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New indoor amusement park ready to open

Blair County’s newest attraction will officially open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Urban Air Adventure Park Altoona in the Park Hills Plaza features 26,000 square feet of attractions for young and old alike. The facility is Urban Air’s sixth Pennsylvania location among its 80 ...

City man appeals prison sentence

An Altoona man is appealing a four- to eight-year prison sentence he received for probation violations on drug charges, but the Blair County judge who sentenced him, in an opinion sent last Friday to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, is defending his decision. Maurice Wakefield, 26, is housed ...

Police: Father, son beat each other

An Altoona father and son face charges after police say they beat each other with a piece of wood. Mark Socey, 47, and Ronald Socey, 72, both face charges that include aggravated assault after Altoona police responded to a duplex on the 1900 block of West Chestnut Avenue about 6:15 p.m. ...

Hollidaysburg shifts dog budget to cat program

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Borough Council members decided to shift its $1,000 dog-catcher budget to address the Central Penn­sylvania Humane Society’s request for funding a trap, neuter and release program. In April, the humane society approached the council to match a $4,000 donation that would ...

City man facing trial in fatal overdose to hire new attorney

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man facing trial in June in connection with a 2017 drug overdose death of a Tyrone man is in the process of hiring a new attorney. Shariff A. Lucas, 31, told Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan Wednesday that arrangements are being made to hire a Pittsburgh ...

Police: Man found passed out in car

TYRONE — A Tyrone man is in jail after police say he was passed out in his car at a convenience store. John D. Keith, 48, of 3261 S. Third St. was arrested about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Sheetz after Tyrone police were called for a report of a man passed out behind the ...

Upcoming proms

Today Bishop Guilfoyle — 6 p.m. U.S. Hotel Northern Bedford — 7 p.m. Altoona Grand Hotel Philipsburg-Osceola — 7 p.m. high school Portage Area — 6 p.m. The Casino at Lakemont Park May 11 Claysburg-Kimmel — 7 p.m. The Casino at Lakemont Park Moshannon Valley — 7 p.m. ...

Suspect turns himself in to police

A 19-year-old accused of firing a handgun at a friend after an argument in late April is now in custody. Jahlil Curtis-Divin Williams, of 1111 Fifth Ave., turned himself in to Altoona police Wednesday to face attempted murder and related charges stemming from the alleged April 30 altercation ...

Report: City crime rates are down

Major crime in Altoona decreased 18 percent last year, and crime overall decreased 8.6 percent, despite a 10-officer shortfall in the police department for much of that time, Chief Janice Freehling told City Council Wednesday in her annual report. She’d like to think the decreases were ...

HASB budget, tax rate still fluid

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School District administration presented the school board with a proposed $51 million 2019-20 budget that has a $1.8 million deficit. A few more meetings over the next 30 days will be wrought with discussion on where to find money to bridge that ...

Man allegedly bit, sexually assaulted woman

An Altoona man acquitted in January of trying to sexually assault a boy is now facing charges he tried to sexually assault a woman in early March. Bernardo A. Moreno, 23, of 405 Leslie Ave., appeared before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones for arraignment on charges of felony attempted ...

Police: City men entered vehicles

CLEARFIELD — Two Altoona men have been charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property for breaking into cars in the East End neighborhood of Clearfield Borough. Police said John Thomas Mort, 19, and Cloud Haven White Luke, 18, were entering vehicles and removing items when they ...

Shooting details released

An investigation found that the March 20 police-involved shooting death of State College resident Osaze Osagie was justified. “The Osagie family continues to be in the thoughts and prayers of the State College Borough,” State College Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine said in a press ...

Man allegedly spits on officer

A Juniata man faces a felony assault charge after he allegedly spit on a Hollidaysburg Borough police officer. Westley S. Lostaglia, 21, of 1221 N. Fourth Ave., was taken into custody Monday evening after Hollidaysburg police responded to Best Way Pizza on Blair Street for a report of a ...

Logan asked to help with shelter funding

The Logan Township supervisors were non-committal, though not discouraging, at a recent meeting when asked to pledge Community Development Block Grant money for a 34-bed, $2.8-million homeless shelter proposed by Family Services Inc. The township’s CDBG funds for fiscal 2019-20 are already ...

Police officer leaves for larger department

Logan Township has lost another police officer to a larger department, though this time, only a little larger. Anthony Talamo, whose last day is today, is moving to Murrysville Borough, his hometown, where the Police Department has 21 full-time officers — compared to Logan’s 16. In ...

APD: Man kidnapped, tortured

An Altoona couple face charges in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a man who owed drug money, police said Tuesday night. Justin Keller, 34, and Tara Sprankle, 37, were arraigned on a list of charges Tuesday night stemming from an incident that Altoona police said started about 5 p.m. Monday ...

Stocking up

Erika Quinn and Liam Cook stock up Cook's food truck — Cookin N Bookin — for another road trip Tuesday afternoon. Cook has operated the food truck locally for four years, making fresh items such as wraps, stir fry and melts for his customers. He also sets the truck up at festivals. (Mirror ...

PennDOT lays out Plank Road culvert work

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Normally, concerns with design and execution of a highway project dwarf concerns with controlling traffic after construction begins. That isn’t true for the replacement of a culvert under Plank Road near Park Hills Plaza, a job for which PennDOT held a presentation of ...

Defendant questions jury’s split verdict

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury rendered a split verdict Tuesday, clearing a former Altoona man of the criminal conspiracy but convicting him of delivery and possession of a substance made to look like heroin. “How can they say I’m guilty?” defendant Brandon L. Maybush, 32, asked ...