Local News

Electrical outage

By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com A power outage affected 1,776 Penelec custom­ers in Altoona and surrounding municipalities Mon­day afternoon and required several hours to repair. The outage Monday started at 1:06 p.m. About 1,150 of the customers affected were in Altoona, ...

Blair receives grant money for lead abatement

Blair County has been awarded a Lead Hazard Control grant administered through the Penn­sylvania Department of Health to provide lead abatement to residents. With the help of other grants from the Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Community and Eco­nomic Development and other combined funding ...

Drenning Center plan approved

The Altoona Planning Com­mission has approved land development plans for the Drenning Center — the proposed new headquarters of the Community Action Agency — at the corner of Beale Avenue and 23rd Street. At the request of the Durbin family, which is developing the project in ...

The icing on top

Owner Curt Drost of Altoona ices a coconut cream pie on Wednesday afternoon at The Bakery at 1402 1/2 11th Avenue. Drost started baking in the mid-’80s, but stepped away to become a corrections officer. After retiring, he said, he baked for restaurants and friends before opening his own ...

Registrations accepted for Stuff the Bus event

From Mirror staff reports Registration of students and donations of supplies are being accepted until Aug. 1 for the Stuff the Bus campaign by the Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County. Parents and area agencies may register children by calling 317-5108 to make an ...

Parking Authority begins garage maintenance work

The Altoona Parking Authority has undertaken a pair of parking garage maintenance projects costing a total of $500,000. It recently awarded a $178,000 contract to reseal the garage floor, except for the roof level. It had previously awarded a contract for $322,000 to replace the elevator ...

New York man held on charges of huffing

From Mirror staff reports A New York man is in Blair County Prison after he was allegedly spotted huffing duster in Walmart’s parking lot. Jeremy J. Brumfield, 37, of Jamestown, N.Y., was alleg­edly just waking up and in the passenger side of his Chev­rolet pickup when Alle­gheny ...

Police: Altoona resident stole beer

From Mirror staff reports A city man faces charges he allegedly stole alcohol and pushed managers at a local store. According to Altoona police, Taivon Mitchell, 21, of 1120 13th Ave., Apt. 301, was arrested June 21 for allegedly stealing alcohol from Sheetz on the 700 block of Chestnut ...

City man accused of choking woman

From Mirror staff reports An Altoona man is behind bars, accused of choking his ex-girlfriend. Alton Brown Jr., 32, of 407 21st St., Second Floor, was taken into custody Sunday night after he allegedly grabbed his ex-girlfriend around the throat and punched her head twice after he showed up ...

Brother allegedly strangles sister

From Mirror staff reports A city man faces a felony charges after he allegedly strangled his sister during an argument. Shaquille P. Williams, 25, of 1907 Washington Ave., was jailed after failing to post $7,500 cash bail set by Magisterial District Fred Miller Sunday night after Altoona ...

Teenager in custody for assault on mother

From Mirror staff reports An Altoona teenager faces charges after police said she beat her mother with a broomstick. Mary-Jayde Elaynee Patterson, 19, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday after Altoona police were dispatched to a home on the 600 block of North Seventh Avenue in Juniata ...

Magisterial district judges

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Jacky W. Triplin, 39, 2708 Sixth Ave., charged by Altoona police with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three summary traffic violations at 20th Street and Ninth Avenue, Nov. 11. Guilty ...

Pa. aims to close tuition fund gap

The high cost of tuition and a need to use high-interest private loans to make up for federal loans that fall short of covering the full cost of education have combined to create student debt loads of about $37,000 for the average Pennsylvania undergraduate. The state’s new PA Forward ...

Carlini begins new chapter with Game Commission

By Mary Haley For the Mirror David A. Carlini was named director of the southcentral region of the Pennsylvania Game Commission in mid-February. His office is in Huntingdon. He got the job when former regional director Bradley Myers retired. Carlini recently participated in a question and ...

Vigil set to protest asylum issue

Lights for Liberty, a world­wide candlelight vigil, will be held Friday on the steps of the Blair County Courthouse to protest the treatment of refugees seeking asylum in the United States’ detention centers. Beginning at 7 p.m., various community leaders, religious leaders and activists ...

Grant funds living lab

From Mirror staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green storm­water infrastructure re­search, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the university’s Strategic ...

Field work

Youth baseball coach Scott Chirdon of Altoona gets help from his daughter, Greer, 6, as he lines the baselines at East End Youth Baseball field on Friday afternoon in preparation for that evening’s major league playoffs. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Agriculture briefs

TYRONE Students attend convention Tyrone Area FFA students recently attended the 90th Pennsylvania FFA State Convention and Activities Week at Penn State. Guy Williams was recognized as the State Proficiency Winner in Agricultural Research for his studies conducted in the agronomy ...

Power out in Juniata area

Mirror Staff Report A power outage affected 1,776 Penelec customers in Altoona and surrounding municipalities Monday afternoon will require several hours to repair. The outage started 1:06 p.m. About 1,150 of the customers affected were in Altoona, 300 in Antis Township and 320 in Logan ...

Children screened for lead exposure

There is no mandate in Pennsylvania for all children to be tested for lead exposure by a certain age. However, the early periodic screening diagnostic and treatment program, administered by the Department of Human Services to children on medical assistance does require testing at ages 1 and 2 ...