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Tipton man jailed

State police at Hollidaysburg charged Patrick Wayne Leeper, 31, of Tipton, with simple assault and harassment after an investigation of a woman’s bruised eye and cut lip that she reportedly sustained during two separate arguments with Leeper, according to police. Police interviewed Leeper ...

Jury: Stehley guilty in crash

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury concluded Wednesday that an Altoona man was the driver of a minivan who, in 2015, led police on a 5-mile chase from Altoona into Logan Township, ending with a fiery crash off Grandview Road. The jury deliberated about 90 minutes to convict Troy S. ...

HASD teacher a Grammy finalist

A Grammy Award is within grasp for a local music teacher. Scott Sheehan, Hollidaysburg Area High School Director of Bands and music department chairman, is among 10 finalists for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award. Each year the Recording Academy recognizes teachers who make a lasting ...

Building restored to former glory

In 1998, John Rita helped paint the mural on the wall of the Saleme Insurance building next to Heritage Plaza that depicts a semi-fanciful downtown of the past, colored by wishful thinking that it could be that way again. On Wednesday, Rita spoke at an event that helps demonstrate that such a ...

City police continue investigation of armed robbery

Altoona police continue to investigate the hold-up of a city gas station. Police released more details on Wednesday about Tuesday night’s armed robbery of Sunoco, located at 1700 Seventh Ave., and asked the public’s help in identifying the robber who witnesses described as a black male ...

Jury acquits city man of indecent assault

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury acquitted an Altoona man Wednesday of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl and two related charges. Terrance Andre Williams, 49, began sobbing in relief upon hearing a deputy prothonotary announce verdicts clearing him of indecent assault, corruption ...

Penn Cambria reaches teacher contract deal

A contract was reached in November between the Penn Cambria School District and the district’s education association. The district’s teachers are set with a five-year contract that provides an average raise of 3 percent per year through 2024. Salary and benefits are the most substantial ...

False report charge alleged

From Mirror staff reports A 20-year-old Altoona woman who police said made up a story about three men groping her at a city convenience store now faces criminal charges. Victoria M. Winfield, 20, of 250 Lewis Drive was charged Tuesday by Altoona police with a misdemeanor count of false ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court June 12 – July 17: Christopher M. Feudale, 38, 903 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona, charged by Altoona police with dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, conspiracy, possession with intent to ...

Jury acquits city man of indecent assault

Williams not guilty of sex offenses with minor By Kay Stephens kstephens@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury acquitted an Altoona man Wednesday of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl and two related charges. Terrance Andre Williams, 49, began sobbing in relief upon ...

Union pay raises irk Tomassetti

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A new contract for a group of unionized Blair County employees allocates some raises beyond the typical 3 percent in 2019 and sets the county’s minimum wage at $10 per hour. Blair County commissioners voted 2-to-1 Tuesday to approve the three-year contract with the United ...

Diocese details sex abuse payments

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has paid $15.7 million to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse by priests, according to a report published by the diocese. A total of 290 victims were compensated from 1999 through No­vember 2018, according to the diocese’s Monday ...

Medical history on display

After a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, UPMC Altoona unveiled a feature that has turned a wall of the atrium lobby into a museum space to enlighten visitors, patients and employees about the history of the city’s hospitals. There’s enough of that history — 250 years ...

UPMC Altoona set to change leadership

On a day when UPMC Altoona unveiled a timeline exhibit that details the history of the city’s hospitals, the hospital itself revealed its latest bit of history: a pending leadership change. Starting Jan. 14, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford President Jerry Murray will become vice president of ...

Child safety discussed

TYRONE — Borough officials may work with PennDOT to avoid a repeat of a risky situation that occurred on Clay Avenue north of Fifth Street after the Nov. 15 snowstorm. Initially at least, PennDOT plowed the avenue only to the fog lines, so children heading to school, who normally walk on ...

Defendant denies driving car in fiery crash

Troy S. Stehley of Altoona testified Tuesday that he was not the driver of a Dodge Caravan that led police on a 5-mile chase through the city’s East End three years ago that concluded with a fiery crash off Grandview Road. The 39-year-old said he suffered severe head injuries when he was ...

Van Zandt to hold job expo

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center in partnership with the Pennsyl­vania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will hold an “Employment Expo” at the hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19. More than 30 employers will interview veterans, and some may hire on the spot, according to a hospital ...

Alleged threats lead to charges

From Mirror staff reports A Hollidaysburg man faces charges of terroristic threats, harassment and criminal mischief property damage for reportedly attempting to physically assault a female victim. Nathan Scott Zebroski, 29, of 312 Brush Mountain Road, is accused of threatening the victim ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court June 12 – July 17: Mark J. Beck, 32, 432 Jack Steven St., Hollidaysburg, charged by Altoona police with dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver ...