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Vigil for slain teenager: ‘I just miss him’

On Thursday, one year after 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching was killed in an Altoona alley, members of the community gathered in his memory for a candlelight vigil at the parking lot of Cesare Battisti Club and Banquet Hall on Beale Avenue. Last February, the teenager was killed when three of ...

Beam under fire by state lawmakers

The state House Appropriations Committee on Thursday grilled acting Health Secretary Alison Beam on the Wolf administration’s requirement early in the pandemic that nursing homes accept COVID-19 readmissions from hospitals and the administration’s recent massive expansion of the ...

Blair non-union raises stay on hold for now

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Non-union pay increases linked to Blair County’s salary study will stay on hold for now, the majority of the county salary board members agreed Thursday. Despite member Laura Burke’s request for the board to address study recommendations for non-union employees, fellow ...

Condo plan, park upgrades get nod

Plans for a condominium project in Frankstown Township received a positive review Thursday by Blair County Planning Commission members, who also gave their support to Logan Township’s plans to make improvements to Leopold Park. The Hopper Commons project in Frankstown Township calls for ...

Planners OK Juniata building project

Blair County Planning Commission members gave a positive review Thursday on plans for construction of a mixed-use building in Juniata. Dazzling Realty LLC plans to construct a 9,225-square-foot, two-story building at North Fourth Avenue and North Sixth Street, which will include commercial ...

‘Erratic’ behavior leads to arrest

A Tyrone woman arrested while acting erratically at a gas station has been charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, court documents state. Shannon M. McMonagle, 34, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger and detained at the Blair ...

Smoke Run woman waives hearing in fatal accident

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County woman charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in connection with an accident that killed a 2-year-old girl waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. Jacqueline M. Lidgett, 55, of Smoke Run also ...

Police: Brisbin man choked woman

CLEARFIELD — A Brisbin man is facing felony charges for allegedly strangling a woman. Police say Jason Robert Potter, 37, argued with the victim in his residence on Feb. 14 before throwing a candy tin at a picture on the wall. The victim picked up a 4-year-old child and retreated to a ...

Cambria GOP to host soup, petition event

The Cambria County Republican Committee will hold a Soup & Petitions Drive-Thru event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Registered Republicans from Somerset and Cambria counties are invited to come to Cambria County Republican Committee headquarters at 1222 Scalp Ave., to enjoy a ...

Squeaky clean

Maurice Bullett of Altoona, sporting a short-sleeved T-shirt thanks to the warmer temperatures, vacuums the interior of his car at Quick n’ Easy Auto Wash on Wednesday. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

UPMC to open vaccine clinic

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com UPMC will open a vaccination clinic today at Station Medical Center, with a website and a phone line for signing up and securing a spot on a waiting list — a protocol that could take some of the stress and frenzy out of the effort to get an ...

Census delays district mapping

By Robert Swift Capitolwire HARRISBURG — Two legislative committees heard testimony Wednesday about how a six-month delay in receiving U.S. census data could pose logistical and legal headaches for Pennsylvania’s legislative redistricting process. The recent announcement by the U.S. ...

Gregory says courts, hospitals failed him

State Rep. Jim Gregory’s Hollidaysburg office was vandalized Jan. 22, and in the following weeks, Gregory said he believes the courts and health care sector failed to keep him and his staff safe. “As a result of not feeling safe, and in light of circumstances that were out of my control, ...

Wolf administration accused of writing biased questions

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has not hidden his disdain for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit any Pennsylvania governor’s authority to extend disaster declarations, but legislative Republican leaders say Wolf’s opposition to the proposal has now crossed the ...

Police accuse man of having drugs

After recently arresting an Altoona man with a large amount of heroin, police spotted him engaging in suspicious behavior at a convenience store, leading to a second arrest, court documents stated. Michael P. Vaught, 39, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on ...

Snyder seeks seat as Bellwood mayor

David Snyder Jr. has announced his candidacy for Bellwood mayor. Snyder will seek the Republican nomination in the May primary. Snyder has served eight years as a member of Bellwood Borough Council, and was appointed Bellwood mayor in January 2021 to fill the vacancy created by the ...

State tracking second vaccines

About 82% of the first doses of coronavirus vaccines delivered to providers in Pennsylvania have been administered already, but only 44% of second doses have been injected into patients’ arms, despite the Department of Health’s policy of ordering those second doses to be delivered just in ...

City man’s appeal rejected by court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected an appeal by an Altoona man who complained that his sentence for a violation of probation, added to a sentence imposed as the result of an aborted drug deal, resulted in an “excessive aggregate sentence.” A three-judge panel of the appeals ...

Bridge project to start March 1

A bridge replacement project in Bedford Township, Bedford County, will require a temporary detour of Country Ridge Road starting March 1. The bridge to be replaced carries Country Ridge Road traffic over the Pennsylvania Turnpike at milepost 144.85, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike ...

PennDOT extends expiration dates

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for state residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This will be the final extension for ...