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Democratic women to meet The Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will hold it monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins restaurant. The annual spring tea, invitations to candidates and speakers, fundraisers and community events will be discussed. Candidates wishing to attend the ...

State College man receives 18 months for tax evasion

WILLIAMSPORT — A State College man will spend 18 months in federal prison followed by two years’ probation for income tax evasion. Jeremy Snyder, 43, was sentenced Feb. 10 by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann. According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, as an employee of Number ...

Magisterial district judges

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Robert T. Pope, 39, 119 Howard Ave., charged by Altoona police with possession of a controlled substance, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, Dec. 3, 2018. Guilty plea entered to possession of a controlled substance; ...

Mount awarded $100,000 grant

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to purchase a virtual human dissection Anato­mage Table that will be used to enhance the teaching of anatomy in the college’s health science programs. The table will allow students to ...

Plans unveiled for East Broad Top

ROCKHILL FURNACE — Fueled by prominent rail-industry leaders and rail fans, a new nonprofit organization aspires to propel the East Broad Top Railroad into a multi-purpose entertainment venue that preserves the National Historic Landmark, stimulates regional tourism and preserves its ...

Court denies inmate’s appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied further hearing of an appeal by an Altoona man who was sentenced in 2014 to a lengthy prison term for the sexual abuse of a child. Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan imposed a sentence of 25.5 to 51 years on William Donald Leigh, 48, after a jury ...

Saxton’s Green Leaf Medical expanding

SAXTON — Less than a year after opening its Saxton facility, Green Leaf Medical LLC is expanding. “We are really excited about Phase II. It’s a $35 million expansion that will enable us to add hundreds of new jobs and better serve the needs of patients throughout the commonwealth,” ...

‘Fat Cat’ trial witness directed to drug court

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who testified in December about a first-rate brand of heroin that caused seven overdoses at his residence is being directed to Blair County’s Drug Court for up to three years, followed by 10 years’ probation. Phillip A. Stevens, 33, rendered guilty pleas ...

Drug bust’s grand jury probe detailed

With the suspects in last week’s drug sweep due in court today, the grand jury investigation that led to their arrests gives a detailed look into how state prosecutors believe the group worked together to traffick hundreds of pounds of crystal methamphetamine from Philadelphia to the streets ...

Shooting hoops

Matt Amendolea (left), 15, watches Jude Watt, 14, take a shot at Juniata Memorial Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Blair faces fiscal issues

The Blair County commissioners say the county faces a number of financial challenges. “The pension has been a very large issue that is being addressed. The pension is no longer in the emergency status it once was. The biggest issues we need to concentrate quickly on are the prison and ...

Blair County pension fund assets sold

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County sold about $1 million of its pension fund investments to cover monthly pension payments and other pension obligations reported in January. While the county’s 2020 budget calls for the general fund to provide $4.5 million to the pension plan, the transfer of ...

Tussey baseball coach accused of sex with minor

SAXTON — A baseball coach at Tussey Mountain Junior/Senior High School has been arrested and charged with multiple felony counts stemming from an inappropriate relationship with a female junior high stu­dent, accord­ing to a state police report. According to charges filed by state police ...

Man sentenced in benefit fraud

JOHNSTOWN — A resident of DuBois will spend three years on probation with 180 days of home detention on his conviction of Social Security fraud, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said. Daniel P. McIntosh, 41, of 218 Hubert St., DuBois, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kim R. ...

State urges judges to uphold restrictions

PITTSBURGH — A lawyer with the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office told a panel of judges Thursday to uphold a state law that bars some convicted felons from legally changing their names, in a case brought by three transgender women. Alexander Korn said during Commonwealth Court oral ...

Coalport man facing more charges in assault

HOUTZDALE — A Coalport man accused of assaulting two people at a convenience store and threatening them with a gun is facing additional felony charges for running from police. In January, police say Kenneth John Selvage, 59, entered a Coalport store where he fought with and assaulted two ...

Council seeks to borrow $7.7M

City Council on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that authorizes the borrowing of $7.7 million in 15-year bonds for capital projects, including street resurfacing, curbs and sidewalks, traffic signal and streetlight upgrades, storm sewer improvements, parks and recreation enhancements, ...

Police: Director stole from preschool

The former longtime director of an Altoona preschool faces charges that she embezzled more than $100,000 from the nonprofit, church-sponsored day care facility. Kathleen Koller, 68, was arraigned Wednesday on felony theft-related charges stemming from an investigation by Altoona police into ...

Wolf vetoes bill to keep centers open

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf followed through Wednesday on his threat to veto legislation designed to prevent his administration from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled that house about 300 people. The bill, Wolf said in a statement, would have continued a reliance on ...

Second resentencing ordered in robbery

An appeals court for the second time has ordered the resentencing of an Altoona man charged with robbing a Mahaffey photographer in an effort to recover nude photos of his girlfriend. Just over a year ago, Clearfield County Judge Fredric J. Ammerman resentenced Michael Jerome Irby Jr., 29, to ...