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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 ...

Agriculture

Tyrone Students place in AgriScience event Five Tyrone Area High School agricultural students captured first-place honors in the Pennsylvania State FFA AgriScience Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Garin Hoy captured first places for grades 9-10 in the food products and processing ...

Area

Ebensburg Plant sale catalog available The Cambria County Conservation District’s 47th annual Tree and Plant sale catalog is now available. Since 1972, the conservation district has been offering seedlings and nursery stock to help customers create small orchards, wildlife habitat, small ...

All washed up

Altoona firefighter Justin Smithmyer cleans fire hoses that were used when Station 4 responded to a fire Tuesday morning. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Protest over deer culling canceled

A hunters’ protest of the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been canceled because the commission promised to halt its targeted shooting of deer for a year. Matt Johnson of Roaring Spring had scheduled a protest at the steps of the Blair County Courthouse and expected about 200 people to ...

Former Altoona sergeant defends overtime

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona Police Department sergeant accused of theft, deceptive business practices, tampering with public records and other charges said Tuesday that his actions were based on common job-related practices and directives from other city employees. Matthew S. Starr, ...

Millinder pleads in fatal crash

CLEARFIELD — A Madera man pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence during sentencing in Clearfield County Court on Tuesday. In July 2017, the vehicle Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., 33, was driving on state Route 53 in Woodward Township crossed the center line and ...

Memorial idea approved

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two local Eagle Scout candidates can begin planning a memorial for the front of the Blair County Court­house to honor fallen firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Commissioners agreed Tuesday at their weekly meeting that Timothy Green and Ian Smilnak can move ...

Joyce named ranking member of subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman John Joyce, R-13th District, has been named Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Develop­ment, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship. The subcommittee will address polices that enhance rural economic growth, increase America’s ...

Dairying for tomorrow

MARTINSBURG — A local farm recently received a significant award for its high quality of animal care. Dry Creek Farm of Martinsburg recently received an American Dairy Association North East’s Dairying for Tomorrow Award. The award recognizes local dairy farmers and showcases on-farm ...