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Magisterial District Judge

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Filed by Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Renee C. Latham, 31, 1023 Sixth Ave., charged by Altoona police with false identification to law enforcement officers on the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue, Altoona, Feb. 17. Guilty plea entered June 6. Marcus A. Novosel, 20, 2121 ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings was 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 follows: Jared V. Williams, 19, 130 ...

Rising from ashes

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It was early afternoon, the day after Thanksgiving in 2006, when Mark Nale walked into his den and saw the flames that — despite the family’s frantic efforts to put out — would destroy their Port Matilda home. “It’s a life-changing event,” Nale said of the fire and the task of ...

Pittsburgh synagogue attack ‘horrific’

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PITTSBURGH — A gunman who is believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history. The 20-minute attack at Tree of Life Congregation ...

Judge’s ‘frivolous’ decision questioned

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A Clearfield County judge has been instructed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court to explain why he dismissed an inmate’s complaint charging inadequate medical care at a state correctional institution as “frivolous” without holding a hearing. The inmate, Dennis McKeithan, 61, who is ...

Rededication ceremony held for restored JFK memorial

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Local veterans and others involved in restoring the John F. Kennedy memorial in Tuckahoe Park at Union Avenue and 30th Street gathered in the rain Saturday morning for a rededication ceremony. Altoona’s memorial to the nation’s president, assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, in Texas, features ...

City looks to replace parking garage elevator

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It was Zombietown weekend, so it might have seemed for a time that it was part of the artificial drama. But it was a real malfunction that trapped a group of people in the glass-walled parking garage elevator at the Transportation Center three weeks ago, and the folks who opened it to free ...

Attack condemned

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Bishop Mark Bartchak, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, is asking the faithful for prayers in the wake of the attack on the Tree of Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh. “The diocese stands with our Jewish brothers and sisters who are impacted by this tragedy ... ...

Ex-Hollidaysburg resident reflects on law career

Local Business

Hank Walther is where he always wanted to be. Walther, 42, a 1994 Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate, has spent his professional career in Washington, D.C. Today he lives in Arlington, Va., and is a partner at Jones Day, a high profile law firm in the nation’s capital. At Jones ...

Fire destroys Pavia Township home

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BLUE KNOB — A two-story residence in Pavia Township was destroyed by a fire that started Friday night and prompted several volunteer fire companies to respond. The Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Department reported Saturday that no one was hurt as a result of the fire. When Blue Knob ...

Prison Puppy Program helps train service dogs

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CRESSON — Three well-behaved yellow Labrador retrievers instantly drew attention as they entered Mount Aloysius College on Friday afternoon. But the public might not be as aware of the dogs’ abilities as they are of their cuteness. Students on Friday learned about the service animal ...

My ring of love never really left

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It’s amazing sometimes how you’re waiting for a column idea to drop on to your lap, but instead, one falls under your desk. That’s what happened to me. I have not worn my wedding ring since May, and not because I have grown weary of the current Mrs. Ann Marie Franco. Oh, quite the ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Local Business

Name: A Quaint Corner Children’s Musuem Years in existence: 32 (founded by Susan Foreman in 1986) Employees: 3 Type of non-profit: 501 (c)(3) Populations served: Blair and surrounding counties, school caregivers, grandparents and children of all ages. Areas of focus: Learning ...

Wagner targets caravan in final stretch

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As the midterm elections approach and the national mood becomes increasingly tense, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner has taken a blunt campaign tack: warning of “an oncoming mob of illegal immigrants” and suggesting thousands of asylum-seekers could soon settle in ...

Workplace

Local Business

New hires and promotions Seth A. Beardsley of Clearfield has joined Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home of Clearfield and Curwensville. Beardsley graduated from the Pitts­burgh Institute of Mortuary Science in September and has received his state certificate to serve as a funeral intern at the ...

Area

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DUNCANSVILLE Red Rally Power Breakfast set A full list of candidates on the Republican ticket will appear together at a breakfast event being held by the Blair County Republican Committee three days before the upcoming election. The Red Rally Power Breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 at The ...

Deeds

Public Records

Blair County Constance M. Kensinger to Jordan Maslonik, property in Snyder Township, $160,000. Joan P. Zeak to Arthur A. and Cindy A. Albright, 215 15th Ave., Altoona, $15,000. Ronald J. and Linda C. Bankert to Gerard D. and Ronda L. Rimbeck, 2318 Fifth Ave., Altoona, $50,000. Alan and ...

Bankruptcies

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The following people have made filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. Chapter 7 involves selling assets to pay debts. Chapter 13 is a plan to pay debts using income. Chapter 11 involves reorganization to pay off debt. The information is from the Pittsburgh Legal ...

Magisterial district judges

Public Records

Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger: Wayne Musselman, 1150 Plum Creek Road, Roaring Spring, charged by Gerald Pastva, 896 Seneca Lane, Roaring Spring, with two counts of simple assault, two counts of harassment and recklessly endangering another person ...

Divorces

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County DAVIS — Wendy (Bous-lough); Christopher, both of Altoona. Married Dec. 8, 1990. PARDOE — Dawn; Aaron, both of Bellwood. Married Sep. 27, 2008. ADAMS — ...