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Prison to install tracking system

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An effort to set up a computerized tracking system inside the Blair County Prison is moving forward. When ready for use, the Guardian RFID Corrections System will be able to know where those inside the prison have been and what time they were there. “It’s going to create ...

Identical twin sisters make the most of their similarities

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DUNCANSVILLE — Identical twins Bonnie Magill Harley and Connie Magill Smith, 76, enjoy dressing alike with matching earings, necklaces and bracelets — especially when attending Evangelical Lutheran Church. If their outfits don’t match, fellow congregants ask why. “We always, always, ...

Banned fraternity sues PSU

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From Mirror staff reports A Penn State University fraternity that was banned after a pledge’s death is now claiming the university “supported an environment generally recognized as the ‘number one party school in the nation.’” In a complaint filed Friday, the Alpha Upsilon ...

AWA focusing on sludge dryer

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The Altoona Water Authority’s proposed anaerobic digester project at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant has many potential benefits, but the one that some officials think is most important was not part of the original idea. From the beginning, officials discussed charging to accept food ...

Kids at play

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Children play with toys and bird seed in a pool on Saturday at the Iuzzolino Park Block Party along the 2500 block of Maple Avenue. Neighbors came together to celebrate the new playset recently installed by the City of Altoona. Photo for the Mirror by Shasta Langenbacher

Area school districts testing water

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series. For the first time ever, Altoona Area School District will test for lead contamination in drinking water. The tests are to be conducted this summer. Other districts in Blair and Cambria counties tested for the first time last year. ...

Chamber set to honor Kaup

Local Business

Rex Kaup was driving down the highway when his cellphone rang. It was Blair County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Joe Hurd calling to tell him he had been selected as the 18th recipient of the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Kaup, a lead partner at Young, ...

Helsel challenges prison sentence

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A four- to eight-year sentence handed down in a 2017 fatal ATV crash could be reduced through a pending challenge to be aired in July in Blair County Court. Jacob Ralph Helsel, 20, of Duncansville is entitled to a new sentence, defense attorney Steven Passarello maintains in ...

Convicted murderer back in court, wants sentence reduced

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 48-year-old Altoona man incarcerated since he was 17 years old will ask a judge this week to reduce his life in prison sentence. James “Frankie” Rodgers, convicted of first-degree murder in the 1988 stabbing death of Pasquale J. Lascoli, is expected to be among several ...

Court upholds sentence in crash

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A state Superior Court panel has affirmed a sentence of 8.5- to 17-years incarceration for Trenton Ross Bilak of Everett who was driving an ATV in 2017 that crashed into a pair of deer, ejecting and killing an 18-year-old passenger. In a recent ruling, the panel found no ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants pleaded guilty to charges listed and were sentenced as shown: Teia K. Massaro, 20, 4909 ...

Roadwork

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State College I-99 project update issued PennDOT has announced that a long-term lane closure of the northbound right travel lane will be in effect near the Atherton Street exit beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. The closure will remain in effect until work is completed on Wednesday. There also ...

Motions filed in homicide case

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CLEARFIELD — Defense attorneys for a man charged in the brutal murder of a Clearfield County teen have filed several motions regarding his case. In April 2018, Denny Scott Bailey, 39, of Woodland was charged with the murder of Chase Anderson, 19, whose burned body was recovered in a remote ...

House spars over cash cuts

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Local lawmakers voted Wednesday to eliminate the state’s General Assistance program, which directs some $54 million a year in cash payments to Pennsylvania residents. The program, long a target of GOP officials, covers those who don’t qualify for the federal program called Temporary ...

Bedford County volunteers helped build structure

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Getting on a swing and riding back and forth with the ground getting farther away and then coming back is one of the most exciting things for a child to do. Climbing a swing set and cruising down a slide are two other activities that a child relishes in. These pastimes now are possible for a ...

Marriage licenses

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Blair County Elmer C. Beere and Farrah R. Fogal, both of Duncansville. Nicholas R. Stoltz, Duncansville, and Audbrey N. Forlina, Claysburg. Mackenzie A. Kline and Tiffany R. Pheasant, both of Williamsburg. Cody S. Gorsuch and Kristen M. Lantzy, both of Altoona. Michael J. Archey, ...

Divorces

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Blair County MILLS — Ronald W.; Tracy, both of Hollidaysburg. Married June 10, 2011. BURGER — Leigh, Dun-cansville; David P., Hollidays-burg. Married Aug. 31, 2007. GEARHART — Shelby N., Duncansville; Anthony D., Duncansville. Married Sept. 7, 2012. KING — Kevin L., Altoona; ...

Wheels up

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Stunt riders Anriette Balint (left) and Jason Britton of the Jason Britton & Team No Limit Stunt Show perform in the Heritage Plaza parking lot as part of the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally on Friday afternoon. The rally concludes today. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Fingerprints in Routier case to be tested

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Darlie Kee, the mother of an Altoona woman on death row in Texas for the 1996 stabbing deaths of her two young sons, has fought for years to have authorities run an unidentified bloody fingerprint found at the scene of the killings in hopes of exonerating her daughter. Now after all these ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger: Craig V. Koelle Jr., 23, 168 Penndale Ave., Apt. E8, Claysburg, charged by Greenfield Township police with two counts of simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment and unlawful restraint on Penndale Avenue, Nov. ...