuit filed by Marc Lansberry against the school district will be at 2 p.m. May 18 in U.S. District Court in Johnstown, WJAC ...

Tea Party to host candidate forum

The Blair County Tea Party is hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum for those seeking the 13th Congressional District seat at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St. Republican candidates Travis Schooley, Bernard Washabaugh, John Joyce, Benjamin Hornberger, Art Halvorson and ...

Hollidaysburg library seeks more funding

The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has asked the school board double its funding from $40,000 to $80,000. Library Director Janet Eldred, Treasurer Sue Burket and President Joe Keller made their request at the Hollidaysburg Area School Board meeting Wednesday. “We are asking you to ...

Friday Drug Sweep

Altoona police, state narcotics agents and members of the Blair County Drug Task Force hit the streets this morning to round up 17 suspected dealers accused of selling prescription pills, heroin and other illicit drugs.

Faithful look to beef up security

Organist Carol McCracken of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Altoona concedes there’s a touch of “oxymoron” in religious congregations — whose existence is based largely on charity for all, including the downtrodden — setting up safeguards against the possibility of a lethal ...

Pa. court: Child has a right to lawyer

Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a child in a parental termination case has the right to be represented with “zeal and professionalism” by an attorney. A three-judge panel concluded Friday that a 5-year-old child in a Cambria County case did not have adequate representation ...

Police charge woman with felonies in two deaths

SOMERSET — A 24-year-old woman was arrested Monday in Ohio in connection with the disappearance and deaths of Damian Staniszewski of Duncansville and James Smith of Portage, whose remains were found in a wooded area in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, on Sept. 29. Jasmine Marie Browning ...

Miller loses bid for shorter sentence

A 70-year-old Altoona man serving a minimum of 55 months in the State Correctional Institution at Somerset has lost his bid to receive a shorter prison sentence, Pennsylvania Superior Court said Tuesday. On March 27, 2017, Gary Paul Miller entered an open guilty plea to charges of flight to ...

Blair observes child abuse prevention

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Clouds parted and the sun shone on the patio of the Blair County Courthouse on Wednes­day, just in time for the raising of the children’s memorial flag in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Blair County deputy sheriffs Trinitie Applas and ...

Police: Curwensville man tampered with evidence

CLEARFIELD — A Curwensville man will stand trial for destroying evidence in the Chase Anderson homicide case. Joseph Clayton Ralston, 38, was charged by state police with felony counts of reckless burning and criminal conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of tampering with physical evidence ...

New trail plans near final draft

A study outlining the viability of a new trail in the Bellwood-Antis area is nearing its final draft and likely will be presented for adoption in May. “It is very exciting, and it’s very rewarding,” Township Manager Lucas Martsolf said, reflecting on the multi-year project’s ...

Pipeline fines to fund clean water program

Money paid to cover a “historic” fine levied on developers of the Mariner East 2 pipeline will be used to fund a new grant program geared toward minimizing pollution and protecting clean water. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the program Tuesday. Funding is to be made available to qualifying ...

Penn Cambria discusses truancy

CRESSON — Attendance issues and school climate were chief among topics discussed at a Tuesday evening Penn Cambria School Board meeting. Middle school Principal Jeff Baird briefed board members on key aspects of the current year. First, he spoke about truancy and new rules in place to ...

Two killed in Williamsburg plane crash

Two people were killed in a Blair County plane crash this morning, according to police investigating the scene. According to the Federal Availation Administration, a Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in a residential area of Williamsburg at 8:44 a.m. Officials at Blair County Airport could not ...

Accused shooter faces more charges

The man accused of shooting 37-year-old Steven Hackney to death now faces charges that he threatened one of his alleged conspirators. Kashif Omar Ellis, 31, is accused of making a sound like a gunshot at 27-year-old Taylor Griffith on March 23 while the pair were in the Blair County ...

Waiting for a sunny day

Wendy Young inspects tulips and prepares for the spring gardening season while working at Wagner’s Greenhouses in Juniata on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Mother sentenced for assault on infant

CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills mother will spend two to seven years in state prison on charges stemming from the severe injuries suffered by her 3-week-old daughter. Stephanie McGuire, 23, of Osceola Mills, was sentenced Tuesday in Clearfield County Court after pleading guilty in September ...

Indian Caverns sale a boon to local anglers

FRANKLINVILLE — Local anglers have more than 1,200 feet of additional public fishing access to Spruce Creek, a renowned wild brown trout fishery and tributary to the Little Juniata River. The additional public fishing access along Route 45 is the result of the recent sale of Indian Caverns ...