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Altoona foots bill to equip parks

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By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com Liability concerns and City Council’s reserve fund couldn’t be further from the minds of kids while swinging on swings, climbing on monkey bars or sliding on slides in playgrounds. But liability concerns are the reason that kids in Altoona ...

Fake threat leads to charges

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By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com A 15-year-old girl lied about a threat to students attending a Saturday homecoming dance at Bedford High School, local police announced Tuesday. Criminal charges are to be filed against the 15-year-old who fabricated the threat, which led to an ...

Fixing Patton culvert will have hefty price

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PATTON — There are “no easy answers” and a hefty price tag to replace a culvert that runs under railroad tracks, an engineer told Borough Council on Tuesday evening. David Cunningham of Keller Engineers said replacing the culvert that sits under railroad tracks near Mellon Avenue would ...

AASD: Shooting rumors unsupported

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From Mirror staff reports The Altoona Area School Dis­trict said Monday that it is planning to hold classes today as usual, after determining that ru­mors of a shooting that was supposed to take place today on school property were frivolous, ac­cording to district spokeswoman Paula ...

Altoona man pleads guilty to selling meth

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man arrested in 2017 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine has entered multiple guilty pleas in exchange for a 10- to 20-year jail sentence. Trevor Allan Winters, 27, entered the pleas Tuesday instead of proceeding with a four-day jury trial that would have ...

Visiting author: We are all migrants of time

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A young couple in a war-torn city use fictitious doors to escape to Greece, London and California. An elderly woman has lived in the same house in Palo Alto, Calif., all her life but witness the world outside her home change. These are a couple of “Exit West” excerpts author Mohsin ...

Defendants skip hearings

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Five defendants scheduled to appear in Tyrone District Court failed to show up Tuesday for their preliminary hearings. Devin Snyder, 21, of Altoona, who is charged with theft and receiving stolen property in the Aug. 27 sweep by the Blair County Drug Task Force, failed to appear, along with ...

Court orders new hearing on inmate’s death sentence

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The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court has upheld a decision by a visiting judge in Clearfield County that ordered a new sentencing hearing for Daniel Crispell, 47, who received the death penalty 28 years ago for his part in the kidnapping and murder of a St. Marys woman. Crispell, incarcerated in ...

Ebensburg shows the love for spuds

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All eyes will be on spuds Saturday in Ebensburg, where officials are scheduled to host the annual PotatoFest. In its 27th year, the annual festival is meant to celebrate Cambria County’s relationship with potatoes, said Danea Koss, Ebens­burg Borough’s Commu­nity Development ...

Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. The punishment all but ...

Queen of Peace holds Mass in penance for sins of clergy abuse

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PATTON — A few dozen people kneeled in the dimly lit pews shortly after 6 p.m. Monday inside Queen of Peace Church, their hands clasped in prayer. In the hour that followed, others would enter, and by 7 p.m., the church was filled with more than a hundred visitors and parishioners. They ...

Blair begins budget process

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are starting Wednesday to hold several public meetings to develop the proposed 2019 budget that must be adopted by Dec. 31. In addition, commissioners are holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse to set salaries for the ...

City’s last scrap yard to close

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By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com A local family-owned business will close its doors on Saturday. Danny’s Metals, 1917 Ninth Ave., will close at 11:45 a.m., the last day of the third quarter, partner Dan Caracciolo Jr. said. “I just turned 66, I am ready to retire. We will ...

Police: Man allegedly kicked officer in head

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From Mirror staff reports A Duncansville man is in jail on charges he fought with Altoona police and kicked an officer in the head. Christopher A. Helsel, 35, of 150 Helsel Heights, Duncansville, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Monday after he was pepper sprayed and hit with a stun gun ...

Stormwater body to keep one vote per member

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The council of governments responsible for bringing the urbanized area of central Blair County into compliance with increasingly strict stormwater rules will give each municipality an equal vote. The matter arose during discussions of a provision in the draft of a master agreement that will ...

ISC considering methods to fund remediation effort

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The 10 municipalities re­sponsible for complying with increasingly strict stormwater remediation rules in the urbanized area of central Blair County will eventually need to decide how they’ll fund that effort. One way to do it is through each municipality’s general fund, said Antis ...

Rutter’s holds grand opening

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YORK — Rutter’s will be presenting three local charities with checks as part of the grand opening of its second Duncansville store at 243 Kuhn Lane, along Route 764, from 1 to 3 p.m. today. As part of the celebration, Altoona country star Ricky Lee will be signing photographs and the ...

Health care town hall scheduled

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Emily Best, Democratic candidate for the 30th District State Senate, will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the AFSCME building, 161 Patchway Drive, Duncansville. Best said in a release that she is acutely aware just how much issues related to health care are on the minds of ...

Tyrone man faces charges after throwing bike parts

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From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man faces charges after he allegedly threw the front wheel of a bicycle onto the street and punctured the tire of a police car. Kaw-Liga Yo-Ho Riggle­man, 38, of 769 Washington Ave., was arrested early Saturday on the 700 block of Washington Avenue after ...

Briefcase

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LORETTO Saint Francis recognized Saint Francis University is one of only eight institutions in Pennsylvania named a College of Distinction for Career Development. Career services at Saint Francis helps students through individual sessions, workshops, job fairs and networking events. The ...