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Police: Tyrone man stole food, drinks in pants

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A Tyrone man faces charges he stole from a convenience store while wearing bright, orange-colored prison-issue Crocs. Steven M. Buccafuri, 27, of 1354 Washington Ave., Apt. A3, had just been released from Cambria County Prison when he allegedly stole $86 worth of items from Sheetz on Logan ...

AASD to consider expert to review bullying policies

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The Altoona Area school board is set to consider or take action Thursday to appoint an outside expert to review the district’s bullying policies and procedures. The planned action is in response to the death of seventh-grader Wyatt Lansberry, who died last Thursday. Police are ...

Convicted child abuser gets 30-60 years’ prison

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of luring three neighborhood boys to his basement where he would molest them and videotape the abuse will spend 30 to 60 years in prison. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva handed down the sentence for 49-year-old Roy Lester Harpster III, who has been in Blair ...

Judge hears plumber’s appeal

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge on Tuesday heard arguments on whether a Williamsburg plumber with a master’s license from Johnstown should be able to take a test to become a master in Altoona, so he can work in the city. Trevor Rabenstein’s lawyer, Bob Rea, cited a two-part passage ...

Area briefs

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CRESSON Woman’s death under investigation Cambria County officials are investigating the death of a 39-year-old woman after her 9-year-old daughter found her dead Tuesday morning at a Cresson Borough home. The girl found her mother shortly after 7 a.m. and sought out a neighbor, who ...

Three from Everett face drug charges

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BEDFORD — A series of Bedford County methamphetamine arrests this week could be worthy of the state Capitol Police, with McGinnis, Ward and Eichelberger named in court documents. That’s not to say Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, and Sen. John H. ...

Cambria Heights approves prelim budget

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PATTON — Cambria Heights School Board members voted Tuesday to approve a tentative 2017-18 budget, which includes a deficit of more than $2 million, as well as a tax increase. Projected revenue for next school year is about $20.6 million, district Business Manager Stephanie Renninger ...

Births

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May 12, 2017 Eloise Rae Lamborn, a daughter born to Amanda (Miller) and Carlos Lamborn, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 6:52 p.m. Chloe Elizabeth McCarthy, a daughter born to Paige (Robertson) and Michael McCarthy, Duncansville, at UPMC Altoona at 9:28 a.m. Marty Ray Miller, a son born to ...

Group: Cambria’s drug death rate rising

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Cambria County’s overall per-person drug death rate was among the state’s highest last year, and deaths related to fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, more than doubled in the span of a year, according to data presented Monday. A group dedicated to combating Cambria County’s deadly ...

Health experts debate ways to treat addiction

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CHICAGO — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another? Health Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments — one replying to a ...

Police: Concert explosion kills 19 in England

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LONDON — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police were treating as a terror attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead after the explosion at Manchester Arena. ...

From Mirror staff reports

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PHILADELPHIA — The Logan Valley Mall in Altoona is one of two malls being offered for sale by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. PREIT announced Sunday that it is offering for sale the local mall and the Valley View Mall in LaCrosse, Wis. PREIT is pursuing these dispositions, ...

Answers sought in death of Altoona student

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All of Wyatt Lansberry’s teachers at Altoona Area Junior High School have said that Wyatt was a happy and hard-working seventh-grader, according to principal Brad Hatch. Lansberry, 12, enjoyed studying history and had a passion for the military. As police continue the investigation into ...

CBRC proposes crackdown on bad behavior at games

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Event organizer and Altoona Area parent Anne Trexler, who has said her children have experienced bullying in the district, said she heard “through the grapevine” that Wyatt was bullied. She said she also spoke with Wyatt’s mother about bullying briefly. The Facebook page for the rally ...

Man accused of selling heroin to informant

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An Altoona man is behind bars after police say he sold heroin to an informant. Deshawn M. Underwood, 40, 2423 Broad Ave., Apt. 4, was taken into custody Friday night after the informant bought 10 packets of heroin, stamped “Creed,” from Underwood, according to the charges filed before ...

Man pleads guilty to assault, witness intimidation charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Johnstown man who tried to keep his estranged girlfriend from testifying against him on domestic assault charges will finish a two- to four-year jail sentence in a state prison. Jeremiah L. Haselrig, 25, who has been in the Blair County Prison since his Nov. 27, 2015, ...

City teen accused of assault

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A city teenager faces charges after police say he broke into a home on the 500 block of 23rd Street and assaulted a woman. Dylan P. Riscigno, 18, 103 Fourth Ave., allegedly punched the glass out of the back door to the home while a woman inside was pushing against it to keep it closed after ...

Application deadline set for tax discount

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County landowners who have not yet enrolled in the Clean and Green program for a discount on property taxes can consider enrolling for 2018 by filing an application on or before June 1 with the county tax assessment office at the courthouse. Clean and Green is a land ...