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Road work may hinder Penn State fan traffic

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From Mirror staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Fans heading to today’s Penn State season opener — and throughout the season — may want to allow themselves a little extra time as numerous highway construction projects are underway throughout the area. The Nittany Lions meet Appalachian ...

Nude couple face charges

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A couple face charges after police allegedly found them undressed, unconscious and in the midst of a sex act along an Altoona street. Mark W. Jefferson, 28, of North Versailles, and Kelsey M. Kuhn, 29, of Pittsburgh, are both charged by Altoona police with open lewdness and public drunkenness ...

Cambria County fair to open

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Empty carnival attractions lined a mostly vacant midway Friday morning on Cambria County’s fairgrounds in Ebensburg. By Sunday, fair organizers anticipate the same area will be filled with hundreds of visitors. It will be the first day of the weeklong American Legion County Fair, formerly ...

Imler man killed at job site

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State police have identified a PennDOT employee killed Thursday while working along a Franks­town Township road. Bryan Chamberlain, 30, of Imler, was killed Thursday about 1 p.m. when a piece of heavy equipment on which he was a passenger on the berm of Juniata Valley Road slipped out of ...

Two accused of selling drugs

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Two city women are in jail on charges they sold methamphetamine to a police informant and undercover officer. Melinda S. Thomas, 23, of 2901 Maple Ave., Apt. 5, and Fatimah E. Guthrie, 25, no fixed address, were arrested Wednesday after Altoona police allegedly bought $200 worth of ...

PSU fans to see new attractions

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State fans will find some new attractions as they arrive at Beaver Stadium for today’s season opener against Appalachian State. A new event for fans this year is the live entertainment on a stage just south of the stadium on Curtin Road before and after the team ...

PennDOT employee killed

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HOLLDIAYSBURG — A PennDOT employee was killed Thursday while working along a Frankstown Township road, according to PennDOT. “First and foremost our concern is with the family, our thoughts and prayers go out to them,” District 9 Executive Thomas Prestash said Thursday afternoon. ...

AASD denies gun was in school

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Altoona Area School District officials are disputing parts of an allegation that a student took a handgun into class during summer school in June. AASD Superintendent Charles Prijatelj told the Mirror on Thursday that the gun was never brought into the building but instead was buried ...

Lawsuit details bullying cases

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A new and more detailed civil complaint concerning the suicide death of 12-year-old Wyatt Lansberry, an Altoona Area Junior High School student, has been filed with the U.S. District Court in Johnstown, revealing that the day the youngster took his life, he was seen by another student crying ...

Father disagrees with report on abduction

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BELLWOOD — The father of two Bellwood children disagrees with police reports that an attempted abduction did not occur Tuesday night. Police said Wednesday that a Facebook post claiming there was an attempted abduction near Myers Elementary School appeared to be false. About 6:30 p.m., a ...

City man accused of burglary

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A city man is behind bars on charges he burglarized a Union Avenue home twice, making off with more than $8,000 in jewelry. Terry A. Bott Jr., 36, of 109 Third St., was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property ...

Man accused of fleeing waives hearing

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CLEARFIELD — A Sandy Ridge man, who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Joshua Duane Knepp, 20, was charged with two felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police, ...

O’Reilly plans get favorable review

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Planning Commission members Thursday gave a favorable review for O’Reilly Auto Parts to construct a new building in Blair Township. O’Reilly plans to construct a 7,453-square-foot store on a vacant lot along Plank Road near the Hollidaysburg Plaza shopping ...

Briefcase

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Trade show tips offered The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will host an educational workshop offering tips on working a trade show featuring John Moore of Moore Power Sales. The workshop, titled “Nine Neglects that Kill Sales at Trade Shows,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. ...

DA wants life sentence for killer

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio is asking for a life without parole sentence to remain intact for James “Frankie” Rodgers, who has been incarcerated 30 years for murdering an Altoona man in 1988. Because Rodgers was 17 years old when he stabbed and ...

Service to remain in Blair

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has named Southern Airways Express to continue providing daily passenger flights at the Altoona-Blair County Airport at Martinsburg. In an announcement posted Wednesday, the department said that it would award a two-year contract to Southern, at $2.54 ...

Attempted abduction claim ‘blown up’ online

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BELLWOOD — A Facebook post claiming there was an attempted abduction near Myers Elementary School Tuesday evening appears to be false. About 6:30 p.m., a white male approached two children who were playing outside of their residence on Clark Street, which is about a block away from the ...

Operation Our Town awards over $53K

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In the wake of a drug bust Monday that resulted in charges against 72 people and a fatal shooting in late July allegedly from a drug deal gone bad, thousands of dollars were distributed Wed­nesday to local organizations focused on drug abuse prevention and treatment. More than $53,000 in ...

Blair County OKs plan to bid on prison cameras

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is expected to advertise soon for bids to purchase up to 70 surveillance cameras for the county prison. The Blair County Prison Board, in July, recommended moving forward with soliciting bids for cameras and related equipment. A manufacturer’s recommended ...