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Driver gets up to 8 years for firing gun

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CLEARFIELD — A truck driver will be spending up to eight years in state prison for shooting a gun near a cleanup crew on I-80. On June 12 near Kylertown in Clearfield County, police said Jernane Lamont Coleman, 43, stopped his tractor-trailer at the scene of a vehicle fire that was being ...

Police: Altoona man’s unlawful ride leads to charges

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An Altoona man was charged for driving with a suspended license and other crimes after he allegedly took a vehicle without permission either to run errands or for a joy ride, reports state, but he crashed into a pontoon boat while swerving away from a plow truck. A plow truck pulled out in ...

Consumers warned not to eat romaine

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NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Briefcase

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. LifePoint completes merger LifePoint Health, Inc. has completed its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. As a result of the merger, LifePoint’s common stock is no longer trading on ...

Let’s talk turkey

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The nation’s highways will be crowded over the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more ...

Court vacates Summit value

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The Pennsylvania Common­wealth Court has vacated a decision by a Blair County judge that established the fair market value for tax purposes of the Summit Tennis and Athletic Club at $3.2 million. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, in an opinion issued last week, ruled that Blair ...

City man pleads in drug death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will serve 8.5 to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to drug delivery resulting in death, a charge filed in connection with the 2017 fatal overdose of a 46-year-old Altoona man. Gary Lee Decker, 47, rendered the plea Monday in Blair County Court where he ...

Man involved in fatal ATV crash pleads to assault charge

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — One of the two men involved in a 2017 fatal ATV crash in Blue Knob has pleaded guilty to a count of simple assault in a separate case instead of pursuing a jury trial on a charge of indecent assault. Jacob Ralph Helsel, 19, Duncansville, rendered the plea Monday in Blair ...

Christmas in the Park planned

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An annual Christmas parade starting at 3 p.m. Saturday will kick off Clays­burg’s Christmas in the Park event. The parade will start at the Claysburg American Legion and proceed to the Claysburg Community Park along Old Route 220. Festivities at the park will follow the parade and run ...

Area

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Fire destroys family’s home A fire destroyed a Clearfield County family’s home while they were away for an extended time at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Clearfield County State Police started investigating the cause of the fire on Saturday. It consumed the mobile home at ...

Patton business owner seeks help with traffic

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PATTON — The owner of Lacue’s Sunoco gas station along Magee and Fourth avenues asked Borough Council on Monday to consider removing “no turn on red” signs at the intersection. Albert “Hap” Lacue said traffic backed up from Fourth Avenue prevents his customers from pulling into ...

Tyrone backs off digester plan

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TYRONE — It’s a big project, and it takes time to digest all the implications. Three-and-a-half years after Borough Council began talking about how to deal with the increasing cost of disposing of sewer sludge — and just on the verge of deciding whether to proceed with a proposed $13 ...

Maybrook Hills employees prepare Thanksgiving meals

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Maybrook Hills Re­habilitation and Health­care center employees spent the day working with Blair Senior Services and Southern Blair Senior Center to provide Thanks­giving meals on Monday. Maybrook Hills annually sponsors the Thanks­giving meals. Marketing and clinical nurse liaison ...

Police and courts

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City man cited for using air horn Thomas Wagner, 50, of Altoona was cited by Logan Township police for disorderly conduct Oct. 8 for activating the air horn on the Newburg fire truck he was operating for an excessive amount of time at 28th Avenue and 18th Street. A woman reported the air horn ...

Briefcase

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JOHNSTOWN Ace opens in Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Inc. has announced an agreement with Ace Hardware and has opened a “store-within-a-store” at the Giant Eagle supermarket at 1451 Scalp Ave. The Scalp Avenue supermarket began remodeling this past summer to make way for 7,000 square feet ...

Convention center revenue recovering

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The Blair County Convention Center has been able to bounce back financially after seeing revenue drop earlier this year because of lost bookings. “The convention center staff has done a good job of recovering ... so it should be a fairly successful year,” financial consultant Steve Koval ...

Court dismisses ‘frivolous’ appeal

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A Williamsburg man has failed to convince the Pennsylvania Superior Court that his three- to 10-year state prison sentence for illegal possession of a firearm was excessive. In an opinion issued Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Judith F. Olson, the appeal of Corey Nelson Lykens, 30, was ...

Snow fun

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Children enjoy some sled riding during a snow day Friday afternoon at the former Keith Junior High School athletic field. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

A board divided

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In private executive sessions that precede voting meetings, blood pressures rise and personalities clash, and, according to an Altoona Area School Board member, that’s why they always take so long. Then as they file into the William P. Kimmel Board Room, 30 or more minutes late for the ...

Blooming local businesses

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Local small businesses are ready for their day in the sun, as Saturday marks the ninth annual Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to shop at independently owned ...