The Altoona Mirrorhttp://www.altoonamirror.comTop Headlinesen-usTue, 9 Feb 2016 02:27:31 EDTTue, 9 Feb 2016 02:27:31 EDT judge denies new trial for Maurizio - A new sentencing date was set Monday for Father Joseph D. Maurizio Jr. of Somerset County, who was denied a new trial on charges that he sexually abused several Honduran children in an orphanage he helped support over the years. U.S.Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDTAltoona City Council discusses land bank call it a gateway to cronyism, according to city Mayor Matt Pacifico. But cronyism won't be the intent if the city creates a land bank authority, Pacifico said at a City Council strategic planning meeting Monday.Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDTDuck feces cause a stink - After an extraordinary amount of duck feces created a health issue at a local park, Borough Council members voted at their Monday meeting to prohibit feeding waterfowl.Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDTBlair County pension plans won't increase - A change in state law governing county pension plans that took effect in January has eliminated cost-of-living increases for Blair County retirees, as long as the county's pension plan remains below an 80 percent funding level.Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDTCops: Altoona man beats woman with plunger Altoona man whose handgun discharged while attending an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in 2015 is in jail after an alleged domestic dispute at his home, Altoona police said Monday. Matthew A. Crawford, 30, of 1418 18th S.Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDT