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Man allegedly spits on officer

A Juniata man faces a felony assault charge after he allegedly spit on a Hollidaysburg Borough police officer. Westley S. Lostaglia, 21, of 1221 N. Fourth Ave., was taken into custody Monday evening after Hollidaysburg police responded to Best Way Pizza on Blair Street for a report of a ...

Logan asked to help with shelter funding

The Logan Township supervisors were non-committal, though not discouraging, at a recent meeting when asked to pledge Community Development Block Grant money for a 34-bed, $2.8-million homeless shelter proposed by Family Services Inc. The township’s CDBG funds for fiscal 2019-20 are already ...

Police officer leaves for larger department

Logan Township has lost another police officer to a larger department, though this time, only a little larger. Anthony Talamo, whose last day is today, is moving to Murrysville Borough, his hometown, where the Police Department has 21 full-time officers — compared to Logan’s 16. In ...

APD: Man kidnapped, tortured

An Altoona couple face charges in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a man who owed drug money, police said Tuesday night. Justin Keller, 34, and Tara Sprankle, 37, were arraigned on a list of charges Tuesday night stemming from an incident that Altoona police said started about 5 p.m. Monday ...

Stocking up

Erika Quinn and Liam Cook stock up Cook's food truck — Cookin N Bookin — for another road trip Tuesday afternoon. Cook has operated the food truck locally for four years, making fresh items such as wraps, stir fry and melts for his customers. He also sets the truck up at festivals. (Mirror ...

PennDOT lays out Plank Road culvert work

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Normally, concerns with design and execution of a highway project dwarf concerns with controlling traffic after construction begins. That isn’t true for the replacement of a culvert under Plank Road near Park Hills Plaza, a job for which PennDOT held a presentation of ...

Defendant questions jury’s split verdict

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury rendered a split verdict Tuesday, clearing a former Altoona man of the criminal conspiracy but convicting him of delivery and possession of a substance made to look like heroin. “How can they say I’m guilty?” defendant Brandon L. Maybush, 32, asked ...

Blair students find ag more than animals

MARTINSBURG — Blair County seventh-grade students are spending part of their day down on the farm. About 1,400 students — some visited Tuesday and more will visit today — are visiting the Kulp Family Dairy during Altoona-Blair County Develop­ment Corp.’s fourth annual Agriculture ...

Couple plead to drug charges

CLEARFIELD — Two people accused of growing marijuana plants at their Clearfield County home pleaded guilty to felony drug charges Tuesday. The charges were filed after a report that Jollene Marie Boyer-Rabenstein, 39, and Austin Michael Mullan, 26, were growing marijuana at their rented home ...

Ag head to speak

From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG — Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hol­lidaysburg, will host Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding at a farmers breakfast May 16. The free breakfast, held at The Bistro at The Village Green, is open to area farmers and those with ...

Inmate indicted

JOHNSTOWN — An in­mate at the Federal Cor­rectional Institution at Loretto has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said. The indictment named Bryan Wade Smith, 29. According to the ...

Sheetz debuts own beer

From Mirror staff reports Sheetz, in partnership with Rusty Rail Brewing Co., is preparing to unveil its first craft beer, Project Coffee Hopz, a limited-edition coffee bean IPA. Available for a select time in 55 Sheetz stores across Pennsylvania, the beer will first be available to the ...

Briefcase

Urban Air set to open The Urban Air Adventure Park in the Park Hills Plaza will open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday. Urban Air Adventure Park offers year-round indoor amusements featuring climbing walls, a ropes course, trampolines, tubes-indoor playground, warrior course and ...

Steady as he goes

Brittany Kruse and her 7-month-old son, Kayden, enjoy the Spring weather outside their home along Second Avenue in Altoona on Tuesday. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Home intruders kill man

WYOMISSING (AP) — Authorities said a man was shot to death in the bedroom of his eastern Pennsylvania home by two intruders as his two young sons were in another room. Wyomissing police said the 37-year-old victim called 911 early Tuesday and reported that he had been shot. Police chief ...

Feeling blue

Oliver Walters, 3, of Mapleton Depot, watches the Curve game with his grandfather, Jeff Knepper, on Monday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve lost to Bowie, 10-5. See story Page B1. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

AASB bickers over deficit

There’s no tax increase, but a large projected deficit in the Altoona Area School District’s proposed 2019-20 budget led to a lot of finger-pointing among school board members and rehashing of the past before it was approved Monday night. The district administration recommended the board ...

AMED approves building contracts

AMED on Monday awarded contracts to the low bidders for its proposed new headquarters and substation in Lakemont, after a month’s delay because those bids were $200,000 to $300,000 higher than predicted. When it received the bids, which totaled $3.4 million, members worried the organization ...

Blair could see the end of vehicle emissions tests

HARRISBURG — The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing Friday in Latrobe on exempting Blair, Cambria and five other counties from annual emissions testing. The hearing will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at SpringHill Suites (Latrobe Club Room), 115 Arnold Palmer Drive ...

Weakland faces threat charges

An Altoona man on trial last week now faces fresh charges he threatened a witness. Joe Weakland Jr., 40, was acquitted of the most serious counts of burglary and recklessly endangerment a week ago in Blair County Court, while a jury did convict him of criminal trespass — a felony — and ...