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Topper, allies pushing to end child marriages

Led in part by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, a group of state lawmakers is set to push for a ban on underage marriages in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2542 — introduced this summer by Topper and Rep. Perry S. Warren, D-Yardley — would strictly forbid those under 18 years old from being ...

Soggy sendoff

Jack Hockenos, 7, of Altoona came up with a foul ball late in the Altoona Curve’s playoff game against the Akron RubberDucks during a steady rain on Saturday afternoon at People’s Natural Gas Field. The Curve season ended with a 9-0 loss. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges held for court Jan. 16 - April 3 Tyler Hollen, 23, 528 Sassafras St., Tipton, charged by state police with DUI and four summary traffic violations on the 1900 block of Reightown Road, Antis Township, Nov. ...

Bedford sees medical marijuana as economic plus

BEDFORD — Green Leaf Medical is hoping to have its medical marijuana processing facility in Bedford County fully operational within 90 to 120 days. The company, which was approved by the state Department of Health for a grower/processor permit July 31, will build its facility at the former ...

Waterlogged

Rainfall for the Altoona area has already exceeded its yearly average, and more rain is on the way. Rainfall to date for Altoona area is 43.68 inches, normal to date is 32.55 inches. “The average for the entire year is 42.43 inches. We are already past that,” said National Weather ...

Tyrone mother receives probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone mother who overdosed while in her home more than a year ago was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation on charges of endangering the welfare of children and dealing heroin. Sheri Bickel, 36, was sentenced by Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise on Friday on the ...

Roaring Spring man faces assault charges

WILLIAMSBURG — A Roaring Spring man is in jail after an argument ended with a gunshot. No one was hurt Wednesday on the 500 block of West First Street after Levi S. Hess, 24, of 150 Emory Oak Lane, pulled a gun during a fight with his fiancee. According to charges filed by Williamsburg ...

Couple charged with fighting troopers

A Hollidaysburg couple face charges after state police said they were belligerent and drunk at a neighbor’s house and then fought with responding troopers. According to charges filed by state police, 31-year-olds Tiffany Zimmerman and Shane Kennedy, both of 470 Linds Crossing Road, were ...

Bedford’s Russell House to be renovated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Friday awarded a $616,758 grant to the Bedford County Chamber Foundation of Alum Bank to renovate and repurpose a historic building to serve entrepreneurs, businesses, nonprofits and students from the ...

Bellwood woman’s bail modified

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise on Friday modified the bail of a Bellwood woman who was recently charged with hindering the apprehension of an alleged drug dealer. In June, Courtney L. Babcock, 38, barred police from entering a Bellwood apartment where she lived with ...

Chicks hanging out

Sierra Cottle (left), 17, and McKenzie Black, 13, play with week-old Bantam show chickens at the Claysburg Farm Show at the old Queen school on Thursday. Members of the Claysburg-Kimmel Ag Club spent the day at the show to display their animals. Mirror photo by Holly Claycomb

DiLeo accused of fraud, harassment

Retired Central Cambria Superintendent Vincent DiLeo has surrendered his teaching certificates amid allegations that he engaged in fraud, sexual harassment and retaliatory actions while he was superintendent. On March 2, 2018, an educator misconduct complaint was filed with the Pennsylvania ...

Boyer purchases Clark Bar company

The Clark Bar is coming to Altoona. Boyer Candy Co. officials announced Thursday they have “bought the Clark Bar company.” “We are bringing back the Clark Bar. It started in Pittsburgh in 1917. It is 101 years old. We didn’t want it to disappear,” Boyer President/CEO Anthony ...

Resentencing delayed for convicted murderer

BEDFORD — A judge opted Thursday to delay resentencing of a state prisoner who, as a juvenile, killed a woman in January 2015 during a drug deal in Woodbury. The now 20-year-old Deauntay Dontaz Moye pleaded guilty to murdering 21-year-old Stephanie Waters in 2016 and was initially given a ...

Rainy ride

Derrick Shoblock tries to keep a bit of rain off him as he works his route for Burgmeier’s Hauling along 25th Avenue on Thursday afternoon in Altoona. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Advocacy center to receive grant

A Cambria County children’s advocacy center will receive an estimated $17,000 to $19,000 to help cover its operational expenses. The proceeds from a golf tournament will be used to support staff wages, victim services, programs and other costs associated with the Circle of Support CAC, said ...

Purported threat spurs AAHS search

From Mirror staff reports The Altoona Area School District reported that no items of concern were found using metal detectors and bag searches of high school students in response to a purported threat Thursday. The district said a threat made between two high school students was reported to ...

New owners to continue hot dog shop’s legacy

Sometimes timing is everything. Just days after Bob and Cindy Lamont decided to sell their business — Altoona’s Original Texas Hot Dogs, 1122 12th Ave. — Brian Lutz walked into the restaurant. Lutz and his wife, Julie, became owners of the business on Aug. 1. “He walked in at a ...

Briefcase

HUNTINGDON Food safety training planned Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a ServSafe Food Safety Certification training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon with the certification exam at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Penn State Extension Office, 10722 Fairgrounds ...

In the shade

Workers are silhouetted in the doorway as they groom a horse at the Glendale Stables in Fallentimber on Wednesday. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec