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Captive Bedford deer tests positive for CWD

A captive deer on a Bedford County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and the unnamed facility is under quarantine, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday. A second deer from a Lancaster County breeding operation also has tested positive for CWD. Both ...

SUV, bus crash turns into pileup

Monday’s initial head-on crash of an SUV and a school bus carrying elementary school students ended in a 14-vehicle pileup because of icy conditions on a Cresson Township road. None of the 14 vehicles’ occupants were injured by the accident, said Patrolman Jim Hoenshell, with the Cresson ...

Tyrone man loses bail reduction bid

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has declined to reduce the $100,000 cash bail for a 22-year-old Tyrone man who has been in jail since August when he was accused of violently shaking his 5-week-old infant. Court-appointed defense attorney Nathan Pletcher presented the bail reduction ...

City man charged with stealing batteries

An Altoona man faces felony charges in Cambria County after allegedly stealing batteries from school buses and heavy equipment late last month. Kenneth L. Lampenfeld, 24, of 1412 First St., who is currently lodged in Blair County Prison, is accused of stealing batteries from buses and other ...

City man won’t receive new bail

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge declined Friday to set new bail for an Altoona man whose bail was revoked six months ago and remains in the county prison awaiting trial on multiple drug charges. “Yes, he has a right to bail,” Judge Daniel Milliron said Friday about the request ...

PLCB: Spirits higher in 2017

When it comes to wines and spirits, local drinkers favor whiskey — or at least they spend more to buy it. The spending habits of Blair County drinkers, as well as drinkers across the state, were recorded and shared in a year-long sales review published by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control ...

Black History Month event set

An Altoona church that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad will host a lecture, luncheon and recital Feb. 24 and 25 in observance of Black History Month. Southern blacks escaping slavery once hid on their journeys north to freedom in a crawl space on the second-floor mezzanine, above ...

Mirror ‘was always good’ to Kiser during 49-year career

Today is the first day of the rest of Kay Kiser’s life. The Mirror’s longest-tenured employee — 49 years — was feted with cake and some kind words on Thursday, tied up some loose ends Friday and is deeply exhaling this morning. At the age of 18, Kiser arrived in 1969, freshly ...

Man jailed after disturbance at tavern

A 32-year-old Altoona man is behind bars on charges he got drunk and had to be restrained at a local bar. Altoona police allege Matthew Robinson was highly intoxicated the night of Jan. 14 when he got into an argument with a woman at The Black & Gold Tavern, 2927 Sixth Ave., that led to ...

Alexandria man charged for threats and cruelty to animals

A 26-year-old Alexandria man threatened to burn the trailer of a 70-year-old bedfast woman with her inside it, and killed one of the victim’s cats in front of her by slamming it on the floor, according to state police at Huntingdon and the state’s court information website. Brian M. ...

Police: Altoona man assaulted ex-girlfriend

An Altoona man is in jail on charges he assaulted his ex-girlfriend after she came home and found him in her bed. After an investigation by Altoona police, 30-year-old Sean P. Myers of Altoona was arrested Friday morning and charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass, misdemeanor ...

Area briefs

HARRISBURG USDA to survey planting intentions As the 2018 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. “Each year, the ...

Blotter

Altoona police Kyle Port, 1224 19th Ave., was arrested early Saturday on the 300 block of North Fourth Avenue and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Tyler Snyder, 121 E. Walnut Ave., was arrested early Saturday on the 300 block of North Fourth Avenue and charged with ...

Ex-Altoona administrators weigh in on new school project

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories gauging community reaction to Altoona Area High School’s proposed building project. They may be long removed from the job, but former school administrators who are now part of the area’s retirement community have an eye on the ...

Hollidaysburg parking issue driving debate

HOLLIDAYSBURG — On-street parking spots reserved by permit for Hollidaysburg Borough residents are “unconstitutional,” according to attorney Nathan Karn. The warning, issued at a Thursday borough council meeting, prompted Councilman Patrick Plummer to suggest abolishing the practice of ...

Pendleton’s family reflects on a life cut short

Growing up in Altoona, Michael L. Pendleton had many aspirations, possibly to be a professional athlete. He liked to participate in basketball and baseball — any sport with a ball, said his “Big Sis,” Constance Kemp. But as she pointed out, Pendleton eventually experienced many ...

Blair district attorney stands by sentence

Laura Pendleton-Miller said in a recent interview that “sentences in Blair County are so out of line for the crime,” particularly referring to the seven to 20 years her brother Michael received for his minor involvement in a Baltimore-based crack cocaine ring broken up in 2011. “My ...

State working to help reduce prison population

A federal investigation into the use of restricted housing for individuals with mental health issues by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections was launched in 2011 about the time three inmates at the now-closed State Correctional Institution at Cresson committed suicide. The ...

Local representatives split on long-term budget bill

Although most local congressmen voted in favor of a late-night budget deal that ended a five-hour government shutdown, one — Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12th District — joined a rebellious group that opposed the $300 billion spending hike. The deal, backed by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, ...

Area radio host seeks Republican nomination

DUNCANSVILLE — Local radio host Jim Gregory announced Saturday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of the 80th Legislative District, using “We are the 80th” as his campaign rally cry. “My understanding of the issues most important to the residents of ...