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False shooter alarm triggers brief scare

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For a minute or two Friday afternoon, employees and patients throughout Station Medical Center thought there was a shooter running amok, after hearing a security code intercom announcement about an armed intruder, accompanied by an alert to police and an order to shelter in the nearest suite or ...

Rolling on a new set of wheels

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Some children entered with leg braces and forearm crutches, and a lot of them couldn’t fully articulate how they felt. Kiersten Barton, 10, sat on her new bicycle and tears welled in her eyes. On Friday afternoon she could ride with her siblings and not depend on her father to push her. ...

Reade seeks missing tools

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An estimated $16,000 in heavy equipment is reportedly missing from Reade Township’s inventory. And township supervisors’ Chairman John McElheny is blaming previous municipal leaders for not tracking the equipment’s use. It’s a misstep that likely led to it going missing, he ...

Hollidaysburg church unveils planing mill demolition plan

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The demolition of a century-old building along Walnut Street likely will begin by July 1, a church official announced at Hollidaysburg Borough Council’s meeting on Thursday. Tim Boland, representing the First United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg, addressed council ...

Man pleads guilty to porn charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg man who offered guilty pleas to child pornography charges will be released from Blair County Prison after spending 17 months there. Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Friday imposed a one- to two-year sentence on Seth A. Renninger, 28, who offered remorse and support ...

Railroad City Brewing plans Hollidaysburg site

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Altoona-based brewers could soon be slinging suds from a Hollidaysburg storefront. A Railroad City Brewing Co. retail space is planned for the site of a former Allegheny Street catering company, brewery owner Matt Winrick said. Winrick’s confirmation came a day after ...

Canal Inn owner pushes for music

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg bar and restaurant owner appeared before Borough Council members for the third time in as many years to request that he be allowed to host live, outdoor music. This time, he was accompanied by an attorney. Lance Laratonda, owner of the Old Canal Inn, sat in ...

Cambria Heights student chosen to attend Intel fair

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PATTON — A local middle school student will be one of only 25 students in the world to partake in an upcoming science fair in Pittsburgh. Addison Balzano, an eighth-grade student at Cambria Heights Middle School, will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh ...

Planned tax hike sparks tensions in Portage

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By Calem Illig For the Mirror PORTAGE — Tensions rose at the Portage Area School Board meeting on Wednesday night as administrators and board members argued over a potential tax increase and spending on extra­curricular activities. The preliminary budget was set with income of ...

Nation’s oldest person dies

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HUNTINGDON (AP) — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home. The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday. Lessie Brown, 113, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is now believed ...

Gallitzin resident frustrated by blight

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By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com GALLITZIN — Blight, a common topic at Gallitzin Borough Council meetings, again drove public comment Wednesday night. Borough resident Michael McIn­tosh addressed council members to criticize the condition of a neighboring property to his 901 N. ...

Curve stage active shooter drill

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By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Altoona Curve front office staff took part in an active shooter training session Thursday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field, creating awareness of what to do just in case a real threat emerges during a game. “If you do nothing else but run, ...

City man wants court to toss charges

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By Phil Ray pray@altoonamirror.com An Altoona man who contends that he is being charged a second time with drug offenses for which he is already serving a state prison sentence has asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court to toss out the charges. Terron Lamaur Miller, 31, through his ...

Police search Hollidaysburg Senior High School, students

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg police used metal detectors and searched bags by hand Thursday morning at Hollidaysburg Senior High School. The safety precautions were in response to an anonymous tip that a threat was made against the school, borough police Chief Rodney Estep said. Estep ...

River reflections

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Eric Yarnell, 19, of Altoona fishes in the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River on Thursday afternoon along River Road in Frankstown Township. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Bishop asked to rethink school plan

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By Shen Wu Tan stan@altoonamirror.com Supporters of Bedford’s only Catholic school are asking the bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johns­town to reconsider his decision allowing St. Thomas School to close this month. The Rev. Richard Tomkosky, pastor of the St. Thomas the Apostle ...

Cambria launches transparency website

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By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — Cambria County launched its new transparency website Thurs­­day to provide information from the county government for taxpayers to see as far back as 2011. Facts and figures about county revenue, expenditures and debt service ...

Post office employees to collect food Saturday

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Local postal workers and union members will be collecting items for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday. The public can place canned goods, dry goods, sundries and any other items a family can use near their mailboxes. People also can drop off food items at ...

Briefcase

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LORETTO SFU project under way Construction has begun on a new addition to Sullivan Hall at Saint Francis University. Last month, crews broke ground on the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons, a 10,000 square-foot addition that will provide classroom, laboratory and clinical ...

Doctor wins trademark fight against Dr. Dre

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From Mirror staff reports Rap mogul Dr. Dre’s debut solo album in 1992 included the single “Nuthin but a G thang.” But the pronunciation of the rapper’s name is also an “OB-GYN thing” for Bedford gynecologist Dr. Drai, who won a trademark battle against the rapper and record ...