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Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Roy C. Lucas, 55, 2522 Beale Ave., charged by Altoona police with diversion of services, April 24. Charge was dismissed June 6. Charges waived to court June 5-6: Brian A. Lassiter, 33, 1106 14th Ave., Apt. 1, charged ...

Coming Sunday

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Area school districts talk about how they are dealing with the reversal of the 2017 “lunch shaming law,” which enables school districts to again serve alternative lunches to students without money and who don’t qualify for federal free and reduced-price lunches. Russ O’Reilly ...

Falling bricks close Luigetta’s Restaurant

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — It was business as usual for a while on Thursday at Luigetta’s Restaurant, despite some exterior damage to the 322 N. Juniata St. building. “I got a call from the police about 6:30 a.m. saying bricks had fallen off the back of the building. Everything is fine inside the ...

James “Frankie” Rodgers gets 40-years-to-life in resentencing

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The Altoona man convicted of murder in the 1988 stabbing death of Pasquale J. Lascoli of Altoona is no longer facing life in prison without parole. James "Frankie" Rodgers, who was 17 years old at the time of the murder, will be eligible for parole in about eight years, based on a ...

Sunoco to pay another $2M in fines

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HARRISBURG — A Texas-based pipeline giant that is heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay another $2 million in fines for spilling 208,000 gallons of drilling fluids at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County. The spills occurred during construction on the 350-mile Mariner East 2 ...

Spikes rally to save franchise

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The State College Spikes are fighting back to save their franchise from what one prominent local politician called a “wrong” decision by Major League Baseball to seek contraction of dozens of minor league teams around the country. “The first step is to make Major ...

Three accused of taking funds

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Three former employees of a Hollidaysburg real estate closing company now face felony charges for the alleged theft of close to a quarter of a million dollars. Jodie Potter Neely, 53, of Hollidaysburg, along with Stephanie D. Wyant, 52, of East Freedom and Mandi L. Claycomb, 35, of Altoona ...

City man gets 8 years for crime of passion

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man was sentenced to at least eight years and one month in jail for a stabbing that was described Thursday in Blair County Court as a crime of passion and reckless behavior. “I lost my mind,” Russell L. Schooley, 31, told Judge Wade Kagarise after reading a ...

Veteran lacing up to raise awareness

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BEDFORD — Air Force veteran Ryan Decker is preparing to lace up his boots and walk 22 miles to draw awareness to the number of veterans who die by suicide in America each day. On Saturday morning, Decker will start walking in Everett — where he lives — and travel back roads to end his ...

HASD teachers set to retire

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board on Wednesday approved several planned personnel changes including the retirement dates for two longtime teachers. Junior high school teacher Jim Murphy is set to retire at the end of the school year, capping 36 years at the district, and ...

Aqua America to buy PNG

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved Aqua America Inc.’s plan to acquire Peoples Natural Gas Co. LLC for $4.275 billion. The PUC voted 4-1 to approve a Joint Petition for Settlement from both companies. The settlement includes commitments regarding ...

Briefcase

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HOLLIDAYSBURG ARW selected as beneficiary The American Rescue Workers has been selected as a beneficiary of the Martin’s Bags 4 My Cause Program for the month of February. The American Rescue Workers will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is ...

Church donated to ArtsAltoona

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A couple months ago, Arts­Altoona abandoned its plan to renovate the Kress building on 11th Avenue, due to the gap between the $4 million cost and the organization’s capacity to raise funds. At the time, unbeknownst to the public, the organization’s leaders knew they’d lucked into the ...

Fire guts Duncansville home

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DUNCANSVILLE — A house built from railroad ties that was in a family for a couple of generations caught fire and stood burning for hours as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze. Thomas Ott’s father built the house, and Ott lived there all his life at 350 White Oak ...

Judge: Procedures followed in Copley case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The judge who will preside over the trial of an Altoona man charged with killing his wife has found that police followed the correct procedures in obtaining the circumstantial evidence allegedly linking him to the crime. The attorney representing the husband, Michael D. ...

Briefcase

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JOHNSTOWN Clean energy grants available The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund will distribute nearly $200,000 in grants throughout the Pennsylvania service territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec in 2020 for projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy ...

Robbery suspect charged

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A third person has been charged in a November robbery in Altoona in which a suspect shot himself in the leg. Jeffery D. Pfahler, 20, of Hopewell was arraigned Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges that include conspiracy, robbery, tampering with evidence and false reports to law ...

Festival invites Hall of Famers

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DUNCANSVILLE — New Mayor Eric Fritz talked of plans at Borough Council’s Monday evening meeting for Community Days — an event that won’t take place for six months. But when Fritz said the event committee was “close to tying down Earth Wind & Fire to headline the festival, the ...

Area briefs

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BEDFORD Historical Society cancels meeting The Bedford County Historical Society has canceled a meeting scheduled for Saturday because of the inclement weather forecast for that day. The quarterly meeting and the presentation by Jared Frederick titled “Dispatches of D-Day” will be ...

Pole position

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Verizon employees work to replace a telephone pole that was sheared by a pickup truck along Brush Mountain Road on Wednesday morning. Mirror photo by Russ O’Reilly