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Adreonna McConnell, 14, was among dozens of musicians with the Altoona Area Junior High School Marching Band who were practicing Monday at the Roosevelt Athletic Field for the upcoming football season. Berkley Alexander, 12, takes a water break during practice. According to the National ...

National Night Out Against Crime events set

Tonight is National Night Out Against Crime with events planned in Altoona and Duncansville to bring the community and law enforcement together for fun, food and fireworks. Tyrone will have its observance Wednesday. In Duncansville, the Antique Depot will host the 35th annual Night Out ...

Longtime juvenile probation director passes on the torch

HOLLIDAYSBURG — When Nancy Williams started working in the Blair County juvenile probation office in June 1975, truancy and probation violations were the common offenses. And juvenile offenders who landed in county court were often separated from their families to spend time in the ...

Raid turns up kids, guns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A raid on a New Mexico desert compound turned up 11 children wearing rags and living in filth, and also broke open a bizarre tale of guns, exorcism, and a search for a missing young boy who suffers from seizures and is nowhere to be found. The boy’s father was among ...

City wants tax bureau to make sale rule changes

City officials have been trying to persuade the Blair County Tax Claim Bureau to make policy changes to deter irresponsible buyers at tax sales. The county’s response has been less than enthusiastic so far, according to City Manager Marla Marcinko, speaking at a recent meeting of the ...

Police: Man sends teen obscene videos

CLEARFIELD — A Philipsburg man recently incarcerated for sending obscene videos to a teen girl was in Clearfield County Court Monday in to answer for violating his probation on a previous arson case. Hunter Thomas Harris, 24, and two other firefighters pleaded guilty to setting a Chester ...

Crime

Police looking for burglars State police in Bedford are investigating a burglary that occurred between July 29-31 at 3076 Plank Road, Hopewell. Burglars removed tools and a tool box and took 76 Xanax and Gabapentin pills. Anyone with information should contact state police in Bedford at ...

City man claims jail term illegal

A federal magistrate in Johnstown has rejected an Altoona man’s claim that he is being held illegally in the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon. Amrah I. Holloman, 32, filed a federal petition in May asking for his immediate release contending the maximum term on a three- to ...

Duncansville votes to remain in ISC

DUNCANSVILLE — On the recommendation of its consulting engineer, Borough Council voted recently to remain in the 11-municipality Inter­govern­­mental Stormwater Committee for a five-year term. Continuing as a member of the council of governments, whose mission is to help members comply ...

Designer was ‘true artist’

Bill Montgomery is being remembered as an outstanding interior designer. William H. “Bill” Montgomery, 90, Altoona, died Saturday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. “He was a true artist in every sense of the word. He could visualize space and had an unbelievable knowledge ...

Man confesses to burglarizing shop

A Roaring Spring man faces charges after state police say he confessed to burglarizing a Woodbury Pike pizza shop. Dwight J. Imler, 24, of 340 Locust St., was arrested Sunday by state police on felony and misdemeanor charges that include burglary and theft. According to charges filed before ...

Man pleads to burglary

CLEARFIELD — A local man accused of burglarizing and trying to set fire to a home was sentenced to state prison Monday in Clearfield County Court. The incident happened on May 24 in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, where two men stole an ATV from a residence and then entered the home, ...

Rocky road

It was July, and the weather was beautiful, but Billie Summers didn’t dare to try ascending the hill to her house a hundred yards away, along 25th Avenue, with her pickup truck. A couple of days earlier, she’d blown a tire trying to negotiate that stretch, so she parked on Washington ...

Lanternfly a buzzkill for local winery

Barbara Christ has been vigilant on her property at State College’s Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery. She is looking for a red-and-black spotted warning sign — a non-native insect that has found its way to Pennsylvania, destroying crops as it spreads. “The insect has adapted quite ...

Local volunteer helps immigrants

Squatting on dirt floors of village huts, Sandra Dangler delivered babies among pigs and chickens while working as a registered nurse for the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She instructed her patients’ families to place pots of water on wood fires in order to boil her hemostats, scissors and two ...

Man dead after hitting guard rail

From Mirror staff reports A Marion Center man died Saturday in East Mahoning Township after striking a guard rail while driving his motorcycle. The man, whose identity has not been released by police, was traveling north on State Route 119 and struck the rail for “unknown reasons.” ...

Emotional toll

A few Altoona firefighters agreed to sit down at the Washington Avenue station and talk about how the death and destruction they’ve encountered as first responders has impacted them. “We could talk about it for hours,” said Cameron Sunderland, 30. But it wasn’t that long before ...

A year later, Hyndman on edge

HYNDMAN — As Beverly Shaffer sits at a Hyndman railroad crossing waiting for a train to pass, she’s reminded of a derailment nearly a year ago that uprooted her neighbors and caused havoc in this rural Bedford County community. “We’ve had floods, the train derailments,” the Hyndman ...

Model train weekend ‘brings out the little kid in us’

The soft clickety-clack sounds of tiny wheels spinning over miniature train tracks traveled through the Jaffa Shrine Center on Saturday during the Bedford Model Railroaders 14th N-Scale Weekend. The trains tracked through displays of rural towns constructed of styrofoam, plastic, plaster and ...

Patton residents ‘lucky’ flooding wasn’t worse

PATTON — After a week of cleanup from heavy rain runoff and Little Chest Creek flooding, Patton Borough Councilman David Pompa said residents are “lucky” it wasn’t worse. “We were lucky. We were really lucky,” he said. “Everybody talks about taking the dam out, but they got to ...