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Traffic study ordered

TYRONE — At the request of a former crossing guard who was nearly hit by a car on Clay Avenue in front of the Tyrone Area School District Campus, Borough Council this week agreed to ask PennDOT to conduct a traffic study on that stretch, in hopes it will justify a reduction in the 35 mph ...

Police: Man shot himself

A gun incident outside the Hollidaysburg state police barracks Tuesday evening was an attempted suicide, according to state police. It happened about 8 p.m. when an 83-year-old Hollidaysburg man was found in a parked vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man was taken to UPMC ...

Police: Man threatened staff

An Alabama man is behind bars for allegedly threatening to kill numerous staff members at a Pizza Hut restaurant in East Providence Township after getting food that he said tasted strange. Larry Scott Kirkland, 37, of 634 Lee Road 490, Smiths Station, faces four counts of terroristic threats, ...

City man allegedly sold meth

A city man is in jail after police say he sold methamphetamine to an informant. Frank E. Fetter, 48, was arrested Monday afternoon at his 315 Third Ave. home, after he allegedly sold 2 grams of methamphetamine to a police informant for $240, according to the charges. Fetter allegedly had ...

Don’t nock the do

Bello Nock, who performed on Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” stopped at commercial photographer Tim Boyles’ studio Tuesday before his performance with the 80th annual Jaffa Shrine Circus. Nock is known for his 8-inch spiked strawberry-blond do and was made famous as a clown with ...

Saxton pins hopes on medical pot

SAXTON — Local residents expressed hope that a budding medical marijuana facility will help revitalize a borough once partially economically dependent on a leather plant that shut down years ago. The medical marijuana facility along Horton Drive in Saxton is expected to start producing ...

City woman who starved son receives prison term

When former Altoona police detective Nichole Douglas arrived at a Ninth Avenue, Altoona, home in late November 2012 for a routine check of a reported child abuse incident, she viewed a sight that will remain with her forever. There in a trailer at the rear of the property she found a ...

ACT names new executive director

The Altoona Community Theatre Board of Directors confirmed Tuesday the hiring of Cindy Stanbro of Spencer, Iowa, as its new executive director. Stanbro is expected to start in a few weeks, according to Eric Wolf, ACT’s board president. Her theater management experience includes the Vital ...

Shooting investigated

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec State police in Hollidaysburg were investigating a reported shooting in the agency’s parking lot at 1510 N. Juniata St. on Tuesday night. The report of a gunshot victim went out at 8:09 p.m. Police said that the incident was not criminal and that they were ...

Altoona native ‘stolen’ on ‘The Voice’

Altoona native Jimmy Mowery is now a part of John Legend’s team after competing in the battle rounds on “The Voice” Monday night, moving one step closer to fulfilling his late father’s dream of becoming a professional singer. Adam Levine paired Mowery with fellow contestant Kalvin ...

Blair making progress reconciling bank records

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is almost ready to present reconciled bank records to its auditors for the annual auditing work that has been on hold since February. Treasurer Jim Carothers told commissioners Tues­day that his office has made progress with reconciling the county’s 2018 ...

Curbside chat

Madeline Shea (left) stops to chat with her friend, Paula Heaps, who was working outside of her Hart Street, Hollidaysburg, home late Monday afternoon. The recent mild weather has enabled area homeowners to get outside to do some general spring cleanup. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Deer hunting opening day moving to Saturday from Monday

HARRISBURG — Deer hunting season in Pennsylvania will be starting on a Saturday rather than a Monday beginning next season. The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 5-3 Tuesday to move opening day of deer rifle season to the first Saturday after thanksgiving. Rifle season for hunting deer in ...

AASD, Tyrone tackle dropout rate

In the back of the classrooms, empty chairs sit through lessons that students should be hearing, but the students aren’t there. “You can’t teach an empty chair,” Altoona Area Superintendent Charles Prijatelj said. There were 72 dropouts in Altoona Area School District in the ...

Woman takes plea in puppy, child cases

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The first of three people involved in an Altoona child welfare endangerment case, where police said a man stepped on a puppy’s head, has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for a minimum prison sentence of six months. Stacy Friday, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Blair County ...

Three charged after child found wandering

Three people face charges in Roaring Spring after police say a 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone over the weekend. It was just after 6 p.m. Saturday when Roaring Spring police received a call from a man who said he had encountered a 3-year-old boy wandering alone near the cemetery on ...

Unknown driver hits, injures pedestrian

Altoona police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian Saturday night and kept driving. It happened at 8:40 p.m. at East Walton Avenue and South Kettle Street, and left the pedestrian, who was drunk, with multiple leg fractures according to Altoona police. Police said a red sedan ...

Humane Society to take on Tyrone cat problem

TYRONE — Borough Council on Monday transferred its authorization for trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats from the informally organized Tyrone Cat Advocates to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, because the advocates had grown too “emotional” about their role, according to ...

Playing games

Margaret McCoy (left) and Birdie Nardella were spotted playing a game of rummy cube at the Presbyterian Home, Hollidaysburg, on Monday. The two said they often set aside part of their afternoons to play. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Police: Woman assaulted mom

A Juniata woman faces charges after police say she assaulted her mother during an argument Sunday. Stephanie J. Kearns, 31, of 1530 N. Fifth Ave., is accused of biting her mother several times and flailing her arms at the woman during an argument. The argument turned physical when Kearns’ ...