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Munson man pleads to charge

CLEARFIELD — A Munson man pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft by unlawful taking Monday in Clearfield County Court. Roland Edward Dixon, 69, was charged by state police in May with felony counts of conspiracy to theft by unlawful taking, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy to ...

City man faces porn charges

A man arrested earlier this month on drug-related charges now faces more charges over alleged child pornography. Altoona police withdrew the original drug paraphernalia and possessing an instrument of crime charges filed against 29-year-old Jeffrey S. Snaman after his arrest Dec. 15, and on ...

Cherished memories

The holidays reforge a link to childhood memories; the joyful, the sentimental, the unexpected moments, bound by a reverence for past traditions and an enduring affection toward those who helped create them. A few older residents and area natives shared their cherished memories: Joe Gates, ...

Workers ensure holiday success

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com Tyrone police Sgt. Jason Hollis doesn’t regard his working on Christmas this year as a gift to the community, but thinking about it that way isn’t implausible. It’s an assignment — “It’s just the way the schedule worked out” — ...

Community comes together in celebration at the Wright Place

Malissa Yon was laid off from her job with a construction company 12 days before Christmas, but instead of elaborate gifts from her true love to fill the interim, she — along with boyfriend, Mike Fry — sought opportunities for volunteering to help each day. Tuesday, Christmas Eve, brought ...

Season of Giving

Mirror photo by Greg Bock Altoona police Sgt. Matthew Plummer, Santa and Sherry Fetterman watch as Ezekiel enjoys a present delivered by Santa through a program organized by Professionals Auto Body and Altoona and Logan Township police.

Beacon of Light

Courtesy photo Even in the gloom of winter, the Pittsburgh Creche on Grant Street has served as a beacon for the past 20 years. Dedicated in December 1999, it is a replica of the creche at St. Peterás Square in the Vatican. According to the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Sisters of the Holy ...

Bedford County men accused of robbery

BEDFORD — Two men are in jail in Bedford County after police say they asked for a ride and then robbed a man. James Troy Clark, 22, of Bedford, and Joshua Lynn Calhoun, 20, Manns Choice, were taken into custody Monday after the pair allegedly pulled a knife on a man in Bedford Borough and ...

Special delivery helps out veterans

Lots of people work out before the summer, so they look better at the beach. Lots of people exercise their charitable impulses before the holidays, so their lives align better with the spirit of the season. The management of a local exercise center recently worked out an arrangement to ...

Altoona post office lends helping hand

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday Season, Santa needed a little help, which he got from the Altoona post office. Because of a late request, employees at the Altoona post office helped Santa with providing gifts and a Christmas dinner to an Altoona family. A city carrier received a ...

Lilly man turns Santa collection into family tradition

Images of that vibrant red suit with fluffy white cuffs, shiny black boots and a flowing white beard fill hearts with happiness and nostalgia. Those pictures return each year at December when we open our boxes filled with decorations of Santa, but one local man keeps him in his heart and mind ...

Water, sewer rates steady

After changes that have raised the cost of water and sewer service for the past five years in a row, the Altoona Water Authority will refrain from raising rates for 2020. It will do so largely because of the success this year of a restructuring that has moved the authority away from charges ...

Shelter life gives man new perspective during holidays

During the holidays, we visit family and friends, expecting — and almost invariably receiving — warmth and welcome. For a couple of years, until recently, Matt Folcarelli’s life through all seasons consisted of successive visits that ended invariably in warmth and welcome that waned and ...

City man allegedly stole seven guns from units

An Altoona man awaiting trial on charges he stole money from a city restaurant’s skill games is now charged with the theft of seven guns. Joshua W. Roland, 29, was arraigned Monday on multiple felony burglary and theft-related counts stemming from a state police investigation into the ...

Man with connection to ‘Fat Cat’ released

Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron on Monday said he wanted to see the sentencings of members of the Damon “Fat Cat” Devine drug organization expedited. Milliron told Senior Deputy Attorney General Dave Gorman that there are about a dozen members of the organization in the Blair County ...

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

CLEARFIELD — One of the men involved with a drug ring in Houtzdale that was bringing in an estimated $1.5 million worth of drugs from Ohio pleaded guilty Monday in Clearfield County Court. Kenneth Robert Quade, 32, whose address is listed in Chester, was arrested in September 2018 after a ...

Clearfield man: I’m a coward

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield man admitted Monday that he was a “coward” for not admitting he had shaken and thrown his 7-month-old son when the child became ill. The affidavit details how Timothy Justin Seagraves, 23, told investigators in April that he was “frustrated” because the baby ...

Late shoppers pack stores

Maybe they forgot someone. Maybe they were given a last-minute gift request or maybe they’re just always last-minute shoppers. For whatever reason, people packed stores on Monday. Becky Nileski of Gallitzin had all of her shopping done on Black Friday, or so she thought. “I have three ...

Courts’ remodel ushers in new era

HOLLIDAYSBURG — When Blair County commissioners hold their last meeting of the year on Dec. 31, they will convene in the public meeting room of the courthouse for the first time since June 2018. Their Dec. 17 meeting, they said, would be the last in Conference Room 2B, marking the end of an ...

Jolly Old St. Nick

Christmas is just two days away, but Santa Claus, as usual, carved out some time to talk with the Altoona Mirror about the holiday, hot topics and life in general. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Santa thinks Baby Yoda is adorable or that he’s not a vegetarian. But did you ...