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Police: Man allegedly kicked officer in head

From Mirror staff reports A Duncansville man is in jail on charges he fought with Altoona police and kicked an officer in the head. Christopher A. Helsel, 35, of 150 Helsel Heights, Duncansville, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Monday after he was pepper sprayed and hit with a stun gun ...

Stormwater body to keep one vote per member

The council of governments responsible for bringing the urbanized area of central Blair County into compliance with increasingly strict stormwater rules will give each municipality an equal vote. The matter arose during discussions of a provision in the draft of a master agreement that will ...

ISC considering methods to fund remediation effort

The 10 municipalities re­sponsible for complying with increasingly strict stormwater remediation rules in the urbanized area of central Blair County will eventually need to decide how they’ll fund that effort. One way to do it is through each municipality’s general fund, said Antis ...

Health care town hall scheduled

Emily Best, Democratic candidate for the 30th District State Senate, will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the AFSCME building, 161 Patchway Drive, Duncansville. Best said in a release that she is acutely aware just how much issues related to health care are on the minds of ...

Tyrone man faces charges after throwing bike parts

From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man faces charges after he allegedly threw the front wheel of a bicycle onto the street and punctured the tire of a police car. Kaw-Liga Yo-Ho Riggle­man, 38, of 769 Washington Ave., was arrested early Saturday on the 700 block of Washington Avenue after ...

Police: Grandson stole gun

From Mirror staff reports An Altoona man is accused of stealing his grandmother’s gun. Matthew J. Reese II, 21, of 309 Fourth Ave., was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday on the 800 block of Fifth Avenue after Altoona police were dispatched for a report of four males and gun, according to ...

Serving a ‘paw-sitive’ purpose

It is easy to take the many seemingly simple things in life for granted. Taking a stroll and knowing there is someone walking behind you. Knowing that an emergency is happening because an alarm is heard sounding. Being able to effortlessly confront new people and places is something many do ...

Amended lawsuit against Altoona Area School District filed in court

The attorney representing the estate of an Altoona Area Junior High School student who last year took his life allegedly because of bullying argues in court papers filed late Wednesday that he has presented enough evidence that will allow the family’s lawsuit against the local school ...

IDA Tower resident walks the walk for jury selection

Blair County Judge Dan Milliron has heard his share of frivolous justifications from people looking to be excused from jury duty: “I have to clean my house,” “I have to cut my grass,” “I have other plans,” “It’s my day off,” “I’m too busy,” “I don’t believe in the ...

Threat forces students to leave Bedford dance

Students were sent home early from a homecoming dance Saturday at Bedford High School after a it was reported that a student had threatened to shoot attendees. According to an information release posted online about 10:27 p.m. Saturday by Bedford Borough police, a student allegedly left the ...

Cambria County lures Pittsburgh tech company

EBENSBURG — An ongoing initiative to build a business relationship with Pittsburgh may be paying off for Cambria County officials, who announced Thursday that a city tech company is looking to expand locally. “This is the first success of recruiting a company to come to our area and open ...

Clearfield jury finds Duncansville man guilty of burglary

CLEARFIELD – It took a Clearfield County jury about 30 minutes to find a Duncansville man guilty of burglary and assault for entering a residence and striking a man. Andrew James Martin, 34, was also found guilty of two additional counts of assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, ...

Lilly American Legion honors Blair County vets

LILLY — In a day to honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, about 20 guests from the Hollidays­burg Veterans’ Home in Duncansville ate pizza, fruit and a variety of deserts Friday afternoon at an American Legion luncheon along Jones Street. Max and Elaine Roberts of ...

Notary seminars planned

The Pennsylvania Assoc­ia­tion of Notaries will host multiple educational seminars in October for Altoona-area notaries and motor vehicle agents. The seminars will be held at the Hampton Inn Altoona, 180 Charlotte Drive, on various dates. The cost for each notary seminar is $69. A First ...

Sexual misconduct

Curbing the problem of sexual misconduct on campus involves more than commitment by universities. In Huntingdon County, Juniata College had nine founded reports of rape on campus in 2016. The numbers are recorded in its annual security statistics available online. The 2016 statistics ...

Governor’s panel backs Raystown plan critics

Anti-development groups continue to speak out against a proposal to build on a pristine portion of Raystown Lake shoreline as a public comment deadline ap­proaches. And now, it seems they have the support of an advisory council to the governor. “It’s very encouraging,” said George ...

Water authority considers moves to generate profit

The Altoona Water Authority next month may choose one of three candidate companies to evaluate the potential for energy generation revenue and energy savings at its two sewer plants under a program overseen by the state — a move that all three companies say should ultimately produce $1.5 ...

PennDOT debuts flashing yellow arrow signal

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Transportation has announced it will activate a new type of left turn signal that has been proven to improve left-turn safety at intersections. Flashing yellow arrow signals are new to Pennsyl­vania, but they have ...

‘Waltons’ star: Talk about fears

Actress Mary McDonough had a message Saturday night for members of the Kiwanis Club of Altoona, which is celebrating 100 years of helping underprivileged youth. If a child appears to have no problems, don’t be afraid to ask, McDonough said. When growing up as “Erin Walton,” the middle ...

Amtran getting new CNG buses

By the end of next week, Amtran will have finished receiving its latest batch of new Compressed Natural Gas buses — 10 of them, to add to the six that it received early this summer. These are the first CNG buses acquired by the authority, but the organization’s mechanics will be familiar ...