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NS crews clear Horseshoe Curve derailment

Crews worked Saturday to cleanup a derailment near the Horseshoe Curve. There were no injuries in Friday’s derailment of 11 cars at 8:40 p.m. and, on Saturday, Norfolk Southern crews continued the task of clearing the tracks, according to a spokesman for Nor­folk Southern. “According to ...

City man remembers moon landing with photo

One Altoona resident has multiple reasons to reminisce about the moon landing 50 years ago this month — he supervised the manufacturing of electrical components potentially on Apollo 11 and his niece married into Neil Armstrong’s family. Thomas Jerry Ricketts, 72, formerly of Coalport, ...

‘Flexitarian’ diet considered

My all-time favorite meal is a starter of thinly sliced Scottish smoked salmon, lightly topped with a squeeze of lemon and a fine dusting of freshly ground pepper. That is followed by a fish course of Dover sole, and then a meat course of medium well-done filet mignon, with a side dish of ...

City man’s charges dismissed

Prosecutors have withdrawn charges against an Altoona man charged over allegedly having a 16-year-old girl in his car after curfew twice in one night. Assistant Blair County District Attorney Derek Elensky said Wednesday at Central Court that a charge of interference with the custody of ...

Clearfield father’s rights terminated

The parental rights of a Clearfield County father with a history of drug abuse have been terminated by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in an opinion issued in late June. The children, ages 11, 10, and 8, have been in the custody of grandparents because of the father’s frequent stints in ...

Commission doesn’t support rezoning

The Altoona Planning Commission recently voted to recommend that City Council not rezone the western edge of the 3600 and 3700 blocks of Beale Avenue from suburban residential to light industrial, on the advice of a commissioner who lives in the residential neighborhood behind the blocks in ...

KBB applies for tree money

Keep Blair Beautiful has applied to the UPS Foun­dation for a $5,000 grant for trees, most of which would be planted at Lakemont Park. The foundation provides trees in partnership with KBB affiliate Keep American Beautiful to help reduce the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide through strategic ...

Trough Creek seeks volunteers

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will work with Trough Creek State Park to form a friends group. An informational meeting will be held 6 p.m. July 15 at Pavilion No. 1 at Trough Creek State Park in James Creek. A friends group consists of motivated people and organizations in ...

City man facing additional drug charges

An Altoona man arrested last week after police say he left three small children home alone now faces drug charges. Kyle B. Kagarise, 33, of 1101 14th Ave., Apt. 1, was charged Wednesday with felony drug delivery and misdemeanor drug possesion charges stemming from an alleged sale of Subxone to ...

Wright appeals lengthy sentence

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man serving a lengthy prison sentence for drug offenses has filed an appeal with the Penn­sylvania Superior Court, contending he did not knowingly enter guilty pleas to the charges against him when sentenced two years ago. The defendant, Eric Dion Wright, through ...

Playing hoops with Dad

John McNeal helps his son Darius Harold, 10, work on his basketball skills at the Booker T. Washington Basketball Court on Friday afternoon. The two live in Altoona. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski_

11 cars derail at Curve

Eleven cars of a westbound Norfolk Southern freight train derailed at the Horseshoe Curve Friday evening. Initial reports indicated that the first 11 cars of 141 were on their sides, and that the derailment occurred at 8:40 p.m. “Coming through the Horseshoe Curve, train 34A derailed,” a ...

Police: Woman tried to kill family

A 43-year-old woman who police say tried to kill her family is now behind bars after she was disarmed by Altoona police inside her Juniata home. Tracey L. Mc­Clellan was taken into custody about 5 a.m. Thursday after she was hit with a Taser by Altoona police officers who responded to 1417 N. ...

Dog attack injures three

CLAYSBURG — Three people were injured in dog attack on Friday, according to Greenfield Township police. It happened about 10 a.m. Friday when a couple at a home on Connie Drive in Claysburg were having a discussion and their 4-year-old male pit bull latched onto the husband. Greenfield ...

Bedford County man loses conviction appeal

A Bedford County man, sentenced to 30 days in jail on harassment charges, has lost his appeal, according to an opinion issued Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. A Bedford judge found Charles A. Weyandt, 46, of Osterburg, guilty of two counts of harassment for painting the names of ...

City man faces drug charges

An Altoona man who police said had nearly a pound of suspected cocaine along with other drugs and more than $10,000 in cash will face trial. Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio decided Wednesday after a preliminary hearing that police have enough evidence to send felony and ...

Local men awed by D-Day anniversary trip

When most people think of their trip of a lifetime, they may dream of going to an exotic locale or they may be planning their honeymoon. They’ll probably immortalize the trek with lots of photos and, of course, souvenirs. Three Blair County men recently went on what they said was their trip ...

Threat case going to trial

An Altoona man who sent two threatening messages via Facebook to a former city police officer contending he wanted to harm the officer and his wife has been ordered to trial by Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise. Jason Miller, 41, was charged last year with two counts of terroristic threats ...

Proper precautions make summer pests bug off

Adventure abounds in the summer. Children revel in spending time outside in activities that peak their curiosity. They love to explore the world around them — trees, woods, gardens, parks — all in good fun. Parents should be aware, though, that bugs may be lurking around these enjoyable ...

Tyrone council candidate replaced

The Tyrone-based members of the Blair County Republican Committee have named an incumbent borough councilman to replace a council candidate who withdrew her name from the November ballot after winning the primary. The “conferees” chose Charlie Mills — who finished fifth in a primary ...