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Cheering on the team

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Penn Cambria High School freshman cheerleader Allison Hoover, 14, cheers during the high school football game with visiting Greater Johnstown on Friday evening in Cresson. Local football coverage begins on Page B1.

County, citizens debate lawsuit

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A citizens group that remains at odds with Blair County and related groups over the recent reassessment project is asking a judge to force the county to begin answering its civil court lawsuit. But an attorney for the county, its assessment boards and the company that ...

Judge: Police shouldn’t have stopped driver

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Driving under the influence and related charges have been withdrawn against an Altoona man after a Blair County judge concluded that Altoona police lacked sufficient cause to stop the man’s vehicle. Judge Elizabeth Doyle, in a recent ruling, acknowledged that a vehicle ...

Third person in heroin overdose turns himself in

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The third person charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death for allegedly supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a 29-year-old Altoona man in March turned himself in. Adam Culp, 32, of Altoona, turned himself into police Thursday, a week after Christopher S. Tremmel of Crawford ...

Fire rips through Shade Gap restaurant

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Emergency crews from four counties rushed to a destructive restaurant fire early Friday morning in southern Huntingdon County, officials said. Firefighters were sent about 5:46 a.m. to the Shade Gap Family Restaurant along Croghan Pike in the rural southern portion of the county, a 911 ...

Woman to finish sentence in Blair

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman who helped her boyfriend run a tattoo shop that became a central hub for heroin sales in 2015 is expected to finish a minimum jail sentence of 2.5 years minus a day in the Blair County Prison. Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Thursday went to the mitigated range of ...

Hanging out with dad

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Eight-year-old Reeve Owen peeks around the Third Base Picnic Pavilion netting at Peoples Natural Gas Field while watching the Altoona Curve battle the Bowie Baysox. He and his father, Jamie Owen, are from Olyphant, Lackawanna County. Please see game story on ...

BG mourns death of ‘delightful’ student

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Watery eyes and held hands were common Thursday inside a Bishop Guilfoyle office, where students gathered to remember and mourn the death of their friend, an 18-year-old man who was killed in a Wednesday evening motorcycle accident. Allegheny Township police identified the man as Cole Rinker ...

Logan solicits ideas for land

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At a public meeting Thursday to solicit ideas on what ought to happen with the failed 100-acre Strawberry Hills development tract west of Juniata, Logan Township Supervisor Jim Patterson cautioned that funding would dictate the property’s ultimate use. It turned out that the most favored ...

Designs generate complaints, questions

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An architect’s presentation of designs for the Altoona Area High School building project was met with a litany of complaints and questions from board members on Thursday. The board debated affordability, functionality and cosmetics of the new high school building over the course of the ...

Colorful shoes, knife help nab robbery suspect

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A Mifflin County man is behind bars after police say he robbed a Tyrone store at knifepoint. Cody J. Shawver, 28, of Lewistown was taken into custody Thursday morning by Tyrone police after his shoes tipped off the store’s manager and owner as to his identity, according to charges filed in ...

Man faces charges for fleeing crash scene, injured girlfriend

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From Mirror staff reports Charges have been filed against a man who police said left his injured girlfriend lying on the side of the road after he crashed an SUV on Sixth Avenue in March. Todd J. Brown, 30, currently an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility, was arraigned by ...

Police: Man who shot neighbor was having an affair with wife

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BELLEFONTE (AP) — A Pennsylvania man charged with ambushing and fatally shooting the husband of a woman who police say the suspect was having an affair with is heading toward a criminal trial. Thirty-seven-year-old Matthew Dreibelbis was bound over after a preliminary hearing on murder ...

Altoona store sells ticket worth $200K

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A buyer of a Powerball ticket at an Altoona supermarket is now $200,000 richer. The Pennsylvania Lottery reports one of the four $200,000 winning tickets was sold at Martin General Store, 3218 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. The other three were sold in Allegheny, Columbia and ...

Man arrested for child porn

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A two-year investigation by Altoona police has led to charges against a city man who allegedly took sexually explicit photos of an 11-year-old girl. Corey G. Fowler, 36, of 503 Bellview St., Apt. 2, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly for a preliminary arraignment after ...

Police: Watch out for school buses, kids

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With the start of school, area police want to remind drivers to take extra time and to obey the law when it comes to stopping for school buses picking up or dropping off students. “Obviously, when they’re driving in the mornings and afternoons, drivers need to watch for the buses and the ...

Cambria man accused of indecent assault

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A Chest Springs man is charged with indecent assault by forcible compulsion and related offenses for allegedly grabbing a woman’s breasts and trying to kiss her without her consent. Warren J. Schenk, 63, of the 100 block of Union Street, was arraigned Wednesday morning after a woman accused ...

Source: VA restricts Van Zandt job

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After chemical fumes on Wednesday caused the third evacuation of a Van Zandt VA Medical Center department in the past week, regional VA officials shut down the construction project that has generated the fumes — pending an engineering review of the project, according to a source at the ...

GOP committee fills Hollidaysburg ballot spot

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The Blair County Repub­lican Committee has selected a new candidate to appear on the Republican ballot in Hollidaysburg Borough Council’s Ward 2 race. Brady Leahey, a retired school teacher and former school board director, was picked for the Ward 2 Borough Council ballot this week, ...

Reade Township authority considers raising water rates

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BLANDBURG — Reade Township Municipal Authority members may have to increase water rates to satisfy pending loan requirements if an agreement can’t be made with the neighboring Glendale Valley Municipal Authority. The Reade Authority is pursuing $2.1 million in Pennvest funds — grants, ...