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AHA seeks better bids

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The Altoona Housing Authority plans to advertise for help from a real estate broker to market its 10 scattered site properties, after a request for proposals didn’t produce a single bid closer than $10,000 to any of the properties’ appraised values. The Department of Housing and Urban ...

Shelter resident faces charges for bath salts

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CLEARFIELD — A man residing at a shelter in Coalport is facing felony drug charges for ordering a large quantity of bath salts from China. Karl Anthony Sill, 40, was charged June 21 with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three felony counts of ...

City man arrested for alleged forgery

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A city man wanted for failing to appear in court on a DUI case is now in jail on fresh charges after police allegedly found forged PennDOT inspection stickers. Dillon R. Snyder, 31, 931 First Ave., was arrested Mon­day night outside his home after a brief struggle with officers who had ...

Cambria board gives nod to 6-county plan

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JOHNSTOWN — A comprehensive plan created through the cooperation of six counties was adopted Wednesday by Cambria County commissioners. “This is really an exciting day,” said Ethan Imhoff, Cambria County Planning Commission’s executive director. “Today is the culmination of two ...

Bus race tests staffers’ navigation know-how

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Dawn Norris is a client of the HOPE Drop-in Center in the city, a support organization for people with mental health issues, and she depends on Amtran to get around. When she first began to use the Altoona-area bus service, poring over the timetables of various routes to figure out how to get ...

Magisterial District Judge

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Jason M. Grove, 42, 1012 24th Ave., charged by Altoona police with simple assault and harassment on the 1000 block of 24th Avenue Sept. 30. Charge of harassment was moved to nontraffic court; other charge was dismissed Nov. ...

Area briefs

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Fireworks safety tips given The Altoona Fire Depart­ment recently offered safety tips in response to a new state law that allows residents to buy and use consumer-grade fireworks, which include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and similar devices that contain no more than 50 ...

Briefcase

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TYRONE Motorcycle dealership opens BMW Motorrad USA has announced the opening of BMW Motorcycles of Tyrone, operating out of Kissell Motorsports in its new location at 5165 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., just south of Tyrone. Under the leadership of general manager Josh Nolten, owner James ...

No-show jurors called to court, fined

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County summoned about 30 people to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven’t showed for jury duty, with 12 ordered to pay fines of $25 or $50. This proceeding isn’t for someone who failed to respond once, but for those who haven’t showed as many as seven ...

Measuring up

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Workers from Huntington, New York-based Visible Construction begin framing construction Wednesday for the new Panda Express restaurant in the Park Hills Plaza. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Robbery charges bound for court

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Two men accused in a May robbery that spawned a separate Altoona police investigation into child pornography will face charges in Blair County Court. Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio ruled police have enough evidence to send conspiracy, robbery and related charges filed against ...

Retired buses head for museums

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“Living in a fishbowl” is a metaphor for being on public display. Amtran, which owns nine 40-year-old GMC New Look “Fishbowl” buses that it recently retired, was planning to retain one of them for occasional excursion service — and public display. But organizational leaders have ...

Police: Man shot coyote, not dog

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After further investigation into a case involving an Everett man accused of threatening to kill a victim and shooting the victim’s dog, state police reported the man killed a juvenile coyote, not a dog. Donn Reyan Jr., 45, of 1481 East Graceville Road, is being charged with terroristic ...

Area pastor to face charge

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A Huntingdon County pastor will face a charge of endangering the welfare of children for his alleged failure to report a case of suspected child abuse. State police at Huntingdon said in a release that a charge was filed in magisterial district court against David Riehl Fisher, 63. Police ...

Accountants may work together

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The accountant handling the 2017 audit for the Altoona Water Authority plans to work with the accountant handling the city’s audit, so that lending agencies don’t penalize the authority over confusion related to the city’s takeover of authority assets more than a year ago. In the deal, ...

Cambria Heights boosts taxes to pay for renovations

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PATTON — The Cambria Heights School Board has approved its budget for the 2018-19 school year, raising taxes by two mills to pay for a high school renovation project. Superintendent Michael Strasser said the district is “seeking bond for $25 million” for the renovation, which officials ...

Principal’s DUI charges discussed behind closed doors

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PATTON — Cambria Heights School Board discussed a drunken driving charges filed against the high school principal behind closed doors Tuesday night but took no action. Principal Ken Kerchenske faces misdemeanor charges of DUI with the highest level of blood-alcohol content and summary ...

Fallentimber man charged with abuse

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A Fallentimber man faces a list of criminal charges, including seven felonies for allegedly sexually abusing a child over a period of five years. Brady K. Holland, 23, of 429 Shady Lane, allegedly began abusing the child in 2011, when she was 11 years old, according to a criminal complaint ...

Woman charged with DUI had kids in car

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A Johnstown woman faces charges for recklessly endangering another person and DUI for an incident May 27. Police pulled over Cherish Rhule along Lin­coln Highway near Saw­mill Road in West Providence Township and reportedly found her driving under the influence of a controlled substance ...

Memorial dedication services planned

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The Central Pennsyl­vania National Guard & Veterans Association and the Blair County War Veterans Council will hold a dedication service at the cluster of three war memorials on 40th Street, near the Allegro restaurant, at 10 a.m. Saturday. During the past couple of years, the ...