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Creek seeks 80th District

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Huston Township resident Christopher Creek is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of the 80th District, challenging candidate Jim Gregory. “I decided to run for this office because the path we’re on is unsustainable. We simply cannot continue in this direction and ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Charges waived to court Sept. 20-Oct. 11: Casey M. Billetdeaux, 30, 2673 Homers Gap Road, charged by Altoona police with retail theft and receiving stolen property at Martin’s Food Store, 200 E. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, ...

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. The following defendants pleaded guilty to charges listed and were sentenced as shown: Justin M. Sanders, 29, 1917 ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Furniture store closing Value City Furniture, 3010 Pleasant Valley Blvd., is closing its doors. “Store closing sale now going on” signs are placed in front of the business. A message sent to corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, was not returned. JOHNSTOWN HRAA leadership ...

‘A mutual connection’

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A longtime Altoona family-owned business soon will have a new owner. The Hite Company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Birmingham, Ala-based Mayer Electric Supply, and the transition will be effective Tuesday. “In order to grow and provide future opportunities to our almost ...

AASD urged to arm guards in schools

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State troopers who are also parents in the Altoona Area School District urged the school board Monday to have an armed person in each school to ramp up security. Cpl. Warren Rhyner, who works out of the Hollidaysburg barracks, hammered that point home. He broke down the Feb. 14 shooting in ...

Students organize regional walkouts

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Parkland was the last straw; school students nationwide and locally are walking out of school today to send a message to Congress that something needs to change. While school officials prefer students to stay inside, they won’t stand in students’ way as they conduct walkouts at 10 a.m. ...

Blair making strides at becoming healthier

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In 2010, when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin published their first county health rankings, they ranked Blair County 63rd of 67 Pennsylvania counties for “health outcomes” — their broadest survey category. The next year, Blair jumped to 56th for health ...

Police: Man had designer drugs

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A Hollidaysburg man is accused of having designer drugs shipped to him from China. Brett A. Stiffler, 27, of 106 N. Montgomery St., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on 11 drug charges, including seven felonies, stemming from an alleged shipment of various designer stimulants from China that ...

City man accused of sexual assault

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A 36-year-old Altoona man is in jail after police said he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she slept. Naeem Yusef Bernard, of 1528 19th Ave., Apt. 1, is accused of assaulting the girl about 3 a.m. Friday while he was at her family’s home where he was sleeping in the living room on a ...

Jersey Mike’s sub shop opening in Altoona

Local Business

Jersey Mike’s Subs will become a tenant in the Kranich’s Plaza being constructed along Plank Road. Jersey Mike’s is a submarine sandwich chain headquartered in Manasquan, N.J. The Jersey Mike’s franchise has almost 1,300 locations open and about 70 more in development across the ...

Group opposes sewer expansion

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans to expand a large-scale sewer project beyond its original scope garnered old criticisms from a new group of residents. Those residents took to a microphone Monday evening, addressing Hollidaysburg Sewer Authority members, who hope to make improvements along a portion ...

Bedford tables bids for safety upgrades

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BEDFORD — Bedford County commissioners received two bids to install bullet-resistant glass and doors to the probation and domestic relations offices and the sheriff’s security booth located in the county courthouse complex. Hagerstown Paint and Glass Co. bid $105,988 for the project, ...

Graham appointed to Tyrone council

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TYRONE — As one of six candidates this week for appointment to a vacant Borough Council seat, Thad Graham — veteran local assistant football coach — was asked how he’d handle being confronted after an unpopular decision. “Go to Sheetz on Saturday after we lose on Friday,” Graham ...

Blair prison, PrimeCare seek to dismiss lawsuit over suicide

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Attorneys for the Blair County Prison and the company that provides medical care to its inmates have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a 23-year-old Altoona woman, who died from suicide while imprisoned. Deborah A. Beckwith, the grandmother of Samantha Rae ...

Blair vehicle fee could be used for bridges, road

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Revenue from a $5 fee paid annually on Blair County vehicles could be used to repair eight small, structurally deficient county bridges and to secure state funds for related road repairs. Commissioners on Tuesday endorsed a plan that will be prepared for review by PennDOT. ...

Births

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Feb. 28, 2018 Elijah Raymond Riggleman, a son born to Katie J. and William R. Riggleman, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 3:35 p.m. Dakota Roudy Zimmerman, a son born to Chelsey (Black) and Gary Zimmerman, Woodbury, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Educational program set The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County will hold a full-day educational program from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 21 at Park Hills Country Club. The program “HR’s Role in Recruitment and Retention” will include four sessions on the topics of ...

AASD won’t put project on ballot

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In a decision that affirms its desire to receive competitive bids for a planned building project, the Altoona Area School Board shot down a motion made by board member Sharon Bream to put the project on the May primary ballot for voters to decide. Bream, Ed Kreuz and Ron Johnston voted to put ...

Magisterial district judge

Public Records

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Charges waived to court Sept. 20-Oct. 11: Kelly P. Smith, 58, 924 Third Ave., first floor, charged by Altoona police with DUI and two summary traffic violations on the 900 block of Third Avenue Aug. 17. Saity C. Bennett, ...