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Skating fines may increase

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Fines enforcing a skateboarding ban in Hollidaysburg Borough may soon be kicked up to a higher cost, as borough leaders voted Thursday evening to advertise an ordinance amendment. Skateboarder behavior has become especially problematic in recent months, as those skating in ...

City man charged with 172 counts of sex abuse

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he sexually abused a girl for nine years, starting when she was 5-years-old. Kenneth R. Haverstine, 47, was arrested Thursday on 172 counts related to the sexual assault of a girl between early 2008 and 2017. Haverstine appeared before Magisterial ...

Boat launches, camp site closed at Raystown Lake

ENTRIKEN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake has announced closures due to heightened lake elevations after recent rains associated with Tropical Storm Gordon. As part of its Flood Risk Management mission and in the interest of public safety, all boat launches and associated ...

Section of Turnpike closing overnight

Motorists are being advised that the Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Bedford, Exit 146, and Breezewood, Exit 161, interchanges starting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday until about 5 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The ...

Wolf wins Labor Council award

Many urged for the re-election of Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf as governor and for the preservation of labor unions at the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council 100th year anniversary celebration on Thursday evening. He received the council’s 2018 person of the year award at the ...

Six agencies receive Veteran’s Trust grants

From Mirror staff reports An event hosted by the Bedford County Office of Veteran Affairs Thursday recognized six Veterans’ Trust Fund recipients for their work in support of the commonwealth’s veterans. Bedford County Office of Veterans Affairs, Fayette County Office of Veterans ...

Police: Clearfield pair grew marijuana in their yard

CLEARFIELD — Two people accused of growing marijuana at their Clearfield County home waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. Austin Michael Mullan, 25, is charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and ...

Tentative deal OK’d for Central Cambria

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria teachers and its School Board have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after hours of bargaining Thursday night, a statement from both sides announced. Details will not be shared until both sides ratify the contract. Both the union and the district ...

Sheetz joins partnership to help battle hunger

From Mirror staff reports Sheetz Inc. has forged a partnership with Feeding America to provide weekly food donations in every district Sheetz serves across Pennsylvania, as well as in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. Among the food banks to receive weekly food ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges waived to court Jan. 16 – April 10: David J. Stepp, 43, 1012 Fourth Ave., Altoona, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a ...

Bellwood-Antis star Campbell verbally commits to Notre Dame

Click-here-for-Sports-front By Buck Frank bfrank@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis High School junior Alli Campbell has already won a state basketball championship. Two years from now, she’ll be in an excellent position to possibly be part of a national collegiate championship. Campbell, ...

Everett homicide case bound for court

BEDFORD — A judge transferred a criminal homicide case to Bedford County Common Pleas Court after finding sufficient evidence that the defendant fatally stabbed his fiancee in Everett on Sept. 4. Bernard Harry Jones Jr., 41, of 3100 Creston Ave., Bronx, N.Y., is charged with criminal ...

Bountiful books

Ruth Walls (left) of Hollidaysburg and Christine Douds of Duncansville look over the selection of books available during the Hollidaysburg Public Library’s used book sale Wednesday. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Homeless man accused of stealing Terminix car

A homeless man accused of stealing a Terminix car while drunk has waived his case on to Blair County Court. Forrest J. Barrett, 28, was arrested Sept. 6 by Altoona police after he allegedly stole a Terminix company-owned car from Juniata Street and got into a hit-and-run accident. Altoona ...

Claysburg man dead after dispute

A Claysburg-area man is dead after a domestic dispute involving his wife on Tuesday. David Glenn Focht Sr., 74, was found with a single gunshot wound to his torso at a residence along Mount Penny Lane in Kimmel Township, accord­ing to a state police news release. Focht died from his ...

Ordinance may help Nehemiah flourish

It’s not apparent from the legalese, but an ordinance that City Council adopted Wednesday could help the Nehemiah Project fulfill its ambition to turn the former Wright Elementary School into an instrument for the further revitalization of Lower Fairview. The ordinance will allow commercial ...

Police seek driver who struck pedestrian

HOLLIDAYSBURG — State police are looking for the driver who struck a Martinsburg man along a Taylor Township Road early Wednesday. Jason Vaughn, 31, of Martinsburg, was hit by a vehicle at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday as he walked on the northboud shoulder of the 1500 block of Cove Lane Road, ...

Area

Meeting postponed The Blair County commissioners said at their Tuesday meeting that their outreach meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Williamsburg is postponed until a later date because of flood warnings. Hollidaysburg Roads closed Portions of Sugar Run and Kettle roads remain ...

Unions not satisfied with judge’s VA decision

A federal judge recently struck down key provisions of President Donald Trump’s executive orders that had restricted federal union employees’ use of work time for union activities, but the unions involved are not satisfied. “Is everything OK now?” asked Andy Scherzinger, president of ...

Everett man faces charges

An Everett man faces multiple charges of burglary, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. Michael Glenn Weigle, 54, of 13479 Lincoln Highway, is accused of forcibly entering a family member’s ...