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Tyrone man faces gun, drug charges

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A Tyrone man is in jail after Logan Township police uncover guns and drugs in his van. Justin F. LeFevre, 42, was passed out behind the wheel about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when Logan Township police knocked on the window of his Chrysler Town & Country van that was parked by the air pump at ...

Altoona Food Bank reopens

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The Altoona Food Bank, 2100 Sixth Ave., is once again open from 9:15 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Food can be picked up at the side door on 21st Street as the Community Action building is still closed. No identification is necessary, and food can be picked up more than once a ...

Prigg pleads in assault case

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CLEARFIELD — A Tyrone man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl will spend at least nine months in the Clearfield County Jail. Dante Malik Prigg, 23, pleaded guilty before Judge Paul E. Cherry to felony counts of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and obscene/sexual ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Kohl’s reopens local stores Kohl’s has announced the reopening of its stores in Altoona and State College. Regular store hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Kohl’s is reserving dedicated shopping hours from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for customers who ...

Refocusing on schools paramount

COVID-19

How the 2020-21 school year will greet Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts is destined to remain a matter of deep concern in the weeks ahead, considering the many uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as new evidence suggesting that children aren’t immune to ...

Pandemic apps ready for release

COVID-19

Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The companies said 22 countries and several U.S. states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software. It ...

Farmers lean on gov’t

COVID-19

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. — Farmers across the nation leaned more heavily upon the federal government last year to finance their agricultural operations amid low commodity prices and trade disputes, and more of the money they borrowed is now delinquent. Although the U.S. Agri­cul­ture Department ...

Wolf: Nursing home testing goal is June 1

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said that his administration’s new goal to test every resident and employee for the coronavirus in long-term care facilities is June 1, a week after the target date recommended by the White House to governors. The testing is to go on every week, Wolf said, ...

Flower power

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Jenna Helsel, 14, made her sidewalk art a little more permanent by drawing on the front porch of her North Montgomery Street home in Hollidaysburg on Monday afternoon.(Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Virus puts Curve on the cover of SI

COVID-19

The Altoona Curve have yet to play a game this season, but the team is about to receive some of its biggest national exposure since it was formed in 1999. The team’s mascot, Loco, PNG Field and Lakemont Park’s Skyliner rollercoaster will be featured on the cover of the June edition of ...

Care facilities report COVID-19 stats

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The state Department of Health on Tuesday released coronavirus statistics for individual nursing and personal care homes showing that seven facilities in the region have had cases — although none of those are in Blair or Bedford counties. Only one home, in Centre County, has had resident or ...

Blair eyes reopening courthouse to public

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders are encouraging the public to keep using phone and computer options to access county governmental offices and services while efforts continue toward reopening the courthouse during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We’re in a transitional phase,” ...

Real estate businesses to resume

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Real estate sales and related activity can resume across Pennsylvania if guidelines designed to limit infection are followed, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday. The governor’s new guidance says people in the real estate industry can get back to work as long as they all wear ...

Masks present new challenges to hearing impaired

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Wearing a mask is an adjustment, but for people with diminished hearing or no hearing, masks present an additional and significant communication challenge as they hide facial expressions and prohibit speech reading and lip reading. An advocate for the deaf community, Annita “Kay” Ile ...

City woman accused of abusing baby

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An Altoona woman faces charges that she abused an 11-month-old baby in her care. According to charges filed by the Blair County District Attorney’s Office, it was the first day that the baby was left in the care of Melodee J. Seasoltz, 58, who provides child day care at her home at 315 57th ...

Gregory co-sponsors resignation resolution

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State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, has signed on as co-sponsor for a resolution proposed by a Harrisburg-area representative calling for Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine to resign because of her handling of the coronavirus pandemic in long-term care facilities. Residents of those ...

Police: Homeless man used bat, drill in attack

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A homeless man is in jail after police say he attacked a man with a baseball and power drill and then swung at a car full of people on Sixth Avenue. According to Altoona police, it started about 1 p.m. Sunday after 73 year-old Robert Merlini allegedly urinated in an alley on the 100 block of ...

Police probe burglary

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — State police are investigating a burglary in Frankstown Township in which several antiques, including stained glass windows, were stolen. It happened between April 20 and May 5 on the 500 block of Route 22. State police said several stained glass windows, two large wooden ...

States accused of fudging coronavirus data

COVID-19

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk is that politicians, business owners and ordinary Americans who are ...

Trump tells Senate GOP to ‘be tough’

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for perhaps one of the larger social gatherings still happening in Washington amid the coronavirus — the weekly Senate Republican lunch. Behind closed doors, Trump was unscripted and freewheeling with the 53 GOP ...