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Blair to work with community coaches

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Blair County has been selected from across the country to work with community coaches to advance community goals to improve the lives of their residents. Blair was one of 12 rural counties to receive this designation through the National Association of Counties in partnership with the Robert ...

Drug dealer to serve up to 40 more months

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will serve an additional 18 to 40 months in prison after entering a guilty plea this week to heroin delivery. Henry Charles Agnew, 35, who was supposed to go on trial Tuesday in Blair County Court, entered the plea in exchange for the recommended incarceration ...

Jury clears Altoona man of two theft charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has been cleared of two theft charges and all but one of the related charges in connection with two handguns reported stolen from a vehicle in May 2016. A Blair County jury on Thursday convicted Mark A. Watson Jr., 23, on a single count of receiving stolen ...

Cresson man cleared of charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury has acquitted a Cresson man of two criminal charges filed in connection with a hit-and-run crash last year in Eldorado. Frederick Joseph Bradley Jr., 51, took the witness stand in his own defense Wednesday and said his pickup truck sustained damage on May ...

Woman facing felony theft charges after selling weights

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A city woman police say unloaded her ex-boyfriend’s weights on a Facebook yard sale page now faces theft charges. Lisa Ann Eger, 35, 2206 Third Ave., second floor, allegedly sold the dumbbells on the Blair County Yard Sale page in late December, according to charges filed by Altoona ...

Threat leads to evacuation of Altoona Area Junior HS

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From Mirror staff reports Police evacuated Altoona Area Junior High School Friday morning after authorities discovered a threat written on a bathroom wall, administrators said. District spokeswoman Paula Foreman said school and city police led students out of the building as a precaution. ...

Man accused of abusing child waives charges

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A city man has waived charges he struck a 6-year-old on to Blair County Court. Jason J. Nedimyer, 31, of 207 E. Spruce Court, is accused of hitting the child March 3, and according to Altoona police, the girl’s mother witnessed the assault. Police said Nedimyer smacked the child in the ...

Spanier guilty of 1 count of child endangerment

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

Briefcase

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Job fair workshop set The PA CareerLink Blair County Office will host a Job Fair Success Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. April 3. This workshop will train job seekers to be prepared for upcoming job fairs. For more information, call 940-6200. Nursing program recognized LORETTO — Saint ...

Spanier jury fails to reach verdict

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HARRISBURG — Jurors in the criminal trial of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier spent more than six hours deliberating Thursday without reaching a verdict regarding the child endangerment and conspiracy charges he faces in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The panel ...

Water system to study rates

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The Altoona Water Authority will evaluate its customer charges to counter declining revenues caused by shrinking usage and rising costs — including annual payments to the city’s general fund to comply with the city’s recent takeover of the water systems. The authority will pay Gwin ...

Sheriff, county work on deal

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Sheriff Sam McClure, who has been on paid leave from his position for about a week, has secured legal representation and met Thursday with county representatives. “It is hoped that the matter will be resolved without resorting to litigation,” Hollidaysburg ...

Reade ‘not interested in selling’ authority

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BLANDBURG — Reade Township supervisors have no plans to encourage the sale of the Reade Township Municipal Authority to the nearby Glendale Valley Municipal Authority, supervisors announced Thursday evening at a Reade authority meeting. At the meeting, authority member Lew Wagner invited ...

Cycling through seasons

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Sue Fink changes the decorations on her bicycle from St. Patrick’s Day to Easter in front of her 22nd Avenue home in Altoona on Thursday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Portage district offers buyouts to faculty, staff

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PORTAGE — Faculty and staff at the Portage Area School District have the opportunity to volunteer for buyouts from their positions — an option officials said could result in a district cost savings. Under the buyout, which received unanimous school board approval Wednesday, professional ...

City, water authority close to takeover deal

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The nearly three-year effort of the city to guarantee a flow of money to its general fund from the water systems operated by the Altoona Water Authority culminated Thursday in a flood of paperwork. It was a real-estate closing that transferred the water and wastewater systems from the ...

Duo charged with selling drugs

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A man and woman from Indiana County face felony and misdemeanor drug charges after police said they were caught selling opioid drugs Wednesday in Northern Cambria. Jessica L. Scott, 28, and Alvin J. Keith Jr., 35, both of 201 Hillside Drive, Clymer, were arrested in a controlled buy set up by ...

Cambria approves contracts

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EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners voted Thursday to accept agreements with eight worker unions, which included only “modest” salary increases. County Human Resources Director Bryan Beppler discussed briefly the individual union contracts, which vary between five, four and three ...

Man faces child abuse charges

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A West Carroll Township man faces felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly sexually abusing a female relative when she was under the age of 16 — an act police said he later confessed to committing. Joseph F. Mulraney Sr., 66, of 125 Peale Road in the St. Benedict area, was arraigned ...

NJ teen faces stowaway charge

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A New Jersey teenager faces charges for allegedly riding an Amtrak train without a ticket. Monieja M. Owens, 19, of West Orange, N.J., is charged with a misdemeanor count of being a stowaway after she was taken off an Amtrak train in Altoona on Tuesday. Owens was onboard an Amtrak train ...