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Police: Search turns up stolen weapons, meth

A Hollidaysburg man faces felony charges stemming from a search of his Beaver Street home in March that allegedly turned up two stolen guns, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Brad A. Campbell, 38, was arraigned Tuesday morning on felony charges that include receiving stolen property and ...

CBRC planning audit

After months of periodic pressure from a former board member and a local labor leader, the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission has agreed that it would be a good idea to have an audit — but not right away. Bill Schirf, former mayor of Altoona, and Bob Kutz, president of the ...

Spud Stroll set for Saturday

EBENSBURG — A “Spud Stroll” is set for Saturday as many Ebensburg businesses celebrate the potato by hosting sales, specials and events. “This is definitely not going to be the PotatoFest that people have come to expect,” said Danea Koss, director of Community Development. “There ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court Feb. 5: Jeffrey D. Pfahler, 20, 4467 Raystown Road, Hopewell, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, false reports to law enforcement officer, tampering with or ...

Hot wheels

Landyn Rogers, 13, zips his remote control car around the backyard of his Osterburg home Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Wolf vetoes school sports bill

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, and lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly said they would try to override it. The Wolf administration’s limits ...

AMED could see job cuts next year

A shrinkage in call volume due to COVID-19 could force AMED to consider service changes for next year, including roster cuts and eliminating its current policy of always sending Advanced Life Support crews to emergencies, according to Executive Director Gary Watters. “It’s scary,” ...

Jobless fraud leads to delays

A resurgence of fraud claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that helps the self-employed has led the state Department of Labor & Industry to put a hold on dispensing money to new PUA applicants, pending confirmation of those applicants’ identities. “Due to an ...

Coalport man pleads guilty in seven cases

CLEARFIELD — A Coalport man will spend up to eight years in state prison for various offenses, including an assault in which he threatened to kill a man, and for his part in the killing of two dogs. William Benjamin Cochran, 34, pleaded guilty in seven different cases during sentencing ...

Court upholds man’s sentence

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction of an Altoona man serving a state prison sentence for three illegal drug sales, even though the confidential informant who made the purchases was not available to testify during his trial. The police informant died prior to the trial, ...

City man accused of firing gun at woman

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he fired a shotgun at a woman as she drove away from their Third Street home. Christopher D. Riddle-Hatcher, 34, allegedly fired a 20-gauge round from a Mossberg 500 C pump-action shotgun, hitting the B-pillar of the woman’s vehicle, halfway up the ...

Police: City man crashed into home

An Altoona man is suspected of driving drunk when he crashed into a house in Tyrone over the weekend. Elliot Robertson, 26, of Altoona, was taken to UPMC Altoona by ambulance early Saturday for treatment of unspecified injuries and a blood test after he crashed into a home on the 500 block of ...

Bedford man gets longer sentence

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Bedford County man convicted in February of two criminal offenses linking him to an Altoona methamphetamine lab was resentenced Monday to two to four years in prison. In June, Jeffrey D. McFarland, 59, Defiance, was sentenced to three months to two years in ...

AASD to drop three programs

The Altoona Area School Board voted Monday to discontinue three Career and Technical Education programs based on their financial sustainability. Child care, accounting and bookkeeping, and administrative office assistant and secretarial service will no longer be eligible for CTE ...

County wants out of lawsuit

An attorney for Blair County has filed a petition asking a U.S. district judge in Johnstown to dismiss a federal civil rights complaint in which a former student intern with the Hollidaysburg Area School District says he was falsely arrested last year for allegedly leaving threatening ...

Senate targets teacher shortfall

State senators have introduced a bill to help reverse a decadelong decline in certified teachers. Senators Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, and Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, introduced Senate Bill 1325 earlier this week that would “help address Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage by ...

Not-so-trivial pursuit

For more than 35 years, Elaine Conrad of Hollidaysburg has had a passion for local history. Innocently ignited when she dis­­­­covered a hotel once occupied her residential backyard on Wopsononock Mountain, Conrad, 76, said she has “read, researched, photographed and shared topics A-Z ...

Big tent draws more than attention to venue

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Convention Center has found a way to bring in some revenue during the coronavirus pandemic that has restricted the size of indoor gatherings. Since renting a large outdoor tent in August — set up in front of the main entrance — the convention center has ...

Prison hopes to restore volunteer programs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Efforts are being made to restore some volunteer programs inside the Blair County Prison, possibly starting in October, Warden Abbie Tate told the prison board Thursday. “We talk it about daily,” Tate said when Commissioner Amy Webster, a prison board member, asked ...

Rec Commission may need to trim banquet

The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission is planning for its 2021 Community Classic dinner with the expectation that COVID-19 will prohibit the usual 500 attendees from packing into the Bavarian Hall to raise money so kids can participate in programs like basketball, T-ball, soccer ...