×

Local News

Police seek identity of alleged thief

From Mirror staff reports Logan Township police are asking for help in identifying a woman they said used a stolen credit card to spend thousands at area Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. The wallet was stolen March 11 at the Cracker Barrel in Altoona and the woman pictured is accused of ...

Audubon Society to mark 50 years

From Mirror staff reports The public and past members are invited to help the Juniata Valley Audubon Society celebrate its founding 50 years ago and attend the spring banquet April 16 at Jethro’s restaurant in Altoona. The keynote speaker will be biology researcher and auth­or Andrew ...

Area briefs

Robbery claim unfounded A 34-year-old woman’s claim of being robbed at knifepoint near Canoe Creek State Park has been unfounded, according to state police at Hollidaysburg. She reportedly told police she was with a male and fell asleep in his vehicle. When she woke up, the male was out ...

Coming Sunday …

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Dave Seedenburg gets a bang out of building and restoring cannons in his Altoona shop. Russ O’Reilly reports. - The Altoona Mirror presents its 36th annual high school basketball girls and boys all-star selections. ...

Fire claims mobile home

A family in Snyder Township is without a home after a fire early Friday. Firefighters were called out just before 6:30 a.m. to 1312 Decker Hollow Road, Tyrone, for a fire at a double-wide mobile home. According to Bald Eagle Volunteer Fire De­part­ment Chief Bradley Oswalt, crews from ...

Everything must go

Jelene Barrineau helps to load a truck with all of the items owned by her friends, Caleb and Rachael Miller, on Thursday afternoon along Broad Avenue. The Millers, along with their children, are moving to Cambodia on Sunday and taking 12 suitcases of necessities — all other items are being ...

Weapon sighting causes lockdown

Lockdowns ended quickly at Altoona Area schools Thursday morning when police determined a visitor never possessed a gun on school property. Lockdowns began at the Head Start programs at Washington-Jefferson school after a visitor was seen handling a weapon inside his vehicle after he had left ...

Jury split on man’s burglary charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury rendered a split verdict Thursday, finding an Altoona man guilty in three burglaries, not guilty in five burglaries and unable to reach a unanimous decision in two other burglaries. The convictions mean Glenn Andrew Staehli III, 38, is facing a state ...

Police: Man finds stranger sleeping on kitchen floor

An Altoona resident woke up Thursday morning to find a stranger sleeping on his kitchen floor surrounded by torn up maxi pads, according to police. Brian R. Smith, 60, was arrested by Altoona police after a man on the 300 block of Fourth Street came downstairs about 6:15 a.m. and called 911 ...

Woman arrested for burglary, theft

BEDFORD — A woman is in jail in Bedford County after state police say she broke into a house and stole prescription pills. Vonetta Fogal, 50, of Hustontown allegedly broke a window to enter the home of a 72-year-old man in Broad Top Township to take the pills, state police noted. State ...

Riddlesburg man faces sexual assault charges

BEDFORD — A Riddles­burg man is in jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor in his bedroom about six years ago. Bryant Anthony Nichols, 25, of 144 Newtown Road, faces charges of corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of ...

Tyrone man accused of stealing, abandoning car

TYRONE — A 26-year-old man faces charges after police say he stole and abandoned a car in northern Blair County. Tyrone police said Thursday that Justin M. Spanik is wanted on felony theft and related charges stemming from the theft of a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina on Wednesday night. Police ...

ArtsAltoona plans golfing fundraiser

ArtsAltoona will hold a golfing fundraiser at Sylvan Hills Golf Course in Hollidaysburg on April 20 — but the only shots involved will be putts on the course greens. Up to 18 teams of three players each will compete with one another on each of the greens in a morning “flight” or ...

Agriculture

Nominees needed for Leopold Award CAMP HILL — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is seeking nominees for the 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award. Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private ...

Judge refuses to dismiss charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has refused to dismiss drug charges against a Macon, Ga., man who was stopped by Altoona police after erratic driving through the downtown area last July. Judge Jackie Bernard also has refused a request by the suspect, Widlove Joubert, 44, to return ...

Dwindling staff stymies EMS agencies

BEDFORD — During his 27 years with the West End Ambulance in Johnstown, Ira Hart has witnessed the number of staff continually dwindle — now nearly half the size it was two decades ago. It’s not a problem limited to one community. A report by the Senate Reso­lution 6 Commission said ...

Trespass charges set for city man

From Mirror staff reports A city man is in jail on felony charges after he allegedly pounded on doors and entered two homes on the 100 block of First Avenue in the early morning. According to charges filed by Altoona police, Allen Long, 23, pounded on a door of one of the homes about 5 a.m. ...

Leaving their mark

Altoona Area High School students, from left, junior Kaleb Riley, senior Kierra Moist, sophomore Adriana Kessler and junior Anthony Pater were among dozens of students on Wednesday who stopped to sign the last steel I-beam that will be placed in the new high school building. Traffic delays near ...

UPMC-Highmark deal can’t be extended

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A state judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that a state-brokered consent decree between health care rivals UPMC and Highmark cannot be extended beyond the end of June. Attorney General Josh Shapiro has sought to modify and extend the five-year agreement that ...

Judge’s order gives access to prisoner’s case file

A federal magistrate judge has issued an order that will give attorneys and others access to the file of a Bedford County prisoner who is accused of attacking and seriously injuring his cellmate more than three years ago. The alleged attacker, James Howard Dively, faces charges of aggravated ...