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Fall view

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A herd of Limousin cattle graze on a hillside at the Link Farm in Chest Springs as the trees in the background begin to show fall colors. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

City man sentenced for selling cocaine

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man convicted in August of cocaine-selling offenses was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months to a maximum of nine years in state prison. Judge Daniel J. Milliron handed down the sentence to Troy Joseph Adams, 36, who told the jury he didn’t supply the ...

Police: Dispute over bike leads to arrests

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Two men are in jail after police say two homes were entered and a man was assaulted on Eighth Avenue. Donald P. Wertz, 49, of Altoona, and Jeffrey L. Reed, 31, of Hollidaysburg, are accused of drinking heavily before driving to a man’s home on the 900 block of Eighth Avenue to confront ...

Sandusky resentencing set for early November

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BELLEFONTE — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn next month what his new prison sentence will be for a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction. An order was filed Tuesday in Centre County that set Sandusky’s resentencing for Nov. 8 in Bellefonte, ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court April 10: Nicole R. Kizina, 37, 810 Bell Ave., charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and ...

Judge denies Padilla investigation

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County does not have to pay for a Spanish-speaking investigator to travel to Mexico and collect evidence in support of Miguel Padilla’s post-conviction appeals, a Blair County senior judge has ruled. While an investigator would be expected to gather information for ...

Community mourns defense lawyer

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The local legal community is mourning the loss of one of Blair County’s most respected members of the bar, Steven P. Passarello, who collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack Sunday night. Passarello, 53, was known for his fierce advocacy in the courtroom, his wit and collegiality ...

Replacement flagpole installed at monument

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To the pair of veterans’ groups restoring county war monuments, the flagpole was the main problem at the World War II monument in Garden Heights, because it was 75 feet tall — subjecting flags to high winds that easily ripped them, making replacement of those flags difficult and making the ...

Court upholds termination

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A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld the termination of an inmate’s parental rights because he has been unable to fulfill his responsibilities as a father and is unlikely to be in a position to do so for several years. The state Superior Court last week relied heavily on an opinion ...

Developments receive little libraries

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Advocates for literacy often stress the importance of books in the home — especially for the family’s little ones. The Altoona Housing Authority has taken advantage of Community Development Block Grants to install repositories for books — sized to appeal to little ones — at its two ...

Area

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State police investigating multiple phone scams State police at Bedford and Huntingdon are investigating scams. On Sept. 26, an Everett man reportedly was scammed into buying $1,200 in Amazon gift cards and sending the serial numbers to someone he was chatting with on Google chats. Also in ...

Briefcase

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Blair County Chamber sets networking event The Blair County Chamber’s Committee of Non-Profits will hold a networking event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Buccinese Society in Altoona. Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a full Italian ...

Community supports cancer survivors, raises funds

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In the face of challenges, communities often come together. On Sunday, Peoples Natural Gas Field was transformed into a sea of pink as Making Strides of Central PA held its annual breast cancer walk. For the past 20 years, breast cancer survivors have walked side by side with family members, ...

Employee raises may depend on draft

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are talking about setting aside a yet-to-be-determined amount of money in the 2020 budget to cover future pay raises linked to the recently completed job classification and salary study. And they’re talking about relying on the county’s salary ...

Naval hobbyist to make appearance in NYC parade

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A local man with a hobby in naval salvage, who owns two lifeboats from what’s been called “the greatest sea rescue in history,” is pulling one of them in a Columbus Day parade today in New York with an expected 1 million in attendance. Mark Koch of Altoona knows all there is to know ...

Funds sought for Blair County dinner project

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The Logan Township supervisor who organizes an annual distribution of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for needy Blair County families is looking for a corporation to copy the generosity of the firm that has sustained the effort for the past decade. Ed Frontino’s former employer, Xerox, has ...

Cleaning crew

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Cleaning up litter along Pennsylvania’s roads is personal for an Ashville woman. Susie LeComte, 54, adopted a highway in memory of her sons who both passed away when they were 19. Although LeComte has experienced major loss in her family, she remains positive and is active in the community. ...

Shooter gets second chance

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A Beccaria man in prison for shooting into a Dean Township, Cambria County, bar nearly six years ago, will have the opportunity to petition the court to withdraw his guilty plea to aggravated assault and to pursue other appeals, according to a split Pennsylvania Superior Court ...

Blair sees employment shift as firms downsize, others grow

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Blair County’s employment picture continues to take a beating. Monday’s announcement of 45 workers being furloughed at Gardner Denver’s Tipton plant followed a May 20 announcement that North American Communications was closing its Duncansville plant with the loss of about 200 jobs and a ...