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City man accused of choking woman

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he choked the mother of his child after seeing her new boyfriend. Michael A. Bathurst Jr., 44, of Altoona, was arraigned on a felony count of strangulation, along with a misdemeanor count of simple assault, stemming from an alleged incident ...

Roaring Spring man faces theft charges

A Roaring Spring man is behind bars after state police say he stole guns, money and jewelry from a friend. Wade A. Rhodes, 32, is accused of stealing a Remington Model 700 .243 Winchester rifle with a scope and a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun, along with jewelry, sports memorabilia and other ...

Candidate forums

Student-driven event planned A meet the candidates night will be held 7 p.m. May 7 at the Altoona Area High School auditorium, sponsored by the Altoona Area High School Student Council and Youth and Government Club. “The purpose of this event is to inform the public on the candidates’ ...

‘Living the dream’

BEDFORD — Farming comes naturally for Paul and Bette Slayton. “We both grew up on farms in the Midwest,” Paul said. “We are both seventh- generation farmers. It was natural that we became farmers.” “My childhood dream was to own a farm,” he added. “I am living the ...

Burndown, cover crop termination tips

With cool weather in our rear-view mirror it’s time to focus on corn and soybean planting, as well as burndown and cover crop termination. While burndown applications seem relatively simple, there are some things you can do to make them more effective. In general, annual weeds should be ...

FFA Spotlight

Linzy Fetterolf Age and school: 16, Bellefonte Area High School Family: Parents, Todd and Annette Fetterolf of Bellefonte Years involved with FFA: 2 years Amount of time spent on FFA: I care daily for my animals — a Holland Lop named Winston, an Aussiedoodle puppy named Ripley and ...

Agriculture briefs

Food safety class set Penn State Extension will hold a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 and from 9 a.m. to noon with the certification exam at 1 p.m. June 3 at the Penn State Altoona Downtown Devorris Center. The fee of $185 includes the most recent edition ...

Watching the action

Jim Leyland, the one-time manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who currently serves as a special assistant to the Detroit Tigers, watches prized pitcher Casey Mize make his double-A debut for Erie against the Curve on Monday night in Altoona. See story, B1. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

City man pleads in child sex cases

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will be incarcerated 6.5 to 13 years, then on probation for an additional five years, after rendering pleas Monday in Blair County Court to 37 child sexual assault offenses. William Reed Jr., 47, who has been in the county prison for about two years since his ...

Woman charged in nine criminal cases this year in jail again

A woman charged in nine separate criminal cases this year is back behind bars less than two weeks after her bail was lowered by a Blair County judge. Heather Lee Guer­in, 42, was arrested Sunday by Tyrone police after she allegedly tried ditching a backpack full of drugs and drug ...

House panel passes boost to private school aid

The House Education Committee has Monday approved a bill to double the amount of tax credits available to help students to attend the school of their choice. House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, would increase the amount of tax credits available under the ...

City man wants jury to clear him

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is asking a Blair County jury to clear him of several criminal offenses filed in a domestic dispute with family members who summoned police and said they were fearful. The charges stem from the night of Feb. 26, 2017, when Joseph F. Weakland Jr. began arguing ...

Blair on track to receive $3.5M for rail projects

Blair County is on tap to get nearly $3.5 million in state grant funds to improve railroad tracks as part of four projects. A project in Cambria and Clearfield counties is in line for $2.8 million, while Centre County is to receive $250,000. Twenty-seven rail projects statewide are to ...

Judge: City man can’t withdraw guilty plea

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man serving 15 to 30 years in prison on drug and gun charges cannot withdraw his guilty plea, according to an opinion issued earlier this month by the Blair County judge, who presided over the case. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan denied a request from Sean J. Graham, ...

‘Juuling’ focus of talk

Dr. George Zlupko of Altoona Lung Specialists is scheduled to present a program at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday about “Juuling.” The program is geared toward parents and is free and open to the public. “The use of Juuls among teens is rising at an ...

Area

Family Services hosting job fair Family Services Inc. is looking for direct support professionals and certified nursing assistants for its intellectual disabilities program. The organization is hosting a job fair with open interviews at 12:30 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Wednesday at 2022 Broad ...

Briefcase

STATE COLLEGE Sensor Networks expanding A renovation project is underway at Sensor Networks Inc.’s new, larger College Township location, 366 Walker Drive. Currently based in Boalsburg, Sensor Networks announced its expansion plans in November. With 51 employees now, the company doubled in ...

Blair County commissioner candidates to debate

A debate between the Blair County commissioner candidates will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Altoona Grand Hotel. Moderators include professor Matt Arsenault from Mount Aloysius College and political science students from the university. The event is hosted by Central ...

Langerholc to head education committee

Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, was appointed Monday to serve as chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the rest of the 2019-20 legislative session. Langerholc said he will work with committee members on issues related to the state’s education system, including school safety ...

Logan police to take course

The Logan Township supervisors have approved a memorandum of understanding between the township police department and the U.S. Secret Service, so that a township officer can go to Alabama for a four-week course in unlocking the secrets of cellphones. It will cost the township $2,500, according ...