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City man jailed after oversleeping, missing court

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A city man was jailed Wednesday after he told a judge he was more than five hours late for Central Court because he overslept. It was the second missed court appearance for Thomas R. Strayer III since November. He was due to appear at Central Court on Nov. 28 to face a misdemeanor false ...

Loretto inmate files appeal

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An inmate from the federal Correctional Institution at Loretto has asked the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to reverse a finding that he used a telephone at the prison to further criminal activity, a violation of the inmate disciplinary program. The inmate’s appeal has been put on hold by ...

City woman accused of assault

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An Altoona woman is in jail for simple assault, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beatrice Margaret McCloskey, 62, of 419 Third Ave., is accused of hitting and punching a victim during an argument Sunday, leaving two lacerations on the victim’s right forearm and one on his ...

Police: Teen groped young girl

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A homeless teenager is in jail after police allege he groped a 12-year-old girl. The incident allegedly happened Sept. 21 at Prospect Park, and according to charges filed Wednesday by Altoona police, 18-year-old Devin Cullum is accused of touched the girlás body over her clothing in a sexual ...

States move to ease limits on child sex abuse lawsuits

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NEW YORK — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results ...

Bedford man accused of stealing truck

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A Bedford man is in jail for stealing a rental truck parked at a bar in Everett in late December. Mauricio Gonzalez, 26, of 2262 Diehl Road, faces charges of theft by unlawful taking of movable property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for allegedly driving off with the victim’s ...

Two Philly women sentenced for sneaking drugs into Houtzdale

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CLEARFIELD — Two Philadelphia women accused in unrelated cases of sneaking drugs into the state prison in Houtzdale were sentenced this week in Clearfield County Court. Tarika Monay Butler Murray, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to contraband/controlled substance to inmate before Judge Paul ...

Downtown buildings slated for renovation

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From Mirror staff reports Two key buildings in Altoona’s central business district, the former Vipond’s Appliance Store and the Chalk Box, both located on the 1400 block of 11th Avenue, are now under new local ownership. “We are excited to breathe new life into these two important ...

Briefcase

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NORFOLK, Va. NS OKs dividend increase Norfolk Southern Corporation announced Wednesday that its board of directors approved an 8 percent increase in its quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock, from 80 to 86 cents per share. The dividend is payable March 11 to shareholders of ...

Births

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Jan. 9, 2019 Kacie Ann Lingenfelter, a daughter born to Samantha J. Knab and Kaleb M. Lingenfelter, East Freedom, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 8:10 a.m. Paisley Rose McCulloch, a daughter born to Brittney (Earnest) and Paul McCulloch Jr., Altoona, at UPMC Altoona, ...

Coroner: Couple’s deaths double homicide

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A Martinsburg-area couple inflicted fatal knife wounds on each other resulting in a double homicide, said Blair County Coroner Patty Ross. Sheldon Howard Appleman, 49, and Cassandra Lynn Appleman, 30, were found deceased at 2794 Cove Mountain Road, Woodbury Township, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, ...

Sheetz charity raises more than $700,000

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Sheetz For the Kidz has raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations. This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year’s total by more than $82,000. Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are used to directly ...

Tavern shooter denied appeal

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A Clearfield County man sentenced to a state prison term of 7.5 to 15 years for shooting into a tavern more than five years ago has lost his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea because it was not filed on a timely basis, according to a Superior Court opinion handed down last week. However, ...

IRC employee donates pay increase to coworker

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In recent times, some professional sports stars have waged protracted battles for higher salaries, fighting for raises that make the entire salaries of ordinary people look like throwaway change. But on Tuesday, the organization that handles recycling programs for three Blair County ...

No contest plea nets jail, long probation

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona man decided Tuesday to forego a jury trial and render no contest pleas to criminal charges filed in connection with physical abuse of his infant son. Altoona police filed charges against James E. Clark III, now 29, after a 2016 investigation revealed that ...

Dealer sentenced to up to 15 years

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in 2016 will be going to prison for three to 15 years. Damon R. Williams, 40, agreed to the incarceration in exchange for submitting guilty pleas Tuesday when a joint trial was scheduled to start for him and his wife, ...

Newry OKs IRC fee

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A fourth municipality has committed to pay the Inter­municipal Relations Com­mittee a fee entitling the municipality’s residents to buy keycards for the IRC’s new, round-the-clock, self-service dropoff recycling station in Duncansville. It’s Newry Borough, population 259. The 50 ...

Firefighters injured battling house fire

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Two volunteer firefighters are recovering at home after being injured and taken to a hospital to be checked out Monday night. The Alexandria Fire Company reported on its Facebook page that the firefighters were injured in an incident at a garage and house fire on the 9000 block of Old Route ...

City man jailed in burglary

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An Altoona man is in jail after reportedly conspiring to break in and steal from a local business along Walnut Avenue in December. Rex Allen Strayer III, 25, of 2901 Maple Ave., faces charges of burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. ...