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Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Nicholas A. Degol and Brittany L. Umstead, both of Altoona. Caelan M. Hughes and Olivia L. Nelson, both of Martinsburg. Gerry W. Weitzel and Tamra J. ...

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. Christian J. Boston, 26, 321 Main St., Gallitzin, sentenced May 11, 2018, after pleading no contest, to three months’ ...

Bedford woman faces charges

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A Bedford woman acting as a confidential informant allegedly tried to swindle Altoona police Monday during an arranged drug deal in an effort to make money for herself and her boyfriend. Sharon Lynne Ebersole, 31, of 208 S. Juliana St., faces charges of criminal conspiracy, drug delivery and ...

Teachers network, share ideas

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With the goal of strengthening public education, all 1,500 teachers from the seven public school districts in the county had the opportunity to participate in the first ever countywide inservice day. The daylong event Friday featured more than 80 workshops and presentations in myriad aspects ...

Man accused of drug trafficking in Altoona seeks trial

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Pittsburgh-area man accused in 2017 of selling large quantities of carfentanil-laced heroin in the Altoona area is slated for trial in January. Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan agreed Friday to schedule Louis “Smooth” Campbell, 27, for trial after defense ...

Spirit Ride makes local stop

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DUNCANSVILLE — There are hundreds of casualties each year as a result of cars and trucks passing too close to workers and first responders, said Mike Corbin, Spirit Ride ambassador. State troopers, tow truck drivers, volunteer firefighters and others are often in harm’s way when they ...

Supervisors: Logan officer allowed to take second job

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The Logan Township supervisors this week voted 4-1 to allow police officer Matt Dunio to accept a second job. Supervisors postponed a vote on Dunio’s request at last month’s meeting because one supervisor was absent and the others thought it best to deal with such a matter as a full ...

Sinkhole near courthouse reveals glimpse of history

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A glimpse of Blair County history was exposed this week when a sinkhole developed in the grassy area at the front of the courthouse next to Allegheny Street. Upon digging into the impression in the ground and going as “deep as they could get,” county employees ...

City woman faces charges

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An Altoona woman caught dealing suspected methamphetamine faces multiple criminal charges. Fatimah Elaine Guthrie, 25, of 1103 16th Ave., is charged with a felony count of conspiracy to possession with intent to deliver, a felony count of criminal use of communication facility and a ...

Johnstown man’s appeal rejected

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An appeal by a Johnstown man of a state prison sentence he received for simple assault has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because he did not immediately object to the sentence or raise the issue in a post-sentencing petition. Instead William Rondell Jackson, 27, through ...

JARI plans program

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Shelley Johansson, a communications specialist for Prime Design Solutions, will discuss social media in digital marketing from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive. Johansson is responsible for content generation, writing and proofreading, and assists with strategy ...

Broken ride

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A veteran police dog recently came back to work in the Blair County’s sheriff’s office after completing several weeks of training with his new handler, Cpl. Justin Bennett. But now the dog is staying home because the vehicle he and Bennett use is broken down. “Rik ...

It’s a cakewalk

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Zoe Binus, 5, of Altoona makes her way along Aldrich Avenue during trick-or-treat night Thursday costumed as a giant birthday cake. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Briefcase

Local Business

McDonald’s offers delivery McDonald’s customers in Altoona can get burgers, fries, beverages and desserts delivered through UberEATS. “We are excited to bring a new level of convenience and personalization to our customers with UberEATS,” said owner/operator Joe Nyanko in a ...

City to keep taxes level

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City Manager Marla Marcinko on Wednesday proposed a 2019 budget to City Council that includes no property or earned income tax increases. But the budget projects a small operational surplus at the end 2019, in contrast to the big surpluses of recent years. The proposed budget of $31.4 ...

Mold found in Cambria courthouse

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NANTY GLO — Mold was found growing in the basement of the Cambria County Courthouse, making it the latest in a number of regional institutions to succumb to the fungus. More than $20,000 will be spent on a fix, county commissioners decided Thursday. “There have been a lot of mold and ...

Coroner: Saxton-area fire deaths accidental

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The Huntingdon County coroner has ruled that the couple killed in a fire in Dudley before dawn Saturday died of smoke inhalation, and that their deaths were accidental. Brandon Ritchey, 36, and Heather Heaton, 27, were found at the bedroom door of their small modular home on Broad Top ...

Electrical outage delays school day

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An electrical outage affected 1,263 Penelec customers in areas of Duncansville and Hollidaysburg on Wednesday night through Thursday morning, said Scott Surgeoner, spokesman for First Energy Corp., parent company of Penelec. The outage necessitated a delayed start at Frankstown Elementary ...

Childers-Potts addresses commissioners at town hall event

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IMLER — The Bedford County District Attorney’s office received a $1,500 grant to form a county criminal justice advisory board next year in an effort to assist inmates and help prevent them from reoffending. District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts said at Thursday’s town hall meeting, ...

Area briefs

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National Take Back Initiative date set The Blair County Sheriff’s Office and Martinsburg Borough Police will participate in this year’s National Take Back Initiative for residents to drop off unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sheriff’s office site will ...