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Man’s mission: Addiction help cards

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories by Pennsylvania print, digital and broadcast news organizations on the opioid crisis in the state. OLD FORGE — When the state health secretary visited northeast Pennsylvania during a recent health provider summit, Michael Arcangeletti ...

Meeting to focus on funding stormwater committee

A public meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss future funding for the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee. A group of 11 governing bodies — 10 municipalities and Blair County — created the committee almost two years ago to work jointly on efforts to reduce stormwater ...

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Breezewood Teen drowns in hotel pool A Norfolk, Va., teenager died after going under water in the pool at the Breezewood Holiday Inn on Tuesday. Bedford County Coroner Rusty Styer said his office is treating the death of Caymon James, 19, as an accidental drowning, but an autopsy will be ...

Superior Court emphasizes need to hear from children

The Pennsylvania Superior Court in the past week has vacated two orders issued by area judges as it continues to emphasize the need to hear from the children involved in parental termination cases. Separating children from their parents has become a national issue with respect to families of ...

Tyrone urged to seek engineer

TYRONE — This week at a Borough Council meeting, consulting engineer Kevin Nester of GHD encouraged council members to publish a request for qualifications, seeking an engineering firm to design a proposed $6 million to $10 million sewer plant digester, then oversee permitting, bid ...

Somerset man charged in deaths

A Somerset man faces multiple counts of conspiracy for allegedly carrying out a drug deal that led to the deaths of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Shykwon Knight, 21, of 902 Village Way, is accused of collaborating with Charles Roberson to deliver fentanyl-laced heroin to Janea Marie ...

City seeks power to crack down on scofflaws

City Council on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that, if adopted, could help ensure against scofflaws flouting the city’s authority indefinitely. The proposed ordinance would allow the city to file an “action in equity” — a complaint in the county Court of Common Pleas, asking for ...

Drainage fix may cost Patton $10K

PATTON — Water drainage from a pipeline break along Cowher Avenue could cost Patton Borough up to $10,000 to have fixed. Council members heard from engineer David Cunningham of Keller Engineers during Tuesday’s Borough Council meeting. Cunningham said he spoke with David Eckenrode on ...

Community leader ‘left a mark’ on area

Hollidaysburg has lost an energetic, community-oriented leader. Laurie Ann Pequignot-Smith, 60, of Hollidaysburg, passed away Sunday evening at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late William D. and Carmen L. (Griffith) Pequignot. ...

Roadwork

HOLLIDAYSBURG Open house, plans display set for North Juniata Street project PennDOT will conduct an Open House and Plans Display to inform the public of the proposed Route 22 and North Juniata Street Intersections Improvements Project in the Borough of Hollidaysburg. The meeting will ...

Man pleads to sexual assault of 14-year-old

CLEARFIELD — A Glen Richey man will spend time in state prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Harley S. Rothrock, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court before Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. Harley ...

Police: Probation visit turns up drugs

An Altoona woman is in jail after a probation visit allegedly led to drugs being found in her Second Avenue home Amanda Farber, 32, was arrested July 7 for a probation violation after methamphetamine and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia, were found by a Blair County Adult Probation ...

Former inmate sues county

A former Blair County Prison inmate is suing the county and its prison board in federal court, contending he was raped in December 2016 after being placed in a cell with two sex offenders. The inmate is not identified in the civil rights lawsuit because of “privacy concerns,” it was ...

New sign will cost AASD $48,000

By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com The Altoona Area School Board is set to vote Aug. 13 on purchasing a new electronic sign at 17th Street for $48,811. The current sign is beyond its economic and useful life, the technology is dated, and it is difficult to find parts, Assistant ...

County seeks input on recent flooding

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is asking residents and businesses affected by flash flooding on July 2 to report property damage, either at a workshop meeting set for Mon­day in Duncansville or to the county Emergency Management Agency. About 100 properties were damaged in Allegheny and ...

Kid collegians

Arie Kerstetter (left), 8, and Samira Patel, 7, both of Hollidaysburg, personalize their aprons as part of their Cupcake Creations program during the annual Kids College summer program on Tuesday at Penn State Altoona. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Cresson set to install GPS devices in vehicles

By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com CRESSON — A lone councilman will have the authority to monitor the use of five borough vehicles through GPS tracking devices. On Monday, Cresson Bor­ough Council President Michael Zabinsky Jr. an­nounced that he arranged to have GPS devices ...

Former DA disbarred

Former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins has been disbarred weeks after pleading guilty to numerous misdemeanor charges stemming from exchanging sexual favors with female drug dealers for overly lenient sentences and compromising the identities of multiple undercover ...

Police reports

Bedford state police A thief stole a grease gun, an air impact gun, an air wrench, a drill charger, a pair of two-way radios, a 5-gallon can full of gasoline and two crossbows from a building on the 900 block of Kings Road in South Woodbury Township between June 23 and 25.

Court upholds jail term for convicted sex abuser

By Phil Ray pray@altoonamirror.com The conviction and lengthy prison sentence doled out to a Huntingdon County man accused of sexually abusing two children beginning when they were 8 years old has been upheld by the Penn­sylvania Super­ior Court. James William Lewis of Mill Creek did ...