×

Local News

Police: Bellwood man had stash

A traffic stop in Altoona led to the arrest of a Bellwood man who police said had a large stash of drugs, guns and cash. Jason D. Lynn, 33, of Bellwood, was arrested over the weekend after a woman was pulled over in his car early Saturday. She told officers there were guns in the trunk and a ...

Fore!

Joe DeAntonio takes a practice swing as he lines up his shot at the Sylvan Hills Golf Course, Hollidaysburg, on Monday. (Mirror photo by Russ O’Reilly)

Sheetz near AASD eyes sales of alcohol

The Altoona Planning Commission this week approved a land development plan for two additions that could allow the Sheetz on 17th Street at Seventh Avenue –– near the Altoona Area School District campus –– to sell beer and wine. The project calls for an addition to accommodate seating ...

Spanish helps area woman forge new path

While downloading music online like most 15-year-olds at the time, Amanda Hatch of Hollidaysburg accidentally found a song that would change her life. The song was completely in Spanish, and she didn’t understand a word of it. But after spending hours with a Spanish-English dictionary ...

Finishing touches

Brandon Ott applies primer to the lattice below the front porch steps of his Oak Avenue home Saturday. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Judge orders mental health check

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield man who threatened corrections officers while attempting to escape from the Clearfield County Jail is being sent for a mental health evaluation. In July, John F. Moore, 43, Clearfield, allegedly removed a piece of a metal desk which he used as a weapon to threaten ...

Notary seminars planned

The Pennsylvania Association of Notaries will hold several educational seminars this month for Altoona area notaries and motor vehicle agents. The seminars will be held at the Hampton Inn, 180 Charlotte Drive. PAN’s First Time Notary Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. ...

Magisterial district judges

Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger: Waived to court April 18 - May 30: Jenna A. Drysdale, 33, 124 Locust St., Claysburg, charged by Greenfield Township police with endangering the welfare of children, March 27. Justis K. Dodson, 23, 195 Valley ...

Worldly focus

By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com om Grove never expected to become a journalist. “I was fascinated by languages. I never thought of journalism at all. My dad was a psychologist at the VA. My mom worked at Penn Mont Academy. They both had a background in psychology; it was ...

Fingerprint in Routier case still unknown

Supporters of Darlie Routier — the former Altoona woman on death row in Texas after being convicted of the 1996 murder of one of her young sons — for years encouraged the state of Texas to run the images of an unidentified bloody fingerprint found at the murder scene. Dallas County Judge ...

Area

HOLLIDAYSBURG Gun permit system now operational The Blair County Sheriff’s Office announced that the upgrade to its license to carry “gun permit” system has been completed and is now operational. Walmart sets Wellness Day Walmart Wellness Day is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Kagarise defends decision

Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise has sent an opinion to the Pennsylvania Superior Court supporting his decision to terminate the parental rights of a Blair County mother. The mother through Altoona attorney Cara Harr has appealed the judge’s termination order of Dec. 2, 2019. The ...

Tax assistance offered

United Way of Blair County and the IRS have again joined together to provide federal, state and local income tax assistance to income-eligible residents of Blair County through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Volunteers who are trained and certified by the IRS will be available ...

Veterans program set

CLEARFIELD — State Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield, is continuing a monthly program to help veterans. Each month, a representative from the American Legion visits Sankey’s district offices to discuss issues such as pensions, compensation, educational opportunities and health care. ...

Pa. pressured on pollution

Years of tense cooperation on water cleanup turned into an open legal battle last week, when Maryland’s governor moved to sue Pennsylvania for its purported environmental failures. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wrote a letter Wednesday to his state’s attorney general, Brian Frosh, seeking a ...

Police: Illinois man elbowed, kicked officers

A 37-year-old Illinois man is in Blair County Prison after police say he elbowed one officer and kicked another. Sean K. McBrady was intoxicated when officers encountered him at the self-checkout at Walmart in Allegheny Township just before midnight Thursday after store personnel called ...

Beccaria man sentenced for threats

CLEARFIELD — A Beccaria man who threatened to burn down a home and assault a woman was sentenced Friday in Clearfield County Court. According to the affidavit, police arrived at a residence in Gulich Township on Sept. 13 to serve a 302 or involuntary commitment into a mental institute ...

Bedford County dad loses appeal over parental rights

A Bedford County father who has spent much of his child’s life in and out of prison, has lost his parental rights, according to a decision earlier this week by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. From the time his child was born, the father has suffered from alcohol problems, according to the ...

Blair CSP, center recognized

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association on Monday will present the I’m The Evidence Community Award to the Blair Community Support Program and the H.O.P.E. Drop In Center of Blair County. I’m the Evidence campaign is a grassroots effort to raise awareness about how residents ...

Man pleads to criminal trespass

CLEARFIELD — A former Coalport man pleaded guilty Friday to felony criminal trespass for breaking a door to get into a neighbor’s apartment. Police say Richard Allen Supenia, 56, banged on his neighbor’s door with a metal shovel until the door “busted open, ripping the door off the ...