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Morrisdale woman charged in March death of husband

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CLEARFIELD — The death of a Morrisdale man originally ruled a suicide is now considered a homicide, and the suspect is his wife. Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. announced during a press conference Thursday that charges have been filed against Kimberly Sue Williams, ...

Officer to face sexual assault charge in court

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CLEARFIELD — A charge of institutional sexual assault was held to court after a preliminary hearing Wednesday for a Patton woman accused of having sex with a state prison inmate in Clearfield County. Crystal Rose Bloom, 54, a corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution at ...

Coalport man facing felony drug charges

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CLEARFIELD — A Coalport man is facing felony drug charges for allegedly possessing methamphetamine when he was taken to the Clearfield County Jail. William Benjamin Cochran, 33, was charged by state police with felony possession of a controlled substance-contraband by inmate, misdemeanor ...

Commissioners hear budget options

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Maybe Blair County leaders should try a different tactic to build an annual budget, Duncansville-area resident John Kasun suggested Wednesday night during a public meeting at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School. Instead of asking department heads to prepare budget ...

Airport to hear about liquor license soon

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MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority’s pursuit of a liquor license is expected to be answered soon. The application for the state-issued license was submitted on Sept. 23, and the review period is generally 30 to 60 days. Based on that time frame, airport Manager Tracy ...

City reapplies for $770,000 streetscape grant

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The city is reapplying for a $771,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund for streetscape improvement work along Margaret Avenue. Coupled with $330,000 from the city’s grant-matching fund, the money would pay for replacing 2,600 feet of curbs and sidewalks, ...

Just ducky

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A female mallard shakes water from her wings while floating on the pond at Roaring Spring Dam Park. Mirror photo by Pat Waksmunski

Ex-inmate loses bid to sue staff

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A former inmate in the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto has lost his bid to sue three prison employees who, he claimed, failed to protect him from sexual assault by his cellmate. The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last Friday upheld a finding of summary judgment issued by U.S. ...

New York man faces trial over drug charges

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A New York man arrested in Altoona after allegedly picking up thousands of dollars of drug money from a police informant will face trial. Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio found police and prosecutors have enough evidence to send charges that include felony conspiracy, delivery of a ...

Water project faces delay

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TYRONE — A proposed $5 million water system project may be delayed because of a holdup in obtaining a stream crossing permit from the Department of Environmental Protection, a consulting engineer told Borough Council Monday. The failure of DEP to approve the “simple” permit first ...

Logan mulls IDs for firefighters

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Firefighters in the five volunteer companies that serve Logan Township could receive laminated identification cards to instill pride and provide credentials for off-duty emergencies, if the township follows a suggestion made at a recent meeting by supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson. The ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger: Charges waived to court March 14 – April 12: Robert L. Hoover Jr., 45, 419 Maple St., Roaring Spring, charged by Roaring Spring police with possession of drug paraphernalia at his residence Feb. 27. Dustin S. ...

Births

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Oct. 6, 2019 Kolt Michael-Scott Kagarise, a son born to Adrian M. Altobelli and Conner J. Kagarise, Hopewell, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 2:55 a.m. Due to privacy concerns, UPMC Altoona no longer provides birth announcements to the Mirror. To obtain a form to ...

Patton project­

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Kory Malat of Beran Environmental Services, Boyers (Butler County), uses a cutting torch during the removal of the Chest Creek Dam in Patton on Monday afternoon. The dam was originally put in place to impound water for the borough to drink, but Patton switched from using surface water to well ...

Field and Stream to reopen as Sportsman’s Warehouse

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The Altoona Field and Stream store has closed its doors and will soon reopen under a new name. Midvale, Utah-based Sports­­man’s Warehouse Holdings Inc. recently entered into an agreement with Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. to acquire eight Field & Stream locations including the store ...

Blair seeks budget ideas

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders are asking local residents to attend public meetings where they can learn more about the county’s current financial picture and the 2020 draft budget. While commissioners have yet to set real estate tax rates for the 2020 budget, the latest draft shows ...

Briefcase

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STATE COLLEGE Small Business Administration sets response workshop The U.S. Small Business Administration is inviting small business owners to learn how to reply to requests for proposal with a compliant and effective response. During the SBA’s free Nov. 20 daylong workshop, attendees ...

Staley makes plea for lighter sentence

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Sean Robert Staley of Homers Gap Road, Logan Township, told a Blair County judge Tuesday that jail was not the place for him despite his recent plea to 10 counts of possession of child pornography, all felony offenses. The 24-year-old appeared before President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle for ...

Cambria war heroes memorialized

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JOHNSTOWN — Visitors to the lobby of the 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial gained easier access to information about county war heroes Marine Corps Sgt. and Iwo Jima flag raiser Mike Strank and John Lipple, a seaman from Ashville who died in the attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl ...

City woman accused of assault

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An Altoona woman faces charges after police say she hit her husband over the head with a wine bottle. Tracy Ann Summers, 54, was taken into custody at her home at 314 Willow Ave. about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday after Altoona police were dispatched to the home for a report of a domestic dispute and ...