Local News

Magisterial district judge option withdraws from race

A Republican candidate who won the Democratic primary for the magisterial district judge seat in southern Blair County has withdrawn from the race. Derek Elensky of East Freedom, an assistant district attorney, announced his decision Monday, which means that Republican Andrew Blattenberger of ...

Judge: Reject appeal for man accused of assaulting woman

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is asking the state Superior Court to reject an appeal filed by an Altoona man convicted earlier this year and sentenced to at least four years in jail for a 2016 assault that sent his former girlfriend to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. In ...

Town weighs reshaping police dept.

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Borough Council is weighing the future makeup of the small town’s police department as Chief James Ott prepares for his anticipated election as Blair County sheriff. Council members agreed Monday to put out tentative advertisements in search of a new chief, ...

Community leaders take on bullying

TYRONE — Law enforcement officers, school administrators and community members gathered Monday evening in Tyrone Area Middle School to discuss a topic that recently has generated concerns and widespread interest — bullying. Speaking in front of a crowd inside the school’s large group ...

Area preparing for solar eclipse

The United States is in for a rare sight Aug. 21. For the first time in nearly a century, the path of a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the nation. Solar eclipses occur about two to four times per year, a NASA website states, but the area covered in totality by the ...

Vaccine deadline pinches districts

Hundreds of students in the area risk exclusion from school until they get their shots as required by a new state regulation, school officials said. In prior years, students had eight months from the first day of the school year to receive all needed vaccinations. A regulation initiated in ...

Clippinger fulfills longtime desire to become a lawyer

It is often said that, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” However, a 72-year-old member of the Altoona community persistently defies this old saying. Don Clippinger has spent years as an established journalist and publicist, but he recently surpassed the milestone of ...

General Cable leaves Altoona

General Cable has closed its Altoona facility. “We are completely out of Altoona,” said a company spokesman in a voicemail. The building at 3101 Pleasant Valley Blvd., has actually been for sale for about 29 months (early 2014), said Greg Hopkins, an associate with Jones Lang LaSalle ...

Logan seeks input on development

At present, it’s no Strawberry Fields Forever kind of place. The Logan Township supervisors, however, are hoping that the 100-acre Strawberry Hills housing development, abandoned in 2007 after preliminary site work, could bear fruit. To cultivate the ground now owned by the township for ...

Area briefs

HUNTINGDON Two hospitalized after assault Two Duncansville residents were transported to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning after state police at Huntingdon responded to an assault report. Police said the fight took place during a party in Union Township and involved a ...

Police reports

Altoona police Shellie Forshey, no age available, 824 First Ave., rear, was arrested Friday on the 200 block of East Chestnut Avenue on a retail theft charge. Steven P. White, 32, 2305 11th Ave., was arrested Saturday on the 2700 block of Sixth Avenue on a simple assault charge. Charles ...

Accidents

A 16-year-old female driver suffered minor injuries Friday night when she lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side. The Huntingdon teenager was traveling about 55 miles per hour, state police said, when the crash occurred on Greenwood Road, ...

PennDOT continues road work

PennDOT is continuing its efforts to make Blair County highways and bridges safer. In 2014, $950 million to help fund projects was created through Act 89. “We have planned 660 projects over a 12-year period as a result of Act 89. We have completed 60 percent of those projects to date. ...

Sheetz marked ‘new era’ in alcohol

It was about 2 p.m. on a Thursday when a 12-pack of Coors Light passed across the checkout counter at a Sheetz “convenience restaurant.” The sale likely seems routine now, but 10 years ago, the Mirror reported that the 12-pack “marked the start of a new era in Pennsylvania alcohol ...

Blair to designate more members to hear appeals

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has received more than 1,200 appeals this year from property owners who want to challenge the values assigned to their properties for computing 2018’s real estate taxes. Based on the amount of appeals, the county salary board agreed to designate as many as 12 ...

Nearly 11,000 lose power in Altoona, Logan Township

Restaurants and retailers along Plank Road closed temporarily on Saturday during a power outage that struck just before noon, affecting 11,000 customers in Altoona, Logan Township and nearby areas. State and municipal police officers, along with local volunteer firefighters, spent the ...

Altoona joins drug discount program

The City of Altoona is participating in My Healthy Hometown, a program that allows city residents to save an average of 24 percent on pharmacy prescriptions not covered by insurance. The city is eligible to participate as a member municipality of the National League of Cities, which operates ...

Fiancee of suspected heroin dealer arrested

A Tyrone woman is in jail after police say she showed up to collect drug money from a police informant. Jessica N. Adams, 24, of 1313 Washington Ave., was taken into custody Thursday night after the informant met her in a convenience store parking lot and handed over the cash about 9 p.m., ...

Bellefonte man facing murder charges

SNOW SHOE — A 37-year-old Bellefonte man is facing murder and related charges after state police accused him of gunning down a northern Centre County man whose body was found Friday on the driveway outside his residence. State police at Rockview said Saturday that Matthew Dreibelbis ...

Suspect accused of using BB gun to threaten man

An Altoona man is behind bars after police say he threatened a man with a BB gun. Robert A. Poullos, 36, of 1805 Eighth Ave. was arrested Friday on the 300 block of Sixth Avenue after he was chased from the 100 block of East Fifth Avenue by a man he allegedly threatened with a BB ...