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Trooper: Officer fatally shot man

(Editor's note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. Saturday.) ROARING SPRING — State police continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead outside a Roaring Spring hardware store. Police tape cordoned off the parking lot of True Value Hardware on Woodbury Pike in ...

‘Rockin’ the Lot’ today in Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St., Route 36, will host “Rockin’ the Lot” music and food festival from 3 to 8 p.m. today. The praise festival features local musical groups such as Vox Nova, The Potter’s Band and more. Food for sale includes wings, ox roast ...

Another train derails at Curve

(This story was edited at 4 p.m. Monday to fix incorrect information.) Another Norfolk Southern freight train derailed as it traveled around the Horseshoe Curve about 4:10 p.m. Friday. The derailment, six cars by the estimate of onlookers, a number later confirmed by Norfolk Southern in an ...

Alleged rapist faces additional accusations

A 19-year-old Altoona man in jail on charges he raped a 16-year-old girl is now accused of sex crimes involving two more girls. Altoona police charged Dylan Weatherwalk on Friday in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old and and for allegedly sending a naked photo of himself to an 11-year-old, ...

PSU grads vie to design Notre Dame

A Central High School graduate is part of a team vying to design a new spire for the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In April, a fire destroyed the roof and some of the interior of the iconic church and toppled its spire. The devastation was felt worldwide, but through the heartache, a promise ...

Wike recognized for volunteerism

ShelterBox USA has inducted Tyrone resident Kelly Wike into its Hall of Fame after Wike recently reached a fundraising milestone, raising more than $100,000 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict. Of the more than 400 ShelterBox ...

Paving prep

A crew from Grannas Bros. Stone and Asphalt Co. of Hollidaysburg mills the 600 block of 27th Street in Altoona on Friday afternoon in preparation for paving. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Coming Sunday …

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: -- Building wealth should be taught to students in high school and college, along with a base of other personal finance knowledge that students currently are sorely lacking, according to the U.S. Financial Literacy and ...

Stabbing leads to jail time

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Cresson woman who lodged a kitchen knife into the face of an Altoona woman will spend four to nine years in prison. Pamela Leah Fox, 51, arrested in January by Altoona police at an Altoona residence, rendered a guilty plea Friday morning in Blair County Court to a felony ...

City man killed in crash

An Altoona man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 1:49 p.m. Friday on Tipton Road in Antis Township, according to state police at Hollidaysburg. State police identified the deceased as Dustin P. Delmastro, 39. Police said Delmastro was the driver of a Ford Focus that hit a Ford transit ...

Judge won’t toss firefighters’ lawsuit

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise said this week he will hold a telephone status conference Sept. 14 with attorneys representing a group of firefighters who contend they have been excluded from the decision-making process of the Newburg Fire Association. The judge recently ...

Giving and receiving

Seth Runatz watches as his father, Michael Runatz, both of Pittsburgh, exchanges non-perishable food items for half-price tickets at DelGrosso’s Park on Thursday. (Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey)

Devine requests to be own attorney

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The alleged leader of a $10 million drug-trafficking ring accused of bringing heroin and cocaine into Blair and Cambria counties in 2016 and 2017 said Thursday that he wants to represent himself at an upcoming jury trial. Damon “Fat Cat” Devine, who so far has had three ...

Man admits kidnapping, assaulting girl in 1999

JOHNSTOWN — A health insurance company analyst admitted Thursday that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl after DNA evidence and new fingerprint technology helped solve the 1999 crime. Timothy D. Nelson Jr., 50, pleaded guilty in the Johnstown federal courthouse and ...

Police: DNA connects woman to crime

Police allege a 56-year-old Altoona woman’s DNA has connected her to the December armed robbery of a city bar. Loretta Shepard of 2016 Washington Ave. was taken into custody by Altoona police outside her home and arraigned Wednesday night on felony charges that include robbery and two ...

Grocery store damaged by fire

A fire at Gary’s Groceries and More, 906 Green Ave., is under investigation by the Altoona fire inspector. Altoona Fire Department Assistant Chief Dan Drumm said the fire was Wednesday evening. The call came in at 7:30 p.m., and the first engine arrived three minutes later. “Crews ...

Sentence stands in fatal ATV crash

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A four- to eight-year prison sentence handed down to 20-year-old Jacob Ralph Helsel in a 2017 fatal ATV crash will stand, a Blair County judge has ruled. Despite an appeal claiming the Duncansville man’s sentence wrongly included a three-year mandatory minimum enhancement, ...

Court won’t review Sandusky decision

HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky won’t get a fresh chance to argue in state court he should get a new trial, seven years after the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of molesting 10 boys. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down Sandusky’s request that it ...

District court buildings to undergo security upgrades

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will continue to upgrade security measures at district court buildings with money being provided by the state Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The county previously received state AOPC money to install bullet-resistant glass at the district court ...