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MDL Manufacturing in Bedford may auction its building this month

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BEDFORD — MDL Manufac­turing will downsize and restructure its operations in the Bedford County Business Park. The company is not closing, but MDL will have a two-day auction of equipment and potentially its building in mid-June. “Significant capital investments from 2013 through ...

All smiles

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Teiha Weaver waves to family members while joining classmates taking part in Altoona Area High School’s commencement on Friday at Mansion Park. The school graduated 547 students as part of the 142nd graduating class. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Sentencing rescheduled after ‘nothing’ progresses

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The sentencing hearing for a New Jersey native who pleaded guilty in April to aggravated manslaughter in the death of an Altoona toddler was continued Friday. Maurice Pearson, 31, who lived in Altoona for a several years, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the death of his former ...

Martinsburg man faces felony for fleeing police

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Police say a Martinsburg man was drunk when he fled Blair Township police on a motorcycle. Daniel L. Brunner, 42, of 175 Cross Lane Road, faces a felony fleeing police charge along with misdemeanor DUI and drug paraphernalia counts stemming from his alleged encounter with Blair Township ...

Cocaine found in Altoona man’s toilet

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An Altoona man is in jail after a police raid Wednesday night uncovered cocaine, cash and about a pound of marijuana. Norman M. Hardy, 50, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. when Altoona police descended on his home at 1009 S. 10th St. with a search warrant and found cocaine in the toilet, a ...

Magisterial District Judge

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Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Craig E. Ormsby: Scott A. Croft, 52, 226 Dumb Hundred Road, Roaring Spring, charged by state police with simple assault and disorderly conduct on the 300 block of Poplar Street June 11. Charge of disorderly conduct was moved to nontraffic ...

Commissioners Chairman: No ‘magic wand’ for parking

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Finding a parking space around the Blair County Courthouse has been a longtime problem. But it’s not one the county has ignored, commissioners said Thursday. “The county has done an awful lot to address parking,” Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said. “We just can’t ...

Parents discuss social media abuse

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Parents learned tactics Thursday night to identify and prevent social media abuse among their children. Ryan Klingensmith, founder of Shape The Sky — a network of concerned parents, educators and clinicians — spoke at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. One grandfather in the ...

Hollidaysburg keeps school taxes level

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A straw poll Wednesday found a majority of Hollidaysburg Area School Board members are against raising taxes next school year to shore up funds for future expenses. With a show of hands all board members, except for Lois Kaneshiki and Lonna Frye, indicated they did not favor ...

Ebensburg finds cooking grease in sewer system

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Work has begun on a $9 million sewer improvement project in Ebensburg, Borough Manger Dan Penatzer said this week. The announcement came on the same day that Penatzer revealed an unusually high amount of cooking grease had been found in the local sanitary sewer system. Penatzer said work on ...

United Way plans Day of Caring

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United Way of Blair County is calling local nonprofit and human service agencies to sign up at 208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncans­­ville, for volunteer projects for its 25th Annual Day of Caring on June 27. The yearly Day of Caring event is an opportunity for nonprofit agencies to use ...

South Fork man faces felony sexual assault charges

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A South Fork man faces more than a dozen criminal charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child over a period of months in Portage Borough. William H. Sinclair Jr., 58, of 510 Church St., was charged following a report made by the child at a therapist’s office, police ...

Chestnut Ridge burglary probed

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State police are investigating a reported burglary that occurred late Sunday evening at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in East Saint Clair Township. Three unknown suspects reportedly used the middle school’s ladder to access the top of the building to gain entry to the courtyard area. They ...

Higgins pleads guilty to all charges

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BEDFORD — Former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins pleaded guilty Wednesday to all charges accusing him of exchanging sexual favors for lenient sentences of female drug dealers and compromising the identities of numerous undercover informants, among other allegations. He ...

Hollidaysburg students punished for video

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Holli­days­burg Area School District officials said Wednesday that punishment has been dealt to students involved in a racially insensitive incident that went viral in a video shared on social media on Tuesday. Senior high school Principal Maureen Letcher said the students ...

Judge allows alcohol testimony at ATV trial

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge will allow some alcohol-related testimony in an upcoming jury trial where two men face criminal charges linked to a fatal ATV crash that killed a Hollidaysburg teenager in April 2017. Defense attorneys representing Trenton Ross Bilak, 20, Everett, had ...