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Authorities: Plane did not crash

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DUNCANSVILLE — Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a reported plane crash Wednesday night in Allegheny Township, but the calls turned out to be incorrect, officials said. A low-flying military transport plane likely drew the calls, said Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company ...

Births

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July 7, 2017 Ivy Clara Bailey, a daughter born to Destiny J. (Detwiler) and Jude M. Bailey, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 7:55 a.m. July 8, 2017 Sebastian Snyder Hillard, a son born to Courtney and Justin Hillard, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 4:50 ...

City man eyes jackpot

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Dan Ott is set to become Altoona’s newest millionaire, but his most urgent plans involve a pillow and plenty of sleep. The graduate of Altoona Area High School and Penn State Altoona is one of nine players remaining in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event after Monday night’s action ...

DeNofrio explains actions to judge

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On the second day of a federal hearing on alleged whistleblower retaliation at Van Zandt VA Medical Center Tuesday, Judge Mark Syska veered away from legal matters into more humane territory for a few minutes. Presiding by teleconference from Philadelphia, the administrative judge for the ...

Police: Man tried to handcuff juvenile

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A Duncansville man faces charges after police say he tried to put handcuffs on a juvenile family member. Joseph M. Johnson IV, 60, of 219 Buckboard Drive, was arrested Monday afternoon by Tyrone police after he allegedly ambushed a juvenile family member at a home on the 1300 block of ...

County project list keeps growing

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — If Blair County’s list of capital expenses to be funded by a forthcoming bond issue continues growing, commissioners may have to be selective. The intent is to borrow no more than $8.2 million, commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said Tuesday. So if projected costs exceed ...

Police: Man made false report

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State police have charged a man they say falsely accused a woman of biting him. Sean W. Buckmaster, 42, of 316 S. First St., Bellwood, is due to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday to face a misdemeanor charge of false reports to law enforcement to implicate ...

McCord brothers had past encounters with authorities

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Two brothers charged for failure to pay taxes on their former Blair County Dairy Queen locations faced seven separate state collection cases between 1997 and 2014, officials said in an affidavit. Criminal complaints filed by the Office of the Attorney General against Brian and Charles McCord, ...

McCord brothers had past encounters with authorities

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Two brothers charged for failure to pay taxes on their former Blair County Dairy Queen locations faced seven separate state collection cases between 1997 and 2014, officials said in an affidavit. Criminal complaints filed by the Office of the Attorney General against Brian and Charles McCord, ...

Altoona man pleads guilty to robbery, threats

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CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man accused of robbing a man at gun point to recover photos of his girlfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court. Michael Jerome Irby Jr., 27, 518 Seventh Ave., Altoona, was charged after an incident in Mahaffey in June 2016 when Irby allegedly forced ...

Wolf: Health bill would cost billions

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania would lose billions of federal Medicaid dollars in a decade under Republican legislation pending in the U.S. Senate to replace “Obamacare,” according to figures released Monday by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. Wolf, an opponent of the bill, ...

Van Zandt officer testifies

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A Van Zandt VA Medical Center administrative officer on Monday presented his case before a federal judge that hospital leadership retaliated against him and others for years for his exposure of the impairment by dementia of a doctor who headed the hospital’s department of Physical Medicine ...

Sheriff seeks staff pay raise

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Sheriff’s Department is asking for higher starting salaries and raises beginning in 2018 as a means to retain deputies who have been leaving for other jobs. In a presentation Monday, Sheriff P. Richard Books and Chief Deputy Holly Garner outlined ...

Blue Knob investors detail plans

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The investors who bought Blue Knob All Seasons Resort have detailed their plans for the mountaintop ski facility, with millions of dollars set to be invested in a bid to increase year-round attendance. Operating under the name Sustainable Hospitality & Development LP, a Pennsylvania-based ...

Owners of Blair County Dairy Queen accused of not paying taxes

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Two brothers who own a Blair County Dairy Queen franchise face charges for failure to pay nearly $19,000 in state taxes, Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office announced Monday. Officials said Brian McCord and Charles McCord, owners of McCord Brothers Dairy Queen, failed to pay $18,767 in ...

Spring Cove track facing new hurdle after setback

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ROARING SPRING — Efforts to rebuild the Spring Cove School District track hit another snag this month that could cost $100,000, further delaying work and adding to $66,000 extra for the project that board members approved last month. The new cost, approved Monday in a 5-3 school board ...

Chief: Fire damages attached garage

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From Mirror staff reports ROARING SPRING — A Taylor Township home was damaged by flames Saturday morning, when fire ignited in an attached garage. Firefighters responded shortly before noon to a home along Burkettown Road after residents reported the blaze, Friendship Volunteer Fire ...

Police: Cambria man taped girl undressing

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A Northern Cambria man faces felony charges for allegedly recording a juvenile as she undressed and got into a shower. Matthew L. Sever, 37, of the 500 block of Nicktown Road is accused with using a cellphone to video the girl in 2015. According to a criminal complaint filed by state ...

Logan Township man facing assault charges

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Logan Township Police charged an Altoona man Sunday with aggravated assault after an incident at a Greenwood Road home. Police said they arrested Alvin L. McNary, 54, Sunday morning after an alleged domestic violence incident. Officers filed a charge of aggravated assault, a felony, as well ...

Man accused of indecent contact

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A Patton man faces felony charges for allegedly enticing a 4-year-old girl to touch his penis. Matthew E. Williams, 36, of the 500 block of Edelweiss Street had indecent contact with the girl in late June, when she was in his custody, Patton police wrote in a criminal complaint. According ...