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Traffic stop leads to arrest

A Michigan man is behind bars after police reportedly caught him with pounds of marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a handgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Justin Robert Mayhew, 32, of 11263 Winfield Road, Jonesville, Mich., faces multiple criminal charges in­cluding ...

Demolition of old store paves way for new Sheetz

From Mirror staff reports Sheetz is rebuilding its store in Bedford close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Demolition of the old building began on Monday. Construction will continue over the next few months with a projected opening date of June 13, according to Nicholas Ruffner, the ...

Taking aim

Tanner Stewart lines up his shot during a bocce match Thursday in the Central High School gym. The match pitted unified bocce teams from Bellwood-Antis and Central High School and is a Special Olympics PA Interscholastic Unified Sport where students with disabilities are able to participate ...

AG sues UPMC over patient access

The state attorney general on Thursday accused UPMC of violating state law in its ongoing duel with Highmark, petitioning Commonwealth Court to force the health care organization to come to terms with its rival to guarantee that Highmark subscribers will continue to have access to UPMC ...

Hunters ready to file lawsuit

ROARING SPRING — All Thursday afternoon and evening, hunters gathered at the Plum Creek VFW feeling victorious but wary of the next battle against the Pennsylvania Game Commission for their deer-hunting heritage. Wes Keith and Matt Johnson of Roaring Spring and Rod Swope of Imler addressed ...

Woman sentenced in fatal overdose

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone woman who was a link in a drug-selling chain that led to a 31-year-old man’s fatal overdose in 2017 will be incarcerated for five to 15 years. Angela Michelle Miles, 24, apologized this week in Blair County Court for her role in selling fentanyl-laced heroin that ...

Former city woman killed in murder-suicide

A former Altoona woman was killed in Florida in a case of murder-suicide committed by her husband. Edana R. ‘Dana’ Chokey, 57, died Jan. 30 at her Jupiter, Fla., residence after being shot by her husband, Arthur Fred Horlbeck, before he killed himself. Horlbeck had barricaded himself in ...

Forever Media changes WVAM-AM to oldies

Forever Media Altoona has changed its programming format on WVAM-AM, and it is no longer ESPN Radio 1430. An announcement on its website Wednesday said, “Welcome to the all new ’Toona 1430 — Good Times and Great Oldies!” ’Toona 1430 features pop, rock and soul from the ’60s and ...

Metzgar running for re-election

Logan Township Super­visor Joe Metzgar plans to run in the Republican primary in hopes of winning a nomination and then being re-elected in November. Metzgar, 75, of Homers Gap Road, stated in a written announcement that he listens to all sides of an issue, researches those issues as ...

Police: Man tried to use fake money

A Duncansville man faces charges after police said he passed fake money at three businesses. Blair Township police charged Damon C. Ledford, 43, of 509 Derose Drive, with felony and misdemeanor counts of forgery and misdemeanor theft-related counts stemming from several incidents in late ...

Black doctor credited with first successful heart surgery

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Locals commemorated a Hollidaysburg native and black physician credited with performing the first successful heart surgery and opening the first multiracial hospital in honor of Black History Month. A painted portrait of Daniel Hale Williams, who was born in Hollidaysburg on ...

Former sergeant guilty of 6 felonies

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona police sergeant is facing jail time and hefty fines based on a Blair County jury’s decision to convict him on six of nine felony offenses. The jury took about 3.5 hours Wednesday to deliberate charges filed against Matthew S. Starr, 41, Altoona, a longtime ...

Ward helps propose health bill

All school age children will receive a depression screening with their physicals, under legislation introduced this week with the support of state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair. The bill’s primary sponsor is Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland. Ward’s name is second on the bill. “This is a ...

Gas in couple’s toilet leads to blaze, arson charge

An argument Tuesday on Logan Boulevard culminated in a toilet catching fire and arson charges against an Altoona man. According to Altoona police, a toilet on the first floor of a home at 1406 Logan Blvd. burst into flames Tuesday morning when Michael L. Miller, 38, tossed a lit cigarette into ...

Local nurse running for coroner

Local nurse and small business owner Erin Myers is running for Blair County coroner as a Republican candidate. “I want to be coroner because I see our community of Blair County has a need for positive change in this office. I seek to bring the dedication of a full-time coroner that respects ...

City man in custody after crash

A man wanted by Altoona police is now in custody after a crash early Tuesday. John Blocken, 34, 1326 17th Ave., was arrested about 1:30 a.m. after police found him in the passenger seat of an SUV that was suspected in a hit-and-run crash involving a building, according to charges filed by ...

Three teens jailed for alleged theft

Three teenagers are behind bars after police said they burglarized a Greenfield Township home and stole $60,000 in cash. Kilee N. Fryer and Kailey E. Page, both 19 and of 1300 Fourth Ave., Suite 3, Duncansville, along with 19-year-old Sarah J. Kramer, of 130 E. Allegheny St., Apt. 4, ...

Coalport man waives hearing in theft case

CLEARFIELD — A Coalport man who has already been sentenced in two theft cases, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a new felony case Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Michael Lee Fyock, 40, was charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property by state ...

Inmate granted the chance to challenge conviction

A Cambria County woman serving a state prison sentence on drug charges has been granted a new opportunity to challenge her conviction, according to a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision issued late last week. Salina M. Garland, 39, is an inmate in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy, ...

Police: Windber woman sold meth

BEDFORD — A Windber woman faces criminal charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine in two controlled drug deals. Billi Jo Ciucci, 40, of 818 Verla Drive, is being charged with two felony counts of drug possession, two felony counts of criminal use of communication facility, a felony ...