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PSU receives gift to support rail transportation program

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Charles N. Marshall of Bryn Mawr has made a transformational gift to support the Rail Transportation Engineering degree program at Penn State Altoona, the university announced Thursday. Marshall’s $500,000 gift has established the Donnell Marshall Excellence Scholar­ship for Rail ...

Tipton man jailed

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State police at Hollidaysburg charged Patrick Wayne Leeper, 31, of Tipton, with simple assault and harassment after an investigation of a woman’s bruised eye and cut lip that she reportedly sustained during two separate arguments with Leeper, according to police. Police interviewed Leeper ...

NS move will not impact local division

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NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp.’s announcement to relocate its headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta will have no impact in the Altoona area, according to company officials. Norfolk Southern em­ploys about 1,000 workers in the Altoona area with the Juniata Locomotive Shop, track ...

Briefcase

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SOMERSET Conemaugh to open center Conemaugh Health System and other officials broke ground Wednesday on a new outpatient center in Somerset. Officials and hospital supporters gathered to watch the first dig marking the beginning of construction for the facility, which will be possible with ...

Jury: Stehley guilty in crash

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury concluded Wednesday that an Altoona man was the driver of a minivan who, in 2015, led police on a 5-mile chase from Altoona into Logan Township, ending with a fiery crash off Grandview Road. The jury deliberated about 90 minutes to convict Troy S. ...

Bedford officials break ground on solar array

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BEDFORD — Officials broke ground Wednesday for the construction of a new solar array at the Bedford County Jail, some of them describing the project as a forward-thinking investment that will reduce energy costs. The 1.7 megawatt solar array, which will power the jail, courthouse and ...

HASD teacher a Grammy finalist

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A Grammy Award is within grasp for a local music teacher. Scott Sheehan, Hollidaysburg Area High School Director of Bands and music department chairman, is among 10 finalists for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award. Each year the Recording Academy recognizes teachers who make a lasting ...

Building restored to former glory

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In 1998, John Rita helped paint the mural on the wall of the Saleme Insurance building next to Heritage Plaza that depicts a semi-fanciful downtown of the past, colored by wishful thinking that it could be that way again. On Wednesday, Rita spoke at an event that helps demonstrate that such a ...

City police continue investigation of armed robbery

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Altoona police continue to investigate the hold-up of a city gas station. Police released more details on Wednesday about Tuesday night’s armed robbery of Sunoco, located at 1700 Seventh Ave., and asked the public’s help in identifying the robber who witnesses described as a black male ...

Jury acquits city man of indecent assault

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury acquitted an Altoona man Wednesday of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl and two related charges. Terrance Andre Williams, 49, began sobbing in relief upon hearing a deputy prothonotary announce verdicts clearing him of indecent assault, corruption ...

Penn Cambria reaches teacher contract deal

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A contract was reached in November between the Penn Cambria School District and the district’s education association. The district’s teachers are set with a five-year contract that provides an average raise of 3 percent per year through 2024. Salary and benefits are the most substantial ...

False report charge alleged

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From Mirror staff reports A 20-year-old Altoona woman who police said made up a story about three men groping her at a city convenience store now faces criminal charges. Victoria M. Winfield, 20, of 250 Lewis Drive was charged Tuesday by Altoona police with a misdemeanor count of false ...

Magisterial District Judge

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court June 12 – July 17: Christopher M. Feudale, 38, 903 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona, charged by Altoona police with dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, conspiracy, possession with intent to ...

Jury acquits city man of indecent assault

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Williams not guilty of sex offenses with minor By Kay Stephens kstephens@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury acquitted an Altoona man Wednesday of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl and two related charges. Terrance Andre Williams, 49, began sobbing in relief upon ...

Union pay raises irk Tomassetti

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A new contract for a group of unionized Blair County employees allocates some raises beyond the typical 3 percent in 2019 and sets the county’s minimum wage at $10 per hour. Blair County commissioners voted 2-to-1 Tuesday to approve the three-year contract with the United ...

Diocese details sex abuse payments

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has paid $15.7 million to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse by priests, according to a report published by the diocese. A total of 290 victims were compensated from 1999 through No­vember 2018, according to the diocese’s Monday ...

Medical history on display

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After a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, UPMC Altoona unveiled a feature that has turned a wall of the atrium lobby into a museum space to enlighten visitors, patients and employees about the history of the city’s hospitals. There’s enough of that history — 250 years ...

UPMC Altoona set to change leadership

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On a day when UPMC Altoona unveiled a timeline exhibit that details the history of the city’s hospitals, the hospital itself revealed its latest bit of history: a pending leadership change. Starting Jan. 14, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford President Jerry Murray will become vice president of ...

Child safety discussed

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TYRONE — Borough officials may work with PennDOT to avoid a repeat of a risky situation that occurred on Clay Avenue north of Fifth Street after the Nov. 15 snowstorm. Initially at least, PennDOT plowed the avenue only to the fog lines, so children heading to school, who normally walk on ...

Defendant denies driving car in fiery crash

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Troy S. Stehley of Altoona testified Tuesday that he was not the driver of a Dodge Caravan that led police on a 5-mile chase through the city’s East End three years ago that concluded with a fiery crash off Grandview Road. The 39-year-old said he suffered severe head injuries when he was ...