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Judge transfers possession charges

BEDFORD — A magisterial district judge transferred charges of possession of contraband and possession of controlled substance that a Bedford County Jail inmate faces to Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Judge Tonya Osman found sufficient evidence to support the criminal counts against Cody ...

Man allegedly stole thousands

BELLWOOD — A Bellwood man faces charges he stole thousands of dollars from the Sons of the American Legion. Andrew Stowell, 60, of 411 S. Second St., allegedly confessed to Bellwood police that he had taken out a debit card on the organization’s bank account without the permission of the ...

Joyce victorious

Despite political experience that was only skin-deep, Altoona dermatologist John Joyce, a Republican, won election Tuesday to the U.S. House for the 13th Congressional District. Like Joyce, Democratic opponent Brent Ottaway was also a political neophyte, but the margin of Joyce’s victory was ...

Ward to serve 30th District

State Rep. Judy Ward of Hollidaysburg, a Republican, will become the first female elected to serve the 30th Senatorial District as she received almost 80 percent of the votes cast over the expansive, five-county area during Tuesday’s midterm election. It was an election that focused on ...

Election draws high number of voters

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Those who staff Blair County voting precincts described themselves as tired but excited by Tuesday’s higher-than-unusual turnout. “It was great day,” said Bonnie Ferrucci, an election judge for the Logan Township 4th District, which votes at Greenwood United Methodist ...

Gregory takes 80th House seat

Republican Jim Gregory said the groundwork for his big win over Democrat Laura Burke on Tuesday started 14 months ago. Gregory took the 80th House seat, soon to be vacated by state Senator-elect Judy Ward, by a wide margin, garnering 17,219 votes to Burke’s 5,886, unofficial results ...

Inmate pleads guilty to charges

CLEARFIELD — An inmate of the state prison in Houtzdale pleaded guilty to contraband charges during sentencing court in Clear­field County on Tuesday. Kendall Phillips, 33, was sentenced by President Judge Fredric J. Ammer­man to two to four years in state prison. The charges stem from ...

Burns wins 72nd District race, claims sixth term

Democrat State Rep. Frank Burns said Tuesday night that statute of limitations reform will be his top priority when he returns to Harrisburg. Burns edged out Republican challenger Gerald “Jerry” Carnicella by just over 1,000 votes in the 72nd District house race in Cambria County to win a ...

Topper retains 78th District post

Voters in Pennsylvania’s 78th Legislative District, spanning parts of Bedford and Franklin counties and all of Fulton County, will keep incumbent Republican Jesse Topper as their representative. Topper, 37, Bedford, had no trouble in Tuesday’s election where he easily won over first-time ...

Ottaway hopes to set precedent for future elections

Although 13th Con­gressional Democratic candidate Brent Ottaway lost the race to his Republican counterpart, he said he hopes his campaign run encourages more contested elections in the future. With 99 percent of the votes in, Ottaway received about 30 percent of the votes, or 73,510 votes, ...

Thompson chosen for 15th District

U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Centre, was elected to serve as U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District by an overwhelming margin over his Democratic opponent Susan Boser. Unofficial totals from 98 percent of precincts reporting show Thompson won 161,706 ...

Duncansville man gets 6-12 years for burglary, assault

CLEARFIELD — A Duncansville man found guilty of burglary and assault was sentenced to state prison Monday in Clearfield County Court. Andrew James Martin, 34, was convicted of those and other related charges in September. The charges stem from an incident in Bigler Township on May 29 when ...

Police probe crash involving stolen truck

Altoona police continue to investigate after a stolen pickup truck crashed into a city home Sunday night. It happened at 9:10 p.m., and witnesses told police that three juveniles — two boys and a girl — were spotted running from the scene after they crashed a stolen Ford F-350 pickup ...

Students may stage walkout to vote

Some students may walk out of schools across the nation today to draw attention to gun violence and to encourage young people to vote. A map of school districts on Walkouttovote.org lists walkouts allegedly planned at Hollidays­burg Area, Altoona Area and State College Area. However, there ...

On the right path

Antis Township supervisors have an option to buy a 119-acre, 2-mile swath of ground that will allow the township to realize its ambition for a hiking and biking trail that connects Bellwood and Altoona. The land lies along the west side of the mainline tracks between the big power line south ...

Dysart man charged with rape at motel

A Cambria County man is behind bars after he allegedly assaulted and raped a woman at a Logan Township motel. Kevin D. Thompkins, 31, of Dysart, was arrested Saturday and booked on more than a dozen charges that include felony strangulation, rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by ...

Gates sentenced to 54 -108 years

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron has imposed what amounts to a life sentence on a 71-year-old Hollidaysburg area man convicted in August of sexually assaulting four girls and of related child pornography charges. By imposing mostly consecutive incarceration periods for ...

Voters set to choose in new district races

From Mirror staff reports Local residents will be watch­ing the outcome of rac­es for two open seats as election results come in tonight. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for registered voters to cast their ballots. Voters in Tyrone’s 6th Ward are being directed to a ...

Police: robbery suspect in custody

A suspect in a Logan Township robbery is in custody. Cody L. Cunningham, 24, of Duncansville, was ar­rested Sunday by Logan Town­ship police for his alleged role in the Thurs­day robbery of a man on the 300 block of Penny Lane. According to police, Cunningham and William M. Franz Jr., ...

Central Cambria OKs teacher contract

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria School Board members ratified a five-year contract with teachers Monday night. In September, school board members and the Central Cambria Education Association agreed to a tentative contract that expires June 30, 2023. Superintendent Jason Moore said the ...