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CLEARFIELD Corrections officer injured A De­part­ment of Corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution in Houtzdale was injured Thursday by an inmate, state police in Clearfield reported on Friday. Details were scant, but state police said the officer was flown by ...

City man faces drug, theft charges

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An Altoona man who police said was involved in a drug deal that ended in a deadly shooting last summer has now been charged. Edward “Cowboy” Clemens Sr., 57, of 1389 Grandview Road, was arraigned Friday on felony counts of flight to avoid apprehension, conspiracy and possession with ...

Coming Sunday …

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Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Bill Kibler examines the area’s shortage of primary care physicians in the first of a three-part series. - Leadership Blair County graduates its latest class. - Sensory-friendly entertainment: Night Train 57 to ...

Region not used to quake activity

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When Juniata College geology professor Katy Johanesen heard a low rumbling and felt a vibration while at her Huntingdon home, the former California resident said she knew immediately it was from a mild earthquake and not caused by a passing train or something else. “I was very excited and ...

Honoring his own

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Pittsburgh Dad is not a real person, to the surprise of some, but the fictional comical character most definitely is based on a real person. Actor Curt Wootton found a way to honor his father, Keith, and make people laugh with his yinzer way of talking while portraying the popular online ...

Alleged prowler behind bars

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From Mirror staff reports An Altoona man accused of prowling in Tipton with a gun in late May is now behind bars. Joseph C. Sweeney Jr., 31, allegedly approached one homeowner on Deerfield Lane in Antis Township in the middle of the night on May 28 and was caught on a security camera ...

Bedford pursues school safety officer

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BEDFORD — The Bedford Area School District is implementing new security measures in compliance with Act 44 of 2018, which mandates amplified school safety training for all school personnel as well as the appointment of school safety and security coordinators. Superintendent Allen Sell said ...

Getting a charge out of learning

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Shawn Cerully, special projects coordinator for ATOMS Recharged, stood before more than 60 children seated in the Altoona Area Junior High School auditorium on Thursday and did his best to look at each of them. “Someday, believe it or not, you won’t be kids anymore,” Cerully said, ...

Cambria backs SAPDC to oversee work program

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EBENSBURG — The Cambria County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday in support of allowing the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission to continue providing administration and oversight of a statewide welfare-to-work program called Employment, Advancement and Retention ...

Archery club seeks to buy property for safety buffer

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TYRONE — An archery club wants to buy a borough-owned tract on Decker Hollow Road next to the club’s facility so the ground can continue to serve as a safety buffer in case of errant arrows. The Chief Logan Archers, however, received no favorable treatment at a Borough Council meeting ...

Seminar eyes preventing crimes against elderly

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The Logan Township Po­lice Department and the Federal Bureau of In­vestigation will host a seminar about preventing crimes against the elderly. The seminar will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in the conference room at the Logan Town­ship Police Department at 100 Chief Logan ...

Ex-restaurant manager accused of taking $1,600

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A former manager at a local restaurant faces charges after two deposits allegedly did not make it to the bank. According to Logan Township police, Tina McCloskey, 51, of 705 Condrin St. in Hollidaysburg, failed to make two deposits from May 8 and May 9 totaling $1,652.92 from the Perkins ...

Johnstown man faces charge From Mirror staff reports Logan Township police say a Johnstown man faces felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman at a local motel Thursday morning. Depreist McCall, 30, was arrested about 5:20 a.m. on Thursday and faces felony charges that include aggravated assault to an unborn child, strangulation and a related misdemeanor charge, according to Logan Township police. When police arrived to the Motel 6 on the 1500 block of Sterling Avenue, they could hear a woman in distress inside a room. After talking to McCall outside the hotel room, further investigation found that the female, who is four months pregnant with McCall’s child, had noticeable physical injuries on parts of her body, including redness and bruising to her left eye and multiple cuts and to the left side of her stomach, causing blood to soak through her shirt, police noted in the charges. When talking to the woman, she told police, “I’m pregnant and he keeps putting his hands on me.” According to the charges, when police tried to talk to the woman, McCall talked loudly over her and was put in the back of a police car. The woman claims that when she went to the motel room about 3:40 a.m., she saw McCall snorting a white powdery substance that he claims was a generic drug of some kind. The woman tried to take the powder from McCall and that’s when he allegedly backhanded her across the left side of her face. After the woman pushed McCall, he allegedly grabbed her throat and pushed her up against the mirror in the room and strangled her for about 20 seconds, police said. When the woman tried to escape and yell for help, McCall allegedly grabbed the woman by the shirt and threw her on the ground. The second time the woman tried to yell for help outside of the motel room, McCall allegedly punched the woman in the back of the head and then threw her away from the door of the room against a table and into a television. The woman said she hid in the bathroom about the time police arrived. McCall admitted to police he knew she was pregnant. McCall remains behind bars in lieu of $75,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20 before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson. of choking pregnant woman

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Logan Township police say a Johnstown man faces felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman at a local motel Thursday morning. Depreist McCall, 30, was arrested about 5:20 a.m. on Thursday and faces felony charges that include aggravated assault to an unborn child, ...

Police say city man violated curfew with girl, 16, twice

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Altoona police say a 19-year-old man was caught twice after curfew with an underage girl on the same night. Quintin Hamilton of 1423 18th Ave. was allegedly found with a 16-year-old girl in his SUV at Garfield Park about 12:45 a.m. Monday, police said. When police asked if the girl was on ...

Homes rezoned for businesses

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — With a unanimous vote, the Borough Council rezoned a couple old canal-era houses so that they could become a new coffee shop and wine bar owned by the U.S. Hotel Tavern. Don Delozier, owner of the U.S. Hotel, through Liberty Hall Properties, had purchased former canal worker ...

‘Paint the Plow’ to continue

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From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 9, is continuing its “Paint the Plow” program. High schools and career and technical schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties, as well as elementary ...

Briefcase

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Chamber of Commerce sets Business After Hours The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, 201 Jackson St. Cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by ...

Financial adviser gets 6 years in prison

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JOHNSTOWN — A former in­vestment adviser for an Altoona bro­kerage firm was sentenced Wed­nesday to 78 months in a federal prison for defrauding clients, many of them elderly, out of $4.5 million. Douglas P. Simanski, 54, was a representative of NEXT Financial Group Inc., but in ...

Pulcine found guilty of murder

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BRIDGETON, N.J. — A Dun­cans­ville man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and related weapons charges in the 2016 shooting death in New Jersey of Ivan “Scotty” Strayer, 33, of Gallitzin. Larry Pulcine Jr., 36, is facing 30 years to life in prison, according to the ...

Hollidaysburg school board OKs tax hike

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board passed a $51 million budget for 2019-20 that raises taxes. The board voted 6-0 Wednesday in the senior high school library to raise real estate tax millage by 0.2078 mills. Board President Ron Sommer, Ron Yoder, Lois Kaneshiki, Rob ...