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Local police honored

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From Mirror staff reports Local police departments were honored Monday by AAA East Central for their efforts to increase highway safety for area drivers. Platinum awards were presented to the Pennsyl­vania State Police Troop G, Hollidaysburg Borough and Duncansville police. Another five ...

Births

Public Records

Nov. 17, 2018 Fynnley Storm Frye, a son born to Kristyn Gochenour and Kinney Frye, Bellwood, at Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh, at 3:49 p.m. Sebastian John Thompson, a son born to Corinne K. (Hayre) and David J. Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio, at MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland, at 11:39 p.m. The ...

City man pleads to sex charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 40-year-old Altoona man rendered guilty pleas to sexual assault charges in Blair County Court on Monday and thanked his victim for her forgiveness. Shane A. Amendolea, who was scheduled for trial, minced no words when Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva asked why he was ...

AASD debates fate of B building

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Altoona Area School Board members on Monday examined the costs and details of repurposing the high school structure slated for demolition, with some still backing demolition and others voicing support for maintaining the building. Maintaining the B building presented concerns about updating ...

Police: Man admits to break-in attempt

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A city man is in jail after police say he tried to break into an apartment after tracking his girlfriend’s cellphone. According to charges filed by Altoona police, 25-year-old Adam Henson “wouldn’t stop talking” after he was arrested early Monday at his Lexington Avenue home. “I ...

Mount to offer two new degrees

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CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will offer two new associate degrees: cybersecurity operations and digital forensic investigations. Students who enter the new programs in the spring will have two options upon completion: find entry-level employment opportunities or continue with their ...

Court: Man can’t appeal

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An Altoona man has been denied the right to pursue a post-conviction appeal be­cause he has already served his sentence, according to an opinion issued Friday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. James Glen Ingram Jr., 54, was sentenced in De­cember 2013 by Blair County Judge Timothy M. ...

Decking the halls

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Brittany Eckenrode puts the finishing touches on Christmas decorations along the stairway at Keller Engineers Inc. offices in Hollidaysburg on Monday afternoon. The business is one of eight locations in this year’s Historic Hollidaysburg Yuletide House tour, set for Dec. 16. Mirror photo by ...

Court rejects plea deal

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CLEARFIELD — A plea agreement for a Philipsburg man charged with false imprisonment was rejected Monday in Clearfield County Court. Brandon James Ramos, 31, was charged by state police in relation to an incident on Sept. 14 in Decatur Town­ship, when he allegedly kept a female victim with ...

Briefcase

Local Business

TYRONE Chamber sets breakfast club The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Bull Pen Restaurant. Eric Palmer, executive director of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center will present “The Critical Role of Career and Technical ...

City man held on drug charges

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From Mirror staff reports A city man that police allegedly found passed out behind the wheel had $1,000 worth of methamphetamine in his SUV, according to Altoona police. About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Fourth Avenue for a report of a man passed out in a ...

IRC eyes fix for recycling woes

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A member of the organization that coordinates recycling for the three central Blair County municipalities mandated to operate curbside programs wants to recruit young local talent to solve a problem that has frustrated recycling efforts. The problem is “miscellaneous” plastics — most ...

Tip leads to arrest on drug charges

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From Mirror staff reports A city man faces charges after police say he was found with methamphetamine. Ray G. Barefoot Jr., 23, of 1419 Third Ave., was arrested Friday afternoon outside his house after Altoona police got a tip that he had been trying to sell crystal methamphetamine in ...

Bedford man faces threat charges

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From Mirror staff reports A Bedford man faces charges of terroristic threats, endangering welfare of children, simple assault and harassment. Bryan Tyler Fetter, 28, of 2624 Chalybeate Road, is accused of physically assault­ing a victim during a reported domestic dispute on Nov. 28, ...

Republican women to host dinner

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The Blair County Repub­lican Women is hosting a Christmas dinner for new and current members at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the Bell Mansion Tea House, 1 Main St., Bellwood. The cost is $25 for members to attend and $30 for guests. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Lois ...

Magisterial District Judge

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Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Hunter P. Plowman, 19, 1364 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 1, Tyrone, charged by Tyrone police with possession of drug paraphernalia at Alley F and West 10th Street April 6; and with possession of a small amount of marijuana and ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings were filed in Blair County court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants pleaded guilty to charges listed and were sentenced as shown: Bryan S. Knisely, 45, 262 France ...

Agencies help heat homes

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During last year’s heating season, milder temperatures and lower heating oil prices helped area residents stay ahead on heating and electric bills until March, accordingto one local agency that helps people when the federally-funded sources are exhausted. This year — so far — has been ...

Blair drug, alcohol case manager ‘drawn to the underdog’

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Missy Bennett is drawn to the underdog, the fighter, the person struggling with an addiction. As case manager for Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, she helps people get up after they’ve been knocked down to the lowest of their lows. “There are always solutions to problems,” Bennett ...

Turnpike stalls closure

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Weather conditions caused bridge work to be canceled this weekend. The Pennsylvania Turn­pike Commission has postponed the closure between the New Stanton Exit 75 and Breezewood Exit 161, interchanges due to adverse weather conditions. The forecasted high winds will not allow workers to ...