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Police say city man violated curfew with girl, 16, twice

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Altoona police say a 19-year-old man was caught twice after curfew with an underage girl on the same night. Quintin Hamilton of 1423 18th Ave. was allegedly found with a 16-year-old girl in his SUV at Garfield Park about 12:45 a.m. Monday, police said. When police asked if the girl was on ...

Homes rezoned for businesses

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — With a unanimous vote, the Borough Council rezoned a couple old canal-era houses so that they could become a new coffee shop and wine bar owned by the U.S. Hotel Tavern. Don Delozier, owner of the U.S. Hotel, through Liberty Hall Properties, had purchased former canal worker ...

‘Paint the Plow’ to continue

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From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 9, is continuing its “Paint the Plow” program. High schools and career and technical schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties, as well as elementary ...

Briefcase

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Chamber of Commerce sets Business After Hours The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, 201 Jackson St. Cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by ...

Financial adviser gets 6 years in prison

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JOHNSTOWN — A former in­vestment adviser for an Altoona bro­kerage firm was sentenced Wed­nesday to 78 months in a federal prison for defrauding clients, many of them elderly, out of $4.5 million. Douglas P. Simanski, 54, was a representative of NEXT Financial Group Inc., but in ...

Pulcine found guilty of murder

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BRIDGETON, N.J. — A Dun­cans­ville man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and related weapons charges in the 2016 shooting death in New Jersey of Ivan “Scotty” Strayer, 33, of Gallitzin. Larry Pulcine Jr., 36, is facing 30 years to life in prison, according to the ...

Hollidaysburg school board OKs tax hike

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board passed a $51 million budget for 2019-20 that raises taxes. The board voted 6-0 Wednesday in the senior high school library to raise real estate tax millage by 0.2078 mills. Board President Ron Sommer, Ron Yoder, Lois Kaneshiki, Rob ...

Ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

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HARRISBURG — A ruling by the state’s Superior Court panel that a woman can pursue her lawsuit against officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Cath­olic Diocese reflects an evolving legal landscape. Tuesday’s decision means the woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the ...

Victory dance

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Gracelyn Shannon, 3, of Duncansville celebrates after knocking down some bowling pins on Wednesday afternoon at Holiday Bowl. Mirror photo by Isaac Ritchey

Council debates vehicle decals

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The local veterinarian who urged City Council in April to put decals with the slogan “In God We Trust” on all the municipality’s vehicles pushed Wednesday for members to commit to the idea. On the recommendation of Mayor Matt Pacifico, who’s heard from opponents of the proposal, ...

City man held in assault

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From Mirror staff reports A city man is behind bars after police said he choked his girlfriend during a fight. Jacob Dormevil Jr., 25, was arrested at the couple’s apartment on the 500 block of Sixth Avenue on Sat­urday morning after Al­toona police were dispatched for a domestic ...

Blair seeks money for intersection

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is endorsing the pursuit of a grant to upgrade an Allegheny Town­ship intersection that will be affected by the opening of a new business in the industrial park. Commissioners voted un­animously Tuesday to add their letter of support for $455,302 from the ...

Officers memorial ceremony set

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From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Law En­forcement Officers Me­mor­ial Foundation’s annual memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 20. Organizers announced Wednesday that the Penn­sylvania Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service will again be held in ...

Blair views bids for roofs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is on the verge of replacing three flat roofs, one on the 1999 addition to the courthouse and two more on the 1982 addition to the county prison. The county received two bids for the roof replacement work in response to an advertisement. The ap­parent lowest ...

Tyrone to try out parking plan

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TYRONE — Borough Council this week finally committed to a plan bandied about a few months ago, making spaces in the municipal lot next to the borough building available for rent. In a compromise following a long discussion, council voted to make one of the middle rows — 12 spaces — ...

Community Action proposal OK’d

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The city Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday approved the shrinkage of setbacks for a proposed new headquarters building for the Community Action Agency — a building that will become part of a complex on the 2300 blocks of Beale and North Branch avenues that will also in­clude a new homeless ...

Mother’s parental rights termination will stand

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An Altoona mother of three who is incarcerated for drug offenses has lost her bid to overturn a ruling by Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan terminating her parental rights. In 2017, the 34-year-old mother was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for repeated drug violations that included ...

Allegheny Portage site seeking ‘Friends’ for park

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From Mirror staff reports GALLITZIN — The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is having a Friends-Raising meeting at 6 p.m. June 19 in the park Visitor Center at 110 Federal Park Road. Park staff will be on hand to share what’s going on this year at the historic site and ...

Small earthquake felt in region

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From Mirror staff reports The United States Geolo­gical Survey reported that a magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Juniata County. According to the USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was about 11 miles southwest of Mifflintown. The earthquake comes days ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court Dec. 13-20: Dean C. Miller, 42, 229 North St., Bedford, charged by Allegheny Township police with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of ...