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AAHS teacher turns herself in

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A high school teacher at the center of an Altoona police investigation turned herself in Friday to face felony charges stemming from nude pictures and a video allegedly sent to a student. Altoona Area High School special education teacher Holly D. Metzler appeared before Magisterial District ...

Police detail shooting incident

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STATE COLLEGE — This usually quiet town finds itself still shaking from Thursday’s late-night tragedy in which a gunman killed four people, including himself. “Relatively speaking,” State College Police Chief John Gardner said at a press conference Friday, “State College is one of ...

Child porn case suspect expected to plead guilty

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman is expected to return to Blair County court in two weeks and render guilty pleas to criminal charges filed in connection with her role in a child pornography and prostitution operation. In court Friday, Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise declined to accept ...

Childers-Potts looks to retain DA seat

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Current Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts, who was sworn in when the former DA resigned amid corruption charges, is seeking nomination to retain her seat, stressing her efforts to rebuild the public office and make it more public friendly. “Early in the journey I ...

Coming Sunday …

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Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Potential digester project could generate an additional $2 million a year for the Altoona Water Authority. Bill Kibler reports. - A retired Altoona resident who lost his youngest daughter in a DUI accident years ago ...

Chamber recognizes Delozier

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The owner of three local businesses was honored Friday as Small Business Person of the Year by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Don Delozier, owner of Prime Sirloin Buffet, U.S. Hotel & Tavern and president of Donald C. Delozier Inc., was honored during the chamber’s annual ...

Meeting canceled

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County Historical Society has canceled its quarterly meeting that had been planned for today. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Green pleads in shooting death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — One of two defendants slated for trial next week in the 2013 shooting death of an Altoona resident has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for 10- to 25-years’ incarceration. Qasim L. Shariff Green, 24, pleaded guilty in Blair County Court on Wednesday to third-degree ...

Making an impact

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Law enforcement and emergency personnel assisted with numerous vehicle accidents Wednesday, with even a couple of 911 response vehicles taking hits due to the leftover ice from the rain and below freezing temperatures. Hollidaysburg state police responded to 19 car crashes and 10 disabled ...

City men arrested on theft charges

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A stolen gun and a string of thefts from vehicles in Juniata has landed two men in jail on felony charges. Dontay Love Johnson and Joshua Oliver-Richard Gregg, both 27, were taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Thursday after a call to Altoona police about three men who appeared to be ...

Reports: 5 shot in State College

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From Mirror staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Police in Centre County were called to two shootings late Thursday. The first shooting occurred about 10:45 p.m. at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at the Ramada Hotel at 1450 S. Atherton St. Police said there were three victims at that location, ...

Community Action agency works to home in on homeless

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In his poem “No Possum, No Sop, No Taters,” Wallace Stevens writes, “The field is frozen. ... It is deep January. The sky is hard. ... It is ... the savagest hollow of winter. ...” It’s suggestive of the situation of a man found living in a tent in the woods on the outskirts of ...

Inmate’s request rejected by court

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The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court has rejected a request by an Altoona man in prison for drug violations that would have forced Blair County’s president judge to vacate his convictions and sentences that occurred nearly 10 years ago. Nathaniel Clarance Clark, 36, was sentenced by Blair ...

On this date

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50 YEARS AGO: Jan. 25, 1969 Col. W.J. Love of the Army Corps of Engineers gave the okay for a dynamite charge to be set off at the groundbreaking for the Raystown Dam and Reservoir project outside Huntingdon. 25 YEARS AGO: Jan. 25, 1994 The Altoona Revitalization Project, Sean ...

Kunzler plant expansion stalled by DEP permits

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TYRONE — Kunzler & Co. officials had hoped to start on a $4 million expansion project in Snyder Township last May or June, but the project, which could result in 16-20 new jobs, remains on hold. Kunzler is waiting for the state Department of Envi­ron­mental Protection to approve the ...

Mainly a good winter

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A crew of Altoona Water Authority workers repair a 12-inch water main along Margaret Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Authority crew members said there have been relatively few waterline breaks so far this winter. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Altoona Area teacher arrested

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Altoona City Police this morning arrested Altoona Area High School teacher Holly Metzler. Metzler, who was placed on administrative leave in early January, was charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, three counts of disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor as well ...

More details released in homicides

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Time of death and toxicology reports remain unfinished pieces of the investigation into a Martinsburg couple’s physical altercation that escalated to a double homicide inside their residence. State Police Trooper Joseph Dunsmore, Hollidaysburg barracks spokesman, indicated the altercation ...

Property value appeals OK’d

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The Cambria County commissioners unanimously approved three compromise agreements on three property tax appeals, including the former State Correctional Institution at Cresson property. Based on new appraisal information, the former prison site now has an assessed value ...