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CLEARFIELD Coroner identifies victim of fire The victim of a Clearfield explosion and fire that claimed a woman in Clearfield has been identified. Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder said Shanna Carlson, 34, was killed in a fire that destroyed a building on East Market Street on ...

Tyrone ends surgery service

Tyrone Regional Health Network recently discontinued total joint replacement surgery as it “continues to evaluate finances and operations to ensure our ability to meet the health care needs of the community,” a spokeswoman said. The Blair County hospital has offered orthopedic services ...

Ebensburg seeking parade participants

EBENSBURG — Organizers of Ebensburg’s annual Christmas parade are seeking participants for this year’s event at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Ebensburg. The theme is “Winter Wonderland.” The parade is one of the many events offered as part of the borough’s “Dickens of a ...

Man seeks to withdraw plea in 2015 slaying

BEDFORD (AP) — A man is seeking to withdraw a guilty plea he entered as a teenager in the 2015 slaying of a woman during what Penn­sylvania authorities said was a marijuana deal gone bad. The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reported that now-20-year-old Ryan Hardwick of Martinsburg told a ...

Visiting 9/11 sites prove to be trips worth taking

It was not my intention to visit the four locations most associated with the Sept. 11, 2001, attack by radical Islamic terrorists on the United States, but through sheer luck, I have done just that. The four sites are the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.; Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in ...

Republicans push back on cap-and-trade plan

Gov. Tom Wolf’s order signing Pennsylvania onto a regional cap-and-trade initiative has drawn praise from climate and environmental advocates, and murmurs of concern from Republicans in Harrisburg. Wolf announced an executive order Thursday that would place Pennsylvania in compliance with a ...

Court ruling: Monitoring not part of time served

The Pennsylvania Superior Court in a recent ruling involving a Cambria County criminal case reaffirmed that a defendant cannot claim home monitoring during the pretrial phase of his case as “time served” against his eventual prison sentence. The case in question involved Michael Brance ...

Magisterial district judges

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Michael A. Stotler, doing business as Altoona Contracting Excavation and Demolition, 535 Sandy Run Road, Altoona, charged by APR Supply Co. with writing a bad check Nov. 28. Charge was dismissed March 27. Charges waived to ...

School police stripped of powers

In a June rush, state lawmakers unintentionally stripped school district police — including those serving Altoona Area — of the power to make arrests. School police officers were previously sworn in by county courts to have arrest powers. The original bill proposed by state Sen. Mike ...

HAHS teachers study gun sounds

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hearing blanks fired from an AR-15, a .38-caliber revolver and 12-gauge shotgun throughout the senior high school was a horrible but necessary experience, teachers said Friday. Hollidaysburg Area High School teachers have classroom plans for “Run. Hide. Fight.” ...

Accused priests lacking oversight

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled ...

Company helps veteran groups with flagpole restoration

The Flag Station in Greenwood has been helping a pair of local veterans groups with the flagpole component of the groups’ ongoing restoration of veterans’ monuments in Blair County. On Friday, the company helped on the restoration of the flagpole in the Mansion Boulevard median. “I ...

Area

Voter registration deadline Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. While regular voters do not need to register again, those who have never voted can register online, by mail or in person, as long as they meet Monday’s deadline. Online ...

Woman lands back in jail

A Coupon woman is back in jail less than a week after her release. Melissa Maybush, 35, was taken into custody by Altoona police on Tuesday after officers were called to the 3900 block of Burgoon Road for a person sleeping on a back porch. They found Maybush asleep on a couch inside the home, ...

Coming Sunday …

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Altoona turns into Zombietown. Ike Fredregill has the coverage. - Local ties help bring “The Molok,” a 13-foot tall live-action puppet, to life. Patt Keith reports. - Our Business Hall of Fame series continues ...

Police: City man threatened boy

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he threatened a boy with two knives. Omedro T. Davis, 38, of 2117 Third Ave., was arrested Thursday morning at his home after the alleged incident that started when Davis and the boy’s mother got into an argument when Davis came home from work ...

Clearfield explosion kills one

CLEARFIELD — An explosion and fire that destroyed a building on East Market Street in Clearfield Borough on Friday has taken a life. Both District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. and Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder have confirmed that human remains were found in the building. ...

Hold the door

Altoona Area Junior High School drama club members Anara Zabinsky (left), 13, and Kalissa Geist, 14, walk a door across Seventh Avenue from the high school prop room to the junior high Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

PSU’s traffic pattern faces test

STATE COLLEGE — As Penn State gears up for its homecoming weekend celebration, fans are excited for football, tailgating, the parade and other festivities — but not the new parking system. The past few Penn State football games, some fans have spent hours waiting in traffic as they attempt ...

Hazmat team may need new tools

The Blair County hazmat team will need to get access to expensive, additional equipment if it is to continue to handle all the kinds of incidents as currently allowed. The change is occurring because a new director for Hazardous Material Preparedness at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management ...