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Former foster mother testifies in abuse trial

(This story was edited at 3 p.m. Wednesday to list Angela Hudson's current name.) A former foster mother struggled to contain her tears Tuesday afternoon as she told a jury that an Altoona boy who was under her care in 2015 revealed that he had been physically and sexually abused when he was 5 ...

Ebensburg man faces theft charges

EBENSBURG — An Ebensburg man faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing a truck and crashing it before fleeing on foot. Justin Byrne, 18, of 110 Bronco Road, allegedly crashed a brown Chevrolet truck shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, according to a criminal complaint ...

City man faces burglary charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man faces charges that he burglarized more than a half-dozen homes over a six-month span. Glenn A. Staehli III, of Altoona, remains in jail on $75,000 cash bail after his arraignment Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on multiple felony counts, ...

Bedford County bridge reopens

The Ritchey Bridge Road bridge, which spans Raystown Branch Juniata River in West Providence Township, Bedford County, has reopened after being replaced. Replacement work was performed by Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College as part of the Rapid Bridge Replace­ment Project. The new ...

Central Cambria, teachers in contract negotiations

EBENSBURG — Though Central Cambria School District’s teachers voted to authorize a strike earlier this summer, Superintendent Jason Moore said he thinks the school board and union will “come to terms with an agreement that’s good for everybody.” The district offered its teachers a ...

Iron Bridge theater looking for new home

TYRONE — The Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre may have to find a new home. The building that it leases, located next to the Sgt. John Frederick Bridges Memorial Bridge along Business Route 220, was put up for sale in June by owners Bob Stager and Sam Anders. The men have owned the building for ...

Box culvert opens, another closes

Clearfield — While a box culvert on Blackburn Road in Bigler Township, Clearfield County has been complete, an inspection has forced the closure of another. The completed culvert spans Alexander Run in the village of Madera. However, an inspection brought the closure to another culvert ...

AASD board member objects to conference

An Altoona Area School Board member is objecting to the district using thousands of dollars to send seven people to a New York conference on teaching children to read. But the superintendent said the expense was worthwhile and resulted in dozens of teachers being trained on the latest ...

­Altoona board OKs change orders

The Altoona Area School Board approved change orders for its high school building project Monday with a 5-2 vote. The construction manager, Reynolds Construction, said work on the addition to the Fieldhouse and storm piping for the new B building are underway. But there is a list of change ...

Witness recounts details of killing

CLEARFIELD — The only other person at the scene wiped tears from her eyes as she told a Clearfield County Court about the events surrounding a 2017 fatal shooting. On Oct. 30, 2017, Dustin T. Thomas, 28, of Hawk Run allegedly shot Brett Bamat of Philipsburg after a shoving match outside a ...

Tyrone council hears wind farm opposition

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com TYRONE — In July, when a representative of Algonquin Power Co. visited Borough Council to outline plans for doubling the size of the 50-megawatt Sandy Ridge Wind Farm on Ice Mountain above the borough, no opposition appeared. On Monday, it ...

Teen testifies against woman in child abuse trial

An Altoona teenager testified Monday in Blair County Court that he didn’t understand what was happening to him more than a decade ago, when around the age of 4 or 5, a female caretaker sexually abused him, but he told the jury, “the pain ... the scared feeling ... the anger, they are all ...

Water woes

A sudden downpour Monday afternoon resulted in localized flooding problems across the area. In Altoona, a young driver mistook the road out of the parking lot near Weis Markets in the Park Hills Plaza shopping center and ended up driving into a flooded culvert along Plank Road. Mirror photo by ...

Gallitzin to spend $8K for pavement spreader

GALLITZIN — Gallitzin Borough Council members agreed last week to purchase a pavement spreader despite one official’s admission that employees do not know how to operate it. The idea is to use the spreader to pave borough streets instead of hiring outside contractors to do the work, ...

Barletta feels ‘momentum building’

“I feel the momentum building,” Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Lou Barletta said during a campaign rally in Altoona on Monday night. “As I am meeting more and more Pennsylvanians, I am seeing more and more that they are behind what President (Donald) Trump and I stand for, and ...

Crash claims Frankstown resident

A 31-year-old man is dead after a crash in Frankstown Township. Frankstown Township res­i­dent Matthew Clingerman of Scotch Valley Road was killed about 4 p.m. Monday after the vehicle he was driving crashed on the 3000 block of Scotch Valley Road, Blair County Deputy Coroner Paul Kerns ...

Hollidaysburg man stands trial for sex abuse of girls

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 71-year-old Hollidaysburg man accused of sexually assaulting and taking nude photographs of four young girls is on trial this week in Blair County court. Robert D. Gates, who has been fighting the allegations for two years, is accused of assaulting three neighbor girls and ...

Altoona man held in assault

A city man is in jail after police said he choked and assaulted his girlfriend. Jared V. Williams, 29, is accused of strangling and then punching his girlfriend about 12:45 p.m. Saturday at their 1927 13th Ave. home, according to charges by Altoona police. Police allege Williams had locked ...

Chief allowed to hire officer

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg Borough Police Department has a new sergeant, and its chief has permission to hire a new officer, according to a pair of decisions by Borough Council. Last week, Chief Rodney Estep asked council for permission to choose and hire a new officer out of a pool of ...

McDermitt lauded for perseverance, courage in face of illness

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ryder McDermitt wasn’t bashful Thursday evening when he addressed a room full of government officials and dozens of borough residents. The top of a scar peaked out from beneath the unbuttoned collar of his polo shirt. It was the only sign that the 12-year-old had battled ...