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Stance on bill prompts concern

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti is asking fellow commissioners to reconsider their no comment stance on a proposed bill drawing local criticism partly because of the bill’s timing. “We just went through reassessment,” former Altoona Mayor William Schirf told ...

Bedford DA office fills staff positions

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners approved the hiring of three staff members and the promotion of one at the District Attorney’s Office at Tuesday’s meeting. Jonathan Thomas has been promoted to first assistant district attorney at a yearly salary of $43,000. Dwight Diehl has ...

Cambria pair facing child abuse charges

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EBENSBURG — A Cambria County man and woman face criminal charges after day care center employees allegedly found a burn mark on a 2-year-old child’s stomach. The child was left at the day care on May 17 despite protests from employees, who told the couple it was at capacity, according to ...

Blooming days

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Theresa Johnsonbaugh takes some time to deadhead pansies on a flower arrangement near the entrance to Adler’s Landscape Nursery in Altoona. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Convicted drug dealer wants sentence tossed, new trial

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A Philadelphia man, convicted in Blair County for his part in a statewide drug ring that distributed thousands of opioid pills obtained through forged prescriptions, is asking the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to vacate his lengthy prison sentence and order a new trial. The defendant, ...

City Stay and Play suspended

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Operations at Stay and Play preschool, located in the Christ Community United Methodist Church on 58th Street in Altoona, were suspended Tuesday after questions arose about preschool funds, according to Shawn Gilgore, spokes­man for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church in ...

Fugitive suspect taken into custody

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A suspected crack dealer who spent months on the lam is now in jail. Heidi Jo Williams, 41, of Altoona, was taken into custody Friday by U.S. marshals in Philadelphia, according to Altoona police Detective Sgt. Chris Moser. Moser said that Williams was wanted for questioning in an unrelated ...

Patton man facing sexual assault charges

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A Patton man faces criminal charges after he was allegedly found naked in bed with a teenage girl. Ryan W. Patterson, 19, of 626 Donnelly Ave., was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of someone younger than 16 and corruption of minors, ...

AASD work to affect travel

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Construction will mean a change for drivers and pedestrians in the area around the Altoona Area High School campus beginning today. The areas affected are on Sixth and Seventh Avenues between 13th and 15th streets and travelers are urged to use extra caution when negotiating the new traffic ...

Gaming account helps nab alleged burglar

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An online video gaming account helped police finger a suspect in a Tyrone burglary. Cody K. Sweeney, 19, of 325 W. 16th St., Tyrone, is accused of breaking into a home on the 2400 block of Hamilton Avenue on April 6 and making off with several PlayStation 4 video games along with a cord for a ...

Court reviews abuse sentence

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CLEARFIELD — The sentence for an Osceola Mills woman sent to state prison after her 3-week-old child was seriously injured, was discussed in Clearfield County Court Tuesday. Both Stephanie McGuire, 23, and her boyfriend, Aaron Mills, 33, were charged in March 2017 with assault and various ...

Area briefs

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Labor Council to honor Wolf Gov. Tom Wolf will be honored as the 2018 Person of the Year by the Blair Bedford Central Labor Council. Wolf will be honored Sept. 13 at the 38th Annual Person of the Year Awards Dinner at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona. The dinner will be held in conjunction ...

Logan settles complaint over age discrimination

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The Logan Township su­per­visors have paid $45,000 to settle an age discrimination complaint made to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a police officer candidate. David Rosamilia, currently an officer with North Woodbury Township, ac­cused the township of violating The ...

Births

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May 12, 2018 Joseph Timothy Heaton, a son born to Amber (Hazen-stab) and Fred Heaton, Hollidaysburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 4:04 p.m. Kaylee Melody Poet, a daughter born to Katlyn (Kep-hart) and Trystan Poet, Roar-ing Spring, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, ...

Briefcase

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Workshop to focus on grants Penn State Extension and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, will offer a free workshop, “Exploring USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grants,” from 1 to 4 p.m. June 19 at the SAP&DC office, 3 Sheraton Drive. The ...

GOP chairwoman may try to keep post

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In an apparent attempt to stay on as chairwoman despite losing her re-election bid to the Blair County Republican Committee, Lois Kaneshiki is reviewing the committee’s bylaws to potentially pitch a change so that a nonmember can serve as chairperson, Mike Routch confirmed. “She’s been ...

Tennis courts to cost $643K

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The Altoona Area School Board received two bids for Mansion Park tennis court upgrades, and the administration is recommending the board choose W.G Land Co. of Champion, which bid $643,930 to replace the park’s four tennis courts and construct a fifth one where basketball courts are currently ...

Clymer man held in 3-county crime spree

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EBENSBURG — After an alleged crime spree that spanned three counties, a Clymer man faces more than 20 criminal charges, including felonies. Joseph J. Gillo Jr., 27, of 7000 Route 553, allegedly began the spree about 1 a.m. May 6 with the theft of a vehicle from a Johnstown convenience store, ...

Football players involved in student’s bullying, lawsuit alleges

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The family of an Altoona Area Junior High School student who died by suicide a year ago has filed an amended complaint in its federal civil lawsuit against the district, alleging the 12-year-old was being bullied by members of the school’s football team. The complaint filed Friday in the ...

Honoring athletes

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Student athletes Alli Campbell (left) of Bellwood-Antis High School and Jess Stevens (center) of Altoona Area High School talk with Stevens’ mother, Lori Stevens, after the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet at The Casino at Lakemont Park on Monday. See story on Page B1. / ...