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Spooky maintenance

Mark Snyder checks the electrical connections after putting his Halloween decorations back up on Monday after mowing in front of his Grandview Avenue home. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Court: Green to be tried as adult

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A state court ruling has returned a Blair County juvenile’s second-degree murder and related criminal charges to adult court. In a ruling posted Monday, the state Superior Court found that the petition to transfer Damien A. Green’s case to juvenile court was denied as of ...

Nurses decry limited staffing

Registered nurses connected with UPMC Altoona, along with the relative of a patient, argued in a virtual “town hall” Monday that the hospital is in crisis, with patients lacking proper care and staffers overwhelmed, due to a shortage of nurses. Representatives of UPMC Altoona were not a ...

Strohm lays out ARP spending plan

City Manager Omar Strohm on Monday proposed a tentative plan to City Council for spending all $39.6 million that Altoona will be receiving through the American Rescue Plan. Strohm’s plan calls for spending the money in 18 categories, some more specific than others — eight focused on ...

Staley facing additional child pornography charges

A Portage man previously charged with child pornography faces additional charges following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. Sean Robert Staley, 26, was arraigned Thursday by Cambria County Magisterial District Judge Susan M. Gindlesperger for five felony charges of child ...

Herring now on trial in drug ring case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of making five methamphetamine sales in 2019 for his role in a Philadelphia-to-Altoona drug trafficking organization is on trial this week in Blair County Court. Darwin Maurice Herring Sr., 39, represented by Pittsburgh attorney James E. DePasquale, is ...