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Dog trained to sniff out electronics helps with child porn cases

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A child porn suspect stacked piles and piles of tightly packed clothes at his Altoona residence, allegedly attempting to hide the fact the space was a walk-in closet filled with electronic proof of his crimes. But Kimo, an electronic storage detection dog trained to sniff ...

Artist and Bedford native looks to spark change

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BEDFORD — A local artist tossed charcoal powder at a blank piece of paper clipped to a wooden easel before drawing the fine lines of his sitting portrait subject. Bedford native William Snyder III occasionally joked and laughed Wednesday with his subject, Mari-Pat Beene, in her studio, ...

Baker announces AASB campaign

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Mike Baker has announced his campaign for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the Altoona Area School Board. He is a lifelong resident of Altoona and works as a curriculum and innovation consultant for Central Intermediate Unit 10, which serves Centre, Clearfield and Clinton ...

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: Taylor Reading, 23, 1558 ...

Crash course

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The ice is gone but that doesn’t mean the roads are safer. Only 311 of 7,122 reportable crashes in Blair County since 2013 — 4 percent — involved icy roads, according to PennDOT data that is gathered from police reports. Wet roads were involved in about 17 percent of crashes. ...

Sheetz installs superchargers

Local Business

Sheetz is continuing its efforts to become a bigger player in the electric vehicle industry. The Altoona-based convenience store chain recently completed the installation of eight Tesla Supercharger stations at its 17th Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard location. Sheetz currently has 21 ...

Sides mull settlement in civil rights suit

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The parties involved in the federal civil rights lawsuit of a Johnstown man who claims he was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife in 1991 will attempt to reach an out-of-court settlement even though the litigation remains in its early stages. First degree murder charges and a sentence ...

DePiro left his mark on several communities

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At 6-foot-5 and 300-plus pounds in high school, Adam DePiro could have gone on to play professional football, but that wasn’t his dream. The closest he got to the NFL was as an extra, posing as a football player, in the 2011 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,’’ filmed in ...

Despite chill, Irish heritage event gets warm welcome

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TYRONE — At the borough’s Irish Heritage Celebration Saturday, Jay Shawver of Mount Union was selling hunting calls — box calls, pot calls and push button calls — to lure owls, crows, ducks, geese, bucks, elk and turkeys. Alas, there were no calls for warm sunshine. Shawver, who ...

United Way introduces Raising Readers program

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From Mirror staff reports As a way to help improve children’s literacy skills, the United Way of Blair County is introducing a program to encourage caregivers to read to young children to better prepare them for school. Through the Raising Read­ers program, the Uni­ted Way, in ...

Police hold Tyrone man on felony drug charges

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From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man is in jail after police in Hollidays­burg allegedly found multiple bags of methamphetamine in his car. Nicholas W. Auresto, 21, of 820 Hickory St., Apt. 6, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he was pulled over by Hollidaysburg Borough ...

City man charged in meth cases

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From Mirror staff reports A city man is due in court Wednesday on three meth­amphetamine cases. William K. McCloskey, 63, of 419 Third Ave., faces felony drug delivery and related charges stemming from alleged sales of meth between January and March 11, when he was taken into custody by ...

City using LED fixtures to replace streetlamps

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It would seem to be an enlightened financial policy: The city is replacing its incandescent streetlamps with Light-Emitting Diode fixtures and bulbs, which pay for themselves within about eight years because they use far less energy. The project is unfolding slowly — having begun about ...

Bedford historical society set to host annual banquet

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From Mirror staff reports The Bedford County Historical Society will host its Annual History Banquet at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob, Bedford. At the event, the society will honor the Southern Cove Historical Group as Historians of the Year for its efforts to plan and ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court Sept. 26 – Oct. 3: Danny Tallie Jr., 27, 1731 N. Fourth Ave., Apt. 302, charged by Altoona police with retail theft at Sheetz, 700 Chestnut Ave., Altoona, July 25. Vincent J. Burr II, 44, 1905 ...

Area briefs

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HASTINGS American Legion rep to visit State Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield/ Cambria, has announced that a representative from the American Legion will visit his Hastings district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The office is located at 264 Haida Ave. “This is a great ...

Local servicemen honored

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From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG –– Legisla­tion that recognizes the contributions of two Cambria County servicemen has advanced to the state Sen­ate, according to the author of the bills, state Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clear­field/Cambria. “Should they become law, these two pieces ...

Still in it for the long haul

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On the 31st of March, I will celebrate my 57th wedding anniversary with my first wife. Looks like we only have to make it for 14 more days, and I am betting our chances of making it are pretty good. When we got married in 1962, I think I may have paid $2, but it might have been $5, for our ...

Sentencings

Local News

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: Brian C. Heyward, 36, 308 ...

(W)hooping it up

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Everett Area High School freshman Xander Brown was part of a vocal student section, cheering on the girl’s basketball team in PIAA Class 2A quaterfinal game against Allegheny-Clarion Valley at Hempfield High School in Greensburg on Friday. Everett won, 59-36. / Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec