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Altoona Area School District — Board members walk out of meeting

Three Altoona Area School Board members walked out of a meeting Monday during a Pennsylvania School Boards Association presentation about the proper roles of school board members and how to work as a team. Ed Kreuz, Ron Johnston and Sharon Bream left the room before Pennsylvania School Boards ...

High rise

Workers install panels on the new Altoona Area High School building at the Sixth Avenue pedestrian walkway Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Bedford to host 9/11 cyclists

ARLINGTON, Va. — Dozens of runners and bicyclists have departed the Pentagon for a three-day interstate relay to raise money for families of fallen and injured first responders and military. The 9/11 Promise Run has already raised $70,000 this year and organizers hope to exceed $100,000. ...

Police find, arrest man passed out on street

An Altoona man who police say was passed out on a city street was carrying about $12,000 in cash in his backpack. Brian Lee Hostler Jr., 31, of 805 Sixth Ave., was taken into custody on a Blair County Sheriff’s Office warrant about 10 p.m. Sunday after he was found unconscious on the 100 ...

Pa. voters allowed to apply online for absentee ballots

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians who will not be able to vote in person this fall can apply online for absentee ballots for the first time, officials announced Monday. The Wolf administration said voters can begin next week to use the new process to obtain absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 ...

Course offered for MH families

The Blair County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is holding a free, 12-session course beginning today for people who are close to someone with mental illness. NAMI Family-to-Family is designed to help family members, partners, significant others, friends and caregivers to ...

Tyrone skate park finds place to land

TYRONE — Borough Mayor Bill Latchford has been angling for a way to set up a skate park for kids in town who prefer wheeled, rather than ball-dependent sports. Years ago, he proposed a $150,000 concrete structure for skateboarders, BMXers and Rollerblade users, but it didn’t happen. ...

Police: Man choked, assaulted girlfriend

A city man faces charges after police say he choked and assaulted his girlfriend. Douglas W. Grissinger, 33, of 124 23rd Ave., was arrested on felony strangulation and misdemeanor simple assault charges Sunday after his girlfriend showed up at the Altoona Police Department with visible ...

Sutton fights abuse allegations

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man went on trial Monday in Blair County Court, accused of indecently assaulting two young girls in December or January. Michael Francis Sutton, 24, was staying overnights with a girlfriend at a Fairway Drive apartment when the girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter ...

City man accused of taking checks, cash

A lost wallet has landed an Altoona man in jail. Erashad H. Adams, 21, was arrested Friday by Altoona police after he allegedly stole two signed checks and cash from a wallet left at the Altoona Area Public Library. According to charges filed by Altoona police, the wallet was turned into ...

City man denies child pornography accusations

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of possessing and distributing child pornography told a Blair County judge Monday that his computer equipment contained child pornography pictures and videos, but not because he intentionally downloaded those files for viewing. Kensil Wayne Bowman Jr., ...

Correction

The Orpheus Singers will begin their fall season with a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, State College. An incorrect location was printed in Friday’s Mirror.

Police: Man arrested in rape plot

MEYERSDALE (AP) — State police are accusing a western Pennsylvania man of creating a phony online dating profile in an alleged scheme to lure people willing to rape a woman. Sixty-eight-year-old Roger Dale Wahl of Meyersdale is charged with rape/threat of forcible compulsion, identity ...

Central student artist receives Congressional recognition

MARTINSBURG — Young artists everywhere aspire to have their work enjoyed and admired by others. For one local high school student, this became a reality on a national level. Reagan Bush, a senior at Central High School, was selected as a winner in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition and ...

Coal cleanup could generate revenue

Because of the cost, the need for environmental cleanup can discourage development. In Antis Township, however, a potential environmental cleanup could support development of a trail from Bellwood to Juniata by generating municipal funds — along with additional ground for recreation. Antis ...

Gardner’s president planning to retire

TYRONE — Sam Phillips said the time is right. Phillips, 68, will retire as president of Gardners Candies on Sept. 13 after more than 27 years at the business. “I saw what my father (Edward) did. He retired in his late 60s and enjoyed retirement for about 30 years. I would like to emulate ...

Judge: Convicted drug dealer could have lesser sentence

A federal magistrate judge has issued an addendum to a recommendation he made in mid-August, raising the possibly that a convicted Altoona drug dealer could end up with lower minimum prison sentence than he is now serving. The inmate, Charles Bellon, 40, who is serving a 31- to 62-year ...

Court rejects Philly man’s appeal

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected the appeal of a Philadelphia native who claimed that an Altoona woman was mistaken when she pointed him out as the person who pistol-whipped her nearly three years ago. The incident occurred on in the early morning of Dec. 9, 2016, as the women and ...

City woman sentenced for heroin, meth sales

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman will spend 2.5 to 10 years in jail for selling heroin in 2017 and for methamphetamine possession in 2018 at the Blair County Prison. Autumn Koch, 42, was sentenced Thursday for criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, ...

Area

EBENSBURG Langerholc to host REAL ID seminar State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, will host a REAL ID seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to provide area residents with information about applying for the new identification card. The event will be held in Courtroom 1 at the Cambria ...