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Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Martinsburg District Judge Craig E. Ormsby: Charges waived to court June 15-July 6: Joseph R. Klock, 25, 929 Puzzletown Road, Duncansville, charged by Freedom Township police with DUI and one summary traffic violation on Puzzletown Road May 19. Bradley A. Roub, 33, 716 Walnut ...

Martin’s Barber School expands to opening shops

Local Business

With his barber school flourishing, Joe Martin has expanded into opening barber shops. Martin, who opened Martin’s Barber School in Huntingdon on Oct. 15, 2014, recently opened shops in Altoona and Williamsburg. Martin opened Mansion Park Barber Shop, 3523 Fifth Ave., in ...

Blair leaders reverse pension changes

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is recalculating and restoring monthly pension payments for a half-dozen retirees whose amounts were reduced based on changes initiated late last year by the retirement board. Distribution payments going out this month will reflect the use of 7 percent instead ...

Varney resigns from Williamsburg school

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WILLIAMSBURG — A Williamsburg teacher accused of sexually assaulting a male student has resigned. The Williamsburg Community School Board on Tuesday unanimously accepted the resignation of high school science teacher Nikki Varney, who has been on administrative leave since she was charged ...

Bill could benefit children of inmates

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania may soon be the first in the nation to create a financial lifeline to higher learning and educational programs for the children of inmates. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation, Senate Bill 790, to create the First Chance Trust Fund, a ...

Man accused of stealing 400 pounds of copper

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A homeless man is behind bars after police say he stole hundreds of pounds of copper. Douglas J. McMullen, 39, was arrested early Tuesday after a security guard monitoring the former Bon Secours hospital building, where construction is now underway on the Graystone Grand Villas apartments, ...

Habitat for Humanity building home for family

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An Altoona family soon will have a new home thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. Habitat for Humanity volunteers are building a home for Carl Shaffer, his wife, Nicole, and son, Colin, 5, at 1814 Third Ave. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in ...

Logan police investigating burglary at Curve center

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Logan Township police are investigating a burglary at the Horseshoe Curve Visitors Center. It happened sometime between 6:15 p.m. Sat­urday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. An undetermined amount of cash was stolen from the landmark at 2400 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, according to police. Police ...

DeNofrio VA testimony ends

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On the final day of testimony in the whistleblower retaliation case of Van Zandt VA Medical Center employee Jay DeNofrio, lawyers in closing arguments outlined competing versions of reality before a judge of the federal employees’ Merit System Protection Board. DeNofrio, administrative ...

Ill inmate’s case resolved in mediation

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A case in which a seriously ill inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset said he was forced to crawl to a wheelchair before being taken to the infirmary has been resolved through mediation, according to an order filed by U.S. Magistrate Lisa Pupo Lenihan of Pittsburgh. Terms ...

Area briefs

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Police: Man drove through garage door A Gallitzin man faces multiple misdemeanor and summary charges for allegedly driving his car purposefully through a garage door. Phillip Mazzarese, 55, of Sugar Street was charged Monday by state police, WJAC-TV reported. The news station reported that ...

DelGrosso’s hosting Harvestfest

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TIPTON — The 31st annual Harvestfest will be held Saturday and Sunday at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. The park grounds open at 8 a.m. and craft and food vendor shopping begins at 10 a.m. Rides open at 11 a.m. both days. Harvestfest will feature more than 150 craft and food vendors. ...

Farm show hopes to cultivate interest

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Colorful vegetables, art pieces and photographs were among the many items lining long on white tables Tuesday in a warehouse-like building behind Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. There, judges studied the items, toting clipboards to record scores. From those scores, ...

Area Dollar General expansion significant

Local Business

If you believe you are seeing a lot of new Dollar General stores in the area, you are not alone. “Dollar General stores are popping up like weeds; they are all over,” said William Hall, chairman of the Blair County Planning Commission, at a recent meeting. Dollar General is in the midst ...

McGinnis trashes recycling mandate

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State Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, is calling for an end to the state mandate requiring that municipalities of a certain size and population density provide curbside recycling programs. Recycling should operate by the free market or not at all, according to McGinnis, who called the mandate ...

Blair endorses library support

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners offered their endorsement Monday of a three-year strategic plan showing support for eight libraries in the county. Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb described the libraries as a jewel. Residents who question the need for libraries, Erb said, ...

Spring Cove improves protocols

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ROARING SPRING — For years, Spring Cove School District employees have relied on a paper document to respond to emergencies — a sort of playbook with headings like “Abduction of Student,” “Disruptive Actions” and “Hazardous Material Release.” Now, with new software paid for by ...

AMED considers mental health help for workers

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At the suggestion of Medical Director Shaun Sheehan, AMED may begin to offer mental health assistance for employees to counter the effects of frequent responses to opioid overdoses. The frequency of such calls has become a “concern,” Sheehan told the board on Monday. “Should we be ...

AMED urged to buy ‘internet insurance’

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At the AMED board meeting on Monday, there were no explicit references to the recently revealed Equifax data breach. But that breach was the subtext for an unusual suggestion from Patrick Fiore, principal of Fiore, Fedeli and Co., after he helped present an audit report to the board: The ...