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Eatery employee charged

An Altoona man is facing charges after allegedly using his phone to record people while they were using the restroom in a local business, court documents stated. In April, Hollidaysburg police were notified a phone was discovered recording in a bathroom vent at D’Ottavio’s Italian House, ...

Superior Court dismisses appeal

A former inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield in Huntingdon County has failed to convince the Pennsylvania Superior Court that he found newly-discovered, exculpatory evidence in his case, which involved the aggravated assault of corrections officers during a 2013 melee at ...

HASD lifts restrictions

Hollidaysburg Area Senior High graduates and their families will not be limited on how many guests they can bring to commencement in June. Superintendent Robert Gildea told the Hollidaysburg Area School Board during a special meeting Wednesday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to lift most ...

Police seize drugs, gun

While executing multiple search warrants throughout Tyrone Borough, law enforcement agencies located nearly $7,000 worth of illicit drugs, a loaded handgun and about $2,650 in cash, Tyrone Borough police reported. Tyrone resident Richard A. Ewing, 42, was taken into custody as a result of ...

Judge grants review time

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is granting more time to review evidence associated with an alleged embezzlement of more than $125,000 from an Altoona preschool. Judge Daniel J. Milliron was scheduled Thursday to hear motions associated with theft, receiving stolen property and related ...

Pa. residents encouraged to apply for utility help

HARRISBURG — The Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Meg Snead, has reminded Pennsylvanians that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program season has ended, but assistance with utility bills remains available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to individuals ...

Para-Coat grows with acquisition of Dragomir

From Mirror staff reports JOHNSTOWN — Para-Coat Technologies Inc. of Johnstown, a specialty engineered coatings provider who works with the military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries, has acquired the assets of the R.D. Dragomir Co. in Santa Ana, Calif. Para-Coat Technologies ...

InspectionGo wins governor’s award

From Mirror staff reports CAMP HILL — InspectionGo of Tyrone, a digital home inspection service with a national footprint, has been named the Governor’s Achievement Employer Award winner by the state Department of Labor and Industry’s office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Since ...

Perpetual care

Alice Hoover, 18, of Patton mows St. Mary & St. George Cemetery south of Patton on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Thief targets Patton vehicles

PATTON — A series of vehicle thefts shook residents Wednesday morning. While police said they have identified a potential suspect, the person remains at large. “This really took everyone by storm,” Patton Police Officer Bryan Diehl said. “We are aware and actively investigating this ...

Downtown church set to be razed

The former Christ Reformed Church at 12th Avenue and 15th Street will be demolished soon to create a parking lot for Curry Realty, city Director of Codes and Inspections Rebecca Brown told the Altoona Planning Commission this week. Curry is renovating the former Vipond building nearby to ...

College students encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine

Amid fresh signs of sagging statewide demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Pennsylvania officials on Wednesday encouraged hundreds of thousands of college students to get their shots before they go home for summer. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in State College with the president and head football ...

Police: House unfit for animals

Allegheny Township po­­lice filed animal-cruelty charges Monday against two residents after the couple’s pets were discovered living in a home “not habitable for animals,” court documents stated. Ashleigh Savercool, 21, and Antonio Savercool, 23, are each facing numerous animal-care ...

Woman charged in alleged assault

Pennsylvania State Police accused a Roaring Spring woman Tuesday of assaulting a man with numerous items including a pool cue, cookie sheet and DVD player, court documents stated. Jamie J. Detwiler, 18, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on charges including ...

Man held in break-in, vehicle theft

A man with no fixed address was charged Monday for the alleged burglary of a business on Sixth Avenue in which $13,000 in goods and a vehicle were reported stolen, court documents stated. Robert F. Vogel Jr., 48, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones after police ...

Felon facing new firearms counts after search of home

Martinsburg police reported they discovered eight firearms April 29 at a convicted felon’s home shortly after he was arrested elsewhere for possessing a firearm. While following up on a call about an abandoned car April 29, Martinsburg police responded to George Stewart’s home on the 300 ...

Reward offered in fatal hit-and-run

Crime Solvers of Blair County is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information about a fatal hit-and-run that occurred April 29 on Pleasant Valley Boulevard. Logan Township police are investigating the crash that happened at 11:06 p.m. near the Red Lobster. The victim was Lynn Jury, 65, ...

Maryland man accused of $1,500 in retail theft

Nearly $1,500 of merchandise was allegedly stolen from an Altoona retailer by a man from Hagerstown, Maryland, according to a criminal complaint. Chase T. Worthington, 30, faces four counts of retail theft charges from two February incidents at the Target on Sierra Drive, police ...

Ag chief announces farm to school grants

HARRISBURG — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the approval of nearly $400,000 in Farm to School Grants to fund 39 projects that will improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agricultural awareness opportunities for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The ...

Judge: Inmate’s challenge too late

An Altoona man serving a minimum of 20 years in prison for his part in a cocaine distribution ring broken up by the West Drug Task Force in 2011 is too late in filing a challenge to the forfeiture of money and multiple electronic items seized during the investigation, according to a Blair ...