Local News

Liquor sales up to voters

Three Blair County municipalities — Roaring Spring, Williamsburg and North Woodbury Township — have referendums on their ballots to allow liquor sales. The questions in Roaring Spring and Williamsburg, if passed, would allow the granting of liquor licenses within those boroughs. The ...

Area

Trail construction planned Construction of a “Born Learning Trail” at Lakemont Park has been delayed until May 29 to avoid some weather-related issues. The Blair County Chamber of Commerces’s Young Professionals of Blair County is seeking volunteers — preferably other young ...

Men face stolen vehicle charges

Two Altoona men are facing charges after Altoona police say they stole a vehicle. Quynten Savoy Castell-­anos, 23, of 1127 Seventh Ave., and Jordan Miller, no age or address given, are charged with criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property. Police allege that on April 24, ...

Man dies while fishing at area dam

A Philipsburg man is dead after a fishing incident, police say. William Jones, 72, fell while fishing in the Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg, Centre County, on Friday afternoon. Bystanders pulled Jones from the water and gave care until EMS arrived. Jones could not be resuscitated, according ...

Blair Democratic candidates

The following are the candidates listed on the Blair County Democratic ballot. See Page A13 for the Republican list. Commissioner (2) Laura Burke Ted Beam Jr. Magisterial District Judge (1) Rick Benzel Edward C. Kreuz Jr. Edward E. Zang Matt Dunio Altoona mayor (1) Bridgette ...

Northern Cambria County races

The following list includes selected races from the Republican and Democratic ballots: Republican ballot Superior Court judge (2) Rebecca Warren Megan McCarthy King Christylee Peck County commissioner (2) Scott Hunt Raymond Guzic Paul Seitz Howard D. Terndrup Jerry ...

Blair Republican candidates listed

The following are the Republican candidates listed on the ballot for Blair County. See Page A11 for the Democratic list. Commissioner (2) Chuck Gomerac Bruce Kelley Bruce Erb Joseph A. Zolna Amy Webster Debra Weston Controller (1) August C. Stickel IV Treasurer (1) James ...

Third suspect in kidnapping charged

A third person is now charged in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a man in Altoona. Benjamin I. Phillips, 38, of Tyrone was charged Wednesday for his role in the May 6 incident in which Altoona po­lice say Tara Sprankle, 37, and Justin Keller, 34, bound and tortured a man over a $700 drug ...

Admitted killer once convicted locally

A sex offender once convicted in Blair County of statutory sexual assault now claims to have killed 32 people. Nicholas Brent Gibson, 32, made the claim to reporters Friday after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York where he waived extradition to Florida where he is the suspect ...

HAHS science book sparks contention

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A proposed AP environmental science book for Hollidaysburg Area grades 10-12 stirred some opposition from a couple of school board members who say they don’t agree with ideas of global warming. The text “Exploring Exploring Environmental Science for AP,” published by ...

Clearfield school employee accused of sex with student

KYLERTOWN –– Charges have been filed against an employee of a Clearfield County school who allegedly had sex with a student. State police say Michael William Narehood, 23, of Karthaus was employed by the West Branch School District in Morris Town­ship where the assault occurred. A ...

Pa. court to hear water dispute

A water dispute between neighbors is going to the Pennsylvania Superior Court after a refusal by a Blair County judge to order water restored to a property at 254 Kurtz Drive in Sinking Valley. The property, in Tyrone Township, owned by Mark J. Roth and Michelle A. Roth, is served by a well, ...

Joyce blasts Pelosi over drug votes

U.S. Rep John Joyce, R-13th District, opposed U.S. House Speak­er Nancy Pelosi as she refused to hold individual votes on three measures that would lower prescription drug prices. House bills to lower prescription drug prices (H.R. 965, H.R. 1499 and H.R. 938) all passed unanimously out of ...

Weapons, drug charges filed

From Mirror staff reports A Martinsburg man faces charges after police say he was shooting aluminum cans in his driveway with a rifle. Ryan C. Reininger, 33, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home, 286 Ayers Lane, in North Woodbury Township, after a neighbor called to report he was ...

School board candidate forum planned

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School District PTOs/PTA/ PAC groups will sponsor a forum for Hollidaysburg school board candidates from 3 to 5 p. m. Sunday. The forum will take place in the Hollidaysburg Area High School Library, 1510 N. Montgomery St., with Michael Rawlins, ...

Woman charged with DUI at court

From Mirror staff reports A woman who state police said drove drunk to District Court has been charged. It all started March 12 when Sheree M. Bollman, 49, of Altoona, appeared at Tyrone District Court as part of a case in which she was not the defendant. According to charges filed last ...

Police: City woman sold pills

From Mirror staff reports A city woman is accused by Altoona police of selling pills to an informant twice in 2018. Robin A. Daugherty, 57, of 2100 W. Chestnut Ave., was arraigned Thursday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from two alleged sales of clonazepam pills in February ...

Police reports

Hollidaysburg state police James Bywater, 40, Bedford, was arrested April 30 on June Drive in Taylor Township and charged with DUI. Brittany Bender, 26, Altoona, was charged with theft-related charges for an alleged incident May 2 on Burns Drive in Tyrone Township. Angela Burkey, 40, Alum ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Geetha Rathnamala, 40, 2514 Shawn Circle, State College, charged by Allegheny Township police with accident involving damage to attended vehicle or property and two summary traffic violations at state routes 764 and ...

Sentencings

The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for a period of 60 days to 60 months. Each ...