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Green pleads in shooting death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — One of two defendants slated for trial next week in the 2013 shooting death of an Altoona resident has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for 10- to 25-years’ incarceration. Qasim L. Shariff Green, 24, pleaded guilty in Blair County Court on Wednesday to third-degree ...

Making an impact

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Law enforcement and emergency personnel assisted with numerous vehicle accidents Wednesday, with even a couple of 911 response vehicles taking hits due to the leftover ice from the rain and below freezing temperatures. Hollidaysburg state police responded to 19 car crashes and 10 disabled ...

City men arrested on theft charges

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A stolen gun and a string of thefts from vehicles in Juniata has landed two men in jail on felony charges. Dontay Love Johnson and Joshua Oliver-Richard Gregg, both 27, were taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Thursday after a call to Altoona police about three men who appeared to be ...

Reports: 5 shot in State College

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From Mirror staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Police in Centre County were called to two shootings late Thursday. The first shooting occurred about 10:45 p.m. at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at the Ramada Hotel at 1450 S. Atherton St. Police said there were three victims at that location, ...

Community Action agency works to home in on homeless

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In his poem “No Possum, No Sop, No Taters,” Wallace Stevens writes, “The field is frozen. ... It is deep January. The sky is hard. ... It is ... the savagest hollow of winter. ...” It’s suggestive of the situation of a man found living in a tent in the woods on the outskirts of ...

Inmate’s request rejected by court

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The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court has rejected a request by an Altoona man in prison for drug violations that would have forced Blair County’s president judge to vacate his convictions and sentences that occurred nearly 10 years ago. Nathaniel Clarance Clark, 36, was sentenced by Blair ...

On this date

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50 YEARS AGO: Jan. 25, 1969 Col. W.J. Love of the Army Corps of Engineers gave the okay for a dynamite charge to be set off at the groundbreaking for the Raystown Dam and Reservoir project outside Huntingdon. 25 YEARS AGO: Jan. 25, 1994 The Altoona Revitalization Project, Sean ...

Kunzler plant expansion stalled by DEP permits

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TYRONE — Kunzler & Co. officials had hoped to start on a $4 million expansion project in Snyder Township last May or June, but the project, which could result in 16-20 new jobs, remains on hold. Kunzler is waiting for the state Department of Envi­ron­mental Protection to approve the ...

Mainly a good winter

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A crew of Altoona Water Authority workers repair a 12-inch water main along Margaret Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Authority crew members said there have been relatively few waterline breaks so far this winter. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Altoona Area teacher arrested

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Altoona City Police this morning arrested Altoona Area High School teacher Holly Metzler. Metzler, who was placed on administrative leave in early January, was charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, three counts of disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor as well ...

More details released in homicides

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Time of death and toxicology reports remain unfinished pieces of the investigation into a Martinsburg couple’s physical altercation that escalated to a double homicide inside their residence. State Police Trooper Joseph Dunsmore, Hollidaysburg barracks spokesman, indicated the altercation ...

Property value appeals OK’d

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The Cambria County commissioners unanimously approved three compromise agreements on three property tax appeals, including the former State Correctional Institution at Cresson property. Based on new appraisal information, the former prison site now has an assessed value ...

City man jailed after oversleeping, missing court

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A city man was jailed Wednesday after he told a judge he was more than five hours late for Central Court because he overslept. It was the second missed court appearance for Thomas R. Strayer III since November. He was due to appear at Central Court on Nov. 28 to face a misdemeanor false ...

Loretto inmate files appeal

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An inmate from the federal Correctional Institution at Loretto has asked the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to reverse a finding that he used a telephone at the prison to further criminal activity, a violation of the inmate disciplinary program. The inmate’s appeal has been put on hold by ...

City woman accused of assault

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An Altoona woman is in jail for simple assault, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beatrice Margaret McCloskey, 62, of 419 Third Ave., is accused of hitting and punching a victim during an argument Sunday, leaving two lacerations on the victim’s right forearm and one on his ...

Police: Teen groped young girl

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A homeless teenager is in jail after police allege he groped a 12-year-old girl. The incident allegedly happened Sept. 21 at Prospect Park, and according to charges filed Wednesday by Altoona police, 18-year-old Devin Cullum is accused of touched the girlás body over her clothing in a sexual ...

States move to ease limits on child sex abuse lawsuits

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NEW YORK — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results ...

Bedford man accused of stealing truck

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A Bedford man is in jail for stealing a rental truck parked at a bar in Everett in late December. Mauricio Gonzalez, 26, of 2262 Diehl Road, faces charges of theft by unlawful taking of movable property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for allegedly driving off with the victim’s ...

Two Philly women sentenced for sneaking drugs into Houtzdale

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CLEARFIELD — Two Philadelphia women accused in unrelated cases of sneaking drugs into the state prison in Houtzdale were sentenced this week in Clearfield County Court. Tarika Monay Butler Murray, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to contraband/controlled substance to inmate before Judge Paul ...