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Court rejects Altoona man’s eviction dispute

An Altoona man lost his bid to keep his apartment in a building owned by Improved Dwellings of Altoona because his legal brief to the Pennsylvania Superior Court was “rambling” and “confusing.” In a footnote to an opinion writ­ten by Superior Court Judge Judith F. Olson, the appeals ...

Shooting involving officer probed

MARTINSBURG — State police at Hollidaysburg continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting along Cove Mountain Road in Martinsburg on Wednesday night. According to State police spokesman Trooper Joseph Dunsmore, at about 6 p.m., a Martinsburg Borough police officer observed a vehicle ...

Blair County briefs

HOLLIDAYSBURG Deal inked to study prison upgrades Blair County commissioners are signing an agreement with CDI-Infrastructure LLC of Ebensburg to prepare bidding documents, outlining specifications for upgrades to several electronically controlled systems inside the county ...

Police arrest city man on drug, gun charges

A call about an idling car has led to the arrest of an Altoona man who allegedly told police he’s an enforcer for a methamphetamine supplier. Jean-Taft Kelley Gray, 40, was taken into custody by Altoona police at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after officers allegedly found methamphetamine and a ...

Amtran plan gets positive review

Blair County Planning Commission members on Thursday gave a positive review to Amtran’s plans to construct a 4,800-square-foot storage garage. The project also includes a paved parking lot, sidewalks and landscaping. The parking lot will include 29 spaces including two Americans with ...

Three facing charges in shooting

Three juveniles face homicide charges in the killing of a 15-year-old Altoona boy. Devon Pfirsching, 15, was shot in the head at point-blank range just before midnight Tuesday, and after an extensive all-night and all-day investigation, Altoona police said late Wednesday that three juveniles ...

Students shocked, saddened by death

Altoona Area High School students arrived at school Wednesday morning to the news that one of their classmates lost his life in a shooting the previous night. The 15-year-old male victim, Devon Pfirsching of Altoona, was shot Tuesday evening just before midnight on the 100 block of Fourth ...

State police investigate shooting

MARTINSBURG — State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting along Cove Mountain Road in Martinsburg. Reports indicate a Martinsburg Borough police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle about 6 p.m. Wednesday, but the suspect failed to stop and fled south ...

Police: Union leader embezzled funds

HUNTINGDON — A Hollidaysburg man faces felony charges in Huntingdon County after state police allege he embezzled almost $30,000 while serving as a union treasurer. Bryan Peroni, 57, is accused of writing multiple checks to himself for a total of $29,365 while serving as treasurer of the ...

Man accused of assaulting woman

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale man is facing charges for allegedly kicking, punching and strangling a handicapped woman. Daniel Katz, 41, was charged by state police with felony strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of ...

Schools get grants for safety

A number of area school entities will receive a combined Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grants to improve student safety. The Altoona Area School District is in line for $45,000, while Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is getting $449,945 and Penn Cambria School District ...

Court upholds man’s sentence

A state prison sentence for an Altoona man with a history of DUI and other offenses has been upheld by an appeals court, which agreed with the sentencing judge that the man’s treatment programs have not worked. Donald Eugene Clark, 65, has a record of six DUI convictions, according to the ...

Two teens arraigned in killing

Two of the three teenagers charged in the killing of 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching appeared in court this morning for arraignment with a third scheduled to appear this afternoon. Appearing this morning were Owen Sutherland, 15, who was charged with first-degree murder, robbery and related ...

Bellwood-Antis Junior High wrestling coach arrested

The Bellwood-Antis Junior High wrestling coach is now in custody and faces 13 felony charges that include two counts each of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child as well as counts of sexual contact with a student and indecent assault of a person less than 14 ...

Breaking up is hard to do

Nathan Grabill, 13, runs to break up a pass to Gaige Rabenstein, 14, both of Hollidaysburg, during a pickup game of touch football at Tiger Stadium on Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

‘Fat Cat’ handed lengthy sentence

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 43-year-old Johnstown man has been sentenced to 21.5 to 43 years in jail for his role at the top of a drug-trafficking organization that sold a deadly form of heroin in Blair and Cambria counties in 2016 and early 2017. Judge Daniel J. Milliron imposed sentences Tuesday on ...

Woman’s death ruled homicide

CLEARFIELD — The death of a Clearfield woman who perished in an October fire has officially been ruled a homicide. On Tuesday Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder released information that Shanna Carlson, 34, was killed by “penetrating wounds to the head and right lung due to an ...

Judge ‘not sorry’ for Dysart man’s sentence

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 52-year-old Dysart man will spend 23 to 46 years in jail based on December convictions of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated assault and related charges. Blair County Judge Jackie A. Bernard imposed consecutive sentences Tuesday, resulting in the ...

New Enterprise woman accused of harassing kids in ball pit

A 25-year-old woman faces charges after police say she got into an altercation with two children in the ball pit of an Altoona trampoline park. Kaylani A. Gunning of New Enterprise is accused climbing the ball pit obstacle course at Altoona Urban Air on the evening of Nov. 29 to confront two ...

Man faces assault charges

A Hollidaysburg man is in jail after police say he pistol-whipped a woman during a domestic dispute. According to the charges, Blair Township police were dispatched to 2242 Reservoir Road, Hollidaysburg, just before midnight Saturday after a call about a domestic dispute with a weapon during ...