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Warden: Overtime costs, staff turnover increasing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Overtime costs at the Blair County Prison continue this year to come in at more than $20,000 for a two-week pay period, despite last year’s plan to cut overtime by hiring 12 full-time corrections officers. It went down “some” after last year’s hirings, Warden Michael ...

Two candidates nixed from primary ballot

Two candidates for local public offices — one for school board and one for City Council — in the May primary election had their names stricken from the ballot on Friday, while three more candidates wait on their status as Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle further reviews ...

Former mayor withdrawing bid for council

Former city mayor and councilman Bill Schirf, who is on the Republican primary ballot as a council candidate, plans to withdraw. “I want to spend more time with my family,” Schirf said. “I just reconsidered.” Among the reasons, according to Schirf: He became a grandfather in ...

‘Death’ leaves hole in my heart and kitchen wall

You don’t expect it and you certainly don’t plan for it, but all at once out of the blue, it happens. You suffer a loss that puts a hole in your heart and changes your life, and that recently happened to me. Thank God it wasn’t a person, for those losses can be and often are tragic and ...

Job fair set for people with criminal records

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Adult Parole and Probation Office has 21 employers and resource agencies signed up to participate in a job fair on Wednesday for those with criminal records. The office, which hosted this job fair for the first time last year, was pleased with the reaction ...

Man, 21, facing child porn charges

A 21-year-old Altoona man who told police he took nude photographs of his former 17-year-old girlfriend has been charged with child pornography and corruption of minors. Dustin Christopher McCaulley, 508 S. 12th St., was also charged Saturday with loitering and prowling, marijuana possession ...

Area briefs

Police looking for missing 90-year-old A 90-year-old Altoona man was reported missing Saturday, with police asking for help in trying to locate him. Clement Freidhof, who suffers from dementia, was last seen about noon Saturday in the 200 block of Aldrich Avenue, driving a Nissan sedan. The ...

Group files lawsuit over sewage allegation

An environmental action group from Pittsburgh has filed a federal lawsuit in Johnstown on behalf of a Somerset County property owner who claims raw sewage is being discharged through his property into the nearby Casselman River and its tributaries. The Casselman River is a 56-mile tributary ...

Cooper pulls support for McClure

Retired Blair County Sheriff Mitch Cooper has retracted his endorsement of Sam McClure in the race for Blair County sheriff. Cooper has written a letter that will appear as a paid ad in Sunday’s Mirror explaining his reasons and said Friday that “the letter speaks for itself.” Cooper ...

Rural airports face bumpy ride

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would eliminate federal subsidies for rural airports, throwing the future of the Altoona-Blair County Airport’s services into uncertainty, officials said Friday. Trump’s proposed budget, released this week, slashes funds for the U.S. ...

Passenger numbers up at Altoona-Blair airport

MARTINSBURG — Altoona-Blair County Airport leaders say they are encouraged by the passenger numbers since mid-November’s introduction of flights to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. While January and February are traditionally months when passenger numbers drop and flights ...

Reade authority manager resigns

By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com Reade Township Municipal Authority is without a manager after Vince Burr resigned his position Friday, citing a hostile work environment created by “certain members” of the authority’s board. “That’s the only reason,” Burr said of the ...

JC Penney will close Clearfield Mall store

CLEARFIELD — One area store is among the seven Pennsylvania stores that J.C. Penney plans to close in an effort to cut costs and grow sales at its strongest locations. The Penney’s store in the Clearfield Mall is among the 138 stores set for closure. The announcement comes a few weeks ...

Two sought for passing bogus bills

DUNCANSVILLE —Police in Allegheny Township are looking for two women suspected of passing $1,550 in bogus bills at Wal-Mart. It happened Thursday evening between 6:44 and 7 p.m. at the Plank Road Commons Wal-Mart and involved counterfeit $100 and $50 bills, Allegheny Township Police Chief ...

Drug suspect in custody

A suspect wanted in January’s countywide drug sweep is now in custody. John J. Burns, 20, of Altoona was arraigned Friday by video conference from a facility in Delaware County after being picked up on a parole violation there, according to Altoona police. Burns was charged in January ...

Man jailed on assault charges

A city man is in jail after police say he assaulted his girlfriend after a night of drinking. Richard W. Raber II, 35, of 853 33rd St. was arrested early Friday after police say he assaulted his girlfriend by strangling her during an argument. It started after the couple returned to their ...

Going to the next round

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Bishop Carroll fans cheer on the girls basketball team in the final minutes of the PIAA playoff game with Berlin on Thursday at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. Bishop Carroll won. Please see the game story on Page B1.

Opioids focus of Wolf meeting

EBENSBURG — Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees told Gov. Tom Wolf that when he talks to families of overdose victims, he learns they became addicted at a young age. Last year Wolf signed laws limiting the amount of prescription opioids prescribed to children because research has found abuse ...

Petitions challenge five Blair candidates

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Petitions have been filed at the Blair County Courthouse to challenge five candidates who took steps to get their names on the spring primary ballot. President Judge Elizabeth Doyle is expected to consider the challenges this morning in court. The judge has the option ...

Tyrone eyes rules to solve church parking woes

TYRONE — Tyrone residents may soon be prohibited from parking at certain spots along West 13th Street during specific times due to a request from officials at the First English Lutheran Church. Church officials appeared before Borough Council members earlier this week to request new parking ...