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JOHNSTOWN — Sounds of metal clanking filled a fluorescent-lit sheltered workshop room as employees worked in an assembly-line fashion, manufacturing hangers for electrical and communication lines for underground mines. The Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped has more ...

Report: VA nursing homes score low

A recent USA Today/Boston Globe story on VA nursing homes showed that they compared unfavorably in general with private nursing homes on a variety of measures nationwide. A spreadsheet published with the article showed that the nursing home within Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona had ...

Major push on to increase access to addiction medication

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. HARRISBURG — At a little before 9 a.m., Carissa Lehr stands on the porch of her mobile home. Her long brown hair is brushed and shining. ...

Angler’s body found at Glendale

PATTON — The body of the Glendale Lake fisherman who had been missing for 16 days and presumed drowned was found late Saturday afternoon at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The body was found floating within 100 feet of where authorities thought he’d fallen from his boat near the Beaver ...

Public sky watch planned

A free, public sky watch is scheduled for Wednesday to dedicate the new Mountain Lion Observatory at Fort Roberdeau. Live music, light refreshments and tours of the new observatory are set, weather permitting, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. The Mountain Lion Observatory is a public educational ...

Schools urged to test water

School districts are being encouraged to test for lead in drinking water under legislation adopted as part of the new state budget. Schools in Philadelphia and Butler County have found lead in their water, but there is little information to know how widespread the problem is in Pennsylvania, ...

Plans to construct Centene facility moving forward

DUNCANSVILLE — Plans for a St. Louis-based company headed by an Altoona native to move into Blair County are moving forward. Centene Management Co. LLC has purchased property along Theater Drive in Allegheny Township for $1,244,400 from R&B Properties of Blair County LLC and 764 ...

Roadwork

Huntingdon Intersection project to begin Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College will begin bridge work this week on the Route 22/Fourth Street intersection improvement project in Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County, PennDOT said. On Tuesday, the contractor will close the Fourth Street ...

Search for fisherman continues

Two weeks after a fisherman went missing on the water at Prince Gallitzin State Park, he remains unfound and a search continues. On Friday afternoon, search and rescue responders combed the surface of the park’s Glendale Lake, and divers are scheduled to search its depths this weekend, Park ...

Trampoline park bound for area

A new recreation facility is coming to Altoona. D.P. Altoona LLC, comprised of four partners, plan to open Urban Air Adventure Park Altoona early next year in the former Petco location in the Park Hills Plaza. Urban Air Adventure Park Altoona will feature 26,000 square feet of attractions ...

Man to police: Pouch of drugs was ‘medicine’

From Mirror staff reports A city man faces charges over a pouch of illicit drugs he told police was his “medicine.” According to Altoona police, when officers responded to a call about a domestic argument outside the apartment of Benjamin P. Rhule, 37, of 301 Second Ave., second floor, ...

Merchant Marine gets WWII honor

Traditionally, those who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine — even during wartime — have not been regarded as military veterans. You could argue that that’s a mistake, given that during the Second World War, 1,500 ships manned by U.S. merchant mariners were sunk and 9,400 of those ...

Judge counsels teen during burglary plea

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge gave a tongue-lashing to a 19-year-old, recent high school graduate who on Friday appeared before her on a charge of burglary. The teen, Cody K. Sweeney of Tyrone, told Blair County Judge Jackie Bernard that he was thinking about joining the U.S. Air ...

Altoona woman arrested for assault with baseball bat

An Altoona woman is behind bars after police said she struck a woman and a child with a baseball bat. Megan J. Stotler, 28, was arrested early Thursday at her home on the 1500 block of 10th Street after she allegedly started swinging a baseball bat after warning members of the ...

Glasgow man faces gun charges

A Glasgow man faces criminal charges for allegedly using a pistol to threaten a woman in front of a child before punching her in the back of the head. Douglas A. Richards, 31, of 131 McClellan St., reportedly assaulted the woman about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in his home’s bathroom. According ...

Armed robbery results in jail time

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who robbed a city convenience store 19 months ago was sentenced Friday to a state prison term of at least four years. Dayshon A. McQueen, who lived on the 800 block of Fifth Avenue before his arrest on the robbery charge, was sentenced by Blair County Judge ...

Area briefs

EBENSBURG Family fun day set at Duman Lake The Cambria County Conservation District will host a day of environmental fun July 13 during its annual Family Day event at Duman Lake County Park. Families will learn proper kayaking and canoeing techniques, take an interactive wildlife walk ...

Suspects charged in child porn probe

The man at the center of an investigation into child pornography and child prostitution now faces charges, along with his 28-year-old girlfriend. Stephen Apostolu, 30, appeared Thursday in orange prison clothes for his arraignment on 40 felony charges that include trafficking in minors, ...

Judge continues overdose death case

A criminal case involving a Bedford man accused of delivering drugs that resulted in a pregnant woman’s death has been continued until Wednesday. Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts said Thursday, the day originally scheduled for a preliminary hearing, that the case was ...

Change to bail denied for Starr

A visiting judge from Hunting­don County has denied a request by a former Altoona police detective for a bail modification that would allow him to find employment in security and law enforcement. Senior Judge Stewart L. Kurtz, who was assigned to the case after Blair County judges recused ...