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Inmate sues prison over confiscated letter

Local News

An inmate, who has been in the Blair County Prison for more than a year awaiting trial on burglary and other offenses, is suing prison officials for allegedly confiscating a personal letter he wrote and turning it over to police. Joshua Wade Roland, 30, of Altoona, in a federal lawsuit filed ...

Unity march today

Local News

What started as an idea among friends has culminated in a march tonight to show support for law enforcement and first responders. “It’s just to get everyone together because it seems like there’s so much division these days,” said Anthony Evangelisto, one of the organizers of ...

Mini-loan, grant programs launched

Local Business

TYRONE — Borough Council has created a revolving mini-loan fund along with a mini-grant fund to help businesses in Tyrone get started or keep going. It will use a year’s worth of the borough’s annual “community enrichment” payment received for 15 wind turbine sites on watershed ...

City man accused of assault

Local News

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he hit a woman with a piece of wood and burned her with a cigarette during a domestic dispute. Ronald Lee Shields, 56, was arrested about 7 a.m. Thursday after police were called to the 100 block of East Fourth Avenue for a domestic where an argument ...

Magisterial district judge

Public Records

Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: John J. Kasecky III, 45, 980 Cambria St., Nanty Glo, charged by Department of Veterans Affairs police with possession of drug paraphernalia, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, July 28, 2019. Charge of ...

Briefcase

Local Business

WARREN Northwest Bancshares announces 2Q numbers Northwest Bancshares Inc. announced a net loss for the quarter ended June 30 of $6.2 million, or 5 cents per share. This represents a decrease of $32.6 million or 123.5 percent, compared with the same quarter last year when net income was ...

Former presidential hopeful Cain dies

COVID-19

ATLANTA — Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on Cain’s Twitter account Thursday announced the ...

Second US virus surge plateaus

COVID-19

NEW YORK — While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off. Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, ...

Trump floats idea of election delay, an impossibility

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. His campaign to sow doubt about the election’s outcome drew immediate pushback ...

Pandemic takes toll on Comcast

COVID-19

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered ...

PIAA: No fans in stands for now

Local News

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association approved return to competition guidelines Wednesday afternoon at its board meeting, opening the way for fall sports — including football — to begin on time. However, as it stands right now, the games, which start Aug. 28, will be ...

State to get tough on COVID violators

Local News

Months ago, when the state started to issue orders designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf emphasized voluntary compliance, saying self-interest and concern for loved ones, co-workers and fellow citizens should be enough motivation, when asked about enforcement by ...

Pedal powered

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Sandy and Dave Forlina of Altoona ride their bicycles toward the Williamsburg station on the Lower Trail. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Blair divvys up $5M in COVID-19 aid

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will divide $5 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act among eight categories as a step toward gauging local interest in grants to cover COVID-19-related expenses and revenue losses. If interest is stronger in one category over ...

Norfolk Southern profit falls 46 percent

Local News

OMAHA, Neb. — Norfolk Southern Corp.’s second-quarter profit fell 46% as the railroad hauled 26% less freight because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the economy. The railroad said Wednesday that it earned $392 million, or $1.53 per share, during the quarter. That’s down from ...

Mask lawsuit gets more time

Local News

The federal judge presiding over a civil rights lawsuit in which customers of Giant Eagle Inc. claim they are forced to wear masks when shopping, allegedly in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has granted the plaintiffs additional time to respond to the grocery chain’s ...

County seeking contact tracers

Local News

The Blair County Emergency Management Agency is asking for volunteers to be part of the county’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team. The purpose of the county’s team is to support the state Department of Health by notifying people, as rapidly and as sensitively as possible, of their potential ...

Juniata man pleads guilty in child porn case

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Juniata man has been sentenced to spend three to six years in prison after rendering guilty pleas to possessing child pornography and exposing himself to a 6-year-old girl. “I thank God that I talked to my children about predators like you,” the girl’s mother told ...

City teenager gets prison time in robbery, assault

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona teenager who stole cash from an older relative after breaking into her apartment and holding a knife to her throat will spend four to eight years in prison. CR Lee McConnell, who was 17 at the time of the Nov. 26, 2018, break-in, was charged as an adult in Blair ...

IRC aims for equipment funds

Local News

The council of governments that oversees recycling in three central Blair County municipalities will apply to the state for $290,000 for equipment to be used at the organization’s composting facility near the Buckhorn. On the recommendation of Executive Director Ray Shroyer, the ...