Local News

Nighttime illumination

Winter’s earlier nightfall may reveal a need to reassess outdoor lighting needs to increase exterior illumination. One of the hottest trends are light-emitting diode (LED), motion-sensing flood lights. Susan Kimberly has 45 years of sales experience at Mallow’s Hardware, 311 E. 25th Ave., ...

Aqua America to buy Peoples Gas for $4.2B

From Mirror staff reports BRYN MAWR — Aqua America Inc. is in the process of acquiring Peoples in an all-cash transaction totaling $4.275 billion. The transaction includes the assumption of about $1.3 billion of debt. Peoples consists of Peoples Na­tural Gas Co. LLC, Peoples Gas Co. ...

Thieves targeting packages

It took only six minutes from the time FedEx delivered a package to J.R. DiAndrea’s Altoona home for a porch pirate to snatch it from outside his front door. DiAndrea was home at the time, but wasn’t aware the package was delivered until he got the notification on his phone 10 minutes ...

Grant would fund Blair Rec plan

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has received a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conser­vation and Natural Re­sources for a comprehensive plan that would be created by a consultant. In its history as CBRC and as the Altoona Recreation Commission, the organization ...

Court: Garage search not illegal; rejects appeal

A Cambria County man who contended a state police trooper illegally searched his garage in an effort to locate a stolen motorcycle has lost his appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Dorian Ross, 43, of Johnstown, is serving a 21-42 month state prison sentence on two counts of receiving ...

Police: Man gave fake urine sample

From Mirror staff reports A Williamsburg man faces charges of possessing an instrument of crime and furnishing drug-free urine. Joseph Manuel Castro, 35, of 1215 Yellow Springs Drive, reportedly provided parole officers with a fake urine sample during a home visit Nov. 14. Officers ...

Bedford man accused of burglary

A Bedford man faces charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime and criminal mischief. Dean C. Miller, 42, of 229 North St., is accused of stealing a television from a motor home in Allegheny Town­ship on Friday, ac­cording to a ...

Accident results in gun charges

From Mirror staff reports A Homestead man with a criminal record faces charges of possession of firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license. William Homer Grayson, 41, of 246 E. 17th Ave., reportedly had a firearm, a magazine with 10 live rounds and a nylon holster ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Joseph B. Williams, 19, 186 Williams Lane, Altoona, charged by state police with kidnapping of a minor, rape, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, false imprisonment, statutory sexual assault, two counts of ...

Trusses up

Scott and Jake McMasters, with Duncansville-based C E Wood Construction, set roof trusses on a new storage building for the Altoona Water Authority along 31st Street on Thursday. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Beach: Girls’ claims untrue

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man told a Blair County jury Thursday that he doesn’t know why two girls have accused him of sexually assaulting them. “I know you don’t know me,” 42-year-old Richard W. Beach told the jury as he stood at a podium and testified on his own behalf. “But I ...

City man faces assault, endangerment charges

A city man who police say took a spanking of a child too far has waived charges of assault and child endangerment on to county court. Stephen B. Corley, 29, of 131 Cherry Ave., was charged in late November after an Altoona police investigation into an incident in late September in which ...

Greenfield Twp. gets funds to upgrade park facilities

Greenfield Township has received a $40,000 grant to upgrade the playground and basketball areas at the Claysburg Area Community Park to make them more accessible. The project includes the removal of Americans with Disabilities Act barriers; construction of a new pathway between playground, ...

Cohen remembered as downtown fixture, avid sports supporter

Joel Cohen is being remembered as a fixture of downtown Altoona and an avid supporter of high school sports. Cohen, 83, of Dorado Hills, Calif., died Tuesday. Cohen, who moved from the area in 2001, had succeeded his father, Joe F. Cohen, in running the popular downtown Young Men’s Shop ...

C-K board member resigns due to health

A longstanding Claysburg-Kimmel board member is resigning because of health reasons, an action the school board accepted at Wednesday’s meeting. “I do not feel it is in the best interest of the district not to be working with a full board. Because of health reasons, I do not know when I ...

Coalport man faces felony fraud charges

CLEARFIELD — A 51-year-old Coalport man is facing felony insurance fraud charges for lying about the date of a traffic accident. An investigator from the attorney general’s office filed the fraud charges along with a felony count of theft by deception after he looked into a claim filed by ...

Buffalo Mills man headed to court

BEDFORD — A magisterial district judge transferred a case involving a Buffalo Mills man accused of assaulting a victim during a domestic dispute to the Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. Christopher Scott Harder, 36, of 1343 Milligans Cove Road, is accused of punching the victim on the ...

Inauguration events set

The Wolf Inaugural 2019 committee has the full line-up of events for the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Jan. 15 in Harrisburg. Gates for the swearing-in ceremony at the East Wing of the State Capitol Complex will open at 10 a.m. for the noon ceremony. Guests ...

Trainers provide motivation

Helping people get in shape is also a healthy occupation as the demand for personal trainers is getting stronger. “A lot of people are intimidated by going to a gym. You have no idea what you are doing and see people doing different things. With a personal trainer, you have someone who pays ...

Buyer may redeem church

A derelict church building that the city has been seeking to demolish may have found salvation. The former Christ Reformed Church at 12th Avenue and 15th Street, which the city Planning Commission declared blighted in November, is under a pending sale agreement with a buyer who plans to ...